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2008's Game of the Year, As Chosen By You

Today's the day we reveal the results of your votes and the game you chose as the best of 2008.

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Remember those laid-back days of late December, when all we had to do was sit around, hang out, watch TV, and check out the daily updates to Giant Bomb's year-end awards? Me too. It was glorious. One day I slept in until like 4PM. It was crazy.

Along with our own awards, we also asked you to pitch in and vote on your favorite game of the year. We figured we'd give you guys a few weeks to cast some votes and reveal the winner on January 15th. It seemed so far away, like some far-flung future where the police have been replaced by robots and cars drive themselves.

As it turns out, today is January 15th. I got a hand-written parking ticket yesterday from an actual, human cop. And as much as I tried to let go of the wheel while driving in this morning, the car simply would not steer itself. I was pretty disappointed.

But there's no disappointment involved when it comes to your voting. The votes have been cast and the winner has been chosen. Your game of 2008, as voted by you or people like you, is...


It's true. You all like Solid Snake's latest (final?) adventure. Unless you were among the 14 percent that voted for the #2 game, Grand Theft Auto IV. From there it breaks down into smaller chunks, with games like Fallout 3LittleBigPlanet, and Gears of War 2 doing reasonably well. Others did pretty poorly, though. Infinite Undiscovery? Zero votes. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit? Not one of you thought it was the best game of 2008. Not even Vinny.

Can't say I'm too surprised by that. If you listened to our year-ending podcast, you know that we tossed and turned over GTA4 and MGS4 for hours before making our choice. I probably would have been happy with either choice, and it's neat that it's winning a top award from all y'all.
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Posted by NinjaHunter

Cool, definitely my favorite game of '08.

Posted by Kauza

That is the correct answer.  Good job, Giant Bomb users.

Posted by marcio1986

No surprises here...

Posted by Zaapp1

I enjoyed both Dragonball Z: Burst Limit and Infinite Undiscovery thoroughly, but my GOTY was surprisingly Lost Odssey, where's the RPG love?

Posted by pause422

As a big metal gear fan it was honestly only alright to me, I'll never understand the absolute praise. Is waking up and coming into 2005/6 with actual decent controls really worth that much praise? Not to me, but apparently to some.

Posted by thiago
"As a big metal gear fan it was honestly only alright to me, I'll never understand the absolute praise. Is waking up and coming into 2005/6 with actual decent controls really worth that much praise? Not to me, but apparently to some."

Yes, yes,we are sure you are a "big metal gear fan". That game deserve every single praise because it is awesome in so many levels. The story is awesome, the gameplay is even better, the music is excellent, and pace is perfect. Even if we ignore everything else, just the fact that the game doesn't force you to act in only one way is enough to make it GOTY. A lesson for anybody who thinks of developing games.
Posted by ScottEFresh

YES YES YES!....the people have spoken!!!!!!  I've played all the games up for nomination (hey I have over 100hrs in Burnout myself) but MGS4 takes it...there arn't many games that make my jaw literally drop...MGS4 did that multiple times! 

IF you havn't played MGS4 then you are missing out!!!!!

Posted by Gruff182

Good Job Giantbomb users. If this game didn't come out, it would be a hard decision to make. But with it theres no contest really.

Not dissing any of the others either, they all great and overall i've put way more hours into most of them. MGS has moments where you need to stop, take a deep breath and just reflect on the amazing moment that just passed.

Makes you feel bad for people who arn't gamers.

Posted by pause422
thiago said:
""As a big metal gear fan it was honestly only alright to me, I'll never understand the absolute praise. Is waking up and coming into 2005/6 with actual decent controls really worth that much praise? Not to me, but apparently to some."

