The games did not have to come out in 09, that's just the year I first played them. Here we go:
10. Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360)
-Horrible Voice acting, so-so story and lame characters aside, the game was addictive and fun.
9. The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)
-Great characters and great writing compensate for the simplistic gameplay, pretty much the opposite of Star Ocean.
8. Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)
-Most graphically impressive game I played all year.
7. Street Fighter 4 (360)
-Fairly simple to learn yet deep, best fighter of 09.
6. Suikoden Tierkreis (DS)
-Epic game, small system. Buy it if you find a copy.
5. Rune Factory Frontier (Wii)
-Long and addictive time suck. The best Rune Factory/Harvest Moon game to date.
4. Half-Life 2 (360)
-Missed playing this in 04 but loving it now.
3. Little King's Story (Wii)
-One of the best games on Wii. Does Pikmin better than Pikmin.
2. Metroid Prime 3 (Wii)
-The best of the Prime series.
1. Dragon Age: Origins (360)
-Incredible game. Fairly deep gameplay mechanics, great story, voice acting and writing.
System of the Year: Wii
-Haters be damned, I played more on the Wii than my 360 this year and 2010 is looking even better for Nintendo's console.
Best "Non-Game": Personal Trainer Walking (DS)
-This thing is awesome. I still "play" it after nearly a year, I never leave home without the pedometer.
Most Disappointing Game: FallOut 3 (360)
-Like Oblivion except not fun.
Honorable Mention: Portal (360)
-An engaging experience worth any gamer's time. Everyone should play it eventually.