I don't play games new. I just don't find myself willing to shell out $60 to play something right when it's released, when inevitably I'll be able to purchase it for $40 (or less) in a year or so. Technology doesn't move so fast that 2008 Xbox 360 games are useless in 2009.
In the spirit of my cheapskate nature, I've come up with my own way to mention the best games of last year. Certainly I'm in no position to evaluate the best new games in 2009, but there were many games new to me in 2009 that I enjoyed to varying degrees. So, I'd like to list out the games that used up their "rookie" eligibility during the 2009 calendar year, sorted by system:
Army of Two
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
Gears of War
Guitar Hero III
Lego Indiana Jones
MLB Front Office Manager 2K9
NBA Street: Homecourt
Saints Row 2
Plants vs. Zombies
Gran Turismo 4
I will post my Top 5 Games of the Year for 2009 on February 14th, because fuck Valentine's Day.
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