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x360a's 2008 Game of the Year Awards

x360a's 2008 Game of the Year Awards

Written Wednesday, December 31, 2008 By Dan Webb
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Welcome to the first in a long line of x360a “Game of the Year” awards ceremonies where we brush the dust off the tux and sit around with cheap champagne to tell you who we thought were the real winners (and losers) this year in the gaming world. Rather than drip feed you the results, we thought we’d just throw them at you like one gigantic snowball. So go get your tux on, the party starts after the break. Be warned, it’s a long one!


We kick off proceedings this year with the “Best Premise” category. This category is simple; it’s the game where on the face of it, the premise, i.e. concept, sounds like the best game ever. However, sometimes these concepts deliver and sometimes they fall way sort, this year as always, has had a little from column A and a little from column B.

Failing to make the winner’s podium this year are our runners up; Legendary and Mirror’s Edge. Legendary was the “Turning Point” of the year; a pretty impressive sounding concept that is totally and utterly ordinary. We’ve always wanted to take on a whole range of mythological beasts that get released from Pandora’s box in a shooter, but no-one said it had to be mediocre. Such a shame.

Mirror’s Edge was one of the most unique concepts of the year - possibly ever - and the whole first person parkour action was truly a joy to behold. Granted, the title felt a little bit like guess work at times for too many to stomach but the whole liberating chases meant that Mirror’s Edge makes the podium this year with ease.

Seriously, even non Star Wars fans were quite looking forward to using the Force to cause wanton destruction but it never quite materialised like that. Telekinesis plus Spidey senses plus mind control should automatically mean Game of the Year, right? Wrong! Star Wars wasn’t a bad game, it was just that it wasn’t what it could have been. It had a hugely intriguing idea and potential for scope with the Force, but we can’t help but feel that with a little more polish, a few less glitches, that The Force Unleashed could have been so much more than the best premise this year.

 

Ahhh, story time. I’ve got to admit I’m a sucker for a deep and intriguing story ... You know, the type of story that will engage the senses, keep you on the edge of your seat and really hit home on an emotional level. That’s all well and good saying that, but what makes a good story? Twists, great characters that you can relate to and plenty of action in our opinion ... Who made the cut this year I wonder.

I must admit, Lost Odyssey was a slow starter for me. I couldn’t shake the feeling to start with that Kaim seemed like a mute idiot with no personality and I was dreading what I had let myself in for. The truth is though, as you progress through the story with Kaim retrieving his lost memories bit by bit, Lost Odyssey starts to come in to its own. The story is intensely deep and the Thousand Years of Dreams feature gives an extra insight in to the main characters and acts as a powerful addition to the main plot. You can’t go wrong with a power hungry sorcerer abusing his power to become the almighty ruler of a world embroiled in a three way war, and Lost Odyssey did just that. It has a little bit of everything; a little bit of romance, a few emotional deaths, reunions of long lost pals and plenty of aggression; the game’s story is ultimately part of the game’s success.

In the runners up category by a whisker this year is Rockstar’s hugely impressive GTA IV. The whole story and experience of GTA IV is as close to Hollywood we’ve come. Niko Bellic is a character that you come to love and feel for; a monster by his own right with misplaced morals and yet despite that, you can’t help but love him. GTA IV’s story line will have you on the edge of your seat throughout, from start to finish. Oh and the bank scene set piece is one of the best set pieces in video game history. How many games can add that to their repertoire?

It’s definitely a tough category this year with Fallout taking the award by a nose length. GTA IV although a fantastic plot seemed somewhat cliché and predictable but Fallout was a total mixed bag. Fallout 3 maps the life of Vault 101’s “vault dweller” from birth to near death (on multiple times) with plenty of huge and wonderful twists and choices along the way. The story takes place all over a devastated post-apocalyptic Washington DC as our vault dweller tries to find his father and unravel the mysteries of this once prosperous land. Without being spoilerific, if Fallout 3’s story was one word in a dictionary, it would be awesome.

 

The multiplayer aspect of a game is to live and die for a huge proportion of gamers ... I mean where else can you kill someone’s digital character and torment them after? Well, only on Xbox Live, that’s for sure (we know there are other places but don’t ruin the moment dammit!). This category places the biggest and best multiplayer aspects of a title in to a ring to duke it out for the top dog award. As always, there can only be one winner.

Both multiplayer games in the runners up slot this year were first person shooter *shock horror* and both have pretty big backgrounds behind them. World at War is fundamentally Call of Duty 4 but in a new setting which includes new weapons and perks. The maps are bigger, the maps are better and the whole thing looks utterly delightful. The fact that it is an improved version of Call of Duty 4’s multiplayer is partly the reason behind its success, but hey ... that’s nothing but a good thing right?

Also occupying the runners up podium with World at War is DICE’s latest Battlefield title, Bad Company. Like its podium partner, the game offers tonnes of rewards for those that put their time in, but at the same time, doesn’t necessarily give them a huge advantage over the newcomer. Huge varied maps where 24 players can change speciality per death made for some pretty intense games. Sure it only shipped with one gametype, but that was definitely enough to make it one of the best multiplayer titles of the year.

Was there really ever going to be another winner here? I mean, Left 4 Dead is the perfect multiplayer game. It gives you plenty of variation, co-operative and competitive gameplay, and the chance of killing wave after wave of zombie, sorry, I mean infected. Utter gaming bliss presented in a fantastic way. Seriously, where would multiplayer gaming be without Valve? Think that one over.

 

Welcome to the eye candy category where we do what men do best ... become vain and ogle at who is the better looking. Of course I’m talking about video games, you don’t think we’re that perverted, do you? Either way, you’ve got to be as fine as Cleopatra to get nominated in this category, yet alone win it. We’re talking the titles that turn heads, the titles you give a second look and wonder whether you are in fact playing a game or watching a high budget film ... the category where looks are everything!

Prince of Persia definitely gets the prize for most artistic title this year with Ubisoft Montreal truly showing off their creative skills. The technique used in Prince of Persia according to Ubisoft is known as “illustrative shading” which is a hybrid combo of cell shading for the characters set inside a more artsy world. The game is absolutely stunning from beginning to end and truly stands out from the pack this year.

Seeing is believing with the other nominee this year, which is deservedly Race Driver: GRID. When the GRID screens were released late last year, the whole “they were surely CGI” debate hit the internet once again, but to everyone’s surprise, the screens were in fact in-game. GRID is easily one of the best looking racing titles around, if not one of the best looking titles full stop; with its impressive car renders, detailed environments and its superb feeling of speed, GRID is another beautiful looking staple in the Codemasters racing catalogue.

Epic Games and Gears of War have been setting the standard for graphics for some time now and 2008 was no different. In every way, shape and form, Gears of War 2 looked stunning and continues to set the bar for games in the 21st century; with no game even coming close to its level. Whether you’re talking about the character detail, the dynamic lighting or the textures, chances are Gears of War 2 will still be setting standards long in to 2009.


The soundtrack in this day and age of gaming plays as big apart as the graphics. As the famous saying goes “presentation is everything” and that rings true with part of that complete package definitely being the soundtrack. Come on, you wouldn’t take a second look at Megan Fox if she sounded like Marcus Fenix would you? In this category we’ll look at the titles that sent shivers down our spines with powerful scores and blew us away with the performance of the cast.

Fable 2’s soundtrack was most definitely a joy on the ears, whether we’re talking about the chilling orchestral tones of the choir that follow you round Albion or the cameos from Zoe Wannamaker and Stephen Fry. Fable 2’s soundtrack rarely puts a foot wrong but it’s no match for our winner this year but it is definitely worthy of a place as a runner up.

Lost Odyssey’s soundtrack seemed to be able to incite your mood or predict what you were feeling minutes before you knew it. The pan pipe ridden travel screen was a delight every time you loaded it up, so much so that you felt the need to travel for no apparent reason. Not known for its hugely impressive voice acting, Lost Odyssey shines in the score; the emotional pieces that accompanied the Thousand Years of Dreams sections were utterly flawless in portraying the mood.

In at the top spot this year is Prince of Persia with his debut on the current generation technology. Whilst missing out slightly on top spot as far as the graphics went, Prince of Persia is a resounding winner in the soundtrack category. The epic soft Arabian score is complimented by a fantastic performance and chemistry by the game’s two stars (Nathan Nolan and Kari Wahlgren). It ultimately meant that Prince of Persia takes home the prize for the top audio dog this year.

 

We all love our classic franchises right, but they’ve all got to start somewhere, right? And that’s usually at the beginning. This category is where those newcomers get a chance to shine under the spotlight rather than be crowded out by a market full of titles that have had more facelifts than Madonna. After all, we do need a bit of fresh blood every so often.

Failing to make the podium this year are two of EA’s new intellectual properties and what a great way to start their new originality initiative. However, despite DICE creating a beautifully crafted first person, action-adventure title, sales were disappointingly low which would surely question whether the title will in fact receive a sequel. EA are saying that they won’t give up on the new franchise but whether they do or not, only time will tell. It’s tough being a new franchise in an already packed market.

