The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!

  • Street Fighter IV

    #15. Street Fighter IV - 8 points


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


    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


    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.


    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


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


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


    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

    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


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


    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


    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.

  • Borderlands as a whole series, now in retrospect, is something I've enjoyed a good deal, but I didn't start with the original until some years after, while in college because some friends said I should get it to play with them. Almost IMMEDIATELY after starting a new run, they just dropped it, and I decided to create a new character from scratch and just play through it alone.

    At the time, I thought it was... fine. And now with how much the Sequel is just a top-down, complete overhaul and improvement in so many areas, it's VERY difficult to think I'll ever replay this again. Story being mostly non-existent, the main things that pushed me forward were, 1.) What awesome gun can I find next? 2.) I wonder what other environments Pandora has. And 3.) At least the DLC seems promising (I grabbed the Game of the Year edition).

    And not going back is just a tad of a bummer because I'm SO CLOSE to having 100% completion. I just need to do two of three Horde-esque challenges, but those are such a massive grind and time sink, they're just not worth it. I would need someone to be a very small level, just enough to unlock the DLC arena in their game, then they can just host and not have to be around (enemies scale to host and with a 60 or 70 something character, I'm able to completely one-shot everything).

    Any way, weird tangent aside, with how it's poorly aged in it's graphics, no real story, lack of co-op players to play with, and the knowledge of how well everything after this is so much better, I think I'll forever leave it as a memory of a different time. Still, I have it 6th overall on a list of 14 2009 games, so an HM it is.

    And as I JUST did for Left 4 Dead 2, shoutouts to my fellow voters, @E_Zed_Eh_Intern, @Sazime, @Brandon_Reister, @ffff0, @Exist-2-Inspire, and @MiserablePerson.

  • The whole looter shooter craze doesn't appeal to me but at least Borderlands was and still is ballsy and has its own distinctive swagger. I can't particularly get on well with grindy games especially when all you're actively doing throughout is shooting enemies dead, but because Borderlands has an aura and a quirkiness about it-the grind can be overlooked because it does have some entertainment nestled away inside.

  • To be honest, I don't remember anything about Borderlands, besides Claptrap-stairs joke (or was it in 2? Now I'm doubting myself). But I've liked it enough to get hooked on the series, so I've put it at #8 in my votes.

  • @ffff0 stairs?! NOOOOOOOO

    End of Borderlands 2