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)

  • PC Games » PS3  

    [...] Metacritic has employed their unique rating aggregation system to generate the first annual "Platform Power Rankings" list that arranges the various video gaming platforms by the highest rated [...]

  • Jillian(thats rite i  

    all about the ps3 hasnt it?

  • Greg  

    Most of the PS3's top 10 games were multip-plats...

  • Thretau  

    I don't get all the hating for MW2's lack of dedicated servers. Yes they would be good to have but that haven't stopped me from playing the multiplayer on PC over 200 hours now, it's great and lots of fun with friends. Isn't that what matters the most?

    As a owner of PS3, PC and X360 I can't really say which one was the "best" this year. Only bought UC2, InFamous, Demon's Souls and Batman for PS3 and loads of multiplatform games for X360 along with Forza 3. It's not about exclusives, well atleast it's not if you have most of the consoles, 90% of the great games this year were released for more than one console, like the game of the year Dragon Age: Origins.

    Let's wish for more great series going multiplatform this year like Final Fantasy and Bioshock, so everyone can enjoy these amazing games.

  • It Only Does 256 Pla  

    [...] from VGA’s Game of the Year award for UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves to PS3 crowned “Platform of the Year” by Metacritic’s 2009 Game Platform Power Rankings for overall game quality. [...]

  • It Only Does 256 Pla  

    [...] from VGA’s Game of the Year award for UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves to PS3 crowned “Platform of the Year” by Metacritic’s 2009 Game Platform Power Rankings for overall game quality. [...]

  • It Only Does 256 Pla  

    [...] from VGA’s Game of the Year award for UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves to PS3 crowned “Platform of the Year” by Metacritic’s 2009 Game Platform Power Rankings for overall game quality. [...]

  • WLBjork  

    To the numpty above, the death of the PC has been predicted for years - every time a new console comes out, in fact.

    It's still here. Why?

    1. Technology - technology is developed faster for PCs (new technology every 12-18 months) than it would be for consoles (new technology every 5 years).

    2. Mods

    3. Indies.

    Plus, when companies started investigating, they found that PCs pulled in more money than any other platform - due to flexibility, MMOs, technology upgrades , online gaming (adverts)- the list is quite comprehensive.

  • rollin489  

    i love videogames and something i cant seem to wrap my head around is why halo 3 has so much praise. Yeah it was a good game but i wouldnt say it was great, and certainly not legendary. The graphics compared to other fps, well there is no comparison. The last three call of duty games have so much more detail it just makes halo's graphics seem bland. All im saying is if you slap another title on it that doesnt say Halo, would it have still got all the publicity?

  • ewaeobwa oeawbve  

    Halo 3 > any game ever

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