Weasel Report Game of the Year Awards 2009

Welcome to the 2009 Weasel Report Game of the Year Awards! Before we begin, please note: as with ANY journalism website, the opinions expressed on which games are the “best” of the year are those of the writer and not those of everyone.
If you agree, disagree, or just want to make a comment on the games chosen for this year’s awards, please click on the link at the bottom of this article that leads to the Comments section, and let your own opinion be heard!
So without further ado, let’s jump into which games are on the list!

Editor-in-Chief, Weasel

The Sims 3
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Release Date: June 2, 2009
Platforms: PC, MAC, IP

Only a few truly good PC games came out during the 2009 year, but one of the biggest releases of the year was The Sims 3. Of course, many people are going to say that The Sims is an extremely overdone franchise, and that all of them are just the same. Shockingly, though, The Sims 3 had enough of a leap of technical advances that the game actually felt fresh and somewhat new. With the third iteration of this franchise, Electronic Arts was able to implement some of the more complex features that many other games now have, such as the online store which allows you to purchase new content directly into your game. And of course it wouldn’t be a new game unless it had some visual and graphical advances as well. The Sims 3 is a great game to play if you have spare time on your hands, and enjoy the sandbox world that The Sims has been famous for for years.

Publisher: SCEA
Developer: ThatGameCompany
Release Date: February 12, 2009
Platform: PS3
Weasel Report Review: 90%

Flower is a download-only game on the PlayStation Network which came out very early in the year. For many game players, the name alone would chase them away, but for those who put down the small amount that it cost, they were not disappointed. Flower is one of the few games on the PlayStation 3 lineup to strictly use the Sixaxis controls to their fullest potential, and actually get away with using them successfully. Not only that, but this game tests the graphical power that the PlayStation 3 has by showing you an astonishing visual feast for your eyes. While the game is short, sadly, each level offers you a different color palette, and a different set of challenges in your way as you try and bring color back to the world through the use of flying flower petals. This game may not be for the most hardcore of game players, but if you are interested in a game with beautiful graphics and a gorgeous soundtrack, Flower is a game to try.

DJ Hero
Publisher: Activision Blizzard
Developer: FreeStyleGames
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, WII, PS2
Weasel Report Review: 90%

With all of the rhythm and music games on the market nowadays, coming up with something original is a difficult task. And while many of those guitar and drum based games are good, DJ Hero brings a completely new style of music, and a new peripheral, to the game market. The DJ style of music is one that hadn’t been touched until DJ Hero arrived, and while sales weren’t too wonderful due to a high price point with the peripheral and the declining economy, the game still showed us that original ideas can work. With a great quality controller, and more songs than any other music game on the market yet, with more arrived via downloadable content, DJ Hero shined in a very unique way. If you haven’t at least tried this game out, it’s definitely worth giving a shot, and learning something about a much different atmosphere in the music world.

Killzone 2
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Guerrilla
Release Date: February 27, 2009
Platform: PS3

In one of the best sequels made for a game ever, Killzone 2 was a prime example of taking a franchise that worked, but a game that didn’t, and making it into a top seller once again. It’s hard to compare Killzone 2 to it’s predecessor because, while the game takes place in the same universe and with somewhat similar weapons, the game as a whole has improved beyond anything. And, of course, this game is graphically a beauty, showing how amazing a game can look in high definition. But it’s main shining point is the multiplayer component, which shows you that shooters can be more than just one boring gametype, by giving you changing objectives as the match goes on. If you’re looking for a good PlayStation 3 exclusive shooter, you’ll find this one highly recommended as a starter.

Assassin’s Creed II
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, PSP, DS, PC, IP
Weasel Report Review: 88%

If you ever played the original Assassin’s Creed, then you’ll know how amazing of a concept it was, but how badly it followed through with it’s gameplay. Two years later, Ubisoft released a sequel worthy of using the Assassin’s Creed name. After the main complaint of the first one was it’s repetitiveness, many more different types of missions were added, and a much deeper storyline was included to really make you feel as if you were the assassin, Ezio, instead of the ancestor Desmond in modern times. This game also continues to offer a large amount of gameplay hours, especially if you are looking to find all 100% of all of the hidden items within the game. Overall, Assassin’s Creed II was a great game, but with a sequel coming in the next few years, it’s still up in the air if they can continue to create a unique game all of it’s own.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Platform: PS3
Weasel Report Review: 98%

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the best of all worlds: easy to use gameplay mechanics, absolutely gorgeous graphics, an amazing soundtrack, a hilarious voice cast, many hours of gameplay, and even a new multiplayer mode which feels exactly like Uncharted should. Uncharted 2 upped the bar for the action adventure genre this year by showing us a game that brings back good memories of the original Tomb Raider games. There really is never a dull moment in this game as it continuously gives you a different type of puzzle of game event that keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens next. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been called an interactive movie, and it follows through with that calling with an excellent cast of characters, a suspenseful storyline, and a climactic end which keeps you begging for more. In a year full of great games, Uncharted 2 shines above the rest and has earned the Weasel Report Game of the Year Award for 2009!

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