Game of the Year Awards 2009
Check out our Editor's picks for the past year! See our Best and Worst Games of 2009!
Best Driving Game:
Great gameplay mechanics combined with excellent visuals and presentation helped Dirt 2 edge out the competition at the finish line and become the best driving game of 2009.
There were not many games this year in this category, but Mirror's Edge takes his award for trying something completely new. While the trial and error gameplay wasn't very polished, it was still the most innovative and best platformer this year.
New Super Mario Bros Wii
Successfully combining shooting with RPG mechanics, with the addition of very fun Co-op and tons of randomly generated loot, Borderlands was a standout shooter and the best for the year.
Best Action Game:
The action is smooth in Uncharted 2, big moments like riding aboad a moving train or shooting inside a falling building breathe pure class.
Best Strategy Game:
Not only did Dawn of War II have the best visual presentation and the most polished, well balanced gameplay of any strategy game this year, it also featured an innovative, unique single player campaign that successfully blended RTS gameplay with action RPG elements, making it the best of the year.
Best Adventure Game:
Nathan Drake is an everyday hero, one who is at home when making jokes in dangerous situations. He is a genuine character and attempts to do the right thing even if it gets him in trouble and it’s hard to not like him.
The competition wasn’t exactly tough this year, but Dragon Age stood out of the crowd like a shining star, some heavy moral choices and some wonderful characters who are easy to get attached too.
Best Sports Game:
By brining the best of the previous years and making some core changes to the gameplay, NHL 10 wins the close-fought battle for our sports game of the year.
Simply put, the most realistic military tactical shooter to be released this year. ArmA 2 had a few issues at launch, but it was still a very hardcore and true-to-life experience that many military fans appreciated.
America's Army 3
Best Puzzle Game:
Though it has a standard tower defense formula, mixing it with a wonderfully weird and creative premise truly enhances the experience and makes it one of the best and most memorable puzzle games of the year.