The Best Games of 2009

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  • Publish Date: December 9, 2009

The best Wii games of the year

ImageThe top Wii game of 2009

Nintendo dug into its own past (as it so often does) and came up with a hit in 2009, bringing back the GameCube sci-fi action-adventure series Metroid in the form of a new Wii compellation, Metroid Prime Trilogy. Make that two hits; platformer New Super Mario Bros. Wii also scored with the critics in its new incarnation.

However, Wii once again struggled to match the other platforms in terms of critical acclaim, and the platform was missing creative breakout hits like 2008's Okami and World of Goo. Metroid was the only title to score 90 or above this year, and three of the top 10 (and four of the top 11) Wii games were in the music genre -- not a good sign in a year in which music games generally were considered to be retreads of the previous year's entries.

In the platform exclusives category, the Steven Spielberg-created puzzle/party game Boom Blox Bash Party went down easy with critics, much like its acclaimed predecessor. Critics also found "cutesy" strategy-adventure game Little King's Story rewarding, and downloadable WiiWare title LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, a sequel to last year's LostWinds, also scored generally strong marks.

Wii Top 40 Best-Reviewed Games, 2009
  Title Genre Metascore Users
1Metroid Prime TrilogyFirst-Person Shooter919.2
2Beatles: Rock Band, TheMusic899.4
3Guitar Hero 5Music896.6
4Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10Sports, Golf889.5
The best-reviewed sports game for Wii in 2009 ... and all time
5New Super Mario Bros. WiiPlatform879.2
6DJ HeroMusic87 6.0
7Little King's StorySimulation, Strategy, Adventure87 9.0
8LostWinds: Winter of the MelodiasAction, Adventure, Platform869.2
9Boom Blox Bash PartyPuzzle, Action868.6
10Punch-Out!!Sports, Boxing868.8
11Guitar Hero: MetallicaMusic857.4
12Pro Evolution Soccer 2009Sports, Soccer849.4
13New Play Control! Pikmin 2Strategy848.5
14Pro Evolution Soccer 2010Sports, Soccer849.5
15Swords & SoldiersStrategy848.3
16NyxQuest: Kindred SpiritsAction, Platform829.3
17Dead Space ExtractionAction, Adventure, Horror828.1
18Bit.Trip VoidRhythm, Music81 10.0
19Dawn of DiscoveryStrategy, Simulation819.3
20EA Sports Active More WorkoutsFitness819.8
Who said it's just a gaming machine? "More" is the first of three fitness titles in the Top 40
21MadWorldAction81 9.0
22EA Sports ActiveFitness818.7
23Muramasa: The Demon BladeAction, RPG819.8
24Wii Sports ResortSports808.2
25Rune Factory: FrontierRPG80 9.0
26Wii Fit PlusFitness807.6
27Bit.Trip BeatAction, Arcade809.6
28Boy and His Blob, AAction, Platform809.3
29Bit.Trip CoreArcade808.7
30Band HeroMusic79 6.0
31Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming NarwhalAdventure799.2
32Mini NinjasAction, Adventure799.2
33You, Me, and the CubesAction, Puzzle79 4.0
34NHL 2K10Sports, Hockey798.6
35Rabbids Go HomeAdventure799.4
36Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner CayAdventure79n/a
37House of the Dead: Overkill, TheFirst-Person Shooter789.3
38WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010Sports, Wrestling789.2
39MySims AgentsAction, Adventure789.6
40New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle BeatPlatform, Action789.5

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

The best PC games of the year

ImageThe top PC game of 2009

Street Fighter IV, the latest installment in the venerable fighting franchise, was the best-reviewed PC game of the year, although the hit Dragon Age: Origins was nearly as heralded. The latter is a role-playing game that serves as a successor to the classic Baldur's Gate series, and it features robust downloadable content additions (which should keep coming for the next few years).

PC gamers in the market for vowels can also pick up the most unusually titled game of the year: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! -- A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, which, if reviews are to be believed, may be as much fun to play as it is to type, thanks to its addictive, arcade-style action.

