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Giant Bomb's Multiplatform Game of the Year, 2009

Which product crossed platform lines to unite the world in one, singular vision of gaming greatness?

With so many capable platforms to choose from, developers and publishers are increasingly releasing their products across them all. When it's done correctly, this can mean an exciting and memorable gaming experience for anyone, regardless of system. Someday we may see the end of the wars between console diehards, and these spectacular multiplatform games will be leading the charge.

 

Best Multiplatform Game


Batman: Arkham Asylum


I'm Batman. As far as we know, taking a licensed property and making a quality product with it is one of the hardest tasks in the business. So, it is no small accomplishment that Rocksteady Studios was able to make one of the most impressive games of the year centering around one of the most prolific comic book characters out there, Batman. Over the years, Batman has appeared, with varying degrees of success, across all forms of media. So it's equally astonishing that Batman: Arkham Asylum feels so original and fresh. 
 
The intense and fluid combat, the stealth, and the exploration all take place within a tightly told narrative and environments that seem so naturally rendered that it's hard to believe the dank, clammy halls of Arkham Asylum are completely fictional. The whole experience is immensely satisfying, with pacing that keeps you eager to see what's going to happen next. The game also does a spectacular job of portraying the conflict between Batman and the Joker as more of a battle of opposing ideals between two equally insane opponents than some mundane case of criminal mischief. Batman is painted as order and justice to the extreme, while the Joker is his antithesis--complete chaos and anarchy. All of this combines to flesh out one of the finest games to grace any platform this year.

  
   

Runners-Up: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II
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Posted by Jekaboom

good pick. very solid game.

Posted by Nicky92

This game was so amazing to play. I thought the demo would be rubbish, like any spiderman game but no it had me hooked and i could'nt wait to get the actual game.
Posted by MeatSim

I really gotta get this game soon.

Posted by SuperJoe

Brad dies at 8:59

Posted by FirePrince

Great Choice.Overall,i think Batman is the game of the year.We all knew Uncharted 2 would blow us away.But who could have ever predicted this great game?No one.

Posted by Clbull

Assassins Creed II should have won in my honest opinion. AC was pretty decent but AC2 was a great example of how the sequel SHOULD be better.

Posted by Nemesis

It was a tough choice, but any of these games winning would be fine. I wouldn't mind if any of the top 10 multiplatform games won. Good year in terms of multiplatform games overall.

Posted by Benjaminvdv

I still can't believe that Batman is this good, I never played the game, and while there are some comic book games that done pretty well (MUA for example), I still can't believe that it could be this good, even now after seeing everyone love it this much, I'm still sceptical about it.

That said, it's obvious that I have to play this game.

Posted by jaxxduece

I have yet to play this game, and I hear nothing but good about it. But wonder if this game is getting bonus cred because it came from a no-name studio, so getting some underdog love. Everybody is used to give Infinity Ward or BioWare kudos, so feel like this game is getting more buzz due to its origins at Rocksteady. Like I said, havent played it, and I sure it is great, but was just wondering...

Posted by FLStyle

I was afraid that it wasn't going to win any awards but it turned out good in the end.

Posted by giyanks22
@Zenaxzd said:
" I really need to get this game sometime with all the praise it is getting. The demo thoroughly unimpressed me, but I get the feeling the full game itself is much better. "
the game is fucking amazing. its mind blowing that a comic book game could be this good.
Posted by DukeTogo
@jaxxduece said:
" I have yet to play this game, and I hear nothing but good about it. But wonder if this game is getting bonus cred because it came from a no-name studio, so getting some underdog love. Everybody is used to give Infinity Ward or BioWare kudos, so feel like this game is getting more buzz due to its origins at Rocksteady. Like I said, havent played it, and I sure it is great, but was just wondering... "
Most people can care less who it came from.  The game is great, no matter who made it.  I think you're over-analyzing what people think about when praising a video game.  While industry types might bring up the developer's history, plenty of people like this game that don't know Rocksteady from Infinity Ward, or who made either game.
 
Case in point, Brutal Legend pretty much got shit on by everybody, and it was made by the industry Darling 2nd-coming of Christ Tim Schaffer.  So who made the game doesn't earn it a pass one way or another.
Posted by coonce

so old.... why is this here?

Posted by adoggz
@coonce: it happens from time to time. guess its a bug?
Posted by eroticfishcake
@coonce: In case you hadn't noticed. A lot of old threads are popping up in the forums. Not so sure why though...