Yes, yes,we are sure you are a "big metal gear fan". That game deserve every single praise because it is awesome in so many levels. The story is awesome, the gameplay is even better, the music is excellent, and pace is perfect. Even if we ignore everything else, just the fact that the game doesn't force you to act in only one way is enough to make it GOTY. A lesson for anybody who thinks of developing games."
You're a moron. I could care a less whether you believe whether or not I like the games, but the fact is that I do, and I've played every single one. I didn't say MGS4 was bad, I just don't think it deserves all the praise that it gets, not by far, and that is coming from a fan of the series. Believe what you want, if you want to look stupid.
Posted by thiago

"I didn't say MGS4 was bad, I just don't think it deserves all the praise that it gets, not by far, and that is coming from a fan of the series"

Ok, fan (in a mocking tone). So would you like to expose rationally what you think that makes it bad?  Everything is so good and it works together beautifully. If we compare it to the standard American game. Gears of War or Doom are a straight line from beginning to end with the same task or mission repeated and Metal Gear has such a variation of gameplay. Even if we compare to those attempts of complex stories, such as Bioshock, what impact did they have? Choose to harvest or not one of those kids? This is the maximum American games can go, and, yes, it is silly.

Just by thinking that the environment is affected by you. For example, in the first 2 levels, where you can help the rebels in order to get more easily around. What other game has such mechanics. The only thing Americans know is to pull triggers. Any other kind of interaction is too complicated for American developers.

MGS4 is epic in a scale no other game is.

Posted by LordAndrew
thiago said:
"

"I didn't say MGS4 was bad, I just don't think it deserves all the praise that it gets, not by far, and that is coming from a fan of the series"

Ok, fan (in a mocking tone). So would you like to expose rationally what you think that makes it bad?  Everything is so good and it works together beautifully. If we compare it to the standard American game. Gears of War or Doom are a straight line from beginning to end with the same task or mission repeated and Metal Gear has such a variation of gameplay. Even if we compare to those attempts of complex stories, such as Bioshock, what impact did they have? Choose to harvest or not one of those kids? This is the maximum American games can go, and, yes, it is silly.

Just by thinking that the environment is affected by you. For example, in the first 2 levels, where you can help the rebels in order to get more easily around. What other game has such mechanics. The only thing Americans know is to pull triggers. Any other kind of interaction is too complicated for American developers.

MGS4 is epic in a scale no other game is.

"
Stop being a dick to everyone who disagrees with you, thiago.
Posted by sofakingcool

I have my palm in my face for the Giantbomb community...... YOU IDIOTS! WHAT THE F&*( IS WRONG WITH YOU! I know what it is..... every sony fanboy F out there voted for MGS4 while us level headed people voted for games that were worthy of that award like GTA4 and Fallout. F U fanboys! get over it. MGS4 is NOT THAT GOOD!

Posted by LordAndrew
sofakingcool said:
"I have my palm in my face for the Giantbomb community...... YOU IDIOTS! WHAT THE F&*( IS WRONG WITH YOU! I know what it is..... every sony fanboy F out there voted for MGS4 while us level headed people voted for games that were worthy of that award like GTA4 and Fallout. F U fanboys! get over it. MGS4 is NOT THAT GOOD!"
Damn. Another one. Different position, just as annoying.
Edited by jakob187
Jeff said:
"It's true. You all like Solid Snake's latest (final?) adventure."
-_-  Wasn't me.  I voted for Dead Space.  = D

Jeff said:
"One day I slept in until like 4PM. It was crazy."
=  O  You don't get to do this often?  I'm sorry, man.  I sleep 'til 3pm everyday.  Then again, I go to work at 4pm...get off at midnight...and then play video games at work until 7am.  You should try that schedule.  It's pretty peaceful.  = D
Posted by bshirk
thiago, great point.  I'm tired of people claiming Bioshock is the pinnacle of storytelling in games, when many Japanese games have done it better for ages.  Don't get me wrong, I buy games from all over the world, but MGS4 blows Bioshock out of the water in every way.  The gameplay was excellent the whole way through, and I prefer great cutscenes over crappy radio chatter any day.
Posted by coakroach

The people have voted wisely, the game is a masterpiece

Posted by Impossibilium

@ Thiago

"Just by thinking that the environment is affected by you. For example, in the first 2 levels, where you can help the rebels in order to get more easily around. What other game has such mechanics. The only thing Americans know is to pull triggers. Any other kind of interaction is too complicated for American developers."

