In 2009, we spent so much time putting together our retrospective of the last decade (click here for our "Best of the 2000s" series) that we almost forgot about all the memorable things that happened this year. Well, 2010 ain't here yet, so we're spending the last week looking back at all our favorite stuff, including albums, movies, girls, video games, sports moments, books, style trends, and websites. In the gaming world, '09 was the year of the sequel, with blockbuster titles like Uncharted 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 topping everyone's lists. But we've got much more in store, from the illest iPhone game to a "mature" Wii action game that actually doesn't suck. Look back on all our favorites with the Top 25 Video Games of 2009 countdown...

#25: Saw

GENRE: Action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Zombie/Konami/360,PS3,PC

RELEASE DATE: 10/6/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: With all the Saw movies hitting theaters (what are they up to, like seven now?) it may seem like the series is getting a little played out. But don't sleep: Zombie and Konami created a video game that definitely breathes new life into the franchise. You wake up as Detective Tapp inside Jigsaw's abandoned insane asylum filled with booby traps and desperate people. Oh yeah—the key to survival is inside of you. Good luck getting out alive!

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#24: 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

GENRE: Action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Swordfish Studios/THQ/360,PS3

RELEASE DATE: 2/24/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: We'll say it now: 50 is the only rapper to ever put out a good video game. Not exactly tough competition, but commend Curtis for recovering from the awful Bulletproof with this title, in which you play as Boo-Boo and G-Unit on a kick-ass mission all over the desert. Revolutionary? Hell no. Fun as fuck? Hell yeah.

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#23: Prototype

GENRE: Action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Radical Enterntainment/Activision/PS3,PC

RELEASE DATE: 6/9/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: We fuck with Prototype even though it doesn't feel like a full game. Borrowing the whole Jason Bourne "I don't know who I am, but I know I kick ass" theme, the game is more fun when you wander around killing people with your powers (which have a ridiculous amount of upgrades) then for its actual missions. Maybe not the most fulfilling experience, but you expect us to be mad at that?

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#22: Tekken 6

GENRE: Fighting

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Namco/Namco Bandai/360,PS3,Arcade

RELEASE DATE: 10/27/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: While we still cut for Tekken 2 and 3, we got love for the latest installment. Sure, it takes forever to load up and the story mode is kinda weak, but the plot in a fighting game is about as important as it is in a porno. Just fuck somebody up Eddy Gordo style and keep it moving. Done.

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#21: The Beatles: Rock Band

GENRE: Music

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Harmonix/MTV Games,Electronic Arts/360,PS3,Wii

RELEASE DATE: 9/9/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: By the middle of '09, music games were no longer really hot shit (unless you had a lot of weed), and we were all ready to move on to another novelty. Then The Beatles: Rock Band dropped. Now the Fab Four is back...and so is your carpal tunnel syndrome. Load up that bong, it's time to rip "Yellow Submarine."

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#20: Dead Space: Extraction

GENRE: Action/Adventure

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Eurocom,Visceral Games/Electronic Arts/Wii

RELEASE DATE: 9/29/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Nintendo consoles aren't typically known for having "mature" games, but every once in a while we'll get a non-kiddie gem like Dead Space: Extraction. Players use the Wii-mote as a gun in this arcade-style game, which makes up for its short length by being both creepy and addictive. Kind of like...ah, never mind.

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#19: Reign of Swords Episode 2

GENRE: Strategy

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Punch Entertainment/Punch Entertainment/iPhone

RELEASE DATE: 7/2/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Mobile games finally caught on this year, but it was still more about quantity than real quality. Standing above the pack is Reign of Swords Episode 2, a strategic war game that is almost as dope as Civ Rev. The first Reign is cool but what makes Episode 2 better is the option to use your custom armies against your friends. We're not super-big on strategy games, but what the fuck else are you gonna do on your commute home.

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#18: Borderlands

GENRE: Action RPG

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Gearbox Software/2K Games/360,PS3,PC

RELEASE DATE: 10/20/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Not many new releases merit this description, but Borderlands is a truly original game. The story itself isn't that compelling, but the writing, in-depth characters, and over 100,000 guns-—yeah, it's that serious—make the experience worthwhile. Of course, now there will inevitably be a sequel, but we'll remember that this was all new once.

