The EZA Community Top 25 of 2008!

  • 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.

  • GTA IV is great! I didn't vote for it because I never beat it, but it's a fun time. Here's my list:

    1. Animal Crossing City Folk
    2. Fallout 3
    3. LittleBigPlanet
    4. Fable 2


    No More Heroes
    Super Smash Bros Brawl
    Soul Calibur IV
    The Force Unleashed

    Sad that Animal Crossing didn't make it. City Folk is easily the one I played the most of, and I still occasionally hook up my Wii and hop back in just to see how my villagers are doing. It's also a shame No More Heroes didn't make it. Not perfect, but such a wildly creative and fun game. I remember back before I even played it I would watch early YouTube era rankings of all of the bosses just because of how enthralling those characters were. Did Soul Calibur IV make it? I don't remember but that game's great too!

  • Banned

    My list.

    1. Dead Space
    2. Wipeout HD
    3. Super Smash Bros Brawl
    4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    HM. Burnout Paradise
    HM. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
    HM. Motorstorm Pacific Rift
    HM. Street Fighter IV

    I'm glad Dead Space made it so far.

  • @e_zed_eh_intern How could you forget? Guess the onus is on me because I made this huge confusing list of game releases that I only managed to trim down slightly.

  • Fallout 3 is likely my favorate Bethesda game and somewhere in my top ten of all time I just really love it.

    GTA4 is a funny one for since I played that game alot but never made it more than like 5hours into the story,
    I just wasnt interested in the story and similar to RDR2 they made the it more realistic which got in the way of trying to actually do a mission but made just screwing around so much fun. (eg flying out the window in a crash, not being able to flip back a car etc, the car handling in general)

  • MGS4

    This was my GOTY back in 2008. Like @bam541 this was my first MGS game. I played MGS1 when I was little but more like screwing around and never finished it. I was very aware of the plot and was extremely hyped on it.

    22 hours of game and probably 60-70% cutscenes and I couldn't be happier. Such awesome lore dumps, such amazing boss battles, quite literally top tier linear/semi-open steal level design. This game needs to be archived a la Demon's Souls PS5 and get a remake for preservation sake.

    Fallout 3

    I liked it kinda, but this felt like a MASSIVE step backwards from Oblivion and I expected more when I finally finished everything. My big takeaway at the time was that's it....

    I know that sounds crazy for a long ass game but once you finish the limited amount of side quests, there is nothing else to do. The world doesn't have a lot of storytelling and not too many characters are interesting to me. Unlike Oblivion which I played for years, Fallout 3 just kinda ends and feels empty.

    It also has the issue of me getting way too OP, even on Hard, in repeat plays. The fact I replayed it is a fact that the game is solid but it is really disappointing to me. My roommate and I replayed in 2018 and we were just like "ah another empty field", "wow a graveyard with nobody in it..." until we kinda just stopped.

    GTA IV

    I was actually disappointed by this when it released. I couldn't see past the game having less zany cheat code stuff than San Andreas did, but as the years went on, my friends and I just couldn't stop playing.

    GTA IV is a vibe. Liberty City is dirty, it's ugly, the people are biter, and it just adds so much to the violent criminal underworld they are going for. I love the premise of an immigrant who was expecting a better life and found a festering shithole.

    GTA IV is timeless to me. The graphics and art direction are fantastic, but the #1 feature for me is the physics system. Driving has so much weight and impact and everything you do feels so violent and satisfying. I was really disappointed in how floaty GTA V was and I think the weight and feel of GTA IV is unmatched.

    Truly a GOTY in every sense imaginable.

  • My 2008 GOTY List:

    1. Grand Theft Auto IV
    2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
    3. LittleBigPlanet
    4. Wipeout HD

    HM: Mirror's Edge, Pixel Junk Monsters, Resistance 2, Rock Band 2


    Other games that are absolutely fucking amazing that I would've voted for but couldn't.

    Man 2008 was sooooo good.

    • Burnout Paradise
    • MLB 08: The Show (GOAT Baseball sim)
    • Condemned 2: Bloodshot
    • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
    • SingStar (I wanted to vote for this sooooo bad. With DLC, this is GOAT karaoke)
    • Battlefield: Bad Company
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
    • Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
    • NHL 09 (GOAT hockey sim)
    • SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation (An all time fave MP game for me, but launched bad)

    I played the heck out of every game I nominated and all of the ones listed above. Just too good.

