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Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Matt Gardner
Best Video Game Awards 2009, Features

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

What a year for gaming! This is it. This is what we've all been waiting for. The grand finale of our week-long voting round-up to determine the very best games of 2009 has yielded its results and now it's time for one last poll to uncover an overall winner. Aspiring wannabes came, were weighed, and were found wanting, and below is the list of champions that you have crowned with your participation. There was laughter, there were tears, but after a thorough examination from an independent panel of nocturnal, claw-handed boffins we can bring you the final results. The voting will run until 9.00 am Wednesday 20th January, and the results will be kept under lock and key and guarded by a giant golem throughout the voting period until they are revealed in their entirety later that day.

If you look below, you'll find that along with the winners from each category we've popped in three more of the most highly rated games of the week to round out the list to ten. If you're yet to try out any of the top ten games of 2009 you can click on the thumbnail or name of each game for a price comparison. Ladies and gentlemen, here are your nominees for Game Of The Year 2009:



Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham Asylum

**Runner-Up: Best Action/Adventure Game** With its dark and brooding atmosphere, bone-crunching melee combat, and shadowy spectre-like stealthiness, Arkham Asylum gave fans of the Dark Knight a chance to revel in an incredibly realised grimy corner of Bruce Wayne's world. It wasn't just the delight of having Mark Hamill voicing The Joker, every bit of this game struck the right chord.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

**Winner: Best Shooter** Modern Warfare 2 was certainly the biggest game of the year, with its Hollywood-esque hype and media controversy, but was it the best? From the favelas of Rio to the snowy wastes of Siberia, Inifinty Ward took us on another fun, fast and at times hilariously farfetched ride.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Dragon Age: Origins

**Winner: Best RPG/Strategy Game** Dragon Age: Origins was hardly original, and the console ports were more hack'n'slash than tactical RPG, but no other game this year was quite as epic. With its memorable and richly drawn characters, not to mention some classic BioWare magic, Dragon Age proved to be one of the few games of the year where you could say you'd only played through 20 hours of the game.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year


**Winner: Best Driving/Sports Game** FIFA 08 was good, FIFA 09 was better, and again EA Sports has somehow managed to improve the formula with some subtle presentation tweaks, an overhaul of Manager Mode and a revamped growth system for this year's instalment. Additionally, you could now put your own face into the game and take your Pro through every single game mode.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Forza Motorsport 3

**Runner-Up: Best Driving/Sports Game** It already had Iron Man fans hooked by using the Audi R8 as its poster child, but Forza 3 was about so much more than its fantastic looks. Accessible to newcomers and veterans alike, Forza 3 improved on its predecessor in nearly every way and thrilled Xbox 360 owners as their Sony counterparts bemoaned the lack of a Gran Turismo rival.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

New Super Mario Bros.

**Winner: Best Platform/Puzzle Game** Despite being viewed as a step back by some, the Mario Bros's newest outing was still a brilliantly entertaining and wonderfully nostalgic platforming romp. True, it might not have trodden particularly new ground, but it was Nintendo doing exactly what they do best, and the results were impressive indeed. Plus, the four-player carnage was absolutely hilarious.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Rock Band: The Beatles

**Winner: Best Music/Rhythm Game** The Fab Four finally hit the console market. With entire peripheral sets designed around The Beatles' instruments, this was as much a journey through the band's history as a music game. The impressive setlist and the nostalgic presentation made for a fine piece of musical memorabilia as well as a band-oriented music game.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Street Fighter IV

**Winner: Best Fighting Game** Stuffed with new gameplay modes such as the focus attacks and ultra combos, Street Fighter came back with a bang for a fourth instalment in the series. Gone were the sprites of the past, and in came strikingly beautiful calligraphic artwork, all rendered with full 3D modelling. The result? The best-looking Street Fighter to date, with a ramped-up variation on the classic gameplay to match..