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#17: Resident Evil 5

GENRE: Action/Horror

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

RELEASE DATE: 3/9/2010

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Two zombie-survival games in the top 25 may seem a little excessive, but since we're a loyal group, we still fucks with Resident Evil. Sure RE 5 got some flack for its racial connotations, but call us crazy: If the game is set in Africa, wouldn't it make sense that you have to kill infected Africans? Anyway, RE 5 delivers a great multiplayer and the graphics are sick. The franchise is alive and well.

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#16: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time

GENRE: Platformer

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Insomniac Games/Sony Computer Entertainment/PS3

RELEASE DATE: 10/27/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Rachet & Clank is a great series and Insomniac actually outdid the last two installments with A Crack In Time. The cut scenes and in-game graphics and animation are so good, it's like you're playing an interactive Pixar movie.

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#15: Infamous

GENRE: Third-Person Action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment/PS3

RELEASE DATE: 5/26/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Earlier in the year we described Infamous as Grand Theft Auto x superheroes. The description still fits, but after further review, we're gonna add a little splash of Star Wars. With the choice of ruining your city or rising it from the ashes, it's time to pick sides. What's it going to be, homie?

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#14: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

GENRE: Action/Adventure

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Nintendo/Nintendo/DS

RELEASE DATE: 12/7/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: We've stopped being impressed by how the Zelda series can continue to put out amazing titles. Spirit Tracks adds to the legacy on the DS, with functionality that utilizes the microphone and touch screen for tasks like playing Link's pan flute. The fact that you finally get to play as Zelda herself (even if it is behind a ton of metal) adds for a pretty original experience.

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#13: NBA 2K10

GENRE: Sports

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Visual Concepts,Kush Games/2K Sports/360,PS3,Wii,PS2,PC,PSP

RELEASE DATE: 10/6/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: 2K10 did for 2K9 what Halo 2 did for Halo: Combat Evolved—improved on an already great game by offering more of the same, only better. 2K10 has sharp graphics, cooler features, better celebrities (sorry, Turtle), and the fluid gaming that makes the 2K series the best in hoops gaming. Sorry, Live: Better luck next year.

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#12: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

GENRE: Platformer

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo/Wii

RELEASE DATE: 11/15/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: New Super Mario Bros. Wii definitely trumps the DS version in our book. For the most part, yes, the DS version is fun, but the Wii title brings us back to the O.G. Mario steez while serving up better graphics, better secret levels, more options, and a cool multiplayer. No more Rock, Paper, Scissors for who goes first? Fuck yeah!

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#11: Shadow Complex

GENRE: Shooter/Platformer

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Chair Entertainment/ Microsoft Game Studios/ 360

RELEASE DATE: 8/19/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: What's cool about Shadow Complex is that it finds a way to be refreshing while also paying respect to the old-school style. The side-scrolling platformer has everything you want in a shoot 'em up game: weapons, upgrades, plenty of enemies, and explosions. At 15 bucks on Xbox Live, it's the best platformer that doesn't star an Italian plumber that we've played in a long time.

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#10: NHL 10/FIFA 10/Madden 10 (TIE)

GENRE: Sports

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: EA/EA Canada/Electronic Arts/360,PS3

RELEASE DATE: 8/14/2009 (Madden), 9/15/2009 (NHL), 10/20/2009 (FIFA)

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: EA truly crushed 2009 with superior installments of its FIFA, Madden, NHL, Tiger Woods, and Fight Night series. Yeah, soccer's boring, you only play FANTASY football, fighting is the best part about real hockey, golf sucks, and Mike Tyson hasn't fought in years...no matter, EA keeps winning. It's a brand that just keeps getting better.

