Here's to the new decade

Hey fellas. Duders. Peeps. Bombers? Yeahhhh, I haven't done a blog in nearly a year now and just thinking back; it's crazy to think of where I was then and where I am now in life. I'm sure some of you know or remember what happened to my family in 2008. Very troubling and very... traumatic? It was kinda bad, and even though I feel like I practically wasted a year (August '08 - August '09) of my life in a place that I hated living in, I'm doing better now. Not 100% happy, but I feel like I'm getting there.
 
Ahem. ANYways, let's talk about games. Or rather, my favorite games from this past year. While I'd still say 2008 and 2007 were 'better' years (mainly because of all the cool looking '09 games that suddenly became 2010 games), it was still pretty good. You should note that I still don't have a PS3 of my own, so I haven't touched some of the bigger '09 hits like... Uncharted 2 and... InFamous. And Modern Warfare 2. Jeez...
 
Yeah, so here's my personal Top 6 games list for the year:

 MINE'S CHOCOLATE!
6. Punch-Out!! - While I'm probably never going to finish Title Defense Mode, playing through Punch-Out has got to be some of the most 'retro' fun I've had all year. Fighting through goofy opponent after goofy opponent and figuring out their weak spots is still, after all these years, a real joy.
 
5. Red Faction: Guerrilla - Don't play this game for it's 'story', cause it's totally forgettable. Play it so you can have a ton of open world fun as Mars goes "BOOM!" all around you. The "Demolition Master" side acitivies are a BLAST (hur hur) to figure out. Also, pretty good multiplayer.
 
4. Resident Evil 5 - If it wasn't for the 'forced' co-op aspect, I would've ranked this game higher. You need to play this with another human being, preferably one that you actually know, to really enjoy and appreciate this game. Good fun and the story was oddly satisfying to me (and I've never finished a single Resident Evil game except for this one, so... there ya go).
 
3. Batman: Arkham Asylum - Wait... wait wait wait... a GREAT Batman game? It's totally true and you should totally play it. Glad that it doesn't riff/steal from the current movies and relies on doing it's own thing for the story. Getting the voice actors (MARK HAMILL) from the animated series to reprise their former roles was a cool move on their part.
 
2. Street Fighter IV - This is easily one of my most played games of the year. From February to June, I mainly played this game and that was kinda it. I find it weird that I started off totally avoiding/hating charge characters. Yet within a month or two, I went from fighting as Cammy/Fei-Long to fighting exclusively as Vega/M. Bison (with some Guile every now and then). Too strange. Amazing game. 
 
1. Dragon Age: Origins
 Alistair is definitely the best video game character of 2009. I mean, come on. "OOO LOOK I HAVE CHEESE"
- You know... BioWare games truly are something special. To me, at least. I can't think of too many other game developers who consistently make games that have such great writing and characters. The kind of video game characters that I can relate to and actually feel something for; almost as if they were actually real people. The gameplay is very good as well, feeling instantly familiar to those of us that have played Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. Not only that, but Dragon Age continues the BioWare tradition of having an amazing story with a very satisfying ending. Did I also mention that the DLC quests are pretty damn good as well? 
 
It's easily my favorite game of the year and now, one of my favorite games of all time. 
 
Well, can you guess which game I'm most looking forward to this year? Yeah. Hard, I know.
 
That's all for now. Take it easy!
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Posted by AllThatBacon

Hey fellas. Duders. Peeps. Bombers? Yeahhhh, I haven't done a blog in nearly a year now and just thinking back; it's crazy to think of where I was then and where I am now in life. I'm sure some of you know or remember what happened to my family in 2008. Very troubling and very... traumatic? It was kinda bad, and even though I feel like I practically wasted a year (August '08 - August '09) of my life in a place that I hated living in, I'm doing better now. Not 100% happy, but I feel like I'm getting there.
 
