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Games of 2008 - ranked by preference

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People who added this item 690 Average listal rating (385 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: June 12, 2008 (ALL)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Kojima Productions
Genre: Action - Stealth

I love the Metal Gear franchise...And when Metal Gear Solid 4 came out, I was really looking forward to it. I had high expectations and this game shattered them and went far beyond what I was hoping for, giving me an experience that I enjoyed so much that I felt the need to play through the game nearly ten times since its release.

The area where you battle Crying Wolf had me bouncing in my seat with joy, as I couldn't believe that Kojima would create such an awesome fan service as that level (which I refuse to mention by name due to spoiler reasons). Video games rarely create such excitement within me these days, Metal Gear Solid 4 managed to create it a few times throughout my time with it.
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People who added this item 341 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: July 10, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Genre: RPG

I absolutely love Persona 4. I love Persona 3 as well, for that matter. For a long time I've debated which game I like better. I generally prefer darker stories, like the one found in Persona 3...But the characters in Persona 4 are all just so likeable that I can't help but give Persona 4 the nod. On top of the awesome characters, Atlus also added several tweaks and improvements to the gameplay system introduced in Persona 3 to create what many people consider to be the best RPG on the Playstation 2. The old school gamer in me still considers Dragon Quest VIII to be the best on the system...But if Persona 4 is second place, it's not by much. If you haven't played this yet, I highly suggest giving it a try. I bet you'll be glad you did.
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People who added this item 265 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
LittleBigPlanet - PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 27, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Media Molecule
Genre: Platformer - 2D

LittleBigPlanet is such a great game...Not just because it's got a fun and different take on the 2D platformer formula, but because the replay value of the game is near infinite due to the fact that you can download player-made levels (many of which are really, really well made) at your leisure, or even create your own if your creative juices are flowing enough. On a side note, Sack Boy is easily my favorite new character of this generation of consoles.
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People who added this item 475 Average listal rating (298 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Fallout 3 - Xbox 360
Release Date: October 27, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Genre: Adventure

Like the concept of Oblivion, but want to use guns and explosives? Fallout 3 is for you. While I prefer Oblivion to Fallout 3, I can't deny that I have a soft spot for sneaking a landmine into the inventory of an unsuspecting Super Mutant I managed to sneak up on. I honestly can't get enough of the Elder Scrolls and Fallout style of games....Even if they do seem to only get buggier and buggier with each release.
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People who added this item 436 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Mass Effect - PC Games
Release Date: May 28, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare
Genre: Adventure

Mass Effect started out kind of rocky with me. When I first played through it, I thought it was so-so...And eventually got bored. I played it again a year or so later and really found myself enjoying it a lot. That second time was enough to motivate me to visit the game a few games again since then, and each time I enjoy it all the same. The first Mass Effect is still my favorite in terms of gameplay, story, and exploration. The two sequels just don't live up to this one, in my opinion.
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People who added this item 576 Average listal rating (365 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Grand Theft Auto IV - PlayStation 3
Release Date: April 29, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar North
Genre: Action

Grand Theft Auto IV was an extremely anticipated game when it came out...And while I loved the characters, story, and game as a whole...In some respects it felt like a step back. Half the fun of previous GTA games was the ability to take over the city. Granted, that wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to allow that in this story, it still felt like something was missing when playing. That minor gripe aside, GTA4 lives up to any and all hype it received. If you haven't played it yet, give it a try. It's an easy game to lose several hours in.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
NHL 09 - PlayStation 3
Release Date: September 9, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sports - Hockey

Kind of how I talked about MLB 10 earlier, NHL 09 was the turning point of the NHL franchise to bring it back to being the undisputed number one hockey game on the market. With new features like the Be a Pro mode, NHL 09 turned the franchise from a struggling one, competing with the NHL 2K series, to what was probably the absolute best sports game released in 2008, and one that left 2K's hockey franchise in the dust.
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People who added this item 381 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Left 4 Dead - PC Games
Release Date: November 17, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Valve Software
Developer: Valve Software
Genre: Shooter - First-Person

Left 4 Dead is a first-person shooter with a focus on group survival in a zombie-infested city. Your goal, with three other players (whether they be friends, strangers, or the computer) is to have all four group members surviving by the end of each hour-long scenario. The game is fun enough when playing through solo with computer allies, but it really shines when you get three pals to play with you and you can enjoy trying to survive together. There isn't much of a story here - four scenarios about an hour long each - but it's fun enough to play where it doesn't need one to keep you coming back for more.
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Release Date: March 27, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: M2
Genre: Compilation