Sitting on the runners up podium as well is of course EA’s hugely popular Dead Space which hit home with horror-survival fans and critics alike. This new breed of horror title sees its own unique in-game HUD system that adds to the immersion and introduces a new type of combat to the genre; strategic dismemberment. A hugely creepy and atmospheric title that is worthy of its place as this year’s runner up.

Taking home the candy this year is Valve’s latest first person shooter built on the much heralded Source engine. Left 4 Dead takes co-op gameplay and zombie annihilation to a new level and takes advantage of Valve’s new AI Director; a script that adapts to your performance as a team, meaning infinite replayability for you and your chums. Left 4 Dead is a worthy winner of this award this year and we hope this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

 

The Xbox Live Arcade is the best creation ever for some people and an annoying distraction for others. Whoever you are though, you can’t deny its success in bringing back some old skool and simplistic, innovative games to the forefront of gaming. Here we throw praise upon some of the best titles that are available for download on our Xbox Live Arcade every Wednesday and boy, has it been a good year or what!

For a lot of people Geometry Wars was a perfect game and was in no need of a makeover, however, the folks at Bizarre Creations thought “to hell with that” and Geo Wars 2 was born. A game that in every way shape and form was better than its predecessor, boasting new modes and new visuals to give the franchise a new kick and although no online modes were included, Geo Wars 2 is easily one of the best arcade titles of the year.

Falling just short of the winner’s podium this year is Johnathan Blow’s hugely original Braid. The title’s unique art style and well implemented time control mechanism are blended in with a solid platformer. Join Tim on his hugely vague quest to do something with some Princess ... It really is that vague but it seems to be more about imagery than anything else anyway; go figure, a game that makes you think! Either way, a fantastic title that just misses out on gold.

It was definitely a close one in this category this year but for us, the amusing and beautiful looking Castle Crashers takes home the slice of pie. Dan Paladin’s art styles amongst an old skool 2D combat on a 3D axis side scroller is a fantastic title worthy of a place in anyone’s collection. Throw in loads of massive, oversized boss fights and some black humour and we have a real winner on our hands this year.

 

Now THIS is the future of gaming, because if it wasn’t for innovation like this every year with developers trying something new and innovative, then gaming would get stale ... a bit like films ... Oh! I so went there. Prepare to throw praise on those that were bold, tried to change the world a brick at a time and truly make an impact.

It wouldn’t be an innovation category without throwing praise on what truly could be the future of sports gaming; NHL 09’s MMO style online mode. Join a clan style team and grab five other team players from that clan and take on a whole squad of like-minded opponents in a volley of big hits and stunning goals in the most interactive and involved leaderboard around. Seriously, MMO sports games was something we only dreamed about as kids, but this is happening ... now.

Sitting pretty with NHL 09 in the runners up category is the stuff of sci-fi movies; an AI technology that can react according to the situation that is thrown in front of it. This is exactly what Left 4 Dead’s AI director does and boy, doesn’t it do it impressively. Could this infinite replayability technology really be the future of all games? We bloody well hope so.

Voice activated controls has been touted as the next step for gaming for some time now but everyone seems to shy away from it, everyone except Ubisoft Shangai that is. Tom Clancy’s EndWar is the first fully fledged voice controlled title and for a first attempt, the command system is pretty damn impressive already. It would be rude to have given it to anyone else this year because if we’re being honest with ourselves, this is pretty damn revolutionary. Kudos, kudos indeed!

 

In order to be classed as a surprise hit for this year’s category, expectations have to be low or even non-existent. You know, that game you either buy on a whim or you buy because you have nothing better to play ... But as always in life, the underdog can shock the hell out of you and this year’s “surprise hit” category awards those that did just that.

I’m probably not the best person to be writing about FIFA since I’ve been brought up on its fiercest rival, PES, my entire life, but even I can put my hands up this year and say, “ok boys, you’ve done good.” In the first year since the existence of PES, FIFA is coming out of the year as the top dog and rightly so. With a new feel and more realism added to the beautiful game, FIFA literally puts PES to shame this year and we just weren’t expecting it, like we don’t any year. Touché EA for proving us wrong.

The history of the Bond franchise on consoles is a hot and cold affair; Goldeneye was hot, everything else was cold ... or rather tepid. We chalked down Quantum of Solace as another one of “those Bond titles” before it even hit the shelves but were pleasantly surprised. The game had a more than capable online mode – although the shotgun was a little off balance – with a fairly enjoyable, but rather short single player. Are we likely to see a Bond title of similar Goldeneye calibre following this impressive start for Treyarch? It looks more likely after this instalment.

Let’s be honest, no one knew what to expect of Lost Odyssey before it landed in February of this year. JRPGs on the whole don’t tend to be huge sellers (unless it has Final and Fantasy in the title) but when we got our mits on Lost Odyssey at the beginning of the year, we were blown away. A gripping story line, intertwined with a traditional turn based stance, with great visuals and a fantastic soundtrack meant that Lost Odyssey takes home our surprise hit of the year award.

 

In order for there to be a cloud of disappointment surrounding a title, the game itself needs to have had some sort of positive anticipation. This is usually generated by the PR folk themselves or with the natural assumption that comes with a franchise; the successor should absolutely put the predecessor to shame. The disappointment of the year category is riddled with titles that we just had a bit more hope for, but failed to deliver. We’re not saying they’re bad games, we’re saying ... is that it?

First on the list is fan favourite, Mercenaries from the ever resilient Pandemic. You would have thought that with the sandbox, everything can explode premise – with co-op may we add – that Mercenaries and Pandemic really couldn’t really put a foot wrong. Well, we were a tad off there. Mercenaries 2 is a decent enough title that is marred by technical error after technical error which detracts away from the experience totally. Even the co-op has a tainted side with players having to stay within a certain distance of one another, so it’s like having a leash on one another. A title that with a little more polish and care could have scored 80 something, rather than 70 something.

Moving from the sloppy to the damn right weird. The original Condemned title was quite simply put, a masterpiece, capturing the mood perfectly and being one of the consoles superb horror titles. Condemned 2, whilst still a decent enough title, was way too weird and surreal, and nothing we expected. It was most definitely the kid at school who tries to stand out by being weird and disturbing by dressing up as carrot ... Congrats Monolith, you certainly achieved that, but our response is the same ... we turn our nose up at it.

Did you really expect another winner this year? Too Human, like its counterparts in this category was a title that didn’t deliver. Being the first in the franchise usually means you get a bit of room for movement, but like Peter Molyneux found out with the original Fable, don’t promise something and then not deliver. Better yet, don’t do that and follow it up by claiming that people just didn’t “get it” and look elsewhere but the product in front of them. Excuse me Mr Dyach, I didn’t realise that there was much to “get” from a repetitive samey dungeon crawler with no user controlled camera. Forgive us please.

 

We’ve come to the point in the award ceremony where we reward developers for what they do best; making games. We don’t just look at who made the best game however, we look at the complete package and that includes game support, ease of access and general awesomeness. Who really impressed us most this year?

The two developers this year in the running but just falling short of the winning post are both developers that we’re rewarding for their post release game support. Criterion was an obvious choice for us this year considering their post release support with Burnout Paradise, as we saw update after update coming, thick and fast ... and free as well. A great example for developers worldwide to follow.

In a similar vein, but a tad more expensive, is Harmonix for its continued support of the Rock Band franchise. Sure, we could say the same with Red Octane with Guitar Hero, but the quality of Rock Band’s releases have put them leaps ahead of their rivals. Foo Fighters, Oasis, Nirvana ... Need I say anymore?

For us, the winner this year was a no brainer. Sure, it’s all well and good supporting titles after release which DICE have and are still doing as well, but they’ve also managed to churn out, not one, but two premium titles this year in the form of Bad Company and Mirror’s Edge. Now that truly is the sign of a good studio. Congratulations DICE you Swedish studs you.

 

So we move on to battle of the big boys; the publishers ... the multi billion pound companies that plough hundreds of millions in to game development a year; funding new and exciting (sometimes horrible and unsatisfying as well) titles that we have the pleasure in buying. So who truly had the best line-up this year?

Missing out by a whisker this year are two industry powerhouses and no surprising who they are really. Ubisoft’s 2008 catalogue is hugely impressive with the likes of Far Cry 2 and Prince of Persia leading the pack, with properties like EndWar, Shaun White and Naruto close behind. A really solid year for Ubisoft this year and we hope that they can continue that well in to next year.

Holding hands with Ubisoft this year (don’t tell them I said that) as one of the year’s best publishers, are no other than EA. A statement that a few years back would have got me hung, drawn and quartered. I know EA will say they’ve changed and seen the light, but we’ll let their titles do the talking. Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge lead the new and original IP push this year, but let’s not forget the rest of their catalogue; Bad Company, Burnout Paradise and especially for most, their continued support for distributing both Rock Band and Left 4 Dead. A pretty damn good effort if you ask us.

