KINKER KORNER’S TOP 34 VIDEO GAMES OF 2008 NSFW

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No time for intros, this is a hell of a year!.

 

 

33.Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe-Playstation 3

“HERESY!” They cried as a Mortal Kombat came out and it wasn’t an 18 rated gore-fest. I’ll admit I raised an eyebrow myself but unlike many I actually played it so I could make my own mind up and ended up quite enjoying it. It was the prototype for the formula that NetherRealm Studios have perfected now for their Injustice games and the last couple of Mortal Kombat games which have been fantastic. The two storylines, one for each group of fighters is a fun edition and yet another thing that would get better as the series progressed. Pairing the likes of Scorpion, Kano, Jax, Baraka and the MK bunch against Batman, Green Lantern, Catwoman etc is something I never imagined I’d see.

 

32.Spider-Man: Web Of Shadows-Xbox 360

A Spidey game that I never seem to see getting discussed which is a shame as although it’s by no means a masterpiece there was plenty of positives that made it a very worthwhile experience. While the camera is finicky, the graphics are nothing to write home about and the last third is criminally repetitive the boss fights are great, the story is fun and the choice system, while rudimentary offers up a little bit of replayability and Luke Cage is in it!. Fantastic trailer too.

 

31. Silent Hill: Homecoming-Playstation 3

The first Western developer to take a crack at Silent Hill on the home consoles was under the watchful and judgemental eye of fans and critics as Team Silent had very Eastern sensibility in their games that had made the series so brilliant. In all honesty they never came close to succeeding in terms of competing with previous games but while there is a lot in there that makes a hardcore fan of the series like myself roll their eyes I still managed to distance myself and enjoy it in some aspects. The story was decent and some of the areas had great atmosphere……I’m starting to realise it probably shouldn’t be on here so let me keep it positive…..the graphics were good and the transitions from the regular world to the dark world were excellent if inspired by the movie. It was ok and I’m glad I played it put it that way.

 

30.World Of Goo-PC

I remember watching Ryan McLeod’s review of this game on the excellent Consolevania where he spent the entire thing getting angry at the fact that two people made this wee gem of a game. He couldn’t wrap his head around how they managed to make this beautiful, intelligent and unique puzzle game in which you guide a load of goo through levels…..It’s better than I just made it sound. 

 

29. Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars-Wii

A weird one this as usually the Capcom vs series is filled with franchises like Marvel and SNK where they are more known on a worldwide level but Tatsunoko are an anime company who are primarily known in Japan. That said it let me discover new characters which I always like and they bring the likes of Casshan, Gold Lightan, Karas and Tekkaman to go up against Capcom’s big hitters like Ryu, Morrigan, Frank West, Viewtiful Joe and more.

 

28. Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People-PC

Of all the Telltale licensed eposodic games released this one has to be the most random and esoteric of the lot. Talk about a game of it’s time using characters from the popular website Homestar Runner that featured an angry animated luchadore and his…..friends?. It’s a point and click adventure with lots of arcade style minigames and uses the humour of the flash animation skits. So if you were a fan of the site then you’d enjoy this….does anyone remember this?.

 

27. Call Of Duty: World At War-Xbox 360

Grenades…..so many grenades. That’s my lasting memory of the latter part of the single player campaign and dammit it was hard. Anyway it was always going to be difficult to follow up on Modern Warfare which was a massive critical and commercial success. The game takes place during the second world war and more particularly the battles fought in the east.

 

26. Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law-Wii

I loved the animated show that this game was based on, certainly one of the most underrated comedy animated shows of the last few years. Who better to take on a comedy courtroom game than Capcom who were going strong with the Ace Attorney series?. It captures the bizarre, hilarious nature of the show and while it’s no AAA masterpiece it’s a great treat for fans of the show and one that a lot of people aren’t even aware existed.

 

25. Super Smash Bros. Brawl-Wii

The ultra popular Nintendo smash em up is back with another great cast of characters and stages evoking nostalgia and proving the company have created so many memorable characters and moments over the years. A love letter to fans awith a roster consisting of Link, Mario, Pikachu, Pit, Samus, Fox and loads more.

