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2009 was a huge year for gaming. With some games not living up to lofty expectations, others took the reins set before them and ran with them further than many expected. Batman: Arkham Asylum proved it was possible to make a great game based on Batman, though it took the video game industry over 25 years to figure out how to accomplish that.
Wolverine: Origins proved that games based off movies didn’t have to be bad and in the eyes of many surpassed the quality of the film that inspired it. Legends were reborn as the Beatles were featured in their own Rock Band game. Yes, it was a momentous year for gaming which leads us to proudly present these awards for the Best Video Games of 2009.
Best Playstation 3 Exclusive Game
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was easily one of the best early releases for the Playstation »
- John Carle
The folks over at Game Trailers have created pop-up video style break down of the Batman Arkham Asylum 2 trailer.
You can check out the video after the jump which goes through and disects what we see into the hints intentionally embedded within. If you’re excited about the next Batman adventure, you need to watch this.
The video pauses on frames with details that seem to hint at the villains that we’re likely to see in the game. On the list is Two-Face, the Penguin, Catwoman and Black Mask. This is the hype train getting its first legs and I expect more to come as the game is developed. The story trailer and villain bios that were provided in the months before the first game was released really got fans excited as they got to see their favorite characters come alive and hear Mark Hamill’s perfect Joker voice cackle wildly. »
- Alex Sebenski
Oh the holidays, you bring us such joy every year! It’s the final week leading up to Christmas with only a few days left pick up those last-minute gifts. So, if you’re looking for that killer app or that popular title for your friend, child or sibling, we’ve got the solution for you.
Here is Game Rant’s 2009 holiday gift guide for any gamer you may have on your Christmas list and maybe even a couple of things you want yourself.
So sit back, sip on some cocoa and prepare yourself for the ultimate guide to a great gamer X-Mas!
Nintendo DS Lite
The older version of the DS may lack a camera, but it does have a Gba slot, which you will need to play Gba games and Guitar Hero for DS as well.
Nintendo DSi Bundle
The Nintendo DSi is $40 more than the DS Lite, »
- Riley Little
Our look back on the best and brightest comics, comic book movies, news and swag from 2009 continues with today's list of the year's best movies, television and gaming projects and creators outside of the print and digital comics world.
(And just in case you missed it, be sure to check out yesterday's "Best Comics Of 2009" list!)
Best Of 2009: Movies / TV / Games
Best Animated Series
In the end, this category came down to two potential winners: DC's "The Brave and the Bold" and Marvel's "Super Hero Squad." Both series are great fun, take full advantage of their respective characters' universes, and are equally enjoyable by kids and adult comics fans alike. "Brave and the Bold" gets the nod, however, due to its brilliant voice casting and willingness to pair its eclectic cast of real-life actors with the perfect characters, no matter how obscure. While »
- Splash Page Team
Stretching the limits of the imagination, and breathing a whole new life into a classic work of Medieval literature, Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the stunning animated feature Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic on DVD and Blu-rayâ„¢ February 9th. This is a collaboration with Electronic Arts, which first conceived of a new telling of the classic story and will release its “Dante’s Inferno” videogame day-and-date with the animated feature.
Film Roman, the acclaimed animation studio behind such films as Dead Space: Downfall (based on the Electronic Arts game “Dead Space”) and Hellboy Animated, took a wholly new approach to creating the circles of Hell the films’ hero Dante must navigate. Under the guidance of producer Joe Goyette and working from a story and creative vision by EA/Visceral Games executive producer Jonathan Knight, this unprecedented project enlisted some of the best animation studios in the business to create unique visions of the underworld, »
The 2009 Spike Video Game Awards are over with, and we’ve been covering a lot of announcement and trailer information coming out of the show, but in case you missed the actual awards themselves, we haven’t forgotten about you – we’ve put together the official list of 2009 Vga winners in each category (as well as the nominees).
Don’t forget to check out our own 2009 Game of the Year Round-Up for a more extensive discussion on the most critically acclaimed titles of the year.
Game of the Year
- Assassin’s Creed 2
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Left 4 Dead
– Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Studio of the Year
- Infinity Ward
- Naughty Dog
- Rocksteady Studios
Best Independent Game Fueled by Mountain Dew
- ‘Splosion Man
- Trials HD
Best Xbox 360 Game
- Batman: Arkham »
- Ben Kendrick
A sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum was announced at Spike TV's 7th annual Video Game Awards this weekend. The awards began by showing a teaser trailer of the sequel to this year's critically-acclaimed Batman game, with a voiceover by Mark Hamill as the Joker. The trailer showed what appeared to be the inmates of the asylum wreaking havoc in the streets of Gotham, as the Joker looks on. The official (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has confirmed it it will be the worldwide publisher of the sequel to the video game "Batman: Arkham Asylum", currently in development with Rocksteady Studios.
