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21 December 2008
Winners 2008
With the stinkers out of the way, time for the good stuff.

Enjoyable games of 2008, in no particular order:
  • Prince of Persia (PS3) - Beautiful story, entertaining action. (review)
  • Burnout Paradise (PS3) - Adrenaline distilled (and downloadable).
  • PixelJunk Monsters (PS3/PSN) - Cute twist on Tower Defense.
  • Super Stardust Portable (PSP/PSN) - Brilliant port of the PS3 classic.
  • Stuntman: Ignition (PS3) - Everything the original should have been, with sweet graphics. (comments)
  • Dead Space (PS3) - An excellent first try at survival action. (discussion)
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP) - Tiny K looks and plays incredibly well on the PSP screen. (review)
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village (NDS) - Adorable story and another master lesson in how to use a touch screen effectively. (review)
  • Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 (PSP) -Second entry is just as addictive as the first.
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds (PS3) - Everything addictive about the PSP series, and a slick new take on shot timing.
  • The Last Guy (PS3/PSN) - Play "Snake" on real satellite photos and save the world one person at a time. Morbid and funny.
  • Space Invaders Extreme (PSP) - This is to Space Invaders what Tempest 2000 was to Tempest ... but moreso.
  • Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (PSP/PS2) - Preserving the beauty (and addictiveness) of pinball for a whole new generation. (Wii version review by JohnH)
  • Impossible Mission (NDS) - Basic port of the original, but still fun. (review)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) - Fans like me get the story and the action. Most people would just get the action. Regardless, a fun final chapter. (Note: MGS3 is still the best in the series.)
It's difficult to pick a game of the year, because it depends on what you want from a game.

Best experience of the year is definitely Prince of Persia.

Best play is definitely Burnout Paradise.

Best handheld game ... this is the hard one ... I'll go with Professor Layton. Still, you can't really go wrong with Super Stardust Portable, Space Invaders Extreme, or God of War.

What a great year. Here's hoping 2009 can keep up the pace, and so can I.

(Addendum: I'm currently playing BioShock. It still has time to make the list, I suppose.)

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--Matt Matthews at 15:29
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where are the 2 bet game?
GTA 4 and Saints Row 2?

-- - made for gamers

By Blogger Thomas, at 22 December, 2008 05:28  

I have GTA4 and I played so little of it that I simply didn't think to make a call on it. Considering it now, it made so little of an impression that I still don't know which to call it.

By Blogger jvm, at 22 December, 2008 07:02  

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