I have been browsing through the various game guru web sites and they all have the "This is our pick for 2009" thing happening.
All seemed to go for the biggest sellers, etc. but what do real gamers think? ... Well? ... Yeah you at the keyboard .... what are your picks for 2009?
Here are mine (Based mainly on how much fun I had with them):
Best game of the year (irrespective of platform): Dragon Age: Origins
This game is outstanding. The story is deep and rich and is truly shaped by your actions. Not just an RPG, on the higher settings this game shines as a strategy / tactical game as well. Any game that makes me want to play through three times in a row is a winner in my books. 5 out of 5 happy tail wags!
Best PS3 exclusive game (Yes I played a couple
A "sand box" game I truly enjoyed. Nice artwork, good story, super powers, lots of action and your choice to be good or bad! This one has just gone platinum. If you have not played it, do yourself a favour and shoot lightning at people. It is very cathartic!
4 out of 5 happy tail wags!
Best XBOX 360 exclusive game: Forza III
Hands down one of the best racers I have ever played. Graphics are stunning, sound is outstanding, physics are very good, a bazillion cars and it can be enjoyed by any level of player. 4 out of 5 happy tail wags!
Best Wii game: umm ... well ... I did not play one
(Can I vote Mario Kart again? ... no ... ok ... )
I had many, many, many, many close second titles for both XBOX and PS3. 2009 was a good year for gaming ... except for:
My pick for biggest disappointment of 2009: HALO: ODST
Now I realise that this may get me in hot water with the die hard HALO fans, but lets be real about this. This game should have been a DLC for HALO 3. The single player was short and weak (any game where I can run through a level without having to fire a shot is lame). Multi-player was its strength, and the new co-op mode was fun ... but again that's DLC territory, not a stand alone game. 4 out of 5 empty food bowls of disappointment!
Shame on you Bungie and M$ .. shame!