AndyGoes writes, "Let's take a walk down memory lane together, shall we? 2008 brought us 360 owners some amazing exclusive titles. For those of us that enjoy living someone else's life, we had that opportunity with Fable II. We also got the next installment from Cliffy B, Gears of War II. With a few other exclusives, an entire library of XBLA titles (with more than 60 scoring above 75% on Metacritic - Braid, anyone?) and many cross-platform titles, we've been able to give our thumbs a regular regiment of exercise. Throw in the fact that Microsoft further embraced the community by opening up the XNA Creator's Club, it's obvious that Microsoft has not become complacent in engaging the hardcore gamer. Just to sweeten the pot (and help appeal to the casual crowd), Microsoft dropped the NXE on us just a few short weeks ago, adding a few refreshing fixes/adjustments and some awesome features. With all that in mind, these are my top five picks for 2009..."