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The Forgotten Gems of 2009

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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