In my opinion, the Phantasy Star games often get overlooked when people mention the best RPG franchises. That's not right, friends. All of the original, turn-based Phantasy Star games are either good or great, and you've got them all in this one collection. If you understand Japanese and are a fan of RPGs, then this compilation is a must-buy. We do have alternatives in North America - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection has all three Genesis Phantasy Stars with the original Master System Phantasy Star as an unlockable extra. But, PS2 owners in Japan got all four Phantasy Star games in one package about a year earlier, and without any other games hogging the spotlight.
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People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: November 16, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Simulation - Virtual Life

I absolutely loved the original Animal Crossing, but I was afraid that without the NES titles to unlock, like the original had, that I wouldn't be nearly as smitten with this game as I was the original. I really didn't have anything to fear, as City Folk, with or without the NES titles, is just as addicting as the original was. It's not action-packed or anything, but it's a great game to pull out and play when you just want to relax.
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People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Klonoa - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: December 4, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Paon Corporation
Genre: Platformer

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile was a very good platformer that was largely ignored on the Playstation here in North America. When a remake was announced for the family-friendly Wii, I thought for sure that the game would finally get the sales it deserved....It didn't. Like most non-Nintendo-published games, even if it was good, it wasn't bought by a whole lot of people. That's disappointing, too...Klonoa is a solid platformer that is well worth playing. And don't let the cutsey graphics fool you, this is an enjoyable title for all ages.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Afrika - PlayStation 3
Release Date: August 28, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Rhino Studios
Genre: Adventure

I really enjoyed playing Animal Kingdom on the Wii, but kind of wished that it was aimed a tad more towards adults...Just a few weeks after Animal Kingdom was released, Afrika showed up on North American store shelves and granted me my wish. Animal Kingdom was simplistic and fun. Afrika is simplistic and fun as well, but also has enough complexity to prevent you from getting bored. It is worth mentioning that only people with patience will enjoy this game...There are times where you may just find yourself sitting in one place for five to ten minutes just waiting for an opportunity to take a specific picture that you needed to take. I found that to be relaxing, but others might find it to be frustrating. But anyway, if snapping photos on an African safari sounds fun to you, give Afrika a try - it's quite nice.
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People who added this item 731 Average listal rating (634 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: January 31, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Game Arts
Genre: Fighting

Super Smash Bros. Melee absorbed so much of my time in college as a group of friends and I would have little Smash Bros. parties on a regular basis. When Brawl came out, I was no longer in college and much more happy to play games in solitude rather that with others. That didn't change how much I enjoyed this title, but it did have an effect on how much I played it. That said, Smash Bros. Brawl didn't really improve on a whole lot from Melee, but that's not necessarily bad. It's still a solid game, but a little more innovation might have lead it to be placed higher on this list.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
Topple - iPhone
Release Date: November 26, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: ngmoco
Developer: ngmoco
Genre: Puzzle

Topple is like Jenga, in that you're stacking blocks on top of each other while trying not to cause the tower of blocks to collapse. But unlike Jenga, in Topple, you'll be working with various shapes as you struggle to reach the required height for each level. Adding a little personality to the game are the blocks themselves, as they all have changing expressions...And that little personality makes this game stand out among a sea of puzzle games on the iPhone. The tower-stacking gameplay can be quite addicting, too.
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People who added this item 172 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
Eternal Sonata - Xbox 360
Release Date: September 18, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Genre: RPG

Eternal Sonata is absolutely beautiful. There aren't many games that have graphics and an art design that just leave me in awe...But Eternal Sonata did just that; I was just in awe looking at the bright, colorful art design of the game. Graphics alone don't warrant this placement on the list, though. Eternal Sonata is also a solid game to go along with its pretty face. It might not be the greatest RPG of all-time or anything, but it was one of the best available on the 360 at its release, and it still holds up pretty well today.
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People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: January 31, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Genre: Strategy - Turn-Based

The first Disgaea was a great surprise to many turn-based strategy fans. The second Disgaea was another solid entry in the series, but didn't quite have the impact of the original. Disgaea 3 follows that trend, as it's a solid game, but it didn't really evolve much since the original. Granted, it's still a great game and well worth playing if you enjoy turn-based strategy games, but if you've played the original two Disgaea games, it does kind of feel like you've played this game before at times.
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Release Date: January 2008 (NA)
Publisher: MPire Mall
Developer: MDickie
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

