X360A's 2009 Game of the Year Awards

X360A's 2009 Game of the Year Awards

Written Thursday, December 31, 2009 By Dan Webb
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In a year where the world tried desperately hard to recover from an economic depression, the gaming industry continued to grow in leaps and bounds. A year that will be remembered for Modern Warfare 2’s record breaking sales, copious amounts of downloadable content and more 2010 slips than we cared for, 2009 was a good year to be a gamer. Despite all those 2010 slips though, we saw some great titles in 2009 and now, as usual, it’s about time we lavish our eternal praise on the best of the year in our end of the year awards. Get comfy, we’re in for a long night of praise, criticism and idle anecdotes.

As we did last year (and will continue to do so every year), we kick off this year’s awards with the best premise (i.e. concept) of the year. Whether they delivered or not is moot, if they had the best concept, they’ll be heralded here.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is the first of our runners-up this year in this category and unfortunately though, it was a game that didn’t quite live up to its premise. The premise of the title was simple, a co-operative open-world realistic shooter where how you tackle each scenario is up to you. On paper it all sounds fantastic, but in practice, the game was far too buggy to let it shine through as Codemasters (and us) would have hoped. If however, you can persuade 3 like-minded friends to pick it up, then you’re on to a winner... until you die because you got stuck on a fence that is.

The other runner-up this year is Ensemble and Microsoft’s Halo Wars, which touched down in February of this year. Like Flashpoint the premise was simple, a Halo based RTS designed specifically for consoles, and whilst the execution was pretty much spot on, it actually seemed a little too simplistic to be called a strategy game. In actual fact, we’d be inclined to say it was more of an action game. Regardless, the premise was alluring, fantastic and ambitious and that’s why it takes home the silver this year.

Picking up the first award this year is Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum. Whilst last year’s winner of this category didn’t quite nail the implementation and delivery of the premise (The Force Unleashed), Arkham Asylum did. The premise was bold and actually difficult to achieve, and that was simply to create a licensed Batman game with a whole host of iconic franchise villains to fight off against, ultimately giving Batman the chance to be a silent predator as well as a powerful brawler. Rocksteady delivered there without a shadow of a doubt and the way in which they delivered it was both entertaining and in true spirit of the Batman legacy. An easy choice for us this year.

2009 brought us some mighty fine stories and in our runners-up and winner spots this year, the usual suspects are all present and correct, but we also welcome a new boy into the fray.

New boys Rocksteady Studios made a pretty big splash in the industry this year, releasing a triple A title without much pedigree in their back catalogue to back it up and suggest they could do it. The story was a fundamental success in the game’s popularity, as it should be with the digital reimagining of a popular comic book character. The story kicked off with Batman heading back to Arkham Asylum with a recently captured Joker, only to be thrust into a trap and be forced to face off against some of the franchise’s classic villains. The story not only gets praise for its ability to cram so many legendary villains into one plot, but it also gets praise for their seamless integration into a gripping story, meaning Arkham Asylum grabs a worthy place on this year’s podium.

It says something for the quality of Rockstar’s downloadable content when we hail one of their stories as a runner-up in the best story category this year. Rockstar’s GTA IV downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony, had a pretty in-depth story that saw self proclaimed maniac, Luis Lopez, stuck between a rock and a hard place as he tried to juggle his past with his ambitions and his drug addled business partner. The story remained true to its GTA IV serious crime drama roots whilst instilling a bit of the San Andreas outrageousness in it. A perfect balance if you ask us.

It comes as no shock to us that industry story legends, BioWare, managed to deliver the year’s best story with their spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age. A story that offered more choices than the McDonalds Pound Saver menu and more twists and turns than Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction. Dragon Age had it all. In it you play the role of one of the Grey Wardens and after choosing your origin, you’ll set off on a trip to build an army big enough to destroy the Darkspawn that plagues the world. Dragon Age: Origins boasts a great cast of characters, superb emotional twists and decisions, many epic battles and a world that you shape, making it our story of the year.


Multiplayer is as big in gaming as it ever has been, whether we’re talking competitively or co-operatively. Simply put, people live for these types of games and these types of games alone. 2009 was a great year for multiplayer gaming and so picking 3 alone was a tough task... but one we thrived on.

Sitting in the runners-up spot this year is Valve’s surprise 2009 sequel to the 2008 winner, Left 4 Dead. The sequel was more of a robust package than the original, offering more co-op campaigns, more versus maps and even a few new game modes. Despite all the new modes, Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 wasn’t entirely fresh enough to wiggle to the top of the pack, but it had a bloody good go.

Failing to miss out on the top spot just like Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 was Gearbox’s co-operative shooter-RPG, Borderlands. It took home the gold in our top 5 co-op titles of 2009 in the build up to Christmas, but the simple fact that other titles offered a much more robust multiplayer package overall than Borderlands could offer, means that the title will have to settle with a runners-up spot. I’m sure Gearbox would take that though considering who the winner is.

There was no doubt in our mind that the best multiplayer game of 2009 was anything else but Modern Warfare 2. Whilst the 2 player co-op mode, Spec-Ops, wasn’t enough to win the co-op game of the year awards – the same one Borderlands won – but coupled together with its well crafted and addictive multiplayer, it’s easily enough to take home the gold here. Infinity Ward may stupidly have lost points for disabling party chat in most online playlists, however, it wasn’t enough to dethrone itself this year. If it does it again though, we won’t be so forgiving. Heed our words Infinity Ward. Dismiss them at your peril.


We all love our eye-candy, right? I mean that’s why we choose to game on the Xbox 360 and not the Wii, right? Oooohhh. Sorry, couldn’t help myself there. Anyway, it’s time to turn our attention to polygons, HDR lighting and detailed textures as we praise the year’s best looking games.

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum was easily one of the year’s best looking games this year, leading the way with its supremely detailed and well rendered character models. Not only that, but Arkham Asylum itself was a dark, moody and superbly realised environment to play around in. The attention to detail in Arkham Asylum’s world and its characters means that it’s more than good enough to squeeze its way on to the podium this year as one of the year’s hottest titles.

Joining the caped crusader is a game of a totally different genre, but a game with equally as impressive visuals. Turn 10’s Forza 3 not only pushed the boat out from a physics standpoint, but it was a visual master class. The cars are not only the best cars we’ve seen so far in this generation of consoles, boasting HDR lighting and high count polygon textures, but the scenery is easily as epic. We’d like to have seen more effort and time put into the game’s damage system, but other than that, a worthy runner -up this year.

Taking home the best graphics award of 2009 is Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2. I mean seriously, has war ever looked so good? The wide range and diverse locations were fantastically created, the animations were top draw and the attention to detail was second to none – just take a look at the eyes rolling into the back of the skull of the enemy soldier during the last mission with the rappel knife assassination, simply stunning. It’s all well and good creating all that, but Infinity Ward took things one step further and created a mood and atmosphere with its visuals that is unique in every level, whether you’re rolling through suburban America, storming the Whitehouse or advancing through the favelas in Rio De Janeiro, the visuals are always top draw. A well rounded and visual masterpiece if ever there was one and a more than worthy winner.


2009 was not only the year of the DLC, but it was also the year of the original score, with all three of our nominees worthy of the top place on the Christmas tree. It just goes to show how far the industry has come as well in terms of maturity... I mean, you don’t get scores as epic and as varied as these in films these days!

No surprise here that Marty O’Donnell’s Halo 3: ODST and its original score makes the top three. It was a superbly diverse musical score with a piece for every occasion. So whether you’re scavenging through Covenant remains as the lone rookie on the streets of New Mombasa listening to the chilling and isolated compositions, or you’re knee deep in out-and-out action, playing along to the traditional upbeat Halo symphonies. Epic stuff all round.

Modern Warfare 2 and its Hans Zimmer debut video game soundtrack makes its way into the runners-up spot alongside ODST this year. Not quite good enough to capture the top spot, but definitely good enough to get a mention; Zimmer’s score matches the fast paced action that the Modern Warfare 2 campaign delivers from start to finish. The soundtrack isn’t that much of a step up from Call of Duty 4’s impressive showing, but that doesn’t make it any less of a stunning soundtrack.

Jesper Kyd did a superb job with Assassin’s Creed 2’s score this year, taking the best score award by a nose-length. Emotional, engaging and ever-changing are just a few adjectives to describe Kyd’s original score. Right from the get-go Assassin’s Creed 2 had an accompanying composition for every different scenario. Whether you’re watching one of the game’s many tragic events, stalking your prey on the rooftops of Venice or using Da Vinci’s flying machine, every piece is as fitting and as emotional as the last. Top job Jesper, top job indeed.


New franchises are essentially what keep the gaming industry fresh every year. There’s only one chance to join this illustrious group of winners... and that’s on the first try. Three worthy nominees, but only one winner.

Coming in as one of the runners-up this year is Ubisoft’s new Tom Clancy franchise, HAWX... and yes, there’s a new one every year, Tom Clancy game that is. HAWX fills a gap in the Tom Clancy franchise by offering air-to-air fighter plane combat both online and offline. Boasting a robust and extensive co-operative enabled campaign as well as some manic online gameplay, HAWX was one of the year’s sleeper hits and strong new franchises. Setting off to perform numerous objectives and destroying a whole range of targets in co-op with a friend was one of the year’s best co-op experiences, even if you got stuck being Goose and ended up dying in the end.

BioWare’s Dragon Age makes the other runners-up spot this year. Easily one of the year’s best RPGs, Dragon Age delivers a fantastic story, plenty of character growth, an in-depth group relationship system and it even gives you the chance to shape your role as you see fit. An easy and accessible RPG, that boasts plenty of depth, multiple storylines and superb value for money. There’s no doubt in our mind that this was one of the strongest new franchises to see the light of day in 2009. BioWare’s post release support thus far has also been excellent, so it could be a game to take up a few months of your life as well.

