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• Resistance: Retribution | Publisher: SCEA | Developer: Sony Bend

Having Sony Bend recreate Resistance series on the Playstation Portable was a smart move. Sony Bend did exceptional work with the Syphon Filter series on the PSP, and the same goes for Resistance. Resistance: Retribution is a fantastic alternative to console game that gives players a new way to explore Reistance's world. This shooter has all the big moments that you have come to expect from the Resistance brand. Hands down, Resitance: Retribution is one of the strongest all around third-person action games of the year, and our 'Playstation Portable Game of the Year'.

Little Big Planet (SCEA/Media Molecule)
Honorable Mentions: GTA: Chinatown Wars, LocoRoco 2, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days, Motorstorm: Arctic Edge

GOTY08: GOW: Chains of Olympus GOTY07: Jeanne D'Arc GOTY06: LocoRoco
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• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves | Publisher: SCEA | Developer: Naughty Dog

Unless you skipped directly to this page, you have probably guessed Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is our 'Playstation 3 Game of the Year'. What more can be said about the game that defines the action genre in 2009? Uncharted is the series to watch, the reason to buy a PS3, and one of the best all-around action games ever made.

inFAMOUS (SCEA/Insomniac Games)
Honorable Mentions: Killzone 2, MLB 09: The Show, GOW: Collection, R&C Future: A Crack in Time

GOTY08: Little Big Planet GOTY07: R&C Future: Tools of Destruction GOTY06: Resistance: Fall of Man
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• GTA: Chinatown Wars | Publisher: Rockstar Games | Developer: Rockstar Leeds

Mature gaming on the Nintendo DS is an interesting concept, and one that was explored in our 2009 'Nintendo DS Game of the Year' winner, GTA: Chinatown Wars. Having the Grand Theft Auto marquee sprawled across the top of a Nintendo DS game might not have translated into the sales they have hoped for, but it sure made a lot of older gamers happy, and in one gesture all the hardcore gamers who own a Nintendo DS where serviced.

GTA: Chinatown Wars is a new hybrid vision from Rockstar Games that combines a style of the old with the gameplay of the new. Without skimping out, Chinatown Wars explored another drugged up tale of violence, and did so with style, innovation, and most importantly, a new sense of fun. Grand Theft Auto fanboys, don't let the DS scare you, Chinatown Wars is 100% Grand Theft Auto, and and our 'Best Nintendo DS Game off the Year'.


Runner-Up: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo)
Honorable Mentions: Scribblenauts, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, M&L: Bowser's Inside Story

GOTY08: Guitar Hero: On Tour GOTY07: Zelda: Phantom Hourglass GOTY06: New Super Mario Bros.
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• Dead Space: Extraction | Publisher: Electronic Arts | Developer: Visceral Games

Visceral Games retelling of Dead Space on the Wii was a shocker. First off, I didn't expect to be nearly as good as it was, and secondly, I didn't believe the Wii had the power to give me the chills. Well, I was proven wrong with Dead Space: Extraction. Dead Space: Extraction isn't going to be for everyone, but it is the standout Wii title of the year. Sure, we had some other "M" titles that tried to influence the hardcore crowd. However, none came with the same level of production, and fluid gameplay as Extraction. The Wii might not be the best console to own if you're only into hardcore games, but once and a while a little gem will come out that shatters your preconceived notions. Congratulations Visceral, Dead Space: Extraction is our 'Wii Game of the Year'.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)
Honorable Mentions: Metroid Prime: Triology, Maramusa: The Demon Blade, The Conduit, Mad World

GOTY08: Super Smash Bros. Brawl GOTY07: Super Mario Galaxy GOTY06: Zelda: Twilight Princess
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• Forza Motorsport 3 | Publisher: Microsoft | Developer: Turn 10

In a year filled with Halo, Zombies, and Episodes from Liberty City, Forza Motorsports 3 reigns supreme on the Xbox 360 console in 2009. Forza Motorsport 3 is a racing fans type of game that is also accessible to the causal racer. Filled with hundreds of cars, a wonderful career mode, and excellent online integrations, you can’t go wrong with Forza Motorsport 3. It’s hard to imagine Forza being any better. If you have ever been interested in the racing genre of gaming you owe to yourself to go out and get behind the wheel of this exceptional racer.

Halo: ODST (Microsoft/Bungie)
Honorable Mentions: Halo Wars, Left 4 Dead 2, GTAIV: Episodes from Liberty City, Shadow Complex

GOTY08: Gears of War 2 GOTY07: Mass Effect GOTY06: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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• Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 | Publisher: Activision | Developer: Infinity Ward

Rounding up our platform awards is the award for 'Best Multiplatform Game'. Last year, this award was given out to Grand Theft Auto IV which went on win our 'Gamer of the Year Award'. Rockstar's updated take on Liberty City not rock our socks off, it rocked the till at retail too. Well, a new king of sales has immerged in 2009, and that heavy hitter is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Modern Warfare 2 is the game you want to own, that all your friends own, that everyone is talking about, it's that good.
Modern Warfare 2 is 2009's Best Multiplayerform Game.

Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
Honorable Mentions: Dragon Age: Origings, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Street Fighter IV, The Beatles: Rock Band, Prototype

GOTY08: GRAND THEFT AUTO IV (Rockstar Games)
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