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Games of the Year 2009

This year I will continue my tradition by picking what I think were the best games of the year.

Best Action/Adventure Game

Winner: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Runner-Up: Assassins’s Creed 2, Resident Evil 5, Uncharted 2 & Brutal Legend

A lot of people were surprised about how great this game was. Whenever you hear about a Batman game, people do start to cringe. Not anymore as this was a great game and a great experience. And considering this year’s releases, it had a lot of competition.

Best Fighting Game

Winner: Fight Night Round 4

Runner-Up: UFC 2009 Undisputed

No disrespect to Street Fight IV but that’s not my style. Besides Fight Night Round 4 was just a complete experience and was a lot of fun. Round 4 improves a lot on Round 3 which itself was a great game. UFC 2009 also deserves a nod here but I still feel it can improve a lot more.

Best Single-Player Game

Winner: Assassins Creed 2

Runner-Up: Infamous

Assassins Creed 2 did a lot of things right. It improved on a lot of problems the first game had and ended up creating a great experience. I really enjoyed the story here, minus the ending.

Best Platform Game

Winner: Trials HD

Runner-Up: ‘Splosion Man

Platforming games are no specifically my favorite category but you know what, Trials HD was a very great game. There was a big risk of failure here since not a lot of people knew what this game was. Given the title and the lack of hype going in, I think the game was great. It’s the perfect mix of skill and fun.

Best Racing/Driving Game

Winner: Need for Speed Shift

Runner-Up: Forza Motorsport 3

There were too many great racing games for me to pick from this year. I could have put Dirt 2 in here if I wanted to, but you know what Shift has to be one of my favorite games. It did something no other game has ever done, make me want to drive in cockpit view. The game is phenomenal in cockpit view and all the other features of this game make it a complete experience.

Best Shooter

Winner: Modern Warfare 2

Runner-Up: Halo 3: ODST

I’m sorry are you expecting any other title to win best shooter? The only thing we can argue here is runner-up. But people forget that ODST was a great game in itself. If only Firefight had matchmaking.

Best Strategy Game

Winner: Halo Wars

Yeah so what, this game is basically running unopposed in my opinion. That does not take away from how great this game was. This is one of the only games to actually get me interested in a RTS.

Best Graphic Technology

Winner: Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

Runner-up: Need for Speed: Shift

A great game considering what it is doing. But 0n top on that is this beautiful world that you can fly by and admire. Sometimes you just want to fly in the city as close as you can, just to see what you can do. Most of the time it ends in a crash.

Best Story

Winner: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Runner-up: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Although it has it’s faults, the game did have a great story and I was very interested the entire time. It was a long game and to keep me interested the entire time is a testament to how great the story is.

Best Movie Game

Winner: Wanted: Weapons of Fate

Runner-up: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

You are probably cringing at the idea of a movie game but you know what, these two games were great. Honestly I loved Wanted and the game was great, although short. Wolverine was also a great game.

Best Multiplayer

Winner: Modern Warfare 2

Runner-up: Left 4 Dead 2

Again are you surprised? Although it is important to note that this game just doesn’t do deathmatch. They did add Spec-Ops this year which is pure awesomeness. Please add more.

Best Co-Op Game

Winner: Resident Evil 5

Runner-up: Borderlands

People forgot about this game, but it is a great game designed with multiplayer in mind. I had a lot of great and bad experiences in this game.

Best New IP

Winner: Borderlands

Runner-up: inFamous

Please add more to this franchise. Please add more support. Please!! This game came out of nowhere and completely ate up a lot of my time.

Best Innovative Design

Winner: Red Faction: Guerrilla

Red Faction: Guerrilla had on great idea and it worked well and that’s the building destruction. Granted that’s not an original idea but the way they did it was really innovative and fun.

Best Game Add-On

Winner: Fallout 3: Broken Steel

Runner-up: GTA IV DLC

Level cap increase, no game ender, added story, more weapons. Really how do you compete with that?

