Gaming & Technology

The best games of 2008

2008 appeared to be another of those years when gamers just couldn't agree on which title stood out as the best.

Gone, apparently, are the days when one game — say Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Deus Ex or Halo — leaves the rest of the group behind.

In fact, you'll see just a little crossover among many of the top 10 lists emerging online. Oh sure, a few are always there. Metal Gear Solid 4, Gears of War 2, Fallout 3 and LittleBigPlanet impressed a lot, but none blew away the competition.

Wait. A correction: Most pubs and sites agreed on one thing: Titles for the Wii sucked. Clearly Nintendo's own Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii didn't live up to the legacy of Super Mario Galaxy from the previous year.

So here are the top 10 games of the year from a few gaming Web sites. Agree or blow off as you wish.

1. Fable 2 (X360)

2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

3. Left 4 Dead (X360, PC)

4. Fallout 3 (X360, PS3, PC)

5. Braid (X360, PC)

6. Gears of War 2 (X360)

7. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

8. Far Cry 2 (X360, PS3, PC)

9. Dead Space (X360, PS3, PC)

10. Mirror's Edge (X360, PS3)

1. Fallout 3 (X360, PS3, PC)

2. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (PC)

3. Left 4 Dead (X360, PC)

4. Gears of War 2 (X360)

5. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

6. Grand Theft Auto IV (X360, PS3, PC)

7. Rock Band 2 (X360, PS3)

8. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC)

9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

10. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

In addition to naming the best games of the year, Metacritic offered its opinion on each system's “Dud of the Year,” which is shown in parentheses.

X360: Grand Theft Auto IV — 98/100. (Jumper — 29/100.)

PS3: Grand Theft Auto IV — 98/100. (Vampire Rain: Altered Species — 30/100.)

Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl — 93/100. (SPOGS Racing — 18/100.)

PC: Fallout 3 — 92/100. (Beauty Factory — 22/100.)

PS2: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 — 94/100. (Women's Volleyball Championship — 30/100.)

DS: Chrono Trigger — 93/100. (Homie Rollerz — 23/100.)

PSP: God of War: Chains of Olympus — 91/100. (King of Clubs — 40/100.)