The Globe and Mail's game reporter, Chad Sapieha, offers his take on the best of the year, then goes on to detail each platform's ups and downs in 2009. Here are his first four...
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, action-adventure)
A superlative story and even better action. One of the most entertaining and cinematic interactive adventures of all time.
2. Assassin's Creed II (360/PS3/PC, action-adventure)
We take the role of a vengeful assassin who deals death and does parkour in beautifully rendered 15th Century Italy. It's as awesome as it sounds.
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360/PS3/PC, first-person shooter)
Brings the horror of modern war to the heart of America with terrifying authenticity. Awesome multiplayer, to boot.
4. Dragon Age: Origins (360/PS3/PC, role-playing game)
Creates an extraordinarily detailed fantasy world filled with memorable characters (and a bit of philosophy). Sophisticated battle tactics are a bonus.