Best of 2009

After much personal debate on whether or not I should make a "Best of 2009" list and utilize this cool new voting feature I decided to go ahead and do it.  The reason why I wasn't too sure if I should is because I missed out on many games that I feel would have made the list and probably bumped off some of the lower ranking titles.  My reluctance to use a PS3 and some bad PC issues have left me in the dark from, what I've heard, are some truly great titles...
 
Omissions that probably would have made the cut if I played them:
Demon's Souls
InFAMOUS
Uncharted 2
Dragon Age: Origins
The Sims 3

List items

  • So here it is, my number 1 game of 2009. I've been playing rhythm games my whole life and my enjoyment for them has only grown with it's increased popularity. When I first heard about a Rock Band game that would only feature a band that I am frighteningly obsessed with it was Beatlemania all over again. I stalked every publication for information, pictures and videos about The Beatles:Rock Band and became more and more excited as I learned about the passion being put into this project. The final product is truly one-of-a-kind. It is an interactive work of art that showcases one of the greatest legacies of all time so it is my Game of the Year for 2009.

  • I really enjoyed Assassins Creed even though it was barley a game, more like an engine. Assasin's Creed II does away with all the problems of it's predecessor and delivers an encompassing and beautiful experience. The story, the characters, the setting, the gameplay, it all comes together to form a really special game. To be honest, I didn't think that AC2 would be as good as it turned out, but I am happy it did.

  • Left 4 Dead was one of the only games that I felt was truly a "survival" game. Playing through the campaigns on expert was truly a test of skill and teamwork and you always barley made it out alive. The thing that was really awesome with L4D was that, even if you were getting your ass kicked, it still managed to be fun, a rare quality in my opinion. So here comes L4D2, which is L4D but bigger and better... enough said.

  • I'm a huge Halo fan, always was. If a Halo game delivers an experience that is true to the franchise while also adding enough new stuff to keep it fresh than I am all for it. The campaign was fun, although a little familiar, and firefight mode was a great addition.

  • Role Playing Shooter, that may be a stretch. Borderlands is more like a shooter with very light role playing mechanics added to it but who would have thought that this was a formula for one of the most addicting games of 2009. The art style was pretty cool as well.

  • Shadow Complex was such an enjoyable experience, but what made it special was the "new yet retro" feel of the side scrolling gameplay. It also integrated online leaderboards better than most games (arcade or otherwise) and that made it even more engrossing.

  • It's a perfect mix of old and new GTA. This game really surpassed my expectations and was one of the most enjoyable portable games that I've played in a while.

  • As a fan of Resident Evil 4 this was a no-brainer purchase for me. What it offered was an experience similar to it's predecessor but with a little more focus on the action side of survival-horror, a change that I didn't mind. That and the online co-op made this one of 2009s best.

  • RPGs and myself have a love-hate relationship. I am very particular with this genre and things have to be done in a certain way for me to enjoy them. Bowser's Inside Story's charm and humor are good but what is great is the accessible yet engrossing gameplay and the interactive fighting mechanics.

  • While I believe this game is widely overrated, I still appreciated what was a solid action adventure game that used it's licensed material very well. That, and I could not find anything else that I enjoyed more in 2009.