Game Of The Year Awards 2010

Over the last month we’ve spent a lot of time catching up on titles we missed, taking notes, and debating the virtues of our favorite titles.

It all culminates in our annual list of worthy titles.

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E3 Video: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Trailer

Another Final Fantasy game for the DS. Check out the trailer here!

E3 Video: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

The next game in the Dragon Quest series is coming to DS. Check out the trailer here!

Josh's Games In Review: 2009

I played a TON of good games, some bad games, and some games that can only be categorized by my use of “Awesomeness!”

This list of games, where they fit in, and what I think of them are just that! The words that follow do not reflect the opinions of any other member of the B.O.M.B. Crew.

So where to start?


The BAD!

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
  • Demon’s Souls (PS3)
  • Fight Night Round 4 (PS3)
  • G-Force (PS3)
  • The Godfather (PS3)
  • Wanted (PS3)

Batman: Arkham Asylum

This game had great looking graphics and an ok control setup, but when you have to be in wire frame mode 90% of the game, that kills the graphics and personally I couldn’t ever figure out what to do next. So when I sit around for hours trying to figure it out I get frustrated and don’t wanna play.

Demon’s Souls

This one also had great graphics, but in the matter of a game moving at a good speed it was a glacier.  Massive loading, and not having a clue where to go unless you are online and you can see what others have done mean I was very frustrated with this game fast.

Fight Night Round 4

In short I hate fighting games… That is all.


My problem will start sounding like a broken record, when the game doesn’t tell me what to do next I get frustrated.

The Godfather

In this one my problem was actually different. You are the Don, Why am I out killing people when I should be sitting in my room collecting a check.


Bad graphics, bad controls, bad game from a movie. Curving bullets was cool.


  • .detuned (PSN)
  • Battlefield 1943 (PSN)
  • Brutal Legend (PS3)
  • Critter Crunch (PSN)
  • Fairytale Fights (PS3)
  • Fat Princess (PSN)
  • Ghostbusters: the Video Game (PS3)
  • inFamous (PS3)
  • Jurassic: The Hunted (PS3)
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (PS3)
  • Ninja Gaiden 2 (PS3)
  • Overlord II (PS3)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3)
  • Dead Space: Extraction (Wii)
  • Halo Wars (360)


This little PSN title was odd but fun, and i really dig the music.


This sandbox style game I really enjoyed, and I really liked that there was something to do in the world after you beat the game.

Battlefield 1943

This PSN title hit is good for a “jump in for a little bit” type game. I really didn’t like playing for a long time but still a great game.

Brutal Legend

I really enjoyed this one and would like to actually own it so I can get more play time on it.

Critter Crunch

I had no idea what this game was until I was at the B.O.M.B. Shelter and saw it on Matt’s PS3. At that point in time, I had to own it.

Fairytale Fights

This one was a ‘can’t wait for’ since we saw some stuff at E3 and PAX. Not as good as we hoped, but worth a play through.

Fat Princess

Running around spilling the blood of cartoons everywhere while finding cake to feed to your princess to make her fat so that it takes more people to kidnap her = WIN!

Ghostbusters: the Video Game

Everything about this game was done by the original crew. How can you go wrong?


This one wasn’t as good as [PROTOTYPE], but I was happy to see a sandbox exclusive on the PS3 finally. Was worth a play through.

Jurassic: The Hunted

This was overshadowed by Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but I really enjoyed it once.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

Great game, but bad timing. It was launched at the same time as some big name games that put it in the background. I need to pull it out and play some more.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2

This sequel to the hard core make-you-wanna-never-play-a-Ninja-Gaiden-ever-again wasn’t as hard as the first one. Graphically it was up to par to what you would expect from a Ninja Gaiden game.

Overlord II

The Overlord was a great game that is sadly unknown sadly. If you are reading this, I think you should at least go rent it.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

If we had a “best game from movie” award I think this game should have got it. In fact I think that the game was better than the movie.

Dead Space: Extraction

Rails shooter that is from the Dead Space world, and totally played to the weaknesses of the Wii. If you don’t know what I mean you need to listen to Drunken Monkey Tech.

