What we’re playing: Best Games of 2009


Today we conclude our look back at our favorites of 2009 with a look at what we’re all most interested in — GAMES! 2009 had a number of standout titles, and amongst our favorites were titles you’d expect to see: Uncharted 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Modern Warfare 2. That said, if you look through our list, you’ll find plenty some lesser known titles as well (if you have an iPhone and like puzzle games, definitely download Drop7).

To see what games other folks are plugging, read the list below. Feel free to comment to share your favorites as well.

Joel Burgess: So many good games last year – I played a lot of Demon’s Souls, Risen, Dragon Age, Red Faction: Guerilla, GTA: Chinatown Wars, Left 4 Dead 2, Assassin’s Creed 2, Arkham, Uncharted 2, and will be in the Borderlands this weekend.

Jeff Senita: This year I really enjoyed playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Batman Arkham Asylum, & Left 4 Dead (that one’s technically last year, but it’s what I played a lot of J).

Sean Palomino: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Brutal Legend, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 3 GOTY, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (now with online MP), and Street Fighter IV.

Jason Bergman: New games I played the most: Torchlight, Uncharted 2, Plants vs. Zombies, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Beatles: Rock Band, Lux DLX (iPhone), and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Almost 15 year old game I played the most this year: Heroes of Might & Magic 1.

Pete Hines: In no order: Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the new Professor Layton (still need to play Borderlands, Assassin’s Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2 to see where they stack up for ’09 releases).

Matt Ponton: I don’t believe I even bought and played ten 2009 games… 1) Batman: Arkham Asylum 2) Street Fighter IV 3) BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 4) Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble 5) Mini Ninjas 6) Trials HD (XLA) 7) Garou: Mark of the Wolves (XLA) 8) Wet 9) Smackdown vs Raw 2010; Games I still want to buy/play: Assassin’s Creed 2 and UFC 2009 Undisputed.

Shane Liesegang: 5)Magic: The Gathering: Duel of the Planeswalkers, 4) Scribblenauts, 3) Oblivion (what, I just got around to finishing it!), 2) Assassin’s Creed 2, and 1) Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Craig Lafferty: 10) Halo 3: ODST, 9) Madden 10, 8) tie: DoodleJump/Homerun Battle 3D, 7) Shadow Complex, 6) Torchlight, 5) Trials HD , 4) Borderlands, 3) Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2) Modern Warfare 2, and 1) Uncharted 2. Still need to play a lot more of: Assassin’s Creed 2, The Bigs 2, and Left 4 Dead 2.

Andy Chang: In no order — – Patapon 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Modern Warfare 2, Shadow Complex, and Resident Evil 5.

Andrew Boyd: Uncharted 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2, and Demon’s Souls. Still playing World of Warcraft a bit of EVE.

Ryan Wiltshire: 10) Flower, 9) Battlefield 1943, 8) Chinatown Wars, 7) Batman Arkham Asylum, 6) Infamous, 5) FIFA 2010, 4) BRAID, 3) Left 4 Dead 2, 2) Modern Warfare 2, and 1) Borderlands.

Joseph Mueller: 5) Borderlands, 4) Street Fighter IV, 3)Worms 2: Armageddon, 2) New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and 1) Dissidia. Honorable Mention goes to Uncharted 2. Wanted to play it but didn’t have a PS3!

Ashley Cheng: What I played the most: Madden 2010, Modern Warfare 2, and GTA4 (finished it!). What I want to go back and finish: Dragon Age Origins, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Red Faction: Guerrilla. What I have for ’09 backlog: New Super Mario Bros and Borderlands.

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: Best game of ’09 goes to Batman: Arkham Asylum, hands down. I also really loved Borderlands. Blazblue not only gets on the list for the year, but is probably the best 2D fighter ever. Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? is the year’s most overlooked gem, and tragically so.

Caedmon Somers: 10) Wolfenstein, 9) Chronicles of Riddick, 8) GH Van Halen, 7) GH Metallica, 6) RE5, 5) Battlefield 1943, 4) Modern Warfare 2, 3) NHL 10, 2) Red Faction, and 1) Brutal Legend. Still haven’t played Batman, Assassin’s Creed 2, and Dragon Age.

Sam Bernstein: I will give shout-outs to Scribblenauts for being a goofily fun puzzle game and Auditorium for being an incredibly well done (and quite challenging at later levels) puzzle game.

Michael Musick: Uncharted 2, Resident Evil 5, Assassin’s Creed II, Borderlands, Brutal Legend, Demon’s Souls, and God of War Collection. I have yet to play Infamous, Batman: AA, Dragon Age or the new Ratchet and Clank game, but I expect those to be list-worthy as well.

Nick Breckon: Torchlight, Trine, Left 4 Dead 2, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, Plants vs. Zombies, The Beatles: Rock Band, League of Legends, Dragon Age: Origins, Empire: Total War, and Flower.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: In no particular order: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Dragon Age, Borderlands, Champions Online, Brutal Legend, Beatles: Rock Band, Lego Rock Band, Demon’s Souls, League of Legends, and Malifaux (new Tabletop game well worth checking out).

Dennis Mejillones: 7) Modern Warfare 2, 6) Flower, 5) Killzone 2, 4) Patapon 2, 3) Borderlands, 2) Demon’s Souls, and 1) Uncharted 2. I’ve yet to play Assassins Creed 2, but am really looking forward to picking that up when time allows.

Ryan Jenkins: Batman Arkham Asylum, Torchlight, and Dragon Age: Origins.

Matt Grandstaff: 10) Dragon Age, 9) Madden 10, 8) Street Fighter IV, 7) Modern Warfare 2, 6) Plants vs. Zombies, 5) New Super Mario Bros. Wii, 4) Borderlands 3) Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2) Uncharted 2, and 1) Drop7. Still some great games that I want to play: Assassin’s Creed 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Demon’s Souls, and the new Ratchet game.

Greg Hounsom: 10) – FIFA 10, 9) Forza Motorsport 3, 8) Batman Arkham Asylum, 7) Beatles Rock Band, 6) Street Fighter IV, 5) Left 4 Dead 2, 4) Trials HD, 3) Borderlands, 2) Modern Warfare 2, and 1) Uncharted 2.

Brent Krische: 2009 Game of the Year: Flower. Flower is fun to play, elegant in its design, and utterly breath-taking to behold. I think, for me at least, that this is the closest a video game will ever achieve to being perfect. 2009 Game of the Year Runner-Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game does combat right. It does stealth right. It does Batman right. It really does nearly every video-game-like thing you could expect from a videogame right.

Robert Memmott: Dragon Age: Origins, TorchLight, Modern Warfare 2, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, and Empire Total War.

Devin Winters: Batman Arkham Asylum, Assassin’s Creed 2, Modern Warfare 2, Shadow Complex, Resident Evil 5, X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition, and Borderlands

Reader Comments

  1. I didn’t play many 2009-released titles, sans Borderlands and Batman:AA. The former it got a few good hours, the latter I’m still playing and enjoying.

    Other older titles included STALKER:Clear Sky, Dead Space, Mercenaries 2 and Audiosurf.

    I’m looking forward to close 2010 releases though; STALKER:Call of Pripyat and Alan Wake. 🙂

  2. Oh yeah, I totally forgot about Canabalt. That game had me addicted for a week, especially once I muted the music and put Goldfinger’s Superman over it.

  3. Wow, was Plants vs Zombies in 2009? That definitely deserves a mention! I was hooked on that until it became intolerably hard. I think I’ll just have to start a new game and play it again from scratch.

    I’ve bought (or had bought for me) but not yet played Torchlight, the Monkey Island episodes, Ben There Dan That and Time Gentlemen Please, and Resident Evil 5.

    I’ve not finished Batman yet, but it’s a pretty good game so far.

    I loved the Left 4 Dead 2 demo, but I don’t think I can justify buying it at least until after I’ve bought Mass Effect 2 – and I haven’t bought that yet.

    I spent the most amount of non-Bethesda playing time on Dragon Age: Origins – which to my mind was the clear and obvious ‘game of the year’.

    The most outright fun game, though, which nobody else has mentioned, was Zuma’s Revenge – which is at least as much fun as Peggle.

  4. 2009 was a fabulous year for games. I havent brought so many since the good ol days in the early to mid 1990s. Dont know how 2010 is gonna top it but already am seeing MASS EFFECT 2 is just a week away from release which caught me by surprise.

    Games i really enjoyed this past year are:


    Game i spent playing the most this year is FALLOUT 3 with close follow ups by OBLIVION and the great free release of TES 2 DAGGERFALL and GOTHIC 3 with the community patch.

    Looking forward to the DAWN OF WAR 2 RISE OF CHAOS expansion in march.