My Best of 2008

At long last, I now present to you my personal best of 2008 "awards."  First up, video games.  2008 was a great year for video games and saw a slew of great titles in various genres.  I consider myself fortunate to have been able to play a lot of these, thanks to Gamefly, and to be able to complete most if not all of them.  I will mention that I have not played one of the most nominated game of the year titles, Metal Gear Solid 4.  I do in fact own the game, but I haven't even opened it.  Yes I'm horrible, I know.  This is probably my biggest regret of the year.  The reason I haven't played it yet, is because I want to play and complete MGS3 first.  I own that game as well, I just haven't got around to playing it yet.  Mainly because of all the other great games that have come out in the last few months.  I'm also not looking forward to playing MGS3 as much as MGS4 though.  I think that will be my New Years Resolution for gaming, to play MGS3 and 4.  Anyway, on to the awards.

GAME OF THE YEAR 2008


10.  LEGO Batman


The only LEGO game I've spent time playing and I really enjoyed it.  Tons of stuff to unlock, great humor and a unique take on Batman.

9.  Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise


Rare did it again.  Viva Pinata is better than it ever was and even more addicting than the original.  Some people say this is just Viva Pinata 1.5.  I can see their argument, but that doesn't matter to me.  The game is great and I had a lot of fun with it.

8.  Burnout Paradise


I was a little leery about this game when I heard about all the changes they were making from the previous incarnations.  I absolutely love Burnout Revenge and I still consider it my favorite Burnout game to this day.  Paradise is probably my second favorite now.  Once I turned the game on for the first time, I could see why so many people enjoyed it.  The graphics are amazing, the sense of speed is insane and the variety in events make this game great.

7.  Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift


I've put over 130 hours into this game and I STILL haven't completed the main quest.  What I like most about FFTA2 would have to be the various jobs available.  There close to 40 jobs in this game!  The battles are as fun as ever and the characters are very interesting.  I only wish they had the same death cry as in the original Final Fantasy Tactics. lol

6.  Gears of War 2


Overall a huge improvement over the first in terms of story and the single player campaign.  I am not a big fan of Gears of War but I really enjoyed the sequel.  I hear that the multiplayer still doesn't work well though.

5.  Grand Theft Auto IV


This game has been chosen as game of the year by many people and I can see why they like it so much, however I didn't enjoy this game nearly as much.  I think this game's story and characters are easily the best of the year, but i found the rest of the game lacking.

4.  Star Wars: The Force Unleashed


Sure there are some issues with this game, like that damned Star Destroyer, but other than that I love it.  This is the best Star Wars game I've played since the original Knights of the Old Republic.  Force powers and physics have never been so much fun.

3.  Saints Row 2


I like how Volition went in the opposite direction that GTA IV did.  Instead of the hyper realism they went completely over the top and made a game as fun as crazy as possible.  Spraying sewage on houses, posing as a cop and committing crimes along with a COPS style camera crew and protecting celebrities by beating fans into submission are just some of my favorite things to do.  Sure the story isn't the greatest, but the large variety of activities and the deep customization system (for your character, cars and gang) more then make up for it.

2.  Fallout 3


I absolutely loved this game and if it weren't for Dead Space, this would have easily gotten my Game of the Year.  I was addicted to this game for all 75 hours that I played it.  I loved wandering around the wasteland and discovering new places and new characters.  Check out my blog post from November for more detailed thoughts.

1.  Dead Space


I made a blog post back in October of 2008 about Dead Space and how much I love it.  I also claimed that it was my 2008 game of the year back then as well.  I have since played several other games that I have nominated for GoTY, but Dead Space retains that honor.  Scroll down and read that blog if you want to know the details on why I like it.  To put it simply, it is hands down the most immersive game I've played this year and the most fun.

Best Film of 2008


1.  The Dark Knight

Self Explanitory

2.  Cloverfield

A lot of people didn't like the shaky cam, but I didn't mind it.  This was the most intense movie I saw all year.

3.  Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.'s finest.  His portrayl as Tony Stark deserves an award.  The only thing I didn't like is that there wasn't as much action as most comic book movies, but Robert Downey Jr's performance makes up for it.  Can't wait for the sequel.

4.  CJ7

I love everything Stephen Chow does and this movie is no exception.  Even though it was aimed at kids, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

5.  Son of Rambow

Nice little coming of age indie flick from people involved in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, (but thankfuly much better than that film).  I recommend you check it out.

Best Blog of 2008


Ethan Van Sciver's "Your Time is Now Mine" on Newsarama.com

Even though there are only 6 entries, I haven't read anything so clever and funny in a long, long time.  Be sure to check out the third entry, it's absolutely hillarious!

Best Anime of 2008


Gurren Lagann

I haven't kept up on new anime as much as most anime fans, but this anime I made sure to watch.  Easily the best thing Gainax has done since Neon Genesis Evangelion, and quite possibly the best thing they've done since Gunbuster.  Even if you're not a fan of giant robots, you will love this anime.  The characters are great, the animation is superb and the action is completely over the top.  There's nothing I didn't like about this show.

