10 Great Games of 2008

10 Great Games of 2008

2008 was a great time to be a gamer, with hit releases appearing across the console and PC markets. Here are some of our favorite games from 2008.

Spore

Platforms: PC/Mac
From the creator of The Sims comes this genre-busting game of evolution. Players showcase their creativity by designing creatures and societies from the ground up and then guiding them through several stages of evolution, each with its own style of gameplay, from platforming to real-time strategy.

The World Ends With You

Platform: Nintendo DS
This atmospheric new RPG from Square Enix puts you in the center of an unfolding mystery in Shibuya, Tokyo. Featuring creative use of unique DS functions like touch control and Wi-Fi, this original title is one of the best games available on Nintendo’s handheld.

Guitar Hero: World Tour

Platforms: Wii, XBox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2
This new entry in the hit rhythm-based series presents more playing options than ever, introducing drums and microphone, with all new set lists and playing options to live out your rock and roll fantasies.

World of Goo

Platforms: PC/Mac, Wii
This award-winning puzzle game demonstrates that Hollywood budgets and massive special effects come secondary to the almighty idea. The two-man team at 2D Boy has taken the simple idea of a physics-based puzzler and injected it with a unique artistic style, intuitive control, and a satisfying presentation.

Left 4 Dead

Platforms: PC/Mac, XBox 360
Valve comes through with another multiplayer hit, this time a creepy co-op shooter pitting a team of human survivors against a horde of blood-thirsty zombies. The unique new AI system changes the game dynamically based on your skills, so you never play the same game twice.

Fallout 3

Platforms: PC/Mac, XBox 360, PlayStation 3
Bethesda Softworks carries the Fallout series into the next generation with this hit roleplaying game, featuring a sprawling quest set in post-apocalypic America. Choose your own path, make your own moral choices, but be warned: every choice will affect the outcome in this living, breathing world.

Crysis Warhead

Platforms: PC/Mac
Follow-up to last year’s graphical powerhouse, Crysis Warhead continues in the tradition of its predecessor’s technical prowess, delivering another stunning feast for the eyes. Crytek has amped up the original gameplay and increased the action in this new story, giving fans everything they asked for and more.

Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Platforms: Wii
The must-have game for the best-selling Wii console, Nintendo delivers a star-studded multiplayer brawler featuring new characters, an incredible soundtrack, a full-scale single-player adventure, tons of hidden easter eggs, and a new online mode.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Platforms: PlayStation 3
Hideo Kojima’s latest entry in the awesome Metal Gear series, this masterpiece not only showcases the power of the PS3′s hardware but blurs the line between game and film with its cinematic flair and powerful storytelling. A true killer game.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Platforms: PC/Mac, XBox 360, PlayStation 3
The next in the hit series from Rockstar, this magnum opus follows the captivating story of Niko Bellic as he struggles through the ranks of Liberty City’s seedy underground. Reinventing the series’ classic sandbox-style gameplay with next-gen graphics, excellent voice overs, and an Oscar-worthy story full of rich and memorable characters, this is a must-own!

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