77 Games purchased in 2009! Woah!

This was the supreme year of video game collection in my life.  There were two driving forces that brought about this unhealthy accumulation (both mostly a result of time spent on gaming websites such as Giantbomb):
1.  Nostalgia for games I owned when I was younger, and regrettably traded in to upgrade to newer systems.
2.  Games that were popular and successful that I just never got around to playing, and some of which I still haven't!
 
This list features games belonging to the systems Gamecube, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS1, PS3, and the bulk of them on the PS2, reminding me just how incredible that system was.  I did NOT include downloaded games(live arcade, PSN, DLC), which would have easily added another 20 games or so to this list.  Well, here it goes!

List items

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    MGS is my favorite series of all time, and the VR missions were always good arcade style fun that didn't take itself too seriously. And honestly, where else can you play as one of the coolest video game characters of all time, Frank Jaeger?

  • (New ownership, finished)

    I don't think there is a game that exists that I've beaten more times than the original MGS on the PS1. I could probably map out enemy locations and movements in each room of the game with my eyes closed. So needless to say, this was a must buy. This is also a very good way to introduce friends to the series (which I do often), I find that the graphic capabilities of the PS1 are tough to swallow for many these days.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    It was purchased on the PS2, unlike the picture. Purchased mainly to collect the entirety of the MGS brand. We all know it wasn't for the skateboarding engine :)

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Purchased mainly to collect the entirety of the MGS brand, and the improved camera mechanics. Snake Eater may be my favorite in the series, so the improved mechanics were definitely intriguing.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    The PS1 era of Spyro was one of my first, and all-time favorite franchises. When I was younger I had only owned R&C: Going Commando, and hadn't held onto it over the years. It was only until recently that I started to dig deep into companies that I would potentially like to work for (working on Computer Science degree in school at the moment) that I made a point to own the entirety of the Insomniac Library.

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    Purchased to obtain each Insomniac title in the series.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Purchased to obtain each Insomniac title in the series.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Purchased to obtain each Insomniac title in the series.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Purchased to obtain each Insomniac title in the series.

  • (Owned when I was younger, finished again)

    I owned a number of Crash Bandicoot games when I was younger, and enjoyed them very much. Though, they simply didn't capture my attention as much as Spyro. With that said, the J&D series swept me away on the PS2. I owned and loved each piece of the trilogy, but The Precursor Legacy was always my favorite by far.

  • (Owned when I was younger, finished again)

    I didn't enjoy the sandbox feel and GTA style mission structure of the 2nd and 3rd installments as much as I liked the traditional adventure platformer that was The Precursor Legacy, but I still enjoyed the continuity of the story and characters and also the upgrades to the combat (Dark Jak especially).

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    Purchased for nostalgia and to own the complete trilogy.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    This game flew under my radar originally, but after seeing it while going back to look for the other three games, I noticed that it too was developed by Naughty Dog and it became a must have.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    A franchise that has always been intensely popular and I simply had never played any of it's iterations. So I decided to grab 'em all up! Purchased on PS2

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the PoP series. Purchased on PS2

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the PoP series. Purchased on PS2

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the PoP series. Purchased on PS3

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    This franchise was a little much for my parents taste when it had originally released. Having killed my interests on that merit alone, I had never really been motivated to pick any of them up after getting away from the wrath of the ratings system! I do enjoy some action gaming so I figured it was about time to dive in. And while I'm at it, why not all of them?

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the DMC series.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the DMC series. Purchased on xbox 360.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Another series that really kind of flew under my radar when I was younger. I hadn't really been made aware of Sucker Punch until the inFamous buzz started, so I decided to look back to some of their earlier work and pick up the trilogy.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the Sly series.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the Sly series.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    After all the buzz of it's original reception, as well as some of the recognition it has been getting during various GOTY discussions, I decided it was time to pick this up. Also, adding another Sucker Punch game into the mix wasn't bad either. Haven't had a chance to play it yet but looking forward to it!

  • (Owned when I was younger, finished again)

    This was the first of the FF series that I had ever played and I loved it. After all of the fun memories returning to me as I saw it in the store, I knew I had to pick it up again. Played and beat it promptly afterward! Without having played this, I wouldn't be nearly as excited as I am for FF13!