Halo Wars

The Halo world has always held me to the story that they have going. Halo Wars added a little to the story but not much.


  • Assassin’s Creed II (PS3)
  • Borderlands (PS3)
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
  • DJ Hero (PS3)
  • Flower (PSN)
  • Halo 3: ODST (360)
  • Katamari Forever (PS3)
  • LEGO Rock Band (PS3)
  • Need For Speed: Shift (PS3)
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack In Time (PS3)
  • The Beatles Rock Band (PS3)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Assassin’s Creed II

This game was late in the year and was in contention for Game Of The Year. If you played the first game you need to pick this one up, it is much better than the last game.


GAME OF THE YEAR from us here at B.O.M.B. and that says it all!

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

In Modern Warfare 2 there was a “there is a bad level” and was all over the news. Activition is the most hated publisher in my eyes and they could have done the level a different way to get the story across. Still the game was amazing.

DJ Hero

All of us at B.O.M.B. love our rhythm games and this one is no exception. Great single player game, but not for party / big group situations.


Best PSN title that was launched this year and if you have a PS3 you should have this game.

Halo 3: ODST

Easily the best game on 360 this year. The music and voice acting alone are the best I have ever heard. If you like Firefly, Serenity, or Halo you need to check this game out.

Katamari Forever

This game is one part remake, and three parts all new. A great mix of the remake and new stuff. But this game plays to a small crowd.

LEGO Rock Band

Yet another rhythm game. Not the best out of them but still great. Since I love LEGOs and rock band this game was for me.

Need For Speed: Shift

Best racing game of the year. You can play as much arcade or as much sim as you want. Lighting and graphics are amazing.

Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack In Time

Insomniac games know what they are doing and they struck yet again with this one. Awesome platform game!

The Beatles Rock Band

If you don’t like this game, you are not human. Harmonix did an amazing job at taking you through the life of the Beatles in this game.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

In the land of Nathan Drake this game tops the last one. The voice acting is spot on and very believable. If they do an Uncharted movie, Nathan Fillion needs to play Drake.



CES was a very impromptu move in 2009 and I had no clue what I was going to see. I did come away with a good experience and will be heading back to Vegas in 2010 for CES again, this time I know what i am looking for.


E3 was a blast. I had been before but just as another geek in the crowd. This year I got to go as press and got to get some great hands on with games that came out this holiday season. It was not all good though, James Cameron needs to learn that he is at a “Gaming Convention” and stop talking about his movie. And WB needs to get a new PR department. But being down in LA with the B.O.M.B. crew was awesome and I really can’t wait till E3 2010 hits.


PAX was a different world. It is more have fun than work. Hanging out with Lucas Arts and Harmonix was fun and now that I know what I am getting into, I will have more fun next time.

There you go, my take on the past year of gaming. Apparently it wasn’t to bad, there were some games I missed and I will hit them up, but if I missed them one of the other B.O.M.B. Crew will have played it and will say something about it. I am really looking forward to the next year worth of gaming and will tell you all about it in the same style again next year.

Drunken Monkey Tech – 2009 Game Of The Year Awards

bastardssmall.jpgIt’s that time of year again. Okay, in hopes of helping you with your holiday shopping, we’re doing it a little early.

Games released before Black Friday (November 27, 2009) were considered. Anything released during the remainder of the calendar year will be considered for our 2010 awards.

If you’d like to hear how we came to our decisions, you can listen in on the entire conversation in Episode #106 of Drunken Monkey Tech Podcast.

Without further ado, our winners.

Best Racing Game
Winner- Need for Speed: Shift
Runner Up – Dirt 2

Best Music Game
Winner – The Beatles: Rock Band
Runner Up – DJ Hero

Best RPG
Winner –
Runner Up – Demon’s Souls

Best Action/Platformer
Winner – (TIE) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time and Batman: Arkham Asylum

Best First-Person Shooter
Winner – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Runner Up – Halo 3: ODST

Best Co-op Game
Winner – Resident Evil 5
Runner Up – Halo 3: ODST

Most Innovative Game
Winner –
DJ Hero
Runners Up – Flower and Dead Space Extraction

WTF?!? 2009
Winner – Noby Noby Boy

Best Portable Game
Winner – Resistance: Retribution
Runner Up – Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Best PS3 Game
Winner – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Runner Up – Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time

Best Wii Game
Winner – Dead Space Extraction
Runner Up – MadWorld

Best XBox 360 Game
Winner – Halo 3: ODST
Runner Up – Halo Wars

Game Of The Year 2009
Winner – Borderlands
Runner Up – The Beatles: Rock Band

Game Review: Lego Rock Band

61IdLC2erLL._SL160_Plastic people with plastic instruments.

