Top PC Games of 2009

2009 was a pretty memorable year for many reasons. The pet pig craze made everyone want to go out and replace their pooch or pussy with a pig small enough to fit into a teacup. Undeniably adorable when babies, little did these new pig parents know that they would grow up to be pretty big and quite problematic house guests.

This is the year when Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards speech was rudely interrupted when Kanye West butted in to declare Beyoncé more deserving of the award. Unable to finish her speech, Swift got another opportunity later in the night when invited up on stage by Beyoncé.

Other memorable events includes the death of Michael Jackson only weeks before his big comeback at the O2 in London, and the break-up of Brit-Pop royalty Oasis.

Sexting also became kind of a big deal, with people finally able to succinctly describe the act of sending saucy text messages.

2009 was also a pretty good year for PC games, the best of which you'll see in the list below.

  • 30.

    Borderlands Review

    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... more

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  • 29.

    Dragon Age: Origins Review

    Dragon Age: Origins

    This trip back in time to the glory days of the PC is welcome, but it makes you appreciate the advances made by modern day RPGs Mass Effect and Fallout 3. It is a giant leap back in time. It is an old school fantasy RPG for old... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 28.

    The Saboteur Review

    The Saboteur

    Feeling good? The Saboteur is a strange, hodge-podge mongrel of a game. It's got the open... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 27.

    Mirror's Edge Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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  • 26.

    Football Manager Live Review

    Football Manager Live

    FM Live is the greatest football management game ever created and will keep you playing, and playing, and playing... After years of playing Football Manager, logging into Football Manager Live... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 25.

    Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box Review

    Burnout Paradise

    For true next-gen arcade racing thrills Burnout Paradise is most definitely your best option. For many people Criterion's Burnout Paradise demonstrated for the first time... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 24.

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

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 23.

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 22.

    Flower Review

    Flower

    Conventional it may not be, but Flower possesses the kind of creative beauty that rarely surfaces in full-budget games - let alone a £6.29 PSN title. A lonely flower sits on a table in a dilapidated flat, somewhere deep in the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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  • 21.

    Chrono Trigger Review

    Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger is brilliant for loads of reasons, but what impresses most is how great it plays despite the fact it's 14 years old. Somehow, the Nintendo DS has become the number one games console for fans of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 20.

    Empire: Total War Review

    Empire: Total War

    Empire is without doubt or reservation the best Total War yet and is a game of unmatched scope and ambition, with its uniquely compulsive blend of turn-based strategy and real-time tactics. Preconception is probably the greatest enemy a game designer has to defeat.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 19.

    World in Conflict: Complete Edition Review

    World in Conflict: Complete Edition

    If you've never sampled the wonder that is calling a nuclear strike down on your enemy in World in Conflict, then this Director's Cut is unequivocally worth forking out your hard-earned cash for. On the back of the World in Conflict: Complete Edition box, Soviet Assault,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 18.

    Fallout 3: The Pitt Review

    Fallout 3: The Pitt

    The Pitt just about makes up for the snore-fest that was Operation Anchorage, and will have Fallout 3 fans dribbling with anticipation for the level-cap raising third add-on Broken Steel. Now this is more like it. After the disappointing Operation Anchorage... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 17.

    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut Review

    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut

    If you've finished Professor Layton and you're looking for something that combines decent puzzles with a ripping yarn, this is well worth a gander. "Paris in the fall. The last months of the year, and the end of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 16.

    Fallout 3: Broken Steel Review

    Fallout 3: Broken Steel

    Put simply, if you love Fallout 3, Broken Steel is an essential purchase. IMPORTANT NOTICE! The following review contains SPOILERS relating to the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 15.

    Plants vs. Zombies Review

    Plants vs. Zombies

    The basic gameplay isn't exactly original, but it's been executed so well on the Xbox 360 that it absolutely needs to be in your collection. It's not often a game completely exceeds our expectations. These days games... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 14.

    Need for Speed: Undercover Review

    Need for Speed: Undercover

    A unique control set up combined with a well-executed, well-established franchise makes this a definite must have for fans of the series and newcomers alike. Anyone still sitting on the fence as to whether iPhone gaming requires... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 13.

    Street Fighter IV Review

    Street Fighter IV

    Basically, the PC version is the console version with a couple of new tricks, but it’s still absolutely awesome. When you think of PC gaming, you don't think of fighting games. And yet the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 12.

    Shadow Complex Review

    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... more

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  • 11.

    Colin McRae: DiRT 2 Review

    Colin McRae: DiRT 2

    Wrap up an enjoyable rally experience with the best racing game visuals we've ever seen and DIRT 2 becomes a must-buy game. If review scores were handed out for slickness alone Codemasters' Colin... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 10.

    Red Faction: Guerrilla Review

    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 control, and more importantly how you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC,PC,PC

  • 9.

    Resident Evil 5 Review

    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. For many... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 8.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum Review

    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 are usually men and women who are capable... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 7.

    FIFA 10 Review

    FIFA 10

    FIFA 10 is a simulation in the truest sense, and is sure to solidify FIFA's leading position in the two-horse race with PES. Last year I said FIFA 09 was the best FIFA ever created. Now, 12 months on,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 6.

    Football Manager 2010 Review

    Football Manager 2010

    Sports Interactive has produced the best version of FM yet, so it's easy to recommend FM 2010 to anyone with an interest in taking their team to league and cup glory. I used to spend most of my waking hours in front of Football Manager,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 5.

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Review

    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 me, please, for an orgy of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 4.

    Assassin's Creed II Review

    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 massive commercial success, yet it received the most... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 3.

    Left 4 Dead 2 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    The Path Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 1.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

    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 a rest after I finished the single-player campaign in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC