A year in video games

December 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm (Games, Tops)

I know I rarely post about video games, but I do play them. These are my fave games of 2009 – with the note that I only play on the PS3 (and sometimes on the PC, mostly adventure games). This is why the list doesn’t contain any XBOX or Wii games.

Game of the year:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3 exclusive)

With this sequel, developers Naughty Dog set the new standard for action-adventure games. Uncharted 2 is simply amazing – with a great story, great characters, breathtaking visuals, and the best campaign I’ve probably ever played. If I were to list the most memorable scenes I’ve played in 2009, I’m sure most of them would be from this game. 10/10

Runner-up:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3, XBOX, PC)
A great sequel to an amazing series, featuring one of the most disturbing missions ever, and an awesome co-op and multiplayer campaign.

Honorable mentions:
Tales of Monkey Island (PC) – Telltale Games brought back the amazing adventures of Guybrush Threepwood – and they’re still great.
Brutal Legend (PS3, XBOX360) – Kicking ass with the power of heavy metal and a character based on Jack Black. Fun fun fun.
MLB 09: The Show (PS3 exclusive) – If you’re into baseball, this is the annual series you need.
Killzone 2 (PS3 exclusive) – great shooter, however miles behind the level of excellence set by COD.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
(PS3, XBOX, PC) – fantastic addition to the Batman universe.

Some other awards:

Biggest surprise: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Biggest disappointment: Football Manager Live
Best PS3 game: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Best sports game: MLB 09: The Show
Best visuals: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Best scene: the train sequence (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

Most anticipated games of 2010

1. Heavy Rain (PS3 exclusive) – february 2010
2. Bioshock 2 – 09.02.2010
3. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – march 2010
4. God of War 3 – march 2010
5. Thief 4 – TBA 2010
6. Red Dead Redemption – 27.04.2010
7. Gran Turismo 5 – march 2010
8. Mafia II – 03.05.2010
9. Postal 3 – TBA 2010
10. Guillermo Del Toro’s Sundown – TBA 2010

Just like with music, video games TBA releases aren’t certain. Some games on the list might be pushed back to 2011, some others might be announced during the year.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow – for my fave TV shows, and then on Sunday, for the best movies of 2009.

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