Borderlands is our pick for franchise of the year, following in the footsteps of our choice last year, Left 4 Dead. Not only did its sales figures prove that it was the year’s biggest new franchise, but the review scores also backed up its claim. Its unique art style, the melding of two popular genres (shooter & RPG) and its sheer amount of looting won the game serious points, but it was its co-op gameplay and its comedic charm that carried it over the finishing line. Borderlands according to 2K is now another major franchise for them following its instant success and 2009 was the year that it went from zero to hero in one fell swoop. Congrats to the guys at Gearbox, a job well done.


The Xbox Live Arcade grew in leaps and bounds in 2009 and the expectations of what we expect from the service were suitably elevated. Going on current growth levels and the general improvement in quality, 2010 should be even better, but before we look ahead, let’s look back.

Twisted Pixel have been making a name for themselves recently with original and engaging arcade games. Kicking the year off with The Maw, they went one better in the summer when Splosion Man exploded on to the service. A unique platformer with a subtle sense of humour, Splosion Man offered plenty of platforming puzzles, large bosses and even a co-op mode to tempt in the masses. A fantastic Xbox Live Arcade title and another success out of the Twisted Pixel camp.

Our other podium placed Xbox Live Arcade game goes to a title that is both addictive and frustrating in equal measures. Of course, we’re talking about none other than RedLynx’s HD release of their popular Trials franchise. With such unique and simplistic controls, Trials HD offers a mechanic that might seem trivial on the surface, but dig deeper, and there is an art to master here. Well, that’s if it doesn’t drive you to death with frustration along the way. With well placed checkpoints and your goal always within touching distance, the “just one more go” mantra seems to be an overriding feature of the game. Great visuals, plenty of amusing and tasking puzzles, Trials HD is worthy of a place on this year’s podium.

The proverbial Xbox Live Arcade bar was raised this summer when Epic/Chair Entertainment and Microsoft released their 2D Castlevania/Metroid cross breed, Shadow Complex, on the Xbox Live Arcade. The game not only looked great and told a pretty decent story, but it offered hours of gameplay and had plenty of replayability all for $15. It not only set a new standard on what we expect on the Xbox Live Arcade, but this badboy put some fully blown retail titles to shame. Now if that isn’t a testament to what a great game it is, I’m not sure what is. 2010 better take note now, because the best of the Xbox Live Arcade in 2009 is going to take some beating next year if they don’t recognise this new benchmark.


There wasn’t much in terms of actual gameplay innovations this year and as a result, the innovations podium winners for this year’s category are made up of various other mechanics and features that the top publishers decided to hedge their bets on.

2009 was the year of Microsoft’s “Awardables” – another achievement-style gameplay reward that allows you to unlock avatar clothes and accessories in-game. Granted, the awardables movement took a while to catch on, but come the end of the year and a handful of games have them implemented, including Splosion Man, ODST and Left 4 Dead 2. Whilst the system is in its infancy at the moment, the idea is a simple and effective one because we all know that people love to show off their in-game accomplishments. Where better to do it than on your virtual ID’s visual representation? We’re hoping that developers and publishers embrace this system like they have done achievements.

Just sitting below the top spot in this year’s most innovative feature award category is EA Sports’ Photo Game Face.  The Photo Game Face feature – which is becoming part of most, if not all, of EA’s sporting franchises – allows you to not only put your face in the game, but anyone’s face you like. Want to smash the crap out of your next door neighbour in a boxing ring, it allows you to do it without the potential for a black eye. Want to kick your old man’s ass at golf for once, you can do it in Tiger Woods 09. It also breaks down the barrier for all other kinds of non licensed athletes meaning you don’t have to wait on DLC to put your favourite fighter in the ring. It could even act as a saving grace for EA’s MMA title next year. Despite making a showing last year, 09 was the year that EA started to perfect its system and make it an integral part of their Sports brand. Not necessarily a game changing feature, but one that’s always nice to have.

Taking the gold this year for the second year running is Ubisoft, as they look to take Microsoft’s “awardables” one step further. With their new uPlay brand – that saw the light of day with the release of Assassin’s Creed 2 – Ubisoft opened gamers up to a new world of interactivity and gamer rewards. The fundamental mechanic is simple... perform well across all or some of Ubisoft’s products and they’ll reward you with exclusive in-game content that can be purchased using the uPlay points you’ve earned from other Ubisoft titles. So if you completed Assassin’s Creed 2 and wanted to unlock a unique gun in Splinter Cell: Conviction next year, that’s what the system looks to do. We’ve always said that achievements (and now awardables) ought to unlock bonuses in-game that are either cool, a novelty or aid your cause... it looks like Ubisoft were listening. Either that or they just used their common sense.


In order for a game to make our surprise list, we must simply have either low or no expectations for it. If a title meets either of those criteria and turns out to be bloody impressive, chances are it’ll make this list... although, there’s only space for 2 runner-ups and 1 winner.

Prior to Ubisoft’s release of HAWX, our excitement for the game rested in the, “yeah, it could be okay” camp. After playing it though, our inner fighter pilot was more than impressed... so impressed that it scored an 85 from ourselves. Its simplistic controls, room for expert flying manoeuvres with its “OFF” mode, great visuals, fantastic missions, and even better, the game was 4 player co-op and had a crazy competitive online battle arena. We literally didn’t expect it to turn out this good. Pleasantly surprised is a nice way to put it.

What usually happens when a popular franchise moves across into other genres to effectively broaden its horizon and ultimately make more cash? Can anyone say flop? Especially considering that we’re talking about a genre that’s never really been a sales magnet before. Of course, there is always an exception to the rule. In Halo Wars’ case, Ensemble not only did a fantastic job with a simplistic RTS setup whilst staying true to the license, they also shifted  more copies of a console RTS than anyone before them. That just shows you the strength of the brand, but it was the quality of the title that shocked us. A co-operative campaign, simple controls, great authenticity, decent set-pieces, a fantastic score, the best cutscenes of the year and some pretty immersive competitive skirmishes. That spells a pretty damn good game to us... and that Halo Wars was.

Taking the podium this year for the surprise of the year category may come as no surprise if you’ve been reading our recent coverage... ironic, I know! We’ve been singing the praise of DJ Hero around here for sometime after discovering a hidden gem behind a diluted and over-milked brand. The “Hero” brand has been around the neighbourhood more times than the village bike, but still, FreeStyleGames proved that despite the generic label, they can create something both familiar and fresh at the same time. The soundtrack was top notch, the DJ talent was immense, the peripheral is durable and responsive, plus, they had Daft Punk. DJ Hero is one of the musical games of the last few years if we say so ourselves. Did we see that coming when it was announced this year? Did we heck!


Unlike the previous surprise category, the tables are turned on its head here for the disappointment category. For a game to be nominated as a disappointment, we must have had some hope for a decent game. There were more than a few disappointments this year, but of course, only 3 can make the cut.

Propping up the most disappointing title of 2009 award was EA’s Godfather II. The follow-up to the unsung and cult favourite, Godfather, the Godfather II wasn’t even in the same league as its predecessor. Opting for a new strategical approach to the franchise, the Godfather II was ultimately a shallow, simple and short lived affair. We were hoping for the opposite. And here we were thinking that sequels were meant to build on the foundations of its predecessor. Seems that wasn’t the case here.

Ahhh, Wolfenstein, the reboot of one of the classic first person shooter franchises. It must be good, right? If you assumed that, you’ve made an ass out of you and me. In fact, you’ve made an ass out of everyone. Billed as a shooter with a wide open world to explore, the 2009 version of Wolfenstein gave off that impression but the ability to search the open-world of Isenstadt was largely an illusion. The problem with Wolfenstein was that it looked like the game’s designers had been cryogenically frozen since the creation of the first game and they were still running empty on ideas. It’s tough to watch the rebirth of an old classic franchise treated in such a way that only damages the legacy that was set before it. A real shame.

Taking home the disappointment gong this year is the unfortunate Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. If you thought that the mantra that a sequel must be better than its predecessor is true, you’ve obviously not played Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Whilst the story was better structured and the fusion powers were a nice addition to the franchise, to do so at the expense of the individual super power moves and the old equipment system, you have to wonder what they were smoking during the meeting when that design decision was made. Note to Activision and Vicarious Visions, if something works and is liked by the fans of the original, don’t kick them in the teeth and remove them from the sequel. Thank you. Don’t come again.


Getting named as the best studio of the year is no easy feat. Certain things are expected of certain developers these days, so it’s not just enough to create a great game. To get named as the best studio the developer must have had to tackle some issues and overcome them, do something extraordinary or literally pop-up out of nowhere and create some magic. Let me tell you, 2009 was a magical year.

Gearbox were faced with one of the toughest choices they’ve possibly ever had to make as a studio sometime in late 2008 and they couldn’t really afford another tepid response like Brother in Arms: Hell’s Highway got if the independent studio was to keep the roof over its head. Left with the decision of sticking with the old, standard photo realistic visuals or switching to a new fancy, cel-shaded art-style, the Texan based studio decided to redo the presentation mid project and after millions and millions of dollars had already been invested in it. Why you ask? Because they did what they thought was best for the game and as a result, Gearbox jump into our runners-up podium spot this year for the best studio category for having the cojones to stick by their guns and go with the art-style that not only worked, but suited the game as well. Of course, having created a pretty damn immersive game helped them too.

Bethesda Game Studios takes a spot on the best developer’s podium this year; despite not officially releasing a title in 2009 (WET was developed by A2M before you say). How can this madness be then? Well, Bethesda deserves its place for cranking out and supporting our 2008 GOTY, Fallout 3, with 5, count it, 5 brand new episodes. The 5 episodes did and offered a lot for existing Fallout 3 players that not only included introducing new places and quests, but they also raised the level cap, added a ton more achievements and possibly more importantly, allowed people to play with their save after the credits had rolled. Bethesda have set the bar for post release game support, now we just need to see others following their example. BioWare seems to be getting close with Dragon Age: Origins.

