Just thought I'd let you guys know, I've had a really tough time deciding which games I'm going to have to put on this list. Also, I haven't been able to afford every single game that has been coming out this year so I won't have Fable II, Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, Metal Gear Solid 4, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, etc. on this list so don't mark me for leaving those out cause I didn't, I just haven't played them so here's my list!
5. Super Smash Bros Brawl
This is definitely GoTY for the Wii...it's a shame that it got beaten by some lame block game on the Spike Video Game Awards (smh). SSBB has a very addicting fighting system to it just like any other SSB game and also even adds some Konami and Sega to the mix. To make it even better, it has the Space Embassy mode where it's basically the storyline of the game and it feels like playing an old Mario platformer game for the NES/SNES but with Wii graphics. It's also a game that must be played when friends/family are over!
4. Tales of Vesperia
Definitely the best JRPG game this year for the Xbox 360. For one, I really love the cast of characters. Yuri is a really cool dude, Estelle has the perfect personality for a princess that wants to go and explore, Karol is wimpy at first but will soon in time learn to man up, Rita, always taking things seriously but gets the work done and helps quite a lot, and many other different characters. The storyline also gets better the more you get into it. Not to mention, cel-shaded games have been looking so crisp on next-gen consoles and this has some of the best cel-shading in a video game ever (along with other games like Naruto and Prince of Persia)
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
Okay, I know a lot of people hate this game for several reasons but I will tackle the main one; "it's nothing like the other GTAs." Well, it's not supposed to be. It's going to a new direction in the next-generation of the GTA series. Really, video game series don't always stay the same forever, they will always change and try to make it even better (or worse for some people) like RE4 made a huge change, which imo, made the series even better. Now as for GTA IV, sure it doesn't have the depth of San Andreas like the RPG elements of building your character up, customizing your car, flying jets, jacking trains, etc. But the storyline for GTA IV really does make up for it, as Niko Bellic tries to get a fresh start in America after all the terrible things of his past but also try to solve a problem that happened. But Roman's gambling and debts would force him to go into the criminal underworld. Also unlike other GTA characters, Niko has a sense of morality and in some missions, he can choose whether he wants to kill someone or not, or pick one person over the other. It's a much more different game than the rest of the GTAs but if it can start off really good now, imagine the later GTA games.
2. Rock Band 2
Now I don't know how you guys feel about music games but I, myself, am a huge fan of the music industry. Now I've played the Guitar Hero games for a very long time and they were really fun but when I got this for my birthday, oh my god! This game just blew my mind. One thing I'll say, this game has a much more diverse soundtrack than any Guitar Hero game ever. I never have gotten to play a Linkin Park song or a System of a Down song on a Guitar Hero game ever. Not only that, but it's not just Guitar I can do on this game but also Vocals and Drums and let me tell you...Vocals is a blast! You can unleash your inner rock side on this game like literally. I've never had this much fun with a music game by myself or even with friends and family! Not to mention, there is so much DLC content in this game that you can get and it's so addicting that I've bought myself several songs and honestly, I still don't feel like I have enough. I am planning to get Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? and Moving Pictures someday on the game then play the entire cds with a friend. Not only that but also you can import Rock Band 1 into your hard drive and then play all of those songs on Rock Band 2. Seriously, there are so many reasons that I would choose this game over Guitar Hero: World Tour and I definitely urge you to pick this over Guitar Hero. Sure the notes may look scary at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's basically just like playing Guitar Hero but instead, it's Rock Band!
1. Chrono Trigger
Okay, so this technically isn't a new game but it's still a game of 2008 and the best one too. In case you don't know, Chrono Trigger was a SNES JRPG game that is considered by many the best RPG ever made. Well, I definitely agree, I never really had that much fun with an RPG game than Chrono Trigger. I would even dare to put this game over any Final Fantasy game and I really love VI, VII, and IX (X isn't that bad either, people.) Also what's really cool is that they have all the cutscenes from the PSX remake version but unlike the PSX, the DS version has no loading times. Before I would play this game, I would always watch the intro scene cause honestly, it just feels like watching an actual anime like Dragon Ball Z (not to mention, if you haven't noticed, the artist of Chrono Trigger also designed DBZ) and it's just awesome to watch with all the music too! If you have never played Chrono Trigger, own a DS, and looking for a new game to buy then, I seriously urge you to buy this game. You would really regret missing out on this cla55!c and it's a title that should not be missed!
Well, there you have it. That's my list of 2008 games. Now like I said I only included games that I own if a game that you want isn't there, don't fret, I probably haven't played it or just couldn't decide to put it on my top 5, who knows, it could be on my top 10 but top 5's are just easier to make on blogs.
Anyways, if you'd like to share any opinions, go right ahead! If you'd like to tell me your top 5 games of 08, you may do so too or post a blog and I'll definitely comment it! Until then, I'm out! Cya guys later!