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Game on: best video games and iphone apps of 2009

Video gamer Sean Hamilton gets a thumb workout and screen face, counting down his top 10 of the year. PLUS: Kyle Shaw's ultimate iPhone applications

Batman: Arkham Asylum

The apocalypse must be nigh because they finally went and made an awesome Batman game. I actually shouted, "I am the Batman" twice. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows


Fallout 3: downloadable content

One of last year's biggest games got way bigger with a slew of downloadable content. These five downloads made me fall in love with the Wastelands all over again. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Believe the hype: Modern Warfare 2 is everything it is cracked up to be. I could rave about it, but if you excuse me, I have to go prestige. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Every aspect of Uncharted has been improved upon, with a side of multiplayer that really surprised me. Consider the countdown to Uncharted 3 officially on. PlayStation 3


Fight Night Round 4

Biff, bang, pow, gonna knock you out. One of the most anticipated games of 2009, FNR4 delivers KO graphics and a TKO when it comes to fun. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


Halo: ODST

A step back from the usual Spartan tactics, ODST takes a great franchise and expands on its narrative. Not to mention Firefight, an action-jammed new game mode. Xbox 360


Beatles Rock Band

How do you take one of the greatest music games of all time and make it better? Add The Beatles, of course. PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360


Worms 2: Armageddon

There is no better game to play when you have three friends over and a pizza on the way. All the best weapons return to make this Worms the most complete yet. Mac OS X, PSN, Windows, Xbox 360 (XBLA)


Brütal Legend

Every so often my brother Andrew is right about a game, and when he stops by unexpectedly to lend me one, I take note. You should too. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


NHL 2010

The game I lost the most friends to this year, NHL 2010 sports upgraded everything, so it's easy to spend a weekend (or a month) vying for the cup. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Thumbs Up

Our resident iPhone addict Kyle Shaw polls some iPeers to pick a screen full of the year's best apps.

1. Reportage
2. Ramp Champ
3. Hurricane
4. I Am T-Pain
5. Le Petit Dummy
6. Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus
7. Wesabe
8. WorldMate
9. NFB Films
10. Shake and Spell Pro
11. McSweeney's
12. geoDefense
13. Hitchcock
14. I Dig It
15. Civilization Revolution
16. Fare City: First Shift
17. Skype
18. Birdhouse
19. CBC Radio
20. Dropbox

Kyle Shaw

Kyle is the editor of The Coast. He was a founding member of the newspaper in 1993 and was the paper’s first publisher. Kyle occasionally teaches creative nonfiction writing (think magazine-style #longreads) and copy editing at the University of King’s College School of Journalism.
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