Splinter Cell : Double Agent. 2006.

Take out the Gecko and the opening levels of MGS4 are basically the same as Congolese mission in SC:DA. "Help the rebels or the government troops in the current battle or ignore them? Hmm, what should I do?"

You need to play more games on other platforms. And lose the attitude because it makes you sound like a xenophobic dick.

Posted by Coolarman

I didn't play mgs4 but i really want to and the only choice for me was gta 4 and i can't offer an opinion on mgs4

Posted by thiago
"Splinter Cell : Double Agent. 2006."

I own this game for the PC and it is not even close. You can optionally rescue some hostages from being executed, but that's not even comparable. One of the sides won't say "Thanks" and let you pass without shooting you because of it. In MGS4 it is part of the game mechanic, even mentioned on the manual of the game, to use the conflict on your favor, so you can gain points with one of the sides and be benefited by it.

Splinter Cell is inferior in many aspects, not only in gameplay.
Posted by Scarabus

I gave mine to Valkyria Chronicles. Mostly out of pity because of its shitty treatment in the US (It's a great game guys!). MGS4 is my top game of the year though and I'm glad we could agree on that at least.

Posted by bshirk
thiago,

I agree with you there.  Splinter Cell had some innovative multiplayer modes, but the single-player was just plain boring, and no where near as good as the MGS games.  I realize certain things such as the camera were better in the Splinter Cell games than the old MGS games, but MGS in general is just a lot more fun.
Posted by Gregomasta

darn, I guess I better stop waving my L4D flag

Posted by Zsciaeount

Blech.  MGS4 was one of the prettiest crappy games I ever suffered through.  The gameplay was stretched gossamer-thin over the bloated, self-important plot.  My least favorite of all the MGS games.  I guess thousands of gamers really can be wrong...

Posted by CitizenKane
Posted by bshirk
Zsciaeount,

I originally expected that after reading reviews for the game, but in reality, there was far more gameplay than cutscenes.  Sure, it is cutscene heavy for an action game, but I've seen RPGs with longer scenes.  I guess some people only want action in their games.  I'd prefer a great story along with some action--for me that pretty much renders action movies obsolete.  I was really impressed with the gameplay, and there is far more variety than the previous MGS games.  I recently just played through MGS1-3 again, and noticed that MGS4 didn't have any more cutscenes than the previous two games did.
Posted by giyanks22

No comment... idon't got a PS3 lol...

Posted by studnoth1n

great game.  loved playing the gameplay portions.  the cinematic quality of the cutscenes were top notch but the story was absolutely infantile.  ryan got it right in the podcast:  "whenever those characters opened their mouths--horseshit."

Edited by thiago
"I gave mine to Valkyria Chronicles. Mostly out of pity because of its shitty treatment in the US (It's a great game guys!). "

I am curious to see how this game will do. All the hype around it is word of mouth because Sega didn't market it enough. I had no idea this game even existed until I saw the standard "PS3 sucks" rant on the internet.

A lot of people bought it after they learned about it, like myself. I think despite the slow start and Sega's non-marketing, it is going to sell very well.
Posted by bshirk

What I'm surprised about is how few gamers knew about Valkyria Chronicles.  Sure, there wasn't a massive marketing campaign behind it, but a few of the top gaming sites such as 1UP, IGN, and Gamespot have all done features on the game.  I mean, I know strategy RPGs are a niche genre, but certain games in the genre have done pretty well: Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea.  I mean I'm wondering what fans of those games are doing.  Why aren't they picking up Valkyria Chronicles?  I decided to get a PS3 so I could play a few gems like this that were selling poorly.  I would have bought it on day one if it was released for 360.  Unfortunately I had to shell out the dough to play MGS4, LBP, and Valkyria Chronicles.  People need to start buying this game, and stop buying endless sequels.  Gears of War 2 is way overhyped.

