The EZA Community Top 25 of 2008!

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    #3.DEAD SPACE=26 Points
    #1:3 (El Shmiablo, Axel, Paulmci27)
    #2:1 (PHBZ)
    #3:1 (MiserablePerson)
    #4:1 (Sentinel Beach)
    HM:2 (Kindiman, Nimbat1003)
    Release Date: October 13th 2008 (NA), October 20th 2008 (PC release date), October 23rd 2008 (AU), October 24th 2008 (EU)
    Developer: EA Redwood Shores
    Publisher: EA
    Genre: Survival horror
    Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

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  • Yes it's the real number 3 this time no tomfoolery here. Dead Space was a pretty big deal in 2008. I remember when I played it and I wasn't sure how to play horror games such as it back then. I used to rent out games and play them until I had 10% trophy completion then I'd review them. Obviously I was silly back then, but when it came to Dead Space I only reached 5% trophy completion and gave up. Now fast-forward all these thirteen-years later and considering I've revisited Dead Space a few times since 2008-and it's a cracking horror game. I didn't put it in my top 8 because there were just too many games that I couldn't deny but Dead Space would be in a top 10 possibly or at least top 15 for me. Necromorphs are absolutely sickening in how demented they're shaped and formed and the sounds they make are sure to make you sweat with intensity. I don't know what to say about Isaac Clarke, he's pretty much a guy with an electric-light emitted upturned bin on his head who doesn't speak. I mean Isaac does groan in pain but that's probably due to the fact that he makes for appetizing necromorph bait.

  • As I've stated multiple times, I'm no fan of horror and as such, I've steered clear of it in all its forms for many years until the full playthrough of Resident Evil VII. And because of that, plus some other factors, Dead Space is now my leading candidate of a full playthrough I would like to see an Ally do. And after the years of calling for a remaster (or a return of any kind really) for the franchise from many finally being heard by EA, I think the wait won't be too much longer.

    While the third entry has a terrible reputation, I would like to see both this and its sequel, but until then, I'll stay content to just hang back and wait. Yes, I DO know the twist and how the first letter of every chapter spells it out, but without context, I'm intrigued to experience that as intended. Don't get me wrong: I'll forever be irked by EA shutting down Visceral for a variety of reasons, and I'm stoked to hear the former lead start up his own new studio to make The Callisto Portocol inspired what they made with Dead Space, but I want to reserve judgment until I see EA doesn't mess this remake up.

  • Banned

    I grew up on stuff like Alien and Event Horizon, so the first time I played Dead Space I was absolutely mesmerized by how well the game conveyed a sense of constant dread through it's incredible lighting, unparalleled sound design, and overall atmosphere.
    The idea that headshots were in most situations the least ideal method of dispatching enemies made combat feel engaging and unique, since the idea of ripping enemies limb from limb and even using those limbs against them was something I'd never really seen in a game before.
    The twist and ending left me completely blown away. Real tennouttaten type stuff. I'm fucking frothing at the mouth for the remake and that PUBG spinoff on the moon by the old devs.

  • camon we all know it's gonna be fallout 3 right?... right???

  • World of Goo wasn't mentioned yet so it must mean it will be in the top 2!

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    #2.FALLOUT 3=49 Points
    #1:4 (Shoulderguy, Kindiman, Nimbat1003, Nikhil Sharma)
    #2:6 (ffff0, Sentinel Beach, Crepe, Paulmci27, MiserablePerson, Capnbobamous)
    #3:1 (James Davie)
    Release Date: October 28th 2008 (NA), October 30th 2008 (PAL)
    Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

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  • And the EZA Community 2008 Game of the Year is.....
    #1.GTA IV=49 Points
    #1:6 (James Davie, Bam541, PHBZ, Sentinel Beach, DIPSET, VicRattler)
    #2:2 (Kindiman, Nikhil Sharma)
    #3:2 (Shoulderguy, ffff0)
    #4:1 (Scotty)
    #HM:3 (Crepe, Nimbat1003, MiserablePerson)
    Release Date: 29th April 2008
    Developer: Rockstar North
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

