Checkpoint: 2009 Game of the Year Edition

goty-2009It’s time to sit back and reflect at 2009’s wealth of games and highlight some of the most notable titles of the year. This year’s GOTY post was heavily influenced by GiantBomb’s own deliberations — these guys have the best GOTY awards in all of gaming media, in my opinion. However, you’re not here to read about GiantBomb’s awards, your here about mine and here they are.

Top Game from 2008

Winner: Persona 4

There are so many games which are released within a year — especially at year’s end — that there will undoubtedly be a number of titles which I will be playing later in the next year.

Persona 4 was the first title which came into mind when I thought of this category and it’s easily the winner. One the last great PlayStation 2 role playing games and one which I will remember fondly for years.

Runner-ups: Dead Space, Valkyria Chronicles, Yakuza 2
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Games to Play Before 2009 GOTY Talks

goty-2009With all the major gaming releases out of the way, most publications and forum dwellers are looking back at the year that was 2009. It’s been quite the year with many noteworthy titles strewn throughout. I’ve played many of them, but there are still a handful which I ought to play before making my own personal deliberations. I’m not some big shot editor or anything, so don’t be surprised if some of the titles I need to play get pushed into 2010.

So here’s the list of “noteworthy” 2009 titles which I have yet to play. I’ve included an excuse for having not played it as well.

Demon’s Souls – I placed an order via BuyNextGen.com (don’t buy there), but it never showed up. And now I’m either waiting for a lull period or a sale in order to pick it up.

Assassin’s Creed II – I didn’t enjoy the first one very much and subsequent Ubisoft Montreal releases seemed to repeat the original’s shortcomings so I passed on it. However, I hear it’s well worth the time so I’ll wait for it to slide down the pricing ladder on Boxing Day. It is an Ubisoft title; their titles rarely retain the full price tag for long.

Dragon Age: Origins – Many deals for this title and I’ve ignored them all in hopes of playing it on the superior PC platform. When will I get to play the title depends on when I will upgrade my old box.

Left4Dead 2 – See Dragon Age: Origin’s excuse.

It’s not that much and I’m certain I’m missing something worthwhile. For the curious, I’ll be using the same GOTY format as last year’s which is to say it will be a “Top 10” list with no real breakdown.

NeoGAF GOTY Awards 2007

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Probably one of the only GOTY awards I can side with and care about. Gamers on the NeoGAF forums voted and here is a small slice of the results:

Game of the Year: Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

2.  The Orange Box (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC)
3.  Bioshock (Xbox 360, PC)
4.  Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
5.  Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
6.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC)
7.  Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (Playstation 3)
8.  Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
9.  Crackdown (Xbox 360)
10.  God of War 2 (Playstation 2)

The rest of the results can be found in this thread.

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