This year brought many games with high profile ones such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Gears of War 2. It was not until late into the year we began to see more bigger titles coming out for the holidays. It all started in early September with Spore, Crysis Warhead, and Rock Band 2. LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed didn’t quite impress its critics but sales were good enough. With the surprise success of The Witcher; released back in 2007, Atari released a new version dubbed The Witcher: The Enhanced Edition with new features and bug-less. EA’s highly anticipated MMORPG Warhammer Online: The Age of Reckoning was released in mid-September for those who were looking for a different online game to play besides Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and World of Warcraft. September ending with Gearbox Software’s realistic WWII first-person shooter Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway which was one of my favorite games for the year.
October was the big month for games. It seemed like every week had a big title coming out. Dead Space, the horror first-person shooter from EA hit the spot for those who enjoyed blasting monsters and watching their limbs explode. Unlike your typical first-person shooter, Dead Space offered some innovative features that kept the game interesting and there were more maps than I expected for a game in this genre. Saints Row 2 also came out this month for those who like an imitation of Grand Theft Auto. I suppose it was kind of a hit since they have announced a sequel to the game. Personally, after playing the first one, I didn’t like it. PS3 owners had a treat with BioShock. Ubisoft’s highly anticipated Far Cry 2 was released. Roaming in the outbacks of Africa and hunting down enemies as a mercenary, what could be more fun than that? What I really liked about Far Cry 2 was the open-ended gameplay and the graphics were fantastic! October ended with releases of Fable II and Fallout 3. Fable II was definitely worth the wait. Although the graphics didn’t quite impress me, the gameplay sure made up for it. In my opinion, Fallout 3 is game of the year. It stacks up there as one of my all-time favorite games.
November brought us Epic Games’ Gears of Wars 2, EA’s innovative Mirror’s Edge, and Activision’s Call of Duty: World at War. Playing through GoW2 singleplayer co-op was an amazing experience. Graphically, Epic Games definitely improved the game’s engine. As you would expect, GoW2 offered a fast-paced action packed game. Mirror’s Edge took a bit of a different angle to a first-person game. Instead of running around and shooting at things, you run, jump, climb, slide, tumble, wall-running, and balancing across ledges to get to your goal and all of this in first-person view. Call of Duty: World at War had fantastic graphics and the gameplay was fun but the computer’s A.I. didn’t exactly leave you in awe. November was also a treat for World of Warcraft addicts. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King was released. Blizzard saw a majority of its players coming back from Age of Conan and Warhammer Online. November ended with releases of Valve’s survival horror Left 4 Dead, EA’s Need for Speed: Undercover, and Eidos’ Tomb Raider: Underworld.
December only had a few big title releases such as Prince of Persia and Grand Theft Auto IV for PC. I didn’t have much expectations for Prince of Persia but it was a surprisingly fun game with a good storyline and nice graphics. With the year coming to an end, the games for 2008 is almost over. So here are my top 10 games of 2008:
- Fallout 3
- Fable II
- Gears of War 2
- Prince of Persia
- Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- Mirror’s Edge
- Dead Space
- Far Cry 2
- Call of Duty: World at War