A Look Back at 2008: My Favorite Games From the Year That Was


I’ve never really believed in doing the yearly awards thing, at least not in terms of singling certain games out as “Best Racing Game” or “Best Graphics” or “Best Story” and all that nonsense, but I’ve always put up with doing them wherever I’ve been out of the sheer obligation of having to do some type of awards. I mean, if you write for a gaming site you have to at least do something.

This year (and from here on out probably), though, I’ve decided to recognize the best games of 2008 in a very simple and straightforward way. I’m simply going to list out a few personal favorite games from last year across the different platforms and that’s it. There were so many phenomenal games in 2008 that it’s impossible (and even a bit unfair to many deserving titles) to single any one game out as the “best of” anything, so I’m not even going to try.

Read on to see what games wet my whistle in 2008.

Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff
Chrono Trigger
The World Ends With You
Soul Bubbles
Arkanoid DS

de Blob
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
Blast Works
Boom Blox
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Valkyria Chronicles
Crash Commando
Siren: Blood Curse

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Star Ocean: First Departure

Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition

Xbox 360:
Gears of War 2
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Lost Odyssey
Tales of Vesperia

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
Ultimate Dungeons & Dragons Collection (OK, so technically this didn’t come out in 2008, but it’s such an amazing collection I had to list it)

Mirror’s Edge
Fallout 3
Prince of Persia
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Bionic Commando Rearmed

That’s it. That’s the list!

About the Author

Matt Litten is the full-time editor and owner of VGBlogger.com. He is responsible for maintaining the day to day operation of the site, editing all staff content before it is published, and contributing regular news, reviews, previews and other articles. Matt landed his first gig in the video game review business writing for the now-defunct website BonusStage.com. After the sad and untimely close of BonusStage, the former staff went on to found VGBlogger.com. After a short stint as US Site Manager for AceGamez, Matt assumed full ownership over VGBlogger, and to this day he is dedicated to making it one of the top video game blogs in all the blogosphere. Matt is a fair-minded reviewer and lover of games of all platforms and types, big or small, hyped or niche, big-budget or indie. But that doesn't mean he will let poor games slide without a good thrashing when necessary!