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    After having enjoyed 10 as much as I did, i thought it would be good to try and expand on my Final Fantasy experience. I didn't get drawn into 12 as much as I would have liked, and never got incredibly deep into the adventure. It wasn't as easy for me to connect to the characters like I did with the previous iteration.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    I had always heard good things about this series, from journalists as well as my friends. Given it's take on a more action oriented RPG, as well as the curiosity I had about two fleshed out worlds coming together, I was easily intrigued enough to pick this game up along with its sequel.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the Kingdom Hearts series.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Another extremely popular series that I simply hadn't brought myself to play. Picking this up with its sequel was certainly not disappointing, and am very much looking forward to the third iteration.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Completing the GoW series.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    I had never heard much buzz over this game during the time of its release, and it was really the movie "Reign Over Me" that peaked my interest of this game. Deciding to pick it up was intensely rewarding, and I could really appreciate the creative and original qualities this game had. One of my favorites of the games I picked up this year.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    I remember reading about this game in Game Informer when I first subscribed to the magazine many years ago, but wasn't interested in its seemingly "escort" gameplay hook. After having played SotC though, this pick up was a must, so I scavenged the internet for this rare gem.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Never really heard much about this game or its sequel, but it looked flashy and good old fashioned fun that didn't take itself too seriously. Pleased with my experience thus far.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Complete the VJ series.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    My friend simply gave me a three pack of Hitman games that he didn't want anymore, and he handed them over :). Havn't played any of them with the wealth of other games I've picked up. Owned on PS2

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Part of the pack my friend gave me. PS2

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Part of the pack my friend gave me. PS2

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    I never owned GTA3, but I had played it numerous times from friends letting me borrow it. I don't have too much drive to go back and play the old trilogy on the PS2, but it's nice to have around as a piece of history to show the progression of the series into the current generation.

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    Completing the PS2 GTA saga, I already own GTA:SA.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Does this need explaining? Really enjoyed this game. Multiplayer was fun, but ultimately didn't keep me hooked after having leveled up.

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    Picked this one up again for the simple reason of owning the Killzone brand as a whole, following the series through its progression.

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    I remember enjoying this stylized shooter quite a bit when I originally had it. It was a unique experience with fun graphics and shooter gameplay, and a story that resembled the Borne movies. Overall an enjoyable experience that I would like to revisit.

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    After trying for weeks to figure out the name of "that one game on the SNES that was super hard, with the knight fighting in his underwear, and the ocean waves that I was too young to figure out," upon discovering the name I soon found that a spiritual successor was being planned. I hopped right on board and really enjoyed this game. Picked it up for nostalgia mostly.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    I'm always hearing good things about this game. Haven't yet had a chance to dive in. On PS2.

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    This was the first game I ever owned on the PS2 system. I loved it, and I am excited to play through it again to see how it's held up. I also owned the sequel, but remember far less of its exploits, and it is damn hard to find. Still searching for it for a reasonable price or it would have been purchased by now.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Being that MGS is my favorite series of all time, I had to try to dive into some of Kojima's other work. I haven't played this series yet, and I am currently trying to track down the sequel. Another game that is difficult to come by :(.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    With the buzz and my anticipation surrounding Heavy Rain, I wanted to experience the spiritual predecessor. Another game I've always heard very good things about.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    I've owned each of the other Halo games on their release(except ODST, way too expensive for its content right now), and although I'm not nearly as big of a fan of this series as the rest of the world, I enjoy it for what it is and wanted to own the beginning of it all.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Spotted this while just browsing around and couldn't stop myself. Pure nostalgia, and a desire to own the entirety of the console TLoZ games.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Bought ONLY for a funny drinking game with my buddies. This was the cheapest one I could find.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Bought as a game for me and my three dorm roommates to play together for casual fun.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Bought as a fun game for me and my three dorm roommates to play together for casual fun. This was also the only game in the franchise that I hadn't ever played.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Another game that I've always heard tremendous things about. From what I've played, I have enjoyed the nods and similarities to The Legend of Zelda franchise, and appreciate it for its unique art style. Purchased for the Wii.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Bought based pretty much solely on internet reviews and buzz. Haven't had a chance to play, it almost feels like a game that I am not allowed to have. A mature game on the Wii, feels kind of like trying to trying to watch porn in your parents house when you were a kid, you just know its something you are not supposed to be doing. Looking forward to playing this game.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Another game that I just never wound up playing. Picked it up in light of the sequel coming this year. On PS3.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    With all of the hype and acclaim this game has generated, how could one not pick it up? JUST got it so I haven't even gotten to play it yet! On PS3.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Got the sequel last Christmas, but decided not to play it until I had finished this game, but regrettably didn't pick it up until the summer. I have always enjoyed Insomniac games and these two were no exception. The multiplayer of the second game reminded me so much of the play style of Red Faction 2(love), but I will never get fully used to the PS3 analogs for FPS games.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Another incredible game that I hadn't picked up during the first 6 months of my PS3 ownership. Given its popularity and its sequel on the horizon, had to pick it up and loved every minute of it. For me, this blew all of Naughty Dogs previous franchises out of the water.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Not much to elaborate on here. Fantastic game with few peers. Loved this game and will likely revisit it soon. One of my best of 2009.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Was on the prowl for a lengthy experience that I could rope myself into, and this was certainly it. On recommendation from a friend, I found this game extremely satisfying, and I am now anticipating the sequel.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Wanting to quench my thirst for a turn based RPG, I purchased this off a friend and have to yet to really dive into it full force. I have enjoyed what I have played thus far, but I keep getting my attention diverted elsewhere.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Another flagship game of the Microsoft war machine that I simply never played. Just picked up this and its sequel, haven't yet had a chance to play.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Completing the Fable series.

