Posted by Female Gamers on Jan 21, 2010
Most Breathtaking Moments in Games 2009 – Article

Most Breathtaking Moments in Games 2009 – Article

Mass Effect II comes out next week, then seemingly moments later it’s time for BioShock 2 and Aliens vs. Predator, it’s going to be a frantic couple of months.

Before leaping into the next lot of games that are no doubt going to have moments of sucking the breath right out of you, let’s take a little look back at the most breathtaking moments in video games over the last year (at least in one gamers opinion).

Flower (PS3/PSN)
If you read my review of Flower you’ll already know I thought it was something pretty special. The subtle movements, the orchestration and a game where you’re essentially just moving petals on the breeze was truly something of a spectacle. The lesson here is that sometimes less is more and we don’t always need AK-47’s and Frag Grenades to have a good gaming experience.

Modern WarFare 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Single player campaign here was superlative (spoiler ahead), but the air was sucked out of the room when the villain I was trying to buddy up with shot me in the face because he knew all along I was CIA. Yowzers. That’s what I get for not shooting any civvies (actually it would have played out that way in any case and I felt better for my conscientious objector stance in the airport).

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
It’s difficult to pinpoint just one breathtaking moment in Uncharted 2, because quite frankly, the game is littered with OMFG moments. One that stands out to me however is the ‘tutorial’ level, dangling off a train that is also dangling off a snowy precipice. Freakin awesome! On a female gamer note, seeing Elena Fisher again for the first time was also another great gaming moment of 2010, her and Chloe shaking hands was one of the best in game interactions in history.

Batman Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
The Scarecrow leaning in to peek around the corner in the freaky dream sequence was terrifying. Perhaps not as breathtaking as other moments in gaming, but coupled with seeing dead parents telling you to save them, definitely up there. Batman telling Oracle he’d “had a little run in with Scarecrow” definitely an understatement. There’s other stuff too, but I’ll leave that for you to see for yourself.

Assassin’s Creed II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
This game had so many OMFG moments, but here’s a few that stood out to me. The carnival fireworks in Venice were stunning, but getting a hold of a carnival mask and hunting prey through the party-goers just superb. The first time you go up a lookout in any of the cities and take a look around, only to leap off into a pile of hay, good times. Hanging little kids.. not cool.. but definitely OMFG.

Beatles Rockband (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
Psychedelic madness and the head bob, that’s all you need to know. Perhaps not “breathtaking” in the sucking the air out of the room kind of way, as say, hanging off a dangling train, but The Beatles Rockband was still a huge surprise to me because … I don’t really like The Beatles (now tell me that didn’t suck the air out of the room!). That said this was thoroughly enjoyable and made only better by Paul and Ringo frakking up at E3 by saying things like “Who would ever thought we’d end up as androids”. Clearly no clue.

Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360, PC)
The Witch walks around. Those are the only words you need to hear to suck the air out of a room. The Witch Walks Around!!! Sure Left 4 Dead 2 might be more of the same, with some sweet additions, but it still had some breathtaking moments, like first seeing the trailer with all the survivors going toe to toe with the infected masses. Not to mention Nick telling the Coach the helicopter might be made of chocolate… classy.

Microsoft announcing Project Natal
Sony were left holding their kinda pathetic wands with glowing knobs in their hands when Microsoft came out with Natal at E3. The onstage elephant demo and of course the now famous Milo demo made mincemeat out of Sony’s little glowing knob. Whether Natal works anywhere near as well as suggested by the partly pre-recorded / staged demo reels is anyones guess, but we’ll know around late 2010 when Natal releases. Sony’s magic wand / glowing knob of amazement was meant to launch mid year, but – surprise surprise – has been pushed back to later in 2010.

I’ve probably missed some, but those are the things that spring to mind. How about you, what were your OMFG moments in gaming 2009?

Written Jan 22 2010
Article by Angela

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One Response to “Most Breathtaking Moments in Games 2009 – Article”

  1. GadgetGirlTracy says:

    I really liked this article. It made me remember some of the great ‘woahhhh’ moments that I had in gaming 2009. I think it’s so amazing when games can have such an effect on you and can continue to impress year after year.

    My own gaming memories of 2009 are generally based around those games that have massive cinematic views to them as I feel I really connect with those.

    Looking forward to seeing what 2010 brings.

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