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DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 12:59 PM
Not really a good year for any of the consoles or PC, but I guess [and hope] that will change with 2010.

Anyway, here are the universally [un]known dope games from 2009....I hope people can find something for theirselves between my lil'reviews.

BEST RPGs

Dragon Age: Origins for PC/PS3/X380
This doesn't need any introduction, anyway, another Bioware game [Mass Effect, Baldur's Gate 1,2, MDK 2], another GOTY.
It could be their most epic and serious game ever, the story is evolving slowly, but it isn't a problem, it's longer than 50 hours the first play, it even has different first hours depending on the race and social status you chose for your 'hero'. The game has it's own D&D ripoff system, but it works well; the dialogues and the moral decisions will probably surprise more than anything u ever saw in a game before. IT'S THAT FUCKING GOOD.

http://selectstartgames.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/dragon-age-origins.jpg
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http://www.dasgamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/dragon-age-origins-12.jpg
http://home.online.no/~kjetil.v/dragonage.jpg

Demon's Souls [<=nope, not a typo] for PS3
Now this is a totally different game, it's all real time, and perhaps too hardcore for most of you here. It's a game where you die a thousand deaths, and it always return you to the beginning of the game, with all enemies you killed revived [bosses you killed remain dead]. You have to block, hack and slash through the whole game, and it's arguably the hardest game of the last year...and a nerds dream come through. It's funny that the Japanese made this game, it doesn't show in one thing. If you remember games like Severance, loved it and want more, go get it. Everybody else stay away, this game laughs at Ninja Gaiden, Halo and DevilMayCry.

http://gambit.mit.edu/updates/2009/12/02/demons-souls-screenshot.jpg
http://i.neoseeker.com/p/Games/Playstation_3/Role-Playing/Fantasy/demons_soul_profilelarge.jpg
http://www.theplaystationetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/demons-souls-pic1.jpeg

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:07 PM
Divinity 2:Ego Draconis for PC
It's a good game, a sequel to Divine Divinity, but it's a poor man's version of Dragon Age. Also the last third of the game drags too much anyway...well, it still deserves a mention, since the story and quests are one of the better ones from last year. Plus you play a fucking dragon, which is a cool original element for the undying genre of RPGs.

http://gamerlimit.com/files/2010/01/divinity2.jpg
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Persona 4 for PS2
Hahahhahahahha, there was even a PS2 RPG last year, and it's like Disgaea..and, of course, like the other Personas. It's cure, it's dark, it's japanese gaming at it's best [ok, it isn't as grand as Final Fantasy or Okami, but you get the picture]. Graphics are amazing for PS2 and frame rates never fall, which is a plus. You're playing a boy that comes to live with his uncle, start going into highschool and you actually play a schoolboy, everyday. The main story is that you're interested into finding who stole your friend, so you go even to a parallel dimension [which has one of the best and craziest settings ever]...anyway, I don't want to tell you too much, if you know Persona, you're gonna get it!

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http://www.gameaxis.com/img/blog/2962/Image/p405.jpg
http://www.wallpaperez.net/wallpaper/games/Shin-Megami-Tensei-Persona-3-1541.jpg

Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir for PC
If you loved NWN2, get it. Others don't even care about this anyway, but Mask of the Betrayer is another addon, released in nov. 2008, get that too. [Actually, if you don't know about Neverwinter Nights 2, and like games like Baldur's Gate 1,2 or even Dragon Age, get it]...it isn't as good as Dragon Age, as far as the story goes. But if you don't care about the story, and you love D&D games, get it. Get it. :D

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http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/905/905870/neverwinter-nights-2-storm-of-zehir-20080827112519540_640w.jpg

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:14 PM
Drakensang for PC
Practically the surprise of the year, again it's more like Baldur's Gate than Oblivion, but I don't mind. The game shows that love can make great games. These dudes won't even recoup the budget money, but I'll remember the game and play it for the rest of my time. Give it a try.