 

24. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney-DS

A really surprising entry into the series I’ve gushed about before. Whereas usually you would play as Phoenix Wright, he is down and out after being accused of forging evidence in a failing case. A shocking accusation against our hero so in steps Apollo Justice, a young up and coming attorney who admittedly isn’t as charismatic or likeable as Phoenix but grows as a character throughout the game.

 

23. Mirror’s Edge-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

Remember in the mid-late 00s when everyone was obsessed with parkour?. Well this game took advantage of that and saw you take control of Faith Connor, a free running courier in a beautiful, clean but soulless and oppressive dystopia. Couriers transfer messages back and forth across the city while trying to avoid being tracked down by the government. Most of the emphasis is on the parkour elements of the game and combat is a last resort. A great cel shaded look helps the well designed environment look amazing.

 

22. Blazblue: Calamity Trigger-Playstation 3

A beautifully colourful and stunningly drawn 2d fighting game from Arc System Works . The roster isn’t huge but the characters are so uniquely designed and drawn so well that it doesn’t matter too much. That said I have to say despite their cool designs the characters aren’t as memorable or as iconic as characters from other fighting games. Nonetheless it’s a deep fighting system and a feast for the eyes.

 

21. Inazuma Eleven-DS

A JRPG based on a football team from developers Level 5? I’m in. I think the DS may be my favourite handheld system ever. There were so many fantastic and underrated games that came out for it and it had a gimmicky feature that actually enhanced it’s games rather than hindering them. Anyway here we have a unique premise for an rpg filled with humour and making an epic adventure out of the beautiful game…..that’s what football is called for people who don’t know and think I’m talking about the actual video game.

 

20.Condemned 2: Bloodshot-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

While the follow up to Monolith and Sega’s highly underappreciated horror police procedural doesn’t have as interesting a plot or as many great ideas as the first one it more than matches it for visceral, heart pounding, fear inducing gameplay. Ethan Thomas from the first game has left the FBI and has become something of a drunk but as the mysterious plague causing mass violence against the homeless of the city continues to get worse he gets drawn back in.  Anyone who has played this wee gem will always be haunted by the two words RABID BEAR!.

 

19. Resistance 2-Playstation 3

A playstation exclusive  and the follow up to the great first game I talked about a couple of lists ago. It really pushed the limits of what the early ps3 games were doing with beautiful but grimy visuals and great enemy design. The Leviathan boss fight was awe inspiring and heart pounding too as you took on the giant Chimera as it smashed the city to smithereens. The ending is a real gut punch too. 

 

18. Braid-PC

An incredibly intelligent and beautiful puzzle game in which you manipulate time to reach certain goals and defeat enemies. The ending is infamous as well for it’s excellent twist on a gaming trope. You are trying to save a princess like in games like Mario but when you get to the end and time manipulates you find out that the princess is running from you and you’re a creepy stalker. Everything flips on it’s head and leaves you mouth agape after such an incredible experience. The music is stunning too.

 

17.Mario Kart Wii-Wii

Perhaps a little controversial due to being this low on the list but although I enjoyed the game a lot I found it one of the weaker entries into the series. The blue shell just frustrated me beyond belief, punishing you for good play. That’s just me being a grump though as playing this with friends, like every game in the series is loads of fun and being on the Wii it brought casual gamers into the fold in huge number it helped introduce a whole load of new people to the joy of Mario Kart.

 

16. Ratchet And Clank: Quest For Booty-Playstation 3

A budget title due to it’s short length of around four hours but don’t let that detract you as while it didn’t cost much to buy the quality and high production values are still here. You’ll know what a massive fan of the series I am if you’ve been following along (thank you if you have) and this one, while not as epic, still acts as a challenging and enjoyable adventure like something straight out of the highest quality animated movies. It follows on from Tools Of Destruction where Clank had been kidnapped and Ratchet sets out to find him.

 

15. Valkyria Chronicles.-Playstation 3

I suck at tactical strategy games so it’s testament to how good this is that even though I’m baws at it I still really like it. Mixing those strategy elements with rpg themes set in a lush, watercolour-like fictional version of Europe during the second world war, it tells a story of two warring superpowers. The characters are likeable and get you invested in the game so when you send your forces into battle it matters to you that they make it out alive.

