The games I played in 2009
January 01, 2010

Oh this is gonna be tough to remember them all, but...

'Splosion Man - Interesting one button game. I've played a few levels so far, and I find it really fun. But it's one of those games I can only play in small amounts, lest I get overwhelmed by awesome.

Banjo Kazooie (XBLA) - This version is better than the N64 version. I love that notes collected are saved. I've gotten further this time than I ever have before. I will finish this one some time.

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts - I haven't played much, yet. I find the game a bit overwhelming. There's so much going on, and it is like a platformer where every quest is a free-form race. I haven't really gotten far enough in yet to do anything major to my vehicle. Perhaps I'll go back to this one soon.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - I don't normally go for these sorts of manly games, but in this case, I'm glad I did. I think it was a perfect blend of exploration and combat (excluding some of the boss fights, especially the last one). I stayed up late at night playing this game, exploring more of the Asylum, collecting Riddler Trophies and finding various Batman references. I still need to finish the game, but the last boss fight is annoying and it kicks my ass with cheapness. I also haven't really looked at the challenge mode yet.

Bejeweled 2 (XBLA) - Fun, but kinda hard. Also, what is up with these achievements? They all look possible, but just difficult and time consuming to get to. I give this game a go from time to time when I don't feel like doing much else. Plugging along through endless mode is kinda fun. There's no pressure.

Blue Dragon - I don't know what it is about this game. I play for an hour or two, then I don't play it again for months. The characters are uninteresting (and it has the one annoying non-human midget character). But it's a solid game, with a solid battle mode, so I should be able to just keep going. I actually find it fun to play. I will finish this eventually.

Braid - Awesome time based puzzle platformer. Who gives a fuck about the story, though?

Crisis Core FF7 - Reviewed.

Dragon Age: Origins (X360) - Now this was a fun game. I played through the game from start to finish in a little over a week, playing whenever I could find the time. And then I played it again straight after. I loved the fantasy setting, and the characters were really well developed. A huge game, but sometimes felt a little empty. Especially in regards to how few places there were to visit. I don't know why, but I kept expecting to get off the continent and explore the rest of the world that had been hinted at, but the game finished before that happened. As big as this game was, it felt like just the tip of the iceberg and it leaves me wanting more.

Fable II - Fun game. Much better than the first one.

Fallout 3 - I spent over 50 hours on this last January. Fallout 3 is one of the most immersive games I've ever played. I can't think of many other games that got the atmosphere so perfect. Fallout 3 is bleak, and the wasteland is so stunningly realised that it takes me there. And it lets me be whoever I want. My character was mostly good, though he did slip a few times into evil. There's the homeless men outside towns who beg for water. I ALWAYS did the merciful thing and put a bullet in their brains as a way to end their suffering. And I get negative karma for that! :P

Guitar Hero & Rock Band Games - I played a bunch. I got into this craze in a big way, buying up the cheap games and playing through the set lists, getting better and better (I've kind of peaked at being really good at Medium, but sucking at Hard). I got sick of the craze for a while, but I got back into it again recently. I now have a drum set, but I suck at that (I sucked at the guitar too, when I first started, so I just need practice). Let's see. Guitar Hero II, III, World Tour, Metallica and Rock Band 1. I keep telling myself I'm done, but these games always manage to hook me back in.

Jade Empire - playing it for the alpha tourney. Kinda meh. For once it's not the review that I'm having trouble with, it's finding the motivation to play the game.

Lego Indiana Jones - Just the first one. I'm playing it because it was dirt cheap (packaged with Kung Fu Panda, which I haven't played yet). I liked Lego Star Wars, and this is more of the same. An easy 1000 achievements, I suppose.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - Got to 100% in this. Easy, fun game. I reviewed it, too.

Lost - Dirt cheap, easy achievements, but I really played this because I became a fan of the show this year. I've watched all 5 seasons of the show in the last couple of months, and now I'm eagerly awaiting season 6. This game was playable, but frustrating, underwhelming and disappointing.

Lost Odyssey - I finished this game a long time ago. I'm just replaying it, trying to get the Treasure Trove achievement. I stop and start with this one.

Perfect Dark Zero - When I traded in a whole bunch of old gaming stuff this year, I managed to get a PSP. I was left with $10 more, so I grabbed Perfect Dark Zero. It's not very fun, and when I trade in LOST, this one is going too. 0/1000 achievements, and no desire to try for anymore.

Puzzle Quest (XBLA) - Not sure how I feel about this...

Sam & Max Seasons 1 and 2 - Great games, if a little easy due to not having that many items. The writing is absolutely hilarious, and I'm looking forward to more.

Secret of Monkey Island SE - Not as good as it could have been. The new interface is functional, but is probably the least favourite of any adventure games I've played. The new graphics look nice, but sometimes they seem very plain. The voice acting is good, but they've just added recorded lines over original text lines, which doesn't work so well. The timing is non-existent, and some characters, like Stan, talk way too slow. The conversation with him is tiring.

Sega Ultimate Collection - I played some of the games on this, but with all my other games, I haven't had much time to devote to this. It was cheap and I don't regret buying it.

Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP) - Fast paced, retro, but updated to play like Star Ocean 2. Good fun.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope - A serious step up from the third game in the series, but still subject to ridicule and hatred. I quite liked it, but I don't take games too seriously anymore, so the meandering story and goofy characters didn't bother me so much. It was compelling enough for me to play it from start to finish, and in RPG terms, that's a good thing.

Tales of Monkey Island - Brilliant.

Tales of Vesperia - is excellent. I reviewed it.

Worms & Worms 2 (XBLA) - Awesome multiplayer.

If I think of anymore games, I'll stealth edit them in. This year was dominated by my 360. I barely played anything on the Wii.

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