This year’s best studio winner is a fairytale, from rags to riches story, as Rocksteady Studios go from just another run of the mill studio, to a studio that has the ability to churn out triple A titles. Apart from Rocksteady’s 2009 outing  – Batman: Arkham Asylum which we gave 93% this year – they had one solitary title to their name, Urban Chaos: Riot Response – a title that saw the light of day in 2006 to a tepid response from reviewers (MetaCritic rating of 72% on the Xbox). Zoom forward 3 years and Rocksteady have created one of the year’s most atmospheric titles that not only impressed the critics, but impressed with its more than strong sales figures. If that isn’t an unexpected shift in quality, we don’t know what is. Nobody else did enough this year to topple this fantastic studio from our number one spot. Funny thing is, people even forget that the game was delayed this year as well. All is forgiven.


Now on to the best publishers of 2009... the category where we take into account the publisher’s highs and woes, and then judge who we think had the overall best package. We not only look at the strength of the line-up here, but consistency is also key. Let’s kick off things with the runners up...

Ubisoft had an incredibly strong year in 2009 with some great titles leading the way. After making the podium last year, their line-up set out to do it all over again in 2009. They didn’t have the legs to carry them on to the top spot, but all their titles performed pretty well with our reviewers. HAWX started the year off in mighty fine fashion, and after giving Wheelman a home in the early part of the year, the line-up went from strength to strength. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood was a solid title held back from greatness by a few glitches and then they ended the year on a high with the fantastic Assassin’s Creed 2. Shame about Avatar though... Otherwise, an impressive year.

Despite Microsoft’s relatively weak 2009 line-up, a lot of things went right for them in 2009. ODST may not have been the big hitter that fans were hoping for, but it sure sold well (surprise!). 2009 was also the year of many solid arcade titles, Shadow Complex leading the way, as well as the new social networking applications on the dashboard and of course, who can forget, 1 vs. 100. Throw in a superb sim racer in Forza 3, a semi-decent hack n’ slash title in Ninja Blade and the well received and impressively delivered Halo Wars, and 2009 isn’t as bleak as you may have thought. Sure it never reached the dizzy heights that 2008 set, but we expected it as much. 2010 though? Well that’s another story for a different day, but with Alan Wake, Crackdown 2 and Halo: Reach leading the way, we kind of expect Microsoft to make the podium in one way or another next year.

After only just missing out to Microsoft in this category last year, the tables have turned for EA this year as they make their way to the top of the podium. Skate 2 kicked off their proceedings in impressive style and their strong catalogue of sports titles saw them through the summer, with all but NBA Live 10 being the top dog in the genre. FIFA delivered again, as did NHL and the return of Fight Night was a boost to their line-up. Of course Madden and co helped the proceedings... as they usually do. The success even extended out on to the Live Arcade this year in the summer months, with BF 1943 breaking all sorts of records, and here’s not forgetting the arcade sports titles as well. Throw in a strong year end with Brutal Legend, Dragon Age: Origins, The Saboteur and their EA Partners support with The Beatles: Rock Band and Left 4 Dead 2, and you have an extensive catalogue that delivers across the board. As for our review scores for the retail titles; 1 title scored between 50-59; 3 between 60-69; 3 between 70-79; a staggering 8 between 80-89; and even 2 90+ games. A great showing from EA this year.


This is it... the moment you’ve all been waiting for and the moment we’ve been building up to. It’s time to unveil our Game of the Year for 2009... and boy was it a tough one to call this year.

Taking one of the runner-up spots for this year’s GOTY award is Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2, a game that had it all; a Hollywood style, non-stop action single player campaign, a enjoyable and robust co-operative scenario mode; and more of the infamous Modern Warfare online multiplayer. Infinity Ward took COD4’s impressive Game of the Year showing and added a ton of detail from everything down to online customisation to its single player score and presentation. If the campaign had been a little longer, the plot a little more engaging and the Spec Ops mode a little more unique and separate from the main game, Modern Warfare 2 might just have had higher place on the podium.

Joining the runner-up ranks of Modern Warfare 2 for this year’s GOTY is Rocksteady’s impressive next-gen debut, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Offering a gripping story, a fantastic voice-cast, plenty of twists and turns, some great villain cameos and one of the best looking games of 2009, Arkham Asylum delivers a video game based on an iconic character that we’ve not really been privy to in recent years. Everything in Arkham Asylum screamed triple A and Rocksteady and Eidos/Square Enix deserve their place in the spotlight this year as they do the Batman brand complete and utter justice. Warner Bros must be ecstatic that they’ve picked up the publishing rights to the sequel after seeing the sheer amount of quality that was on show here.

Taking the gold this year is none other than Ubisoft Montreal’s Assassin’s Creed 2, or what we like to call, the perfect sequel. Whilst Assassin’s Creed had a marmite effect with gamers – you either love it or hate it – Assassin’s Creed 2 does everything right from the get go. A superb cast of characters, an epic story, a moving and emotional original score, a fantastic recreation of the Renaissance period and more importantly, a ton of mission variety. Ubisoft Montreal laid the foundations of the franchise with the original and took the game to a whole new level with the sequel. New assassination skills, a ton of weapons, your very own Renaissance crib and so much more. The game has so much depth this time around that the oversights of the original are long forgotten. Assassin’s Creed 2 most certainly was our GOTY and with it, our expectations for the sequel are so much more than they were a few months back. Congrats to Ubisoft Montreal for doing a fine job and a worthy accolade for a stunning sequel.


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Comment #1 by grixt3r
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:55:24 PM
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congrats to the winners. i agree with them all

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Comment #2 by CRAZYCJ20
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:56:11 PM
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I don't understand why Forza 3 is a runner up for best graphics. Of the racing games this year, it had the worst graphics as opposed to Dirt 2 and NFS Shift, which looked beautiful.

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Comment #3 by Frostbite
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:56:15 PM
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Couldn't have agreed more with AC2 taking home the top honors!!!

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Comment #4 by Steve50013
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:56:19 PM
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Agreed AC2 and MW2 were a close one for game of the year.

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Comment #5 by Red Testament
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:57:02 PM
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A bold choice there with AC2 taking the GOTY. It's probably in my top three, with probably Batman AA being my GOTY.

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Comment #6 by p0rkp1e74
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:57:20 PM
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pretty much sums things up in what was definitely a fair award system....everything is in the rightful place including Game of the Year and Publisher of the year!!!

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Comment #7 by crazyivan121
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:57:45 PM
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what l4d2 should have been multiplayer of the year

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Comment #8 by mediatedgravy
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 02:58:51 PM
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Great list. Agree with most of your choices

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Comment #9 by CRAZYCJ20
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:02:41 PM
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Does anyone else agree that Forza 3 does not belong as a runner up for best graphics? Considering it falls behind all the other racers this year in that sense.

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Comment #10 by Deyankees1
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:04:58 PM
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Whoop Whoop AC2 GOTY HELL YEA!!!!!!

Agree with all the winners good stuff.

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Comment #11 by Levex817
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:09:40 PM
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I like how the multiplayer of the year doesnt even have multiplayer achievements. But I still agree with all of these.

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Comment #12 by B Rock3232
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:10:06 PM
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Best game of the year AC2? Really?? With all the awards Batman was getting I thought it would get it for sure. Personally I would have like for MW2 or L4D2 to get it. Much better games I thought.

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Comment #13 by MrIacob
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:10:17 PM
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Oh Yeah. Assasin's 2!

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Comment #14 by guillermo316
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:26:45 PM
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#14 i am a beast, love fianl fantasy 13 game of the year for next year, and amy reid ftw!

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Comment #15 by DarthViscer
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:27:25 PM
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Woo AC2! I glad you guys actually remembered Arkham Asylum, all the other awards I've seen online are either all MW2 or Uncharted 2.

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Comment #16 by blackout529
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:28:37 PM
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Don't really agree with MW2 winning best graphics, and I also feel Arkham Asylum should've won GotY, but I can't argue with Assassins Creed 2.

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Comment #17 by GoldEagle423
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:28:49 PM
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Didn't agree with GOTY. Sure its in my Top 10, but I would've rather had MW2 take it home. Either way I 100% them already.

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Comment #18 by ovoon7
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:29:23 PM
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if l4d2 got anything I wouldve been mad. Overall a pretty good list.

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Comment #19 by Infomouse
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:30:46 PM
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Agree with most of these (except for Batman), pretty good year and can't wait for next.

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Comment #20 by nicky6314
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:31:10 PM
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@9, Forza looks simply amazing. Though I don't own it, Ive played the demo and the game at a friends house. All I can say is WOW! Everything looks so realistic.

Couldn't agree more with AC2 and most of the rest of the picks

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Comment #21 by WhIpLaSh 014
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:36:49 PM
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Can't wait for next year!

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Comment #22 by NawtyCawty
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:40:35 PM
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Not a bad list, but cant agree with the statement that its been a great year for gamers. Apart from Batman Arkham Asylum and Splosion Man its been a pretty poor year for games, dominated by musical games and samey sequels. That cant be good!

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Comment #23 by Dirtnose
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:47:24 PM
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I don't agree with the Graphics one, but AC2 GOTY, That game is so damn good.

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Comment #24 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:55:29 PM
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@#22 - @#22 - The Maw, Prototype, Borderlands, Shadow Complex, inFamous, Halo Wars, HAWX, Flower - a few new franchises that were pretty solid. There's nothing wrong with sequels either if those sequels are huge improvements. In my eyes anyway =P

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Comment #25 by FreshTusso
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 03:57:52 PM
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comment # 5 is so bad

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Comment #26 by True Marvellous
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:09:24 PM
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Whats all the love for HAWX, thought it was turd myself, each to there own though.

