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The year 2009 saw the release of many video games, including several sequels and new titles such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bayonetta, Borderlands, Demon's Souls, Dragon Age: Origins, Halo 3: ODST Infamous and Prototype.


Month Day Event
January 29-31 Ensemble Studios, the creators of the Age of Empires series, was shut down after about 15 years of service.[1][2]
February 3-5 Crytek, the developers of FarCry and Crysis, buys Free Radical Design, the developers of the TimeSplitters series[3][4] and renames them to Crytek UK.[5][6]
4-6 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment acquires Snowblind Studios, the developers of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.[7][8]
March 10 5th British Academy Video Games Awards, honoring achievement for video games released in late 2007 and 2008.
23–27 Game Developers Conference 2009 was held in San Francisco, California
April 22-24 Square Enix fully acquires Eidos plc, the publishers of the Tomb Raider and Hitman series.[9]
May 4-5 Sneeze launched to teach public about 2009 flu pandemic
17-19 Minecraft was made.
25-27 Tectoy launches the gaming console, Zeebo in Brazil.
June 2–4 E3 2009 in Los Angeles, which showcased many new games as well as new motion controllers for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Sony's new iteration of its PlayStation Portable handheld was also revealed, the PSP Go is the first handheld console to forgo the use of any physical media opting instead to use Digital Download-only.[10]
July 3–5 ScrewAttack Gaming Convention at the Westin DFW in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, United States
August 13–16 QuakeCon 2009 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, United States[11]
17-21 In Sweden, Joakim Bennet announces that the video game magazine "Super PLAY" wil be disestablished in the near future.[12][13]
17–19 Games Developers Conference Europe 2009 to be held at Cologne Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany [14]
19–23 gamescom 2009 was held at Cologne Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany where Sony unveiled the new version of its PlayStation 3 consoles the 120GB PS3 Slim which rebranded the PlayStation 3 using a new logo as well as a new exterior design.[14]
21–22 BlizzCon 2009 was held at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, United States whose tickets were sold out online within minutes of them being released.[15][16]
27-31 Batman: Arkham Asylum attains a Guinness World Record for 'Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever'.[17]
September 1-3 Launch of the new 120GB Sony PS3 Slim with a cheaper price which has been positively received by critics and gamers alike garnering positive reviews and high sales worldwide.
4-7 PAX 2009 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Washington State, USA.
9-13 Apple launched the iPod Touch 3G.
17-20 GCA Games Convention Asia 2009 is to be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
24–27 Tokyo Game Show 2009 is to be held at the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan. One of the biggest gaming conventions alongside E3 and gamescom.
October 1-4 Launch of the new Sony PSP Go which was met with mixed reviews due to its high pricing in comparison to its predecessor the PSP-3000.
23–25 Infinite Bits 2009 at the Doubletree Miami Mart Hotel and Convention Center in Miami, Florida, United States.
October - November October 30– November 1 International Digital Entertainment Festival 2009 (iDEF) to be held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton in Melbourne, Australia,[18]
November 14-16 GameOn! London at Earls Court. Exhibitors include Capcom, Electronic Arts, Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment.[19]

Game releases[edit]

List of games scheduled for release in 2009 in North America.

Video game platforms
Lin Linux
Mac Mac OS / OS X
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSP PlayStation Portable
Wii Wii
Win Microsoft Windows
X360 Xbox 360


