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Despite all of the delays, 2009 turned out to be a great year for video games. With the recent rush of AAA titles like Borderlands, Modern Warfare 2, and Assassin’s Creed 2, it’s easy to forget earlier game of the year contenders like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Resident Evil 5. But what about the games that never got their moment in the spotlight?
Below is a list of some 2009’s best offerings that the majority of gamers either politely refused or never even heard about. They may not be perfect games, but disregarding them would deprive you of some the most fun this year had to offer.
A Boy And His Blob (Wii)There were a lot of quirky games back in the 8-bit days, but few were stranger than A Boy and His Blob. This gorgeous sequel captures the spirit of the original, featuring an abundance of levels, ingenious puzzles, and plenty of twists to keep you entertained. The game also provides plenty of frustration – but it’s nothing the hug button can’t fix.
Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason (PC)The market may be oversaturated with first person shooters, but if you’re looking for a unique and psychologically weighty gameplay experience, look no further than Cryostasis. Set on a frozen icebreaker, the player relives the last moments of the ship’s doomed crewmembers, setting right past mistakes and thawing the environment around them. The action is subpar and the puzzles won’t exactly cramp your brain, but the emotional responses Cryostasis’ story evokes rank right up there with BioShock.
Drakensang: The Dark Eye (PC)Dragon Age is enjoying the warm affections of role-playing fans right now – and deservedly so. But it’s not the only option for lovers of high fantasy. Drakensang can feel generic, but its deep rule set, engaging quests, and large game world offer an impressive amount of freedom and character customization. The combat is the only aspect of Drakensang that leaves much to be desired. If Dragon Age didn’t satiate your yearning for high adventure, this forgotten RPG is worth checking out.
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what about peggle?jk but i love that game
I actualy believe Madworld, Muramasa, and Little King's Story were just as high quality as the top games this year. Not B titles. LKS is a Zelda sized adventure with a lot of inovating ideas, and extras.It had a lot of depth to it. Madworld is the game that takes advantage of the wii's hardware. The visuals are stylized, resulting in it looking beautiful on the console.It makes using motion controls fun, and not a chore. I never had as much fun with quicktime events in a game. The writing, voice acting, and story are well done. Most action games are basicaly one hallway with pretty pictures in the backround.Each level in Madworld was fully interactive, and totaly different from one other. It also didn't make you go through each level twice like DMC4.
Both games were made by the equivilent to super bands in the gaming industry. Look at Platnum games. those combinations in movies, or music would sell millions of albums, or movie tickets.Unfortinetly in gameing new i.p.s by top creaters don't catch on.
I don't know how anyone can call cookie-cutter shooters top quality, and thes not. I would easily put those games up against Assasins, Baman, and less inovating sequals. Maybe there should be less inovation and more of the same. That is sure to sell.
Brutal Legends. It got a lot of hype and then was forget about at retail.
Man, Retro Game Challenge was awesome. That one nearly brought back tears of memory.
I loved Call of Juarez:Bound in Blood....best western game I've ever played...no one bought it though.
How did Red Faction sell?
Notice how most were on WII.
Joe, not saying they are lacking in quality, but you want to put a game like Madworld up against Assassins Creed 2? Uncharted 2? What innovative wiimote controls are in Madworld? More waggle? Do I get to pick up a baseball bat and pummel a guys face in with it that mimick my motions of the wiimote? And correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Murumasa have ONE attack button? I'm not hating on niche games. Valkyria Chronicles, Demons Souls, Crimsons Skies, and Katamari are some of my favorite games. Little Kings Story does interest me, but I know I will never get to it due to the fact that I still have Borderlands, Assassins Creed 2, and Dragon Age Origins on my backlog, and tons of games I'm still looking forward too. In the end, it is all about opinions, but I for one would not trade my Uncharted 2 for Madworld, or any of the other games on this list.
trine looks interesting,other than that i don't wan't any of these,well maybe rogue warrior.
is gi going to have a review of rogue warrior in the next issue?
I wouldn't put Torchlight on that list. I think it has done pretty well.
well for me there the unplayable gem of 09 because I dont own any current-gen systems or a pc.
People mentioned that there are quite a few Wii titles on there but I also noticed there are quite a few PC titles as well. But I suppose most PC titles have been pushed backed from the limelight for a while now.
Whoa, how did I miss Retro Game Challenge?! WANT!
Plants vs. Zombies FTW
halo wars didnt sell well
if i had a decent running pc rig i would get cyrostasis it looks dope. but i have such a old rig its so crappy. i can barley run WoW. I dont play it just tried it and conformied why i dont want it.
you do have some points.I guess I have to agree that the games you liked are far superior to the games I liked on this list.Keep in mind that I have a 360 and played, or will play most of the games you listed. I just found some of these overlooked games to be very enjoyable like I did for games I've played on other systems. This is a list of OVERLOOKED games. Just because you instantly want to compare them to you fav games that have nothing to do with this list, it doesn't mean they are bad. It's fine if you don't care to play these, but there is no need to simplify what you think they are, or compare them to games in a totaly different genre.
I am sorry for liking overlooked games in an overlooked game list. And for not liking Assasin's Creed more than them(love AC though). If Borderlands and Dragon Age interest you more than LKS that is fine. Those are great games. I never complained about them so Idk why they get compared.
What about other games I brought up like Brutal Legends, Red Faction, and GTA. They belong on this kind of list. I respect your opinion, I just don't see sence in critisizing games that you don't care about. It's your money afterall.
Uncharted 2 wasn't necessarily forgotten, but it didn't receive the appreciation it deserved. While fail games like MW2 sold 5mil uncharted 2 only sold 1mil.
They mention rogue warrior, yet I can't find any GI articles for it. I've been interested in this game for a while but I didn't think it had been released yet. :(
Ah, brown boxed regs. Drawing the eye and hogging the experience. Tempting me to make obvious similes. If only I could be so wise.
Little King reminds me of a game I'd have made up with friends in days long past...I'd love to play. And I'll certainly check out Risen. Thanks.