To take home the cheese this year are of course Microsoft and their game studios, who not only stake claim to one or two killer titles this year, but three! Gears of War 2, Fable 2 and Lost Odyssey are all absolutely fantastic games, each different and unique in their own right and a more than worthy purchase. Their support line-up is solid as well with a huge variety of titles on offer, from the family orientated Scene It? to the blood thirsty orientated with Ninja Gaiden 2. Sprinkle on some of Rare’s magic with yet more Viva Pinata and Banjo –Kazooie and we’re pretty sure they’ll be happy with 2008. Let’s hope 2009 is as big, although, we can’t see.

 

Here we are then ... The moment you’ve all been waiting for, the pinnacle of the awards this year ... in fact, the pinnacle and last thing we do this year period. Wow, I need a break. Up for the award were the crème de la crème of the year; we’re talking triple A, maybe even quadruple A this year, but seriously, these guys deserve all the credit they get for creating these titles that will live strong in our memories for years ... well until the sequel no doubt. Without further ado ... let the unveiling commence.

Let’s face it, GTA IV was ambitious title. A new direction from the boys at Rockstar and the gamble paid dividends. No one to date, and probably not for some time, has created such a living breathing city like Liberty City; absolutely massive in size, scope and detail. Mix in a Hollywood story with some fantastic acting and twists and turns, sprinkle a bit of satire over the top and GTA IV is easily one of the best titles of the year.

We “umm’d” and “ahhhh’d” over whether Gears of War 2 would make the podium this year and they did by a whisker. Gears of War 2 is a fantastic cinematic experience and totally beats its predecessor on terms of a single player experience. However, the multiplayer is not as polished as it should have been, with some suggesting that it may have even gone backwards. However, this beautiful looking game had one gem that kind of made us look past that and focus on the positives again; rejoice horde! It’s a mode you’d almost be happy to buy as a standalone game, it’s that good. So Epic, you can thank your incredibly crafted horde mode for your place on the podium this year ... and of course the fantastic visuals and engrossing single player mode.

Flying in as x360a’s Game of the Year 2008 is no other than Bethesda Game Studios’ very own Fallout 3, a franchise brought back from the dead and put right back on top of the world by the grand daddy of RPGs. Bethesda certainly did a fantastic job of creating a post apocalyptic Washington DC and throwing you in to a world of humour, decisions and plenty of radiation! It’s essentially Oblivion with guns from the outside but the incredible amount of detail in its inhabitants and missions gives Fallout 3 the traditional Fallout feel of old. All we can say now is ... roll on January and let us sink our teeth in to that DLC.

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That about wraps up the year for us ... and what a high as well. With this feature we say a big goodbye to 2008 and a big hello to 2009. I kind of feel that I ought to break out in song right now but it’d be a terrible way to end a great year. Let’s hope that 2009 is as eventful as last year with as many big titles. Happy New Year folks.



 
 

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Comment #1 by djspiv
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:20:36 PM
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first woop woop
good list guys but don't agree with left 4 dead on any of these lists


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Comment #2 by phatRizzo
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:21:40 PM
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I like how Microsoft Game Studios publisher of year... Still haven't played Fallout, but I need to...

Seems pretty spot on to me


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Comment #3 by MIT JAB
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:25:14 PM
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Nice titles and nice awards.

Happy New Year


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Comment #4 by CloseChief
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:25:37 PM
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Fallout 3 rules!!!!


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Comment #5 by BinacaFreak
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:27:29 PM
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Good lists!
Fallout 3 hasn't been getting the credit it deserves on most lists for some reason.
Glad to see you all appreciated it as much as I did.
Here's to an amazing 2009!


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Comment #6 by Tarvu
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:27:33 PM
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I can't get Fallout 3, I can't allow myself to spoil my studies in such a way. And of course my friends either have PS3s or no internet, so I missed out on Left 4 Dead too.

But seriously where was Portal: Still Alive?


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Comment #7 by Metaphorically
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:29:57 PM
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Gears of War 2 isn't good enough to be nominated for Game of the year with all the flaws in multiplayer, and not to mention no patch yet.


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Comment #8 by berserkerninja
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:32:14 PM
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What happened to easiest achievement and the other categories?


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Comment #9 by Master Michl
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:38:53 PM
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"Flying in as x360a’s Game of the Year 2008 is no other than Bethesda Game Studios’ very own Fallout 3"

I couldn't agree more with this, them game was truly epic - even with the relativly short 'main' story I spent over 80 great hours in that game.


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Comment #10 by afexracerx
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:40:03 PM
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Those are the achievement awards. Whole different thing I think.

On topic, great list. I also can't really agree with Left 4 Dead on some of the listings, but everything else is pretty much spot on.


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Comment #11 by Tarvu
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:40:17 PM
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@BeserkerNinja I believe these are the staff's opinions, not the ones we voted on.


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Comment #12 by Heavystormer
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:43:55 PM
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I'm really glad that prince of persia and james bond got a mention. IMO farcry 2 should have at least been runner up to graphics, if not win the category.

Happy New Year!!


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Comment #13 by NFaMuS one
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:46:41 PM
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awesome...Fallout 3 FTW!!!


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Comment #14 by MesoZombie
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 03:49:12 PM
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to harsh on condemned 2 i love both of those games


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Comment #15 by xGuzzyBearx
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:00:02 PM
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@7 Gow2 was patched, I get into a match in almost 20 seconds. One in every 10 matches I play take more than 2 minutes to find. Not bad. And remember, it was either get Gow2 or get a delay.


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Comment #16 by NeotericDope
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:07:01 PM
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Good list overall minus the Left 4 Dead choice except for Multiplayer because that's what it is. I mean Left 4 Dead as a single player experience sucks, it purely sucks. I played and beat it in less than 4 hours and really haven't cared to play on expert. I don't know if anyone else out there feels the same, but it's being heralded as a multiplayer experience. Yet where's the single player ideals. I don't know maybe I just have to get my cheapskate I only play Halo friends to go and buy it. I also personally think (IN MY OPINION just want to stress that) Mirror's Edge should have got most original premise. We haven't really seen anything like Mirror's Edge and it was on of the best experiences I had of the year. Star Wars is just Star Wars, using telekinesis in games isn't new and everythi


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Comment #17 by NeotericDope
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:07:01 PM
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Continued:

and everything about that game kind of sucked. Also where is Mega Man 9 in the arcade category? Anyways Good list, good work making this site as great as it is, thanks for that, and everyone have a Happy New Year!!!!


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Comment #18 by xHHx CURT xHHx
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:09:57 PM
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@7
Totally agree mate the game that was the best thing i ever played has turned into the biggest disappointment in my life. That's the category it should have won. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT.


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Comment #19 by mjc0961
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:12:07 PM
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"The whole story and experience of GTA IV is as close to Hollywood we’ve come."

Okay, I know this is supposed to be a 360 site, but still. Metal Gear Solid 4.


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Comment #20 by zeppelin6464
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:25:38 PM
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I don't know, Prince of Persia's graphics were great, but I like Gears 2's graphics better.


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Comment #21 by The Bryceroy
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:29:40 PM
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A rather spot on list, Webb, I tip my nonexistent hat to x360a. Extremely pleased to see Lost Odyssey getting some well deserved props, I couldn't believe I could ENJOY another JRPG.

And absolutely YES to Left 4 Dead, I don't think I've had more fun playing multiplayer than I have with L4d, except MAYBE Goldeneye all those years ago.

Also, @mjc0961 - MGS4? Hollywood? Absolutely! You get around 120 minutes of meaningless convoluted garbage except in this case you spent 60 bucks, not 9.


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Comment #22 by K1D R4C3R
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:37:52 PM
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Gears of War shouldn't be even talked about for GOTY.


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Comment #23 by K1D R4C3R
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:40:27 PM
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Also, Braid is better than Castle Crashers.


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Comment #24 by CammanFia
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:42:19 PM
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Gears had graphics and a decent campaign...that's it oh well Fallout and L4D FTW!


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Comment #25 by The Danielnator
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:47:32 PM
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I was hating the top 5 lists you guys were putting out but this is an awesome post, good choices for everything. Well done and happy new year to all!


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Comment #26 by Dragondman07
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:51:31 PM
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yeah! good list!


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Comment #27 by mjc0961
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:56:51 PM
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"Also, @mjc0961 - MGS4? Hollywood? Absolutely! You get around 120 minutes of meaningless convoluted garbage"

Duh? That was the point. Hollywood is pretty much all meaningless, convoluted garbage. Especially romantic comedies. x_x

The gameplay of both games (MGS4 and GTAIV) were still awesome, but really bad stories all around. Nanomachines for everything ruined MGS4.


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Comment #28 by Th33Troop33r
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 04:59:08 PM
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#19 Metal gear should only be on ps3 not 360


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Comment #29 by OmegaX06
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 05:19:30 PM
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Far Cry 2 best graphics IMO.


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Comment #30 by Filter x360a
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 05:21:32 PM
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Yeah, FC2's graphics were amazing. Really good list, I'd have agree with 98% of it. Hope everyone has a Happy New Year and GAME ON!

FX.