"We are thrilled to build a global game franchise from 'Batman: Arkham Asylum,' which is receiving an incredible response from gamers and Batman fans around the world," said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
"Rocksteady has taken Batman to a new level in the video game space and we are committed to delivering a sequel the fans will love."
"Getting the opportunity to create 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' and seeing its success has been a dream come true for the team," said Sefton Hill, Game Director, Rocksteady Studios.
"We are honored to create the next chapter in this compelling story and promise to deliver another game worthy of the Dark Knight."
"Batman: Arkham Asylum" was released »
- Michael Stevens
Continuing our pioneering look at movies from reality’s underside, Hug once again connects to her sister site in a parallel universe to bring you the kind of lowdown that would never make it to a hard copy publication on quality control grounds.
It’s a place where Western Culture has evolved to allow women to walk around bare breasted, where each and every human impulse is catered for in safe booths; there are ones for masturbation, suicide and the consumption of Dan Brown’s novels and in which film history reads differently. To our eyes it would look like the inane etchings of a bored and socially dysfunctional film journalist. You’re invented to be more thorough in your analysis.
- Ed Whitfield
Anchor Bay released the details on its upcoming animated feature adaptation of the video game Dante's Inferno, and we have all the details to walk you through every circle of hell!
From the Press Release
Film Roman, the acclaimed animation studio behind such films as Dead Space: Downfall (based on the Electronic Arts game “Dead Space”) and Hellboy Animated, took a wholly new approach to creating the circles of Hell the film' hero Dante must navigate. Under the guidance of producer Joe Goyette and working from a story and creative vision by EA/Visceral Games executive producer Jonathan Knight, this unprecedented project enlisted some of the best animation studios in the business to create unique visions of the underworld, including such noted Asian animation studios as Production Ig (Kill Bill animated sequence), Dongwoo (Batman: Gotham Knight), Manglobe (Ergo Proxy, Samurai Champloo), Jm Animation (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”), and more.
- Uncle Creepy
Taylor Lautner may seem like the most famous man-boy on the planet, if only because his face is plastered on every magazine, billboard, and blog on the planet. But the truth is that he.s only known for Twilight and unless he wants to become Mark Hamill he.ll need to do more. The La Times says he may solve that problem by becoming a teenage superhero. They say he.s considering Max Steel, a movie based on an international kids toy and cartoon franchise. It.s about a teenage extreme sports junkie who gains superpowers through nanotechnology and becomes a super spy. It.s not actually all that popular here in America, there aren.t exactly legions of pre-teens clamoring for this movie in Oregon for instance. But it.s hugely popular in South America and there.s big money to be made overseas. If they get Lautner in »
Every year, publishers push to get their high-profile titles into gamers’ hands before Black Friday, leaving a quality-title dead zone until the beginning of Quarter 1. The end of release season also signals the official beginning of Game of the Year speculation. Every big-budget, large-scale, game is now available on store shelves which means players should have a pretty good idea about which 2009 title they enjoyed the most – unless you are holding your breath for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, which most of us aren’t.
Instead of relying on the outcome of the upcoming Spike VGAs, which in 2005 nominated 50 Cent: Bulletproof and Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game for awards, Game Rant has decided to put together a list of our nominations, along with a bit of commentary, for our Game of the Year choices. As usual, we’re interested to hear what our readers think, »
- Ben Kendrick
When Superman: The Animated Series debuted that bright childhood day, the first thing I remember thinking was “It’s not as cool as Batman.” Dropping the black paper background of Batman: The Animated Series in favor of a brighter and more traditional white, Superman was a cheerier series right from the outset. Whereas Batman only gave passing glances to the dark origin of Bruce Wayne’s caped crusader, Superman’s is embroiled in many of the plots for each episode. When it comes to DC iconography, the difference between the significance of the emblems on each hero’s chest becomes even more apparent in the animated series. Batman’s yellow and black bat logo became an instrument, a tool; Superman’s logo, however, the sign of his lineage, works its way into many of the show’s storylines. Whether it’s a villain looking for the last Kryptonian, a princess »
- Lex Walker
After I watched 29 horror films and wrote my Halloween articles on Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers for the site, I found a new love for the horror genre and the characters it created and one of those characters recently came knocking on my door, or the postman did, to deliver a review copy of ‘Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams’, the autobiography of Freddy Krueger’s character creator Robert Englund, and I was thrilled.
