The lights are on
year highlighted the best games of 2009, giving special accolades to
the best across a variety of genres and across platforms. For the first
time, we gave our readers a chance to weigh in as well. For 10 days,
gameinformer.com visitors took part in a poll and made their voices
heard. Some of the winners lined up neatly with our picks, but there
were some notable differences. Here are the complete results. We’d like
to thank everyone who participated.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Drake’s quest to find Marco Polo’s lost fleet sets players on a
high-octane, action-packed journey that keeps our hearts pounding from
one daring leap to the next. Uncharted 2 seamlessly blurs the line
between cinematics and gameplay with incredible set pieces complemented
by some of the most remarkable writing and voice acting seen in games.
With a memorable cast, epic orchestral score, awe-inspiring exotic
locales, and solid multiplayer component, Naughty Dog has not only
shown what the PS3 is capable of, but also set the bar for action games
Drake’s second outing hit crescendo after crescendo with its jaw-dropping setpieces. Toppling buildings, runaway trains, savage yeti-beast battles, and nonstop gunplay combine to form one action-packed game that would make any summer cinema blockbuster green with envy.
Street fighter IV
than mere nostalgia or fan service, Street Fighter IV takes everything
that made SF II an all-time classic and reinvents itself to be exactly
what you’d hope from the series. It may embrace the 2D plane like its
predecessors, but a total graphical overhaul results in one of the most
visually stunning fighting games ever made. Flashy and powerful Ultra
attacks, colorful new characters, and fast and furious combat make SF
IV the best fighting game of the year.
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
In this popular puzzle sequel, Layton’s mentor mysteriously dies
after opening the ever-so-dangerous Elysian Box. It is up to Luke and
Layton to investigate his death through intricate puzzle solving. The
game introduces new and engaging brainteasers that require a lot of
thought and make you feel like you deserve a pat on the back for
solving them. Other puzzle titles should start taking notes.
In Scribblenauts, developer 5th Cell empowers players with the most
powerful weapon in the universe: their imaginations. This DS title
allows you to type any word into the DS, and have that object appear
onscreen. It breaks the barriers of the puzzle genre, letting players
pass levels by using a cornucopia of items, from mythical creatures to
machine guns. While some complained about the admittedly loose
controls, there’s no question Scribblenauts is the year’s most
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