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Comment #31 by B1GgYsMA1lz
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 05:22:04 PM
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good list its stuff like this that keeps this site in my top 5


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Comment #32 by Poisonheadcrab
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 05:35:42 PM
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Braid didn't get the win, but just barely. I wounder how big the margin was...


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Comment #33 by mjc0961
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 05:41:44 PM
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"#19 Metal gear should only be on ps3 not 360"

I didn't say it should be on 360. Jesus Christ, learn to read.


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Comment #34 by Da CRU Mughhh
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 05:47:10 PM
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Nice list!! very good!


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Comment #35 by CriscoDisco878
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:04:43 PM
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thank god gta didnt get game of the year.


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Comment #36 by xI im a bear Ix
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:08:39 PM
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if your gonna say harmonix has better dlc, i wouldn't mention oasis as one of them...


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Comment #37 by Monoplay796
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:19:13 PM
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Hmm I was highly expecting Tales of Vesperia to be a runner up for Best graphics. Ive played Prince of Persia, and Tales has much better graphics. I also Believe Mirrors Edge should have won Best new Franchise. Left 4 Dead is a great game dont get me wrong, but Mirrors Edge is a whole new gaming experience, which I can see many new titles evolving from it.


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Comment #38 by dannyfortuna
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:29:36 PM
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LOVE FALLOUT 3! Great choice for game of the year


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Comment #39 by Chpainkiller
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:31:15 PM
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yes Fallout 3 has really earned it!
and I agree with post 35


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Comment #40 by Asian47
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:32:37 PM
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I'm very happy to see Lost Odyssey on there, truely the most under-rated game of the year. I was extremely pissed off no one really nominated it for any awards.


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Comment #41 by xCaliber
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:35:27 PM
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Im dissapointed at fallout. it may not be my type of game but i didnt like it.


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Comment #42 by iLuSioN ReaL
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:39:04 PM
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Fallout 3 is better than any game of this year


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Comment #43 by BWIK
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 06:41:58 PM
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Fable 2 DEFINETLY should have been biggest dissappointment that game is a piece of crap


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Comment #44 by WhAtThEaPpLeSaUcE17
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:02:18 PM
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Publisher of the Year should defiently be EA because they make all the sport games basically. Dead Space, Mirrors Edge, and Mercenaries 2 even though Mercs 2 sucked. These were big titles!


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Comment #45 by WhAtThEaPpLeSaUcE17
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:11:51 PM
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Oh and PS:

You guys rated Condemned Criminal Orgins an 86 and called it a masterpiece, but you gave Condemned 2 Bloodshot an 87?

Pulling games out of your ass to say they were a disappointment.

SAD.


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Comment #46 by JCFG
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:17:14 PM
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I have yet to play Fallout 3, but c'mon, it can't be better than GTA IV or Gears 2.


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Comment #47 by Big Anubis T
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:37:45 PM
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Too Human was a great game!!!! i can't wait for the next one.

also gears 2 sucked again it's gears 1.2 with more glitchs


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Comment #48 by x TwiZtiD
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:48:07 PM
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fallout 3 ftw! i thinkin midnight club l.a should have won something though.. that game impressed me. fable2 should have at least been runner-up for dissapointment... i love thegame but expected WAY more.


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Comment #49 by Lordvader178
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:50:28 PM
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I'm sorry, but FALLOUT 3 DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A STORY. It's like the Oblivion story, how could you even consider it SOTY?? Seriously that's the worst decision i have ever seen in my entire life.


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Comment #50 by Lordvader178
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:52:42 PM
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One other thing, Condemned 2 wasn't bad. Ok sure, they had more guns, and the story went off the rails, but the game was good. It wasn't a disappointment and i havn't talked to anyone who said it was.


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Comment #51 by jond
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 07:56:40 PM
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left 4 dead is such a waste of time. i mean its random points where zombies appear. no good story no good gameplay. i just dont see how its even up there on the list.
dead rising was even better then that. >.


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Comment #52 by hansen578
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 08:05:17 PM
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good list but Gears should have been in top 3 for multiplayer. The multiplayer in my opinion has taken steps forward in every direction besides faster and better servers. They will be fixed 100% sooner or later and then GoW 2 will be the #1 multiplayer out there. Until then though I think the awards were great.


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Comment #53 by buck wyyld
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 08:23:41 PM
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¡Qué buena la lista! Sigan adelante y no te mates con la espada morada. I'm sure this list'll go down like a prom night virgin compared to the gamespunk year-ender.


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Comment #54 by death525
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 08:28:46 PM
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thank you finally a site that notices how amazing of a game Fallout 3 is


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Comment #55 by L1VEEV1L
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 08:45:33 PM
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definitly happy with this list...very good choices. ive been lookin foward to fallout 3 and L4D for a couple years now and they did not dissapoint. nothing better than an insane amount of blood and gore. XB360A FTW!


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Comment #56 by SKIBADABOMSKI
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 09:03:47 PM
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Left 4 Dead is o.k. but i have sold it as i know it's not a keeper. Multiplayer just annoys the crap out of me. But great choice overall and presented really well.

Happy New year and thanks for a good read.


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Comment #57 by dazza137
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 09:29:14 PM
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this list was a lot better than the last load
fallout 3 defietly deserves game of the year


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Comment #58 by dazza137
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 09:32:12 PM
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why is gta even on that list it should of got disaapointment of the year


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Comment #59 by tozir
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:19:15 PM
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agree with all the spots


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Comment #60 by xpectsthexpctd
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:57:37 PM
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Totally agree with Fallout 3, I can't put it down. I think Left 4 Dead deserved Game of the Year consideration though, it blows my mind and the mind of everyone I know who's played it.


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Comment #61 by seanpetersen
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 11:40:37 PM
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woot... i agree with ever single one of those


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Comment #62 by XxM4RKSM4NxX
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:06:17 AM
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EA doesn't even deserve to be a runner up in the Publisher of the Year.


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Comment #63 by Jfrizz0424
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:26:35 AM
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MIRRORS EDGE!!!


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Comment #64 by madman1008
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:58:30 AM
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#49 Fallout 3 had a great story. All you had to do was play the game listen to what people said and read the subtitles and the story is laid out right in front of you. Im sorry but some games take an IQ of more than 80 to play. =(


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Comment #65 by MakoBallistic
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:40:38 AM
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anyone that doesnt like left 4 dead either has no friends or no soul, probably both. AND farcry 2 should have been in the graphics category. also id say condemned 2 was not a dissapointment, compared to mercenearies 2 they arent even in the same league.


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Comment #66 by MakoBallistic
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:47:47 AM
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and it truly amazes me how people can sy things like fallout 3 sucks and left 4 dead sucks, these people shouldnt even OWN a 360! i think we should hold a petition to get all these haters to buy ps3's so they can whine where the games DO mostly suck


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Comment #67 by The DarkFox
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 02:33:51 AM
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there should of been a best sports game category. and best online maps?


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Comment #68 by INFERNOII
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 02:35:13 AM
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@ #51:

You obviously have no friends to play L4D with if you played that game by yourself, I mean that games multiplayer is brilliant just the fact that it's ALWAYS different is AWESOME! Plus DLC coming up, wondering how thats gonna turn out.


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Comment #69 by Booij
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 03:22:48 AM
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Disappointment of the year:
"Did you really expect another winner this year?"

Uhm.. yea! I expected GTA IV, god awfull game. I only got most of the achievements because I didnt want to be there with my lower than 700G game again.

For the rest, good list. I guess...


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Comment #70 by P4K1T0
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:05:04 AM
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I didnt like fallout 3 because s very big and it cause me slack so well it bored me


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Comment #71 by Spud 923
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:15:17 AM
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fallout 3 is possibly the greatest game in history so it definatly deserved to be GOTY. gears of war 2 is awful, it doesn't deserve any acolades, GTA VI was another gr8 game that deserved a few more rewards me thinks.

anyone who thinks gears 2 should have won GOTY over fallout 3 deserves to be shot in the head!!




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Comment #72 by Fatty 16d McGee
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:22:32 AM
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Oh man left 4 Dead and Fallout 3 are definatly great.
I think Fable II should have won soundtrack though, mainly because the winner has never been heard of by myself or others...


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Comment #73 by hix24
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:32:57 AM
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Even if megan fox had the voice of marcus fenix i still would not turn her down


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Comment #74 by Eternal
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:44:54 AM
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Have to agree with Fallout 3 being GOTY :) Excellent choices there.


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Comment #75 by Biohazard K
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 05:13:48 AM
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Yeah. I knew Fallout 3 would get this. I didn't know Legendary would even get on the top nomainations. Oh well. Fallout 3 is the beast and deserved it!


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Comment #76 by paintinggrey
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 05:42:21 AM
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there are way to many things wrong with Fallout 3, main story is weak at best.Writing is horrible,AI is rubbish and doesnt hold a candle to the previous Fallouts.Cant believe how people are so easily impressed!