Ahem. ANYways, let's talk about games. Or rather, my favorite games from this past year. While I'd still say 2008 and 2007 were 'better' years (mainly because of all the cool looking '09 games that suddenly became 2010 games), it was still pretty good. You should note that I still don't have a PS3 of my own, so I haven't touched some of the bigger '09 hits like... Uncharted 2 and... InFamous. And Modern Warfare 2. Jeez...
 
Yeah, so here's my personal Top 6 games list for the year:

 MINE'S CHOCOLATE!
6. Punch-Out!! - While I'm probably never going to finish Title Defense Mode, playing through Punch-Out has got to be some of the most 'retro' fun I've had all year. Fighting through goofy opponent after goofy opponent and figuring out their weak spots is still, after all these years, a real joy.
 
5. Red Faction: Guerrilla - Don't play this game for it's 'story', cause it's totally forgettable. Play it so you can have a ton of open world fun as Mars goes "BOOM!" all around you. The "Demolition Master" side acitivies are a BLAST (hur hur) to figure out. Also, pretty good multiplayer.
 
4. Resident Evil 5 - If it wasn't for the 'forced' co-op aspect, I would've ranked this game higher. You need to play this with another human being, preferably one that you actually know, to really enjoy and appreciate this game. Good fun and the story was oddly satisfying to me (and I've never finished a single Resident Evil game except for this one, so... there ya go).
 
3. Batman: Arkham Asylum - Wait... wait wait wait... a GREAT Batman game? It's totally true and you should totally play it. Glad that it doesn't riff/steal from the current movies and relies on doing it's own thing for the story. Getting the voice actors (MARK HAMILL) from the animated series to reprise their former roles was a cool move on their part.
 
2. Street Fighter IV - This is easily one of my most played games of the year. From February to June, I mainly played this game and that was kinda it. I find it weird that I started off totally avoiding/hating charge characters. Yet within a month or two, I went from fighting as Cammy/Fei-Long to fighting exclusively as Vega/M. Bison (with some Guile every now and then). Too strange. Amazing game. 
 
1. Dragon Age: Origins
 Alistair is definitely the best video game character of 2009. I mean, come on. "OOO LOOK I HAVE CHEESE"
- You know... BioWare games truly are something special. To me, at least. I can't think of too many other game developers who consistently make games that have such great writing and characters. The kind of video game characters that I can relate to and actually feel something for; almost as if they were actually real people. The gameplay is very good as well, feeling instantly familiar to those of us that have played Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. Not only that, but Dragon Age continues the BioWare tradition of having an amazing story with a very satisfying ending. Did I also mention that the DLC quests are pretty damn good as well? 
 
It's easily my favorite game of the year and now, one of my favorite games of all time. 
 
Well, can you guess which game I'm most looking forward to this year? Yeah. Hard, I know.
 
That's all for now. Take it easy!
Posted by DBoy

Mark Hamill got robbed at the Video Game Awards by Jack Black. That's a fact... Jack.

Posted by DVzomb

I completely agree on the number one game. Dragon age origins was so good...that I have both the PC and 360 versions. Weird I know right?

Posted by Yummylee

Alistaaairs alright, he does have his hilarious moments but sometimes he can be just annoying. He's a damn good warrior though 
So far my favourite party characters are tied between Sten and Shale.
Posted by AllThatBacon
@Abyssfull said:

" Alistaaairs alright, he does have his hilarious moments but sometimes he can be just annoying. He's a damn good warrior though So far my favourite party characters are tied between Sten and Shale. "

The thing I love about Alistair is that he can go from being dead serious to hilarious in less than two seconds. Kudos to his voice actor, I thought he did a really good job. Morrigan's definitely my second favorite of the bunch, even though she's a real bitch sometimes.
 
 @DVzomb said:

" I completely agree on the number one game. Dragon age origins was so good...that I have both the PC and 360 versions. Weird I know right? "

PC version orrrr bust. 
 