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http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb//GamesRadar/us/Games/D/Dark%20Eye%20Drakensang/Bulk%20Viewer/PC/2009-01-15/drakensang0001--screenshot.jpg
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http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/947/947876/drakensang-the-dark-eye-20090123023623122_640w.jpg

Torchlight for PC
The best Diablo clone in years. Just click and click and click until your mouse dies. It's not as hard tho, which is a serious minus.

http://images.mmorpg.com/features/3061/images/3061_6.jpg
http://www.levelfortytwo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2.jpg

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:17 PM
Risen for PC
Fuck this, I ain't reviewing it. Go play NWN2, Dragon Age or Drakensang instead. The game has just one too many mistakes and dumb developer decisions. I'm just naiming this here because it isn't a bad game, it's actually done by the same dudes that made Gothic…so this is like Gothic 4. But still, there were better RPGs last year. The game looks really good tho.

http://media.teamxbox.com/games/ss/2165/1228871484.jpg
http://www.start-news.com/images/New%20Risen%20Teaser%20Trailer%20Featuring%20Night wish.jpg
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DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:23 PM
BEST FIGHTING GAMES

Battle Fantasia for X360/PS3
This game is a clone of Guilty Gear [which I strongly recommend] which is a strong clone of Street Fighter. It's maybe a step less complex than SF, but if you wait for the SSF4, this is the game for you. Plus if you love the craziness of the east asians, you'll see a bunch of hilarious stuff in here, starting with the characters. Not the best fighting game of last year, but a good one nonetheless. Actually, if you want to introduce somebody to the genre, show him this game. ;)

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http://i.neoseeker.com/p/Games/Xbox_360/Action/Fighting/battle_fantasia_profilelarge.jpg

Fight Night Round 4 for X360/PS3
A boxing game. This game don't need any other introduction, if you like box, you'll love this game. A big plus is the commentator, best sports game commentator for now.

http://pacejmiller.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/fight-night-round-4-20090409014431383.jpg
http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/967/967055/fight-night-round-4-20090327101729832_640w.jpg

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:27 PM
Street Fighter 4 for X360/PC/PS3
The king is BACK. Best fighting game of last year, and it finally brought a new SF to the PC scene. We are thankful.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 for X360/PS3
The game has everything what a fighting game needs, the only problem is the unbalanced fighters. Still, thumbs up.

http://gamesroom.union.rpi.edu/MarvelVsCapcom.jpg
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Tekken 6 for PS3/X360
Rating 7/10. Yeah, it's a letdown, but still good. At least better from the Mortal Kombats we get every year. Loved SF4 far more.

http://www.dasgamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/tekken-6.jpg
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Buzk
02-13-2010, 01:28 PM
ive only played dragon age out of these, but ive been wanting to play that Torchlight game, looks fun as hell, im gonna download it right now.

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:33 PM
PunchOut! for Wii
I haven't played it, but the cover of the legendary 1984 game is really good, as I heard. U play it with the Wiimote, and of course, again, the multiplayer wins.

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UFC 2009 Undisputed for PS3/X360
Now how did I miss this one? The only UFC game that was released and it's actually any good. If box is too, ionno, boring for you, and you don't get the complexity of Street Fighter, than this is the game for you. You are going to feel the impact when u strike somebody straight in the face. The game makes me hype like MOP on a drunk night.

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DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:40 PM
I'm happy to help. That's why I'm making this thread. What's your opinion on Dragon Age?

BEST SPORTS GAME

3 on 3 NHL arcade for X360/PS3
This is like NBA Jam, only on ice, so if you have friends that like hockey, this is a fun game. Actually, it has a deep system, taken from NHL 09, made into a lighter version, but it's just so fun. It's 10 Euros [don't know how many dollars that is], go at least try it. Shit's funny and fun.

http://uk.playstation.com/media/139815/nhlarcade_hero.JPG
http://media.teamxbox.com/games/ss/2163/1233611807.jpg
http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/496/ea3on3gs0.jpg

NHL 10 for X360/PS3
Not a lot to say. The best hockey game last year. NHL 09 was a bit better tho.

