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12:20 PM on 12.27.2008

Here's my top 10 list, based on how much I enjoyed them, how long I spent playing and replaying them, how much fun I had with them in group settings, and how just plain badass they are:

1. Metal Gear Solid 4

The best series of video games ever comes to an end with this game. I'm playing it through for a 3rd time at the moment and it just keeps getting better and better. If you've played any of the Metal Gear Solid games or if you've just heard me rant about the storyline, you need to play this game. Seriously, the PS3's price tag and this game are worth the cost. Metal Gear?

2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

This game got me interested in Metal Gear Solid, so I've gotta give it props. Also, this is one of my default games to sit around and drink while playing it with friends. I wasn't too hype about it before its release, but once I got it, I just couldn't stop playing it. The single player story mode is actually pretty good and of course the multiplayer brawling brings the ruckus. This game is definitely a staple of the Wii and it has refined a series that has spanned the last 3 Nintendo consoles. I'll definitely be playing it quite often until the next edition comes out.

3. Little Big Planet

The creativity involved in the level design of this game is just astounding. Just playing through the story mode is enough for me, but on top of that, they give you the developer tools to make your own levels and share them with the world. Not nearly as good as Metal Gear Solid 4, this game is still definitely a worthy purchase for your PS3.

4. Castle Crashers

The time spent at my house playing this game is staggering. We played this game from start up to completion many many times, mostly because of how much fun it is to beat the living shit out of some bad guys with your swords and magic. Additionally, the fact that you can level up your characters and give them all kinds of badass powers through repeated plays makes this game extremely addicting. People keep saying that Left 4 Dead got the cooperative multiplayer campaign idea down perfectly; I say Castle Crashers did it first and better.

5. Megaman 9

Easily the most ridiculous game of the year considering the technology available to developers, this game is also one of this year's best. It plays upon the fact that I love old school Megaman without giving me any of the bullshit from later iterations of Megaman. I mean, if you give me a game with exactly the same game play mechanics as an old Megaman, I'll love it no matter what. 8-bit 4 life!

6. Legend of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass

Ok, true, this game came out in late 2007, but I didn't play it til this year so to me, it's a 2008 release. It's a direct sequel to the Wind Waker, but with much better controls. Actually, the touch screen controls of this game make it, in my opinion, the best handling Zelda game ever. The developers also did a lot of really creative stuff with the dual screens of the DS. Also, probably one of the best parts of this game is the fact that one part of it borrows the Soloton Radar from Metal Gear Solid, so of course I'm going to love it.

7. Braid

Definitely the most creative game play mechanic of this or any other century is the time controlling of Braid. The sparse story and familiar game play style make it reminiscent of older platformers like Mario and Megaman, but the fact that you can control the flow of time makes this game unique to itself. Plus, it's just beautiful to look at and listen to, and I loved solving the puzzles.

8. Lost Winds

Definitely an under appreciated game of this year, Lost Winds was another platformer with an interesting twist. Controlling wind and using it as a 2nd jump, as well as using it to push fire and water where you needed it to go make this game stick out in my mind as a great game for 2008.

9. Grand Theft Auto 4

Definitely not worth any of the hype it got, but it was still a fun play through. The story was boring, the missions kinda got repetitive, and the graphics made the people look like shiny monkeys in a time where graphics should make the people look like people. But it was still kinda fun. The multiplayer is surprisingly good considering this is the first time they've had true multiplayer in a GTA game.

10. Guitar Hero 2

Though I don't own this game, my room mate does and we got quite a lot of miles out of his broken-ass guitars. I like playing bass or singing, and this is another great "sit around and get wasted while you play it" kind of game.

Best Game Rediscovered in 2008:

Mariokart 64

I'll definitely be rediscovering the badass-ness of this game every year til I die, but this year, it holds a special place in my heart because of how badly I destroyed Tom, Glen, and Glen's brother the other day. December 19th, 2008 will be a day that will live on in infamy because of how badly I kicked their asses. With nearly double the 1st place finishes of anyone else playing, I am single handedly the best Mariokart 64 player in the universe. Suck my dick.

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