Terminal Gamer’s 2009 Awards – PC Game of the Year

Terminal Gamer’s PC Game of the Year Is…

Empire: Total War

There were many excellent titles released for the PC this year, and many that came with trepidation and protests from PC gamers. Left 4 Dead 2 received flack because of how soon it followed after Left 4 Dead, dismaying PC gamers who felt that the original title would be left behind and abandoned by Valve. Modern Warfare 2’s lack of dedicated servers irked many, causing a precipitous fight across the web as gamer’s boycotted the title and provided poor rankings on Metacritic and Amazon.

In the midst of all the boycotting and outrage, one title stood out above the two shooter giants – Empire: Total War. This strategy title brought this long-running series into the 18th century, focusing on historical conflicts from around the world. It featured stunning strategy elements, excellent graphics, and impressive, accurate historical challenges. In addition, the game tackled diplomacy and trade as well as warfare. No longer simply a game focused on battle tactics, Empire: Total War was wide in its breadth and its ambition. It was a success in every way.


Runners up: Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age: Origins

Also ran: Modern Warfare 2, The Sims 3, Plants vs. Zombies, Tropico 3, Mafia Wars

Featuring stunning battlefields and engrossing strategy gameplay, Empire: Total War was the best game on the PC in 2009.


*The Game of the Year awards were chosen by the votes of our staff. A first place vote for a game received two points while other nominees received one point.