Game of the Year
It’s customary this time of year to look back at the months prior and reflect. In the time we have left in 2008, I’ll be doing just that. I figured I’d start with my personal pick for game of the year.
There are certainly not starved for choices. Notable games I have played have included (but are not limited to) Grand Theft Auto IV, Dead Space, Gears of War 2, Mario Kart, Rock Band 2, Super Smash Bros., Fable 2, Left 4 Dead, Mirror’s Edge, No More Heroes, Burnout Paradise, and Metal Gear Solid 4. And that’s just the cream of the crop.
Little Big Planet is very close to being my game of the year, simply because it is the most innovative game to come out in 2008. Despite lacklustter sales for a supposed system seller (hey, it was a system seller for me!), it represents a leap forward in how we think about gaming–web 2.0 seamlessly and fluidly married to the side scrolling platformer. It’s gorgeous, cute, family friendly, and addictively fun.
However, when all is said and done, my game of the year must be Fallout 3. While not perfect, Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG was the deepest, most immersive experience I’ve played in 2008. The universe that they iterated on and presented was as compelling as they come, drawn to life with an eerie sense of foreboding that came across vividly as you trekked through the D.C. wasteland. I also really enjoyed the gameplay mechanics, from the V.A.T.S. system to the leveling and perks. Bethesda’s got three packs of DLC hitting starting in January, and I simply can’t wait to be reimmersed in the world of Fallout.
It was a tough year to pick just one game as game of the year. I’m sure some of you agree with my pick, while many have a different game in mind. What’s your personal game of the year?