Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
GAME REVOLUTION'S BEST AND WORST GAMING MOMENTS OF 2009
Author: Blake Morse
Not everything that happens in the world of video games is an actual, honest to god, video game. Nope, some of it is just related to the field. And some of it sticks out so much that it catches not only the attention of the gaming populous, but that of the world and mainstream media. What follows is a retrospect of everything that was totally kick-ass and what completely sucked that exact same ass. We even continue last year's tradition of our number one being a double-edged sword that can somehow magically kick and suck ass at the same time, like a well-trained Vietnamese hooker. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... THE BEST 10 THINGS THAT ROCKED AND THE WORST 5 THAT DIDN'T SO MUCH IN 2009!
The (4 OF) 5 WORST GAMING MOMENTS OF 2009
#5 The Best Games of 2009... Coming in 2010 – BioShock 2, Bayonetta, Darksiders, Mass Effect 2, and Alpha Protocol are just a few of the major titles that were delayed until 2010. It's almost as if no one wanted to go up against Modern Warfare 2 for Holiday dominance. Instead of getting lost in the flood that is the 4th Quarter games release list, most games chose to adopt the Resident Evil 5 method and hold off until after the season to test the waters with their new franchises, or give returning fan favorites a little breathing room and a chance at some last minute polish. Which in the long run might be good news for us gamers, but made for one hell of a lot shorter Christmas list.
#4 Everybody's Getting Laid... Off – Once again, the perpetual unemployment machine that is the gaming industry makes the list. This year's victims include the “Duke Nukem will be out soon, we promise...” 3D Realms and the consistently decent Pandemic Studios, makers of the Saboteur and Mercenaries2. EA didn't stop with Pandemic either, firing an impressive amount of folks from all over their company. Gaming giants Midway went bankrupt and sold off all their assets leaving Mortal Kombat in the hands of Warner Brothers Interactive. It's hard to tell how much of this comes from standard business practices and how much is from the current down economy , but one thing is sure: It certainly does suck to lose your job.
#3 How Low Can You Go – Limbo of the Lost is the first game to ever blatantly rip off so many other games at one time. They even stole from the Beetlejuice poster for Christ sake! I mean, really, what the hell were these people thinking? Were they thinking? How much of a disappointment is it? It's so bad that it made this list and the worst games list (and it made us steal the picture from Destructoid). If the folks behind this are reading this article, I hope they feel shame and regret and perhaps a small bit of nausea. (Unless they meant to plagiarize.) Not enough to make them throw up, but at least enough to leave a very bad taste in their mouths.
#2 I Wanna Hold Your Handheld Console – Wow, the PSPGo and the DSi were both major upsets. First, the DSi took away backwards compatibility for GBA titles and thought it would be better to have a crappy little camera and SD slot. Not to mention the ability to play music in a retarded proprietary format that no one uses. Essentially, they took away half of the stuff that made the DS cool and replaced them with all the functions of a five-year old cell phone.
The PSPGo, while looking much sleeker than the PSP, forgot that people may have actually wanted a way to play their "old" PSP games. It completely lacks a UMD slot and expects you to download all your titles. Yeah. Thanks for that Sony. I totally want a system that can't play any of the games I already own. I give it three months before these things start showing up in a bargain bin.