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Lists! 2008: Favorite Video Games 5-1 by Barbecue Bros
January 21, 2009, 11:17 am
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Finishing up the favorite games of 2008…

5. Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix (Xbox Live Arcade)
An awesome remake of the game in HD graphics. It’s Street Fighter…not much else to say. But it has officially pumped me up for Street Fighter IV in February. Just need to get some arcade sticks…

4. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)
It’s more Gears, with improved cover, new weapons and some variation on levels and gameplay. They’ve also attempted to have more of a plot (with mixed results) and help you keep track of achievements. It really is more badass.

3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360)
Kind of shocking to me that a GTA game isn’t my favorite game of the year, but that’s just an indication of how much I enjoyed the two ahead of it. GTA IV faithfully recreates New York City while introducing a darker protagonist and plotline. Added touches like GPS, advanced use of your cell phone, and fun side quests using the internet (like online dating) make this the deepest GTA game yet. Can’t wait for the The Lost and the Damned DLC to come later this year February 17.

2. Braid (Xbox Live Arcade)
This game takes the traditional platformer and turns it on its ear by adding the manipulation of time and a very serious (although some may argue very pretentious) storyline, though in the end you are still saving a captured princess. Some of the puzzles take several (sometimes much more than that) attempts to solve, but actually completing one on your own is a quite rewarding experience. One of the coolest games I have ever played, and I have to mention the beautiful waterbrushed art and music unique to each level in the game.

1. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Fallout 3 truly is an open world game, where you explore Washington, D.C. post-apocalypse in hopes of finding your dad and ultimately helping the inhabitants of the Wasteland create a pure water source. But that’s just the main quest – there are tons of side quests, memorable characters and locations to discover. Though I am new to the
Fallout series and generally not a fan of RPG’s, Fallout 3 is my game of the year if only because it was the only game to keep me up until 3am playing it.

Honorable Mentions:
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe (Xbox 360)
Rainbox Six Vegas 2

Wish I had gotten to:
Far Cry 2
Fable II
Castle Crashers
Geometry Wars 2
Mirror’s Edge
Rock Band 2

Burnout Paradise

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nicely done – so far i’ve logged about 5 hours into Fallout 3 and i’m still trying to get over the hump. i need to hit that moment where i’m fully immersed to the point of wanting to bail on real life friends. but for now i’m just casually playing an hour here or an hour there. i love the potential it seems to have though. and like you… this isn’t generally my type of game, but i’ve got a good feeling about it.

Comment by michaeleller

Pretty soon after I got going, I couldn’t play for less than 3-4 hours at a time. I was consumed with exploring the Wasteland and getting more XP. So far I’ve played 30 hours and went ahead and finished the main quest, but plan to go back and explore more. I can see myself spending at least 20 more hours at least with it.

Comment by twoguns

MK v. DC >>>>>> Street Fighter


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