http://www.worldmovesfast.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/nhl-09-20080626110255572_640w.jpg
http://www.dignews.com/legacy/screenshots/nhl_2006_09.jpg


FIFA10 for X360/PS3
It sux for PC and PS2, but for the Xbox360 and PS3 there isn't a better football...well, without a doubt, this is the best football game ever.

http://static2.videogamer.com/videogamer/images/wii/fifa_10/screens/fifa_10_2.jpg
http://www.stuffwelike.com/stuffwelike/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/fifa10.jpg

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-13-2010, 01:46 PM
BEST RACING GAMES

Forza Motorsport 3 for X360.
This one killed it, but I guess it won't be as good as Gran Turismo 5. Still, a great semirealistic racing game. BUY IT!!!

http://loudmouthedgamers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/forza_motorsport_3_profilelarge.jpg
http://robingames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Forza-Motorsport-3.jpg
http://www.audisite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/fm3_e3_r8_13.jpg

Need for Speed:Shift for PC/PS3/X360
No more shalow racing games from the Need for Speed team, said EA. Well that's good, just as this game [drift isn't anything special tho]. It's a shame EA are killing Burnout with all those bullshit releases...oh well, anyways, this is the best NFS since NFS:Porsche. Yeah, we had to wait 10 years... =/ smh.

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I'll make for other genres next time.

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-14-2010, 07:47 AM
BEST ADVENTURES
[this type of games really came to life last year..yay!]

Tales of Monkey Island for PC/wii
Every fan knew this came out, shame on you if you didn't. The funniest series return at last!

http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/100/1001756/tales-of-monkey-island-episode-1-20090707040823293-000.jpg
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DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-14-2010, 07:49 AM
Ceville for PC
I loved it, it's a story about a little girl and a king, that gets overthrown, and tries to get the crown back. It's funny, looks like a cartoon and has logic puzzles.

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DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-14-2010, 07:52 AM
Time Gentlemen, Please! for PC
The sequel for the free game Ben There, Dan That! This one is three pounds tho, but it's the longest adventure since Dreamfall, and with that, also the best one. Yeah, the graphics are pretty much like a '90 game, but only nostalgia-freaks play adventures anyway.

http://games.softpedia.com/screenshots/Time-Gentlemen-Please_1.jpg
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DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-14-2010, 07:53 AM
Machinarium for PC
One of the best games of the last year, having a really high rating, and for a reason. You're a little robot in a dangerous world, a crumbling world really, a parallel world of robots with our world...the story is touching, and it reminds me of Wall-E, only that I liked this one a bit better. Also if you stuck, the game helps you very nicely...anyway, thumbs up, a beautiful game even tho it's made in Flash.

http://machinarium.net/pictures/machinarium_02.jpg
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http://festivalenter.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/mach11.jpg

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-18-2010, 11:45 AM
BEST ACTION ADVENTURES

Uncharted 2 for PS3
Anybody who says MW2 is the best game of 2009, clearly haven't played this masterpiece. This is how u make a linear game, without being boring the second time u play it. Among Thieves also have a pretty nice multiplayer, one of the best nextgen graphics and really believable characters. Comparing to the first game, this is far better and more fun. It's like a movie all of us already saw, but we never played it before. Masterpiece.

http://files.xboxic.com/ps3/uncharted-drakes-fortune/e3-uncharted-drakes-fortune-screenshot-2.jpg
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/8529/uncharted2an5.jpg (http://img88.imageshack.us/i/uncharted2an5.jpg/)

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-18-2010, 12:03 PM
Assassin's Creed 2 for PS3/X360
Everybody knows about this game, if you don't, shame on you. Comparing to the first one, a lot of things got better, not all, but still, it's one of the best games of the year.

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http://brutalgamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/assassins-creed-2-scan.jpg

DR. NICK RIVIERA
02-18-2010, 12:13 PM
Batman: Arkham Asylum for PC/PS3/X360
Crazy game. Try the demo if you don't believe, it's fucking Batman with the voices from the Animated Series. Mark Hamill as the Joker kills it. The second one is coming next year, be ready for that one too.


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