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Lists! 2008: Favorite Video Games 10-6 by Barbecue Bros
January 21, 2009, 10:53 am
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I actually didn’t play a ton of games until the last three months of the year, mainly due to Grand Theft Auto IV and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer. Here are numbers 10-6…

10. Fifa 09 (Xbox 360)
Ahh, old dependable. But this year I feel like they made substantial changes to the passing system of the game thus improving the overall experience. Graphics and teams were still great, as expected.

9. Devil May Cry 4 (Xbox 360)
Kind of an unexpected title for me since I hadn’t played any of the previous 3 and only picked it up because it was on clearance. It’s a fun hack-n-slash with rpg-lite elements where you can pull off some insane combos and go against some pretty epic bosses. And Nero’s Devil Bringer is one of the cooler weapons I’ve used in recent memory. A very pretty and cinematic game, though having to replay back through the levels with Dante (the original character in the series) for the second half of the game was a bit annoying.

8. Prince of Persia (Xbox 360)
Like its Ubisoft brother Assasin’s Creed, Prince of Persia makes a very strong first impression by being a very pretty and introducing some new gameplay ideas, but the further you play it the more the repitition and subpar battle system starts to grate on you. The acrobatics are mostly cool, but can also frustrate if you happen to push a button in the wrong context. At least you literally cannot die in the game. Still, all in all you can’t fault Ubisoft for taking some chances in rebooting the PoP series. Hopefully they will improve on a solid start for the next game.

7. Bully (Xbox 360)
Its a two year old port of a PS2 title with some added classes (mini-games), but I found it to be a quite enjoyable open world title. Inexplicably, I even found myself wanting to grind through the various collectibles and side missions to get the achievements in this game when I never do that. A little buggy, but luckily I never experienced the game-freezing bugs that many seemed to experience.

6. Civilization Revolution (Xbox 360)
Takes me back to my high school days playing
Age of Empires, though the Civiliation series is a contemporary of AOE. Its just fun to create a civilization and advance it though time. I only played it a handful of times before getting to the bigger games of 2008, but I will definitely be coming back to try and win with most (if not all) of the civilizations.

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