My top ten games of E3 2009

I published my top ten games of E3 2009 over at Kombo, but I figured I’d share them here with a little bit more info on each one. They are presented in no particular order, except for my game of the show (which is obviously number 1). Here we go.

  • Metroid: Other M – When Nintendo rolled the trailer for this I was pretty surprised. Before the conference I had Tweeted that I expected a New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and I had been telling friends that I also expected a new Metroid, but Other M still managed to surprise me with how it looked and with the fact that it’s co-developed by Team Ninja. I really can’t wait to see how this plays out.
  • Modern Warfare 2 – I feel that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the best console FPS of all time, so it’s only natural that I’d be hyped up for the sequel. I thought that the game looked great at the show, and I’m very interested in seeing more as the game gets nearer to release.
  • Heavy Rain – While there are still a lot of questions surrounding this game, there’s no denying that it looks fantastic. I’m hoping that due to all the branching storyline paths that this game will be very replayable.
  • The Beatles: Rock Band – When it was first announced I figured that this was basically Rock Band with a Beatles skin, but after having played the game at E3 and watching it for a while, I’ve come to see that it is indeed a new experience. With support for thee-part harmonies and some gorgeous art, this looks like it’s going to be well worth the price of entry.
  • Uncharted 2 – Few games at E3 so thoroughly wowed the audience as Uncharted 2 managed to do. The game looks absolutely stunning and it seems to have received a significant gameplay and AI upgrade. The first Uncharted was awesome, so there’s no doubt in my mind that this one deserves a big old hype train.
  • God of War III – The God of War series is really, really, good. If you’re not a Sony guy, it’s possible that you’ve passed on this series, and that’s tood bad. God of War III looked amazing at E3, and the demo was a blast to play. Somehow they manage to take the action and carnage to a higher level with each release, and God of War III is no exception.
  • Sin and Punishment 2 – Seeing this playable on the show floor was a little surprising, as the game is not due out until 2010. After playing through it a few times it was safe to say that Sin and Punishment 2 was one of my favorite demos at the show. The game controlled well, had nice flow, and was full of that classic Treasure style. The game should be a big hit with fans of the original, myself included.
  • Alan Wake – Of all the games that Microsoft had to show at their conference, I fell that Alan Wake was the most impressive. The game has been a long time coming, but it’s looking like it’s been well worth the wait. As expected, the game looked incredible. It differentiated itself well from Heavy Rain and proved to be the more action-orientated title between the two.
  • New Super Mario Bros. – I called it! Heh, this game was a blast to play on the show floor in a 4-player setting, but I’m quite sure that the single player experience will be great fun too. It’s hard not to get excited about a new and playable Mario game at E3.
  • Scribblenauts – In the end, my game of the show was Scribblenauts for the DS. Here’s a direct quote from my writeup at Kombo on the game: In a year when all three major consoles really came out and had excellent showings, it took me by surprise that I ended up singling out a handheld title for my top pick of E3. Handled correctly, Scribblenauts could be the next runaway sensation on the DS. The game’s approach to problem solving is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and it should keep all types of gamers interested in seeing just how many different ways they can manage to meet their goal. Each time I walked away from the demo station it was all I could do not to turn right back and try one more thing out on the game.

Honorable Mentions

The games listed here are pretty much as good as the top ten, but they either didn’t have the same surprising impact behind them, maybe they weren’t playable, or maybe they just ended up here because I could only pick ten games and I sadly had to relegate a few to the outer edges. Here are the other games I was big on at E3 2009.

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Wii Sports Resort
  • Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Brutal Legend
  • FIFA 10
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
  • Borderlands
  • Mafia II
  • Shadow Complex
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • The Last Guardian

Did you just list every game that was shown at E3??? :P

Is it true that New Super Mario Bros isn’t going to have online play? What;s with Nintendo not offering online capabilities with its games. They would have doubled their Punchout sales if it had said feature.

Scribblenaughts does look friggin’ cool. I don’t have a DS, so I am gonna pray that it comes to the Wii in a year or so.

Jeff Rivera

I listed a lot, yeah…but it was just that good of a year. I know for most media outlets that picking category and overall winners was a real tough choice.

Start saving, kids. It’s going to be an expensive ’09 holiday season and an expensive 2010 Spring.


Daft Rabbit: Then again, don’t. After playing shtoeors with a remote all this time, you’d get owned online by the talented gamers who have been using the simplistic, yet highly accurate mouse. You can’t really brag about beating guys in a shooter when everyone is using a clunky, handicapping remote, trying to turn and aim at the same time. LOL…you morons. PC is where shtoeors are king, where the best gamers thrive, and where you console fanboys probably don’t belong._______the irony of your comment is that you make yourself out to look just like the fanboys you meant to insult. in my opinion using a mouse takes less skill than using a controller as all you do is point to aim and click to shoot whereas with a controller you have to do more than that. I’ve played FPS on both PC and console and PC is easier by far, simply because its point and click.truly, it doesnt matter what medium you play on as long as you have fun you know what games were meant to be in the first place?people take gaming waay to seriously nowadays.who cares about graphics, who care’s what you use to play them, I just want to play something that I like for my own reasons without someone telling me that my system is inferior to theres, why? Because they’re both GAMING SYSTEMS they BOTH do the SAME THING. so what if yours makes prettier light patterns than mine. if I dont like the games that are on it, it makes no difference.Wii, 360, Turbografx 16, whatever lets just get over it already and play.

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