Top Xbox 360 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.

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  • 30.

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    If you've always wanted to play as Wolverine without the muzzle, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is what you've been waiting for. Playing X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a very odd experience. It's a game based on a 12-rated summer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 29.

    Prototype

    Prototype looked like it was going to be a hell of a lot of fun each and every time we saw it over its extended development, and it is fun, just not all the time. There's been an open-world overload in recent months. It seems... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 28.

    Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood

    Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood doesn't make the most of its setting, but it's a solid FPS with a few twists to give it an identity of its own. A really good wild west shooter seems like a pretty easy game to make. Considering... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 27.

    Mini Ninjas

    Mini Ninjas is fun, if you play stealthily, but it will do nothing to quell the growing call from a new Hitman from IO Interactive. Ninjas are hard wired into our psyches as visual shorthand for cool. I mean, they hide in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 26.

    Section 8

    The lack of a proper single-player experience and the poor graphics will prevent Section 8 from achieving huge success, but the core multiplayer gameplay should ensure a healthy and loyal following. It's easy to dismiss sci-fi... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 25.

    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

    Dragon Rising has problems. However, and this is one very big however, it also does an awful lot right. Something tells me that a lot of people are going to be surprised by Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Codemasters... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 24.

    Ghostbusters The Video Game

    If you've been waiting for Ghostbusters 3 or simply a video game that does the classic series justice, Ghostbusters: The Video Game won't disappoint. No other game can have had as much Hollywood involvement as Ghostbusters:... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 23.

    James Cameron's Avatar The Game

    James Cameron's Avatar: The Game is easily one of the best movie licensed games I've ever played, but at the same time it's not good enough to stand alone as a must-own title. Avatar is everywhere at the moment. It's surely... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 22.

    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

  • 21.

    Ninja Blade

    Ninja Blade is nowhere near as accomplished as the genre's heavyweights, but anyone able to see it as the roller-coaster ride it is should have a great time. It's unlikely you'll have ever played a game as bizarre as From... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 20.

    Wheelman

    If the idea of a crazy, almost stuntman-like car-based action game sounds like your kind of thing, Wheelman shouldn't be passed up. Given Midway's heavily publicised financial problems and Wheelman's late shift to publisher... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 19.

    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

  • 18.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 17.

    Battlefield 1943

    Despite the lack of game modes and a bare bones class system, Battlefield 1943 differs enough from the competition to make it a worthwhile alternative. Just what do you expect from a £10 downloadable title on Xbox LIVE or... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 16.

    Rocket Riot

    Rocket Riot is a superb little shooter that will provide hours of fun whether you're playing alone or with friends. It seems like we first saw XBLA game Rocket Riot years ago. The old-school 2D twin-stick shooter looked pretty... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 15.

    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

  • 14.

    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

  • 13.

    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

  • 12.

    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

  • 11.

    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

  • 10.

    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

  • 9.

    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

  • 8.

    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

  • 7.

    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

  • 6.

    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

  • 5.

    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

  • 4.

    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

  • 3.

    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

  • 2.

    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

  • 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