 

14. Devil May Cry 4-Playstation 3

Kind of the black sheep of the DMC series and bear with me here. The first one is seen as the innovative one, the second is the disappointing one, the third one the stunning end of the first trilogy, the reboot is the polarising one and part four is the …..oh yea that one….one. I’m not entirely sure why that is, maybe it’s the fact it doesn’t exactly do anything completely new but it does what it does so well it doesn’t need to . The series’ first foray into the hd world was a stunning one too with the usual stylish presentation popping beautifully.

 

13. God Of War: Chains Of Olympus-PSP

Kratos and his angry brand of hack and slash gorefest are back for God Of War’s first foray into the handheld market on Sony’s PSP (apart from a mobile game that doesn’t really count as a main series game). It’s a prequel to the first game wherein Kratos is still in servitude to the gods He must stop a Persian invasion of Greece and other side plots like investigating the abduction of Helios. It’s fun, visceral fun with a great story and technically impressive on the handheld.

 

12. Siren: Blood Curse-Playstation 3

When I sold my Xbox 360 and got my playstation 3 I researched all the exclusives the consoles had and was surprised to see a new Siren game from a series I’m a huge fan of so I snapped it up. Now I’m aware a lot of the entries lower than this one are technically and critically far better than this but that’s the great thing about individuality, we all like different things. This game kind of acts like a reboot and a greatest hits package of the first two games. It looks great with beautiful lighting and good quality character models for a game that isn’t a AAA title. The one thing that annoyed me was the change in characters….we get missions that are clearly based on the first games but with new characters partaking in them and they are not as likeable. That said it’s terrifying and atmospheric.

 

 

 

11. The World Ends With You-DS

Oh man what an unbelievably underrated game this Square Enix/Jupiter game is. An insanely stylish action RPG taking place in the youthful Shibuya district of Tokyo. The soundtrack is fantastic and the combat which takes place on both the DS screens is satisfying…when it works properly which was an issue at times. The plot is involving with the kids in the game getting caught up in a game of life and death with emotional and funny scenes aplenty.

 

10. Street Fighter 4-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

I’m including all the updates like Super and Ultra in this entry so I don’t have to do a new version of the same game every list from now on. This is often seen as the best fighting game of all time and was met with insane critical acclaim. Ok bombshell time….I love the SF series and I don’t know if it was because I kind of suck at it or whatever but I just didn’t find it as life altering and amazing as many did. That said I really enjoy it and have played it a lot. The inclusion of more Final Fight characters is a huge plus for me too. So now we have Hugo, Poison, Guy, Cody and Rolento….still waiting for Mikey Haggar though!.

 

9. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2-Playstation 3

An enhanced version of the Xbox 360 game Ninja Gaiden 2 which was initially an exclusive to Microsoft. Ryu Hayabusa is back, wall jumping, lopping heids aff and fighting massive gross bosses on his way to revenge against the Black Spider Ninjas. The combat is fast and fantastically brutal making you feel like such a badarse while the difficulty will make it a challenge for most people but a worthwhile one.

 

8.SoulCalibur 4-Xbox 360

My love of the weapons based 3d fighter continued with this fourth entry into the main series. The storylines were starting to get out of control at this point and just disappearing into a load of convoluted messes but the roster remains great here and the gimmick of guest characters is here again. The PS3 got Darth Vader and the Xbox 360 got Yoda…..for some reason.

 

7. Grand Theft Auto 4-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

The hype for GTA games is always insane and the first entry to be released in HD had a lot of expectations riding on it’s shoulders. For critics it completely blew it out of the water with perfect scores around almost the entire games journalism scene. I’m not in that gang though as much as I liked it I still had plenty of problems with it. The least interesting story in the series since it went 3d, awful driving sections, not much variation in clothing and stuff like that but let me be positive. Driving around Liberty City, heavily based on New York was loads of fun and as usual for the series the world is incredibly realised with a real lived in feel.

