Sam’s Rant – 2009 Video Games, Part 2

10 05 2010

Sam’s Rant

2009 Video Games

Hurray March arrived with the release of Empire Total War, another game in the Total War series. That’s all I know about it. Sonic returned to fight Batman, Oh wait sorry, not the Dark Knight, The Black Knight. Sorry no Batman. Sonic and the Black Knight featured Sonic with a sword. Almost like Shadow the Hedgehog (the game not the character even though it starred the character) where Shadow the Hedgehog (Obviously) had a gun. This game is similar but with Sonic (the Hedgehog) and a sword instead of a gun. When are sonic games going to get good again, they haven’t been the same since after Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (the best in the series).

Tom Clancy brought out another game (in his extremely large series of games) in the form of Tom Clancy’s HAWX. HAWX (bad spelling, it should be HAWKS) involves the player fighting in air combat. I wouldn’t mind having a go at this but is it going to be harder than Heat Seeker. An expansion pack (remember those) came out for one of 2007’s biggest games, World in Conflict, Soviet Assault. Actually I would quite like to play World in Conflict to be honest. Another game was released for the SIMS in SIMS Party, moving on. Another game I wouldn’t mind playing was released in the form of MAD WORLD. One of the most controversial games of 2009 due to its violent content. Grey’s Anatomy. Another Expansion was released for Command and Conquer 3.

One of the biggest games of 2009 arrived in March. Resident Evil 5, I actually played the first level of this and I wasn’t very good at it. In the end I almost resorted to running up to the giant guy with the massive weapon and punching him. This game also had a review on Zero Punctuation and was one of the Funniest Zero Punctuation reviews of 2009. GTA (Grand Theft Auto) arrived on a Nintendo console for the first time with GTA Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS. Pokémon Platinum expanding the series ever more, not that there is anything wrong with Pokémon. Battle forge was also released in March.

WWE Games came back (AGAIN) with WWE Legends of Wrestlemania. To tell you the truth I have had enough of WWE Games especially the Smackdown vs. Raw series. The best wrestling game by far is still WWE Day of Reckoning on the Game Cube. That worked unlike the Smackdown vs. Raw games. March rounded off quite nicely with the release of Guitar Hero Metallica. OK I didn’t play it because I don’t like Guitar Hero but it’s nice to see some DECENT BANDS on the game for the first time.

April started with the release of The Godfather part 2 and The Chronicles of Riddick Assault on Dark Athena. One game I was quite looking forward too which I still haven’t played came out, DEMIGOD; created by legendary game designer Chris Taylor (creator of Dungeon Siege, Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander) this looked pretty amazing. One of the most looked forward to games of the year came out for the Nintendo Wii in the form of Little Kings Story. An amazing Adventure RTS (Real Time Strategy) which is absolutely brilliant and a must buy. Velvet Assassin was released (haven’t we all had enough of World War 2) and rounding April off was the release of the EPIC GAME Stalin vs. Martians.

Another Movie game was released (yet again, you can almost sense when they will come out) in May in the form of Wolverines Origins. Now I would like to play a game based on X-MEN Characters but not ones based on films. I mean COME ON, why not base them on the cartoons. I wouldn’t mind playing X-MEN Legends but I have never come round to buying them. You know how I just said in brackets (These()Things) that you can sense when the movie games come out, well Night at the Museum was released in the form of a game, moving on. Not only the previous 2 Movie Games but also in May saw the release of Terminator Salvation. When will it ever end.

HURRAY WE CAN STILL PLAY EPIC WW2 GAMES (I am being sarcastic). Yes the war is officially not over with the release of Battlestations Pacific, Who Cares. For those wanting Nostalgia May saw the release of new versions of 2 Retro games with Punch Out on Wii and Bionic Commando for thePS3 and the other major console, oh what is it called, it begins with an X, X Cube, X Square, X Quadrilateral, Oh Yeah that’s right the Xbox 360. UFC decide to join the band wagon along with WWE with UFC 2009 Undisputed. Infamous was released, that fizzled out quickly. Boom Blox Bash Party was released on the Wii, A game created by Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg. This is another game I wouldn’t mind playing, It looks like FUN.

May finished nicely with me finally buying my PlayStation 3. With it I got Killzone 2 and Far Cry 2. Both of which are a lot of Fun. More on the PS3 Later.

June arrived and started off with the release of The Sims 3, Yes it’s just like Sims 2 with a higher value of number on the end. Red Faction Guerrilla was released along with a viral Marketing Campaign. I didn’t take much interest in it to be honest but apparently its good, well thats what people have told me at least. Fuel was released (a racing game). My Sims racing was released (another racing game), why cant the mysims games go back to being like the first 2 in the series. Prototype was released (a game not a prototype of a game).

E3 Returned and went back to its original form. Many games were shown to the world including Crack Down 2, Forza Motorsport 3, Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks, Scribblenauts, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Mafia 2, APB, Agent, Final Fantasy 13 (oh hurray another one can’t wait, NOT), MAG, Heavy Rain, Assassins Creed 2, Gran Turismo 5 (if it ever comes out), God of War 3, Crysis 2 and Supreme Commander 2. New technologies were also revealed including the Wii Vitality Sensor and Sony and Microsofts own Motion Sensing controls with PlayStation Move and Project Natal (Pronounced NERTAAAL).

My Birthday returned and for my birthday I received Motor Storm Pacific Rift for the PS3. A very good racing game.

Now people were really excited about this release but you can easily expect it to be bad seeing as it was based on a film. Yes Ghost Busters the game, moving on. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen the game was released. I didn’t play this but the film was Amazingly Fantastic. Another Movie game came out with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

One of my Most anticipated games of 2009 was released in June with The Conduit. I still haven’t played this but it looks FUN. Call of Juarez made the Wild West cool again.




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