Friday, January 22, 2010

Poll Results - Best game of 2009

Okay, either my polls suck or you guys have gotten bored reading my blog. Either way I lose. Here are the (pathetic) results from the last poll:

What was the best game of 2009?

Assassin's Creed 2 = 2 votes
Halo 3:ODST = 0 votes
Modern Warfare 2 = 1 vote
Left 4 Dead 2 = 0 votes
Dragon Age Origin = 0 votes
Borderlands = 0 votes
New Super Mario Bros. Wii = 0 votes
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 = 0 votes

Maybe the reason why some of you didn't vote was because of the economy and you couldn't afford to get some of the latest games. Maybe you just don't care anymore about what the latest/greatest game is. Or, like I said, maybe I'm getting boring in my old age.

I was just getting into Dragon Age when I was robbed so I don't know if the rest of the game is just as exciting as the first part. And while I owned (past tense, another victim of the robbery) Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 I hadn't played it yet (because I hadn't finished the first game). I played the demo for Left 4 Dead 2 and realized that it would be nearly impossible to play single player. That's a game best played with friends. Borderlands is a cool game but I haven't come across anything in the game that says "Whoa! this is unlike anything I've seen before". Maybe that's just me. I'd love to play Halo 3:ODST but I didn't have the money to buy it when it came out AND I wouldn't play it until I had played the earlier games AND those earlier games got stolen so I just don't see the point of buying it now to see what it's like. And seriously Nintendo? How many times are you going to "port" your original Mario Bros. game and call it "super" or "new" or both? As for Modern Warfare 2 it's got some problems.

I hate the fact that you can't jump into your friends party lobby. No can do. You've got to wait for an invite if you want to play with friends. And if your friend is already in the middle of a match you've got to send him a message saying you want in. If he stops to read it he might get killed. And do you want that on your conscience? And what happens if your party jumps out of a pre-game lobby to pick up a friend only to find out they want to play something else? Do you know how many "easy" rooms we've left only to find ourselves in those rooms where nothing goes right and everybody on the other team is glitching?

So that leaves Assassin's Creed 2. And that's the one I voted for. Even though I haven't played it (haven't finished the first game - another robbery victim). So how can I know it's the best game of 2009 if I haven't played it? I've read a lot about this game. And I've listened to what my friends have been saying. It's the game that the first one promised to be. It's the game that changes how you move and play through a game. It's also the game that opens up the game industry to approach their games differently than a standard hack-n-slash or FPS. Much like what BioShock did when it came out. And since I love BioShock why wouldn't I love Assassin's Creed 2 even if I haven't played it?


Anonymous said...

If you want to play left for dead 2, Mad Max, Kasenga, and myself all have it.

It can be played successfully on your own, but the AI is a little weird (alot more "A" than "I" I'm afraid). Some achievements are terribly painful to try for without human team mates.


Zak said...

I still read your blogs, I have you on my Google reader.

metallicorphan said...

yay,my vote wins....Assassins Creed 2 FTW....take that MW2!!!

metallicorphan said...

oh,and Penny,Dragon Age was alright,nothing special

Biowares worse console game IMO(and yes that includes Jade Empire as i loved that)

story was very so-so,which isn't like Bioware

Anonymous said...

Almost all the games you listed came out in the last quarter of the year. You missed a few really good games from earlier. Batman: Arkham Asylum and Resident Evil 5 also deserved consideration, I think.


Pengwenn said...

What little I played of Jade Empire I LOVED! (I just recently replaced it.)

I'm a little overwhelmed in Batman as I can't remember all the finishing moves in combat so I end up doing the same stuff over and over again. I haven't played enough of it to figure out if it should have been a contender.

As for Resident Evil 5 I've never tried that series and I couldn't remember when it came out. I also considered Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (if it came out in 2009?) but that game is so huge I don't think anyone has played enough of it to get the full picture. If they have they've got more time on their hands than I.