TWC4 Fight! is mostly the same game as Wrestling Mpire 2008, but with a fancier coat of paint and a roster of real wrestlers rather than generic ones. There are minor differences, like in weapon types (nothing beats using Hornswoggle as a weapon and hearing him shriek in horror when you do so) but it's largely the same game - good and bad. If you're a wrestling nut, like me, you'll probably enjoy this game even with its flaws. However, if you're not a fan of wrestling games, you'll likely wonder why anyone would enjoy this. With a plethora of match types, and with more options you could ever hope for, you can make just about any match you could imagine a reality here. It also allows for dream matches between folks in the WWE, TNA, and ROH promotions. It's a free game, so if you're interested, it can be found here.
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People who added this item 292 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Dead Space - Xbox 360
Release Date: October 13, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Genre: Action - Horror

Dead Space is a fun action game...But if you were to classify it purely as a horror game, it disappoints. The scares are predictable and the concept of dismembering your enemies really lessens any scare factor the monsters in the game have, since you know that you'll be chopping off their limbs shortly after you meet them. It's still very fun and worth playing through, but don't expect to get the willys when playing it.
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People who added this item 70 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Boom Blox - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: May 6, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts
Genre: Puzzle

Boom Blox is kind of like Jenga...If Jenga was loaded with personality. Then again, if you've watched any of the Steven Spielberg cartoons like Tiny Toon Adventures, Freakazoid, Animaniacs, etc. then it's not surprising that a game presented by Spielberg, such as this one, is just as entertaining to experience as those cartoons. I'd be willing to go out on a limb and state that this is the most entertaining puzzle game that I've played as far as sheer personality goes. To compare it to a slightly more recent release, Boom Blox kind of plays like a 3D Angry Birds. So, if you like making things topple and collapse, Boom Blox may be the Wii game for you.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
MLB 08: The Show - PlayStation Portable
Release Date: March 4, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Sony CEA
Developer: SCEA San Diego Studios
Genre: Sports - Baseball

MLB 08: The Show is a solid baseball experience for on the go. When compared to Major League Baseball 2K8, The Show is easily the better overall game. From controls, to game options...Even the load times...The Show was easily the best baseball game available on the PSP in 2008. The game also improves upon the fantastic Road to the Show mode introduced in MLB 07, making this a quality baseball game more than worthy of any praise it receives.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 0
The Club - Xbox 360
Release Date: February 7, 2008 (AU)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

The Club took me by surprise. I didn't expect much from it, but it delivers a unique third-person shooter experience for this day and age. The way the game plays harkens back to the days of old, when folks were popping quarters in arcade machines, as you're not playing to finish a story, you're playing to get the top score. It's not incredibly deep, but it doesn't need to be. For what it is, it's quite fun.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: October 23, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Acquire
Genre: Action

Just about any game where I can play with stealth, I enjoy. To me, it's just a whole lot more fun to hit a surprise attack on the enemy than just run in and shooting everything, or in the case of this game, slashing everything. Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is far from the best game in the series, but it's not bad. To Tenchu veterans, this game will mostly feel like more of the same, but quite frankly, if you're a Tenchu vet, you'll probably enjoy it anyway.
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People who added this item 211 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Dissidia: Final Fantasy - PlayStation Portable
Release Date: December 18, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Genre: Fighting

Dissidia is a game that I really want to like...And in some aspects, I do...But for the most part, I was disappointed with this game. It's a case of liking the concept, but not being a huge fan of the execution. That's not to say that Dissidia isn't a good game, it's decent...It's just not great. The fighting contains special moves that fans of the franchise will likely remember and each character plays differently from the next, which is a major plus for those planning on playing through the game with every character. It's also neat how characters level up and can equip items to boost their stats. Some of the level designs make for fun environments to fight in, too...But the fighting itself can feel clunky at times, and since much of the game revolves around the combat, it kind of bogs the game down as a whole. Final Fantasy fans will still enjoy seeing main characters and villains from the first ten games and watching them interact with each other, though, which may make playing this game worthwhile for them.
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People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
Eternal Poison - PlayStation 2
Release Date: February 14, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Flight-Plan
Genre: Strategy - Turn-Based

Eternal Poison is a decent turn-based strategy RPG. The story is pretty awesome, and the graphics are top-notch in comparison to other games in the genre, and the core gameplay is solid...Then why isn't the score higher? The AI. The enemy often will not move unless you get close, which usually means your strategy is to attack the enemy one-by-one until the battle is won. This lack of strategic diversity kind of makes the game feel repetitive after a while. Not enough to ruin the game, but enough for me to drop the score a bit. If you like strategy RPGs, but want less of a challenge, then you'll probably like Eternal Poison.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: July 10, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Genre: Action

