Rather then do an awards like I did last year, I prefer to just list off my 10 favorite games of the year in order of favorites. This is all my opinion, you can slay me for it in my comments.
Oh and I know I have been absent from blogs and reviews and it's been due to a lot of business. I wouldn't expect much from me but once I get into University, expect to see more regular updates!
Onto my list:
10. inFamous (PS3)
inFamous doesn't win awards for it's high end graphics or it's high end presentation; in fact the game isn't visually impressive at all. Where it wins points if in it's satisfying, quick, and electrifying gameplay which is some of the finest of this year. It's really an impressive game and with a story worth caring about and action to keep your connected to the events on screen. inFamous is one of the years finest open world games. It also had a great moral system and a city that was easy and fun to move around in. It was a fast paced game which was a ride I'm glad I took. It stands to me as one of the finest games of the year despite some very minor issues.
9. Street Fighter IV (PS3, 360, PC)
Street Fighter IV was this years finest fighter and arguably this generations greatest. Challenging, retro, and satisfying, the game may have been a bit light in modes but it was a fine fighter which was well balanced. It featured a great fighting system which was familiar to Street Fighting masters. Though very tough to pick up and play for a newcomer, hardcore fans would have it no other way. Street Fighter IV is a perfect example of if something works, don't change it...Too much.
8. Resident Evil 5 (360, PS3, PC)
Though it did not come close to matching the legacy of it's predecessor, Resident Evil 5 was still a fantastic action game from beginning to end. The action was on point and it was an enjoyable ride. Not to be taken seriously, it was just fun and I enjoyed it. Given it's great co-op mode and it's excellent replayability, Resident Evil 5 was a great game. Despite some lowlights like a tacked on versus mode and a poor AI partner in some circumstances, Resident Evil 5 stands as one of the better games of 2009.
7. Dragon Age: Origins (PC, PS3, 360)
Brilliant, that's all I can say. Great story, great combat, amazing game. Despite many technical issues on the PC, I am really loving this game and though not finished yet, I understand that Dragon Age is a game to be held as one of the greatest of 2009. It's game you should all play especially if you love RPGs, it is by far the best one of 2009.
6. Left 4 Dead 2 (360, PC)
Left 4 Dead 2 was very much a sequel, not an expansion. With a brand spanking new gore system, a new scavenge mode, five new campaigns, survival, versus, and four great new survivors, Left 4 Dead 2 was a game which outshone and made obselete of it's predecessor in every way possible. It's a great game and it is by far the best thing Valve has done in a while. I am shamed that I had doubts about this actually, game is fantastic...Y'all should try it.
5. Uncharted 2 (PS3)
Though not an original game by any means, Naughty Dog was able to take the best of many games and mold it into one epic adventure we call Uncharted 2. The PS3's flagship title now, Uncharted 2 stands as one of the years greatest achievements. Though the online play was kind of weak, the co-op objective based modes were fantastic and the single player was epic, truly epic. With huge set pieces and great action, Uncharted 2 is a game I really enjoyed. Games like this makes me wish I had the money to buy a PS3 for reals instead of having to bum one off of a friend :(
4. Assassin's Creed II
Assassin's Creed II not only fulfilled what Assassin's Creed should have been but it also took it one step further. This game is amazing. From the platforming which is still fun to the combat which is intuitive and satisfying, Assassin's Creed II was just plain sick. With a story worth noting now and an emphasis on staying in the character of Ezio as opposed to Desmond, Assassin's Creed II was a game that was well worth a second chance. Even if you didn't like the first, I'd highly recommend checking this game out as it remedies the faults of the old while keeping the joys of it intact. This is done in tandem with bringing in many, many new features all of which make the game far superior to any other action adventure title on the market.
3. The Sims 3 (PC)
The Sims 3 held me by a vice-grip for much of my summer keeping me up both late at night and indoors when I was hoping to go the beach. This game is bloody brilliant and with the open world gameplay free of loads and holds up, it was just so much more addictive. I felt isolated in The Sims 2 but the Sims 3 made me feel like I was in another world. This game was also the most open ended entry yet with the ability to craft your own tale made far easier then ever before. This game charmed me and I still love it. It easily sucked up the most time of any game this year and I recommend it to all of you since I know a lot of people on Gamespot slept on this.
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, PS3, PC, DS)
Modern Warfare 2 is a game that gets far too much hate. It is a visceral exciting adventure which is the equivalent to an action movie on steroids, is there something wrong with that? It's just fun and it has one of the more memorable campaign of this year. It treaded new territory and it had a lot of great ideas which I felt were done well. The spec-ops mode was by far the most enjoyable co-op experience of this year and the online mode is this years finest. It is a game to die for and I understand why many of you hate it. I could care less though, I love it.
1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (360, PS3, PC)
Arkham Asylum was a fantastic game for many reasons.
- It was nearly flawless with a perfectly paced campaign and a superb mix of detective work, stealth, and action
- It had a great story which wove in many villains in the Batman universe
- It had fantastic action, a great fighting system, and just generally had awesome ways to make you feel like Batman
- It had amazing fan service to fans of the Comic Book
- It was NOT a lame ass comic book / movie video game
- It had FREE DLC within a month of it's release
- It was just plain fun
Despite a weak ending and final boss, Arkham Asylum stands as one of the finest achievements of the year and given that was pegged as almost doomed to fail, I am glad this game met my anticipated hype. Arkham Asylum is by far, the best game of 2009.
Look out for my most anticipated games of 2010 list coming soon, there's a lot on it ;)