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Comment #77 by Sge77i
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 05:44:37 AM
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Glad to see some love for Lost Odyssey. Personally, I liked Saint's Row 2 better than GTA4. GTA was an amazing experience, definately the best GTA and one of the best titles on the 360, but SR2 was just plain fun and silly, and sometimes that's better.


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Comment #78 by GoRmS
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:13:18 AM
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I totally agree with #64.
There was a story and a very good one at that.
Happy that Fallout is on the list.
I think it was my best game of the year =D
Just cant wait for the dlc,woop.


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Comment #79 by Ruthless
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:45:03 AM
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They couldnt do disapointment of the year properly as GTA IV and GoW2 would have both won. :p


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Comment #80 by abigfrog
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:54:51 AM
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A good result!


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Comment #81 by FlagshipFighter
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:56:05 AM
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I like how Lost Odyssey was truly given what it was worth, that was (imo) my game of the year. Thanks XBOX360a for a great list!


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Comment #82 by fishman550
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 07:34:28 AM
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gta: iv is an over rated piece of shit. vice city is the true GTA game.

fallout 3 deserved its spot as GOTY. well done.


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Comment #83 by Gu3hu
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 07:43:48 AM
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good list


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Comment #84 by ALEX IS L33T
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 08:07:33 AM
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everything sounds rights, but Banjo-Kazooie: N&B should of been on most depressing of the year... well i can't make a final judgement, the demo sucked, but i heard once you got into the real game it got better.

But Game of the Year in my opinion should of been GoW 2.


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Comment #85 by ALEX IS L33T
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 08:18:47 AM
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@spud x360a: How can you say GoW 2 sucked, you retart... The storyline was good, and the single was good, horde was cool and multiplayer was cool except for chainsaw whores.


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Comment #86 by l.maciver
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 08:24:05 AM
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good results...


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Comment #87 by Invader Skooj
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 08:32:22 AM
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Happy to see somebody get the choices correct. Also I agreed with the runner-ups.


#85 The GoW2 story was terrible and boring. The Campaign was horrible with mistakes up the ass, the multiplayer hardly works and Horde is about the only thing I play on there until they patch it. If they do...


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Comment #88 by HyperHeavenZERO
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 08:59:36 AM
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good call on Lost Odyssey, but Fallout 3? Best game? Hmmm...


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Comment #89 by daviduk2000
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:07:19 AM
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i agree this is your best list of all.

still thinking GTA 4 doesnt deserve mentions in any of these catagories (STORY TUNNER UP WTF is awful and hard to follow, gears 2/ infinite undiscovery have far better stories) but im just soo happy you didnt choose it as a winner, other wise i totally agree with most of your winners, the ones i disagree with had the one i would of chosen in runner ups, so you did very good imo.

i think lost oddyssey shud have won story and sound track. lost odysseys sound track is awesome, sometimes i wud just play it for the soundtrack.

but i cant compare to PoP as iv not played it


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Comment #90 by Feenmachine
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:08:38 AM
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GOW2 is way better then Fallout 3


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Comment #91 by Smugu
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:11:40 AM
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This was good list ! Dead on


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Comment #92 by ShirleyPeanut
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:14:04 AM
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fully agree nice list and happy new year everyone


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Comment #93 by Darth Heyburt
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:15:11 AM
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left 4 dead was brilliant, short... but brilliant... I don't understand how people who liked any of the shooters this year didn't like 4 player online havoc in l4d.


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Comment #94 by Matski4
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:25:42 AM
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Way to go DICE my fellow Swedes. :)


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Comment #95 by OppsalLocos
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:48:46 AM
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GoW 2 Game of the year.


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Comment #96 by Atarii
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:58:46 AM
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*sigh* No wins in any categories for Dead Space - such a shame. Anyway, I have an urge to play Lost Odyssey now that I never had before.


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Comment #97 by knockton55
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 10:02:03 AM
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Great list guys, you didnt put GTA4 as game of the year, thank christ for that!
I have to disagree with Fallout 3 having a better story than Lost Odyssey though, but other than that fantastic games there.


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Comment #98 by Morty
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 10:37:46 AM
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Nice list. Shame to see mirrors edge and dead space not winning anything though :(


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Comment #99 by Major Pancakes
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 10:46:45 AM
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Left 4 Dead is just plain rubbish on the xbox, the PC package on the whole is just so much better.


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Comment #100 by Hoebagger
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 10:51:59 AM
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Fantastic!!!


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Comment #101 by SK Beans
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 10:55:56 AM
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I thought Gears should have been on the Best Soundtrack and Best Multiplayer list, but besides that, pretty dead on.


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Comment #102 by neiltc13
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 11:05:59 AM
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I can't believe you said the textures on Gears of War 2 are good! Have you looked at them?

I don't know whether it is the low disc budget or just poor work, but even HL2 from 4 years ago on PC has better textures than GoW.


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Comment #103 by Invader Skooj
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 11:26:21 AM
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Gears 2 had a lame soundtrack, I don't remember any themes but Gears 1 had a good soundtrack.

Also Gears 2 Multiplayer is "Out of Order"


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Comment #104 by UkBull3t
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 11:55:42 AM
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uhh far cry 2 has muuuuch much MUCH! better better graphics than gow2 like honestly u can basicly go any were on farcry2 most of gow2s graphics are the just scenery as ur stuck in a little playground so most of the "good graphics" are just background graphics but on the other hand lost oddesy deserved the suprise hit award :)


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Comment #105 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:25:35 PM
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not a bad list i guess left 4 dead was a great game, fable 2 sucked up hours of my time and will for a while best game ever as far as fallout 3 goes i pre-ordered the collectors ed. and have played maybe and hour of it.
Fallout 3 gets my biggest waste of money award for 2008.


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Comment #106 by ovoon7
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:32:09 PM
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Lost Odyssey had the best soundtrack and story. I actually cared about the story more than I have in a LONG time. Well... then theres bioshock but whatever.

GoW 2 deserved MOST ANNOYING GAME EVER (what idiot developer decided to put in an "invite all" feature??!)
Far Cry 2 deserved best graphics. And some more nominations. But GoW 2? I understand what 104 was trying to say and i agree.


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Comment #107 by Tallyshizzle
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:45:00 PM
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Fallout 3 is a hell of a game, but very hard. Still deserve the award though


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Comment #108 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:53:40 PM
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Fallout 3 may be a great game i dunno i didnt give it much of a shot i just couldnt seem to get into it i think very hard is a understatment ammo is hard to find and it takes 2 hrs of collecting ammo to kill one enemy then its back to collecting ammo again. i dunno maybe i should give it another try all the hype must be for something :s


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Comment #109 by ovoon7
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:57:39 PM
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Fallout 3 deserved GoY i suppose. But Left 4 Dead didnt deserve most it got. I agree with multiplayer GoY. But not everything else it won or got nominated for. Star Wars TFU was GOD AWFUL. I hated the pile of steaming, smoldering duece. I rented it and gratefully returned it to the rental place 3 days before it was due. Ive never done that.

Wheres Far Cry 2 on most original premise? don't they get some award for hitting feeling like your in Africa, and total immersion? I agree with a good number of these tho.

It would've been cool and surprising if Lost Odyssey got GoY


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Comment #110 by ovoon7
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:02:28 PM
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Oh, and for someone who has never played Fable 1 OR read moleneux's hype... I must say that Fable 2...

Was an okay rent. :P I spent 8 hours on it... and it was over. Way too simplified and disappointing.


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Comment #111 by ovoon7
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:04:01 PM
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Any RPG you can beat in a day... isnt a true RPG. I even did most of the side quests. Im sorry, but it didnt feel like an RPG at all. Felt like "little tyke presents: my first RPG! :D "


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Comment #112 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:06:06 PM
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8 hrs without all the side quests and getting all the achievements no doubt


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Comment #113 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:09:38 PM
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hahaha lil tyke lmfao i dont disagree with you but i think the days of long ass games is over i guess we gotta take what we can get for what it is


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Comment #114 by ovoon7
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:09:53 PM
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I got 660g on that game. And got the renown achievement. I did ALLOT if not all of the side quests.

Now if I wanted to say "fable 2 is long if you go for full 1000" well then thats just obvious! Every game is! well... almost


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Comment #115 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:11:40 PM
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very true


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Comment #116 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:14:21 PM
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i remember when rpg's took a good 60hrs to beat thoes days are long gone my friend


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Comment #117 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:15:42 PM
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so OVOON7 is Lost Odyssey worth my 60 bucks you seem like a smart guy


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Comment #118 by Octobox
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:17:47 PM
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this was a good idea, glad to see what the members of x360a thought... totally agree. cant wait for the 2nd annual awards!


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Comment #119 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:20:06 PM
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keep in mind i relly didnt like fallout 3


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Comment #120 by Nightdragon
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:26:23 PM
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@118, this was discussed by staff and not the members, the achievement awards that will be appearing near our birthday in February will contain the ones you guys have been voting for!!


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Comment #121 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:30:46 PM
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*really


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Comment #122 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 01:35:00 PM
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@120 where do we vote?