Biggest Surprise

Winner: Borderlands

Runner-up: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Like I said earlier, this game did come out of nowhere and was so great.

Biggest Disappointment

Winner: Tony Hawk: Ride

Runner-up: Nintendo manufacturers

Do I really need to make a comment here about Ride? And Nintendo, when you release a game, please make sure I can buy it. Don’t release a New Mario in limited quantities.

Best Messed Up ending

Winner: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

Runner-up: Modern Warfare 2

Okay, yes I know the first FEAR had a messed up ending, but you know what FEAR 2 was really really messed up. I don’t want to talk about it. And Call of Duty, the whole ending section is crazy.

Most Messed Up Story

Winner: Bionic Commando

Your wife is your arm! That’s all I have to say about that.

Best Achievements

Winner: Halo 3:ODST

With the Vidmaster and firefight achievements this game did a great job with achievements.

Best Idea we need more of

Winner: FPSRPG, or whatever Borderlands is

Runner-up: Avatar awards

Yeah I know I keep talking about Borderlands. But another thing I wanted to mention was Avatar Awards. I hope more games include these in the future.

Best Downloadable Game

Winner: Shadow Complex

Runner-up: Battlefield 1943

Shadow Complex should have been a full game, but that is how great this game is. It is very Metroid like but I loved it. Battlefield 1943 was very awesome as well.

Game of the Year

Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Runner-ups: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Assassin’s Creed 2, Borderlands, and Uncharted 2.

This was the harderst choice I had to make. Any of the runner-ups would have made a great choice and I would have been happy with it. But you know what Modern Warfare is a combination of all that is great in these other games and does more. With the new Spec-Ops, a great story, and great multiplayer. This is a game I will be playing for a long time.


my top 50: 10 through 1

10). TOCA Race Driver 3


My favorite driving game of all year is made by Codemasters. It was a great driving game that had a lot of crazy cars to include F1 cars, go karts, and lawnmowers.

9). Syphon Filter 2


The first video game series I loved. This kind of got me started into the shooter genre . Most of what I remember about the game is the M79 a grenade launcher.

8). Fallout 3


A lot like Oblivion but with guns. VATS for me was one of the best video game mechanics there are. The whole post apocalyptic world was just awesome. But what was the deal with the talking tree? Bethesda did a great job at this game and supported it well with DLC.

7). God of War II


I love Mythology so it’s no surprise that I love God of War. The service it does to ancient mythology is almost spot on. It inspired me to learn even more about Greek mythology. It also doesn’t hurt that this one of the greatest game of all time to play. Oh and there’s a lot of awesome boss, epically the twins in the hot tub. Bowchickbowbow.

6). Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


Technically this was a movie since it had 15 hours of cut-scenes at least. However the gameplay was awesome. Fighting in the middle of war as your character is dying. As the swan song of Solid Snake I absolutely enjoyed every moment. Especially the throw back level.

5). Assassin’s Creed


Not very many people enjoyed this game, epically to the level that I did. I admit that the game has it’s problems and the ending was very very gay. But you know what I enjoyed the rest of the game and I loved assassinating people.

4). BioShock


Another game with a horrible ending but that didn’t matter to me. The experience I had with this game was one of my favorites. I feel in love with this game at first sight and was never disappointed. The plasmids and upgrading system combined with the big daddies. I could go on for days about this game.

3). Halo 3


Master Chief’s final game (for now) and it was badass. Waited forever for this game but it was worth it. Played the crap out of it. Multiplayer, coop campaign, you name it. But Bungie why could I not fight Gravemind? And why must I always fight Guilty Sparks? Don’t get me wrong I love Halo 3 but I can’t wait for Halo 3.

2). Call of Duty 4Modern Warfare


When it comes down to it, Call of Duty 4 is arguably the best game ever made. At least until Modern Warfare 2 comes out. But it combines an outstanding story that I was completely immersed into and a multiplayer system I was obsessed with at for a while. It’s hard for any other game to compete with CoD 4 but only one can….

