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Giant Bomb's Wii Game Of The Year, 2009

Which game waggled its way into our hearts this year? The answer may startle you!

Would you believe the Wii was the category with the longest list of possible nominees and one of the toughest, most contentious decisions? It's true, and it's a sign of what a great year the Wii really had. But we had to get it down to three, and that's what we did. 
 

Giant Bomb's 2009 Wii Game Of The Year 

 

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories 

 
Nintendo does such a good job of dominating the software lineup on its own platforms that we could almost point out that Shattered Memories is made by someone else and stop right there. But that would be doing a disservice to all the bold, unexpected moves in this reboot of Konami's venerated survival horror series. Shattered Memories strips out the silly monster combat and focuses on psychological horror and a deep, pervasive sense of disorientation that forces you to stumble through the inexplicable, unsettling world of Silent Hill without ever really knowing exactly what's going on or where the game is leading you.

It wouldn't be sporting of us to give away the ending, though the way it masterfully focuses and resolves the chaos of the storyline is one of the best reasons to play Shattered Memories. But getting to that point is very much an experience worth having in its own right. The smart use of the Wii's unique control features, like the tinny cell phone calls that squawk out of the remote and the simple but effective correspondence of the pointer to your flashlight, make your exploration of Silent Hill eminently engaging. But the game wouldn't have topped our Wii list if it weren't for its expert handling of a malleable storyline that's both deeply unsettling and tastefully mature.

In a year that saw fantastic first-party releases like Punch-Out!!, Wii Sports Resort, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was a real surprise, and a reminder that Nintendo isn't the only company who can make great original games on the Wii.
    
Runners-Up: Wii Sports Resort, Rabbids Go Home 
 
 
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Posted by Brad

Would you believe the Wii was the category with the longest list of possible nominees and one of the toughest, most contentious decisions? It's true, and it's a sign of what a great year the Wii really had. But we had to get it down to three, and that's what we did. 
 

Giant Bomb's 2009 Wii Game Of The Year 

 

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories 

 
Nintendo does such a good job of dominating the software lineup on its own platforms that we could almost point out that Shattered Memories is made by someone else and stop right there. But that would be doing a disservice to all the bold, unexpected moves in this reboot of Konami's venerated survival horror series. Shattered Memories strips out the silly monster combat and focuses on psychological horror and a deep, pervasive sense of disorientation that forces you to stumble through the inexplicable, unsettling world of Silent Hill without ever really knowing exactly what's going on or where the game is leading you.

It wouldn't be sporting of us to give away the ending, though the way it masterfully focuses and resolves the chaos of the storyline is one of the best reasons to play Shattered Memories. But getting to that point is very much an experience worth having in its own right. The smart use of the Wii's unique control features, like the tinny cell phone calls that squawk out of the remote and the simple but effective correspondence of the pointer to your flashlight, make your exploration of Silent Hill eminently engaging. But the game wouldn't have topped our Wii list if it weren't for its expert handling of a malleable storyline that's both deeply unsettling and tastefully mature.

In a year that saw fantastic first-party releases like Punch-Out!!, Wii Sports Resort, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was a real surprise, and a reminder that Nintendo isn't the only company who can make great original games on the Wii.
    
Runners-Up: Wii Sports Resort, Rabbids Go Home 
 
 
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Posted by zombie2011

Yeah new quick looks.

Posted by pirate_republic

Wow, really? I was expecting SMB Wii or something.

Posted by AuthenticM

Hell yeah!

Posted by Metroid545

i'm surprised New super mario bros wii wasn't even a runner up

Posted by Muttinus_Rump

Great choice.

Posted by MattBodega

NICE! Way to go with the unpredictable choices, GB.

Posted by Jacob816

Does anyone know if the PS2 version is as good?

Posted by Legend

Brad probably called this one.

Edited by gosukiller

I find myself suprised that I actually care about a Silent Hill game... Might have to summon my wii from dust hell.

Posted by Amberella

Hell yeah! Been meaning to play this game!! What a great choice! =D
Posted by SpaceDandie

Brad definitely called it.

Posted by MannAlive

I'll have to try this one after all.  Huge SH fan, but the reviews have been all over the place.  Damn it, now I have to decide for myself.  I hate that.

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

saw this one coming after it won best ending.

Posted by Jeust

My first buy of the year... :p

Edited by handlas

I rented this game and the cop looked completely different as well.  She was brunette....completely buttoned up...kind of a bitch actually :p.
 
Plus I remember your orignal quick look.  You went to a bar at one point.  I didn't go to a bar.  Instead I ended up at a diner where I met the cop (you talked to a bartender).
 
Pretty kewl.  Wish I had a WIi for it...I rented it at my bro's house.

Posted by Jeust
@Jacob816 said:
" Does anyone know if the PS2 version is as good? "
no information yet.
Posted by MeatSim

This is how survival horror games should be.

Posted by gingertastic_10

These videos kick ass!!