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Comment #123 by StolenKyle/
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 02:15:49 PM
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Great choices. Better then the ones on Gametrailers..... GTA..GTA...GTA..


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Comment #124 by Zmoke
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 02:22:12 PM
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I think Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe should've been the game of the year. (gniddik tsuj saw eye)


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Comment #125 by jd070993
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 03:17:42 PM
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Fallout 3 truly deserved GOTY. It deserves more praise from other websites.

GTA IV had a good story, but the jump towards realism took away the one thing that I truly loved from GTA: mindless fun. Good thing Saints Row 2 was there to back me up.

But overall, good list.


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Comment #126 by 666priest
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:11:56 PM
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I'm glad someone gave Lost Odyssey the recognition it deserves, easily the best RPG of all time for me.


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Comment #127 by colmotoole2
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:40:26 PM
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Fallout 3 deserved it


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Comment #128 by Norman Coxwell
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 04:51:14 PM
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Never played Fallout 3 but maybe I'll try it. First, however, I'll probably finally dust off my copy of Lost Odyssey and try and get past the beginning. Its a little dry.


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Comment #129 by Achiever TM
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 05:30:31 PM
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Lost Odyssey is a great game so i agree with surprise hit of the year award and other appointment =)


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Comment #130 by ScottGlen-
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:01:29 PM
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Where's Saints Row 2?
That game was well better than GTA...


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Comment #131 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:05:23 PM
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@ Norman - I found it slow as hell to get going, but once it does, it's thick and fast all the way till the end then :)


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Comment #132 by garb77
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:18:09 PM
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Fallout 3! YES! Excellent choice!


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Comment #133 by artvandel4y
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:28:42 PM
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Fallout was just such a huge game with a lot of stuff to do. It has little room for improvement and delivered on everything it said it would.
FarCry has been fairly underrated I thought. An open world shooter that was repetitive and had a few design flaws but was far from botched or disappointing. It was a very ambitious game, unlike CoD WoW or Gears 2.
I would much rather see a developer make a flawed game that shows me something I haven't seen before rather than a well polished game I've played already. Fallout 3 was the best of both worlds, being built on the solid foundation of Oblivion, but taking risks in design, almost all of which pay off.


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Comment #134 by ovoon7
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:30:50 PM
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#117

Yes its amazing. Everybody who enjoys RPG's needs to play it. By the end of disk one youll be hooked. Im wrapping up disk 4.


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Comment #135 by MTOWNxTIGER29
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 06:53:23 PM
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Gears 2 Should have won best game of the year it kicks Ass! and Congrats to DICE for Developer of the year Battlefield Bad Company is one of the best games i ever played


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Comment #136 by Invader Skooj
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 07:04:35 PM
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Gears 2 IS NOT Game of the Year quality. It's buggy, poorly written and did I mention EXTREMELY buggy?


I would have put up Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway for Story. If you want really well written stuff, that game has it.


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Comment #137 by kizwiz
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 07:16:04 PM
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I hated Fallout3. just not my kind of game but oh well. Its annoying how shooters and RPGs and racing always get the attention but yet again they do have the better graphics, multiplayer ect. Mirrors Edge was an alright game for story though..I think the xbox 360 needs more titles like Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter ect. Just more platforming shooting kiddy fun stuff. or even games on the wii like mario kart, super smash bros ect. I liked small arms but thats the only title like that. Banjo wasnt bad but didnt live up to my expectations.


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Comment #138 by Invader Skooj
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 07:27:58 PM
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Get a wii for platformers.

I personally hate Platformers and there is like 1 or 2 that I did enjoy but the shooters and RPGs get attention because some are actually very good games, not just because they look pretty.


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Comment #139 by DSOUCY
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 07:33:40 PM
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OVOON7 how many disks is Lost Odyssey four?


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Comment #140 by g2thecore
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 08:29:43 PM
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Fallout 3 game of the year? Yeah right! GTA 4 ftw! What a joke! Fallout 3 my arse!


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Comment #141 by Bramaz
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 08:39:08 PM
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I disagree with 'Best graphics of the year' - should of been Far Cry 2, graphics are simply unbelievable.


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Comment #142 by ALEX IS L33T
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 09:21:56 PM
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BULLSHIT Gears 2 Goty for sure


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Comment #143 by garken1435
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 10:16:18 PM
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Everybody's hating on Left 4 Dead... so sad. Valve has become one of my favorite companies easily in the past year and a half... Left 4 Dead is different and amazingly fun. The only thing I can think of bad to say about it is how often you can have a game dumped because of a non-loyal host. Otherwise, the whole b-movie "zombie" style is awesome. Not sure I would make many changes to the list at all. A job well done.


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Comment #144 by scikokilla
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 11:06:57 PM
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YES!!!!!!!fallout 3 roxs


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Comment #145 by MaRkY2894
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 11:21:22 PM
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FALLOUT 3 FTW GTA couldn't expect to amount to anything that fallout bought to the table, Gears tried and failed. ahhh DC has never felt like "home"
before.


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Comment #146 by ovoon7
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 11:21:28 PM
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@142

So a game with poor writing, f-ed up multiplayer, bugs galore and so on, deserves GotY? hell no. Go play other games besides gears 2 and halo. mister l33t

and yes Lost Odyssey has 4 disks


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Comment #147 by familyguyrokz
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 02:06:31 AM
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GEARS 2 FOR BEST GRAPHICS?
"Gears of War have been setting the standard for graphics for some time now and 2008 was no different."
Come on. Far Cry 2 had better graphics than Gears 2, though I wish I could say the same about gameplay. And on top of that, Epic has not been setting graphical benchmarks, Crytek has with Far Cry and Crysis. They may be PC developers, but to say anyone but them sets amazing graphical benchmarks shows a complete and utter disdain for any other system.
/rant


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Comment #148 by strikerzex911
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 03:00:04 AM
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Saints Row 2 should of been up there. That game is FUN. Gears 2 should have been goty, but not graphics. That title belongs to Far Cry 2.


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Comment #149 by GuruGazza
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 03:32:53 AM
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yeah i think i might get fallout3, it sounds like a brill game and atm its 25 quid at most shops


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Comment #150 by Warbo
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 04:23:47 AM
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GOTY for fallout 3 - spot on!


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Comment #151 by R_A_LEE20
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 05:33:11 AM
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Thats strange i could have sworne i saw the same style of font used on inside xbox


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Comment #152 by BAD BLOOD BIGGY
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 06:19:33 AM
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Great List......Love the fact that this is one of the very few "Best of 2008" lists that did not put GTA4 in the top spot. Fallout 3 deserves it. Only problem I have is Gears not being a runner up for multiplayer of the year. Other than that, it's great.


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Comment #153 by BAD BLOOD BIGGY
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 06:35:19 AM
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@51

In L4D you make your own stories and it's all about co-op or vs., not single player. There is no definitive story, all your have is backgrounds and situtation. And random zombies make it way more fun. I hate games where every playthrough your enemies spawn in the same area over and over again. I love playing with four friends on expert, and everytime there is a which blocking paths at different areas, or the tank will attack you outside, but next time you will be inside a building. This was the multiplayer many wanted and from the news I heard from X360A, L4D will be getting dlc.


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Comment #154 by Stewie1987
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 06:40:35 AM
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GTA IV should be dissapointment of the year and should not have been nominated for game of the year
and before fan boys start moaning at my post i used to be a fan boy but really GTA IV ruined it all for me


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Comment #155 by ImbecilePete
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 07:03:17 AM
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actualy Alone in the dark was my dissapointment of the year
and fallout 3 deserved that its awesome!


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Comment #156 by mwallace31MUFC
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 07:10:55 AM
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I think fallout 3 was a dissapointment. The story was short and weak. Nothing much do after the story. Oblivion was much better by far.


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Comment #157 by Invader Skooj
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 10:10:59 AM
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THANK GOD GOTY is not Gears 2. Gears 2 is total crap.

Fallout 3 is awesome. I've never been so immersed in a game until Fallout 3.


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Comment #158 by master fre4k
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:05:45 AM
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Fallout is cool. Hard to get into the game in the beginning in my opinion. Most of these comments are opinions though.


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Comment #159 by JRAPOCALYPSE
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:30:07 AM
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I agree with guava man left 4 dead does not deserve anything! The source engine is the worst pos ever which makes me thimk twice about the upcoming game the crossing which looks awesome but that crappy source engine makes me doubt.Back to left for crap,that game is sounter strike with zombies....wow what a great game there valve!! sarcastically speaking! the game is just utter crap and there is nothing next gen about it. (EPIC FAILURE) so l4c should not get anything,but hey what do i know i just know so much about games and such that i must be wrong. l4d and too human were the worst games of 08 by a long shot.


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Comment #160 by ovoon7
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:31:36 AM
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#158

You sound VERY intelligent.


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Comment #161 by xXSauliuSXx
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:53:25 AM
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This has to be the best Game of the Year list I've seen! Those VGA on Spike are complete crap and someone must be paying off gamespot.com


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Comment #162 by Roffpast
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:19:00 PM
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great list .. still aint played fallout yet im going to rent tonight..