1) HalfLife 2 / The Orange Box


By itself Half-Life 2 is the best shooter there is. There was not a dull moment for me in this game, I loved every single second. But when The Orange Box came out it got even better. Because it included Episode 1 and Episode 2 both of which make Half-Life 2. Oh and there was a little game called Portal, which by itself could easily make it into my Top 50 of all time.


my top 50: 20 through 11

20). Halo 2


Halo is my favorite series. Halo 2 was the complete package, excellent campaign and excellent multiplayer. Now about that ending Bungie.

19). The Elder Scrolls IVOblivion

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Yes I loved this game, yes I bought the horse armor. Yes it is a RPG, but it’s an action RPG which I really enjoyed. The experience and story really hooked me in. Gameplay was fun as well.

18). Left 4 Dead


I love Valve, I love zombies, and I love coop. Combining these 3 with some unique multiplayer, Left 4 Dead makes it pretty high on my list. Can’t wait for the sequel.

17). Saints Row 2


Yes I put this game higher than GTA IV, but I love this game much more. I love the gang element, customization, and crazy bat shit stuff you can do. I would have loved coop better if I could have found someone to play with me.

16). The Bigs / MLB09: The Show (MLB 09)


I couldn’t make up my mind. Both games make baseball a fun game to play. The Bigs has the fun over the top arcadey style which I love but MLB ’09 bring out the technical side that I also love.

15). Civilization Revolution


Never did I think I would enjoy Civilization. But once I downloaded the demo for Revolution I’ve been hooked ever since. The demo for Revolution holds the record for most time I’ve ever spent on a demo. The full game was even better.

14). GRID


I love driving games. Grid is one of my all time favorites. Codemasters did a great job on this, the visualization and car handling. Also the flashback were awesome.

13). BatmanArkham Asylum


Yes, this game was just released. However I loved it. The story was brilliant the gameplay was outstanding. I almost didn’t want the game to end. Also one of the very few games in which I actually collected everything.

12). Far Cry Instincts


One of the best FPS shooters I’ve ever played. I loved the beast powers you had as well. But the jungle environment really sets this game apart. Multiplayer is great, but if you ever get this game look up a map called Real Course and good luck.

11). Call of Duty 2


The best WW2 shooter ever made. Yes there are 1,000 out there but none will ever come close to this game. This game ranks at the very top for me.


My Top 50: 40 through 31

40). F.E.A.R. 2Project Origin


Not as scary as the first one (which I never beat) but had some of the best visualizations ever. Lasering a guy in half is always fun. Mech’s were also badass.

39). Halo Wars


Few RTS ever get my attention. But when you incorporate Halo I get interested. Surprisingly I enjoyed it  more than I expected.

38). Mirror’s Edge

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I am a sucker for the first person genre. Usually I enjoy FPS but this game captured me. The first person experience is unmatched. I felt like the main character and enjoyed the parkour.

37). Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2


Like I previously stated I just the FPS genre, sometimes though people make the third-person shooter. This is one that captures the military experience (as many do) and it captures it well.

36). Sonic the Hedgehog 2 / Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection


Sonic 2 will always have a special place in my heart as it’s the first game I ever owned/played. Nowadays the game doesn’t hold up well. When I grew up this game was the bomb. I also love the recent UGC they released that included this game.

35). Black


Soo shiney and great polish. Besides who doesn’t love blowing a wall down? I wish they would remake this game or make a sequel.

34). Madden NFL ‘96


Haha, look at these graphics. Holy cow it’s worse than Sonic 2. Say what you want but I loved the old Madden games and I can’t remember why. I miss the ambulance coming out to take a player out though.

33). Ninja Gaiden Black


The hardest game I ever played. I beat it too. The experience was interesting and the gameplay was fun. Bosses not so much.

32). Crackdown


Orbs, agency tower, car upgrades, upgrade system, superhero like powers, Halo 3 beta, what else can  I say about this game. One of my guilty pleasures.

