The Top 10 Sneakers? Check. The Top 10 Albums? Done. The Top 10 Style Essentials? You already know. Today, we continue our Best of 2009 (so far) series by turning our spotlight on the industry that's sending a big "eff-you" to the recession. Yup, no matter the state of the economy, video games are still moving big units. (Really, is there a better way to escape our crazy world than ensconcing yourself on a couch and button-mashing the pain away?) This year has seen the return of some all-time classics along with a couple Sony exclusives that almost (almost) make the PS3 worth it. Find out what games we picked and why in the countdown below...

#10: Guitar Hero: Metallica

GENRE: Music

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Neversoft/Activision/360, PS3, Wii, PS2

RELEASE DATE: March 29

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Guitar Hero (and Rock Band) are like the boat shoes of the video-game world: While we're getting sick of the whole phenomenon (and the countless versions of them), we can't deny their sheer ubiquity—or when they're executed totally right, like GH: Metallica. To rock out in a rock game, you need a proper rock band, not fucking Cheap Trick or Sum 41. Metallica's catalog is tailor-made for the GH experience, and while it's not an ambitious title, GH: Metallica delivers what it promises.

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#9: Skate 2

GENRE: Skateboarding

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
EA Black Box/Electronic Arts/360, PS3

RELEASE DATE: January 21

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: There's a reason that Tony Hawk's is trying to, uh, hawk a new plastic skateboard peripheral for his upcoming game. Why? Because with its latest edition, EA's Skate franchise has passed the veritable Tony Hawk series in terms of fun and overall experience. Really, there's not much more to say than that Skate 2 is the best next-gen skateboarding game you can buy, with a great intuitive control system and a cool online component. As for that new Tony Hawk game? There's a reason why Madden sucks on the Wii—we enjoy playing it strictly as a video game, not as an awkward approximation of real life. Take note.

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#8: Resistance: Retribution

GENRE: Third-person shooter

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
Sony Bend/SCEA/PSP

RELEASE DATE: March 17

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: And sometimes, you just want to shoot a muthafucka. Resistance: Retribution is a great shoot-'em-up on the PSP that plays (nearly) as well as its console version, with simple controls, a good storyline, and highly addictive gameplay. Best yet is the game's multiplayer mode, which includes the ability to taunt the enemies you've merked out. And man, do we love taunting. Pick up and play this one—there really ain't much more to it.

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#7: MLB '09: The Show

GENRE: Baseball

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
SCEA/SCEA/PS3, PS2, PSP

RELEASE DATE: March 3

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: They don't make baseball games like they used to, but at least we have MLB 09: The Show, by far the best one out now. Like soccer titles (and unlike Madden and the NBA games), MLB 09: The Show is geared more toward the hardcore fan than the casual one. That doesn't mean you have to be a hardball freak (ayo!) to appreciate The Show, but the game's deep career and franchise modes—two of its strong points—will really only appeal to the true stat nerds. Which is OK, 'cause we're stat nerds at heart. Everything here is better than last year, with the addition of more boneheaded errors to reflect Luis Castillo reality. All that, and those Dustin Pedroia ads are pretty damn good, too.

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#6: Punch-Out!!

GENRE: Boxing

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
Next Level Games/Nintendo/Wii

RELEASE DATE: May 18

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: It's a three-word sell: "Punch-Out!! for Wii." Easy enough, right? Lack of online kinda sucks, but other than that, it's the perfect remake: It retains enough of the O.G. title for nostalgia's sake but features enough upgrades and tweaks to make it feel fresh.

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#5: Resident Evil 5

GENRE: Third-person action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
Capcom/Capcom/360, PS3, PC

RELEASE DATE: March 13

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: The survival horror series we all love to love went all "Nas in Belly" on us by taking the franchise to Africa for the fifth installment. Besides some revamped controls and a cool co-op sidekick mode, it's about what you'd expect from a RE game: dope graphics, killer zombies, and entertaining cinematics that we actually don't mind sitting through. Once we got past the whole "kill the African savages" subtext, we played the fuck outta this one.

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#4: inFAMOUS

GENRE: Third-person action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
Sucker Punch Productions/SCEA/PS3

RELEASE DATE: May 26

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: You'll note that every game in our countdown thus far has been a sequel of some sort, but there was at least one dope all-new title in the first half of '09. The simplest way to describe the PS3-exclusive inFAMOUS is to call it GTA with superhero powers. It's an open-world, sandbox-style adventure in which you have the choice of playing as a villain or as a good guy in various missions that gauge your "karma" level. Every action has a reaction that affects the storyline, making it a decidedly non-linear, engaging experience. The big-city setting allows for an awesome playground and the graphic-novel-style cut scenes are some of the best we've ever seen. If you have a PS3, you need this game. Side note: This already ranks as our second favorite work of art to ever be titled Infamous (nahmean?)

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#3: Killzone 2

GENRE: First-person shooter

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
Guerilla Games/SCEA/PS3

RELEASE DATE: February 27

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Our favorite FPS of the year (and maybe any year) takes everything to the next level, from graphics to enemy A.I. to a deep multiplayer mode. More proof that Sony's not playing with its PS3-only releases this year.

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#2: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

GENRE: Sandbox-style action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
Rockstar Leeds/Rockstar North/Rockstar/DS

RELEASE DATE: March 17

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: We were honestly a tad bit skeptical when we first heard that GTA was coming to the Nintendo DS, but lesson learned: Never doubt Rockstar and never doubt GTA. Using an updated version of the top-down style of the O.G. GTA games, Chinatown Wars has all of the franchise's best qualities (drug-dealing, larceny, chaos, cop-killing, etc.) while subtly incorporating the DS touchscreen to add a little versatility to gameplay. The missions are fun, there are easter eggs everywhere, and there's so much shit to explore and do that you could easily kill an entire flight to Japan with just this one game. If you don't have a DS by now, then this is the game to change your mind.

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#1: Street Fighter IV

GENRE: Fighter

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:
Dimps/Capcom/PS3, Xbox

RELEASE DATE: February 17

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: If there's one game that you are guaranteed to enjoy in 2009 (so far), it's Street Fighter IV, which is basically a culmination of the storied SF legacy in a slick, next-gen, 3-D package. You will not be disappointed.

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