The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!
#10. inFAMOUS - 15 points
#2: 2 (Scotty, Sentinel Beach)
HM: 7 (Brandon_Reister, NeoCweeny, Lotias, El Shmiablo, bam541, Exist 2 Inspire, naltmank)
Release date: May 26 [US], May 29 [EU]
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s): PlayStation 3
bam541 last edited by bam541
Finally, a game that I voted for! InFamous was one of the first truly awesome games that I got for my PS3. Aside from Motorstorm, the first few games I got were forgettable, and it took a while for my PS3 library to get going. I guess you can say that applies to the whole console library in general.
My memory of this game is pretty hazy nowadays, I think I last played it in 2010, but I still remember liking a lot of the story stuff for both good and evil playthroughs. I don't think I ever finished the evil playthrough though. I really like the main villain's story in particular. Also, those comic book cutscenes are awesome. I really like that Sucker Punch still does that every now and then.
Empire City's grimy and dirty look is something that the series would move away from in the later games (for the better, imo), but it does help sell the idea of a huge incident impacting everything in the city. Plus, one of the series' favorite staple to me is collecting those blast shards, and boy it's so fun to do that when you have parkour mechanics like in this game. You'll get extra powers for exploration too later on, like being able to slide on train tracks. In terms of fulfilling superhero fantasies, this game certainly did a good job.
Speaking of powers, it's just so fun to throw electric bolts (or anything electric related) at people. I always loved the flexible and dynamic combat in InFamous games, and the first game did a good job of providing a solid ground for future games to improve on (and I think they have improved it! Second Son has the best combat imo).
While there are better games in the series, I think this game still has a lot of good things that warrants at least one playthrough, especially since the story stuff is actually worthwhile. At this point I'm super cool with Sucker Punch moving on, but I would be hyped if they decide to make another inFamous.
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I've got it for free after PSN hack. Good game, and I was considering it as my #8, but I liked Borderlands more (I think).
Brannox last edited by
Of all of Sony's major 1st party franchises they've built and maintained over the course of the PS3's life cycle, inFAMOUS is one I've been turned off by. Despite my fandom of Sucker Punch's previous work with Sly Cooper, inFAMOUS came at a time where I was first starting to feel fatigue in open world games looking like you were doing a lot of the same kind of thing, but with different skins/time periods. On top of that (as I've stated on other countdowns), I'm not into the superhero/comic book style, so that's another knock against me ever wanting to try it.
That said, I do appreciate what it does with it's take on morality and I DO know the major twist. While I kind of like it from an outsider's perspective, it's one of those that is SUPER easy to mess up or be a massive dud, so kudos to SP for doing a good enough job, not just with this game, but for creating a sustainable franchise across several entries.
JDINCINERATOR last edited by
One of the most interesting releases of 2009, inFAMOUS was a real killer app for the PS3 that felt refreshing with its comic-book stylings and its playing with electricity. I don't think young children should play inFAMOUS because they might get some dangerous ideas and may start to fiddle with electrical objects themselves, but inFAMOUS was sizzling with great gameplay and was supercharged with great moments. Cole was a bit too gravelly but besides that this was a successful IP debut that deserves to be remembered. While we're on the subject it should be mentioned that Yahtzee put inFAMOUS and Prototype devs into competition where the devs would have to submit a picture of the protagonist from the opposing game wearing a woman's bra and Yahtzee would pick the winner.
Sentinel Beach last edited by
Niiiice. I really do love this game, I've played and finished it so many times. It's essentially the story that hooks me the most, that has some real gravitas and powerful moments. And the way it's presented both visually with those comic screens and with Cole's narration... It just hits me perfectly, that whole tone.
The powers are really cool both for fighting and especially for traversing Empire City. The game world is just the right size with a sweet and appropriate number of things to do and collect, so the whole journey stays pleasantly tight from start to finish. And the score by Amon Tobin is the cherry on top, it binds everything together so well. Man, I love this game.
