I was teased by Graev a lot this year with lines like “Keen, you’ve only played like 5 games this year!”.Â I didn’t think it was really true until I sat down to write this post… I’ve played, and by played I mean more than just poked at it, only a few games.Â Out of those games, I can think of only a couple that I would consider truly a “favorite” of the year.Â A post going up in a few days will address my gaming regrets this year and I can tell you now it will have more “I wish I played this” than “I wish I hadn’t played this”.Â I have some New Years resolutions that will hopefully remedy this year’s problem.Â More on those later.
Let’s get to the games!Â My favorite games of 2009:
What a fun little game!Â Torchlight is one of those games that you can play for an hour one week, not touch it for a month, and then come back to and play an hour and have just as much fun.Â While it’s not quite Diablo, it’s a bundle of dungeon-crawling hack’n slash crammed into a $20 price tag.Â ($4.99 or something crazy like that today on Steam btw.)Â I enjoy the graphics and the atmosphere of each dungeon.Â Â I like the feel of each class but wish there were more to choose from.Â I keep waiting for them to announce an expansion or a part two because I want the game to expand out beyond just the one town.
Of course this one is on my list.Â The highly controversial Modern Warfare 2 is probably my overall favorite game of 2009.Â I absolutely loved the single player experience.Â That’s what I think of it:Â an experience rather than a game.Â The game felt like I was being carried through an experience and the story, although rather convoluted at times, was unfolding around me.Â Â I can’t wait for the next game in the series.
The Multiplayer is where most people take issue.Â No dedicated servers is inexcusable.Â The IWnet matching system works but it is inferior in every way to a dedicated server model.Â Cheating is at times rampant.Â The maps are a mixed bag of decent and terrible.Â Yet, amidst these horrendous problems, I really enjoy playing.Â I love the weapons and there’s just something tremendously fun about how it plays.Â It’s so dang polished. Â MW2 is definitely on another level.Â It’s a step above all the other “modern” shooters we currently have out there.Â Hopefully we’ll either see a crack for dedicated servers or IW will get some sense knocked into them.
I enjoy how my friends and I have been able to play together.Â This year hasn’t been a good one for community building games and I was worried that we would fall away from each other with nothing to play.Â MW2 came to the rescue and actually introduced me to a few new people that I can now consider my friends.
Continue reading ‘more’ for the rest of my favorite games of 2009.
There isn’t much to say about New Super Mario Bros. Wii other than it’s a new take on the not so new style.Â I really enjoyed Super Mario Brothers on the SNES and this took me back to those days but mixed in a lot of great things from the NES games as well.Â The new suits and all the levels are a lot of fun.Â The best part about the game for me though was the coop play.Â It has been totally unrepresented in Mario games of the past!Â Playing this older style with Graev and working together, while competing at the same time for items and trying to knock the other off ledges, was a blast.Â I really need to play more.
This wasn’t on my list and I never thought that it would be, but last night was yet another night of amazing fun in L4D2.Â We played a vs. game where 3 of us (and a random pub) worked together alternating as zombies and survivors to complete the Carnival campaign.Â I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!Â One round I was picked on by the zombies non stop in the beginning and I used my medkit and got knocked down three times meaning the next would kill me.Â My team practically dragged me to the finish line.Â Â “Look out there’s one above you!”Â — “Here comes a charger move back!” — “He’s got me! AHH he’s got me!”Â — it was craziness the whole time.
My opinion hasn’t changed about why I initially boycotted it.Â Yet, I can’t deny that I’m having fun.Â Regardless of whether or not it feels like a more polished and finished version of the first that I had to buy all over again, I’m having $37 worth of fun.Â As long as I can convince friends to keep playing with me I can see this being something we do a few nights a week at least for quite a while.
I can not fairly say that this is a 2009 game.Â I also can’t say much about the game as a whole because it’s in beta and I’ve only played up to level 20.Â However, it’s the first MMO of 2009 that put a smile on my face when I played.Â Â Allods doesn’t do anything revolutionary yet from what I’ve seen.Â The PvP looks unique andÂ quite innovative which will hopefully be refreshing in a field of lackluster and poor performing MMO’s, but I can’t speak to it just yet.Â It’s just a polished and completed game with a lot of heart and soul.Â The League’s story is really interesting.Â The game has a surprising amount of depth for such a familiar and usually shallow model of questing to level.Â The biggest shock is that we’re seeing this quality in a free to play game.Â Ending the year playing Allods has been a pleasure and I look forward to it hopefully being a game that I can enjoy for more than a few months.
There will be more on the MMO’s of 2009 in the coming days.
Another game that I can’t really say is a 2009 release, but I played it almost all summer long.Â Heroes of Newerth is still in beta and slated for a 2010 release.Â It’s essentially DotA remade by S2 Games, the creators of Savage. Gameplay is a mix of lane pushing and defending strategy to gain gold and improve your Hero in order to push and destroy the enemy base.Â The community is absolutely agonizing and I’ve never raged like I have in a HoN game, but it’s fun and one of my favorite games that I played in 2009.Â S2 did a lot of updating in the past few months and added many new heroes to round out the list.Â They’ve also updated several items and redone many of the classics.Â It feels like S2 is putting a little bit more of themselves into the game now instead of just being a clone.