PC Top 40 Best-Reviewed Games, 2009
  Title Genre Metascore Users
1Street Fighter IVFighting918.7
2Batman: Arkham AsylumAction, Adventure918.8
3Dragon Age: OriginsRPG918.5
4Left 4 Dead 2Action, First-Person Shooter908.8
5BraidPlatform908.8
6Empire: Total WarStrategy906.6
7DiRT 2Racing, Driving90 10.0
8Football Manager 2010Sports, Simulation889.4
9Plants vs. ZombiesAction, Strategy889.2
10EVE Online: ApocryphaMMORPG888.7
11Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate BoxRacing, Driving878.1
12Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2First-Person Shooter862.1
13Resident Evil 5Action, Adventure, Horror868.1
14Sims 3, TheSimulation867.5
Although it falls short of its predecessor, it's the top non-sports sim of the year
15Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, TheAdventure869.7
16Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIStrategy858.2
17MachinariumAdventure849.3
18Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly AcademyAdventure84n/a
19TorchlightAction, RPG849.3
20AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! -- A Reckless Disregard for GravityAction848.6
21Time Gentlemen, Please!Adventure849.1
22Out of the Park Baseball 10Sports, Simulation838.3
23Need for Speed SHIFTRacing, Driving835.1
24Red Faction: GuerrillaThird-Person Shooter838.8
25Dawn of DiscoveryStrategy, Simulation828.7
26King's Bounty: Armored PrincessAdventure, Strategy, RPG829.2
27BorderlandsFirst-Person Shooter, Action, RPG82 8.0
28Football Manager LiveSports, Simulation822.9
29Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the LeviathanAdventure829.2
30Gridrunner RevolutionShooter828.4
31DCS: Black SharkSimulation827.7
32Battlefield 1943First-Person Shooter827.7
33OsmosPuzzle81 9.0
The best-reviewed PC puzzle game of the year features a hypnotic score and can't-miss price
34Sims 3 World Adventures, TheSimulation81 9.0
35Fallout 3: Broken SteelRPG816.8
36League of LegendsMMORPG819.5
37Mirror's EdgeAction, Adventure818.3
38Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, TheFirst-Person Shooter807.2
39Left 4 Dead: Crash CourseFirst-Person Shooter, Action806.2
40AI War: Fleet Command Strategy808.8

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

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Comments (186)

  • Jerry Curlan  

    2009 has clearly been the year of the PS3, while I believe that 2008 was a toss-up between the 360 (quality) and Wii (quantity). Now if Sony could just put a push behind quality games for the PSP, they'd be in business!

  • Marie  

    So without Braid which had already been on the 360 for over a year with the same score 360 and PS3 had the same number in the top ten for the year. Worth noting.

  • rumtumtugger  

    "However, Wii once again struggled to match the other platforms in terms of cortical acclaim."

    Indeed they did.

  • bomba2812  

    @marie stop being a fanboy or fangirl ps3 games were obviously better than the 360 games plus there were 50 more games released for the 360 than for the ps3

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  • Brian  

    Someone goofed. I see a note under MW2 for the PS3 and it says users vented their anger about the game. But it doesn't say it for the 360 version. If users are going to vent wouldn't they vent against the PC version? They're the ones who were mad.

  • Ejsponge61  

    I'm glad to see that the PS3 is finally getting the acclaim it deserves. Now maybe my friends will get one, because none of them do. And I cant believe that ODST got an 83, I thought that it was Microsoft's only big title to compete with Uncharted 2 and Super Mario Bros. Wii, which both scored way higher. And I'm also surprised to see the Wii at the bottom of the list, well, not really, they did only have a few OK games this year. And I'm glad to see the PSP was in a respectable place, seeing as I'm getting a PSP Go for the holidays.

  • major  

    @Marie hahahaah ,There is only one exclusive (not downloadable title) on the Xbox360 which scored 90 or above while the Ps3 had 4 titles scorning 90 or above ,let’s not forget the other ps3 exclusives which scored above 85 ,the Ps3 beat the X360 this year by a land slide it’s not even funny
    2008 was ps3 year; most of the awards were for Ps3 titles not X360

    anyway Keep spinning guys

  • Jason Dietz  

    Brian: Actually, they vented against ALL the versions. Go figure.

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