As I was reviewing games this year, I noticed a trend: I was playing a lot of Mature-rated games.
This isn't exactly surprising; there are always a lot of Mature-rated titles.
But this year felt particularly heavy on games for adults, at least among the bigger releases.
Seven of my top 10 games of the year are for ages 17 and up. This is further proof that kids are no longer the target demographic for most video games.
Another interesting statistic: Nearly all the titles on my list are available on PlayStation 3, many exclusively. Talk about a turnaround for Sony from a few years ago.
My top 10 games of 2009:
1. "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" (Sony, for PlayStation 3, rated Teen). This choice shouldn't surprise anyone paying attention to my column. I loved everything about it: the gameplay, the characters, the story, the voice acting. In fact, it's one of the best I played all decade.
2. "Assassin's Creed II" (Ubisoft, Xbox 360/PS3, Mature). This sequel is a big improvement over its somewhat repetitive predecessor. "AC2" is beautiful, deep and plays wonderfully.
3. "Batman: Arkham Asylum" (Warner Bros./Eidos, Xbox 360/PS3/PC, Mature). I was surprised by how good "Arkham" was. It's both a tribute to comic book fans and a fantastic stealth-adventure game.
4. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" (Activision, Xbox 360/PS3/PC, Mature). I didn't like the campaign as much as the first game's, but the online multiplayer is nearly perfect and highly addicting.
5. "Borderlands" (2K Games, Xbox 360/PS3/PC, Mature). Another surprise: This fairly obscure first-person shooter/role-playing game hybrid turned out to be some of the most fun I've had playing co-op.
6. "GTA: Chinatown Wars" (Rockstar Games, DS/PSP, Mature). The DS version is a bit better, but both versions are fantastic and surprisingly deep for handheld titles.
7. "inFamous" (Sony, PS3, Teen). I spent two weeks straight playing nothing but this thrilling tale of a man who can scale buildings and shoot electricity from his fingertips.
8. "Killzone 2" (Sony, PS3, Mature). I thoroughly enjoyed the single-player campaign in this FPS. And the multiplayer is pretty good, too.
9. "Dragon Age: Origins" (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360/PS3/PC, Mature). Branching dialogue and interesting characters are the highlights in BioWare's latest RPG.
10. "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" (Nintendo, Wii, Everyone). This retro-leaning Mario game has some modern twists, including four-player cooperative play.
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