As the videogames industry gears up for another heated year of contention, quality and controversy, squinting through the microscope at Sony's efforts over the past 12 months can only yield one definitive conclusion – 2009 proved the most auspicious year for the PlayStation 3 since our beloved black behemoth first assaulted store shelves three years ago.
Kicking off the year we had Guerrilla Games' stellar shooter Killzone 2, further supplemented by multi-format juggernauts Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5 from the Capcom code house. Meanwhile, the likes of infamous, Red Faction and Battlefield: 1943 ensured our wallets endured a perpetual emptiness over the spring/summer period. Quality offerings continued to trickle steadily throughout the remainder of the year, with the likes of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II and Demon's Souls all battling it out for your hard earned cash as we enter the lucrative holiday season.
Still, while we could spend all day extolling the PS3's relentless software onslaught for the year, PSU has endeavoured to trim the fat, offering up a definitive list of what we believe to be the top ten games released for Sony's black box over the course of the past 12 months, and present our Game of the Year accolade to the best of the bunch. Join us now as we count down the Top Ten PS3 Games of 2009.