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Trials HD

**Runner-Up: Best Platform/Puzzle Game** The HD full game rebirth of the fiendishly difficult Trials browser games proved to be just as devilish as the rest of the series. More realistic than the gravity bending biking antics of Elastomania, this was all about balance, patience, timing, and good old-fashioned hard-as-nails platforming. The hardcore crowd lapped it up, and electronics merchants made a fortune as TVs and monitors felt a frustrated sting as objects were thrown by frustrated gamers. You'd fail and fail and fail again, but you'd keep crawling back for one more attempt.

Best Video Game Awards 2009: Game of the Year

Uncharted 2

**Winner: Best Action/Adventure Game** Nathan Drake returned this year to grudgingly go back to doing what he does best: beating Indy and Lara at their own game. With more twists than a spaghetti junction, a cracking multiplayer mode, some of the best graphics ever seen on the PS3, and all the pacing and set-piece action of several major motion pictures, Naughty Dog outdid themselves.

All that remains is to be said is congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to you guys for taking part. Voting fingers at the ready one more time - may the best game win!

Add a comment21 comments
ODB  Jan. 18, 2010 at 13:05

though I play COD more and its better for just picking up and playing and online etc I still have to say Batman is the GOTY. FINALLY a decent Superhero game

dabluone  Jan. 18, 2010 at 13:26

Totally agree - Batman was fresh and I looked forward to ever play

Gunn  Jan. 18, 2010 at 13:52

Uncharted 2. Simple.

me  Jan. 18, 2010 at 13:59

Uncharted 2 here too.

Triggster  Jan. 18, 2010 at 14:55

Uncharted 2 again. MW2 isnt GOTY worthy.

MattyPlant  Jan. 18, 2010 at 16:16

Like I said before, and have said since playing the first mission, Batman wins hands down, stunning story, gameplay, effects, voice overs its got it all.

While I thought COD had a great story and was fun to play, the online game is poor, Aiming and Thinking is out
Turbo knifing is in
Sniper models 1887 are in
Dont run and gun like a tactical shooter working with your team mates
Do camp and run up kill streaks. Get aimbotting NPCV's overhead to rape the enemy spawn
Noob tube like its out of fashion and your reinventing it
Hip fire your sniper rifle, with its ACOG and fast aim perk

Phew im sure someone has encountered this, if not all of this lol

LanceVance  Jan. 18, 2010 at 16:49

Gotta agree and i've had all of the above happen in a single match!!
Batman has everything. They also didnt try to force multiplayer into a
game that didnt need it. Top marks imho.

Uncharted 2 is a gay guys Tomb Raider. Just my opinion.

EndlessWaves  Jan. 18, 2010 at 17:09

For me the game of the year was Men of War. Good strategy games don't come along often but when they do they remind you why you got into gaming and how poor the game elements of many games that rely on cinematics or storytelling often are.

Dragon Age was a decent second and might have achieved first if Bioware had concentrated on the gameplay and storytelling rather than going for lots of dialogue permutations instead.

p.s. Why are the box shots showing the PC version of MW2 and the Xbox 360 version of MW2? Given that the PC version of DA was above the others and the mess IW made of it's PC port they seem the most inappropriate choices.

Matt Gardner  Jan. 18, 2010 at 17:37

Purely coincidental.

Although if I'd been a little quicker I would have put it down to irony.

Matt Gardner  Jan. 18, 2010 at 17:42

I totally agree with the point made here about multiplayer. Too many game developers are so fixated on cramming a multiplayer mode into their games at the moment that it runs the risk of impinging upon the singleplayer experienc. I'm incredibly glad Bioware ditched the notion of co-op for Mass Effect 2, it would have been disastrous.

OFI  Jan. 18, 2010 at 21:44

Are people reading the question wrong?

BEST video game not most buggy game. How on earth can people choose MW2?

Not only was most of the work already done for them as it could all be based on the old engine but they have managed to have more large glitches/bugs/hacks than I have ever seen in any game..
To top it off it would seem the game has the first DLC built into it hidden away..

Sure it's a 'good' game but GOTY not a chance.

MattyPlant  Jan. 18, 2010 at 22:23

It has got the DLC game modes built into 100%. More than likely some more tiny maps too.