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This game is dope as hell. My main criticism with it is that visually it's a bit of a drag - just a crapton of grays and browns, which isn't my vibe in a world with superpowers. I also remember being annoyed that your choices were a true binary, and that you couldn't play around with the nuance of one major decision later on (i.e. it didn't matter if you were a good guy the entire game up until that point, you were treated as an asshole no matter what if you chose the "bad" option). Still, just a really fun game with some sick powers.
Sheria last edited by
I'm kinda shocked none of my picks have appeared so far.
While I did purchase six of the ten picks thus far, it was simply that loaded of a year for me.
DIPSET last edited by DIPSET
I'll never forget the infamous inFamous vs Prototype threads and comment wars on GameTrailers back in the day. I thought neither looked particularly great but almost everybody leaned into Prototype looking a lot better. Then both released and inFamous became a sudden hit while Prototype floundered.
I think I played a demo and wasn't super into it but ended up buying it anyways and having fun. The art direction is just waaaaaay too grimey for me and the factions were kinda dumb. Your buddy was also kinda annoying, but on a minute to minute level, the game is fun. inFamous 2 was a lot better but I'm glad people came around on this one.
#9. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days - 16 points
#1: 1 (Sheria)
#2: 2 (Jamicov, MXAGhost)
#3: 1 (Brannox)
Release date: September 29 [US], October 9 [EU]
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action role-playing
Platform(s): Nintendo DS
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I saw this game in 1.5 collection. Maybe it was better as a game, but as a movie it's too slow and boring.
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Of all the games in the entire franchise, I think this is the one that doesn't get enough love. 358/2 Days is MUCH better than the movie cobbled together in the 1.5 ReMix, because it leaves out so many important details (and is a major source of irritation, personally speaking). Playing as a member of the Organization is one the series' best decisions, as seeing everything through a day to day lens is very engaging, giving further context on who they are and what they did while Sora is out of action.
The panel system is the one of the most flexible in how you want to build Roxas, but it's not utilized in any other Kingdom Hearts game, which is a shame. Having a set grid of squares to fill in with a keyblade and abilities is fun to me, and each keyblade has a unique tetris like shape you have to figure out how to configure in your grid, making it feel like a fun little mini-game of what abilities you want to chain together and what items/magic you want on each mission.
The missions can vary, from fighting unique bosses and doing tasks like finding a set amount of chests to some of the more mundane filler like collecting emblems within a time limit or defeating a set amount of enemies. Having the ability to skip some missions to progress the story is appreciated, but I don't mind them, so I do as many as I can (though some optional objectives are terrible). While most of them you'll do alone, there's a decent amount where you'll be teamed with one other Organization member and having one on one time with so many of them is fascinating to see their personal dynamic with Roxas in how they view and treat him.
Overall the story is solid, though it does have a couple moments where it really shines. A large chunk of the beginning takes place alongside the events of Chain of Memories, so seeing the other side's perspective of the aftermath of that game is really cool. There's a moment pretty late in the game (I think in the last week) where hindsight absolutely blows me away. Don't hover over the tag if you don't want spoilers for this game, KH Birth by Sleep, KH III, and Unchained x:
During a cutscene, Axel, Xigbar, and Xion are in Wonderland, and something happens where Xion will temporarily look like Ventus, and Xigbar has a line saying he hadn't seen him in a while. This is important because Birth by Sleep didn't come until two years later, and no one really knew Ventus yet EXCEPT those who saw the secret movie from KH II, but Ventus wasn't named until BbS. And since KH III, this moment is given even GREATER context what with Xigbar being revealed to be Luxu from Unchained x.
While this one scene is incredible to me, it's not the best moment of the game. That distinction happens in the next to last day:
Where Roxas goes rogue, pulls his hood up, and you can dual-wield and become extra powerful for that one moment. And the fact it culminates in you playing out the secret movie from the very first game is a total delight.
I really like the game a lot (if you couldn't tell) and the fact it doesn't get as much love as the main trilogy or Birth by Sleep is a shame. Square didn't do it any favors by making it condensed into a movie, but it's one of the better games of the whole series. While I dislike having to answer the question of "what games do I need to play in the series," from people who are looking to try the series for the first time, this is on the short list for sure.
