Ok, ok, I know year 2009 is still not over and we still have many great games which are yet to come out. Anyway, this is our list of the candidates which according to us are the most deserving; one of which could be the Game of the Year 2009. The list also contains games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Assassins Creed 2 which are not released yet, but they got listed here since we all know they look very promising.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is perhaps one of the best action adventure games ever made. With jaw dropping visuals and an adventure worth playing over and over again, Nathan Drake’s latest treasure hunting adventure has to be played. Its one of the best reasons to buy a PlayStation 3 and another reason why Naughty Dog are becoming a force in the video games industry. Featuring awesome multiplayer online modes and the over the top Hollywood action, Among Thieves is a game which is years ahead of its time.
Dragon Age Origins
One of the best RPG along with Demons Soul in 2009, Dragon Age Origins tells a dark heroic fantasy story. The player is allowed to select one of the Origins, this then determines the plot and how the NPC will react to you. Just like previous Bioware games players will be able to cast magic and use powers against enemies and also give orders to NPC’s.
Batman Arkham Asylum
Batman Arkham Asylum is the type of game that once you start playing, you loose track of the time and hours have gone by before you realize it. Great graphics, sounds is awesome, action is non stop, controls are easy. Unlocking new gadgets just extends the fun and finding new ways to take down enemies is always a blast. There are a bunch of really great games yet to come here in 2009, but Batman Arkham Asylum should be at least nominated for an award in some category.
A console exclusive for the 360 and PC and another winner that Microsoft has. The sequel is back again and Valve have given this game it’s pedigree to ensure that it will deliver a AAA experience like its predecessor. The game will feature 5 new maps and, if the demo is anything to go on, multiplayer will be even more gripping and addictive than it was in the previous game. The game is out 20th November 2009.
From the moment that Killzone 2 was announced back at E3 2005 with that infamous CG rendered trailer, I thought Sony have dug a a big hole for themselves from which they will never come back. That trailer was epic in proportions, nobody during those days could have imagined that such a feat will even be possible. Half a decade later Sony releases Killzone 2 and the game is hands down epic. Killzone 2 is feast right from the start to finish. You will be using large turrets, fighting gunships and more in the single player campaign. And if the fun ends in the Single player , almost limitless gameplay values can be found in the awesome online modes.Killzone 2 is a technical feat, right from its well implemented cover system to its level design, everything seems to be well locked down.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2 is offering more than what the original offered. The original had some of the most intense and nail biting action. And looking how it is going for Modern Warfare 2, there is no doubt it will achieve the same amount of success. But surpassing what the original achieved will be a tough challenge, be it the sales or the review scores. In any case we will know soon enough as the game hits November 10th, 2009.
Halo 3: ODST
ODST features an entirely new storyline with all new characters and, for the first time in the franchise, an open world to explore. The game takes place in the city of New Mombosa. Most will remember the city as the location on Earth where Master Chief fought in Halo 2. You play as the rookie in a squad of ODSTs about to drop into New Mombosa to take out a covenant ship over the city. The mission goes down the creek when the ship causes a slip space rupture in the city forcing you to be separated from your squad during the drop. You awake six hours after drop and must begin to piece together what happened to your squad mates. In short if its Halo and if its a great game it has to be listed in the nominees.
Assassins Creed 2
In 2007 Ubisoft came up with a new IP called Assassins Creed. The game featured a highly agile and a acrobatic assassin. His name was Altair. Actually the main protagonist of the game was Desmond Mile, a modern day bartender who was forced to use a time machine called Animus. In the sequel the protagonist remains the same, but he will be taking the role of Ezio, a nobleman who is a descendant of Altair. The game takes place during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century. Ezio’s father and his other relatives are killed by a rival family and Ezio now vows for revenge, while taking care of his sister and mother. Now Ezio is not a trained assassin like Altair in the first game. He has to learn from the very start in order to become a master assassin. Another game that is yet to be released but still has the potential to be the game of the year.
Fans of RPG’s will find Demon Souls very similar to other RPG’s; you find weapons, money, and equipment as you progress, you level up, kill enemies on your way, but what makes Demon’s Souls different is the fact that your main goal is to kill bosses, demons as mentioned before, this can all be done alone, or you can choose to slay the Demon’s with a friend online using Online Co-Op. Easily one of the best RPGs of the year (along side Dragon Age Origins) if not the game of the year.