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The Year in Video Games

By Benji Anft | Posted 12/10/2008

1. Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is one of the biggest--if not the biggest--games ever made. It is so loaded with content and things to do that it takes months and months to be able to see everything and do everything that there is to do. Every little bit of the quests and content that can be found in this game is extremely fun and complex. The game is set in a post apocalyptic Washington, D.C., known as the “capital wasteland,” which makes it very interesting to see all the famous buildings in this setting. This is the most fun, large game this year, and is definitely worth your time and money.

2. Fable 2

Fable 2 is a game about choices. Every choice you make affects the world around you, the way people think of you, and in some cases it changes the way that others think of you. This game is loaded with things to do and will give hours of fun to anyone, even those who don't play the original. Fable 2 is also probably one of the more innovative games of the year: it has many original ideas, such as the ability to marry and start a family, and how your choices and combat style will affect your hero's appearance. And it's a must buy for anyone who enjoyed he first Fable.

3. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

The final game in the Metal Gear Solid series is here, and besides boasting incredibly beautiful graphics, it still retains the amazing gameplay and strong, gripping story. The gameplay is fun and immersive, with big encounters strung together with long beautiful cut scenes. A final installment could not have been made any better.

4. Spore

Without a doubt one of the most hyped games ever, Spore's user-friendly interface and instructions, and tools that allow you to make almost anything you could imagine, helped make it one of the best-selling games of all time. Besides the fun of creating your own creatures, buildings, and vehicles completely from scratch, being able to share your creations online and receive feedback from real people makes Spore feel like more than just a game.

5. Guitar Hero: World Tour

The fourth game in the most popular music game series ever made has even more content than any of the other games before. It offers a huge track list filled with some of the greatest rock songs ever, plus all tools to customize your own character, instruments, and even tools to make your own song without needing any skills to play a real instrument. You can also put your song online and see how other people around the world like it.

6. Little Big Planet

Definitely the best game for PS3 this year, Little Big Planet innovates in ways that games haven’t before. It plays like a traditional platformer, such as Mario, but also gives you tools to make levels yourself. You can completely create any object you can think of, build it, and put it in your level with the extremely simple to use level-editing tools. This game alone is reason enough to buy a PS3.

7. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

The critically acclaimed World of Warcraft has released a new expansion this year, making the massively multi-player online role-playing game bigger and better than ever before. This expansion adds an entire new region dubbed “Northrend,” a new hero class (the “Death Knight”), and a countless number of new quests and dungeons make this expansion pack more than enough to keep those who have finished all that World of Warcraft previously had to offer occupied for the coming months.

8. Super Smash Brothers Brawl

One of Nintendo’s best-selling franchises, this third installment doesn't disappoint. In bringing together almost every Nintendo character ever made to do battle, Super Smash Brothers Brawl is a great game to play with friends, even those who don’t play video games. It's simple, so anyone can play, but it takes a devoted gamer to truly master. With great balance and a huge cast of characters, and even a single-player mode with tons of unlockables, it is the most fun Wii game of the year.

9. Civilization: Revolution

Legendary game developer Sid Myer's extremely complex Civilization series has made its way on to consoles. The final product is a much simpler, shorter, and overall better experience for people who don’t have time to commit 15 hours into a single game. Civilization: Revolution may have been dumbed down a bit, but it is still as fun and addicting as any of the other Civilization games for PC.

10. Soul Calibur 4

Soul Calibur 4 carries on the serie's weapon-based fighting game better than ever before. With an almost perfectly balanced fighting system, awesome cast of characters, an amazingly detailed and complex create-a-fighter mode, and guest appearances from Star Wars characters Yoda and Darth Vader, it's easy to see why this game has garnered such strong reviews. You wont find many fighting games better than this one.

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