I’m not a big fan of the Lego games. The movie tie-in games were charming in their own way, and I understand the appeal to younger audiences. They just weren’t for me.

On the other hand, rhythm games are my forte. Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and DJ Hero see more hours of play in my household than all other game types combined.

Lego Rock Band combines these two worlds, and is at least partially successful in making it work.

LRB is a more ‘family friendly’ version of the venerable Rock Band series, with a song list that you can (generally) feel comfortable playing around younger members of your household.

While I thought this might also translate to a dumbed-down experience, I was pleasantly surprised to find that difficulty on the higher end, Hard and Expert, play exactly like Rock Band 1 and 2. Most of your downloaded songs will also work for Lego Rock Band, but songs that are intended for more mature audiences are filtered out.

From that standpoint, LRB is Rock Band with a bright plastic paint job and an edited for younger audience setlist, but there’s a lot more to the game.

For less experienced or younger players, some of the basic mechanics in career mode have been changed. If you quit or restart a song, there is no longer a penalty for doing so. You won’t lose fans or money (studs are the currency in the Lego Universe).

Also, in most venues, and only with songs that are included on the disc, you now have the option of playing a shorter version. Short attention spans get… whoa… something shiny!

You can also finish ALL parts of the game on ANY skill level, even the new Super Easy difficulty, and failing out has now been replaced with a Recovery Mode. Instead of failing the song, or if you’re playing with friends, waiting for them to use Overdrive to bring you back into the song, you go into a ‘Time Out’ where you continue to play but aren’t scoring points. During Recovery you’re playing to gain back points lost for your life meter hitting bottom. Recovery isn’t used in the Challenge Stages, you really CAN fail those songs.

Challenge Stages? Those are new too. At various milestones during your career you’ll be presented with a gig that strips away all Overdrive segments, the entire band shares a single life meter, and each instrument gets a ‘solo’ section (except vocals).

During these stages a cutscene plays in the background instead of the usual stage show. An example is using The Power Of Rock to demolish a building for construction workers. Pass the song with the special rules for Challenge Stages, and you unlock roadies, consisting of grateful construction guys.


In case you didn’t pick up on it, a narrative story has been included this time around. Bizarre, terminally cute, and occasionally funny, cut-scenes are scattered through the game, much like in previous Lego games. Also, in keeping with the Lego lineage, item collection is a HUGE part of the game.

Everything is customizable, including your roadies, manager, and PR personnel. All your changes also appear accurately represented during songs AND during cutscenes.

My roadies all have pig tails, beards, and eye patches.

Your kids will love this game, and if you’re into rhythm games, you won’t feel annoyed playing it with them.

Some drawbacks to the kid friendly format: there is no online play, leaderboards, and some of the menus are unnecessarily slow loading in order to show off more Lego eye-candy.

If you haven’t got any children, and you’re not a fan of Lego, you’re probably better served picking up Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band.

If you like Rock Band AND Lego, or you want to play Rock Band with your kids but are concerned about lyrical content and difficulty levels, then Lego Rock Band is definitely a buy.

If you’re a Trophy/Achievement junkie, you’ll want to look into this as well. I’m 20 hours into the game, I’ve nearly completed everything, and should have the last three Trophies in another hour. It’s an easy Platinum/1000GP.

Buy Lego Rock Band

Game Review – The Beatles: Rock Band


Harmonix, EA, and MTV Games decided to skip an annual iteration of their Rock Band franchise this year, instead concentrating on a game focused on the most successful band in history.

Is this just a song pack for Rock Band 2, or maybe something more…

Find out after the break.

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