"Whether it's laughable or irrational
This is the path that ALL great men walk!
If there's a wall in our way, we'll destroy it!
If there's no road, we'll pave it with our own hands!
The magma in our hearts is blazing like flames!
The perfect fusion: GURREN-LAGANN!
Who...
...all of you...
The hell do you think we are!?!"

  
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Best Metal Album of 2008


1.  Equilibrium - Sagas

  
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2.  Dark Fortress - Eidolon

  
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3.  Septic Flesh - Communion

4.  Eluveitie - Slania

  
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5.  Zimmer's Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil...

  
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6.  Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery

7.  Draconian - Turns Season Within

8.  Ayreon - 01011001

  
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9.  Opeth - Watershed

10.  Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown

  
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Posted by Gigastormz

At long last, I now present to you my personal best of 2008 "awards."  First up, video games.  2008 was a great year for video games and saw a slew of great titles in various genres.  I consider myself fortunate to have been able to play a lot of these, thanks to Gamefly, and to be able to complete most if not all of them.  I will mention that I have not played one of the most nominated game of the year titles, Metal Gear Solid 4.  I do in fact own the game, but I haven't even opened it.  Yes I'm horrible, I know.  This is probably my biggest regret of the year.  The reason I haven't played it yet, is because I want to play and complete MGS3 first.  I own that game as well, I just haven't got around to playing it yet.  Mainly because of all the other great games that have come out in the last few months.  I'm also not looking forward to playing MGS3 as much as MGS4 though.  I think that will be my New Years Resolution for gaming, to play MGS3 and 4.  Anyway, on to the awards.

GAME OF THE YEAR 2008


10.  LEGO Batman


The only LEGO game I've spent time playing and I really enjoyed it.  Tons of stuff to unlock, great humor and a unique take on Batman.

9.  Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise


Rare did it again.  Viva Pinata is better than it ever was and even more addicting than the original.  Some people say this is just Viva Pinata 1.5.  I can see their argument, but that doesn't matter to me.  The game is great and I had a lot of fun with it.

8.  Burnout Paradise


I was a little leery about this game when I heard about all the changes they were making from the previous incarnations.  I absolutely love Burnout Revenge and I still consider it my favorite Burnout game to this day.  Paradise is probably my second favorite now.  Once I turned the game on for the first time, I could see why so many people enjoyed it.  The graphics are amazing, the sense of speed is insane and the variety in events make this game great.

7.  Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift


I've put over 130 hours into this game and I STILL haven't completed the main quest.  What I like most about FFTA2 would have to be the various jobs available.  There close to 40 jobs in this game!  The battles are as fun as ever and the characters are very interesting.  I only wish they had the same death cry as in the original Final Fantasy Tactics. lol

6.  Gears of War 2


Overall a huge improvement over the first in terms of story and the single player campaign.  I am not a big fan of Gears of War but I really enjoyed the sequel.  I hear that the multiplayer still doesn't work well though.

5.  Grand Theft Auto IV


This game has been chosen as game of the year by many people and I can see why they like it so much, however I didn't enjoy this game nearly as much.  I think this game's story and characters are easily the best of the year, but i found the rest of the game lacking.

4.  Star Wars: The Force Unleashed


Sure there are some issues with this game, like that damned Star Destroyer, but other than that I love it.  This is the best Star Wars game I've played since the original Knights of the Old Republic.  Force powers and physics have never been so much fun.

3.  Saints Row 2


I like how Volition went in the opposite direction that GTA IV did.  Instead of the hyper realism they went completely over the top and made a game as fun as crazy as possible.  Spraying sewage on houses, posing as a cop and committing crimes along with a COPS style camera crew and protecting celebrities by beating fans into submission are just some of my favorite things to do.  Sure the story isn't the greatest, but the large variety of activities and the deep customization system (for your character, cars and gang) more then make up for it.

2.  Fallout 3


I absolutely loved this game and if it weren't for Dead Space, this would have easily gotten my Game of the Year.  I was addicted to this game for all 75 hours that I played it.  I loved wandering around the wasteland and discovering new places and new characters.  Check out my blog post from November for more detailed thoughts.

1.  Dead Space


I made a blog post back in October of 2008 about Dead Space and how much I love it.  I also claimed that it was my 2008 game of the year back then as well.  I have since played several other games that I have nominated for GoTY, but Dead Space retains that honor.  Scroll down and read that blog if you want to know the details on why I like it.  To put it simply, it is hands down the most immersive game I've played this year and the most fun.

Best Film of 2008


1.  The Dark Knight

Self Explanitory

2.  Cloverfield

A lot of people didn't like the shaky cam, but I didn't mind it.  This was the most intense movie I saw all year.

3.  Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.'s finest.  His portrayl as Tony Stark deserves an award.  The only thing I didn't like is that there wasn't as much action as most comic book movies, but Robert Downey Jr's performance makes up for it.  Can't wait for the sequel.