Super Monkey Ball is the same fun that you'd find on consoles, but with motion controls. Unfortunately, as with most motion controls, the game seems okay with them at first, but the novelty gets old fast...And for a game made for playing on the go, it's not very friendly for bumpy commutes or any other situation where you can't sit perfectly still, as the motion controls require precise tilting to survive the levels. It was one of the very best first games for the iPhone, but over time plenty of newer games have passed it by.
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People who added this item 97 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Wario Land: Shake It! - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: July 24, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Good-Feel
Genre: Platformer

When I bought Wario Land: Shake It!, it hadn't been out long, and yet it was still very, very cheap as a used game. That had me a little worried about the game's quality, but since it was a 2D platformer on a console long, long after 3D games took over the market, curiosity got the better of me. After playing it, it's really not a bad game as much as aspects of it feel like a chore....Specifically the shaking. I can imagine a young boy playing this game while covered in a blanket, his parents seeing it, and then making him pause the game so they can give him the talk about the birds and the bees. Yes, that was an adult joke.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
Lost In Blue: Shipwrecked - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: August 7, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Hudson Soft
Genre: Adventure

Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked is a continuation of the Survival Kids/Lost in Blue franchise that I believe, prior to this release, was exclusive to handhelds. Lost in Blue is a decent game that might move a little too slow for some tastes and contain a little less action as well...But for folks who just want a relaxing experience where they can just lounge in a chair and explore a deserted island, Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked is a pretty good game to toss in your Wii. It's not perfect, but it's still an enjoyable experience.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
i Love Katamari - iPhone
Release Date: December 7, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Genre: Action

i Love Katamari plays like every other Katamari game out there, except with controls based off of tilting the iPhone in the direction that you'd like to roll. This can be fun, but as you may have noticed if you've been reading these comments on the list up 'til now, I'm not a big fan of motion controls as they're rarely done well. i Love Katamari does it alright, but the whole time I rolled I was wishing there'd just be an option for the classic controls on the touch screen. The other minor gripes I have are that the game is way too short and there's nothing really new to the table, aside from the controls. That being said, I still enjoyed it because it's Katamari, but I'd much rather be playing Katamari on consoles (or the PSP and Vita, if I'm on the go) than on the iPhone.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 0
Baroque - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: April 8, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Sting
Genre: RPG

Baroque is a hardcore, tough-as-nails, hack 'n' slash RPG remake of a Japan-exclusive Saturn game of the same name. The game consists of two parts - walking around town and talking to folks and exploring a tower where you battle enemies as you attempt to reach the top. What makes it so difficult? Every time you enter the tower, your character starts at level one...Even if your previous time in the tower, you leveled up and got your stats up, the next time you enter, they'll be reset. This game also expects you to die repeatedly through the game...And you will. But, if you have patience and are a fan of dungeon crawlers, you'll learn to appreciate this game for what it is...But folks who aren't fans of the genre will very likely hate it.
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Suikoden Tierkreis - Nintendo DS
Release Date: December 18, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: RPG

I've seen Suikoden Tierkreis compared to Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest as they're both dumbed-down versions of their respective series seemingly with the idea of introducing new gamers to how RPGs work. Suikoden Tierkreis at its best, is a decent RPG with nice, bright graphics and some interesting characters...But at its worst, it's pretty bad. There are so many flaws and annoying game element choices that I'm left scratching my head why Konami would feel like this would be something that people would love. I ultimately enjoyed much of my time with this game, but there are just so many flaws, that I had a hard time justifying a score any higher than what I gave it. I really hope that this is not that last Suikoden game ever made. If the franchise must go away, I'd rather see it leave with a bang rather than this whimper.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 0
Samba de Amigo - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: September 23, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Gearbox Software
Genre: Music

Sega's Wii sequels really did not live up to the greatness of the original games, and Samba de Amigo is another prime example of that. On the Dreamcast, Samba de Amigo had special maraca controllers that allowed you to play the game in a more interactive way. One would imagine that the wiimote controllers would be a perfect alternative to the maracas...Unfortunately, that would be incorrect. Much of the time the motion controls don't work properly, and as a result, you're left frustrated when you're doing well and suddenly, the motion controls don't pick up on a motion you did, or even register it as a totally different motion...It's a frustrating aspect that bogs down an otherwise fun game.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 0
Columns Deluxe - iPhone
Release Date: May 30, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Genre: Compilation - Puzzle

Columns Deluxe should be a must-have compilation on the iPhone, with Columns and Puyo Pop included in the package, and it is good fun...When the controls work. The controls are done so sloppily in Columns Deluxe that it's absurdly easy to make moves that you didn't mean to make. That being said, if you can get used to the terrible controls, you'll make fewer mistakes, but you're never immune to them. If the control issues were taken care of, this would shoot up the list...But until then, it'll be down here.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: November 20, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts
Genre: Board

