Top 10 PC Games of 2009

The year 2009 is at it’s end. The time comes for a look back. A look back on some of the best games the dawning 2009 has to offer. This list is based around the opinions of one author alone – me. So it can’t be very detailed. But I’ve done my best to make this a complete list, not limiting this to one genre or blockbusters only. Let’s go:

10. Tales of Monkey Island


A truly worthy reincarnation of the legendary Monkey Island series, Tales of Monkey Island even improved on the series. For the first time ever a Monkey Island game had a relatively good story with a fair amounts of twists and turns. Telltale Games also demonstrated great humor, incredible taste and imagination, when implementing the new characters to the series. In other words – Tales of Monkey Island is a the adventure game of the year.

9. Aion


As a representative of another PC-dominated genre, Aion has truly lived up to its expectations and fulfilled it’s purpose – giving us a quality MMO to chew on until something else comes out. It also raised the bar in the technical department, being one of the best looking online adventures ever released.

8. Need for Speed: Shift


It was very hard to decide which racing game to include: this one or DiRT 2. In the end my love for the NFS series took over and here it is – Need for Speed: Shift. A great improvement in the long-running series, considering it’s mediocre predecessors.

7. Prototype


Given my doubts that this will be nothing but a sack of hot air, Prototype was a great gaming experience for my five senses. Though the gameplay was a bit repetitive, the game was very well realized and presented. The free roam factor adds to this, making Prototype one of the best games of 2009.

6. Left 4 Dead 2


The sequel to Valve’s zombie co-op adventure was a great improvement to the original. Bigger, better looking, smoother, slicker. Left 4 Dead 2 had it’s problems, but in it’s core it kept it’s survival gameplay and even improved it. Congratulations, Valve. By the way, your AI director really is an asshole.

5. Borderlands


Fun. This is what Borderlands is all about. The great rpg and fps mix, tons of loot, co-op, humor and technical presentation of the game are a ticket to the hearts of many gamers worldwide, including mine. My sympathy for this game isn’t the only thing that launched it so high in this top 10.

4. Batman: Arkham Asylum


Even though I’m not a big fan of the human bat, Arham Asylum is a giant leap for giant franchise games worldwide. Who knew it would take so long.. Batman: Arkham Asylum is a mix of several winning gameplay concepts in a very polished product. It’s title “Best comic book game” speaks for itself, actually.

3. Empire: Total War


Again, I swallow my dislikes towards the RTS genre as a whole and admit that Empire: Total War is truly one of the best games of the year. With it’s massive, but fairly tactical battles, beautifully polished RTS gameplay and great presentation – Empire: Total War triumphed over it’s main rival – Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.

2. Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2


You must think I’m crazy, including this game in this article. Even thought it was a mere Xbox 360 port, even though it lacks dedicated servers(at least it did) and even though Activision are pricks, Modern Warfare 2 is a spectacular game. Dynamic gameplay, well told story, brutal multiplayer and amazing graphics – need I say more?

1. Dragon Age: Origins

Anyone surprised? Not only does this game keep true to an unwritten law – that classical RPG adventures are better on a PC, but Dragon Age offers you, the hardcore players, a grand world, greatly told story, Bioware characters, complex gameplay and many brutal scenes. A game that polished needs to be high on the list. And you can’t get much higher than number one, can you?

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  1. Nice list of games. I have played all except ‘Tale of Monkey island’ and ‘Aion’ and thinking of getting them soon. Out of these Modern Warfare 2 totally Rocks and in my opinion should have been No. 1. Outstanding list anyways. 🙂

  2. Wasn’t Tales of Monkey Island originally a Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) franchise? I remember when I was a more dedicated gamer than I am now and Lucasfilm Games had a bunch of different non-Star Wars, non-Indiana Jones games in their title list, including a Battle of Britain flight simulator.

    Nice list, though I wish Firaxis Games had released a couple of cool Civilization IV-based games better than Colonization.

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