  • (Owned when I was younger, haven't finished again)

    I had this game with all of its expansions on the PC when they were all originally released. My PC ran it fine, but certainly not to the power of the 360 at that time. Picked up the GOTY edition with everything for the 360 to have that concrete fallback of quality. I was a fan of Morrowind before it, and I really enjoyed this game and sunk huge hours into it. Owned on 360.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    While the buzz on this game was humongous (and still is), I never really enjoyed it as much as everyone else seems to. Don't get me wrong it was a fantastic game, with very well done atmosphere. But it is that atmosphere that was keeping me from enjoying the game as much. Everything was so bland, so much brown, gray, dull colors. So much openness in the wasteland without a huge amount of civilized locations. To put it simply, I just didn't enjoy as much as I did Oblivion. Perhaps picking up the add on packs would rebound my feelings of this game. Owned on 360.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    I was skeptical about this game during it's pre-release marketing. When the anticipation for Modern Warfare 2 just would not subside, I decided that I needed a new game to hold me over the week before MW2 launched. Borderlands lived well up to that challenge and I will return without hesitation to continue playing. This game was awesome. 360

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Picked up mostly as a game to enjoy with friends, especially after the amount of time I spent with them on World at War's zombie mode. 360

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Continuing the zombie movement, this seemed like a game that I could just sit down and enjoy without having to get too attached. Was fun while it lasted. 360

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    People talk about HL2 all the time. I had to pick it up given its popularity and influence on the industry. Haven't yet sat down with the Half Life portion of the game yet, but breezed through Portal for a unique and brisk experience. 360

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Came with the purchase of my Elite when my Pro RRoD on me for the second time in less than 3 years :(.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Came with the purchase of my Elite when my Pro RRoD on me for the second time in less than 3 years :(.

  • (New ownership, haven't yet finished)

    Game the seemed interesting enough to me when I was picking up a lot of the others. Just picked it up, I have yet to play it.

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Guitar Hero has always come very fluid to me, and I have owned most of the iterations since the GH2 on the 360. Rumbling through expert on this game was much for fun with the full band of college kids on my dorm floor. 360

  • (New ownership, finished)

    I had grown a tad bit bored with the last couple iterations in the series because I just couldn't find enough songs that were challenging enough to keep it interesting throughout. What better way to cure that problem eh? 360

  • (New ownership, finished)

    Improved game mechanics and a broken World Tour guitar meant a new Guitar Hero for me. Oh, and the fact that while GH may not have the DLC support that Rock Band does, people don't seem to realize that you pay a lot more money for the Rock Band songs individually. I'd rather have a yearly iteration of the series with 80 songs a piece than over priced DLC. Thanks. 360

  • (New ownership, finished SP veteran, finished 48 stars and counting Solo in Spec Ops, second prestige in MP)

    I've owned every IW release of CoD since the very beginning on the PC with "vanilla" Call of Duty. I played CoD2 competitively in the CAL-i and CEVO leagues, and have personally not found a better game that suites my style of play. LOVE THIS GAME.

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