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Giant Bomb's Users Pick Uncharted 2 As Best Game Of 2009

We've gone over your lists, tallied up the results, and have your picks for the best games of 2009!


Nathan Drake does it again! 
As you've been out building your Best of 2009 lists, we've been secretly staring at them, picking them apart, weighing them, and totaling them up to form a list of the top 20 vote-getters. And we're done! Actually, it wasn't so hard. I think Andy just had to make a couple of simple database requests. But that doesn't make it any less impressive! This list was built using your lists. Essentially, if you put a game in the #1 slot, it got 10 points, #2 got 9 points, and so on.

The end result is one of the closest vote tallies I've ever seen when it comes to this sort of user-voting thing. The first and second games are exactly 130 points apart. Looks like you guys came down to the same dilemma that we did when making our choices...

OK, now that you know how this list was built, let's stop screwing around and get to the list itself!

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (16,839)
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (16,709)
  3. Modern Warfare 2 (14,161)
  4. Assassin's Creed II (11,956)
  5. Dragon Age: Origins (11,921)
  6. Borderlands (11,406)
  7. inFAMOUS (6,256)
  8. Shadow Complex (5,631)
  9. Street Fighter IV (4,927)
  10. Left 4 Dead 2 (4,149)
  11. Resident Evil 5 (3,896)
  12. Killzone 2 (3,154)
  13. Forza Motorsport 3 (2,975)
  14. Halo 3: ODST (2,636)
  15. The Beatles: Rock Band (2,606)
  16. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2,600)
  17. Demon's Souls (2,596)
  18. Torchlight (2,220)
  19. Red Faction: Guerrilla (2,101)
  20. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (1,620)
 
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all of you who took the time to build a list!     Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

Nathan Drake does it again! 
As you've been out building your Best of 2009 lists, we've been secretly staring at them, picking them apart, weighing them, and totaling them up to form a list of the top 20 vote-getters. And we're done! Actually, it wasn't so hard. I think Andy just had to make a couple of simple database requests. But that doesn't make it any less impressive! This list was built using your lists. Essentially, if you put a game in the #1 slot, it got 10 points, #2 got 9 points, and so on.

The end result is one of the closest vote tallies I've ever seen when it comes to this sort of user-voting thing. The first and second games are exactly 130 points apart. Looks like you guys came down to the same dilemma that we did when making our choices...

OK, now that you know how this list was built, let's stop screwing around and get to the list itself!

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (16,839)
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (16,709)
  3. Modern Warfare 2 (14,161)
  4. Assassin's Creed II (11,956)
  5. Dragon Age: Origins (11,921)
  6. Borderlands (11,406)
  7. inFAMOUS (6,256)
  8. Shadow Complex (5,631)
  9. Street Fighter IV (4,927)
  10. Left 4 Dead 2 (4,149)
  11. Resident Evil 5 (3,896)
  12. Killzone 2 (3,154)
  13. Forza Motorsport 3 (2,975)
  14. Halo 3: ODST (2,636)
  15. The Beatles: Rock Band (2,606)
  16. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2,600)
  17. Demon's Souls (2,596)
  18. Torchlight (2,220)
  19. Red Faction: Guerrilla (2,101)
  20. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (1,620)
 
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all of you who took the time to build a list!    
Staff
Edited by Forcen

Nice, a longer list would be interesting. Top 100?
 And Torchlight made the list, awesome!

Posted by Freedomequalsabuckofive

Giant Bomb users have decent tastes. News @ 11.

Posted by themartyr

Huge disparity between #1 and #20. 
 
16,000 votes to 1,000. 
 
The question is: Who didn't vote Ghostbusters?

Edited by lemon360

I think we ALL know Cryostasis is the true 2009 Game of the Year :)

Posted by Yummylee

Blarst, I'd bet i was the only one who put a vote towards The Saboteur =P. 
 
But yeah, no surprise here. Uncharted 2, well deserved GOTY on both counts 8)

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Posted by Ratcabbage

Wow, close one. Uncharted 2 is certainly deserving. Great job people!

Posted by RHCPfan24

Fantastic choices all around!! I am shocked by such great attendance, too. The top choice is much deserved but everything here is of high quality. I respect those who voted for Torchlight.

Posted by SlantedRoom
@themartyr:
 me, that game was lame
Posted by Kahoona

Glad to see Torchlight getting some recognition that it deserves.

Posted by Steve_C

Where's flower?! Arghhh!!!!!!!

Posted by Allprox

I'm glad inFAMOUS is so high on that list, it really was a great game., but damn that was close for top spot.

Posted by cstrang

It's a pretty narrow margin between Uncharted and Batman.  Impressive.  And I didn't vote for Ghostbusters.  That game sucked.

Posted by Milkman

Makes sense to me. I'm surprised to see Torchlight up there.

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Posted by Azteck

Modern Warfare 2 won over Assassin's Creed 2? Not too sure what I think of that..

Posted by InfiniteGeass

Wow. It was pretty close between Batman and Uncharted 2. Closer than I would think it would be.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

You don't know how glad I am to see Ratchet and Clank up there. Maybe the most underrated game of 2009.

Posted by ArchScabby

What?  No splosion man?  I am disappointed in everybody.

