Top Action Games of 2009

Welcome to VideoGamer.com's top action games of 2009, a list of the best videogames, created from editorial reviews on the site. It's the perfect tool to find that great game you haven't played yet, or even to find a gem for a friend or loved one as a gift.

Please take into account this list is in descending order! VideoGamer.com is always open to hearing about your opinion. Would your list be different? If so let us know by contacting us or tweeting us @VideoGamerCom.

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  • 30.

    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

    If you go in not expecting to play the game of the year then you're going to get a hell of a lot of fun out of MUA2. In the wake of Disney's purchase of Marvel, we thought it would be fun to brainstorm some fantasy Disney/Marvel... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 29.

    Dead Space Extraction

    Extraction stands shoulder to shoulder with SEGA's Overkill as a great example of the modern on-rails shooter, showing just what the Wii's capable of when developers put their minds to it. I loved Dead Space, the Xbox 360,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 28.

    Brutal Legend

    Brutal Legend is a game that an awful lot of people are going to enjoy, despite its combat failings. It just prevents a great game from being one of the greatest. Brutal Legend is the latest game from development studio Double... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 27.

    Ratchet and Clank: A Crack In Time

    Fans of Ratchet and Clank will find A Crack in Time to be more of the same, with a few twists here and there. If you're looking for a fun, imaginative, family friendly PS3 game, this is perfect. I can understand why some... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 26.

    Borderlands

    Gearbox should be praised. Borderlands is unique, it's different, and it's hard to classify. I am standing over corpses: dead Skags, Mutant Midget Psychos and Badass Bruisers. Each one killed by a unique tool of destruction.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 25.

    Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier

    High Impact Games missed the mark with its Ratchet and Clank spin-off "Secret Agent Clank", but The Lost Frontier more or less nails the Jak and Daxter formula. There hasn't been a Jak and Daxter game for ages. After the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 24.

    Gravity Crash

    Gravity Crash is challenging, often frustrating, but wonderfully satisfying. Buy it. Play it. Get the t-shirt. Messy-haired lead singers wear Atari t-shirts. Young professional couples furnish their two bedroom apartments... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 23.

    The Saboteur

    Feeling good? The Saboteur is a strange, hodge-podge mongrel of a game. It's got the open world and vehicle-nabbing of the GTA series, the free-flow climbing of Assassin's Creed, and the sneaky kill-em-from-behind action... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 22.

    Mirror's Edge

    Mirror's Edge exudes cool from every pore, drips with cutting edge technical brilliance and never tries to deviate from its platforming focus. If any game was going to win an award for being cool, Mirror's Edge would be it.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 21.

    Killzone 2

    Two years into the console's life cycle, the undoubted graphical potential of the machine has been realised - Killzone 2 unleashes the power of the PS3 - nothing on any console comes close. Bringing a building to its knees... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 20.

    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

    F.E.A.R. 2 is a hugely satisfying shooter that'll have you clinging onto that controller or mouse throughout its tension-filled campaign. Don't fancy reading the review? Would you prefer to sit back in your chair and watch... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 19.

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

    The Lost and Damned would be worth buying as a stand alone game, so as a sub £15 priced download it's an essential purchase. We've had a mixed bag as far as DLC goes, with developers struggling to find the right balance between... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 18.

    Resident Evil 5

    With a whole heap of content to unlock, including the brilliant Mercenaries mode, a campaign that begs to be replayed and top of the line production values there's very little to be disappointed with. Following one of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 17.

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    If you own a DS and you love video games, Chinatown Wars is a must buy. Say what you will about the Grand Theft Auto games, they don't half push hardware. We saw it for years on the PS2, more recently on "next-gen" consoles,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 16.

    Red Faction: Guerrilla

    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. Red Faction Guerrilla is all about... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 15.

    Shadow Complex

    Shadow Complex is a triumph, a new standard for downloadable games. Shadow Complex is Super Metroid for the Gears of War generation. Its 2D action mechanics are pretty much lifted straight out of the 1994 Nintendo classic,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 14.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Whether you fancy skulking in the shadows, smashing slow motion fists in into a goon's skull, or simply using some cool gadgets, you can do no wrong with what is Eidos' best game in years. Super heroes appeal because they... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 13.

    Red Faction: Guerrilla

    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. Red Faction Guerrilla is all about... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 12.

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2

    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. We always hear from developers... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 11.

    Halo 3: ODST

    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. Halo. Microsoft's great Xbox seller. Bungie's tour de force. It knows no... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 10.

    Resident Evil 5

    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. Following one of the greatest games of all time can't be easy.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 9.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Whether you fancy skulking in the shadows, smashing slow motion fists in into a goon's skull, or simply using some cool gadgets, you can do no wrong with what is Eidos' best game in years. Super heroes appeal because they... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    The single-player adventure packs in so many incredible moments that you'll be talking about it with friends for months and the multiplayer is rammed with content. A must buy. Don't get me wrong: I really enjoyed the original... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 7.

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

    In parallel with the superlative Chinatown Wars, The Ballad of Gay Tony restores a sense of playfulness to the GTA franchise, cementing Rockstar's status as King of the DLC. "I have a deep sadness in me, Luis. Will you join... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 6.

    Assassin's Creed II

    The storyline is intricate, there's depth beyond the main quest, and the action is incredible at times. We've had some stunning games this year, and Ubisoft has given us another to add to the list. Assassin's Creed was a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 5.

    Left 4 Dead 2

    Make no mistake, this is an excellent sequel that does much to build upon the foundations of the first game. Popular mythology states that the only way to truly kill a zombie is to either put a bullet in the brain, or to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 4.

    PixelJunk Shooter

    PixelJunk Shooter is an enjoyable, quirky game that's yet another successful entry in the PixelJunk series. Japanese developer Q-Games should be sued under the Trade Descriptions Act. Downloadable PSN game PixelJunk Shooter,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 3.

    The Path

    By leaving so much open to interpretation in the mind of the player, The Path shows a maturity that belies its roots in a child’s fairy tale. Are video games art? It's a question that's launched a million threads of incendiary... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    Whether you're a GTA veteran or someone who's never played one of these games before, you should know that this is one of the best games available for your PSP. Is GTA: Chinatown Wars my favourite handheld game of all time?... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 1.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

    With the best multiplayer shooting that money can buy, an incredibly action-packed campaign and plenty of superb two-player co-op levels, this is without a doubt a real contender for game of the year. I felt like I needed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC