DualShockers Game of the Year Awards 2009!

December 31, 2009

Welcome to the 1st AnnuaDualShockers Games of the Year Awards 2009! To conclude this year, we have 11 awards to give away to a whole host of the best (and worst) games of 2009. However, our awards may be a bit different from what you see everywhere else. The categories are: Sexiest Female Character, Sexiest Male Character (we had to), Best Multiplayer Game, Best Graphics, Worst Graphics, Worst Plot, Best Downloadable Title/DLC, Best Exclusive Game, Biggest Let Down, and our pick for 2009’s Game of the Year. Uncharted 2 lead all titles with 5 Nominations, and there’s also a surprising winner for biggest let down of 2009. Make sure to also check out our bonus award for our most anticipated title of 2010. Also, make sure to celebrate (or cry about) your titles winnings or losses in the comments section! Enjoy the awards, we know we did!

1) Sexiest Female Character

And The Nominees Are:

Harley Quin – Batman: Arkham Asylum

Lucy Stillman – Assassin’s Creed 2

Chloe Frazer – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

And the Winner for the Sexiest Female Character of 2009  is….

Chloe Frazer !!!

This sexy little femme fatale has had gamers from all around the world wrapped around her little finger. Yes, the time for “raiding tombs” has peaked – step up… Chloe Frazer! That’s right! Our first award for the year goes to Uncharted 2’s latest leading lady! Here at DualShockers we applaud voice actress Claudia Black and the hardworking game designers at Naughty Dog for creating not only the sexiest virtual woman we’ve encountered this year, but one of the deepest – most three-dimensional character’s we’ve seen this gaming generation. Commiserations to the talented (and equally as sexy) Kristen Bell and every mentally ill boys’ pin-up, Harley Quinn – but this year Uncharted 2 becomes the first title to scoop the frosty ice-cream of achievement into their glorious bowl of victory. A poor joke? Some may laugh, others may criticize – but what do you all care! You’re all probably Google searching her right now, ready to fap away.

2) Sexiest Male Character (yes, we went there):

And The Nominees Are:

Nathan Drake – Uncherted 2: Among Thieves

Chris Redfield – Resident Evil 5

Super Mario – Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games

And the Winner for the Sexiest Male Character of 2009 is….

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Super Mario !!!

Who’d have thought it, eh? Who’d have guessed that an aging, over-weight Italian plumber, rehashed to battle fantastical creatures in a sports venue would actually “take home the gold” for our second award? I’d imagine not you, but you better believe it! Whilst this was the closest category we had this year (with Chris Redfield missing out by a whisker), it seems DualShockers is proudly saying “frak you” to the perfectly handsome, chiseled and witty man of yesteryear – and are opting to support exactly what Super Mario stands for. Yes, he may be short – and he may indeed be irritating to anyone over the age of nine, but the amount of joy he has brought to gamers in all walks of life is something far “sexier” than all those other materialistic things this world has to offer. Well done Mario, SEGA and Nintendo – keep up with the big boys!

3) Best Multiplayer Game

And The Nominees Are:

Left 4 Dead 2 – Valve

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Infinity Ward

Borderlands – Gearbox

And The Winner of the Best Multiplayer Game of 2009 is…

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 !!!

Congratulations Infinity Ward and Activison, you’ve hit the nail on the head once again! If you haven’t heard of COD – where have you been? The biggest selling, most highly anticipated title of “all time” stormed shelves late this year in November, making GTA IV’s multi-million success look like child’s-play! Yes, it may be true that many people complained – stating that Modern Warfare 2 was so grandiose in scale and budget that it lost the entertainment value held dear by many of Call of Duty 4’s beloved, worldwide fans. Well, with a landslide amount of votes it is clear to say that DualShockers have crowned Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 the king of the multiplayer games this year. With improved graphics, physics, gameplay, perks, weapons and AI to name but a few – make sure this is on your pick up list, as we can guarantee you’ll be hearing a lot from it in 2010.

4) Best Graphics 0f 2009

And the Nominees Are:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Naughty Dog

Killzone 2 – Guerrila Games

Batman: Arkham Asylum – Rocksteady Studios

And the Winner for Best Graphics of 2009 is …

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Another tough call – but the fantastically realistic Uncharted 2 picks up its second award from DualShockers this year! With some of the best character models and in-game animations we’ve seen, combined with fantastic environments and superb lighting effects in both the night-time and sunny sequences – Naughty Dog once again pip many other solid titles to the post. Whilst Killzone 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum were graphically great in their own right, other factors were taken into account (such as frame rates and cut scenes being graphically equivalent to that of the in-game visuals) making Uncharted 2 this year’s best looking title. PS3 owners, now is the time to party!