    On the opposite end, let's take a moment to recognize FarCry 2 and Army of Two being debatable WOAT games yet didn't ruin the year.

  • This was my list:

    #1: Dead Space
    #2: Lost Odyssey
    #3: Gears of War 2
    #4: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

    HM: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
    HM: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
    HM: Castle Crashers
    HM: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

    Happy that Dead Space made it this far even though it really deserved the top spot, it's a masterpiece of game design/world-building/sound/UI/etc. But horror games will never be mainstream enough to reach that level I'm afraid.

    I bounced off Fallout 3 really hard, even though I was super hyped for it leading up to the launch. Its world is just too miserable for me to want to explore it. Combat felt awkward too.

    Curious that Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia didn't get any love, I thought it was one of the best 2D Castlevanias.

  • Fatal Frame IV
    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
    Lost Odyssey
    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

    Mirror's Edge
    Silent Hill: Homecoming
    Yakuza 2
    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    I was probably cheating the rules a bit with my number one but it was such a clear favourite of mine that I felt, coupled with the fact that to this day it still isn't localised, it simply deserved to be included.

  • Let's also not forget that Haze came out in 2008...

  • Glad to see GTA IV on top. I feel like this game is where I started to love the series. In the previous games, I can never take the story or characters seriously because there's like an unintentional cartoon-esque feeling to those games that I can't really shake. The way GTA IV presented its story is just immediately engaging, with solid dialogues and top notch VO. The grittiness of the world is kinda unique, in context of the series as a whole. Also, the gameplay improvements are pretty big. The gunplay is actually competent now, and I know the driving mechanics are kinda divisive, but I love the weighty feel of all the vehicles. I hope we get to revisit Liberty City again someday, would love to hang out in that city again.

    I feel like I've played Fallout 3's intro like a dozen times now, despite never getting far into the game. It's just so glitchy, messy, and dirty. I'm one of those people that prefer FO4 over FO3, despite that game losing many of the RPG aspects that made FO games so interesting. I do think that there's a charming aspect of the world and characters, and it makes exploring feels exciting since it feels like there so many surprises to uncover.

    Here's my picks:

    1. GTA IV
    2. MGS IV
    3. Crisis Core
    4. Echochrome

    Honorable Mentions:

    • CoD World at War
    • Persona 4
    • Far Cry 2
    • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    I never beat Echochrome because it's just too hard for me back then. I would love to give it a try again though, it's such a cool concept that I think no one has really came back to.

    CoD WoW is one of my favorite CoD campaigns ever, the inclusion of the Pacific Front to the WWII story is just so fun to see. I have problems with how the game deals with respawning enemies, but other than that it's pretty much spotless for me.

    Far Cry 2 would have been higher have I not replayed it recently, which showed me that it didn't age as well as my memories led me to believe. Still, I have so much respect for it. I like what the game tried to be, and I think that it's quite ahead of its time, for better and for worse.

    Thanks to @JDINCINERATOR for setting this whole thing up, and to everyone who voted!

  • @axel said in The EZA Community Top 25 of 2008!:

    #4: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

    Someone voted for Apollo!

  • My votes

    -GTA 4
    -Dead Space
    -Lost Odyssey
    -Gears of War 2

    -Fallout 3
    -Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People
    -World of Goo

    GTA 4 winning was kind of surprising, it's the kind of game that through the years I've seen people being general negative towards it. I absolutely love it, I love Niko and how he's place in this world. One of my favourite open worlds too.

    Fallout 3, I really like but my experience with it was too buggy. Still an incredible game that would have made my top 4 if it wasn't me noticing last second that Lost Odyssey was electable.

    Shout out to my other HMs. World of Goo is a fantastic game and I feel bad that I couldn't find an higher spot for it. Strong Bad from Telltale, it's one of my favourite comedies in gaming. Not a brilliant game but I had a lot of fun with it. Lostwinds I like motion control and this game uses them well. Maybe it was released ahead of its time, I think people would be more receptive to a 3h long adorable indie game with somewhat innovative gameplay nowadays than they did in 2008. I really liked it and would buy it again for the Switch.

  • @phbz You really dug deep to find games I've never heard of lol. Well I've loosely heard of World of Goo and I think it's available on Swith, but Strong Bad and Lostwinds I'm not familiar with at all.