The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!



  • @naltmank I think that's why Journey is so appealing to me. I like when games try to evoke some sort of spiritual connection, and Journey's asian & middle eastern influences really clicks with me, at least visually. I still have it in my backlog though, haven't got around to actually playing it. Just waiting for the right time for it.



  • Pokémon Platinum

    #16. Pokémon Platinum - 8 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 2 (Jamicov, MXAGhost)
    #4: 1 (naltmank)
    HM: 0

    Information

    Release date: March 22 [US], May 22 [EU]
    Developer: Game Freak
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): Nintendo DS

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia


  • Banned

    @naltmank To be honest it was more the connection I formed with the other person I played the vast majority of the game with.
    Like how a game gonna make me feel for some complete Rando who I can only communicate with using a series of chirps like that?



  • For a long time, Pokemon defined a large portion of my childhood, and through the first three gens, I stuck with the games. My interest in the cards or show died out rather quickly, but the games were stalwarts. When the fourth gen arrived, I followed the same format: Got both games and was waiting on the eventual "third" game of each gen to see how different it would be.

    So, I fired up Diamond, excited to see what would come next.

    And I did NOT like it.

    I found the move to the 3D models to be ugly, the balancing is incredibly off with fire types being nonexistent, the areas were not appealing, the difficulty spike was a bit ridiculous, HM management (as is often the case) was infuriating with the overwhelmingly nonsensical "Fog," and while Teams Rocket, Magma, and Aqua are fine, Team Galactic was, to me, showed a downward trend the "evil groups" were becoming. All the gimmicky mini-game-esque stuff on the bottom screen just felt unnecessary. By the time I finally defeated the Champion, I had LONG since mentally checked out. I tried to start Pearl a little while after that playthrough, but soon realized (I didn't get far enough to catch enough Pokemon for a full team yet) I just didn't care. My enthusiasm for the franchise as a whole was killed by the fourth gen. All of this long-winded-ness to say I've never touched Platinum, and never will, because of how almost every change introduced was not for me.



  • Street Fighter IV

    #15. Street Fighter IV - 8 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (E_Zed_Eh_Intern)
    #3: 1 (HappyGaming)
    #4: 0
    HM: 1 (Crepe)

    Information

    Release date: February 17 [US], February 20 [EU]
    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Fighting
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • I know Street Fighter as a pinnacle brand for Fighting games, and next to Street Fighter II, I don't think I hear praise for any other entry more than IV. I do know V wasn't received well for a variety of reasons, but I do remember the hype as it was leading up to launch. Still, while the genre isn't for me, I respect what IV has done for the FGC and the genre as a whole alongside Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Marvel vs. Capcom to name a few.



  • IN-DE-STRUC-TIBLLLLLLE

    I have had this game since launch and still play it semi-regularly and also still absolutely SUCK at it. While vanilla is not the best edition, it’s the one that started the freight train that was the SFIV series. It was also the only version that didn’t include Rose’s ultra 2 and it also didn’t have Yun, Rolento or (barf) Elena.



  • I forgot about Street Fighter IV when making my list but I'm not sure if it would made my top 8. I enjoy it but it doesn't stand out so much in my mind as Street Fighter 2, 3 and the Alpha games do.



  • I can't get on with Street Fighter games but Street Fighter IV appears to be the most loved game in the franchise. I did play Street Fighter 2 on PS1 and remember really enjoying it-but the combat has put me off from returning to the series.



  • Left 4 Dead 2

    #14. Left 4 Dead 2 - 10 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (Sazime)
    #2: 0
    #3: 0
    #4: 2 (DemonPirate, Capnbobamous)
    HM: 1 (Brannox)

    Information

    Release date: November 17 [US], November 20 [EU]
    Developer: Valve
    Publisher: Valve
    Genre: First-person shooter
    Platform(s): Xbox 360, PC

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • I had a great time playing Left 4 Dead 2 with my friends. It's maybe a little too similar to the first Left 4 Dead, which isn't a bad thing. It's just less impressive when you play basically the same game as the year before. Left 4 Dead 2 is #13 of 22 on my list.



  • Left 4 Dead is one of simplest franchises in concept, but is no less enjoyable with its campaign structure. While I prefer the first to the sequel, it is inarguable fact L4D2 only adds more: More campaigns, more characters, more Special infected, and more weapons, including the melee variety, from axes and bats to even Chainsaws. Even the separated mode where you have to collect gas cans to power a motor has some fun to it for a while.

    It just missed out on my top four, as it places 5th overall on the list of 14 I have for the year, but it's still one of my favorite games and I am SO EXCITED for Back 4 Blood later this year. Like everyone else (including Turtle Rock it seems), I wish Valve could count to three.

    One final thing about L4D2: To hell. With. Hard. Rain.

    And as I always like to do (within reason), shoutouts to my fellow voters, @Sazime, @DemonPirate , and @Capnbobamous!


  • Banned

    Street Fighter IV is incredible. I would always been excited for new episodes of Excellent Adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross. A shame that Mike has become an anime fighter hermit and Gootecks became a right wing Trumper chud.

    Left 4 Dead is just pure fun. Not much else to say about it. It's just as good to hop on with bros as it ever was.



  • Catching up.

    No strong feelings for either SF IV or L4D2, but SF IV looked so cool to me and got so much buzz that I ended up buying SF II (I know) and at least learning about some gaming history. I never had anybody introduce me to fighting games so I never felt comfortable jumping right into SF IV, but I respect the work.

    Per L4D2 - I remember being pretty shocked they'd release a sequel within 12 month or less. I never really got into those shoot shoot shoot games but they are immensely popular these days and partly thanks to L4D2 proving that coop multiplayer is probably more viable than competitive in the long run. I think the whole industry learned a lot from this game. A few friends of mine were thinking about getting into it in 2021, so I'll report back about that experience.


  • Banned

    @dipset Bro if you ever want to get into fightan games, hit me up. I'm generally pretty shit at them, but I love em and love to introduce others to the wonderful world of fighting games.

    Look up Excellent Adventures on YT if you just want to watch two best bros having the time of their life in Street Fighter IV/V online fights.



  • @el-shmiablo @DIPSET me too, me too! Connection should be super good cross-continent.

    And for Excellent Adventures, I strongly recommend the episodes with K Brad, Flow and Scar almost entirely for their interactions with Mike.


  • Banned

    @e_zed_eh_intern
    https://youtu.be/Gy54VTYsj-U
    This will always and forever be one of the best videos of anything on the internet ever.



  • Left 4 Dead 2 is some of the most fun I've ever had in online gaming. It's just such a simple, streamlined concept that works so well, and is pretty much infinitely relatable because of it.



  • Borderlands

    #13. Borderlands - 12 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (E_Zed_Eh_Intern)
    #2: 0
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (Sazime)
    HM: 5 (Brannox, Brandon_Reister, ffff0, Exist 2 Inspire, MiserablePerson)

    Information

    Release date: October 20 [US], October 23 [EU]
    Developer: Gearbox Software
    Publisher: 2K Games
    Genre: First-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Borderlands was a fun game that felt new and unique for a shooter at the time, with it's combination of shooter mechanics, progression systems and cooldown abilities. And it was always exciting to see what kind of weird new gun would drop next.

    Story wise, sometimes it was humorous but most of the jokes didn't land for me, and I was unable to connect with any of the characters. That's one area where I think Borderlands 3 did a much better job than the previous games in the series. Borderlands ranked #12 of 22 on my 2009 list.