Top Games of 2009
2009 will mainly be remembered as the year Barack Obama became President of the United States, King of Pop Michael Jackson died before he started his ‘This is It’ shows at the O2 Arena in London, and Ulrika Jonsson won Celebrity Big Brother 6. But a lot of stuff happened in the world of video games too.
Current conqueror of all games, Minecraft, was released to an unsuspecting world, eventually going on to spawn not only a successful business but also truck load of YouTube stars. Japanese publisher Square Enix acquired UK publisher, Eidos Interactive, taking hit franchises such as Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Deus Ex with it. And Sony released the ill-fated PSP Go, a handheld so far ahead of its time it failed despite arguably doing more right than Sony’s proper follow-up, the PS Vita.
So what were the best games released in 2009? We’ve compiled the top titles so you don’t have to worry your little head about it.
Online play makes this classic 2D fighter an essential purchase
Trials HD is a game that seems tailor made for Xbox LIVE Arcade and we can't recommend it highly enough.
Shadow Complex is a triumph, a new standard for downloadable games.
If you have even a passing fondness for John, Paul, George and Ringo, this game will make you an extremely happy bunny.
Wrap up an enjoyable rally experience with the best racing game visuals we've ever seen and DIRT 2 becomes a must-buy game.
This is Gran Turismo as you remember it but on a handheld. Buy it, spend hours earning credits and buying cars, and try to overlook the glaring omissions without shedding a small tear.
Even with some flaws, though, Guerrilla is a great game that comes highly recommended, in no small part to some superb multiplayer game modes that should see the game gain quite a following.
This is action gaming at its very best, although with the toned down carnage during combat there's a nagging sense that Sigma 2's not quite the ultimate edition of the game it could have been.
It seems a silly conclusion, but Halo 3: ODST is still Halo. It's still cracking fun. ODST is an absolutely essential purchase if you're a Halo fan.
With a whole heap of content to unlock, a campaign that begs to be replayed and top of the line production values there's very little to be disappointed with.