Every year, publishers push to get their high-profile titles into gamers' hands before Black Friday, leaving a quality-title dead zone until the beginning of Quarter 1. The end of release season also signals the official beginning of Game of the Year speculation. Every big-budget, large-scale, game is now available on store shelves which means players should have a pretty good idea about which 2009 title they enjoyed the most – unless you are holding your breath for James Cameron's Avatar: The Game, which most of us aren't.
Instead of relying on the outcome of the upcoming Spike VGAs, which in 2005 nominated 50 Cent: Bulletproof and Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game for awards, Game Rant has decided to put together a list of our nominations, along with a bit of commentary, for our Game of the Year choices. As usual, we're interested to hear what our readers think, so make sure to vote in the poll on the home page, as well as sound off in the comments.
In the interest of avoiding favoritism, our nominees are listed in alphabetical order: