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 Written by GT Staff  on December 30, 2009

Special: We've reached the halfway point in our weeklong look back at our forty favorite games from 2009.


Katamari Forever
Platforms: PS3
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer Namco Bandai
Release Date: September 22, 2009

"Katamari Forever is the penultimate game in the series thus far; a collection of the best levels combined in a modest port of Beautiful Katamari along with the introduction of yet another awesome new character makes for a game that rekindles the love for rolling. First-timers to the series are definitely the best targets; this shows the series at its very best, though die-hard fanatics should be quite pleased with the variety and usual humor. Yeah, it's a rehash in a series that has tended to have original content in each game, but the new gameplay enhancements and fun new stuff is at least an attempt to evolve the series, which hasn't happened thus far. [T]here's nothing like it on PS3." - Adam Woolcott
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Killzone 2
Platforms: PS3
Publisher: SCEA
Developer Guerilla Games
Release Date: February 27, 2009

Years in the making and subject to more hype and hyperbole than you would expect from the previously second tier Killzone series, Sony and Guerilla Games made good on their promise by finally creating a "Halo killer". With graphics that are light years ahead of everything else and a dystopian atmosphere to set the mood, Killzone 2 proved all the naysayers wrong by emerging as one of the great shooters of 2009. - John Scalzo



Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
Platforms: DSi
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer Nintendo Software Technology
Release Date: June 8, 2009

"Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is a great game that shows that Nintendo is slowly but surely becoming more comfortable with the idea of downloadble games. Although it does borrow a lot form its predecessor, to release a game of this size and with this much effort put behind it at a cheaper price ($8.00) on a system with a lower installed base and through a service that can only be accessed through the internet is a little risky for such a conservative company. But outside of the Art Style games, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is the best reason to own a DSi so far." -Jordan Minor
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The Maw
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360
Publisher: Twisted Pixel
Developer Twisted Pixel
Release Date: January 21, 2009

"The fact that The Maw's single biggest letdown is that it ends demonstrates why it's this year's first worthy XBLA download and why it was an award winner even before releasing. The richly-colored graphics and likable main characters make the attractive presentation a little kid-friendly, but the puzzle-solving and evolving gameplay ensure that it's ideal for a general audience of any age." - Matt Swider
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Check back tomorrow for part four of our look back at the best games of 2009.

Part 1 | Part 2
Part 3 | Part 4
The Best of the Best

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