Month Day Title Platform(s)
6 Saints Row 2 Win
13 Mirror's Edge Win
Moon NDS
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest PS3, Win, X360, NDS
20 Star Ocean: Second Evolution PSP
21 Skate 2 PS3, X360
SimAnimals NDS, Wii
The Maw XBLA
26 MLB Front Office Manager PS3, Win, X360
27 Afro Samurai PS3, X360
Coraline PS2, NDS, Wii
DJ Max Fever PSP
29 Savage Moon PS3
30 Jets'n'Guns Lin
3 My World, My Way NDS
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins Wii
5 Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box Win
9 Deadly Creatures Wii
LIT WiiWare
10 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin PS3, Win, X360
X-Blades PS3, Win, X360
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection PS3, X360
NASCAR Kart Racing Wii
Retro Game Challenge NDS
OneChanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers Wii
OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad X360
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii
LocoRoco 2 PSP
11 3 on 3 NHL Arcade PS3, X360
12 Flower PS3
13 Perimeter 2: New Earth Win
16 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon NDS
17 Street Fighter IV PS3, X360
Race Pro X360
Disney Sing It! - High School Musical 3: Senior Year PS3, PS2, Wii, X360
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride NDS
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned X360
19 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Win
Noby Noby Boy PS3
24 Star Ocean: The Last Hope X360
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails PS3, Win, X360
Tom Clancy's EndWar Win
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand PS3, X360
Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop Wii
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix NDS, Win, XBLA, PS3
26 Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard PS3, X360
Halo Wars X360
27 Killzone 2 PS3
Rogue Trooper Wii
3 Empire: Total War Win
Sonic and the Black Knight Wii
Major League Baseball 2K9 X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii
MLB 09: The Show PS3, PS2, PSP
4 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh PS3, Win, X360
6 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. PS3, X360, iOS
9 Tomb Raider: Underworld PS2
10 World in Conflict: Soviet Assault Win
Men of War Win
MySims Party NDS, Wii
MadWorld Wii
Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game Win, NDS, Wii
12 Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising Win
13 Codename Panzers: Cold War Win
Resident Evil 5 PS3, X360
17 Wanted: Weapons of Fate PS3, Win, X360
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars NDS
Marble Saga: Kororinpa Wii
Resistance: Retribution PSP
Grand Ages: Rome Win
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Win
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume NDS
18 Metal Gear Solid Touch iOS
21 Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars - The Director's Cut NDS, Wii
22 Pokémon Platinum NDS
23 BattleForge Win
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 PS3, iOS
Dark Sector Win
24 WWE Legends of WrestleMania PS3, X360
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time NDS, Wii
The Wheelman PS3, Win, X360
The Last Remnant Win
Major Minor's Majestic March Wii
Stormrise PS3, Win, X360
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures Win
Freaky Creatures Win
27 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Win, X360, PS3
29 Guitar Hero: Metallica PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
30 TNA Wrestling iOS


Month Day Title Platform(s)
7 The Godfather Part II: The Game PS3, X360, Win
Ninja Blade X360
Elven Legacy Win
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena PS3, Win, X360
9 Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor Win
10 Braid Win
14 Demigod Win
16 Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child Win
20 Excitebots: Trick Racing Wii
21 Zeno Clash Win
22 Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 PS3, PS2, X360
28 Velvet Assassin X360, Win
29 Stalin vs. Martians Win
1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360, PSP
5 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian NDS, Wii, Win, X360
8 Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis Win, Wii, NDS
12 Battlestations: Pacific Win, X360
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel PS3, X360
14 Killing Floor Win
18 Punch-Out!! Wii
19 Bionic Commando PS3, X360
Terminator Salvation PS3, Wii, Win, X360, iOS
UFC 2009 Undisputed PS3, X360
Boom Blox Bash Party Wii
26 inFamous PS3
Damnation Win, PS3, X360
The Munchables Wii
2 The Sims 3 Win, Mac
Virtua Tennis 2009 Wii
Red Faction: Guerrilla PS3, X360
Fuel PS3, X360
8 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
MySims Racing Wii, NDS
9 Virtua Tennis 2009 X360, PS3
Prototype PS3, Win, X360
Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled NDS
Rock Band Unplugged PSP
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings Wii, NDS, PSP, PS2
Lego Battles NDS
16 Ghostbusters: The Video Game NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
22 Adam's Venture : The Search for the Lost Garden Win
Mass Effect Galaxy iOS
23 Anno 1404 Win
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360, PSP
The Conduit Wii
Overlord II PS3, Win, X360
Overlord: Dark Legend Wii
Overlord: Minions NDS
Spore Galactic Adventures Win
25 Fight Night Round 4 PS3, X360
Battlefield Heroes Win
26 Blood Bowl PS3, Win, X360
30 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Mac, Win, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
Infernal: Hell's Vengeance X360
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood PS3, Win, X360
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger PS3, X360


