The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!

  • Halo 3: ODST

    #19. Halo 3: ODST - 6 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (Lotias)
    #4: 0
    HM: 3 (Phbz, Axel, paulmci27)


    Release date: September 22 [US/EU]
    Developer: Bungie
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Genre: First-person shooter
    Platform(s): Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC



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    I really enjoyed ODST! I mean I'm a huge sucker for all things Halo. I didn't play much multiplayer, but a horde mode and a fun different campaign had me in a good mood.

  • I only bought this for £1 a few years ago. So content wise it didn't bother me it was only 6 hours. I really liked what they were going for with the story & level design very different for a Halo game. The soundtrack is also excellent.

  • Played it for the first time in 2020. Such a weird experiment on Halo, had to give it a HM.

  • The only HALO game I could get into oddly and it's good stuff.

  • I just put like 100 hours into Halo 3 (and still going) since it released on PC this summer and they JUST released the ODST update and I'm not impressed at all. The only thing I like about it is the Silenced Magnum in Recon SWAT, but the silenced scoped SMG is useless, and the feel of the single player is nothing special. Something just grody with the art style too.

    Idk, not impressed in 2021 whereas Halo 3 has aged like a fine wine.

  • @Phbz @JDINCINERATOR @El-Shmiablo

    3:25-3:45 is why I can't get on board with Forza these days.
    Youtube Video – [03:26..]

    The multiplayer is a degenerate wasteland. Single player is the only way to play and enjoy yourself which is a shame because the courses are really nice. Sam thing plagued Drive Club which was a pretty fun game, but the multiplayer had this points system which punished you for getting rammed then ramming another person. It was broken. Then obviously I have little nitpicks in regards to physics and my general driving preferences, but mainly the botched online is what holds the series back by today's standards. Not holding Forza 3 from 2009 anywhere near this critique.

  • And as I expected, for what I feel like is the first time in forever, I can actually discuss a game in detail I didn't vote for. Halo 3 ODST was ninth overall on my list of 14, so it JUST missed out on getting an HM.

    While I like the concept of roaming a city, at night, in the rain, all while cleaning the streets of Covenant, I don't think it really does enough to maintain it being captivating. Sure the piano score is wonderful, but eventually, the streets start to feel bare as you eliminate your foes. The investigation aspect is also nice, but the levels you play really aren't all that fun. HUD design just doesn't look right and the weapons don't feel like the have power to them. On top of that, the overall narrative isn't really strong, but there are a couple of endearing characters in Buck and Dare (Shoutout to Nathan Fillion's Buck becoming more important than expected). Finally, the hidden phone terminals with that side story about the girl and the crooked police chief was weird, and clearly the template for the format of the disastrous "Hunt the Truth" campaign for Halo 5.

    Firefight is just another Horde-esque mode to me and doesn't really do anything I find interesting. Endless modes are a bother, so I've stayed away from it after trying it out a couple times. All that said, the game IS better if you have a friend to play with, but unlike the other Halo games where the campaigns are equally as fun whether you're alone or with a buddy, ODST is noticeably a more enjoyable time with a partner.

    I didn't think I'd sound as harsh as I do when I started, but putting down my thoughts, I remembered this was initially a DLC codenamed Recon, so I guess my gripes are a little tabled in that it never was intended to be anything more than a sidestory to the events of what was happening with Halos 2 and 3.

  • Plants vs. Zombies

    #18. Plants vs. Zombies - 7 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (Nimbat1003)
    #4: 1 (MiserablePerson)
    HM: 2 (HappyGaming, Brandon_Reister)


    Release date: May 5 [US/EU]
    Developer: PopCap Games
    Publisher: PopCap Games
    Genre: Tower defense
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, PC



  • Halo 3 ODST never did it for me. The thing that sets it apart from other Halo games ends up being the worst part about it. There's nothing interesting going on in New Mombasa. It's just some boring fights that pale in comparison to the main missions. New Mombasa just seems like filler in an already short game.

  • Plants vs Zombies is such a neat game. I feel that its simplicity and charming personality made it so accessible. It's like one of those games that non-players would easily enjoy a lot, and I think those kind of games are always great to have.

  • Love plants vs zombies and don't forget Brandon brought it to hall of great, as said by bam it's a great game for casual fans so I did play it alot with my sister who never games.

    as a fan of tower defense style games this fills alot of that need and just has a lovely charm and is so easy to play, it's nice that it does have a pretty solid campaign with a pelothra of side content as well

  • Again, another reason why 2009 was an incredible gaming year. I think Peggle might've been 2009 as well? Either way, the fact that I could shortlist a mobile game says a lot. It didn't make my list but there were some really solid mobile games back then: PvZ, Peggle, Fieldrunners, Tap Tap.

  • @dipset I missed Peggle, so disgusted with myself.

  • Plants vs. Zombies is one of the few games that I link (accurately or not) to the explosion of the Mobile space, and kudos for it's Hall of Greats nomination, but I never really can get into tower defense of any kind. Though I do appreciate PvZ as a brand being big enough to cross over to being a successful TPS in Garden Warfare, but as for this original game? To and for me, it's whatever.

  • Kinda forgot about it being mobile only ever played it on pc, though I did try 2 on mobile but they seemed to add alot of mobile bs to that version.
    Looks like it took about a year for the port too phones.

  • Flower

    #17. Flower - 7 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (HappyGaming)
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (ffff0)
    HM: 1 (Sentinel Beach)


    Release date: February 12 [US/EU]
    Developer: Thatgamecompany
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Genre: Adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC



  • Flower is one of those games I've always heard in passing, seen a screenshot or very brief clip a time or two, but know nothing about it beyond it preceded Journey for Thatgamecompany, and it's pretty short. Going of some cursory reading, it appears there isn't much too it beyond the message it tells, which I can respect. Though I do wish there was a bit more to it to entice me to play it.

  • Flower was such a relaxing and beautiful game. Also when I played it, my mother (who isn't into videogames) stopped by and watched almost entire game. It was great.

  • I was bummed out when I bought Flower a few weeks ago... the game just keep crashing my PS4! Right now I just don't have the urge to troubleshoot it.