Posted by shades846

It's says something about GB wii game reviews when the wii game of the year only got 4 stars but still won the section. If it was so good why did it not get five ? I have not played the game so it maybe just the best out of a bad bunch but I still think they under played SMB wii.

Posted by Konanda

I agree with what is present in this article.
Posted by ThomasP

Great pick, guys.

Posted by AndrewB

I already know how the game ends, and I still want to play it. I hope you guys allow some kind of full disclosure, spoiler talk about this game at some point. I'd really love to hear the more specific reactions to things.

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Posted by Jeffsekai

I want a wii now wow that game looks amazing

Posted by Shifty_Mcfly

Whoa, hey there busty cop.

Posted by Darkstar614

Hell yeah. Totally agree with this choice.

Posted by buzz_killington

This game was just so different from anything I've ever played. And it couldn't be what it is on any other platform.

Posted by gosukiller
@dcpc10 said:
" fuck. yes. quick look continuation ^_^ "
Quick Look 2: The Quickening
Posted by dbz1995

This as an Endurance Run would be so awesome.

Posted by dhuff

I want to play it, but I don't want to pay for it... a conundrum.

Posted by Milkman

Wow, I got to admit, this caught me way off guard. Makes me kinda want to go play it now...
 
@shades846 said:

" It's says something about GB wii game reviews when the wii game of the year only got 4 stars but still won the section. If it was so good why did it not get five ? I have not played the game so it maybe just the best out of a bad bunch but I still think they under played SMB wii. "

Stop obsessing over scores.
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Posted by Cerza

I'm not surprised this won Giant Bomb's GOTY for the Wii. I'm also very glad that it won it.

Edited by Kajaah117

Wow! Silent Hill deserves it, but New Super Mario Bros. Wii isn't even in the runners up? I can't wait to hear an explanation on the podcast. 
 
I really wish those FAQ people would stop trying to deconstruct the way the game reacts to certain player behaviors. It's a hell of a task, and it's crazy that they are able to do it, but I'd rather not have the illusion "shattered" so to speak. I guess the easy way out is just to not look at the FAQ though, so it's not too bad. 
 
Edit: OK, just finished the Quick Look. It seems their reasoning for Silent Hill winning, and probably why NSMBW wasn't in the running, was because of the way it used the Wii's technologies. I can see how New Super Mario Bros. isn't quite a Wii game, despite being exclusive to the platform. Good call guys!

Posted by Hailinel
@Jacob816 said:
" Does anyone know if the PS2 version is as good? "
It's not out yet, but I kind of doubt that it will be.
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Posted by ThomasP

I jumped twice while watching that quick look. This game laughs in the face of all the other survivor horror games released this gen.

Posted by CptBedlam

That was kinda painful to watch in the end when Brad ran all the way back and didn't realize it ... it wasn't THAT hard to see. :P
 
btw... Jeff obviously knows his Twin Peaks!

Edited by BenderUnit22

I laughed my ass off the 3rd time Brad made a wrong turn and didn't notice

Posted by Emandudeguyperson

"Door door door! Door door door! Ah! You're back where you started!"
 
Ryan's freaking out made this whole Quick Look RE worthwhile.

Posted by AndrewB

Anyone know when the best N-Gage game award will be coming?

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Posted by zombie2011

A new New Super Mario Bros Wii quick look would have been awesome.

Posted by Claude

I've been playing this game and the nightmare sections are heart pounding. When things ice over, a small bead of sweat rolls down my forehead. I've almost finished my first play-through, looking forward to changing things up on my next.

Posted by osuzoo08

game looks awesome wished I still had a Wii I would pick this up and I don't even like these kind of games.

Posted by Crono

Well I totally have to play this game now.  It just seems too awesome to pass up.

Posted by TheThingThatShouldNotLOL

STOP LOOKING BACK! doordoordoor DOORDOORDOOR!! Haha, loved this!

Posted by Hailinel
@shades846 said:
" It's says something about GB wii game reviews when the wii game of the year only got 4 stars but still won the section. If it was so good why did it not get five ? I have not played the game so it maybe just the best out of a bad bunch but I still think they under played SMB wii. "
New Super Mario Bros. Wii plays it safe compared to even half of the things that Shattered Memories does and does successefully.
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Posted by JoelTGM

awesome video

Posted by Rhaknar

i love how the guys actually did another quicklook for it, they could easily just have used the previous one... insane dedication, another reason why this is without a doubt the best site around

Posted by MildMolasses
@Emandudeguyperson said:
""Door door door! Door door door! Ah! You're back where you started!" Ryan's freaking out made this whole Quick Look RE worthwhile. "

This seems like the perfect game to play with some friends around, just for that Ryan-type reaction of everybody yelling out instructions and trying to be helpful, while probably just confusing the player worse
Posted by Knives

I wish Little King's Story got a little more love on this site. That game was fantastic.

Posted by Capum15

Oh man. Watching another chase after the first Quick Look was still intense as hell, especially with the good old "Runrunrun!" by the others watching.

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