Ain't opinions BRILLIANT!!!

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Comment #27 by evilragd0ll
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:11:00 PM
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@22 You forgot about AC2, easily the best game this year and far more deserving of praise than Arkham Asylum or 'Splosion man. They're good games, but not even close to the splendor of AC2.

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Comment #28 by The Destroyernatorer
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:11:03 PM
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I really wouldn't have thought I'd agree with AC2 getting GOTY, after hating the first and loving Borderlands, L4D2 and Batman to bits, but I'm not sure I can disagree.
I still haven't finished it, because I'm savouring it, and that says it all to me. I usually just want to get to the end of a game (for various reasons) but I am loving taking my time and appreciating all it has to offer. It's not perfect, but it's a magical game. All in all though I think 2009 has been my favourite year for games this generation. Besides all of the above, I've loved games like ODST, MW2, Prototype and arcade titles like Trials HD and BF 1943. I can't wait for 2010.

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Comment #29 by The Destroyernatorer
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:13:12 PM
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OMG and Dragon Age. That is seriously awesome. And this is coming from someone who hated Mass Effect and Oblivion.

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Comment #30 by Da_moopintot
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:18:25 PM
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suburban is one word (under best graphics). Just thought i'd throw that in there :p
Anyways, pretty good article, but i dont really agree with the GOTY to be honest. I think borderlands should have gotten it.

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Comment #31 by CoregBlue1
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:27:21 PM
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I totally agree with them all, especially Forza Motorsport 3 in the Graphics Runners up, it just looks amazing. I´m a bit dissapointed that Left 4 Dead 2 isn´t the best multiplayer game but i can handle it.

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Comment #32 by FatalFlaw810
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:31:18 PM
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Not a bad list, never played AC2 though. Looks just as boring and repetitive as the first one.

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Comment #33 by blurbia
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:38:40 PM
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agreed on ac2

my favorite games was prototype, but ac2 was definitely the best game.

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Comment #34 by Darth Grif55
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:41:29 PM
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Bah! Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 was great! I found it way more fun than the first one. Games being fun is more important than having extra costumes & s***. Hell, I prefer most of the characters' main costumes anyway.

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Comment #35 by L1E
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:49:46 PM
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I disagree with two awards: Best Original Score and Most Innovative Gameplay Design. My pick would have been Halo 3: ODST for the score. I loved every song on it. Definitely the best score in the halo series, in my book. Assassin's Creed 2's score was underwhelming for me; all I remember from it is the same songs over and over (and I just finished it). I really don't think it was very memorable. And for Ubisoft's uPlay, age restrictions suck. If I could actually use it, then maybe I'd agree. Then again, opinions are different. However, I do agree with every other category.

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Comment #36 by GeezusDylan160
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:56:11 PM
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A great list for this year's awards. Agree with the top three for GOTY, just got AC2 for Christmas, about 40% done and it is definitely a massive improvement to that of AC1. Kinda surprised Prototype didn't make the disappointment list but thats just my opinion.

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Comment #37 by L2P OMG
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:58:09 PM
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Agree AC2 is GOTY 2009

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Comment #38 by Oliie
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 04:58:57 PM
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The biggest dissappointment should definitely MW2. It's not bad, but it's not what it was supposed to be. It's just another good shooter. For the biggest surprise should be the Borderlands, as many people (including me) didn't consider this a very good game before release, many didn't even notice this game. After release it came out that this is a very decent game. For the best graphics definitely Forza 3 wins. For the best story I'd include Prototype, but MW2 should also be there and win for the story, because I was actually completely surprised by the plot twists, and I was upset about the characters deaths. It really got me into.

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Comment #39 by BulletH0l3s
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:02:34 PM
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I dont agree with GOTY but I still think it's really good.

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Comment #40 by Legendary801
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:03:16 PM
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Hats off to all the Games!

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Comment #41 by Michael i7
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:07:28 PM
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AC2 is the wrong game for GoTY imo.

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Comment #42 by Zacxx201
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:17:22 PM
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Congrats on AC2, great game!

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Comment #43 by gingerCHRIS123
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:20:50 PM
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I think Forza 3's graphics are sub-par, even in HD it feels out dated, and looks exactly like forza 2 imo.

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Comment #44 by J0shUK
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:22:39 PM
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AC2 is game of the year as well in my opinion.

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Comment #45 by DEAD 3Y3 TBONE
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:23:02 PM
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AC2 definitely GOTY 09. Such a brilliant work of art.

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Comment #46 by TotalNubTim
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:27:23 PM
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AC2 was way better than AC, but I still don't think it deserved GotY. It still had a handful of problems that really held back it's full potential.

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Comment #47 by Der Fuhrer
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:28:44 PM
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I haven't even played Assassin's Creed 2, even though I own it lol

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Comment #48 by II KaotiK
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:31:32 PM
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MW2 was a crock of shit if you'd played any of the old games.

They should revert the series back to how it was in CoD2, even CoD3.

You can tell the series is going downhill. They couldn't win GoTY at the STV Awards, their studio got beaten by a never before heard of studio. Robert Bowling got fired as community manager and promoted to some other shitty title.

IMO, the Modern Warfare, even CoD series, is only as good as it is, because of it's title. Slap any other name on it, and no-one would buy it.

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Comment #49 by Schism
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:32:55 PM
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i agree with all of them but the MW2: MP of the year. It just seems to me like the MP got ALOT of bad feedback...dont see how it made it to MP of the year.

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Comment #50 by tehapoc
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:33:06 PM
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Graphics to MW2? Retarded.

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Comment #51 by danielthomas8
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:38:58 PM
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i think batman arkham asylum shouldve got game of the year i found it way more fun and addictive than AC2

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Comment #52 by II KaotiK
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:40:06 PM
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Lol @ the porn all over x360a atm.


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Comment #53 by jd070993
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 05:43:08 PM
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I would give MW2 multiplayer of the year... if Infinity Ward had removed the party chat restrictions.

I would give ODST the best score. Sure, the AC2 score was good, but it just didn't catch on to me as well as ODST's did.

But I would definitely give AC2 GOTY. I was surprised I'd got as immersed as I did.

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Comment #55 by HalfEVILmonkey
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 06:00:47 PM
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My gameplay feature of the year is Gears of War 2's ranking system. Rank 95 and counting baby!

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Comment #56 by blurbia
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 06:35:59 PM
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Well Bioshock 2 or Mass Effect 2 should've won game of the year, if you know what I mean. ;)

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Comment #57 by Spanish Assault
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 06:49:42 PM
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I liked AC2...but it loses replay value. The game is amazing...Im not sure it beats out MW2 for game of the year. I like them both so I guess it doesn't matter.

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Comment #58 by THe Silent Assassin
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 07:14:34 PM
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AC2 deserved GOTY

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Comment #59 by THe Silent Assassin
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 07:17:43 PM
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The biggest dissapointment was operation flashpoint 2 i thought that game was goin to be sensational but i was wrong L4D 2 has the best multiplayer not mw2 sorry and mw2 should also hav been in the dissapointment section it could hav been so much better

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Comment #60 by dark quasar
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 07:28:16 PM
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i've not played ac2 but mw2 is a glitch ridden bag of shite

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Comment #61 by Rewave Acid
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 07:34:13 PM
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i really wish L4D2 had got more, but when it comes to game of the year, i instantly thought 'wtf AC2????' and then i had another think and realised there was not one worthy contender for the title other than it. fair play and a happy new year :)

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Comment #62 by Fuzzy Dem0n
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 07:41:45 PM
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nice list, all these are great games. happy new year!

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Comment #63 by SaintKnight
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:06:36 PM
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I agree with that list with the exception of DJ Hero taking it. From me playing all of them, I would have to say Halo Wars takes it instead.

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Comment #64 by enderflame
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:07:02 PM
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Mw2 shouldn't have gotten best graphics because you could see lines in the ground all over the place. Dirt 2 would have been my choice and you guys gave them a 10 for graphics in the review.

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Comment #65 by bobocum
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:09:34 PM
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Is there still achievement awards?

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Comment #66 by A J
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:11:10 PM
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Nice, I agree with most, but i think borderlands should have atleast made the top 3 for game of the year :)

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Comment #67 by Imperium 36CF
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:17:11 PM
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Didn't think MW2 should have even been a runner up for best original score. The music in that game is shit.
And ODST should of won that. The Mombasa Street scenes have great music.

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Comment #68 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:54:47 PM
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@#65 - Yup. Running in Feb =)

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Comment #69 by mjc0961
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:56:33 PM
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Hah, nice digs on the Wii there. :p

Also *insert mandatory bitching about which games shouldn't have won here because that's the cool thing to do*

#65: Yes, there are still achievement awards:
Looks like nominations have ended though, so soon it will be time for the voting phase to begin.

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Comment #70 by mjc0961
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 08:57:01 PM
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Agh, ninja'd me again Webb!

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Comment #71 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 09:07:27 PM
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@#70 - I would have thought you were used to it by now ;)

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Comment #72 by i Eat Kittenzx
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 09:27:41 PM
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Im just glad Left 4 dead 2 didnt win Goty D; that game just wasn't meant to be released in my opinion

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Comment #73 by r0ss renegade
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 09:32:37 PM
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yay! lets list the same games over and over again

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Comment #74 by domn8rdom
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 09:48:08 PM
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i dont believe mw2 deserves multiplayer of the year with its bugfest

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Comment #75 by padraiglovesyou
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 09:54:08 PM
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Don't agree with some, but I'm very happy with the GotY choice :]

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Comment #76 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:01:20 PM
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@#73 - AC2, MW2 and Batman:AA won 2 awards each out of 13. Great detective work Batman... oh wait... I've already said Batman, I can't possibly use that again. If a game was good enough, it could win all of them ;)

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Comment #77 by DipCheese83
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:08:58 PM
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I really think MW2 has better music than AC2. I've played both and I can't get over how epic the music from Hans Zimmer is. The only soundtrack that I thought was pretty cool on AC2 was the one when you're running across rooftops when you do the race missions. Otherwise they didn't really stand out to me.