5) Worst Graphics 0f 2009

And the Nominees Are:

SAW: The Video Game – Zombie Studios

Blood Bowl – Cyanide

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising – Codemasters

And the Winner for Worst Graphics of 2009 is…

SAW: The Video Game

What’s that SAW? You want to play a game? Well I hope it’s not your game – because you’ve just won the award for the Worst Looking Game of 2009! You’ve even lost out to Blood Bowl – and that looks like crap as well! While we recognize you did your best to ‘capture’ the ‘essence’ of the SAW movies, you completely forgot that this is the seventh generation of gaming we’re all playing! We live in an era of “High Definition” where millions of pixels are utilized to present crystal clear, realistic graphical depictions of life. Therefore, giving gamers environments consisting of three dark brown colors blotchily scraped together isn’t exactly our idea of “next gen.” You even have that irritating syndrome where you walk into a wall, and suddenly it all becomes one color with no detail on it whatsoever! WHY!? With a unanimous landslide in the voting arena, DualShockers deem SAW suitable for the PS2. It hurts to say this – we don’t like being the bad guys, you tried and really that’s all that matters. Maybe you should have just stopped half way through and taken a quick look at how you were doing so far? … Then maybe go back to the drawing board… then maybe just stick to the films…

6) Worst Plot in a Game in 2009

And The Nominees Are:

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand – Swordfish Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Infinity Ward

Section 8 – SouthPeak Studios

And The Winner for Worst Plot in a Game for 2009 is …

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

Hey look, it’s 50 Cent! He’s cool, he’s muscular – what a role model for teenagers all around the world. Hahaha – and no Kanye you little whippersnapper, he doesn’t preach that he’s the genius voice of a generation – he just raps, pulls all the ladies and then rides off in his chariot made of gold…. or so we thought! Yes, the award for ‘Worst Plot in a Game’ goes, without a shadow of a doubt, to 50 Cent’s ridiculous Blood on the Sand. For anyone that’s played the game and taken a few moments to review the storyline, do you find yourself saying ‘what were they thinking!?’ I hope so. Good old fiddy’ is out with his band G-Unit, giving the crowds what they want in his latest sell-out tour. After the gig, he is saddened to discover that he can’t be paid actual money, but instead settles for an Indiana Jones-esque Crystal Skull. It didn’t work in Indiana Jones, and it certainly doesn’t work here! Who the hell would offer a Crystal Skull anyway? And why would 50 Cent accept it!? Nevertheless, things go from bad to worse for 50 Cent as the skull gets stolen by an evil organization and what follows is a rampage through many Middle-Eastern locations, killing thousands of soldiers in an attempt to retrieve it. So… what else is there to say? Well done 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. You won something… kind of. Oh but at least the dialogue is good! I mean – we love listening to 50 Cent pointing out the obvious ‘… Oh no! That bitch stole my skull!’ Classic.

7) Best Downloadable Title/DLC of 2009

And The Nominees Are:

GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony – Rockstar Games

Flower – That Game Company

Fat Princess – Titan Studios

And The Winner For Best Downloadable Title/DLC of 2009 is…

Flower !!!

Well done Flower! Blending the concept of nature and gaming together, ThatGameCompany hit the jackpot with their exclusive February release. The brilliant reviews and raving hype were completely justified, as Flower really is the ‘Best Downloadable Title of 2009.’ Whilst fighting against strong competition with our other nominees (Fat Princess and GTA: TBOGT both being fantastic titles) – the utilization of the PS3’s axial movement, and combination of unique and innovative gameplay means that Flower is the best 10 bucks you’ll ever spend.

8 ) Best Exclusive Game 0f 2009

And The Nominees Are:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Naughty Dog

Left 4 Dead 2 – Valve

New Super Mario Bros Wii – Nintendo EAD

Halo 3: ODST – Bungie

Killzone 2 – Guerilla Games

And The Winner of The Best Exclusive Title of 2009 is …

Left 4 Dead 2

Marginally leapfrogging Uncharted 2 in a race for our ‘Best Exclusive Game of 2009’, Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 is a fantastic, unique and rewarding title, that entertains copious amounts of audiences and really justifies what exactly you are paying for with Xbox Live. We felt it was a game you not only needed to play, but one you had to experience. To players of the original Left 4 Dead game, this may seem nothing more than an enhancement on the original formula (not necessarily a bad thing), but to newcomers it will feel like the best thing since sliced bread. The inclusion of melee weapons, updated Versus and new modes such as Scavenge – Valve has ensured that their rapid year of hard work has not been spent in vain, as Left 4 Dead 2 scoops the medal for our favorite exclusive game this year!