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inFamous is one of the most underrated Sony exclusives. It's much better than Protype and also really fun game to play. Too bad that Sucker Punch didn't get the recognition they deserve with this series but Ghost of Tsushima so they will continue from there instead of inFamous.
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Loved getting to be super super evil.
Such a great evolution from Sly Cooper.
Sheria last edited by Sheria
Wow, there it is. I actually didn't expect to see it as high as this. It's an incredible game but always got overlooked due to it being a handheld title.
358 pretty much ties with BBS as my favourite entry in the series. What I loved so much about 358 however was its complete focus on the original characters. I do love the Disney mixup but it was amazing to see how much the new cast shines on its own. The story was also incredibly emotional and heartbreaking, not bad for a lot of sitting around eating ice lollys.
The poster still adorns my dining room.
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I LOVE 358/2 Days. Yeah, the mission system can get repetitive, but I just have a lot of fun with the replayability of going back with new abilities to collect all the emblems or treasures. And there are a lot of cool bosses or uniquely structured missions to keep you going. Plus, as others have mentioned, the story is the real draw here. Being placed within the Organization is such a great premise, and the structure of the game allows for more deep dives into the relationships between characters and their headspaces, which I love. This game's got some of my favorite moments in the series, especially with Xion and Axel. I so wish they would've remade this for the 1.5 Collection, it deserves more recognition.
Also, I never gave my thoughts on Pokemon Platinum since I voted for that, but Platinum is pretty close to the top of my Pokemon list. It has such a great balance between new designs, post-game, region design, etc. I also just have a lot of nostalgia for it because it was probably the height of my multiplayer Pokemon experience with my high school friends. A lot of fun times trying to build teams together, breeding, trading eggs, battling, all the stuff. Hoping the eventual Gen 4 remakes will live up to my time here in some way (and hopefully mark the moment when Pokemon games on Switch look nice).
#8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 19 points
#2: 2 (Hazz3r, MiserablePerson)
#3: 2 (Brandon_Reister, Crepe)
#4: 1 (Scotty)
HM: 3 (Nimbat1003, DIPSET, Exist 2 Inspire)
Release date: November 10 [US/EU]
Developer: Infinity Ward
Genre: First-person shooter
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
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Arguably the peak of the Call of Duty series. An incredible campaign. A somewhat unbalanced yet amazingly fun multiplayer mode. Sits right next to the likes of Doom and Goldeneye in the hall of Great FPS.
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I replayed the campaign last year on the remastered version, and it's certainly as bombastic as a CoD game could ever be. It definitely has some of the coolest moments in the whole franchise (the American invasion parts are pretty crazy), but overall I don't think it holds a candle to CoD4, World at War or Black Ops 1's campaign, which are my favorite ones. I never got to experience the multiplayer first-hand, which is also a big factor in making it miss my votes. I do respect the massive impact of that multiplayer. I always enjoy seeing people look back at something fun they used to have, and the MW2 multiplayer is quite prevalent in that regard.
Brannox last edited by Brannox
Of the 14 games I've played that released in '09, Modern Warfare 2 sits at 11th.
I got "sold" watching the Modern Warfare 3 demo during Microsoft's E3 press conference and borrowed my dad's copies of both CoD 4 and this to play them to prep for 3. For MW2, the campaign does have a couple of neat moments like the EMP going off in D.C. as the copters are falling out of the sky, and infiltrating a base in a blizzard, and there are a couple of Spec Ops missions that were fine (particularly the stealth ones), but I guess my "fling" with CoD was at its peak here. This was also around the time I met my best friend, so this is one of the first games we played together.
After going through all three of the original Modern Warfares and the first Black Ops, I had decidedly come to the conclusion CoD is not for me. I also made the catastrophic mistake of playing multiplayer. And let's just say I had first had experience in how the franchise has earned its reputation of being a cesspit. While I got a kick of finding the hidden bear by going out of bands on a private match, when I look back at Modern Warfare 2, the only feelings I have is a couple spikes of enjoyment at the time during my first campaign playthrough, and regret for having played the series the further removed I am from it.