Posted by SumDeus

Where's Bowser's Inside Story ? :(

Posted by Karmum

I'm curious to see if I'm the only one who ranked Madden NFL 10 in their Top 10 list.
 
Is that some kind of honor in itself?

Posted by ImperiousRix

Glad to see Street Fighter IV make the top ten.  Also pretty happy to see Beatles: Rock Band at least getting some love in the top fifteen.

Edited by Addfwyn

Nice, looks like the community's taste match the reviewers pretty well.  Probably to be expected, but still nice to see. 
 
Good choices too, glad to see Uncharted 2 win it in the reader's choice too.  19 excellent games made the list.

Posted by Nyro

Gratz Uncharted 2

Posted by Boyling

Interesting to see how close it was between Batman: Arkham Asylum and Uncharted 2 even in the community.

Posted by gike987

Yay, Dragon Age made it top five.

Posted by FCKSNAP

Considering all the moans and groans coming from the GOTY comments I'd think this would've turned out differently. Great list all around!

Posted by Warihay

Uncharted 2 defiantly earned it. Nice list except the absence of Battlefield 1943. I love that game!

Posted by flyingfruit

man was shadow complex really THAT good? apparantly im missing out.

Posted by Alphazero

I've played 10 of the 20, and 8 of the top 10.
 
Maybe tonight I'll watch a movie.

Posted by FLStyle

Glad to see Torchlight in there, really enjoyed that game. Strange to see Infamous and Shadow Complex beating Street Fighter IV, I wonder if that's more people with both a PS3 and 360 or simply Street Fighter IV's novelty value not lasting into the second half of 2009.
 
Can't disagree with the top 5, great to see Dragon Age: Origins there.

Posted by Hamz

I am genuinely surprised that a later horse in the 2009 race, Torchlight, managed to make it in the top 20. As for the list itself I'd say it is a fairly solid one, and the fact over 16,000 people took time to create lists says a lot about our community here and how willing they are to take part in this sort of thing.
 
I say more list related shenanigans during 2010 Jeff, more dammit!

Posted by Maxszy

Would have loved to see AC2 and DAO above MW2 but...guess that just can't happen with so much MW2 :-P

Posted by Dethfish

I wanna know where Skate 2 was. I put it at number 1, so I know it got at least 10 points.
 
Although, looking at that list makes it apparent that a lot of good games came out this year. I should play some of them.

Posted by unreal999

Super glad torchlight and demons souls made the list. Also uncharted rocks but DAMN batman was sooo close. 2009 was amazing lets just hope twenty ten is just as good or even better!

Posted by Linkyshinks

I'm amazed a Wii game made it onto that list.

Posted by Wes899

Where is Noby Noby Boy?

Posted by JoelTGM

wow Uncharted 2 and then Batman AA, just like the GB staff.

Posted by Apathylad

Wow..it was a very close race  between Uncharted 2 and Batman.

Posted by KuribosShoe

I thought surely that my picks of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 would have gotten on there... heh

Posted by MistaSparkle

I'm extremely happy about Red Faction getting on there. Its one of my favorite franchises and I'm glad its sitting well with others. 
Also Uncharted 2 is pretty goooood!
Posted by DrRandle

Poor Silent Hill. :/ Not that I had even the slightest expectation to see it on this list, but that game is actually mad good.

Posted by resident_UA
@Boyling said:
" Interesting to see how close it was between Batman: Arkham Asylum and Uncharted 2 even in the community. "
This is called groupthink.. Psychology 101 :)
Posted by wrecks

Good to see Red Faction:G at least made it into the top 20. Best Sledgehammer of the year.

Posted by MildMolasses
@Azteck said:
"Modern Warfare 2 won over Assassin's Creed 2? Not too sure what I think of that.. "

If it helps balance out your worldview, I'm baffled that AC II made the list at all
Posted by dhuff

Glad to see Shadow Complex get some lovin'.
 
Also, Demon's Souls!?!  I thought I would be in the minority there but wow, 17th.  Hope From Software doesn't get used to all the good will because "Armored Core: For Answer II: The Answering" is probably still going to suck.

Posted by aerious

pretty much agree with the list though I'd like to have seen Dirt 2 in there and Forza 3 a bit higher in the list.

Edited by mordukai

Congratulations to all the winners. Every game on that list is a good game on it own and I get amazed every time I look at it and realize the amount of good games we got this year. It's so heartwarming to see a game like inFAMOUS taking the #7 spot and games like Demon's Souls, and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time make it to the top 20 list.  Looking forward to 2010.

Posted by Binman88

Hmm, 5 of my list made it into the top 20.
 
I like the idea of tallying up the lists submitted by the community. Would be cool to have a monthly feature implemented like this with a news article at the end of the month to view and discuss the results.

Posted by JeffGoldblum
@MildMolasses said:
" @Azteck said:
"Modern Warfare 2 won over Assassin's Creed 2? Not too sure what I think of that.. "
If it helps balance out your worldview, I'm baffled that AC II made the list at all "
Why? That game was great. Even if you didn't like the game it is pretty clear it was received quite well.
Posted by themartyr
@Abyssfull: i gave saboteur props too, haha.