With 2010 now three months in, I look back at the entertainment of 2009 and I see a great year. A year of great exclusives, raging fanboyism, and the first time in awhile that I actually had a hard time making a top ten. Seriously, there were so many good games released last year that I cannot fit them all into a top 5 list. But I did, so here it is.
Well, lets get it out of the way. Here are my top five favorite videogames of 2009.
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Why? I absolutely loved the first Uncharted back in 2007. It was one of my favorite games that year and, up until now, my favorite PS3 exclusive. Well, now the sequel has taken those reigns. Not only is Uncharted 2 my favorite game of 2009, its one of the best games I have ever played. Ever. With fantastic characters, a rollercoaster of a plot, and the best pacing I have experienced in a videogame, this is easily the best sequel ever. And the multiplayer, instead of feeling tacked on, is expansive and very addicting. If you own a PS3, you really should own this game.
2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3, 360, PC)
Why? Lets face it. Aside from a few fun NES titles, Batman has never been in any good videogames. Rocksteady Studios changed that last year when they released Batman: Arkham Asylum, the best superhero game ever made. Everything from the villians, to the gadgets, right down to the tons of collectibles; this is the ultimate Batman game. The Bioshock-like atmosphere draws you in, the combat is simple yet a blast to pull off, and the voice acting is a treat for the ears. All of this, set up in a Metroid-style open world, and you have one of the best adventure games in years.
3. InFamous (PS3)
Why? I was psyched for this game since day one (I'm a HUGE Sucker Punch fan). A neat super-hero storyline, a cool main character, open world platforming, and lots of sweet powers. Sure, some of the side quests got a bit monotonous, but the core game itself was fun as hell. Racing around rootops and sniping enemies with lightning from afar? Who doesn't like that? As a whole package, InFamous was a very fun sandbox game that's a great addition to anyone's PS3 library,
4. Killzone 2 (PS3)
Why? I'm one of the few who really enjoyed the first Killzone, but this sequel is head and shoulders above its predecessor. A truly epic campaign with some awesomely addictive multiplayer, this game has no shortage of things to do. The weapons are great and have a real punch to them. The graphics are beautiful, and the sound design is some of the best you'll hear in a videogame. In multiplayer, the objective is constantly changing so things stay fresh as you blast the enemy team. If you like shooters and own a PS3, Killzone 2 is the a must own.
5. Left 4 Dead 2 (360, PC)
Why? While I enjoyed the first Left 4 Dead, it was over too quickly and a lot of the campaigns weren't a lot of fun to replay. This time around, things are WAY better. Funnier characters, awesome new melee weapons, better guns, what else can I say? New items, new modes, sweet new Infected types, the list goes on. Co-op is tops, and Versus Mode with the added Infected is more fun than ever. Better apocalypse indeed.