Best Video Games of 2008

Best: I got nothing.  There were good games released, but nothing awe inspiring.

Honorable Mentions:

Burnout Paradise – Great series, but I don’t like the open world bit.

Prince of Persia – All the rebooted games have been good.

Saints Row 2 – GTA clone that is actually good.

Ikaruga

Sins of a Solar Empire

Grid

Castle Crashers – Fun Beat em up with a friend.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2 – So they finally listen and start making sequels to one of the great games of all time and then mess with the formula and add weird kiddy edge to a meaty strategy game.  Still solid though.

Overrated:

World of Goo – I don’t get it.

GTA 4 – I have not actually finished this.  Rockstar was letting boring characters and staid plot get in the way of fun times.

Bioshock – See Bioshock 2

Fallout 3 – I hate Bethesda’s games in general  and I hate them for turning Fallout it into a clunky FPS.

Braid – I blame this game for all overrate indie platform games.

The World Ends With You, Eternal Sonata, Tales of Vesperia – JRPGs do absolutely nothing for me any more.

Advance War – Super simple tactical combat game that is all about long grinds of unit attrition.  I can’t fathom the love for this series.

Spore – Good for one play through, has no staying power at all.

Devil May Cry 4 – Only reasonable one is the first then it becomes more and more a button mashing beat em up.

Disappointment:

Mass Effect – Clunky combat and overwrought inventory system weigh down what is actually a pretty good RPG.

Castlevania Order of Ecclesia – Step back from the Symphony of the Night style the series has been doing.

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