My Game of the Year 2008

So here is the (most predictable) decision I’ve had to make this year, my own personal game of the year. I’ve tride most of the higher rated games this year such as: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Fallout 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, Gears of War 2, Resistance 2, Audiosurf, etc. And I have to say that when it came down to it I found myself with a few options.

But when I weighed up the options, the answer was clear.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, from the genius of Hideo Kojima takes the cake for me (despite the fact that it is a lie). People can complain about the length of the cut scenes to the cows come home but for me the pure storytelling utilised in the game wins it for me. Yes, they are long. And yes, sometimes they can be incredibly poorly done. But the story that is weaved into this game tells a heartbreaking tale. One of the a bleak future controlled by war, and the hardships of the main characters to try and stop the destruction in its tracks. What gets me most in the game, is that all the characters have lost so much. They have lost a lot that they care about and are purely fighting now to atone for their sins.

Sometimes it’ll feel cliche, but to me it didn’t matter. I was so engrossed in Snake’s struggle to finally end Liquid. Otacon’s desperate rollercoaster ride of wanting it all to end while not wanting Snake to fight. Raiden’s ridiculous change from pussy to Frank Jaeger. Just, the game itself feels amazing.

One downfall is the lack of actual gameplay, but I’ll touch upon that in my review coming in the near future.

Metal Gear Solid 4, I salute you.

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