Posted by Doomshine

Well deserved.

Posted by MacGyver

go MGS4 man that game was just a fever dream of amazement, i mean i liked and appreciated GTA4 as much as the next guy but metal gear was really something else.

Posted by KinjiroSSD

I don't remember what I picked but MSG4 seems like a good choice. It's definitely in my top 5.

Posted by Heavenly_King

MGS4 IS THE GAME OF THE DECADE!!!!

Posted by Angularbanjo

Burnout Paradise for me. All-time favorite, shockingly.

Posted by greggoodwin

I found myself incredibly bored with this game

Posted by thiago
"What I'm surprised about is how few gamers knew about Valkyria Chronicles.  Sure, there wasn't a massive marketing campaign behind it, but a few of the top gaming sites such as 1UP, IGN, and Gamespot have all done features on the game"

I think if you are looking for this type of game you would find it. I don't go that often on those sites and when I go I usually look only for the news and reviews that interest me (such as the MGS articles on GiantBomb). Even the game sites from my country only recently reviewed this game. So I didn't really know about it, and I came to know it after the NPD numbers articles and the word of mouth hype.

I got the impression that Sonic Unleashed was way higher in Sega's priority list  than Valkyria Chronicles, and the latter is a gem that will influence other games and probably have sequels.
Posted by Scorched

argh
wanted l4d
never would have happened because of crappy console version

Posted by NathHaw

I didn't choose MGS4, mainly because I hadn't played it.  Now I am.  I've made it through Act 1, and so far the games seems promising. 

I chose WoW: WotLK, but I may change my mind; I doubt it, but I might.

Posted by Octopus_Prime

Wow thats impressive that a PS3 exclusive one since a lot people on this site probably don't own a PS3

Posted by bshirk

"I think if you are looking for this type of game you would find it. I don't go that often on those sites and when I go I usually look only for the news and reviews that interest me (such as the MGS articles on GiantBomb). Even the game sites from my country only recently reviewed this game. So I didn't really know about it, and I came to know it after the NPD numbers articles and the word of mouth hype.

I got the impression that Sonic Unleashed was way higher in Sega's priority list  than Valkyria Chronicles, and the latter is a gem that will influence other games and probably have sequels.


It makes me sad that people will support Sonic's endless sequels ranging from crappy to mediocre, instead of playing great new games.  I mean did the Final Fantasy Tactics fan base disappear over night?  Sure, there have been some fun Strategy-RPGs since then, but this seems like one of the most groundbreaking SRPGs to reach the U.S. in a long time.  I know the complexity of these games is daunting for some, but it really isn't that bad if you fiddle around with it for a little while.  They're typically very satsifying games with excellent gameplay and politically charged narratives.


Posted by kboy

I kinda bounced between MGS4 and GTA IV myself. Aside from both having the number 4 attached to their titles, they both had a lot of good things going for them and both had their share of blemishes. But, MGS4 lost because of large pimple on the forehead of an otherwise cute college girl.

I know Kojima loves him some cutscenes. I get it. I've understood that since Metal Gear Solid on the original PlayStation. But when I can get up, cook dinner, eat it, and still have time to shower and catch the very last confrontation at the end, it becomes excessive. I dilligently watched every last cutscene my first time through. GTA IV takes it by a nose. Although, with MGS4's hideously long nose, just barely.

Posted by thegriefer

This was definitely my game of the year, runner up would go to gta4.

Posted by Destroyeron

Meh, disappointing.

Posted by Media_Master

excellent choice for the people

Posted by leky1
@Bulldog19892 said:
" I haven't played it, since I don't own a PS3, so I can't comment. "
but you just did O.O