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Comment #163 by oo g0dz oo
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:32:49 PM
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this is a sad list omg..

graphics of the year haha! grid wtf.. the best grafhics has far cry 2 omg.. then gears 2 whit fallout 3

game of the year.. i dont agree whit fallout 3

gears of war 2 IS THE GAME OF THE YEAR.

sountrack of the year.. GEARS OF WAR 2 u guys didnt
listen to the shooting from the assault rifle weopons

dissepointment is more like.. saints row 2..

story of the year.. maybe fallout 3 but dead space have a good one to and i think a better one.

this not right like left 4 dead is a stupid game.






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Comment #164 by porschephiliac
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 01:43:32 PM
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Awesome! I agree with this 99%.


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Comment #165 by bigquackster
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 02:09:55 PM
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fallout3, left 4 dead, GTA4 and cod:waw r my favourite games this year disappointed to see gears 2 getting best graphics their great but i think theres other games with better graphics awesome award list


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Comment #166 by Johnkane46
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 02:34:30 PM
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left 4 dead is one of the worst games i ever played....................rest of the choices where good well thought out


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Comment #167 by BootlegWarrior6
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 03:59:47 PM
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You can always count on people shouting out there thoughts and arguing when you see something like this...




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Comment #168 by Dalek_5555555
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 04:57:06 PM
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Fallout 3 rox


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Comment #169 by Invader Skooj
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 05:31:29 PM
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Hey fanboys, Gears of War 2 felt like it was written by a 13 year old kid. What does that say about you.


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Comment #170 by Beau Coup Dinky Dau
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 07:09:20 PM
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Good list, and the Left 4 dead whiners are just that: whiners. It's an excellent MP game. It's just overpriced. It would be if like Epic packaged Horde mode in a case and asked you to pay $60 for it. I think Valve owes us loyal L4D players a large chuck of free downloadables. Still, a great game and a great list.


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Comment #171 by callofdutyachievements
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 07:11:23 PM
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left 4 dead


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Comment #172 by KillTheft_Echo
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 09:07:54 PM
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Left 4 Dead is an amazing game. Dont know why everyone has to hate?


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Comment #173 by ultraBDS
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 01:24:04 AM
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I have to agree with Fallout 3. Fantastic Game and was worth the wait.


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Comment #174 by mastershoter
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 04:07:02 AM
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i agree with most of these awards


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Comment #175 by bdizzle2109
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 04:56:52 AM
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i cant believe gears 2 was even mentioned n e where!
the only thing it shudda been in was biggest dissapointment i mean so much hype for this game and all i got out of it was lagging ass online multiplayer and a horrible campaign i seriously want to trade it in for cod 5 or sumthin


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Comment #176 by Darkness zora
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 05:01:16 AM
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WOOOOOOOO go fallout


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Comment #177 by Stewie1987
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 05:52:07 AM
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At 170 are you implying that people that like gears of war 2 like little kids, that only happened once, she said she was 18 :P

but even though i love gears 2 i can see where you coming from on the story bit it is kind of crap but then again we are all allowed are opinions.


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Comment #178 by razzberrylad
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 06:12:36 AM
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WOW! im suprised fallout 3 did so well i borrowed it of my mate and didnt really get into it.its probably just one of those games i cant get into even though its really good

And i didnt expect lost oddysey to do so well. i used to see it in game shops and think `thats just probably a crap RPG but now.` Im definatly gna get it


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Comment #179 by razzberrylad
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 06:15:06 AM
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coz i remember playing a game for my old PS2 called star oceans: till the end of time. i played it and i couldnt put it down i hope lost oddysey is like this


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Comment #180 by papashark
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 08:59:46 AM
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Is it just me or every since it's horrible online reviews has Alone in the Dark just been forgotten?? I think it's a shame that such an original combination of intriging gameplay has been overlooked or brushed under the carpet way too quickly. This game brought alot of innovative ideas to the gaming world for those of us playing since Atari 2600. I saddened that the gaming world is turning a blind eye to the innovative side of gaming (like Mirrors Edge). This game should have at least be in the orginal idea catagory even as a sequel. If we keep closing our mind to innoation, I guess we'll all just keep playing the same old shooters time and time again with different characters. However overall the awards were very entertaining, just needed to vent


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Comment #181 by Invader Skooj
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 11:39:49 AM
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Mirror's Edge was up there.


As for Alone in the Dark. It had some nice ideas but the game wasn't well put together.


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Comment #182 by ThorAxe911
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 06:03:15 PM
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Im gonna have to disagree on the left 4 dead wins.


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Comment #183 by Invader Skooj
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 08:05:49 PM
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Left 4 Dead is a great game and tons of replay value. It also let's you see which of your friends you want to be with during the real zombie invasion.


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Comment #184 by ASJ07
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 08:47:44 PM
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I didn't play Left for Dead or Fallout 3.


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Comment #185 by ManicMangoiow
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 08:07:41 AM
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Left 4 dead deserves everything it gets
Fallout 3 best game ive ever ever ever played( Other than GOLDENEYE of course) yeh some good awards to deserved games


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Comment #186 by razzberrylad
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 11:41:09 AM
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@183
you should not really be saying thank you. im not 100% sure but i think that was an insult to you lol


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Comment #187 by razzberrylad
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 11:42:18 AM
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he was being sarcastic coz you sed halo 3 should have been mutliplayer game of the year 2008 it was released 2007 you mong lol.

But on the brighter side it all seems good :)


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Comment #188 by dazedblaze420
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 02:27:17 PM
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great list guys, keep up the good work !


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Comment #189 by GunnerBinx25
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 02:51:48 PM
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fallout 3 was terrible. i have prince of persia, but i think fable's soundtrack was better.


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Comment #190 by Pat the hobo
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 05:39:26 PM
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How is Gears 2 not nominated for multiplayer game of the year? Fucking Left 4 dead? Don't get me wrong the multiplayer is fun, but versus mode has 2 maps. Wow, that doesn't get old. And the co-op you can beat every map in less than an hour. There are only 5 maps on top of it. GOW2 for best multiplayer.


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Comment #191 by Scootriniana
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 08:58:26 PM
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GTA IV is an epic fail


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Comment #192 by SwordSpitter
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 09:25:25 PM
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Very good list (when it comes to 360 only). My disappointment of the year would have to be GTA4. Their was so much missing in that game. I mean Saints Row 2 had much more to offer and it was alot more enjoyable. I hope they make the next GTA more like San Andreas with more tweaks. Fallout 3 definitely GOTY, Story was intriguing, gameplay was superb,soundtrack and sound was astounding. On gears 2, the campaign IMO was alot better then gears 1. But still repetitive alot less than gears 1 but still repetitive. MP was just....No comment thats how bad it was. For anyone saying gears 2 should be GOTY not fallout 3, play games other than shooters because its obvious you prefer running and gunning and get it over with type of game than a game that actually draws you in and makes you think.


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Comment #193 by Invader Skooj
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 11:21:02 PM
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Sadly the Left 4 Dead versus is still more fun then Gears 2.


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Comment #194 by C0DM0Dz
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 11:54:31 PM
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EA should have won producer of the year. I love Mirror's Edge, Skate, and all of the EA Sports.


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Comment #195 by KIDDRAGON67
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 02:30:16 AM
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i was suprised to see lost odessy in it, haven't seen a copy before lol, GTA gee what a crap game with a good story lets hope rockstar relise realism in gta sucked we just want JETPACKS!!!


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Comment #196 by Tib088
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 05:50:12 AM
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Fallout 3 is the best!


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Comment #197 by Purge
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 12:54:06 PM
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I didnt even like fallout >_>




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Comment #198 by StephenG70
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 05:39:42 PM
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Disappointment of the year: Gears of War 2, good story though.


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Comment #199 by Sonnenberg
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 06:54:42 PM
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disappointments of the year:

gow2
left 4 dead (how come no one else thinks these graphics suck?-cause they're horrible!!)
prince of persia -why change a good system?


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Comment #200 by ITD Soldierboy
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 07:05:47 PM
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I'm glad Fallout 3 made Game of the Year. It is a great game overall.


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Comment #201 by IDieInDegrees
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 07:44:54 PM
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you guys are horrible at this. force unleashed as best premise? are you serious. it was a good game but its a STAR WARS game they arent much different from the next. i like most of the star wars games but come on mirrors edge was by far the best premise. i dont think it lived up to all that we were expecting but it was very interesting. also gears of war 1 and 2 are some of the worst games ive ever played along with halo. just because its an exclusive does not make it good. its like the dark knight, its alright but hyped up way to much.

please learn how to look at all things not popularity


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Comment #202 by Knepster6963
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 09:39:40 PM
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Great List!


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Comment #203 by ROA5T BeeF
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 01:18:22 AM
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O lord Left 4 Dead is amazing!


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Comment #204 by Cancer Dancer
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 05:25:26 AM
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Fable 2 was too short to be on the list. SW:TFU was too short as well.