Nuke mode, VIP, and two more were found in the files by the naughty people lol

Andrew  Jan. 19, 2010 at 04:20

Gotta be Uncharted 2. The game is just class.
Batman AA was very good but just not as and as for MW2, well the less said the better.
Demon's Souls was also a runner up for me.

Andrew (a straight guy who also liked Tomb raider back in the day).

SK  Jan. 19, 2010 at 07:33

Uncharted isnt just the game of the year, I think it may well be the game of the generation. A true next gen game!

LanceVance  Jan. 19, 2010 at 10:44

Having seen all the comments about MW2 it makes me laugh a little at
the fact that it was still the biggest selling game of 09.

MattyPlant  Jan. 19, 2010 at 11:10

Tell me about it, I was there day one, got all the 360 achievements by day three, and still play multiplayer today lol
But its still shart lol
Batman FTW!

Matt Gardner  Jan. 19, 2010 at 11:24

Gotta say, I loved MW2 but yeah, far too short and the ending was ridiculously ham-tastic.

Gunn  Jan. 19, 2010 at 13:36

Have you played Uncharted 2?

Matt Gardner  Jan. 19, 2010 at 14:33

Yup...and it's fantastic. I can't say I loved the multiplayer to be honest with you, but the main solo game was incredible. I wasn't particularly making a point about Uncharted 2's multiplayer, just that I'm glad they didn't feel the need to force one on Batman because I can't imagine I would have played it. U2's multiplayer was ok but Borderlands was by far and away the best multiplayer of the year, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't gotten a massive kick out of the console one for MW2.

But I've never been a huge one for online multiplayer (though Halo, FIFA and Street Fighter IV would disagree), although to be honest, a large part of my current 'multiplayer rage' is stemming from the fact that instead of KOTOR 3 we're getting an MMO. It just seems lazier to me in a way. Like the Wii.

I couldn't decide between Uncharted 2 and Batman so I have to admit I didn't actually vote for either, and instead made a rather personal choice and voted for the game that's given me more hours of entertainment this year than any other, which was Dragon Age. Well into triple digits and counting.

Andrew  Jan. 19, 2010 at 18:03

By that analogy, EastEnders (or Coronation Street) is the best programme in the UK.
For MW2 wasn't a great leap from the first one, I thought "What have they been doing for 2 years, oh yeah playing online LOL".

Jimmy  Jan. 19, 2010 at 21:10

The only ones chosing MW2 are the ones with no brains for themselves who obviously don't play games much.

MW2 was ok, but just totally overhyped. People jumpingo n the bandwagon saying "Its the best game evar lyke" because they're told it's good by the stupid amount of hype it got. I mean they even paid gametrailers a bucketload to give it GOTY on every platform, when it seriously pissed off the PC community by making it just a console game (check the sales figures, it sold like 60% xbox, 38% PS3, 2% PC).

Imo whilst I loved uncharted 2 and it took my breath away more than any game in the past few years has and is the first game in years I've played through twice and feel could play more, I still give it to Batman.

Just the level of depth and involvment in the game is truly amazing, so many little things to look for and hidden riddles and trophies that make you look at all the scenery and really take in and feel part of the environment.

The way the enemy gets more scared as you pick them off, their status and heart monitor telling you they've gone from being calm to terrified as they edge round asking you not to kill them before you sweep from the shadows and kick their heads in.

Batman was a welcome change to a pile of games that just keep flogging away at genres, MW2 and UC2 were hardly anything new or innovative, well done but not fresh. While Batman wasn't totally new either (play "the suffering" and notice the similarities) it still felt it, and it brought you into the world and made you give a damn about what was happening and gives you the feeling of power like you actually are Batman whilst you play.

Long story short (if you can't be arsed to read)..... MW2 is ok, but too hyped and only people with no brain buy it, they probably only drink kenko & coca cola, eat at mac donalds and believe it's good for you and are reading this off their Applemacs in their nike trackkies.

MW2 sucks.
UC2 doesn't cut the mustard.
Batman pwns ok.


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