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Comment #79 by Alchemist55
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:19:53 PM
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@#77:The music volume in MW2 is so low I personally cannot even hear any music in the game.

Even though I truely enjoy the music of AC2, ODST should have definately gotten the best score. When I beat the game I would just randomly roam Mombasa Streets just to listen to the music.
I also think MW2 really did not deserve any awards. It is such a bland, unoriginal FPS which did almost nothing to seperate itself from COD4 (or any FPS) besides the story.

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Comment #80 by awise107
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:23:39 PM
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I would say most innovative game feature would be Guitar Hero 5's "Party Play" and the ability to Import Songs from other GH games.

AC2 looks like a sure-fire winner... fantastic improvements, so many ways to explore, so many ways to have fun... reminiscent of GTA IV when it came out.

I personally hate MW2's graphics, but that's just me. I would say best graphics should go to Borderland's FORMER art style (like this: ). I strongly dislike the cartoony art (somewhat like Saints Row).

All in all, very nice list.

One more thing... ROCKSTEADY FTW!!!

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Comment #81 by Aqua18
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:44:48 PM
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Agree with most AC2 deserved over Modern Warfare 2 Would have like to see Resident Evil 5 for Graphics of the year though. Totally agree with Dragon Age that was amazing!

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Comment #82 by Kazel
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:55:54 PM
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I agree with everything there. AC2 was the greatest game.

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Comment #83 by jaysfan14
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:01:24 PM
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@48 Why would inifity ward go back to making games like Cod 2 and 3. Cod 2 was good for when it wasw made, but Cod 3 sucked. And bringing the series into the modern time period was the smartest thing they ever did. Modern Warfare 1 was amazing, and thats why they made the next Cod modern too. And I didn't buy MW2 because it has the Cod name on it, I bought it because it had the Modern Warfare name on it. They weren't even going to put Call of Duty on the title. So overall, I would hardly say the Inifity Ward series of Call of Duty is going downhill, they are selling more games than ever before, and broke sales records with MW2.

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Comment #84 by callmeclean
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:13:00 PM
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I think modern warfare 2 deserved to be a runner up on the story list because after all it is the greatest war story of all time and i don't get all this fuss about Batman: AA, i thought it was hard and it got really really boring but that must be just me.

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Comment #85 by II KaotiK
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:15:21 PM
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Broke sales records because of the massive hype behind it. That doesn't represent the quality of the product. You can't tell if a game is going to be good based on how the cover looks. So if they sell a game, and it's bad, it's still bad, correct?

And what's your reasoning for Treyarchs CoD3 apparently "sucking"? Are you just another narrow minded, dimwitted fanboy? ;)


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Comment #86 by FoxGuy3001
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:21:21 PM
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You had me until M:AU2 being the most disappointing game of the year...I felt like that one was a wash, everything it added just replaced something it lost. It could have been better for sure but I dont think "disappointment" is a fair title for it :

As for who it should have gone to? Two words....BIONIC COMMANDO. You dont even need to get into the game to find the biggest flaw, Capcom outsourced. Biggest disappointment of the year.

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Comment #87 by callmeclean
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:24:16 PM
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@67 What? MW2 had a great score, i am a complete halo fanboy and i loved the ODST score but MW2's was nearly as good. It really got you into a war mood , brilliant!

@60 MW2 is not glitchy at all, and how is it a pile of shit. You must be one of those fanboys of another franchise that hates modern warfare for no good reason.

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Comment #88 by callmeclean
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:27:50 PM
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No you can't tell what the game is going to be like by looking at the cover but you can do it by seeing videos and pics and some people even playing it before it comes out in that truck that went around america with the games and consoles set up!

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Comment #89 by callmeclean
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:31:21 PM
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sorry in my comment (#88) i said @83 when i meant @85

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Comment #90 by Grimm Tim
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:38:15 PM
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Does Dragon Age have that good of a story-line? I never played it but i thought Ballad of Gay Tony, Assassin's Creed 2 and Modern Warfare 2 had storlines that couldnt be beat

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Comment #91 by Astarias
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:40:14 PM
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First time I agree with all choices!
Good job guys
Keep the site going strong. It's 40 minutes into the new year! good night. Everyone, happy new year

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Comment #92 by Murn
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:53:37 PM
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@80 - Guitar Hero's import feature would have been innovative, if Rock Band didn't do it first.

Anywho, I'm just glad MW2 didn't win GotY. It was great, but not as great as AC2, even though it's difficult to compare them, seeing how there both completly different.

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Comment #93 by BlO0DJUNKi3
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 12:06:43 AM
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Orgiinal Score for me was ODST for sure, but AC2s was great.

Trials HD was my Fav arcade game by far but once again Shadow Complex is great as well.

Glad to see DJ hero getting an Award. Very underrated by the community

& AC2 is 100% the best game of the year, with Fallout 3 GotY 2nd =]

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Comment #94 by iNf3Rn0 Lan
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 12:11:59 AM
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AC2 was definitely amazing, but I have no idea why it gets GOTY. It may be a million times better than the original (in which I nearly fell asleep), but the combat is still not very good and the platforming had a few issues (although minor and I only encountered them about every half hour).

Personally I think MW2 or Batman should've taken GOTY. If I were given a personal choice on my favorite of the year, I would have chose Dragon Age though. Not enough other people seemed to care about it enough though.

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Comment #95 by mjc0961
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:18:56 AM
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@#71: I suppose I should be, haha. I guess the green background caught me off guard. =P

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Comment #96 by nia333
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:21:57 AM
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I have to agree with almost that entire list but lets remember people, this is there list not ours. They picked these out for them selves not for us.

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Comment #97 by JsUpS32
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:26:41 AM
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Wheres Backyard Football, MY GOTY LMFAO

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Comment #98 by MakoBallistic
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:29:09 AM
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I dont agree with the best graphics or GOTY but all the rest seem spot on, for GOTY id have to say Borderlands or MW2, and Borderlands again for best graphics. AC2 was over way too quickly for me to consider it for GOTY.

Also i think Trials HD should have taken the top spot on XBLA of the year but the nominations are all worthy.

all in all a great year for gaming, although we all know 2010 will be even better! *cough*Mass Effect 2*cough*

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Comment #99 by dR PowerDrain
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:30:55 AM
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I really need to pick up AC2 :P

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Comment #100 by Rialce
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:55:51 AM
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Great picks.

Personally, I would have gone with Dragon Age as GotY. The others were worthwhile, though.

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Comment #101 by TheUglyCasanova
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:33:47 AM
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@85 And are you some sort of delusional person who thinks he is superior than others? :|

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Comment #102 by tehapoc
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:38:56 AM
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@81 - Definitely. RE5 was overlooked on graphics.

Don't even know if I would hand MW2 the multiplayer award. Call of Duty's multiplayer system hasn't changed much since COD3. Wouldn't call that impressive at all.

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Comment #103 by II KaotiK
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 03:47:07 AM
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@; everyone targetting me.

My opinion is just, and solid at that. How many game series have taken like, 4 games, before you can sprint? Wow! Awesome development cycle there.

The MP hasn't changed since CoD3, as 102 stated, and it's not going too, because that's what sells. Perks, Attachments, and that's all.

The most active ladders, on numerous COMPETITIVE eSports websites are the CoD2/CoD ones. As that's what the majority of FPS CoD TRUE fans play.


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Comment #104 by seven43861
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 04:46:59 AM
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Good list I also agree with most of the choices

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Comment #105 by R_A_LEE20
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 04:51:19 AM
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MW2 won Best Multiplayer - My hairy ballsack it did. Was this before or after the discovery of 20,000 glitches, the stupid ass connections and shotguns that had the range of a sniper rifle as well as the stupid weapon stats. More Like worst Multiplayer of the Year.

COD:World at War had better Multiplayer then this.

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Comment #106 by Pumpfake93
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 05:20:03 AM
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its about time someone named AC2 got named GOTY. x-play didn't give AC2 any awards.

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Comment #107 by The Dutch Pinyo
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 05:52:18 AM
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Agreed on AC2 GotY, it deserved it more than MW2!

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Comment #108 by JustAFriend
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:11:26 AM
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best arcade game of the year, would have to be battlefield 1943, immense game and set the stage for others come.

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Comment #109 by The Dark Wyvern
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:20:05 AM
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Great article, Webb! =D All games mentioned were amazing. =]

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Comment #110 by Rocker Legend
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:38:43 AM
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I only disagree with graphics. AC2 had graphics far superior to MW2, and given the size of each area in Assassin's Creed 2, the graphics are even more amazing as CoD was simply Modern Warfare 1 updated in my opinion.

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Comment #111 by Meow Im A Box
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:46:11 AM
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I for one think that Trials HD was the best arcade this year but that is just me. shadow complex, even though i beat it was confusing where at one point it wouldn't tell me what to do and where to go so i ran through the WHOLE place THREE times. but it wasn't a bad game

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Comment #112 by xI DaR3DeViL Ix
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 07:02:14 AM
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I agreed with every award and placing until AC2 at the top of the goty awards. A major improvement on AC but I thought other games were probably better but thats my opinion.

Great article all the same.

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Comment #113 by paddycfc22
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 07:09:10 AM
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modern warfare 2 was the biggest let down of the year dj hero is outstanding so much better than crapy guitar hero

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Comment #114 by Stealthcake
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 07:31:25 AM
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Nice, good rewards.