9) Biggest Let Down of 2009

And The Nominees Are:

Halo 3: ODST – Bungie

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Infinity Ward

Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising

And The Winner of Biggest Let Down of 2009 is …

Halo 3: ODST

Some people may argue they weren’t looking forward to a majority of these nominees, but if you owned an Xbox 360 – chances are you were once more sucked into the hype surrounding the latest Halo release. With promises of the game being gorgeous looking, extremely entertaining and far more unique to play. Fans around the world were let down with Bungie Studios’ latest efforts, which arrived as barely an improvement on Halo 3 (a game made 2 years ago). There was very little original about Halo 3, so to rehash the same material in an extremely short, disappointingly mundane new package – Halo: ODST simply has to take the cake for our ‘Biggest Let Down of 2009’.

10) DualShockers Game of the Year!

The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…Here Are The Nominees (in no particular order):

Assassin’s Creed 2 – Ubisoft Montreal

Left 4 Dead 2 – Valve

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Naughty Dog

Killzone 2 – Guerilla Games

And The Winner of The DualShockers 2009 Video Game of The Year Awards is …

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves !!!

Congratulations to all of the fantastic nominees, but Naughty Dog achieved this year what no one else could – a refined, rich and cinematic experience with absolutely no bugs and very few persnickety flaws. Yes, even Xbox 360 “fanboys” seemed impressed by the feat pulled off by the PS3. The “visually stunning” and “perfectly handled in all areas” story of Nathan Drake, and his exploration for Marco Polo’s Chintimani stone, is one we felt deserving of every award it received, and for us this year – that makes a grand total of 3! One of the co-founders of DualShockers has this to say on just why Uncharted 2 is this year’s best game:

“Uncharted 2 takes gaming to another level in just about everything it does. Of course, just like any other game out there, originality isn’t its biggest perk; but what it does borrow from other games it improves on with brute force. And because it perfects on just about every plausible category, I would dare say that its one of the best games that I’ve embraced in my years of gaming.”                                                   – Yaris Gutierrez, DualShockers Editor-In-Chief

To read the full (double) review, just click HERE and find out more reasons why Uncharted 2 takes home the gold this year.

Congratulations Naughty Dog, you guys deserve it!


11) Most Anticipated Title of 2010

And The Nominees Are:

  • BioShock 2 (Xbox 360/PS3)
  • God of War III (PS3)
  • Fable III (Xbox 360)
  • Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360/PS3)
  • Heavy Rain (PS3)

And our final award of the year goes to…

BioShock 2! Yes, 2K Marin’s upcoming release has got us all at DualShockers counting down the days till its arrival on store shelves! Not only is it our most anticipated game of 2010, it has been said to be one of the most anticipated games of all time! It will have a tough job on its hands beating Modern Warfare 2, but revisiting the world of Rapture through the eyes of the very first Big Daddy is something we feel no one deserves to miss out on! One final commiserations to God of War 3 – which was pipped by one deciding vote to the post on our final award this year. Nevertheless readers, stop and take a good look at all of those nominees.

With all of those titles and more to look forward to in this upcoming year – aren’t we oh so lucky?

This concludes DualShockers’ ‘Game of the Year Awards 2009.’ It has been a tough job picking and choosing our favorite titles from these past 12 months, but all we can say is a big congratulations to all nominees and winners who made it through this year! Join us again next year when we’ll be awarding more gold medals to our favorite games of 2010! Have a safe and pleasant New Year and Happy Gaming!

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Hey there, the name’s Gary Marston! I currently reside in the small (and by small, I mean absolutely tiny) hamlet of Bretford, close to Birmingham in the United Kingdom. My main interests in life are entirely media-related. I’m a keen film-maker, journalist, performer and writer, however when I can – nothing entertains me more than settling down in front of the old trustworthy Playstation3 and immersing myself in a brilliant game! I'm very open minded when it comes to gaming - however I am a man's man... don't try pushing Barbie: Shopping Adventure on me DualShockers, cos I'm not that open minded!!

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