2009 Round Up

Written by Felix Nova on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 10:09 PM

And so 2009 draws to a close, amidst a grumbling of mince pies, cheap booze and family fisticuffs. At least the usual dearth of decent festive titles has been compensated in some part by the late release of Modern Warfare 2, the stealthy release of King Arthur and mighty release of Dragon Age, which should keep most gamers distracted over Christmas. No need to amuse yourself with 'Friends' repeats and Aunt Bertha’s bottom burps - not when you can shoot innocent civilians in the eye socket and laugh as they flap about in pools of their own sticky stuff.

PC gamers have had a peculiar mix these past twelve months. Most weeks seemed to be blighted with news of yet more delays - Diablo III, we’re looking at you here, although at least the endless supply of clones have capitalised on your tardiness, Torchlight. Some titles such as Alan Wake were not only pushed back, their very existence on PC was thrown into question. Controversy over rip-off DLC and poor post-release support are other topics that appeared in Game Debate discussions. The aforementioned Modern Warfare 2 caused a stir when Infinity Ward announced that there wouldn’t be dedicated online servers for multiplayer, and Valve were confronted with a petition from concerned fans when they started work on L4D2 so soon after the original’s release. If nothing else, it proved that we’re no longer happy to sit back and tolerate being treated as second-class gamers.

On the flip side, PC gamers have had a healthy supply of top titles to bring on a fresh bout of RSI. Action fans blasted their way through Bound In Blood, Borderlands, Prototype and Red Faction: Guerrilla. There may have been no Splinter Cell Conviction, but Batman’s romp through Arkham Asylum provided a near-perfect blend of stealthy takedowns and brutal melee combat AND we have just heard the first mutterings of the Dark Knight part 2. The adventure genre continued its comeback with the likes of Sam and Max Season Two and Machinarium scoring high, and the puzzle genre was boosted by the brilliantly addictive Plants V Zombies from Popcap Games and the brain-bustingly difficult Braid.

The usual EA Sports efforts may have lacked inspiration, but at least there were plenty of football management titles to keep sports fans sedated for now. On the other hand, strategy fans have had no time for sleep - just browse through the list of games here on Game Debate and you’ll find loads of tactical titles such as Dawn of War II and Hearts of Iron III (sequels were definitely as popular as ever this year). 2009 was also a great one for RPGs, even if a certain Blizzard title was absent. Fallout 3 brought a satisfying amount of stomach-churning gore and a memorable post-apocalyptic setting to the genre, while a more traditional fantasy feel was retained in Bioware’s Dragon Age: Origins. And what yearly recap would be complete without a mention of the mighty World of Zoo? So cuddly it disturbed our reviewer. Then there is the massive title The Sims 3 which turned up this year and was well received although we were less than convinced by its first expansion World Adventures

2010 should finally see the release of some big names, including Splinter Cell Conviction, Max Payne 3, Rage, Ruse, Final Fantasy XIV and Starcraft II (although sadly there’s probably more chance of seeing a naked leprechaun doing the moonwalk than spotting Diablo III on a shelf in Game next year).

What we have planned for 2010 here at GD
The main highlight is that we are working on adding a forum in the near future. This will provide a great meeting point for all our visitors to discuss hot system requirements and those monster titles exciting us on the horizon. We intend on adding plenty of other tools to the site next year that will give you the chance to share your gaming knowledge with all of us. Remember you can always login to email me if you have any ideas for the site. I always want to hear about them.
So, 2009 has been a blast and with the fog of recession starting to lift, next year promises even greater things. With constant improvements to the site you will have just one place you ever need to visit for the latest news, reviews and system requirements.

Merry Christmas gang - here’s to a pixilated, violent and blood-spattered New Year.

GD Reviewer Spotlight
Chris Barraclough - better known ‘round these parts as Seebaruk - is a freelance journalist specialising in videogames and films, who writes for a number of sites and magazines. He joined Game Debate in January 2009 and in the past year, he has reviewed over 30 games for the site. His highest score was a perfect 10 for Plants v Zombies, while Painkiller Resurrection received a vicious slating and earned itself his lowest rating, 2.5 out of 10.

You can see more of his work at www.chrisbarraclough.co.uk

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