Sam’s Rant – 2009 Video Games, Part 3

18 05 2010

Sam’s Rant

2009 Video Games

July wasn’t much of a month for video games. The only good one and one of my favourite games of 2009 was Wii Sports Resort. With its new Motion Plus controller the game worked really well and is a lot of FUN. An absolute must buy.

August arrived and something bad happened to the PS3. It froze while playing Smackdown vs Raw 2008. I tried turning it off, it eventually did but as it was taking a while I thought the safest idea was to turn it off at the plug. This did turn it off and it was still working when I turned it back on again apart from the fact that it wouldn’t play games anymore. Because I was going on holiday for almost 4 weeks I decided to wait until I got back to fix the problem. I took it back to game in September and they gave me a whole new one. This was good but I was pretty annoyed that on exactly the same day the new much more powerful and much cheaper PS3 Slim came out. Annoying but I am happy that my console now works.

During August you were able to bring the boringness of the Ashes to your video games with Ashes Cricket 2009, How boring is that. G,I, Joe, oh what’s the point. Another piece of Nostalgia was released in the form of Wolfenstein. Metroid Prime Trilogy was released for the Wii. All Metroid Prime games with Wii controls (the first 2 came out on the Game Cube). August finished off with one of the years biggest releases (well not for me, I wasn’t really looking forward to it) was released, Batman Arkham Asylum. This was apparently very good even though no one really explained why it was good when I asked them if it was good or not.

Video Game TV shows changed around again with Playr getting replaced with Game Face on Bravo. What I want to know is when GAME DAMAGE is getting a series. A trailer for the new series was posted up in October on WWW.GAMEDAMAGE.NET but there hasn’t been much more news since. Remember that’s GAME DAMAGE, A New show Featuring YUG, Matt and Yahtzee, The Top Gear of Video Games.

September started off with the 8th game in the Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero 5 (you may be confused but this is the 8th game in the series for home consoles. Once again Guitar Hero  came out and showed us once again how it is totally different to all its previous games, NOT; WHAT MAKES THIS ONE ANY DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS GAMES, ITS THE SAME FORMULA OVER AND OVER AGAIN, WHY NOT JUST HAVE ONE GAME AND MAKE IT BIGGER BY JUST ADDING SONGS THROUGH DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT INSTEAD OF RELEASING GAMES TO FILL THOSE GAPS IN.

Section 8 looked quite interesting as well as Colin McRae: Dirt 2. One of the games I was most interested in arrived in September, Mini Ninjas. This actually looked quite FUN. Maybe I might play it one day. Need for Speed returned with Need for Speed Shift. That actually looked quite good in my opinion the only problem was that if I bought it I would lose most races if not all because in racing games I don’t use the brake.

Oh dear, one of the worst bands in history got a video game. The Beatles Rock Band. Wet was released. Halo 3 (which came out 2 years ago) was revived with Halo 3 ODST. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were given their own Beat-Em Up game in the form of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash Up. Overlord 2 was released and Dead Space Extraction arrived on Wii. Ok September wasn’t really all that big for Video Games.

But something good happened, Charlie Brooker (The UK’s number one Columnist) presented Gameswipe. The show follows the same format as his previous shows Screenwipe and Newswipe but this time it looked at games. The show was very good as well as very funny. Cant wait for a full series.

October started off with the release of Wii Fit Plus. The game contains more games than the original and you don’t have to pay for the Balance Board. Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games was released for the Wii. Its actually a lot better than the original and is a lot of FUN. Borderlands was released, don’t know much about it so lets just move on. Uncharted 2 was released for the PS3. A game with amazing effects and eventually wins the Spike TV Video Game Awards for 2009 Best Game of 2009 Award. I am not going to buy it though.

Forza Motorsport 3 was released. I have actually had a go with this. Its ok Not great but its quite FUN. TEKKEN 6 was finally released and I actually had a go at this at the Eurogamer Expo. Its quite good and its actually pretty easy to pick up.

One of the Best Looking games of October was also one of the Best looking games of 2009. Brutal Legend. A game which mixes Story Telling, Hack and Slash Action, Adventure style and Real Time Strategy Elements. Not only that but the game was about ROCK and ROLL and HEAVY METAL and HOT RODS and GUITARS and many more COOL and AWESOME STUFF. I really want to play this game.

At the end of October I went to the Eurogamer Expo in Leeds with some friends with college. There I got to play some games that hadn’t been released yet. Some of the games included Red Steel 2, Left 4 Dead 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Tekken 6 and MAG. It was a very good day out and I also got to have a first proper look at MAG before it got released.

November started off with the release of Rabbids Go Home and Backbreaker. Need for Speed Nitro was released for the Wii, a Need for Speed game mixed with some cartoony elements. Lego Rock Band and Band Hero. Dragon Age Origins was released and went on to becoming a highly successful game, I haven’t played it.

During November I played Call of Duty Modern Warfare for the first time. The Friday after I completed it I went to GAME and bought Modern Warfare 2 for the PS3. Modern Warfare 2 is an amazing game with some really clever levels including the Invasion of America and a huge battle erupting in Washington DC. However the CO-OP is not all that great. If the CO-OP included full levels then the game would have been improved a lot better. I haven’t given the other multiplayer pieces a try yet but Modern Warfare 2 is an Amazing game. Modern Warfare finally arrived on the Wii 2 years after it was released onto the other consoles. New Super Mario Bros Wii was released for the Wii. The game incorporates 4 player CO-OP and is a lot of FUN especially with friends. I actually received this game for Christmas. Left 4 Dead 2 was released followed shortly by Assassins Creed 2, another pretty good looking game.

December rolled in with the release of AVATAR a game based on the Film AVATAR. Now I do admit I saw the film very late (second to last day of showing) but I did like the film. The effects were pretty amazing. The games effects weren’t. I mean COME ON, you have a fil hear which is a symbol of good film effects but if you are not going to show the same about of care for the game I don’t think you should even bother. The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks was released as well.

Well what can we expect for 2010. Well MAG is looking pretty good (its already been released I am writing this in April, I am currently a Senior Dragoon). Red Steel 2 will get released. Gran Turismo 5 will still not get released. God of War 3 will come out and make XCube 720 Players, oh wait Xbox 360 Players jealous over the fact that they don’t have the PS3. RTS (Real Time Strategy) Games  are going to be back on the rise after a long time of being over shadowed by Shooters and RPG’s. Many RTS games coming out including Command and Conquer 4 and R.U.S.E. The game I am most looking forward to is an RTS, Supreme Commander 2 for the PC (once again is already out and is run on Steam making it incredibly annoying).

As for 2009 what is my Favourite game of 2009. Thats a difficult one but overall I would have to say its KILLZONE 2. An absolutely FANTASTIC game and if you are a First Person Shooter Fan it is a Must Play for you as well as the Best game of 2009, this may change depending on what I Think of Brutal Legend but for now KILLZONE 2 is my Favourite game of 2009.




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