Month Day Title Platform(s)
3 Virtua Tennis 2009 Win
Fuel Win
Trine Win
7 ArmA 2 Win
Street Fighter IV Win
Tales of Monkey Island Win
The Bigs 2 X360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP
8 Battlefield 1943 X360, PS3
14 NCAA Football 10 X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, iOS
15 Madballs in Babo: Invasion XBLA
20 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord Wii
21 Little King's Story Wii
23 Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Wii
26 Wii Sports Resort Wii
28 The King of Fighters XII PS3, X360
Bionic Commando Win
30 Puyo Puyo 7 NDS
Fat Princess PS3
Minigore iOS
31 East India Company Win
4 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
7 Hearts of Iron III Win
Ashes Cricket 2009 PS3, Win, X360, Wii
10 Still Life 2 Win, Mac
11 C.O.R.E. NDS
14 Madden NFL 10 PS3, PSP, X360
Return to Mysterious Island 2 Win
18 Wolfenstein PS3, Win, X360
21 Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger Win, X360
24 Metroid Prime: Trilogy Wii
Mr. Driller W WiiWare
25 Cursed Mountain Wii
Dissidia Final Fantasy PSP
Batman: Arkham Asylum PS3, X360
Wizards of Waverly Place NDS
26 Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao XBLA
27 Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao PSN
Modern Combat: Sandstorm iOS
1 Champions Online Win
Guitar Hero 5 PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny PSP
3 AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity Win
4 Section 8 Win, X360
8 IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey X360, PS3, NDS, PSP
AFL Challenge PSP
Muramasa: The Demon Blade Wii
Darkest of Days Win, X360
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 X360, PS3, PSP, Wii, NDS
Mini Ninjas Win, X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
9 The Beatles: Rock Band PS2, PS3, X360, Wii
14 Heroes Over Europe X360, PS3, Win
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story NDS
15 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs PS3, X360, Wii, NDS, PSP
Need for Speed: Shift PS3, PSP, Win, X360, iOS
Resident Evil 5 Win
Batman: Arkham Asylum Win
NHL 10 X360, PS3
NHL 2K10 X360, PS2, PS3, Wii
Red Faction: Guerrilla Win
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 NDS, PS3, PS2, Wii, X360
Scribblenauts NDS
Wet PS3, X360
16 Shadowgrounds Lin
18 Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim Win
Shadowgrounds Survivor Lin
19 LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias WiiWare
22 Katamari Forever PS3
Fallen Earth Win
Halo 3: ODST X360
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 PSP
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up Wii, PS2
Aion: The Tower of Eternity Win
Spyborgs Wii
Order of War Win
25 Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box NDS
29 Tornado Outbreak Wii, PS3, X360
Beaterator PSP
Dead Space: Extraction Wii
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days NDS
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge PSP
MySims Agents NDS, Wii
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 PS3
ObsCure II PSP
30 The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road NDS


