Our twelve months of gaming in 2009 is almost over here in the UK, so it is time to close another successful year in gaming. 2009 has been another stellar year for gamers. You could say it has been a year of big sequels this year, with the likes of Killzone 2, Streetfighter IV and Resident Evil 5, in the early part of the year; and FIFA 10, Dirt 2, Tekken 6, Operation Flashpoint 2, Forza 3, Uncharted 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Left for Dead 2 and Assassin’s Creed 2 rounding up the second half of the year. It has certainly been a heavy year on gamer’s wallets.
2009 has also been a good year for some new franchises, with successful releases for Batman Arkham Asylum, Borderlands, Saboteur and Dragon Age. 2009 was also a year for some great Downloadable Content, which brought some fresh new challenges for some of last year’s bigger titles: Fable 2, Fallout 3 and GTA IV being the dominating leaders in this field. Downloadables have also had the bar raised this year, with big budget titles releasing on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Network. EA’s Battlefield 1943 showed that downloadables didn’t need to be bite-sized arcade games, and soon after we saw Shadow Complex from Epic Games and the hair-thinning title that is Trials HD enter the mix.
So in this last few hours of 2009 we reflect back on the games which released throughout the year and hand out our ‘Best of’ awards to the games that are worthy of such credibility. Like last year, all the Console Monster staff has voted their top five games of 2009. We then collected these up and gave each points; the first getting 5 points and fifth place getting 1 point. This then gave our overall total, which has lead to some interesting and some obvious results, so in reverse order lets crack on with number five…
Console Monster’s Top Five Games of 2009
Developers Bioware return to the console in 2009 with Dragon Age, their latest creation that takes a step back to the developer’s origins in the style of a fantasy based RPG, which has been heavily pushed as the ‘spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate’, a line which should be enough to entice any RPG gamer. Dragon Age: Origins features a great story backed by deep characters and splendid voice acting throughout. This epic adventure should be part of any RPG gamer’s collection.
We gave Dragon Age: Origins game 96% in our review – Click here to read Reece’s review.
The release of Batman Arkham Asylum this year has proven that with the right team and dedication you can produce a compelling and exceptional movie-based game. Rather than produce a game version of the Dark Knight’s latest movie, Rocksteady had created a third-person action game that was not only special to Batman fans but also to gamers as a whole.
We gave Batman Arkham Asylum an excellent 90% in our review – Click here to read Lauren’s review.
Two years on Drake returns in 2009 for his second adventure, featuring some new and some old friends. This time around its developers, Naughty Dog, have brought Multiplayer to the franchise, which has given PlayStation 3 gamers another compelling online experience to play with. This sequel brings yet another well written story, superb voice acting, ground breaking visuals and lots of laughs and action throughout Drake’s roller-coaster adventure.
We gave Uncharted 2 a epic 95% in our review – Click here to read Anthony’s review.
You will not have seen feedback taken so seriously as it has been with Ubisoft’s giant new IP, Assassin’s Creed 2. Whilst the first game was received well, there were major complaints on the repetitiveness of gameplay. Thankfully this has all been addressed in this sequel, which sees your character Desmond Miles back in the animus and taken back to renaissance Italy as Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The game brought fresh missions, some RPG elements, an intriguing and evolving storyline and solid gameplay – making Assassin’s Creed 2 one of the Action Adventure titles to own in 2009.
We gave Assassin’s Creed 2 an excellent 90% in our review – Click here to read Lauren’s review.
So our crowned Game of the Year for 2009 goes to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. 2009 saw the power house, that is the Call of Duty franchise, return to gamer’s screens for another modern campaign. Even though it brought with it some media attention (with its mature and controversial content) it really didn’t need it, as it was the most anticipated title of the year. Gamers were all to eager to swipe the game off the shelves, so much so that it became the biggest entertainment launch in history, selling over 4.7 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. With millions of gamers playing its multiplayer maps online and millions of revenue earned from sales worldwide, we are sure we will be back on Duty pretty soon enough.
We gave Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 an excellent 96% in our review – Click here to read Reece’s review.
We asked our community to vote for their game of 2009. We’ve recorded the current votes below.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
2. Uncharted 2
3. Assassin’s Creed II
5. Batman Arkham Asylum
Console Monster’s Awards of 2009
Best First-Person Shooter Game
Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runner-up: Wolfenstein (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best Action/Adventure Game
Winner: Assassin’s Creed II (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runner-up: Batman Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best RPG Game
Winner: Borderlands (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runner-up: Dragon Age (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best Racing Game
Winner: Forza 3 (Xbox 360)
Runner-up: Colin McRae Dirt 2 (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best Sports Game
Winners: FIFA 10 (Xbox 360 & PS3) & Tiger Woods 10 (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runner-up: Madden 10 (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best Music Game
Winner: Rock Band: The Beatles (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runner-up: DJ Hero (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best Simulation Game
Winner: IL-2 Sturmovik (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runner-up: Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best Fighting Game
Winner: Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runner-up: Tekken 6 (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Best Downloadable Game
Winner: Trails HD (XBLA)
Runners-up: Shadow Complex (XBLA), Axel & Pixel (XBLA), Battlefield 1943 (XBLA & PSN)
Best Downloadable Content
Winner: Gran Theft Auto Download Packs (XBLA)
Runner-up: Fallout 3 Download Packs (XBLA & PSN)
Surprise of the Year
Winner: Batman Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runners-up: Brutal Legend (Xbox 360 & PS3), Tropico 3 (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Winner: Halo: ODST (Xbox 360)
Runners-up: WET (Xbox 360 & PS3), FUEL (Xbox 360 & PS3)
One to Watch in 2010
Winners: Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360), Heavy Rain (PS3), Bioshock 2 (Xbox 360 & PS3), Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Runners-up: Crackdown 2 (Xbox 360)
So there you have it, our games of 2009. We would like to thank you all for sticking with us throughout 2009 and we hope to bring you much the same and more in 2010, where we expect it to be another epic year for us gamers. Stay tuned to Console Monster for our games of 2010 over the coming week.
Happy New Year!