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Comment #115 by paddycfc22
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 07:36:46 AM
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does any 1 know how to assigne your gamertag too the forum?

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Comment #116 by DiegoTan
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 08:26:48 AM
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Where are achievements awards?!

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Comment #117 by Hobo Sniper
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 08:37:47 AM
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really suprised, i thought MW2 would be GOTY suggesting from sales and review. But im really glad to see AC2 one of the best games around no doubt.

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Comment #118 by Desmondo2000
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 08:40:57 AM
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I dont agree with shadow complex I'd put Trials,splosion man and 1943 ahead of it

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Comment #119 by Auburok
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 08:41:30 AM
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I can appreciate the time put in to this list, but meh. I guess I'm just not the demographic award shows target. I have a major gripe with any nominations to Borderlands, though. For the amount of building up for Borderlands, it was a huge disappointment for me. It, along with Castle Crashers were huge influences in my purchase of an Xbox. The recent branding of "FPS and RPG had a baby" bullshit didn't work for me because Fallout 3 executed that out a year before with more satisfactory results. It could have been a lot better, considering what they planned in the first place. Generic shooter with a poor loot and leveling system doesn't merit praise.

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Comment #120 by JoeyStone
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 09:23:26 AM
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Ah man, the Hannah Montanna game didn't win ANYTHING?!

Looks like I going to be in some trouble with the bookies...

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Comment #121 by Santaslave
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 09:25:45 AM
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I can't agree with MW2 having the best graphics. Although I do agree with AC2 being game of the year.

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Comment #122 by Vaile23
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 09:26:00 AM
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MW2 best graphics? seriously?

AC2 and Batman for starters easy had much better graphics

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Comment #123 by Mokilicious
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 09:27:24 AM
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Definitely agree with AC2 taking home GOTY. Such a fantastic game. But MW2 for best multiplayer? I think Borderlands should've got that award.

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Comment #124 by Damodar Thade
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 09:43:34 AM
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MW2 beat Arhman for graphics are you serious? lol

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Comment #125 by pauly_27
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 09:50:27 AM
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Damn Webb, I guess that 50 quid bribe from Ubisoft really worked.

Where is Street Fighter 4? also, Batman, MW2 and Forza 3 are much better than AC2.

Also, WTF at HAWX? Average at best.

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Comment #126 by christiansteele
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 10:04:41 AM
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I agree as well. :) Freakin' sweet! AC2 just amazing.

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Comment #127 by Dr Bob
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 10:24:58 AM
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I agree with the GOTY, disagree with the best graphics. MW2 is a fine looking game, especially on the PC, but it isn't the best looking game of this year.

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Comment #128 by Darf Spud
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 10:26:14 AM
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I would say that Forza 3 has the best graphics, Modern Warfare's are all-right, but reallyon in single-player, as multiplayer maps are bland, have repeated textures and are laggy as hell.

Also, I think that the top three games of 2009 are: 3. GTA 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony (I know it's only an expansion) 2. Colin McRae DiRT 2 and No.1, the awesome, the gobsmacking, the amazing; Avatar: The Game. No, only joking, really I think it's Left 4 Dead 2.

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Comment #129 by Riczoone
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 10:43:11 AM
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What???? NO hanna montana? =(

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Comment #130 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 10:49:08 AM
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@#125 - Street Fighter IV was solid, not amazing. We didn't get caught up in the hype. The online for SF was years behind Soulcalibur IV.

HAWX average at best? Someone's played too many shooters =P

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Comment #131 by twister844
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 10:55:16 AM
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Err, I think that Resident Evil 5 should have won Best Graphics. Compared to MW2, its simply amazing.

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Comment #132 by Copyright
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 11:41:48 AM
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AC2 definitely deserves Game of the Year.
The only thing I disagree with is giving MW2 anything other than biggest disappointment of the year.
With the massive graphical glitches (tearing, antialising, etc...) and the horrendous multiplayer (glitch/hack galore and still no local search filter) I can't believe you gave it best MP of the year. It makes me wonder if you got caught up in the hype and couldn't see the game for what it actually is.

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Comment #133 by x Chewie Cola x
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 11:43:31 AM
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MW2 graphics are overrated. Hardly an improvement over the first Modern Warfare.

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Comment #134 by VincentteMebel
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 11:59:56 AM
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@ #2 Couldn't agree more... Have all 3 games, but Shift and Dirt 2 are better looking!

Best game of the year AC2 ? Not my favorite, but OK!

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Comment #135 by Silent Chaos
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 12:15:05 PM
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So glad that MW2 didn't get GOTY, ACII totally deserved it.

I'm gonna have to at least rent Batman now, seeing all of the praise it has been getting here...

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Comment #136 by TR3NCHED
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 12:23:44 PM
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Thank you for not giving it to MW2! Its so over rated and such a fanboy game. Probably the biggest letdown of the year in my opinion

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Comment #137 by Strategic_Luck
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:50:04 PM
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I honestly believe Dragon Age should have gotten game of the year. AC2 was just a run on from AC1, not much was different. DA was something we haven't seen in awhile, and it was different everytime you played it.

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Comment #138 by Capn Doug
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:53:35 PM
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I just started AC2 yesterday, and I already see why it would get the top honours. When I first wandered the streets of Florence, I remember the majesty of the Duomo being the same as when I saw it in real life. And, while the baptistry wasn't there, it was still a tremendous accomplishment to make you feel the same way playing a game as you did in real life.

Ubisoft Montreal is raising the bar for the industry.

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Comment #139 by reg12365
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 01:56:47 PM
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@130 is it me? O.o

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Comment #140 by Dale Denton
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:09:34 PM
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I agree with all of these. AC2 was amazing and really topped the first one in every way, MW2 was more of the same and didn't do much different, with the exception of Special Ops(which I loved btw). I have just recently played Batman AA and that game is amazing, I am happy to see that you have it high on your 09 list.

Congrats to the winners, and 2010 is going to be a great gaming year. I'm already voting Mass Effect 2 to take the cake.

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Comment #141 by JCFG
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:16:40 PM
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Im glad AC2 took the prize, it is my personal game of the year. Something to admire.

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Comment #142 by GeY MeR SkOhR
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:20:33 PM
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AC2 Deserves it, but of course, I wished that MW2 took the prize.

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Comment #143 by sonicdevron
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:32:11 PM
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I think Brutal Legend should've won something, I love the game so far. I'm more of a shooter person myself and can't agree with GOTY, I can't get into AC2, but oh well.

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Comment #144 by x 19 Luke 87 x
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:48:55 PM
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MW2 mp winner.... Were you drunk when you gave that award.

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Comment #145 by dakisbac
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 02:54:06 PM
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I'm so glad AC2 won GOTY, it deserves it.

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Comment #146 by jaysfan14
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 03:22:23 PM
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@85 - You said that Cod 2 and 3 were the best ones. I used the sales numbers of MW2 to show that Cod 4 was the best game in the series, and the reason that people bought MW2.

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Comment #147 by UNDERWALLY
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 04:09:32 PM
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The best game of the year awards I've seen, u are the best X360A congratulations,
BUT I must say, where the heck did u leave HARMONIX???
Developer of the year for me: They gave us RB: Beatles, Lego Rock Ban (the setlist is epic!!) and the best of DLC!!!! : We had everything, Dont Stop Believing, 2 PEARL JAM ALBUMS, the best DLC of history in the Iron Maiden pack, Queen, Oasis, A7X, RATM, Foo Fighters, NIRVANA: Including Lithium, Smells, Come as u are, About a girl. and mooooooooooooore!!! And u didn't even mention them:( that's bad.
At first I thought u were wrong for not putting MUSIC GAME and DLC of the year awards, but it's better that way, casue u wou.ld suck GTA's dick (TBOGT) or underrate GH: Metallica
I love love love love AC2, but I don't a game in which the controls are so

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Comment #148 by NinjaLunchBox79
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 04:25:00 PM
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WOW . . Biggest surprise of the year is DJ hero??? The game is not that big of a surprise , now Batman AA should have won that to mention!!!! DJ hero the whole premise of the game is lame , who the hell wants to be a DJ anyways LOL!! Yes ive played the game & I have no interest in it what so ever , but don't get me wrong i'll give credit to a game where credit is due ie. LEGO rock band has a fantastic setlist. But DJ hero WOW thats Activision trying to cash in on the whole HERO franchise . . . whats next activision??? Harmonica Hero?? HAHAHAHA

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Comment #149 by verybadloser
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 05:46:44 PM
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GOTY : Alpine Legend

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Comment #150 by AFRO NINJA NZ
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 05:55:48 PM
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im sure the reason borderlands diddnt win MP game of the year is because in order to carry on the storyline you all had to be at the same point so in the end alot of the time you just ran around leveling or quitting. If you were at the same point then it was awesome. I am actually a Borderlands fanboy but anyone could notice that one flaw

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Comment #152 by Xstacygod
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:13:46 PM
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I agree with the winners choice assassins creed 2 is a great game indeed although modern warefare 2 is not far behind it

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Comment #153 by KingsGambit08
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:26:26 PM
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Good stuff but I wish the Saboteur would've gotten some sort of honors. The black and white in that game with small bits of colors screaming out of it is simply amazing. It makes me NOT want to save Paris...

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Comment #154 by Lord Gothic
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:28:27 PM
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Assassin's Creed 2 deserves the game of the year award. My favorite games this year was left 4 dead 2 assassin's creed 2 and borderlands (even if the new dlc sucked).