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#9: Halo 3: ODST

GENRE: First-Person Shooter

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Bungie Software/Microsoft Game Studios/360

RELEASE DATE: 9/22/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Master Chief is out and the rookie solider is in—and we still love it. Halo ODST isn't really a full sequel, which left some grumbling about the game's $60 price-tag. But ODST justifies the investment by including every stage from the previous games plus three new ones and an original story. Combine that with the always great Halo multiplayer, and Bungie wins again.

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#8: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

GENRE: Sandbox/Action

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

RELEASE DATE: 3/17/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Our at the year's halfway point (and one of our favorite handheld games ever), GTA: CW is a perfect example of why Rockstar continues to be a leader of the industry. It is a classic, unforgettable GTA experience in portable form, making perfect use of the DS controls and interface. Yeah, this game eventually got ported to the PSP, but if you're not playing the Nintendo version, you're losing.

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#7: Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

GENRE: Compilation

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Rockstar North/Rockstar Games/360

RELEASE DATE: 10/29/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Like Bungie did with ODST, Rockstar made an add-on that absolutely killed it. We're happy because not only do the two new "episodes" seamlessly sync with GTA IV, but they also manage to stand alone as dope games in their own right. One question, though: What took so long for Rockstar to give us a Hispanic dude to jack cars and kill innocents? 'Bout damn time!

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#6: Forza Motorsport 3

GENRE: Racing

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft/360

RELEASE DATE: 10/27/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Racing games didn't really make much noise in '09, but Forza 3 would be a winner in any year. Taking full advantage of the 360's capabilities with awesome graphics that bring the best out of its cars, tracks, and environments, Forza emphatically seizes the racing crown from Gran Turismo.

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#5: Dragon Age: Origins

GENRE: RPG

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Bioware/Electronic Arts/360,PS3,PC

RELEASE DATE: 11/3/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Normally we don't play RPGs, but go ahead and pull the "nerd" card on us—especially because we enjoyed Dragon Age much more on the PC. This gets our co-sign because it requires your full attention, with dialogue and in-game choices really affecting gameplay. Plus medieval blood and gore? And gay elfs?!?!? We'll take it, thanks!

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#4: Left 4 Dead 2

GENRE: First-Person Shooter

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Valve/Valve/360,PC

RELEASE DATE: 11/17/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: We've already given you our thoughts on this title, so suffice to say that it delivers on its promise as one of the most anticipated sequels of the year. Rather than rest on their laurels, Valve upgraded everything from game modes to multiplayer. Does killing zombies ever get old?

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#3: Batman: Arkham Asylum

GENRE: Action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Rocksteady Studios/Eidos Interactive/360,PS3,PC

RELEASE DATE: 8/25/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Arkham Asylum gives everyone the means to fulfill a childhood dream—being Batman (and the Joker for PS3 owners). Dropping Bruce Wayne in the Joker's twisted world, the game allows you to make full use of the Dark Knight's strength and smarts. With terrific graphics, voiceover work by Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, and challenging gameplay, Eidos put forth an authentic Batman experience which—despite shelf-loads of comics, TV shows, and movies—manages to be an original title. Loved it when it came out, love it now.

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#2: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

GENRE: Third-Person Adventure/ Action

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Naughty Dog Software/Sony Computer Entertainment/PS3

RELEASE DATE: 10/13/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: It's Spike's Best Game of the Year award for a reason, and that reason is flawless graphics and awesome gameplay. While many used to think of Drake as Lara Croft minus the titties, Uncharted 2 elevates the character to his own spot in VG lore. We got a new Indiana Jones, people.

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#1: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

GENRE: First person Shooter

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Infinity Ward/Activision/360,PS3, Mobile Phone

RELEASE DATE: 11/10/2009

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: By now, the popularity of titles like GTA and Madden have made video-gaming as viable (and lucrative) as any other entertainment medium—but shooting cops is always going to be an easy sell and Madden is...well, Madden. The success of Modern Warfare 2 is unique in that the game became a cultural phenomenon not due to controversy or a popular sports league, but because it's actually a great, unpredictable, thought-provoking, cinematic, holy-shit-what's-happening mindfuck. Believe the hype: MW2 might be the best piece of entertainment we've experienced all year. Shit, we even want to dress like those fools now!

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