 

6. Dead Space-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

Horror fans had been clamouring for a new big budget game to take us back to the sci fi horror days of the Alien movies and oh boy did we get it with Dead Space. A taught, claustrophobic, terrifying and atmospheric sci fi horror that introduced us to terrifying animated corpses known as necromorphs and the protagonist Isaac Clarke. The cool thing about the combat is unlike most games, head shots mean nothing….they keep coming so when you see a kindly note left in blood saying “cut off their limbs” you realise that’s the only way to slow them down. It becomes like a puzzle game aiming for the best parts to shoot. A great new entry into the list of brilliant horror game series.

 

5. Professor Layton And The Lost Future-DS

Good old Professor Layton and his little pal Luke, they’re in among some heavy hitters here and beating many of them. This is one of the best games in the series and beautifully mixes great head scratching puzzles with an engaging plot. A fun time travel adventure with an incredibly touching ending….surprising stuff for this fun little puzzle series.

 

4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots-Playstation 3

A masterpiece…but a flawed masterpiece from Hideo Kojima. The Metal Gear Solid games have always been incredibly cinematic, with Kojima drawing on his love for movies but hooo boy does he need an editor sometimes. I was playing this with my wee brother and at one point a cutscene started, he had to go get some shopping. When he came back almost an hour later the same cutscene was playing. I’m all for cinematic games but that’s ridiculous. Anyway the good well outweighs the bad in the game with a sprawling plot that is as nonsensical but somehow utterly captivating as usual and stealth action that gets your heart racing. The scene where Solid Snake falls asleep and dreams about going back to Shadow Moses and you have to play the original opening scene from the 1998 game is masterful and tugs on my nostalgia strings perfectly.Kojima is brilliant at creating moments you’ll never forget. 

 

3. Gears Of War 2-Xbox 360

When I sold my 360 this was pretty much the only exclusive Microsoft series that I really missed. The sequel to the classic, visceral, gory, violent blood splattered action sci fi classic is more of the same with beefed up graphics and continues Dom Santiago and Marcus Fenix’s bromance as they fight back against the locust horde. Some of the set pieces are absolutely incredible and action all feels so interactive and sends the blood rushing. There’s even emotional scenes which is shocking for this manly man man meaty man meat series that laughs in the face of woosy girly tears usually. That ending though….what a letdown.

 

2. Shin Megami Tensai: Persona 4-Playstation 2

One of those games that took me a little bit to get into but once I did I lost nearly 100 hours to it. Like I discussed for Persona 3 this mixes social sim elements with dungeon crawling turn based rpg sections. You and your friends mix school life and social interactions with investigating murders by traveling through a portal in a tv to fight monsters in a parallel world……got it?. Weird but brilliantly involving, the characters are great, the music is fun and the plot is intriguing.

 

1 Fallout 3-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

Good lord this game is special to me and I could go on about it for days but I’ll keep it as short as I can. It might be hard to believe considering the lists I’ve made made before this but I really wasn’t into the rpg genre for the most part when this came out as they kind of intimidated me. I grew up a console gamer weaned on fighting, platform and beat em up games so I never really got into them with a few exceptions. So when my pal Rick gave me this game when I finally joined this generation of gaming and got a 360 I had to be coerced into it. Holy crap am I glad I did. I had never played anything like it in my life with every square inch of the massive world having  a story behind it. It nearly brought me to tears at times that this much work had gone into a game with so many side missions, interactions with people, and of course the main story. Randomly stumbling into giant ants when you’re nowhere near ready to face them will never leave me. Rick still laughs at me though because I was stuck at one bit against a huge enemy I couldn’t get past. I asked him for help and he discovered I wasn’t wearing any armour, I was wearing sexy sleepwear!!. I didn’t really know much about changing gear etc so needed a lot of teaching. Still….he was impressed I made it that far in my pajamas. Ugh I’ll shut up now but this goes down as one of my favourite games of all time. Well worthy of topping any list.

 

Ok then we’re near the end of the decade. Keep it here for more lists and thanks for reading. Catch me @swing_kinker ta x.

 

 

 

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