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Comment #205 by shabba69
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:32:40 AM
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Great list although i'm suprised at gears 2 only getting best graphics but Fallout 3 really did deserve game of the year i could play it for a lifetime to discover everythong on offer. Plus Left 4 Dead is just amazing. Need more players hit me up gamertag: parallelTom555


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Comment #206 by d3vilsnight
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 02:15:33 PM
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Great picks! I agree with pretty much everything although I haven't had a chance to play Left4Dead yet!


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Comment #207 by Jamie124
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 02:56:54 PM
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Its should have been gta for game of the year.
Especially if this new update comes out , suppose it wont be in 2008 though ,,,ahwell


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Comment #208 by Invader Skooj
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 04:31:55 PM
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Left 4 Dead looks fine and part of it is so that the lag isn't a issue. Still looks great.

Gears 2 has horde and that's it. The story was garbage. Anybody who knows ANYTHING about stories would know that.


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Comment #209 by Joe EFC
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 04:54:52 PM
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Fallout 3 deserves the title but gears 2 is jus as good


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Comment #210 by lacavera
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 08:35:28 PM
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Fallout 3 got boring.


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Comment #211 by BcFc NuTtZ
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 06:50:41 AM
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FALLOUT 3 desinately game of the year

if not it probably would of been spiderman lol i lvoe that game :D:D

serious though saintsrow 2 not on any of them? bad loss..


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Comment #212 by Invader Skooj
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 08:05:59 AM
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Spider-Man: WoS is an absolutely underrated game. The Boss fights in that are fantastic and can go anywhere.


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Comment #213 by HacksawDoomx187
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 08:56:51 AM
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Glad to see Lost Odyssey up there but GOW 2 for GOTY runner up???? Are you serious? Theres sooo many games that are better than it. Also, Rainbow six Vegas 2 deserves best multiplayer award IMO.


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Comment #214 by shaitanpt
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 09:30:24 AM
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great choice on fallout for goty!


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Comment #215 by themishkin
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 04:20:03 PM
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Wow, the Force Unleashed won best "premise" of the year? Have you not played any of the previous Jedi Knight's?? It's the same story every time, you're just some apprentice of a Jedi Master. Your master teaches you a whole lot about the force, then gets killed by some Sith so you vow revenge and fight through many levels till you avenge your surrogate father. There is nothing new about this one, it's just the first 360 star wars title, and it didn't deliver.

It was no where close to winning awards that weren't precluded to games exclusively featuring light sabers. What a crock of shit.


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Comment #216 by 7ofPeach
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 04:55:48 PM
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Fallout definately was a good call. :)

Was condemmed 2 a disappointment?? Personally i agree but thats because i thought higly of the original.. why did they overhaul the entire gameplay and whats with the weird girl and the lollypop.

:) very impressed though and look forward to posting more :) xxx


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Comment #217 by bitt3rsweet
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 08:35:00 PM
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yeeyah fallout! still gotta try it haha


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Comment #218 by IIDARK N1NJAII
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 02:30:11 AM
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of course Microsoft would have gotten publisher of the year this is an xbox website


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Comment #219 by Invader Skooj
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 08:51:25 AM
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Imagine if Sony won.


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Comment #220 by sparky player
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 06:48:18 PM
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Ok this list is very very accurate! Nice Job! I agree you on almost all parts. Fallout 3 is probably one of the best games i have played in my life. Its where in a game you get unlimited freedom to do absolutly ANYTHING with real life consequences in the game, and where you actually get emotionally attached to a game that makes it incredible. Fallout 3 is a MUST own for ALMOST any gamer. In other aspects of the list, i think that Call Of Duty World At War should have won best multiplayer and maybe should have bumped Gears of War 2 out of the Game of the Year runner ups. All in all, Awsome list and i Cant wait to see what games were gonna be playing in the new Year!


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Comment #221 by MrMascal4
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 04:12:12 PM
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Good list, I agree with you guys.


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Comment #222 by paynexkiller
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 05:39:45 PM
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Can't believe Fallout 3 came first. I've been putting off that game for a while now. I have it on PC, so thought buying it on 360 would be pointless.


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Comment #223 by Colossus1228
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 06:08:52 PM
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I thought Fallout 3 absolutly deserve Game of the Year. It was such a wonderful,enjoyable,and perfect game. and the Achievements weren't bad either(quit easy =^[)).


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Comment #224 by NBG
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 10:57:31 AM
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Can't believe dead space or fifa 09 didn't win anything


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Comment #225 by DragoonXD
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 08:52:15 PM
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I agree with most of this list, except the fact that neither Rock Band 2 (preferably), or Guitar Hero World Tour won best soundtrack...


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Comment #226 by Lemonmassacre7
Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 02:33:15 AM
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dont agree with the fallout 3 choices


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Comment #227 by The Reds 1993
Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 01:28:04 PM
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My Game Of The Year: Gears Of War 2 Multiplayer Is Great
Runners Up Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 And Fifa 09


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Comment #228 by Eckoletti
Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 02:24:34 PM
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For me personally GTA4 is the Game of the year. Niko rocks!


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Comment #229 by jon t 62
Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 02:46:55 PM
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world at wars multiplayer is awesome but lest 4 dead deserves to win


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Comment #230 by sheas93
Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 07:47:59 PM
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im proud, ive beat every game on this countdown besides the disappointments!


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Comment #231 by silencer018
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:58:42 PM
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Great list, the only one I have a problem with is Prince of Persia's graphics. I was not a big fan of them and I don't believe they are even worthy of a runner up spot.


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Comment #232 by RynoRhino
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 09:45:30 PM
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Nothing agaist Fallout but i love the genre and couldn't stand that game


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Comment #233 by DylanShine1
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 11:38:21 PM
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Great list but i think Cod: World at War should have been the victor on the Multi-Player Action Catagory, Also maybe runner-up for Best Graphics

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Comment #234 by Fried Chair
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 06:01:55 AM
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Cod world of war shou of been there great offline play and also enjoyed the online play


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Comment #235 by Victory Guy
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 08:20:02 AM
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I thought that Gears II > Fallout 3 but I guess I was wrong...


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Comment #236 by rojogo69
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 08:40:34 AM
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victory guy... mate with ya 120%


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Comment #237 by Mana Fiend
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 03:34:50 PM
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I really need to get around to Lost Odyssey and Fallout 3. After World at War, methinks. I wonder if I can get £20 out of my folks to get Lost Odyssey... :/


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Comment #238 by snapjacko1979
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 10:08:30 AM
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Have to agree with Fallout 3 as best game of year. It's just an awesome title..!


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Comment #239 by my_name_is_gabe
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 12:08:16 PM
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Gears has the best graphics, please.. Army of Two had better graphics, but that's my opinion.


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Comment #240 by D 3 4 T H B 4 T
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 04:57:51 PM
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Fallout 3 is one of the best games ive ever played


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Comment #241 by Eagles1078
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 05:41:45 PM
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Got to agree that Fallout 3 is up there but so was Call of Duty World at War.


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Comment #242 by Chrisypoo2
Monday, January 19, 2009 @ 02:02:28 PM
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i highly disagree with GOW2 being best graphics, ive seen em and alot of other games either equal up or surpass it, thats dissapointing guys, a better game could have taken its place


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Comment #243 by DJRippleEffectt
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 @ 07:09:57 PM
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OK OK I Agree with all of the awards but one......i feel that Mercenaries 2 Wasn't a big Disappointment,i mean yea they could have up it alil bit more but it was still a pretty awesoem game


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Comment #244 by hankiejr
Thursday, January 22, 2009 @ 12:17:32 AM
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nice to see lost odyssey in the list i love that game with the story and the music yust great.

i already posted a like message on a dutch game site where there was no sign of lost odyssey thought that was strange buth here i see it and it makes my day


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Comment #245 by flyin_dutchman8
Saturday, January 24, 2009 @ 07:27:36 PM
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played left 4 dead online didn't find it that great


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Comment #246 by lazer9888
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 @ 05:56:50 PM
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left 4 dead seemed kind of lame....call of duty shouldve won best multiplayer-its nazi zombies was prolly better(i never played left 4 dead so i cant say for sure tho)

gears 2 campaign lacked the excitement of the original where at each new part thered be a new enemy that had u scared to deal with...like the berserkers and the krill and the seeders and the corpser and everything....gears 2 lacks that excitement and is almost too dramatic at times...and has anyone else noticed that they got a lot of ideas from resident evil 4???


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Comment #247 by lazer9888
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 @ 06:00:23 PM
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and as far as fallout 3 was concerned it was a great game despite being short and lacking the amount of quest and general freedom of oblivion...but it did not deserve best story-its story was kind of lame...in every other aspect it was an amazing game and did have some interesting humor ...still remember being told by the little kid that hed "blow my fuckin head off"...


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Comment #248 by pot
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 03:00:30 AM
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Old list, I know but reading it made me remember just how good Lost Oddyssey was. That game was a great JRPG was very emotional at times, specially some of the thousand year dreams.


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Comment #249 by aw3som3m4n45
Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 01:02:27 PM
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Fallout FTW!


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