4.  CJ7

I love everything Stephen Chow does and this movie is no exception.  Even though it was aimed at kids, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

5.  Son of Rambow

Nice little coming of age indie flick from people involved in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, (but thankfuly much better than that film).  I recommend you check it out.

Best Blog of 2008


Ethan Van Sciver's "Your Time is Now Mine" on Newsarama.com

Even though there are only 6 entries, I haven't read anything so clever and funny in a long, long time.  Be sure to check out the third entry, it's absolutely hillarious!

Best Anime of 2008


Gurren Lagann

I haven't kept up on new anime as much as most anime fans, but this anime I made sure to watch.  Easily the best thing Gainax has done since Neon Genesis Evangelion, and quite possibly the best thing they've done since Gunbuster.  Even if you're not a fan of giant robots, you will love this anime.  The characters are great, the animation is superb and the action is completely over the top.  There's nothing I didn't like about this show.

"Whether it's laughable or irrational
This is the path that ALL great men walk!
If there's a wall in our way, we'll destroy it!
If there's no road, we'll pave it with our own hands!
The magma in our hearts is blazing like flames!
The perfect fusion: GURREN-LAGANN!
Who...
...all of you...
The hell do you think we are!?!"

  
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Best Metal Album of 2008


1.  Equilibrium - Sagas

  
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2.  Dark Fortress - Eidolon

  
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3.  Septic Flesh - Communion

4.  Eluveitie - Slania

  
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5.  Zimmer's Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil...

  
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6.  Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery

7.  Draconian - Turns Season Within

8.  Ayreon - 01011001

  
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9.  Opeth - Watershed

10.  Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown

  
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Posted by insanegamer

epic blog man, yeah i think everyone has the dark knight as there number one film of the year.

Posted by lightwarrior179

GTA IV is my favorite of 2008 though not my Game of the Year (a non-2008 game takes the cake for me).

Your Top 10 Games List is pretty impressive and I agree with most of them.
Left 4 Dead and Lost Odyssey are my two other favorites from 2008 which didn't feature in your list.
It might be only my opinion but I think metal is sounding a little repetitive.But then that is probably because I never touch the death metal/doom metal stuff.
Posted by AllThatBacon

Very interesting Top 10 List. I'm surprised that you liked TFU more than GTA4 and Gears 2.

Hmm. Maybe you should check out those Lego Star Wars games when you get the chance, eh?

Posted by Gigastormz

lightwarrior179: I wasn't able to play Left 4 Dead and Lost Odyssey to completion, but I did try them.  The list may have turned out differently if I was able to play them more, but what you see is what you get.  2008 wasn't so great for music IMO and I had a hard time picking my favorites.  Out of my list there are: 1 progressive metal band, 1 power metal band, 1 doom metal band, 2 folk metal bands, 1 black metal band, and the rest are varying types of death metal.

Kenshin: It's hard to say really.  The only games on that list that I can most definitely say are my favorite and my second favorite are Dead Space and Fallout 3.  After that its a toss up, really.  Maybe I shouldn't have included numbers.  Ah well.  I tried the demo of the very first LEGO Star Wars game and it didn't interest me as much.  Maybe I'll give the complete saga version a rental.

Posted by 100th_bullet

Van Sciver is awesome. Haha, that third entry is definitely one of the funniest things I've read in awhile. And his commentary was definitely the highlight of the Green Lantern panel we attended. Good stuff there. Pretty sweet Top 10. I picked up Burnout Paradise. Not big on racing games, but it does look fun. Just gotta get into Dead Space methinks. When did you stop playing Trouble in Paradise? You're still hooked on that ain'tcha?!

Posted by Gigastormz

Someone needs to give Ethan Van Sciver his own book!!  Yeah, he was the highlight of that panel.  Too bad Geoff Johns wasn't there, but Ethan made up for it.

The only other racing game I know you played is Need for Speed Most Wanted.  So yeah, I don't see you as a racing fan.  Let me know what you think of Paradise.

I stopped playing Viva Pinata when I unlocked just about everything and got around 900 points.  I think I put in at least 60 hours if not more.  I don't want that game to get its hooks in me again lol

Edited by Kazona

Glad to see someone liked Cloverfield as much as I did. I'd probably switch it around with Ironman, but I definitely do agree with you that it is an amazing and intense movie.

And Fallout 3 is in your top 3. Just for that you are awesome!

By the way, I've considered checking out Gurren since I'm totally into mecha anime, but it just seems too chipper and cheerful for my tastes judging from the pictures and the trailer. Is that the case, or is it more like, say, the overall dark and gloomy of a Gundam series?

Great blog man.

Posted by Gigastormz
Posted by Dan_CiTi

Gurren Lagann came out in 2007, also that quote is an ehhh translation.

Posted by Gigastormz

I did not translate that.  So you can blame the translator, whoever that was.

It first aired in the US in 2008, and I live in the US.  So as far as I'm concerned, it qualifies for a "Best of 2008."