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Comment #155 by xAcCeSs DeNiEd
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:37:46 PM
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Premise of the year - Batman AA

Story of the year - AC2

Multiplayer - MW2

Graphics - Uncharted 2

Original Score - Batman AA

Franchise - Infamous

Arcade - Braid

Feature - Uplay

Biggest Surprise - X men Origins:Wolverine

Biggest Dissapointment - RES5

Best Dev - Rocksteady

Best Publisher - EA

Game of the Year - Uncharted 2

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Comment #156 by Gabriel Man 187
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:52:23 PM
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#24 - Webb, inFamous Sucks!

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Comment #157 by Baister94
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 06:56:48 PM
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Im sorry, as much as I love MW2, it does NOT have the best graphics of the year, how could you put that there?

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Comment #158 by jules the great
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 07:14:50 PM
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AC2 yes

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Comment #159 by DocRevolt
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 07:59:47 PM
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I'm so happy Assassin's Creed 2 made the top spot. Although the original really dragged at some parts and failed to present exciting or interesting plot points as well as slightly clunky mechanics at times, AC2 was most definitely my favorite game of the year. I was beyond blown away by it xD

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Comment #160 by Panda
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 08:30:08 PM
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AC2 I think has the best graphics of the year as well as being game of the year :).

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Comment #161 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 08:49:10 PM
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@#155 - In case you didn't see... we're an Xbox site... we can't really give Uncharted GOTY =P

@#156 - It wasn't that bad, ha ha.

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Comment #162 by GrindPantera95
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 11:25:43 PM
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I really wasn't expecting Halo Wars to be on this list...o.0. As much as I dislike bandwagons, I'm going to have to hop on the MW2 disappointment one, it seemed in their haste to add new things, they left some old frustrating bugs in. Too much focus on the multiplayer, and it seemed like there was too much stuff to have a use for ALL of them. Being able to level in private matches took away the challenge of it. Walking into public infinte-ammo-glitched games is also annoying when the screen repeatedly shakes from the unending noobtubes and rockets. I'm not saying it's a bad game. It's just, not what it could've been.

No worst publisher category?

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Comment #163 by spencer8
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 03:26:40 AM
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No big complaints from me. You guys summed up the years best games pretty well. Everyone who worked on these awards must really knows their 360 games but I guess thats why the site is as good as it is. Keep up the good work in 2010.

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Comment #164 by Mad Sativa
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 03:43:11 AM
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AC2 would be GOTY if I would just jump in the right direction just 1 F'n time. I mean cheese and rice!

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Comment #165 by R3TARDSLY3R
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 03:47:25 AM
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gratz 2 ac2, mw2 and batman AA all good games. but i am surpriesed at some of the turn outs like trail HD was way better then Shadow Complex and how u put halo wars in biggest surprise that was one of the biggest letdown of the year for me

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Comment #166 by Barad
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 07:20:56 AM
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very nice AC2 will be goty

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Comment #167 by RVG667
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 07:47:42 AM
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AC2 deserve the GOTY, and the best original score, I agree--Halo ODST, MW2, and AC2. They have the best original score in 2009.

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Comment #168 by DirtySeb
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 08:19:20 AM
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MW2 shouldn't have won 'Best Graphics' in my opinion. I would give the honours to one of the runners up! At least the GOTY winner was quite unorthodox in selection, but AC2 deserves it.

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Comment #169 by The Maggot 55
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 09:15:19 AM
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Oh my head...

Seriously, where was RE5 on Best Graphics?

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Comment #170 by ERIKDOTCOM
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 10:59:35 AM
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I don't think EA deserved the POTY award... I mean, c'mon! How long have they been ignoring or complaints and petitions to fix their servers? That is terrible customer service!

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Comment #171 by iNf3Rn0 Lan
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 11:00:06 AM
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People were complaining it wasn't scary enough so they forgot it had amazing graphics.

Also MW2 has pretty good graphics, and so what if there are textural glitches? Honestly I've never seen one, so I don't know quite what you people are talking about. Sure, AC2 and Batman had amazing graphics too... (and RE5!), but there is a stellar amount of games with amazing graphics this past year--and only a few can be mentioned and one to let alone win.

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Comment #172 by Reaper_Grim
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 01:14:02 PM
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I'm surprised how well batman did. What a fun game!

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Comment #173 by BWOzar
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 01:18:38 PM
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The only major changes I'd make:

Perhaps Borderlands over MW2 for the 2nd runner-up.

Biggest disappointment in my book is Ghostbusters - certainly over Godfather II or Marvel: UA 2.

Best surprise should be BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger especially over H.A.W.X.

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Comment #174 by phazer13
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 01:24:07 PM
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Well done, AC2 deserves game of the year.

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Comment #175 by ii iLLMaTiC
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 03:51:49 PM
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thats my same top 3 goty's. if batman had dlc adding more story and achievements it hands down would have been my goty.. i cant officially say ac2 is because i just opened it but its amazing

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Comment #176 by green261293
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 07:59:57 PM
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i dont agree wiv modern warfare 2 getting the best graphics assassins creed 2 should have take that and i agree that ac2 should b GTOY it is amazin as 4 left 4 dead 2 i dont think it is as gud as the 1st 1. well dun 2 borderlands although i think HAWX was a let down and shud replace wolfenstein

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Comment #177 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 02, 2010 @ 08:49:32 PM
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I may step in here and justify a quick point =)

The AC2 graphics for us were awesome, but the facial animations were a little too sloppy for us to consider it. The graphics were tip-top, yes, but they have to be flawless to get top 3.

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Comment #178 by The White Hare
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:39:39 AM
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Some really bold choices I thought. Would have gone with AC 2 or Boarderlands for game of the year, glad itr wasn't COD - good game but not a huge amount of depth to it.
My only hang up for the year is Batman: AA. Really enjoyed it while I played it but once I had completed the story there wasnt any replay value to it. Bit of a disappointment after the credits rolled.

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Comment #179 by darkandy666
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:56:09 AM
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Comment #180 by xo rorschach ox
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 03:03:27 PM
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i dont understand how anyone can doubt MW2 getting best multiplayer. it simply has the most to offer in terms of online. but when it comes to graphics i think MW2 should not even be in top 3. i still dont understand why people think the graphics are good in that game, there might be nice scenes likeduring the emp drop in campaign but overall they just arnt that nice

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Comment #181 by xo rorschach ox
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 03:07:24 PM
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also AC2 is the best game i have ever played. ive played it for many many hours doing different enjoyable things and im only on the fifth memory block

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Comment #182 by RaccoonNinja28
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 06:38:56 PM
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Yes! I love AC2, and I feel like its always being overshadowed by MW2. I voted for it to be GoTY, and I'm glad it won that award on at least one website.

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Comment #183 by GoldEagle423
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 08:18:02 PM
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@#180 are you mental?

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Comment #184 by Cyanack
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 09:10:11 PM
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Have played Batman, and yes, its amazing, but it didnt have any replay value. only worth a rental in my opinion.

And i might try out AC2, after seeing all the other comments about it =P

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Comment #185 by PanzerMatt
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 06:49:18 AM
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Worst decision of the year anyone?

I think it has to be MW2 not having Dedicated Servers

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Comment #186 by MediumMelanin
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 07:23:24 AM
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Comment #187 by THC BLUNTED
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:23:19 PM
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Personally I think ODST should of gotten best score of the year, but havent heard AC2 music yet. And still don't understand how MW2 got best multiplayer other then the fact that there is a bunch of fiends playing it nonstop. Also I think borderlands could of been considered for GoTY. Other than that, Great List!

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Comment #188 by Morgan750
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 01:06:22 PM
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Game of the year had to be between AC2 and MW2. They both should get an award for biggest competitors.

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Comment #189 by Dr Popodopolus
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 01:07:23 PM
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Biggest let down of the year: MW2. It was absolutely impossible to keep off the hype train and ultimately it has killed the game, just like hype killed Fable 2 and GTA IV.

Anyway... GOTY Uncharted 2 no doubt as well as best Graphics... best story... best everything... but for xbox I'd probably agree with AC2.

But MW2 best MP? The maps are terrible, you are STILL forced to join games that have about 3 seconds to go and it is STILL a chore to get into a game with your ENTIRE party without having to back out to regroup. Not to mention the bugs, glitches and ridiculous hit markers.

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Comment #190 by HitmanGodfather
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 03:15:58 PM
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batman must be a good game.

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Comment #191 by Gavvy
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 05:06:10 PM
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Thank god MW2 never won, It doesn't deserve too, The rightful winner took it's place !

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Comment #192 by Astrex
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 02:25:29 AM
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wow I really need to check out AC2 now!!

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Comment #193 by D3R3L3CT
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:35:27 AM
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MW2 rightfully deserved best multiplayer and graphics for the year, but the fact that it didn't make game of the year is a sign to me that god does exist (I'm not that religious, just using it as an expression). Honestly the fact that MW2 was a runner up for game of the year is absolutely ridiculous. They took COD4, tweaked the graphics, and just added new maps. But hey, if it's what the sheep want, all the power to the half-assed developers that made millions with their update for COD4. Assassin's Creed 2 really was the best game of the year, and deserved its rightful recognition for it.

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Comment #194 by Gand
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 08:34:51 PM
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I agree with alot of this.
Although i wasn't a fan of Batman at all really.

MW2 was just a repeat, but still it's what the people wanted. And it was awesome fun whilst playing.

I for one agree with the pro Hawx comments, it was an awesome surprise that game, i really enjoyed it.

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Comment #195 by FoolKiller
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 10:25:13 PM
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The reason the multiplayer is good is BECAUSE there are no achievements for it so it avoids achievement hunters like ourselves from boosting and trying silly things like getting chainsaw kills when we should just be killing things

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Comment #196 by s3xyemo
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 09:51:59 PM
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ACS 2 GAME OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #197 by Ellusion
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 06:45:35 AM
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Yey, agree wholeheartedly. No one else had the balls to give AC2 game of the year, but then again it was never the players choice like this =)

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Comment #198 by Stoner Steve619
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 07:40:43 AM
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Comment #199 by Magicman10893
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 09:50:18 AM
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How did MW2 get best graphics? I was playing it just yesterday and I saw some textures that belonged on a PS2! And if they were talking about detail like the eyes rolling to the back of the head, what about Forza that has detailed interior of all their cars! And best multiplayer goes to MW2? Really? It has one of the worst communities I have ever seen. In CoD4 and WaW I was never teabagged by random people, only my immature friends. Now every time I go into Last Stand and live a little longer I get teabagged by every team mate that runs by!

