2009 proved to be another solid year for the gaming industry battling with economic recession right at the apex of the console cycle. Itsí also a blessing in disguise in some cases as the cycle would probably be extend and developers will have to work overtime to make sure their games are worth forking over the 60 bucks for (for the goras anyway). The year was dominated by sequels for block buster franchises which again managed to garner both critical praise and sales $s. In retrospect, 2009 didn't turnout to be the epic best year of all as it was predicted to be due to some important delays, it did have its fair share of gems and diamonds in the rough.
Below are PG's picks for top 5 games released on the xbox 360 along with honorable mentions.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
DLCs havenít really fulfilled their promise; good ones are few and far
between. It was a surprise then that a developer like Rockstar decided to risk
its biggest franchise with 2 DLCs.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Straight out of left field, not many would dare to deem the caped crusader an outsider but he hasn't really established his writ on the gaming world. This is all in the past now, Arkham Asylum is a surprising competent action brawler that catches you off guard straight away with its top notch production value and graphics and substantiates its claim with engaging brawler mechanics with a little bit of everything sprinkled in between. We don't blame you for being a bit skeptical but Arkham Asylum does not require bedding in, pick up a copy and you wonít stop till itís finished. Itís a pleasant rarity in these days to see such a polished game coming from a relatively unknown studio. Donít let that sound like charity; Arkham Asylum can mix it with the big boys.
Assassin's Creed 2
Assassin's Creed 2 is the ideal sequel. Bigger, better and more bad ass in every way, Assassin's Creed fixes several key problems that the first game suffered whilst providing an interesting plot and narrative to drive the player forward. Set in 14th century Italy, the game is dripping with atmosphere and immersiveness the likes of which is rarely seen. The gameplay has been refined to the point of perfection; all the little niggling issues like repetition have been axed completely. The game is just chock full of content. There are just so many things to do and they're all varied and paced so the experience never gets dull. The story picks off immediately where the first one ended and takes the player through a tour de force of both 14th century and present day lives of the Assassins, with enough twists and turns to leave to leave the player at the edge of his seat and a conclusion that leaves you begging for more, this is one game that should not be missed.
Forza Motorsports 3
Modern Warfare 2
If people thought Infinity ward did a fantastic job at Call of Duty 4, then
those people will be left picking their jaws and cleaning their drools off the
floor when they're done with Modern Warfare 2.The longevity of the campaign of
MW2 is the only thing it has in common with its predecessor, while the rest of
it pretty much blows almost every other FPS out of the water. An Epic storyline
with extremely bold characters, a level of action and intensity that will leave
you at the edge of your seat and holding your breath till the level finishes,
frequent scripted sequences of magnitude that make the nuclear explosion in COD4
pale in comparison, excellent original score by the Oscar-winning Hans Zimmer,
the new co-operative and addictive Multiplayer mode called Spec-ops and a
handsomely tweaked Online Multiplayer component of COD4 - It is a game that
leaves an impression on the player that he surely won't forget until the next
Call of Duty game.
Honorable Mentions: Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, Skate 2, Shadow Complex, Halo: ODST and Halo Wars