 @DBoy said:

" Mark Hamill got robbed at the Video Game Awards by Jack Black. That's a fact... Jack. "

Mr. Skywalker does do a pretty good Joker. Hm. I still haven't played Brutal Legend, even though I totally have the ability to... all the RTS talk kinda turned me off from it. Ohhhh well.
Posted by Darro

Me thinks that game is Mass Effect 2.  Am I right?  Please tell me!  :P I really have to go back to play Dragon Age: Origins because I enjoyed playing it but a bug/glitch occurred during the dlc mission Warden's keep that spoilt it a bit for me and haven't really touched it since.   I play the 360 version and I know the PC version is all superior but I am pretty much done with PC games although I might download the Tales of Monkey Island series sometime in the future.

Posted by Slunks

What... no Civ IV?

Posted by CrazyBagMan

Technically the new decade starts in 2011

Posted by AllThatBacon
@Slunks said:

" What... no Civ IV? "

No WIGS?!
 
 @CrazyBagMan said:

" Technically the new decade starts in 2011 "

  You're wrong. But that's okay, I forgive you.
Posted by biggblack86

torchlight much broski? O_o but good shit on the DAO props.

Posted by BlastProcessing

Me likey that Dragon Age choice, duder.
 
But I gotta go with Uncharted 2. It's what Kingdom of The Crystal Skull SHOULD'VE BEEN.

Posted by PenguinDust

I originally chose Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as my GOTY, but I think I may need to revise my list (a bit late now, I know).  DA:O just has everything I love in games so far, though.  I know I've fallen for a game when I can't wait to start a second play-through, because I'd love to see what would happen if I'd made different decisions.  This happened back with KOTOR, my favorite game of all time. 
 
Thank goodness I bought it on PC, though.  I would be going constantly frowning if I didn't have the "hide helmets" mod plugged in.  For such a rich world, Bioware included some of the most ghastly helmets I've ever seen in a game.  

Posted by AllThatBacon
@PenguinDust said:

" I originally chose Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as my GOTY, but I think I may need to revise my list (a bit late now, I know).  DA:O just has everything I love in games so far, though.  I know I've fallen for a game when I can't wait to start a second play-through, because I'd love to see what would happen if I'd made different decisions.  This happened back with KOTOR, my favorite game of all time.   Thank goodness I bought it on PC, though.  I would be going constantly frowning if I didn't have the "hide helmets" mod plugged in.  For such a rich world, Bioware included some of the most ghastly helmets I've ever seen in a game.   "

KOTOR is (still) my favorite game of all time as well. So, kudos. Also, yeah... some of the helmets are kinda... ehhhh... I like the Templar armor though.
 
 @BlastProcessing said:

" Me likey that Dragon Age choice, duder.
 
But I gotta go with Uncharted 2. It's what Kingdom of The Crystal Skull SHOULD'VE BEEN. "

  Well thanks, broseph. Wait... so you're telling me that Nathan Drake CAN'T survive a nuclear blast? Nothing can stop the Ford.
Posted by Alphiehyr
@Slunks said:
" What... no Civ IV? "
Maybe because not everyone likes it? I haven't played it and I think it's a piece of shit.
Posted by Claude

Why do good writers come and go so often? I guess I'll see you next year.

Posted by Slunks
@Alphiehyr: Perhaps I was making a joke to a personal friend of mine. We've played it a bunch over a few years and really enjoy it. Plus, Civ IV wasn't even a game released in '09, so it was obviously a joke.
 
Go troll somewhere else.
Edited by Alphiehyr
@Slunks said:

" @Alphiehyr: Perhaps I was making a joke to a personal friend of mine. We've played it a bunch over a few years and really enjoy it. Plus, Civ IV wasn't even a game released in '09, so it was obviously a joke.  Go troll somewhere else. "

Unlikely and quite pathetic. I know it was released in '05...? Maybe I knew it was a joke and decided comment on the game itself that it's a marmite? As well as my personal opinion?
 
Go joke somewhere else.
Posted by AllThatBacon

"Go joke somewhere else" 
 
Wha? Does... that even make any sense? No, I didn't think so. Calm down.