With 2008 well wrapped up and done it’s clear to see it was quite a year. After the stellar line-up of ’07 few were expecting ’08 to pack as much of a punch as it certainly did, shaping up in my opinion as a step above 2007 with many huge releases still being played into the new year.
Some big titles are already out and on the horizon for 2009 so it’s time to get down to the essentials of ’08 and make sure nothing is missed before the New Year consumes us all.
The following is a list of my favourite games released in 2008. Despite trying, my mere mortal self was not able to play every single game released last year. Unfortunately until I learn to complete multiple titles at once or invent some form of game skill enhancing bio-augmentation this will be the case, so take the following as only my personal picks for the best ten games of last year.
Few are safe from the repercussions of an economical recession. While Nintendo are counting piles of money atop both the hardware and software sales charts for the world in 2008 other companies are facing mass lay-offs, closures and cancellations as the industry starts to show some cracks from the latest financial crisis. Electronic Arts have been no exception, closing studios and canceling titles (such as Tiberium) as necessary to keep their heads above water in a competitive market.
Exploding across Australia again this year is Supanova, the biggest pop culture expo in the country celebrating all things geek. Hitting Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth throughout 2009 the expo is looking bigger and better than ever with a stellar initial lineup of guests for the Brisbane and Melbourne events.
Featuring a range of stars from popular series of all sorts of media Supanova is catering to all kinds of geek this year with appearances from the cast and crew of titles such as Heroes, Firefly, Stargate, The Dark Knight, various anime series and one of my personal favourite cartoons – Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The guests keep going so be sure to check out the list below.
Space; it certainly isn’t living. While it’s not dead either it’s about to get a lot more of the latter with Electronic Art’s latest space-based action horror title Dead Space. Mashing elements of third person survival horror against fast paced action, Dead Space combines the best traits of some well known series to tell a horrific tale of discovery and survival set within the bowels of a recovered mining space ship, the Ishimura.
While “Resident Evil in space” is often an unfortunately accurate summary for the most part of Dead Space, one must look at the continual enhancements and refinements of the third person survival horror genre presented within. The audio package is top notch and well realised, utilised to the full potential that clear and appropriate sound effects can have in establishing an atmosphere in horror Continue reading Review: Dead Space
Premiered in person at eGames ’08 was a brief preview of a new TV series being created and pitched worldwide by Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw (Zero Punctuation) as well as Yug and Matt (Australian Gamer); Game Damage.
After huge success and a long run in Melbourne, Game On exhibition has already launched here in Brisbane, Queensland Australia for a good three months running November 17th 2008 through to February 15th 2009.
Game On Exhibition – The State Library Of Queensland – Brisbane – November 17th 2008 to February 15th 2009.
Dubbed “A Celebration Of Gaming Culture”, Game On features a huge back log of gaming’s history with an array of consoles and machines dating right back through gaming history.
Not only will a massive array of memorabilia be on display and available for play, but several events will also take place during the course of Game On’s time here in Brisbane.