Wow, is it March 2010 already? Anyway with the Dragon Age review finally out of the way I can focus on deciding which game deserves the coveted Choicest Games - Game of the Year award for 2009. Scanning through the games list, it seems I reviewed 17 games last year - I didn't think I'd have enough time to play that many (and I guess the late awarding of a winner attests to that fact)
For 2009, the best scoring game here at Choicest games was:
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
The Monkey Island remake not only made Game of the Year for 2009 but even beat the score for the previous winner (Left 4 Dead) with a whopping 88%. There was not much to fault in this superb remake of the original. Considering that not too much was done besides introducing high-resolution graphics, some voice-acting and a soundtrack with live instruments, it just goes to show how awesome the classic adventure game was (since all the aforementioned improvements are just icing on the cake). Oh and did I mention it was all for a rock-bottom price of USD$10?
This year, the runners up prize goes to two games. They are:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2, the sequel to Infinity Ward's popular Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, ended up getting a respectable 80%. As usual for a Call of Duty game, the single-player campaign was short, but sweet. Although fairly linear, the games in the series are always so immersive it feels like you're starring in a blockbuster Hollywood war film. The multiplayer is heaps of fun too with unlocks a plenty to hunt for and customise your online experience.
Fallout 3 is one of those games that was heavily anticipated after the success of its predecessors - namely Fallout and Fallout 2. When it was finally released it did not disappoint. Bethesda Softworks worked hard on bringing the optimism of a nuclear future in the 50s and retro sci-fi to the world of Fallout 3 and I think they succeeded in that regard. The game turned out to be Oblivion in post-apocalyptic clothing, but hey that's not necessarily a bad thing - although that does mean Fallout 3 comes not only with all the pros of Oblivion but also its cons.