The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!

  • Great list! Thanks @Axel

    1. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
    2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    3. Assassin's Creed II
    4. Batman: Arkham Asylum
      HM. Shadow Complex
      HM. Guitar Hero 5
      HM. Demon's Souls
      HM. Skate 2

  • Alrighty, let's wrap up this sucker!

    Sadly, we only had 32 voters this time around, the second lowest participation after 2012 and 2013 (31 voters).

    Despite that, there were 76 games nominated, giving us the second highest games per voter average, behind 2014 (96 games from 40 voters!).

    Some highlights:

    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves killed it with 80 points, the 5th highest total ever, and an average of 2.5 points/voter, the 2nd highest ever behind the goliath God of War (2.76). 21 people voted for it, that's juuust under two-thirds of the voters, again just behind God of War on that front!
    • It's the second Uncharted game to win GOTY alongside Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in 2016, making it the only series with 2 wins so far.
    • And the third Naughty Dog GOTY win overall, if you add The Last of Us (2013).
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum ends up second, but with 23 people voting for it, more than the winner! Batman: Arkham City also achieved second place in 2011, always the bridesmaid never the bride!
    • Dragon Age: Origins gets 3rd place, a new record for the series!
    • Assassin's Creed II also sets a new record for its own series with 4th place. It's also a new high for a Ubisoft-developed game, but not for a Ubisoft-published game, this distinction remaining with South Park: The Stick of Truth (3rd in 2014).
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is also the highest-ranked in its series, but to be fair most of the series was released in years we haven't covered yet.
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (8th) and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (9th) are also the best of their kind (see the pattern here?).
    • PlayStation reigned supreme as usual with 5 exclusives (Flower, inFAMOUS, Demon's Souls, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time and the GOTY Uncharted 2: Among Thieves).
    • Only 2 Nintendo exclusives (Pokémon Platinum and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days), that was a serious slump for the Wii and DS.
    • 2 exclusives for Xbox too (Halo 3: ODST and Forza Motorsport 3).
    • Alright, time to honor those who didn't make it.
    • 5 points: Resistance: Retribution, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, Killzone 2, Wii Sports Resort
    • 4 points: Still Life 2, MadWorld, Bionic Commando, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, The Sims 3
    • 3 points: New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Empire: Total War, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, League of Legends, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Dead Space: Extraction, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Prototype, Shadow Complex, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Machinarium, Cursed Mountain
    • 2 points: Rock Band Unplugged, Klonoa, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Splosion Man, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Tekken 6, Skate 2, Gran Turismo, Torchlight, UFC 2009 Undisputed
    • 1 point: Blood Bowl, LittleBigPlanet, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, Punch-Out!!, Trine, Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica, Wolfenstein, The Saboteur, Little King's Story, Zeno Clash, Halo Wars, Katamari Forever, Guitar Hero 5, FIFA 10, DJ Hero, Fight Night Round 4, NCAA Football 10, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
    • 0 point: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, The House of the Dead: Overkill, Sonic and the Black Knight, Need for Speed: Shift, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles...

    I've only played 6 out of these 20 games (7 if you count MW2 Remastered). And for the first time, there isn't a single one in there that I think I'll play in the future.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated! I'll wait a couple more months until I organize the 2020 GOTY, hope you don't mind, I think it's best to give everyone (me included) the chance to play more games especially considering the next-gen consoles shortages.

  • The relief that The Saboteur didn't make the cut. It has a cool mechanic and setting, but as a game it's aged absolutely terribly.

  • @hazz3r I remember being super hyped for it because of its setting, but the reviews were pretty disappointing.

  • I regret not putting Cursed Mountain higher. :(

  • My list

    1. Demon's Souls
    2. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
    3. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
    4. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
      HM. Wolfenstein
      HM. inFAMOUS
      HM. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
      HM. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    Demon's Souls is still one of my favorite From games. I just love the level design in this one. Plus is this game is also a bit "weird" and I love it.

    A Crack in Time is the only Ratchet game post the original trilogy that I hold in high regard. Truly a great action platformer.

    GTA Episodes from Liberty City is a fantastic expansion. It's way better than GTA IV and more in line with the PS2 GTA games.

    I'm sad to see I'm the only one who voted for Wolfenstein. It really is one of the most underappreciated shooters of all time. It's just as great as all the other Wolfenstein games.

  • My Marvel picks didn't make the cut, nor did The Saboteur from my eternal love, the Pandemic Studios.

    #1: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
    #2: Infamous
    #3: Assassin's Creed II
    #4: Batman: Arkham Asylum
    HM: Flower
    HM: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
    HM: The Saboteur
    HM: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    Thanks for the list @Axel! Please participate more, people.

  • @phbz Well you and @sheria atleast brought the came to my attention :D

  • @axel As always, I love these, but not going to lie, seeing Retribution being in the top group that JUST missed out hurts.

  • @brannox I feel the same way but for GTA Chinatown Wars. Also, shoutout to my fellow The Sims 3 voters.

  • Since it's been a couple days and it appears the thread has run it course...

    .....Hall of Fame?

  • @brannox I support Hall of Fame idea. Mods?

  • Global Moderator

    Yes I will move it to Hall of Fame now :)

  • @Axel The submission post is up for the next Community Showcase.

  • I submitted the results for the March Community Showcase.

  • Axel's submission in the March showcase:

    Youtube Video – [39:25..]

    I think Jones mistaken Episodes from Liberty City with Liberty City Stories, lol.