Something new here, i've been reading a few blogs that i check often and they have put lists of the best ( or worst ) things(?) up so i thought i'd do something a little different and make my own list of the best Games and Films of 2008 ( seeing as how i worked in both )
First the games side of things
1. Fallout 3 ( PS3/Xbox 360/)
HUGE....is what i call this game, there is so many options and paths to take that the replay value goes up, i never played elder scrolls and i don't intent to but seeing ( and hearing ) about this game made me interested in it, i got my friend a copy recently and i've been watching him play and he's having a hard time choosing what he thinks he'd like to do, i love that it's so open and there is no linear path ( sometimes good and bad ) lots of neat references to the 50's as well in the game
2. Left 4 Dead ( Xbox 360/ PC )
This seems like a typical zombie game and for the most part it is except for the little things such as really needing to work as a team to live! helping teammates and healing are just a few things you can do, it's fun playing as a zombie as well and working within a team to hunt down the living people playing. I'd say this game does a fine job of bringing people together ( headsets are a must for good co-op play!)
now a few overrated games:
warhammer online- a bad rip off of WoW is what i first thought on seeing it, sure it's the same genre but still....
LittleBigPlanet- PS3 is dying and it needs to sell lots of machines to keep it going so welcome to tons of advertisement for LBP, overall not my cup of tea, great design but ultimatly a game made by other gamers and for the most part i don't want to spend hours building a level.
Gears of war 2- nothing new since gears 1 and even then the series isn't original enough to capture my attention
Grand Theft Auto IV- waaay overrated, it sold but it just seems a little too boring for my tastes, and the mo-cap looks like ass
God of War Chains of olympus- not overrated but far too short to enjoy it, and it is probably one of the only really fun games on PSP at this moment
Ok some films now
Iron man- loved this movie! well acted and told well enough, fun and well paced ( cheesy enough clip at the very end though )
Batman Dark Knight- everyone has seen this movie twice ( i know i did ) and it's well worth it in terms of how it's presented, the story and the acting from all characters, my only wonder is how can you top this?
Wall-e- great acting considering there is almost no talking! a true throw back to the golden age of animation and in general film, the only parts that were a bit "bad" was as soon as the humans come into the story
Now some not so good movies of the year:
Hellboy 2: the golden army- pacing was outta wack on this movie, overall i couldn't care less for the story and i was expecting some really neat designs considering the director but it fell short.
Hulk- i would say this movie was great to kill time with, i never liked the hulk and this is no different but the movie in itself was well done ( although Liv Tyler's acting could have been much better )
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull- George....how could you guys fuck up a movie series like this? i love the original 3 movies and this one was no where near them in terms of story ( i mean fucking aliens? sure there was some god junk in last crusade but still....) i guess old George has stopped caring about his once great creations ( star wars etc )
Twilight- i hate this movie and that main guy character with a deep deep passion, i never heard of the series but after seeing enough trailers and reading up on it i think i can say beyond some shallow girls and tweens liking this movie that it's a big piece of crap, typical teen movie with a romeo and juilet story line or something of the sort, i also find it funny that many women ( not little girls ) like that main good guy vampire character but i'd be damned in hell if they would still like him as much if he were a real vampire...women seem to fall in love with things that they otherwise think is horrible and would never go near but somehow have feelings for them in a movie...go figure
And that ladies and gentlemen is my sort of short list of games and movies i found amusing and not so amusing this year
Happy New Year and Holidays to everyone!