31). Tom Clancy’s Splinter CellDouble Agent


Occasionally I enjoy a great stealth game. Splinter Cell is one of my favorites. I love the use of gadgets.


Best Games of the Year

After much thought and consideration I finally put together my list of the best games for this past year. The difference between this list and a lot of other lists was that I didn’t just put my personal opinions in it. I went by quality, enjoyability, playability, and my own personal opinion. I also had some help from one of my friends…SupremePro. Between the two of us we have played a lot of games and together our gamerscore is over 125,000. So onto the list.

Best Action Game

Winner: Grand Theft Auto IV (Multi)

Runner-Up: Gears of War 2 (360)

GTA IV was really one of the best quality games out there this year. But you know Gears 2 does deserve some credit as well.

Best Adventure Game

Winner: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (360)

Runner-Up: Tomb Raider: Underworld (Multi)

The Force Unleashed was a true joy to play over and over again because of the adventure that you experience during the game. Let’s hope they improve upon it and let’s not forget that Tomb Raider is still a quality game.

Best Fighting Game

Winner: Soul Calibur IV (Multi)

Runner-Up: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Although I only played Super Smash Bros. and enjoyed it incredibly I can admire the work that went into Soul Calibur. I also know that it was a very good game and deserves best fighting game.

Best Music/Rhythm Game

Winner: Rock Band 2 (Multi)

Runner-Up: Guitar Hero: World Tour

This came down to only two games and Rock Band 2 is still better than Guitar Hero. Although Guitar Hero is catching up.

Best Single-Player Game

Winner: Fallout 3 (Multi)

Runner-Up: Dead Space (Multi)

Fallout 3 is really one of the best games this year and it’s a Single-Player experience like no other. If you loved Oblivion, you need to try this game. Also Dead Space does need to be mentioned as a great Single-Player game.

Best Platform Game

Winner: LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

Runner-Up: Prince of Persia (Multi)

LBP as a platformer is absolutely brilliant, now if they fixed the servers. Prince of Persia was another excellent platformer that probably could have deserved the Best Platform Game title as well.

Best Puzzle Game

Winner: Braid (360)

Runner-Up: Tomb Raider: Underworld (Multi)

A game like Braid only comes out once in a while and sometimes they’re not as good as Braid was. If you love challenging puzzles, you will love Braid. Another nod goes to Tomb Raider for their creative and intriguing puzzles. 

Best Racing/Driving Game

Winner: Grid (Multi)

Runner-Up: Burnout Paradise (Multi)

CodeMasters knows how to make great racing games and Grid is no exception. Grid is one of the best racing games in a long time. Burnout Paradise was also really impressive, espically on the visual front. 

Best RPG

Winner: Fallout 3 (Multi)

Runner-Up (Tie) : Lost Odyssey (360) & Fable 2 (360)

Fallout 3 again is great game and great RPG as well. It was actually harder trying to find a runner-up as both Lost Odyssey and Fable 2 were really good RPG’s.

Best Shooter

Winner: Call of Duty: World at War (Multi)

Runner-Up: Gears of War 2 (360)

Even though COD5 is just COD4 in WW2 all over again, it’s still a great game. Gears 2 on the other hand is good but still not up to the level COD5 was. Gears 2 needed better story and multiplayer.

Best First-Person

Winner: Far Cry 2 (Multi)

Runner-Up: Mirror’s Edge (Multi)

Far Cry 2 as was a great First-Person game. Didn’t have the best story but did have great gunplay and explosions. But most importantly it made you feel like you were in Africa. Mirror’s Edge was another brilliant First-Person game that could have taken the crown.

Best Sports Game

Winner: MLB 08: The Show (PS3)

Runner-Up: Madden NFL 09 (Multi)

As much as I wanted to give it to Madden I had to give it to MLB 08. The quality and graphics in that game are awesome and everything flows right but I have to give Madden props for moving in the right direction.

