Most of my gaming time this year was spent with games that didn't come out in 2009: WoW WotLK, King's Bounty: The Legend, Mass Effect, Europa Universalis 3 Complete... really, I barely bought any games for full price all year. NSMB would be up there if I owned it or had more opportunity to play it at a friends.
Virtual On Oratorio Tangram 5.66 - 3
New Super Mario Bros - 2
Street Fighter IV - 2
Pokemon Platinum - 1
Pulseman - 1
Noby Noby Boy - 1
VOOT is technically an upgraded version of an old game, but 5.66 is the SF2 Champion Edition to 5.45's World Warrior, with enough new content to justify placement imo (more characters, online play, etc). If you do not feel that it should count, then I'd like to give 3 points to NSMBW instead.
Pulseman is a "new"-to-the-US Genesis game via Virtual Console, unless you think its Sega Channel appearance disqualifies it.
Info at this stage:
- 4871 points have been distributed
- The game in 20th place shows up in the Top 10 when ranking games by the number of first-place votes (scores of 3)
- The game in 13th place has 0 first-place votes (scores of 3)
1) Uncharted 2 (PS3) - 3 points
2) Modern Warfare 2 (360) - 1 point
3) New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 1 point
4) Left 4 Dead 2 (PC) - 1 point
5) Infamous (PS3) - 1 point
6) Borderlands (360) - 1 point
7) The Ballad of Gay Tony (360) - 1 point
8) Tales of Monkey Island (PC) - 1 point
Runners-up: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Forza 3, Trials HD, Shadow Complex. Not played/completed yet: Trine, A Boy and His Blob, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Metroid Prime Trilogy. Disappointments of the year: Killzone 2, Brutal Legend.
The choice between Uncharted 2 and Modern Warfare 2 was a hard one for me. I've only played through U2 once, whereas I've put in nearly 100 hours on MW2 already. Both games have mastered their respective genres - no action-adventure game is nearly as fluid or exciting as U2, and no FPS has ever felt so responsive as MW2. Ultimately, though, I admire a well constructed narrative experience much moreso than a finely tuned online experience, so Uncharted 2 has to get it. It's pretty much perfect and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Whilst I enjoyed MW2's campaign mode a lot, it was in many ways a step back from what Infinity Ward achieved with the original game, and none of the aspects within it come close to the perfection Naughty Dog created.
TLDR; MW2 is my mistress I'll constantly go back to fuck, but U2 is the wife I'll love forever.
Also, for all my measly opinion is worth, I don't like the point system this year.
I was looking through this thread for inspiration, turns out I've not played many good games this year at all. I've played Layton, M+L:BiS, Scribblenauts, but I don't really feel any of them deserving of a point. I can't even allocate ten points. Bad year.
Trials HD - 3
Aesop's Garden - 2
Onore no Shinzuru Michi wo Yuke - 2
Pocoro - 1
Johnny Platform Saves Christmas - 1
Wii Fit Plus - 1