The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!



  • @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

    Votes

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

    Information

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

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    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

    Votes

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

    Information

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

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    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.





  • @demonpirate Nah, I can't take credit for that.

    I'm no Michael Huber X-D



  • Assassin's Creed II

    #4. Assassin's Creed II - 39 points

    Votes

    #1: 3 (Lotias, Exist 2 Inspire, MiserablePerson)
    #2: 2 (Shoulderguy, El Shmiablo)
    #3: 2 (Hazz3r, Sentinel Beach)
    #4: 2 (DIPSET, paulmci27)
    HM: 6 (JDINCINERATOR, ffff0, Nimbat1003, Scotty, Sazime, robert7lee)

    Information

    Release date: November 17 [US], November 20 [EU]
    Developer: Ubisoft
    Publisher: Ubisoft
    Genre: Action-adventure, Stealth
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Wow, that jump in point totals!

    The first Assassin's Creed was okay but Assassin's Creed II is were I really got invested in the series. The gameplay is improved over AC1, and the cities of Renaissance Italy were a joy to explore, with it's great art direction and atmosphere. Also, AC2 has an excellent soundtrack, perfect for stabbing fools in the neck and back.

    I was much more invested in the story of the Assassin's and Templars this time around, mostly thanks to Ezio. As Altair was a bit of a blank slate protagonist in the first game, were Ezio is a much more developed character. I enjoyed seeing his story and skills as an assassin develop over those 3 AC games.

    The recent Assassin's Creed games have gone in a different direction. For myself, AC2 was the peak of that classic AC formula and it's still my favorite of the series overall.



  • I just recently watched a whole Assassin's Creed series review/ranking from an acquaintance of mine, and when got to II and said it released in 2009, I immediately thought, "Oh yeah, I forgot it came out that year. Wait. I haven't seen it on the countdown yet. It'll probably be next." And sure enough, that's what happened.

    As comical as it is, my only experience surrounds, but not with, the Ezio trilogy: 1, III, and IV: Black Flag (for various reasons). As such, I've never played II and can't speak to it, but I recognize how many fans feel this was/is the peak of the "classic" style of the franchise.