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  • An extremely tight finale but GTA IV just slips by Fallout 3 as the EZA Community 2008 Game of the Year. It's been a very enjoyable ride getting to this spot and with an extremely competitive final 2 it's been very exciting to curate such a fantastic list. As for what can be said about Fallout 3 and GTA IV? Both are incredible games at the tip top of their respective genres at this time. Fallout 3 had a captivating open-world action RPG experience that actually got me into action RPGs. Back in 2008 I thought all RPGs were turn-based, fantastical and samey and Fallout 3 changed my perception completely. As for GTA IV, it's an impeccable open-world sandbox game that bends towards a gritty realistic tilt but is nonetheless utterly enthralling-putting story and characters first has paid off in heaps. I generally couldn't imagine a better final two games to square off.

    Thank you very much to all who voted and made this experience so fantastic. It's my first time curating a top 25 on this wonderful community forum. I have to thank @Axel for giving me the reigns to whip this list up. I know there are improvements that need to be made to my approach curating these lists, so if you have recommendations for any improvements I should make feel free to PM me.

  • Wow! It doesn't get much closer than that.

    @JDINCINERATOR So Fallout 3 had 13 voters and GTA IV had 14. That was the tie-breaker?

  • @shoulderguy That and GTA IV had more #1 votes.

  • Kinda bummed Devil May Cry 4 didn't make the list at all :|

  • I forgot to mention that a recap post is coming where I will list all the games that were voted for but didn't make the top 25.

  • It's been a bit since I haven't been able to comment on at least one of the games to make a final reveal, but c'est la vie. I have no inclination towards Fallout as a franchise, though I do know 3 is brought up the most as the most beloved entry. And far as GTA, I don't need to keep beating the dead horse as it were.

    As is tradition for the end of the countdowns, my full list, plus comments on games that didn't show up starting at the bottom:

    GOTY: Gears of War 2
    2.) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
    3.) Left 4 Dead
    4.) God of War: Chains of Olympus
    5.) (HM) Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
    6.) (HM) Resistance 2
    7.) (HM) Mirror's Edge
    8.) (HM) Braid
    9.) (DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT) Soulcalibur IV
    10.) (DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
    11.) (DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
    12.) (DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT) Need for Speed: Undercover
    13.) (DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT) Secret Agent Clank

    Secret Agent Clank is straight up not a fun game, or good by any stretch of the imagination. I remember playing it once, getting to the final boss with some kind of difficulty spike mixed with some BS QTE timing, and after having been soured for most of the game (Plus having a terrible with another game for a future countdown if we keep going), for the first time, this put me in a down mood on the franchise, until I realized this wasn't made by Insomniac.

    2008 was a time I think I tried out a variety of genres and really becoming in tune with my tastes. And Need for Speed: Undercover was a casualty of this. I think it had a couple of moments of fun here and there in the moment, but the overall experience is a forgettable one with a stupid story and repetitive gameplay I noticed real quick by the end. This turned me solidly away from arcade-y racers and Need for Speed as a whole.

    As I just said about playing different kinds of games, so too does this apply to Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Now, my father also got himself a 360, but before doing so, we used mine together for a brief time before he got his, so he went ahead and got a few games he was interested in, and mostly they were military shooters (So Vegas, GRAW, CoD, etc.). From what I remember, the game is fine, but it's not something I really care for, plus as I've aged, I've become more against these kinds of games, so I have no desire to revisit this bizarre premise of terrorists attacking Las Vegas.

    Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty is the lone game I voted for that didn't appear, which means I THINK this is the most games I voted for that ultimately appeared on a single countdown. And to the greater point, I'm actually really pleased I feel like I was able to comment more than normal. I'm hoping if we keep the pattern going, 2007 will be where I can speak the most. Anyway, regarding QFB, this is a fun time, because I'm a sucker for the robot pirate theme. This also was the first digital-only game I ever owned. However, it's brevity is probably its biggest flaw: You can 100% this game in about three hours, you're only given a handful of weapons with practically pointless upgrading (each given to you is at Level 3, only able to go to Level 5), and though it serves as a nice connecter between Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time, it feels like that could've either been much more to do OR be tacked on to the beginning of A Crack in Time. Regardless, it's still fun for what it is and an easy recommendation only because it requires very little investment, both in terms of time and commitment.