Best Strategy Game

Winner: Civilization Revolution (Multi)

Runner-Up: Tom Clancy’s EndWar (Multi)

Civ Rev did something to me that not many games have done and that was get me addictied. It was a great game that I played forever but something does have to be said for EndWar for taking a chance on the Voice commands and making it work.

Best Graphic Technology

Winner: Far Cry 2 (Multi)

Runner-Up: Metal Gears Solid 4: Sons of the Patriots (PS3)

I mean seriously, just look at Far Cry 2. Go burn a tree in the game and just admire it, it is beatiful. MGS4 is also very beatiful.

Best Score (Music)

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Runner-Up: Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

Both Super Smash Bros. and MGS4 had excellent music but the I had to give the edge for including so many classic tracks.

Best Story

Winner: Fable 2 (360)

Runner-Ups (Tie): Grand Theft Auto IV (Multi) / Metal Gear Soid 4 (PS3)

I absolutely loved the story of Fable 2 and how your actions affected so many things. Didn’t necessarily love the ending but it was still good. GTAIV & MGS4 also did a great job in story telling.

Best “Why did they name it this?” 

Winner: Far Cry 2 (Multi)

Runner-Up: Prince of Persia (Multi)

Seriously Far Cry 2, why? There is no mention at all to the first Far Cry at all. Heck they don’t have anything in common except they are both first person shooters. That’s it, I’m serious. As for Prince of Persia..I have no idea. Is he from Persia? Is he a Prince? What about the other three games?

Best Multiplayer Game

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Runner-Up: Call of Duty: World at War (Multi)

I realize this game is not perfect but it was a great game to play with your friends and online. Fun is the best part of multiplayer. As for Call of Duty 5 it was still great on the multiplayer side and included zombies.

Best Co-Op Game

Winner: Left 4 Dead (360)

Runner-Ups (Tie): Gears of War 2 (360) & Army of 2 (Multi)

Left 4 Dead is best played in Co-Op and usually only is Co-Op. At being a straigh Co-Op game with some Multiplayer thrown in it is fabolus. Other great Co-Op games were Gears of War 2 and Army of Two.

Best New IP

Winner: LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

Runner-Up: Dead Space (Multi)

LittleBigPlanet was awesome plain and simple. It was an ingenious design and I loved every second. Dead Space was another great game that was new this year.

Most Innovative Design

Winner: Tom Clancy’s Endwar (Multi)

Runner-Up: Mirror’s Edge (Multi)

EndWar used Voice to control units on the screen and it worked surprisingly well. Mirror’s Edge was another game that took a chance on a new concept and turned out pretty well.

Best Idea that Almost Worked

Winner: Legendary (Multi)

Runner-Up: Army of Two (Multi)

I though Legendary had a great idea with tackeling mythical creatures but it didn’t quite work out. If it had better game play it would have worked great but it didn’t, they took a chance and I applaud it. Army of Two also had a great idea by being driven by Co-Op and it almost worked as well. 

Most Humerous Game

Winner: BattleField Bad Company (Multi)

Runner-Up: Banjo Kazoo: Nuts & Bolts (360)

I thought Bad Company had a great sense of humor and there were some funny video released in promotion for this game. Let’s hope they keep it up. 

Best In-Game Add-On

Winner: Mass Effect: Bring Down the Sky (360)

Runner-Up: MGS4 Pack in LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

Mass Effect introduced a new planet, a new race, and a new mission as DLC for everyone and I thought it was brilliant. LittleBigPlanet also came out with level expanisons based on MGS4 and I thought it was brilliant.

Best Aftermarket Support

Winner: Halo 3 (360)

Runner-Up: Rock Band 2 (Multi)

Halo 3 added new maps, new DLC, new playlists and they even announced a new game this year. All for a game that came out last year, that’s a great thing. Rock Band 2 got good tracks each week but some were better than others and seriously a country pack? For a Rock game?

Biggest Surprise

Winner: Tom Clancy’s EndWar (Multi)

Runner-Up: LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

EndWar made Voice work as a controller and that surprised me. LBP also surprised me because I didn’t expect it to be as fun as it was.

