The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!

  • Resident Evil 5 is the only game from 2009 that I've seen in it's entirety, but never played, thanks to the Mike & Mike stream about a year and a half ago. So I understand my thoughts need to be taken with a mountain of salt, but I'm confident enough about to speak about it to some degree. I got inspired to watch the stream as the Mikes (primarily Huber with RE VII) have given me an interest in the franchise SOLELY as a viewer (I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to play these games). And because of this, I would love to experience Dead Space 1 & 2 for the first time via an Ally playthough (I DID catch Ben's stream last year, but I was hoping he would keep with it. Ah well.)

    And as an experience, this is one of my least favorite playthroughs I've watched

    (as a reference, I would rate them as follows:

    • RE 2 Remake
    • VII
    • 3 Remake
    • 4
    • 2 [I just watched this for the first time within the last couple of weeks!]
    • REmake
    • 3 [I just watch this for the first time last week too!]
    • then 5

    I won't go back and watch the 6 full playthrough because of its reputation).

    Overall, there's just something about the way this looks that doesn't look good. I can't put my finger on it, besides the environments aren't all that interesting, and there are certain segments that don't look fun (the turret segment against the giant and one of the bosses that gave them massive trouble, can't remember its name). There are other things at the time I remember thinking "that doesn't look fun," but as you can tell, it didn't leave a positive impression. While I wouldn't mind rewatching the playthroughs of the top half of the above list, this didn't really do it for me (again, as a viewer) to ever re-watch it.

    And despite that, I would still have it 12th on my list of 14 games. Yes, there are two games I played I would rank lower than RE 5 (And I don't foresee them showing up). Regardless, I'm very excited to watch VIl.l.AGE, and the Maiden demo was neat to watch. I guess it's Huber's love and passion for the franchise is why I enjoy the playthroughs so much. It also comes out a week before my birthday, and my younger self never would've believed I would be celebrating a birthday watching a survival horror playthrough.

  • Uhhhh I didn't think this was a 2009 game, but I haven't ever finished it. Just gonna copy n paste what I wrote this morning in another thread, but keep in mind I thought this was a 2008 game:

    Started Resident Evil 5 coop yesterday morning with my friend. RE5, RE6, RE3 Remake, and Code Veronica are the mainline RE games I haven't played or finished. I played what I assume is maybe 50% of the game waaaaaay back when. I recall it feeling a lot more intense in 2008 than it currently does. On one hand, I'm way more experienced with Resident Evil, but also, this game just doesn't scare me as an adult. It's just the thrill of a zombie nearly getting you but you run away just right on time.

    Low expectations but having fun so far. It's funny how every co-op game in that era played the exact same: pre-mission inventory screen, hold circle to throw your friend up a ladder, run through bite sized levels. The only difference between RE5 and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand are the shooting mechanics. 2008 was a glorious yet weird time in gaming.


    I just wanna amend that by saying this game is D U M B but like... that's kinda what makes it awesome. Also, elephant in the room but this game is racist as shit. I'm a pretty massive Herzog fan where some of his best movies are like white dude among Indigenous people running amuck, so I'm not the best person to pass judgement, but sometimes you gotta call it what it is. The game is racist. RE4 isn't much better but this game is filled with an unignorable amount of "ooooh Africa S-C-A-R-Y".

    Also playing through RE4 at the same time as RE5 and it kinda shows that this game wasn't looking to re-write the book. It's kinda just RE4 amplified. And it's great for that. I still love the laser beam pop-a-shot gameplay, but I'm also kinda glad Resident Evil graduated to something else and this type of game has been continued in The Evil Within.

  • Resident Evil 5 is a pretty great action game but a pretty terrible Resident Evil one. Sheva always hogging the supplies is quite the necessity but there are a handful of memorable moments that keep RE5 buoyant. Oh yeah and the Results theme is wonderful. Just grab a buddy and this RE is pretty damn entertaining-it's entertaining in single-player too so that's good. Personally I'd probably have RE5 down between 15-20 in my personal top 20 but that wouldn't make it any less decent of course.

  • I'm legit surprised that RE 5 is so high up on the list. After RE 4, I felt like RE 5 was such a huge disappointment.

    Playing through this with my friend was not a great experience. However, I feel like my experience was a bit of an outlier. Other than that I don't really know what could be said about RE5 that hasn't already been said.

  • Banned

    My personal favorite RE to this day. I've played it through countless times across like 2 generations and 3 different platforms with a dozen different people.
    Some people say it casualized the systems from 4 but I think it more streamlined them. 6 took that streamlining a bit far and killed a lot of the customizability, but that is honestly the least of 6's problems.
    Hell, I think I might play it again just because of this thread.

  • @el-shmiablo

    So far I prefer RE4 to RE5 as an overall package but as somebody playing them both at the exact same time, there is no doubt that RE5 is more refined. Little bits of quality of life improvements everywhere like pulling the camera back further so you can see who is around you. The aiming is a lot smoother. Stomping downed enemies ups the pace in a really good way.

    Like... I don't even know what "casualized the systems" would even mean as a critique because it's the same systems as RE4 but smoothed out so it isn't a pain in the ass to play co-op. Generally speaking people complain too much about the whole "casual" critique imo.

  • Resident Evil 5 was my first ever Resident Evil game precisely because it looked like an Action Game. However I bounced off the game hard right from the beginning. Survival Horror was a completely new concept to me, and I had no idea how to deal with the mob rush and the axe guy at the beginning of the game. Now that I'm older and understand the language of video games more ("If something seems impossible, the game probably wants you to run away, not stand your ground.") I've dabbled in the first couple of hours and enjoyed my time with it. It has fun aesthetic and a satisfying combat system. But it's probably the last Resident Evil game I would play.

