Top PC Games of 2009

List of the 10 best PC games released in 2009

It was another banner year for PC gaming in 2009, the variety of games in terms of genre, gameplay style, theme, and story line cover are truly diverse. The list of Top PC Games of 2009 includes fantasy RPG, superhero action game, first person shooters, sci-fi real-time strategy, historical real-time strategy and more.

While there were many great games, there can be only one game to sit a top of the many great games to come out in 2009.

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Release Date: Nov 3, 2009
Genre: Traditional Role Playing
Theme: Fantasy
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player

A game like Dragon Age: Origins doesn't come along very often. With a compelling storyline, excellent graphics and flawless game interface/controls Dragon Age Origins is not only the best game of 2009 but one of the best of the decade. Dragon Age: Origins is a fantasy computer role-playing game that takes players on a journey across the Kingdom of Ferelden on the continent of Thedas.

Since it's release in 2009, Dragon Age has become one of the most popular and well-received RPG series that has been released for the PC. The two sequels include Dragon Age II and Dragon Age Inquisition, each of which has numerous DLC and expansions.

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Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Genre: Action - First Person Shooter
Theme: Survival Horror
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead 2 doesn't break any new ground but it does is improve upon nearly every aspect of the original game with new characters, zombies, game modes and more all help to make it a must have from this year's crop of video games. Left 4 Dead 2 is the follow-up to the survival horror co-op game Left 4 Dead in which players take on the role of a survivor who must shoot themselves out of zombie and mutant infested environments and make it to a safe zone/extraction point.

As of 2016, there have been no official details on a potential Left 4 Dead 3 release but rumors do point to a sequel in the works. 

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Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Genre: Action/Adventure - Third Person
Theme: Comic/Super Hero
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player

Batman Arkham Asylum is a superhero action/adventure game that puts players into the role of the caped crusader, Batman. The game pits Batman against a number of his famous enemies including The Joker, Poison Ivy and more.

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Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Genre: Turn Based Strategy/Real-Time Strategy
Theme: Historical
Rating: Rating Pending
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Total War

Empire: Total War continues the tradition of grand turn based and real time strategy that has made the Total War series one of the most critically acclaimed and popular game series in its genre. In Empire Total War players command factions through the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment as they attempt to conquer the globe.

The Total War series of games continues to be extremely popular and highly regarded. Since the release of Empire: Total War the series has seen five releases with the latest release being Total War: Warhammer based on the popular Warhammer universe. It is the first non-historical game in the series.

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Release Date: Oct 26, 2009
Genre: Action - First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Borderlands

On the edge of the galaxy lies the planet Pandora which once offered a hope for prosperity and a better life to the human colonists who ventured there. Borderlands is first person shooter that takes place distant planet know as Pandora and puts players in the role of four playable characters each with their own skills and story.

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Release Date: Jul 7, 2009
Genre: Action - Fighting
Theme: Beat 'em Up
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Street Fighter

Street Fighter IV is a fighting game that was first released as an upright arcade game back in 2008. It then made it's way to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in early 2009 and finally was made available for Windows-based PCs on July 7, 2009.

If you're a fan of the Street Fighter series of fighting games be sure to check out the freeware remake of Street Fighter 2.
 

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Release Date: Nov 10, 2009
Genre: Action First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Call of Duty, Modern Warfare

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 became the biggest entertainment launch ever and for the most part it did live up to the hype, but the lack of dedicated multiplayer servers plus the short and very scripted single player mode failed to lift this to the top spot on many games of the year lists... including this one. In Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 players will take the role of a Sergeant Gary Sanderson a member of the elite special forces unit known as Task Force 141.

Looking for more Call of Duty, make sure to review all the games in the Call of Duty series including the latest Call of Duty Infinite Warfare released in November 2016. 

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Release Date: Feb 27, 2009
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Warhammer

One of the early releases this year, Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II has remained one of the best of the year. With four playable armies, the Space Marines, Orks, Eldar, and Tyranids and a new style of gameplay, Dawn of War II improves upon the original real-time strategy game.

The next chapter in the Warhammer 40,000 series of real-time strategy games, Dawn of War III, is currently in development and scheduled for a 2017 release.

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Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Genre: Action - Third Person Shooter
Theme: Survival Horror
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer co-op
Game Series: Resident Evil

Chris Redfield, a hero from the original Resident Evil game, is back in Resident Evil 5. Set 10 years since the events of the first game Resident Evil 5 takes place in a fictionalized west African region. Chris and Sheva Alomar are on a mission to capture an arms dealer before he is able to sell a bioweapon on the black market. Along the way, they encounter scores of parasite infected zombies know as Majini.

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Release Date: Jul 2, 2009
Genre: Action Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: ARMA, Operation Flashpoint

ARMA II is a modern military tactical action game in which players controls a squad of troops through various combat missions that can include both land and air vehicles. The game is set in a fictitious eastern European country named Chernarus, whose control fought over by pro- democratic and pro-communist factions. In anticipation of the release next week, Bohemia Interactive has released an extensive demo of the game. More information on the demo including download links can be found on the demo profile page.
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