If you've played Monopoly, then you know how this game works. In the iPhone version of Monopoly: Here & Now, you can play up to three other people (human or computer AI) and adjust any and all aspects of the game...From the money you start with all the way down the line to pretty much anything else you'd like to modify. It can be very fun against the computer...But quite frankly, when playing with people you might be left scratching your head and wondering why you didn't just pull out the actual board game instead of wasting your iPhone battery, when playing the real thing is always better than the video game version.
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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 0
Castlevania Judgment - Nintendo Wii
Release Date: November 18, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Eighting
Genre: Fighting

I want to like Castlevania Judgment. The game looks beautiful and it's got some really interesting ideas tossed in with the fighting...The issue is that the execution of it all falls a bit flat. Sure the game is fun to watch, and to a point, it's even kind of fun to play...But the fun doesn't last. The easy-to-exploit fighting system saps away at much of the replay value, making things feel repetitive much faster than it normally should. In the end, Castlevania Judgment is a good try, but it ultimately falls short.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 0
Major League Baseball 2K8 - PlayStation Portable
Release Date: March 3, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Kush Games
Genre: Sports - Baseball

Major League Baseball 2K8 isn't a horrible baseball game, but it's just barely passable. The game has all the features that you'd want in a baseball game, and some of the ideas found here are pretty good...But the gameplay itself just feels poor, especially when compared to other baseball games on the PSP of that year, like MLB 08: The Show. Nothing feels smooth about the gameplay. It works good enough to be passable...But not good enough to make it worthwhile to play when there are better options available.
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: February 7, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: D3
Developer: Tamsoft
Genre: Action - Brawler

Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers is a guilty pleasure of mine, as I love cheesy B-movies and the Onechanbara games are essentially the video game version of a B-movie. The game is even pretty fun when you first play it. The problem with Bikini Zombie Slayers lies with the repetition. Both the environments and enemies become repetitive very quickly, which brings the game down as a whole. Add in some unpleasant-to-use motion controls that don't always work as they should and you've got a game that's fun in small doses here and there, but a game that ultimately fails at being passable.
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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 0
the Graveyard. - PC Games
Release Date: March 21, 2008 (NA)
Publisher: Tale of Tales
Developer: Tale of Tales
Genre: Adventure

The Graveyard is another one of those really short, artistic games. I appreciate it for what it is, but in terms of gameplay, it's not much. Walk to a bench, sit down, listen to a nice little song, walk out of cemetery, game over. Of course, you might die while on the bench, too...But I don't think you do anything specific to trigger that, as the old woman perished while I was listening to the tune that was playing as she sat on the bench. Oh well, this is an okay little game, but like many artistic-style games, it's over in about 5-10 minutes and there isn't much of a reason to pick it up again after that. It's still worth experiencing at least once, though.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 0
Release Date: December 11, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Tecmo
Developer: Tecmo
Genre: Action

I liked Rygar on the Playstation 2. This port to the Wii would have been decent had it come out shortly after the PS2 game hit shelves...Instead, this is pretty much an exact port of a game that was six years old...And the gameplay really showed not only how dated the game was by the time this port came out, but how much this style of game had evolved over those six years, mostly thanks to the God of War series. However, showing its age wasn't bad enough, the game itself got the motion control gimmick poorly latched to it, which made the dated gameplay feel much worse. The Battle of Argus could have and should have been a must-play title on the Wii had they focused on tweaking and modifying the gameplay instead of giving the main character an un-needed facelift.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 3.7 IMDB Rating 0
Windy X Windam - Nintendo DS
Release Date: July 31, 2008 (JP)
Publisher: Graffiti Entertainment
Developer: Success
Genre: Fighting

Windy X Windam...I believe that must be the brand name of a vacuum cleaner in Japan because this game sucks. Clever, eh? No?...Well, let's continue. Windy X Windham is a fighting game that plays so horribly, that upon winning several rounds without the slightest bit of difficulty, I refused to look at the screen as I played...And I still won. This is the first game that I've played that I literally did not look down at the screen from beginning to end of arcade mode, except to look at the outcome of matches when I heard a round end, and I still beat the game simply by blindly mashing buttons...And this is with controls that aren't very responsive, mind you. That said, Windy X Windam does have some mildly redeeming qualities (like the use of both screens during the fight) that prevent me from giving it an even lower score, but with an AI this poor, you'll be bored within minutes when you realize that you aren't getting a whole lot of resistance from the computer and that even a blind man (or woman, this game doesn't discriminate) would be doing just as good as you are...It kind of takes most of the fun away, know what I mean?
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