    To close, my thanks to @JDINCINERATOR for picking up the mantle and keeping these going. For the most part, these countdowns have been consistently the threads that have kept me here (sans discussing Hall of Greats, but that's no longer on a consistent schedule) and I always enjoy them. While it's making me sad it appears like there's less and less participation with each thread/year we visit, I totally get why. Regardless, much appreciation to all who contributed, and I'm looking forward to the next one!

    1. Fallout 3
    2. Tales of Vesperia
    3. Grand Theft Auto IV
    4. Fable II
    5. (HM) SoulCalibur IV
    6. (HM) Gears of War 2
    7. (HM) Rock Band 2
    8. (HM) Left 4 Dead

    My full ranked list of 34 games on GGapp

    GTA 2 was my first Grand Theft Auto game, and Rockstar has continually found ways to impress me with every new game in the series. Grand Theft Auto IV was one of the first games I played on my new HDTV, and I was blown away by how realistic and full of detail Liberty City was. Not only is GTA 4 great, but also Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost & the Damned are two of the best DLC's I've ever played.

    I love Fallout 3 so much. It has some of my all-time favorite quests, characters and gameplay. I don't usually go for 100% completion in games, but I did every quest in Fallout 3 and all the DLC, found all the bobble-heads, and I've replayed it on Xbox 360 and later on PC with mods. Fallout 3 is in my top 10 games of all-time, and it's well-deserving of it's top 2 spot on our list.

    Thanks to everyone who participated. I always like seeing which games you all enjoy the most. And thanks to @JDINCINERATOR for making it happen.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV is my #3. I’ve played it on PC in the end of 2011 and it was still an enjoyable experience. I wasn’t impressed with the story (I totally forgot it by now and I don’t think I remembered much upon completion), but attention to the details caught my eye. I remember riding motorcycle through metro tunnels looking for depot and indeed there’s one. Or the fact that there’s an entire radio station with Russian music. Don’t remember much about gameplay, but I think it was fun.

  • Fallout 3 is my #2. This is the only Fallout game I’ve liked (finished 3, 4 and New Vegas), probably because it was the first one and because I had a mutant companion that did all shooting for me (he was insanely OP). I don’t remember much about the story or exploration, but I did enjoy them enough to play all 5 DLCs.

    My #2 and #3 (GTA IV) are very close, but what elevates Fallout 3 is a fun story that has nothing to do with the game. As I said, this was my fist Fallout, so I didn’t know what to expect. So, I’ve exited the Vault, walked over wasteland to my first objective and the quest marker led me to the entrance to the metro. I thought: “Great, walking over barren land wasn’t that fun, I gladly ride in a train the rest of the way”. So I enter the metro and see that it’s not functional. In fact, it’s completely destroyed and partly crumbled. Damn! I have no idea why I expected working transport in destroyed city, but I was so-o-o disappointed at that moment. And now this is a fun memory that makes me smile when I think about this game.

    By the way, when I was looking for a place to buy this game, I’ve discovered that the cheapest option was on some site called Steam. And that’s how I’ve discovered Valve’s store.

  • Here’re my top 8 2008 games:

    1. Mirror's Edge
    2. Fallout 3
    3. Grand Theft Auto IV
    4. Persona 4
    5. LittleBigPlanet
    6. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    7. Echochrome
    8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    Command & Conquer is just a series that I've played since my early PC days. This particular game isn't something special, but I still enjoyed it. As for Echochrome, it's just an interesting puzzle game that's all about shifting perspective. It's not the best in the genre, but it's quite unique.

  • Oddly enough instead of putting my community username up I decided to use my real name James Davie. Anyway here is the top 8 as I had it:
    1.GTA IV
    2.Saints Row 2
    3.Fallout 3
    4.God of War: Chains of Olympus
    HM: Gears of War 2
    HM: LittleBigPlanet
    HM: Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots
    HM: Super Smash Bros Brawl

  • I somehow missed GTA IV. It would have won by more had I not.