The Best Games of 2009

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  • Publish Date: December 9, 2009

The best Nintendo DS games of the year

ImageThe top DS game of 2009

Although set in the same Liberty City as Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is more than just a mere handheld version of the franchise. The year's best-reviewed DS game was hailed by critics for adding new features to the GTA series, and showcasing the capabilities of the Nintendo DS. In fact, it's the best-reviewed DS game in Metacritic's entire database.

The DS also scored with critics for Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, an RPG using the classic Mario characters, and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, a challenging hybrid RPG/strategy game set in a demon-infested Tokyo that's (part of a game series that's hugely popular in Japan).

Nintendo DS Top 20 Best-Reviewed Games, 2009
  Title Genre Metascore Users
1Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown WarsAction, Adventure93 9.0
2Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside StoryAction, RPG919.2
3Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, TheAction, Adventure86n/a
4Might and Magic: Clash of HeroesRPG, Puzzle, Adventure86n/a
5Peggle: Dual ShotPuzzle858.7
This addictive PC game port is one of six puzzlers to land in the DS Top 20
6Shin Megami Tensei: Devil SurvivorRPG, Strategy849.3
7Professor Layton and The Diabolical BoxAdventure849.5
8Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly BrideRPG848.7
9Art Style: DIGIDRIVEPuzzle83 9.0
10Mighty Flip ChampsAction, Puzzle83 10.0
11Art Style: PiCTOBiTSPuzzle838.8
12Rhythm HeavenRhythm, Music839.5
This generally well-reviewed Japanese import plays like a Wario Ware title
13Dragon Quest WarsStrategy83 9.0
14Pokemon PlatinumRPG838.7
15Space Invaders Extreme 2Shooter82n/a
16Dawn of DiscoveryStrategy, Simulation828.5
17Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!Action, Adventure828.5
18Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling AdventureAdventure, Puzzle829.2
19Bomberman IIAction81 9.0
20Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonStrategy816.5

Games must have at least 5 reviews to qualify for the above list. The productivity title "Flipnote Studio," although highly-ranked, is excluded from the list because it is not a game.

The best PSP games of the year

ImageThe top PSP game of 2009

Although it didn't score quite as high as its DS counterpart, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars also finished as the best-reviewed game of the year for the Sony PSP. On its heels was PS3 port LittleBigPlanet, which proved as charming on the handheld as it did on the console.

Four role-playing games made the PSP Top 20 list, including Half-Minute Hero, a comedic meta-game that boils genre standards down into a 30-second essence. Gamers looking for a more conventional RPG can turn to Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days, rated by critics as one of the top strategy-RPG games available on the platform.

PSP Top 20 Best-Reviewed Games, 2009
  Title Genre Metascore Users
1Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown WarsAction, Adventure917.2
2LittleBigPlanetPlatform889.2
3PixelJunk Monsters DeluxeStrategy869.7
4Half-Minute HeroRPG859.5
5TetrisPuzzle859.5
6Blast OffArcade, Puzzle84n/a
7Disgaea 2: Dark Hero DaysStrategy, RPG84 9.0
8FIFA Soccer 10Sports, Soccer838.2
9Tekken 6Fighting, Action828.6
10Resistance: RetributionThird-Person Shooter818.2
11Monster Hunter Freedom UniteAction, RPG819.4
12Patapon 2Action, Music, Platform818.8
13Pinball FantasiesPinball817.3
14FieldrunnersStrategy80 10.0
15BeateratorRhythm, Music809.6
16Soulcalibur: Broken DestinyFighting80 6.0
17Rock Band UnpluggedMusic798.8
18KahootsPuzzle798.5
19Dissidia Final FantasyAction, RPG, Fighting798.2
20EchoesAction79n/a

Games must have at least 5 reviews to qualify for the above list.

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Which games bombed with critics this year? Find the "Duds of the Year" in Metacritic Games. Our sister site Gamespot names its "Games of the Year" on December 17th.

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Comments (186)

  • uttaku  

    Oh my god, all you fanboys shut the hell up. All the systems are good in their own way. The pc will always be the most powerful and the best for fps, but it requires upgrades, installing and the risk of games not working for whatever reason. The xbox and ps3 are both strong consles with in general similar line ups and good excuslives for both. Also it matters little who has a good year this time as the other will almost certainly have a good year in 2010. The wii while underpowered has nintendo classics and is best for silly casual games. Why you all can't see this andhat whatever happens. No system will fail as they are too large to fail. All are good!

  • danny  

    obviously metacritic (who ive only jus heard of) are crap as forza 3 was no.10 and fifa 10 isnt even on there its jus **** games like mw2 no proper fps +they rated it for 2 platforms? its the same dam game and also they included a ds game in the top 10? ds isnt even a proper console hahahaha this site is crap
    ps. ps3 and xbox r the same microsof shud jus buy sony n make 1 console ffs

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  • songjingjing  

    kaveen danushka wrote “I think modern warfare 2 is the best cuz it gives the player a real experience and how the soldiers suffer in the war”

    I think that COD MW 2 is a great game too but you don’t get the “real experience” of what soldiers suffer in the war; i don’t think they produced the game because the “real-life” soldiers suffer, it’s a FPS-game ok, not a game with the meaning of telling you the downsides of war…
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  • henrique  

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  • Johanvalvik  

    kaveen danushka wrote "I think modern warfare 2 is the best cuz it gives the player a real experience and how the soldiers suffer in the war"

    I think that COD MW 2 is a great game too but you don't get the "real experience" of what soldiers suffer in the war; i don't think they produced the game because the "real-life" soldiers suffer, it's a FPS-game ok, not a game with the meaning of telling you the downsides of war...

  • pantazis  

    ps3 for ever.ucharted 2 amazing game.

  • Peter  

    For me the best game is Company of Heroes!

  • You  

    Also why does it matter what consoles best? Why make such a huge deal out of it? Find one you like and stop complaining that the other console stinks or whatever.

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