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The best games of 2009.

HO, HO, HO! Stomach stuffed to the max? New Year's resolutions broken before they've even begun? Well, why not start 2010 in style by snapping up the top five games from the past 12 months? Title: Street Fighter IV.

Platform: PS3. Price: pounds 39.99 The Street Fighter series will always have its roots firmly planted in the world of coin-op arcades, but it has been phenomenally successful on home consoles, and the fourth instalment was long overdue. Featuring a mix of returning favourites such as Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li, as well as new characters such as Crimson Viper, Abel and Rufus, everything now takes on a stylised 3D appearance Title: Metroid Prime Trilogy. Platform: Wii. Price: pounds 34.99 The Metroid Prime series has long drawn the plaudits from its first and second outings on Gamecube. Transforming the original 2D world into glorious 3D through a first-person perspective was an astonishing achievement. Bringing them all bang up to date on Wii, transferring the cracking control system on to the first two games is a revelation. There's around 80 hours of incredible gameplay to settle into here and you'll love every second of it.

Title: DJ Hero. Platform: PS3. Price: pounds 99.99 Having a crowd of thousands of people hanging on your every move behind the decks is a fantasy for most clubbers, who are more familiar with throwing shapes on the dancefloor. Well, now the club comes to your living room with this incredible advance in the 'Hero' series, that puts you at the helm, with the robust, innovative and effective decks controller. Coupled with a huge range of music styles to choose from and more than 80 individual tracks.

Title: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Platform: PS3. Price: pounds 54.99 Modern Warfare 2 more than justifies its price of more than pounds 50. Who wouldn't part with that amount of cash for the privilege of being thrust into the most visceral, jaw-dropping single player experience you've ever been involved in, and a multiplayer mode that you can guarantee will still have gamers coming back for more years after the launch hype has died down? Title: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Platform: PS3. Price: pounds 49.99 Uncharted's first Indiana Jonesstyle arcade adventure was something of a surprise hit on PS3. To top that would be some feat, but those developers at Naughty Dog have gone and done it, fine-tuning the singleplayer experience to a point where this is now one of the top action titles on the system. Everything you'd expect is there in abundance - jaw-dropping graphics, refined combat - while co-operative and competitive modes each play just as well as the main single-player story.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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