Now that another year has come to a close, it’s time to create a million and one best-of-the-best lists for the previous year. Even with a worldwide recession, gaming was stronger than ever. Here’s a rundown of the top-selling video games for the year 2009:
1. Wii Fit.
This exercise game was not only the best-selling console game in 2009, but it’s also become the second best-selling, non-bundled console video game in the history of the world. Wii Fit has received mostly positive reviews. One of the main criticisms of the game is that it doesn’t provide its players with a serious workout. Then again, it could be argued that those who want that probably wouldn’t be playing a lot of video games anyway.
2. Wii Play.
This laser-centered game for the Wii is actually a collection of nine games. While it received high marks for its playability, criticisms included the individual games’ predictability and redundancy. Still, the game became a smash hit. In fact, Wii Play has become the best-selling non-bundled console video game of all time.
3. Pokemon Platinum Version.
Ironically, while this game was only an upgrade from the game “Pokemon Diamond and Pearl,” it was a huge success. It also received rave review for the features that it contains, including its enhanced graphics and interface.
4. Mario Kart.
This go-cart-inspired game helped to introduce a new generation of gamers to the popular Nintendo characters. The series was launched in 1992. This version became extremely successful and even broke several Guinness World Records. It includes some past famous characters from the series, including Donkey Kong Jr., Yoshi, Koopa Troopa, and of course-Mario and Luigi.
5. Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360).
Ironically, this is the seventh game in the series from Capcom. The reviews for the game were basically positive. Although trailers for Resident Evil 5 received some initial criticism, the game had over four million worldwide downloads while the service was available for the Xbox Live and PlayStation Store formats.
6. Killzone 2.
The success of this game hooked gamers from the moment the first trailer was released. It received extremely high reviews, with features such as playability and levelling receiving particularly high marks.
7. Call of Duty: World at War.
This game is the fifth installment in the series. It received generally positive reviews from various online gaming review sites. Many reviews praised the game’s setting and playability. However, others criticized the scope of the game as too wide, which they argued negatively affected the flow of the game.
8. Resident Evil 5 (PlayStation).
9. Halo Wars.
Deviating from the previous installments of the series, this one moves away from the first-person perspective of the previous ones. The game broke sales records after its release, while receiving mostly positive reviews from the critics. The PC version received more lukewarm reviews than the console versions.
10. Street Fighter IV.
This was definitely a huge oldie-but-goodie game for the year. The series has a loyal following, and this version didn’t disappoint them. The home version (along with the arcade version) of the game received outstanding reviews, even though it was the first instalment of the series in about a decade.