Biggest Disappointment

Winner: Playstation Home (PS3)

Runner-Up: Too Human (Multi)

If I was to get started on Home this would be 8 pages long. Trust me it sucks, don’t waste your time. Don’t even bother looking at it. Too Human was also a disappointment because we waited 10 years for it and we got a average game.

Worst Game

Winner: Wii Music (Wii)

Runner-Up: Cooking Mama: World Kitchen (Wii)

Seriously Wii Music sucks. Don’t even bother, don’t think about it. Cooking Mama is just as bad, really really bad. 

Best Achievements or Trophies in a Game

Winner: Fable 2 (360)

Runner-Up: LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

Both Fable 2 and LBP had a great mix of Achievements & Trophies (respictively). But Fable 2 had something for everyone. From kicking chickens, to having a orgy, to finding dolls. An enjoyable experience.

Best Ending

Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

Runner-Up: Lost Odyssey (360)

The ending for MGS was epic. It answered so many questions and ended so many things. I won’t spoil it here. 

Worst Ending

Winner: Far Cry 2 (Multi)

Runner-Up: Fable 2 (360)

Far Cry 2’s ending was retarded. The was no end, it made no sense. From friends that were dead magically alive again and backstabing you to help out the jackal (the man you are hunting to kill). It made do sense at all. Not even one part. As for Fable 2, well it just didn’t live up to the story that was setting it up.

Xbox Live or Playstation Network Game of the Year

Winner: Braid (360)

Runner-Up: Castle Crashers (360)

Braid and Castle Crashers and both brilliant games. Both a 1200 Points on XBLA and I highly suggest you pick up either one if not both, you will not be dissapointed.

Wii Game of the Year

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Runner-Up: Boom Blox (Wii)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl was such a great game that you can play over and over again espically with friends. As far as Boom Blox goes, it is also another great Wii game.

PS3 Game of the Year

Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

Runner-Up: LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

Both are must-owns for PS3 owners. LBP is just pure fun and MGS4 is pure awesomeness. You can MGS4 however you like and the story is amazing.

Xbox 360 Game of the Year

Winner: Gears of War 2 (360)

Runner-Up: Fable 2 (360)

Despite the online issues and glitches in Gears of War 2, it is still a great game to play and Horde is a lot of fun. Fable 2 also has a great single player experience that everyone can enjoy.

Developer of the Year

Winner: DICE (BattleField Bad Company & Mirror’s Edge)

Runner-Ups (Tie): Bethesda (Fallout 3) / Valve (Left 4 Dead)

DICE had two great games this year and I think they deserve Developer of the Year because both titles were very solid. Bethesda & Valve both deserve recoginition for there games this year.

Game of the Year

Winner: Grand Theft Auto IV (Multi)

Runner-Ups (Tie): Fallout 3 (Multi) / Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

This was the hardest choice. But ultimaley GTA IV had everything. It was the best overall experince among them all. It came down to these 3 and really GTAIV barely outperformed the others and it is my game of the year.


Top 10 Upcoming Shows

Next month is September, when most new shows or returning shows return to syndication. So what should you be watching? Here is my Top 10 of what I will be watching.

10. Hole in the Wall 

9. American Dad

8. 30 Rock (NBC)

7. Crusoe (NBC)

6. Family Guy (Fox)

5. Knight Rider (NBC)

4. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox)

3. Chuck (NBC)

2. Fringe (Fox)

1. Heroes (NBC)


Top 8 Upcoming Movies

This year has been one of the best years for movies in recent movies. With such great movies as Dark Knight, Hulk, Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, and even a Indiana Jones movie thrown in there. This may be the best year for movies ever, but we about to enter Septemeber and what does the rest of the year hold for us? Here are my picks for the rest of this year.

8. Punisher: War Zone

7. The Spirit

6. Max Payne

5. Eagle Eye

4. Babylon A.D.

3. Transport 3

2. Quantum of Solace

1. The Day the Earth Stood Still

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