2009 Is Half-Done: What's Been Great So Far?

Let us not forget the following games six months from now...

Today marks the halfway point of 2009, a year that brought Grand Theft Auto to the DS, our eyes to the bottom of an Avatar's shoe and some other guy to my old MTV desk.

We and the rest of the gaming press are at risk of forgetting everything that happened in the past six months when 2009 ends and we have to decide which games were best in the last 365 days. So let this post be a monument to the greats of Jan-June '09.

I'll start. But you help out, please. Any categories you want.

(Warning: These selections do not represent the collective wisdom of Kotaku, just one guy.) Possibly The 10 Best Games Of 2009 So Far (according to the deputy editor): Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Flower, Pictobits, infamous, Red Faction Guerilla, House of the Dead Overkill, Art Style: Boxlife, uh... what else? Games With Some Good Stuff In Them That People Will Probably Forget: Deadly Creatures, 50 Cent Blood on the Sand

Games with The Best Graphics: Killzone 2, Street Fighter IV, Fight Night Round 4, Resident Evil 5

Games with The Best Graphics and Best Credit Sequences: MadWorld

Best Cut Scenes So Far: Halo Wars

Soundtracks We Shouldn't Forget: Henry Hatsworth In The Puzzling Adventure

Best Peripherel Game Expected To Be Outshone By Wii Sports Resort: Personal Trainer Walking

Best Downloadable Content That's Not A Full Game But Could Be: GTA IV: The Lost and Damned, some of that Fallout 3 DLC.

Games I Didn't Play Much Of But Maybe Were Really Good: Plants Vs. Zombies, Patapon 2, The Sims 3, stuff on the iPhone



    I ain't played Halo Wars but have scene a lot of the cutscenes. They do looks superb.

    The CGI in them reminds me of MGS4

    Hands down, Prototype is easily the best game I've played so far this year. I am a 360 owner only, no PS3. Not because of any fanboism, just circumstance. Personally I think Chinatown wars was overated, but maybe that's because I was spoiled with the great GTA releases already out on PSP. GTA TLAD didn't quite live up the hype generated before it's official announcement, but then neither it, nor GTA IV itself (or any game for that matter), ever could. Even so, it was a great addition, to an already superb game.

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