Explicit Gamer writes: "No one can deny that franchises reigned supreme in 2009. Almost every game I played this year, not to mention just about every game actually worth playing, had some sort of numerical value after an all too common title. Next year seems to be much of the same as we continue to make our way through worlds with Kratos, Commander Shepard, and Big Daddy. But you didn't have to be a franchise to make a hit this year. These games of 2009 proves it still pays to be original."