EDG’s Top 10 Games of 2008

Well, boys and girls 2008 is in the books, but instead of jumping straight into the new year we thought it would be nice to reflect back on the top games of last year. We are living during an incredible time as gamers and last year was no exception as we witnessed top tier sequels and incredible new I.P.s. There were surprises and disappointments, but what games did we feel shaped up to be the best of the best?

For obvious reasons we decided to include the top picks from each of the staff members of EDG. To close out the article we pulled out our pencil, papers, erasers and calculators, performed some difficult mathematical equations and came up with a definitive top 10 gaming list for 2008. Keep in mind this is our list, and here at EDG what we say goes (jk), but hey if you don’t agree we created a nice little forum for all of you wonderful readers – so go create your own top 10 list.

So, without further ado here is the EveryDay Gamers 1st annual Top 10 Game’s of the Year – first up the individual lists.

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David Lange

1. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)

2. Grand Theft Auto 4 (Xbox 360, PS3)

3. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

4. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

5. Gear of War 2 (Xbox 360)

6. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

7. Resistance 2 (PS3)

8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

9. Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)

10. Fable II (Xbox 360)

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Eric Bouchard

1. Fable II (Xbox 360)

2. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

3. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)

4. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

5. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)

6. Chrono Trigger (DS)

7. Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3)

8. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

9. The World Ends With You (DS)

10. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Patrick Adams

1. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)

2. Pixel Junk Monsters (PSN)

3. Grand Theft Auto 4 (Xbox 360, PS3)

4. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

5. Braid (Xbox 360 Arcade)

6. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

7. Fable II (Xbox 360)

8. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

9. Castle Crashers (Xbox 360 Arcade)

10. Far Cry 2 (Xbox 360, PS3)

Tom Pine

1. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

2. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)

3. Grand Theft Auto 4 (Xbox 360, PS3)

4. Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360, PS3)

5. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

6. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

7. Fable II (Xbox 360)

8. Geometry Wars 2 (Xbox 360 Arcade)

9. Final Fantasy: Crisis Core (PSP)

10. The World Ends With You (DS)

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Now for the moment you waited all year for, well not literally. EveryDay Gamer’s Top Ten Games of 2008.

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10. Burnout Paradise

Criterion threw a monkey wrench into the Burnout series by sending this outing into open world waters. What gamers were left with was the same great car smash ’em up that they were used to without the restrictive in-between race menus. Unfortunately the early year release had many in the gaming industry forgetting about this game in their year end wrap ups. Beautiful environments, amazing online and spectacularly tight game play mechanics all combined to create the best racing game in ’08.

9. Pixel Junk Monsters

What Pixel Junk did with the introduction of Monsters was bring the tower defense genre to masses. More than just a simple tower defense game, Monsters was an incredibly addictive gem of a strategy game. Simple yet fitting graphics laid the ground work for what would become a defining title for Sony’s Playstation Network. PJM represents everything that is right in the world of downloadable games.

8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Aside from incredible sales Nintendo didn’t have much to write home about last year. Brawl continued the success of the Super Smash series and added online play to boot. What makes this stand atop of the fighter genre is the amount of fan service that Nintendo puts into the series. Ever wonder who would win in a fight between Mario and Link? Brawl takes characters from several of your favorite classic Nintendo games and allows you to duke it out in the ring.

7. LittleBigPlanet

LBP quickly became a synonymous with the name Playstation 3. Platformer, racer, puzzle game, game creater – LittleBigPlanet is all of that and more. The most intriguing aspect of LBP is the fact that this game is nearly whatever you want it to be. A fully functional platformer coupled with an in-depth tool set, the limitations of this game are endless. This could be the game that helps save Sony’s sinking ship.

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6. Gears of War 2

More Gears isn’t always a bad thing – case in point Gears 2. The game delivers on all the promises of Clifford B and in the end what you have is more of the same. But like I mentioned that’s not a bad thing – in fact this game takes all that made it’s predecessor one of the best games of it’s year and perfects them. It may not have changed much, but when you’re dealing with one of the best shooters of all time is there really any need for change?

5. Grand Theft Auto IV

Easily the most anticipated game coming into 2008, GTA 4 didn’t disappoint. GTA 4 reinvented the city made famous in the series third title, and created a living, breathing world that would give it’s real life counterpart a run for it’s money. On top of this, the game took little innovations, such as the cell phone mechanism, and helped introduce truly revolutionary ideas. GTA 4 gets as close to perfection in the open world genre as gamers may ever experience.

4. Fable II

Peter Molyneux was finally able to deliver on one of his many gaming promises and created an incredible action RPG with Fable II. The world of Fable is as alive as any game world I experienced this past year, and possibly ever. The true genius of this game lies in the decisions that you can make – want to get a job? Go for it. Want to get married, have kids, be a jerk, be a hero? Fable 2 allows you to do what you want, and then reap the rewards or feel the negative effects.

3. Metal Gear Solid 4

Metal Gear helped define the stealth genre, so MGS4 is the best stealth game of 08? Not exactly – MGS4 pulls back the reigns on the stealth aspects of the game and allows gamers more freedom. You can approach this game in many different ways, and each one has it’s own rewards. Metal Gear Solid 4 is easily the best looking game to date, not just this year, not just on this console. Add incredible story telling and wonderful control mechanics and you have a recipe for one of the best games of the year.

2. Left 4 Dead

If ever there was a reason for online play Left 4 Dead is it. The perfect game to play with friends down the street or perfect strangers across the world. Valve has taken the premise of many great horror films and placed it in the video game realm. The small segments and quick pace are perfect for jump-in, jump-out gameplay. Even if you are without friends the A.I. is top notch – to the point where you may not miss the idiots that you would normally play with online.

And EDG’s number one game of 2008…

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1. Fallout 3

Many questioned Bethesda’s resurrection of the beloved Fallout series, but those who embraced the final product were rewarded with the cream of the gaming crop. Part Shooter part role playing game – Fallout combined genres in a way that creates an accessible title no matter what your taste in gaming may be. The game lacks nothing in the substance department, with enough missions and side quests for gamers to sink hundreds of hours into. If you missed playing Fallout in 2008 then do not allow yourself to do so any longer.


4 thoughts on “EDG’s Top 10 Games of 2008

  1. Yo talk about Fable II and don't mention the dog? Come on, Tom, you're better than that!

    Great article, and a great list, and even though I stand by my choice of Fable II, I can see why Fallout 3 wins among such an amazing group of games.

    Let's hope we have as much trouble coming up with a game of the year next year.

  2. I was gonna talk about the dog, but I'm sorry it didn't make it into the final article. What a great year for games.

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