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Brad's Top 10 of 2009

Demon's Souls Screenshot

If you ask me, 2009 was a rather exceptional year for video games. Although there was no one, single game that dominated the entire industry, there were so many titles of such stellar quality that players of every persuasion had plenty of things to choose from. As a critic, I found that the end of the year was especially thick with games that required my attention; I usually have things well in hand by the time December starts, but this year I constantly had three, four, or five top-tier titles (besides all of the B-listers) that I needed to get to, and it was a race against time to make sure that everything that deserved a look got one.

The Horror Geek presents: New Aliens vs Predator trailer features lots of Lance Henriksen

A week or so back, I posted some good news about Sega's upcoming Aliens vs. Predator game: Lance Henriksen was not only doing voice work for the title, but he'd be appearing digitally in the game as well.

A few days ago, we got our first opportunity to hear how he'll be utilized in the title courtesy of this new story trailer for the title. Henriksen narrates as only he can—meaning with a cool, gravelly voice that makes even the most innocuous of statements sound incredibly menacing and intimidating. Henriksen's carved out a nice niche for himself in the game voice-over market, but seeing him return to a franchise like Alien is even more special to this fanboy.

Check out the trailer below. The title will debut on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 sometime in the first quarter of 2010.

The Horror Geek presents: Electronic Arts sings you a Christmas Carol from Hell in this Dante's Inferno clip

Those crazy Electronic Arts marketing folks are at it again—because nothing says "holiday cheer" quite like a song about Hell and Lucifer sung to the tune of the "12 Days of Christmas".

The demo for Visceral Games' loose adaptation of Dante's classic story is already out for the PS3. The Xbox 360 demo hits tomorrow. Until then, mix this with the Nat King Cole at your holiday festivities and see how your guests react…

PixelJunk Shooter Review

Going with the Flows

PixelJunk Shooter Screenshot

HIGH Neutralizing a pool of lava with one well-placed shot

LOW The ship can take hardly any damage at all.

WTF Why is collecting diamonds so important on a rescue mission?

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Third Opinion

Can a Video Game be a B-Movie, and Does this Present any Problems?

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Screenshot

HIGH Watching Uncharted the movie, I mean game, unfold.

LOW Actually playing the game.

WTF There is absolutely no need to figure out what to do on your own, eventually the game will tell you.

Brütal Legend Second Opinion

It had the Chrome but Not the Polish

Brütal Legend Screenshot

HIGH Crashing a flaming zeppelin into the enemy stage at the end of a long battle.

LOW The aforementioned long battle.

WTF Pardon me, but I think about a third of the story has gone missing.

Brütal wrap-up and PixelJunk Shooter

Brutal Legend Screenshot

After completing Brütal Legend, there were several pictures of the development team on screen as the credits rolled. The people on view all looked like nice, upstanding, hard-working citizens of the game dev community. As these snapshots appeared, I felt an intense wave of something approximating some kind of bizarre guilt because actually having faces attached to the game made Brütal Legend's failure somehow more tangible. More terrible.

Was 2009's games line-up better or worse than 2008's?

Better.
50% (271 votes)
Worse.
25% (135 votes)
About the same.
25% (133 votes)
Total votes: 539

Brütalizing Brütal Legend

Brütal Legend Screenshot

Tim Schafer is a brilliant guy and I have tons of respect for him, but he's just been off lately. I don't care what anybody says, Psychonauts was a big bag of fail to me, and although Brütal Legend is better, it's still not anywhere near what it could've been. In fact, I'm not even really sure what it is.

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