Month Day Title Platform(s)
1 Gran Turismo PSP PSP
4 Wii Fit Plus Wii
6 NBA Live 10 PS3, PSP, X360
NBA 2K10 X360, PS2, PS3, PSP
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising PS3, Win, X360
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes PS3, Win, X360, Wii, PSP, PS2, NDS
Saw: The Video Game PS3, X360
7 Demon's Souls PS3
Lucidity Win, X360
9 Cities XL Win
12 Cars Race-O-Rama Wii, PS3, X360, PS2, NDS, PSP
NBA 2K10 Win
13 Afrika PS3
Brütal Legend PS3, X360
Ju-on: The Grudge Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Wii, NDS
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3
MagnaCarta II X360
15 Mushroom Wars PSN
16 Machinarium Win, Mac, Lin
Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop NDS
Tropico 3 Win
Astro Boy: The Video Game Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
Bakugan Battle Brawlers Wii, PS2, PS3, NDS, X360
The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
Marvel Super Hero Squad Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge PS2
Mytran Wars PSP
FIFA 10 PS3, Win, X360
Borderlands PS3, X360
Eufloria Win
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars PSP
22 Trine PS3
Metal Drift Win
23 Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 Win, PS3, X360, NDS, PS2, PSP, Wii
26 Borderlands Win
27 Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter NDS, Wii
League of Legends: Clash of Fates Win
Forza Motorsport 3 X360
Fairytale Fights PS3, X360
Painkiller: Resurrection Win, X360
Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks PS2, X360, PSP, Wii, NDS
Tekken 6 PS3, X360, PSP
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time PS3
DJ Hero X360, PS3, PS2, Wii
Torchlight Win
Madagascar Kartz PS3
29 Bayonetta PS3, X360
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony X360
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City X360
LocoRoco Midnight Carnival PSP
31 Ninja Blade Win
1 Rabbids Go Home Wii, DS
2 Asphalt 5 iOS
3 C.O.P. The Recruit NDS
Need for Speed: Nitro Wii, NDS
Lego Rock Band PS3, X360, Wii, NDS
Band Hero PS2, PS3, Wii, X360, NDS
Dragon Age: Origins Win, PS3, X360
Jurassic: The Hunted PS2, PS3, Win, X360
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron DS, PSP
We Cheer 2 Wii
4 Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier PS2, PSP
6 Maestro! Jump in Music NDS
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed -- Ultimate Sith Edition Win, PS3, X360
9 NBA 2K10 Wii
10 Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast PS3, X360
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Win, PS3, X360
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Wii
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized NDS
Jonas NDS
11 WorldShift Win
12 Phantasy Star 0 NDS
Disciples III: Renaissance Win
15 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii
17 Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues Wii, X360, PS3, NDS, PSP, Win
God of War Collection PS3
Formula One 2009 Wii, PSP
Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines PSP
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery NDS
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles Wii
Left 4 Dead 2 Win, X360
LittleBigPlanet PSP
Assassin's Creed II PS3, X360
Tony Hawk: Ride PS3, Wii, X360
18 The Sims 3: World Adventures Win, Mac
NCAA Basketball 10 PS3, X360
23 Bit.Trip Void Wii
Harvest Moon: My Little Shop WiiWare
26 Solium Infernum Win, Mac
1 Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes DS
MX vs. ATV Reflex NDS, PS3, PSP, Win, X360
Alganon Win
Avatar PS3, X360, Win, Wii, DS, iOS
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 Win
Rogue Warrior PS3, Win, X360
3 Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion iOS
7 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks NDS
51seer Win
8 The Saboteur PS3, X360, Win
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game PSP
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Wii
11 Angry Birds iOS
15 Konami Classics X360
16 Alien Breed Evolution X360
17 N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance iOS
22 Guitar Hero: Van Halen PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
MMA Pro Fighter Win, Mac, iOS
26 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Wii

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Publisher Platform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 3 October 13 96 105 reviews [20]
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Activision Xbox 360 November 10 94 100 reviews [21]
3 Street Fighter IV Capcom Playstation 3 February 17 94 61 reviews [22]
4 Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Rockstar Games Nintendo DS March 17 93 85 reviews [23]
5 Minecraft Mojang AB PC May 10 93 33 reviews [24]
7 Forza Motorsport 3 Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 October 27 92 90 reviews [25]
8 Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos Interactive Xbox 360 August 25 92 78 reviews [26]
9 Killzone 2 Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 3 February 27 91 94 reviews [27]
10 Assassin's Creed II Ubisoft Playstation 3 November 17 91 78 reviews [28]
10 Dragon Age: Origins Electronic Arts PC November 3 91 67 reviews [29]


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