Not only did I get the book to review I was also lucky to meet Robert Englund himself as he was in London for a signing at Waterstones in Piccadilly Circus and it pretty much made my day after being so heavily immersed in his movies for Halloween and he was a genuine down to earth movie star and an absolute legend.
I tried to get some »
- Gary Phillips
Movie stars sell movie tickets, but do they also sell video games? The latest title to put this question to the test is "Brütal Legend," a new action-adventure title set in a heavy-metal land of mythic creatures and crushing tunes that stars Tenacious D frontman and "School of Rock" maestro Jack Black as the voice (and likeness) of its head-banging hero Eddie Riggs.
Developed by acclaimed designer Tim Schafer (of "Grim Fandango," "Psychonauts") with Black's creative input, "Brütal Legend" is a heavily hyped game that's invested a lot in the popularity of Black, who's not only touted in ads as the lead but who even has shown up on red carpets dressed as Riggs. More so than any other recent game, "Brütal Legend" has pinned its retail hopes on players' fondness for its lead voice actor, a decision that says a lot about the industry's desire to market their games around recognizable voice talent. »
- Nick Schager
According to BigGameHunter, Spike TV's 2009 Video Game Awards, will broadcast in over 180 territories/countries, celebrating outstanding achievements in the video game industry during the past year. The two-hour event to be held in La, will premiere Live on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00pm, revealing sneak peeks of new games from the industry's leading publishers, including 2K, Activision, Disney Interactive Studios, Electronic Arts, LucasArts Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, Thq, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and whole lot more Tba. This year Vga viewers will get a sneak peek at "Halo: Reach" with the debut of an exclusive, world premiere video from the opening of the game, from developer Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios. "The global appetite and response from the fans internationally has been astounding," said Casey Patterson, executive producer, senior vice president, Event Productions Spike TV. "Video games, like movies and music, are a universal language and »
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Due Out: November 17, 2009
Who’S It For? With the fan-based nature of his movies, if you like these titles from writer/director Kevin Smith, then you probably own them already. It’s really up to you if you want to shell out ninety dollars to have their latest incarnation, though none of them really demand a high definition presentation except for maybe the more Hollywood Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The documentaries about each movie are fun watches, but perhaps you should put this on your wish list before your immediate shopping list.
Kevin Smith embraces the suckage of work by finding the amusing nature of the weird sh*t that can go on during one shift. Slaving away at a beat down convenience store on »
- Nick Allen
This isn’t the first time a set titled the “[insert name] collection” has debuted with a less than stellar compilation of films attempting to represent a filmmaker or actor’s career. What Miramax did right here was calling it a “3-Movie Collection” thus letting themselves off the hook for not having some of Kevin Smith’s better films. The set includes Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Strike Back which means the collection might not all be the crème de la crème de Smith, but it certainly lets you see a wide range of the man’s talents as a director. However, I think the best way to think of this set is as a sign of his career financially and not necessarily professionally.
- Lex Walker
The "Marvel Super Hero Squad" cartoon premiered in September with a host of uber-cute versions of its characters, but the latest addition to the animated series' roster seemed worth a call-out. Boys and girls, check out the kid-friendly version of Marvel's wielder of the power cosmic: the sentinel of the spaceways known as... "silver britches"? Yes, it's the Silver Surfer.
While this is definitely my favorite of the series' too-cute character profiles thus far, I'm still waiting to see a profile of the cute-ified version of Captain America's Nazi-friendly nemesis, The Red Skull (as voiced by Mark Hamill). »
- Rick Marshall
Before I start gushing about just how great this cartoon and, by connection, this set are, let’s establish two things. First, for every good thing I have to say about the entire set I include a single footnote: this should be available in a Blu-ray release as well, the animation would be sharper and bolder, the audio would be stunning and the entire package would have had that much more relevance considering the current trends of digital media. Second, this is so much more than just a ‘cartoon’. As is said a few times in the extra features of the series, Justice League may be the greatest superhero animated series to have ever existed. So what does that imply about this complete series set? One of the best ever?
- Lex Walker
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