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Comment #200 by Timmsy
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 09:52:54 AM
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great write up and very deserving winners, roll on 2010!

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Comment #201 by SmirkyQuill
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:19:41 AM
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Very good write up. I havnt played AC2 but Im sure ill get it after it got GOTY of this site.

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Comment #202 by Evo Kazz
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:34:45 AM
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MW2 best graphics??? who decided that? I think glasses are needed!! have you seen the graphics on MW2?? yes first impression is nice, but further inspection its not so good, everything is blocky as hell, the shadows mainly, they are horrid.

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Comment #203 by GoRmS
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:51:06 PM
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Ac2 GOTY well deserved :D loved that game.

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Comment #204 by Melty
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 01:22:24 PM
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AC2 is a great game!

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Comment #205 by ethanl2k7
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 04:12:13 PM
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wow i actually like MUA2 i just wish it had more characters.

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Comment #206 by Blue Thunder28
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 04:22:00 PM
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I agree with GOTY for sure though personally I think AC2 should have best graphics, because at least it looks beautiful in both standard def and HD (stunning in HD! Just like Forza 3) where as Modern Warfare(the first and second) Look very average in standard but Beautiful in HD. When I turned AC2 on in HD it dropped my jaw.

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Comment #207 by Kyanite
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 05:04:04 PM
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# @32

No need to flaunt your ignorance so openly. Your comment is equivalent of me saying I haven't played Left For Dead 2, so it must be bad. Way to fail.

Anyway, I agree with all the winners that I've played. The start of the "Cliffhanger" level on MW2 was beautifully rendered, and the trashed Washington Monument was stunning in both a good and bad way. AC2 has marvelous music and is a great game by any measure.

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Comment #208 by Bruce14
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 09:39:18 PM
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is anyone actually reading the bottom half of the comments??? just saying.

Anyways I would say Modern Warfare 2 is GOTY because I have beaten both and have nearly one hundred percented both and as an experienced gamer MW2 is an overall more complete, polished package. Problems with the free running and plot beleivability were issues with ass 2

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Comment #209 by Augustus84
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 10:28:41 PM
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AC2 for GOY? Wow...considering the game needed 15 hours to beat and had ZERO replay value, it didn't deserve GOY.

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Comment #210 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 12:37:42 AM
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@#208 - Yes, yes we are =P

@#209 - We don't judge a game on how long it takes to beat, it's about what they do in the hours they give us. 15-20 hours for a single player game is a pretty solid and lengthy affair.

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Comment #211 by Mahatma Andhi
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 04:26:27 AM
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Personally, I would have given Batman GotY. Having played (and completed) both, I thought Batman was a better story and more innovative. AC2 was still fantastic, don't get me wrong, but Batman was better.

I don't even really like Batman as a comic character and in the comics I find the villains cheesy and boring. However, AA gave you a massive insight as to how much Batman needs Joker and how absolutely bonkers they both are.

Loved AC2, but Batman edged it for me.

Other than that, the list is pretty solid. None that I would *strongly* disagree with.

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Comment #212 by T FUNK 1984
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 06:33:27 AM
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I agree with most apart from Forza 3 for graphics, I thought they looked pretty poor.

Could sit there and change mind all day over GOTY but definitely between those 3.

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Comment #213 by STZ513
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 07:53:23 AM
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I really don't sse how Batman: AA should have won GOTY. It was a great game, but compared to the other quality games realeased it isnt as amazing as everyone says. I have yet to play AC2 but I found Arkham Asylum to be short and repetitive. I was completely finished, story mode on Hard, challenges, Riddler collectables within a week of starting it even with playing stroy mode twice. Compared to MW2 which I have been playing since November there isnt much of a comparison. In my opinion a game of the year is one that I will continue to play for monthes, and that 5-10 years from now on a boring afternoon I'll be able to pick up and have fun with all over again. I'm sure I'll play Arkham Asylum again sometime but nowhere near as much as MW2.

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Comment #214 by STZ513
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 07:55:12 AM
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PS I'm not a COD fanboy, just a guy that found MW2 more fun than AA

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Comment #215 by Bleeding Star
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 08:35:23 AM
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Biggest disappointments is very wrong, MUA2 was good, and so was Godfather 2, and its not like they were hugely hyped games expecting 10/10s, I cant see how they were disappointing....

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Comment #216 by therealcmurder
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 01:49:08 PM
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Dont know what kind of tv you use but Forza 3 looks sweet as hell on my hdtv.

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Comment #217 by lxl Horizon
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 01:49:42 PM
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Agreed, Assassins Creed 2 Was a stunning, emotional and beautiful game. No matter who you are, or where you are, if you start the game, you will NEED to finish it. The game pulled me into Ezio's life itself. I thought, what if that happened to me.. i mean.. my family? What would i do... I know we all have those moments in games (Fable 2, ect.) but this game took it to a whole new level for me, it began to become personal.

Definately Deserves Game of the Year.
Its not just a sequal that gets put out cause its original game made money, i believe they put it out just for our enjoyment and gaming experiance.
Thank you Ubisoft

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Comment #218 by Gloce
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 03:55:48 PM
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AC2 was absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see AC3 on a future list.

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Comment #219 by Giblets 2000
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:19:11 AM
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Agreed with some, others totally disagree. Am really enjoying Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. For me SFIV was far more of a dissapointment, but I'm never gonna win that argument. Really suprised AC2 won GOTY. Really hated the first one by the end. Maybe i'll give AC2 a go

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Comment #220 by ohh food 69
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:21:24 AM
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mw2 should have been goty diffinately and they should have added another category named most sales and that would go to mw2 2 and i agree with best graphics but as if iw arent the best group of designers

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Comment #221 by Shortaay
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:34:34 AM
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Next year belongs to FFXIII Surely???

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Comment #222 by Shortaay
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:48:31 AM
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By next year I mean this year :$

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Comment #223 by ZingZitang
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:22:58 PM
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Comment #224 by iBeatStuffUp
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:06:59 PM
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AC2 did not deserve GOTY, but I'm just another person who doesn't think so.

Batman:AA, MW2 and AC2 are definitely amongst the top 5 though.

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Comment #225 by iiLUSiiONzZ
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:48:55 PM
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Completely Agree with all of them. Played nearly all games on the list (except batman AA)and they fit into these catagories perfectly. MW2 should easily take multiplayer game of the year, and AC2 did a splendid job on the score. And a good victory for Ubisoft in the game of the year. Congratz

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Comment #226 by Devil Sora
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:25:58 PM
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WOW ACII took it home! I must say I'm glad as hell that DA:O did so well. kudos to the choices.

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Comment #227 by shotmaster33
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:41:19 PM
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I think MW2 should've won game of the year, but i agree with most of the choices made

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Comment #228 by wedge0270
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:58:32 PM
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Haven't played on AC2 yet but it's definitely on my list. I personally rated Borderlands far, far higher than MW2. Best graphics should really have been Forza or Batman:AA and best multiplayer should've been Borderlands by a mile.

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Comment #229 by Swayyd
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 12:22:37 AM
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I'll agree with all of them, except that MW2 multiplayer is broken. People still kill me when nothing is showing but their heads. Not award-winning.

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Comment #230 by MisfitVoodoo
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 03:49:45 AM
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I love MW2 the graphics are great bu so was the graphics on Forza 3

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Comment #231 by OMGmyFACE
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 02:39:20 PM
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Didn't expect all the HAWX love but I agree with everything re: AC2 and Batman: AA. Brilliant games!

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Comment #232 by chaseisfly
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 03:50:20 PM
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Everyday, I log on to Xbox Live, and I see 1-2 thirds of my friends playing Modern Warfare 2. I see MAYBE 1 or 2 people on Assassin's Creed II. I'm sure it was a great game, but without a doubt, a game that has made over $1 billion deserves to be Game of the Year, whether you "thought AC2 was better" or not.

It's not your opinion, it's the reality we want. I am disappointed in you, x360a.

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Comment #233 by Ch3ph
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 06:08:17 AM
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I think MW2 should of been biggest dissapointment ,
and i think GOTY should of been batman in my opinion.

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Comment #234 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 07:54:51 PM
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@#232 - We don't reward biggest money spinner, we reward best experience. In our opinion (it was almost a unanimous decision amongst the staff), Assassin's Creed 2's experience left more of an impact on us than MW2's did.

Single player games are never going to be played as much as MP games, but that doesn't make them any less of an experience.

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Comment #235 by DarkBigone
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:57:20 PM
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Damn, to think that I haven't played any of the games mentioned here...

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Comment #236 by noobie2games
Sunday, January 24, 2010 @ 11:32:39 AM
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AC II deserved getting game of the year

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Comment #237 by kelnoker
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @ 02:08:45 PM
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very nice review x360a! i agree with lot of points in this and agmes of 2009 were really AC2, and MW2, IMO. both were, and still amazing games.

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Comment #238 by civilian brokke
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 09:54:05 AM
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was moa2 really that big of a dissapointment? the first one sucked so much it was obvious the second one would follow?

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Comment #239 by Kikotron
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 02:24:25 AM
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If the 1st one sucks.. most likely the second will too.

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Comment #240 by Tomafork XD FTW
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 01:16:09 AM
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arkham, mw2, and ac2 are some of my favourite games ever! 100%td all 3:)

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