Most gaming sites do a personal picks of the previous year when the new year rolls in and we're no different. Gay Girls Who Game covered their favorite games of 2009 and sure there's a bit of crossover here, but what better way to kick off our gaming posts for 2010, than a look back at 2009.
Flower PS3 (Playstation Network)
One of the most innovative and beautiful games of last year, Flower – by ThatGameCompany – showed what can happen when a developer thinks outside of the box. Flower utilized the PS3's Sixaxis control to bring gamers a relaxing masterpiece infused with social commentary that was both thought provoking and uplifting. Bravo.
Brutal Legend Xbox 360 (also on PS3)
Though Brutal Legend garnered mixed reviews, most agreed the humor of Tim Schafer's heavy metal third person title was right on the money. Sure the game was not without a few problems, but what it lacked in repetitive gameplay and the incorporation of RTS elements, it made up for in characterization and story.
Shadow Complex Xbox 360 (XBLA)
There's no denying placing a game based on the work of a known homophobe in the top games of 2009 on a lesbian gaming site is unusual, but credit where its due. Despite the involvement of Orson Scott-Card (Boo!), Shadow Complex delivered an amazing exploratory concept on XBLA.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3
This title is probably my game of the year. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves features an emotive quality that few other games manage. The film like structure and narrative of Uncharted 2 is truly spectacular. The characters are some of the best in gaming, with relationships that lend a maturity to video games also rarely seen. It is in a word superlative.
Assassin's Creed 2 Xbox 360 (PS3, PC)
Assassin's Creed was a good game, it was beautiful to look at but fairly lacking in many areas when you got right down to it. Assassin's Creed 2 then is a triumph in almost every facet of game sequels. This huge sprawling, beautiful history filled wonder will have majority of gamers glued for many, many hours. As with Uncharted 2, Assassin's Creed 2 also has a narrative structure that even a well written movie would be proud of. Incredible.
Because time is of the essence and believe it or not I've not had time to play ALL the great games that came out in 2009, here's the usual Honorable mentions:
Dragon Age: Origins – which everyone says is 'the dogs'… to our US contingent, that means it rocks.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Playing with night vision goggles always a plus, but the game is ace too.
Batman Arkham Asylum – Would have been better had Batwoman made an appearance… booooo.
Biggest let down of 2009
Halo: ODST. You can read here to see why I thought this was a pile of stinking crap (by comparison to the other Halo titles I had grown to love, well Halo 1 & 2 anyway). Halo: ODST was one of the few games I'd have probably lined up at midnight to get, such was my excitement upon its release, 6 hours later it was all over and I didn't get to play Tricia Helfer… sexual innuendo aside.. that my friends is what we online journalists call "all hype no substance". Boo! Boo! Boo!
So where were the lesbian characters in video games in 2009? Hiding in the closet it seems. Ahh well, maybe this year huh?
I'm sure I've missed some and that's where you guys come in, what were your highlights of 2009?