  • I had a lot more fun with Resident Evil 5 than I should have.

    I remember starting it up in co-op with my gf back then, but she was pretty terrible at it so we were stuck in the early sections and not getting anywhere. Eventually she gave up so I ended up playing most of it in solo, not the creator's intent, sorry!

    I was obsessed with achievements back then and I'm pretty sure I got them all in the end, replaying it over and over again with new weapons unlocked, it got more and more fun as it went.

    The story was peak silly (although I didn't play 6), and since I hadn't played 2 or 3 back then I probably missed some references.

    It's definitely not up there with the best of RE, but I can't deny I had a blast with it nonetheless.

  • Demon's Souls

    #6. Demon's Souls - 19 points


    #1: 1 (NeoCweeny)
    #2: 2 (Nimbat1003, DIPSET)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 6 (Shoulderguy, HappyGaming, Crepe, Sheria, Hazz3r, Sazime)


    Release date: October 6 [US]
    Developer: FromSoftware
    Publisher: Atlus USA, Namco Bandai Games
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3


    GT Review

  • How timely, and this is probably going to be the only example of the exact same game showing on both a retro list and a contemporary one. Granted, this year's iteration probably makes this 2009 original now completely void, but it's not surprising to see the Souls that started it all so high.

  • I had a great time with the Demon's Souls remake so I decided to give the original game an Honorable Mention despite the fact that I never played it. Plus, I've liked every other Souls game, so I'm sure I would have liked this one as well. I put Demon's Souls at #8 of 22 on my list.

  • It took me years to beat Demon's Souls. The Souls series, in general, has taught me a lot about thinking about certain games in different ways; whether it's how the Souls games are paced, or learning that failure isn't the wall we might think it is. They've also held up really well over time, imo.

  • I beat Demon's Souls a couple of years ago. It was fun. Had to give it an HM.

  • love demons souls and considered it my fave of the series(having played it near launch) for a while and there are still a couple things i like over following games, the nexus as a hub, but the replay on ps5 really showed how weak the boss fights are compared to modern counterparts and it's also a surprisingly small game.

    i still love it and the Ps5 version has basically fully replaced the 09 Game for like 98% of it, though you can make an argument for "Vibe" differences with some visual and music changes but even then i did my second playthrough of ps5 with the "classic" filter and it honestly works pretty well haha.

    this would have easily been Number 1 if not for another(i assume upcoming) game being squarely in my all-time top 10 from this year.

  • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

    #5. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - 20 points


    #1: 1 (DemonPirate)
    #2: 2 (Brannox, NeoCweeny)
    #3: 1 (Sazime)
    #4: 1 (Nimbat1003)
    HM: 2 (JDINCINERATOR, Capnbobamous)


    Release date: October 27 [US], November 6 [EU]
    Developer: Insomniac Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Genre: Platformer
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3


    GT Review

  • Hell yeaaaaah!!
    My first R&C game and undoubtedly my favorite.
    Here's hoping Rift Apart can get to its level :)

    Edit: Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if I like Tools of Destruction more or not haha

  • While I get why many consider this their favorite of the franchise, I prefer others more (The reboot, Tools of Destruction, and the original), but that doesn't mean I'm not very high on it (hence my second place vote). The franchise may have had quite a few games before this, but the PS3 is where it really hit its stride. There's so much about this game I love:

    • The juggling of multiple antagonists between Vorselon, Nefarious, and eventually Azimuth.
    • While I enjoy the dynamic between the titular two the best when they're together, this proved each can have unique and engaging gameplay and scenarios independent of one another.
    • The exploration of each system, flying to planets to find puzzling platform sections for Gold Bolts, Zoni, and side quests from NPCs, is freeing. There are so many planets across the franchise I really enjoy, but it's nice not having a linear path to explore every now and then.
    • The story is really solid, seeing Clank come into his own, how his origins was more than coming off the assembly line in the first game, and the heartbreaking fate of Orvus. Plus, again, Nefarious.

    Sadly, this would also be the last really good/great game of the series for awhile with the weird experiments that were All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault. Thankfully Into the Nexus and the Reboot proved the formula is still fantastic.

    Overall, this is a great game, and if it wasn't for My Blaster Runs Hot, I would have the Platinum. I'm VERY excited for Rift Apart, and I'm eagerly going back to another full series replay heading into its release (If they would give a release date. But I'm happier waiting as long as they continue taking their time and put out a fantastic game).

    As always, shoutouts to @DemonPirate, @NeoCweeny, @Sazime, @Nimbat1003, @JDINCINERATOR, and @Capnbobamous!

  • Woo love ratchet and clank just played through the ps3 trilogy last year, I still really like crack in time but personally 2 and maybe even 3 top out the series for me they all kinda do different things the best.

    Tools also does Some thing really well but the gameplay and better story of a crack in time top the ps3 trilogy for me.

  • Woah A Crack In Time is super high on this list. I mean it's a great game for sure and certainly deserves its place here but I am surprised by how much love people have for it. I didn't play as much of A Crack In Time as I should have because back in the day I used to rent out games, get 10% of the trophies and then review the games-which I know was an awful practice to have but I guess I did this to get a good first impression of the games I played without beating them. Damn I'd love to see A Crack in Time get remastered on PS4/PS5.

  • I imagine we'll see the points gap jumping pretty big right about next now.