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.

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  • 30.

    Warhammer 40:000: Dawn of War II

    Simply put, Dawn of War II feels like the result of some mad scientist's experiment, the by product of the splicing of Dawn of War with Company of Heroes, Relic's other, more recent RTS. Relic's follow-up to its superb Warhammer... more

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  • 29.

    Mirror's Edge Pure Time Trial Map Pack

    If you found yourself putting a ridiculous amount of time into the time trial mode after finishing the campaign you'll almost definitely like what DICE has made here. When we reviewed EA and DICE's Mirror's Edge late last... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 28.

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

    With two great games, superb presentation and a sense that you're playing something different to the norm, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena comes highly recommended. When presented with the choice of two... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 27.

    Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment

    Entrenchment makes Sins of a Solar Empire more playable and accessible to 4X strategy and RTS gamers alike and builds on its predecessor’s success to create a memorable experience. You can't fault Stardock for its ambition.... more

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  • 26.

    Battlestations: Pacific

    If you're prepared to push through its choppier moments, you'll find a rich and highly enjoyable game that should keep you occupied for months. Battlestations Midway was a rather unusual hybrid of a game, a mix of real-time... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 25.

    ArmA II

    If you have the perseverance to stick with the game through thick and thin, to learn its ropes and to immerse yourself in all it has to offer, then ArmA II will last you for years. Okay, so you've probably gotten the message... more

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  • 24.

    Fallout 3: Point Lookout

    The quality of the main quests is beyond dispute. If you’re a Fallout fan with 800 points to spare, there’s really no reason not to pick this up. Bethesda seems to be following a steady curve with its DLC for Fallout 3. Operation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 23.


    Trine's combination of tight controls, exiting action and physics-based puzzles makes it easy to recommend to platforming fans. Each time I play a new 2D platformer, at least a part of me is hoping it's going to be the next... more

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  • 22.

    Overlord II

    If you’ve always wanted to command a group of ugly creatures that can sing Ring a Ring o' Roses, Overlord II comes highly recommended. Overlord offered something a little different on its release in 2007. While it didn't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 21.

    Bionic Commando

    Bionic Commando will frustrate many gamers, but get past the initial swinging learning curve and you'll find a highly entertaining action game that tries to do something a bit different. When you're propelling Spencer at... more

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  • 20.

    Need for Speed Shift

    Need For Speed: Shift is a brilliant new start for the franchise and has clearly been built by a team that loves racing. Shift comes highly recommended to all racing game fans. When EA announced that it would be giving its... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 19.

    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... more

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  • 18.

    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

  • 17.

    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

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  • 16.

    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 proved a bit of a shock. While... more

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  • 15.

    Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

    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 what racing games could, and perhaps should be on... more

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  • 14.

    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

  • 13.

    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... more

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  • 12.

    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... more

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  • 11.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 10.

    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 ending of Fallout 3. Consider yourself warned. Everybody loved Fallout 3 for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 9.

    Plants vs. Zombies

    With 50 levels, numerous unlockable modes that extend the lifespan significantly, stupidly addictive gameplay and fun-infused presentation you'd be a fool to pass up Plants Vs Zombies. It's not often a game completely exceeds... more

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  • 8.

    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 genre's got a history on the platform... more

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  • 7.

    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

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  • 6.

    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

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  • 5.

    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

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  • 4.

    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... more

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  • 3.

    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

  • 2.

    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

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  • 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