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PC Game of the Year Awards 2008


It is time to present our choices for Best PC games of 2008.

Posted by NGN_Staff on Jan 25, 2009 - 5:30pm EST (Jan 25, 2009 17:30)

Special Awards

Best News of 2008: Good Old Games
GOG has executed an idea that was around for many years - to offer users old games for a cheap price. But they took it one step further and modified the games to run on modern operating systems. For putting so much effort into preserving and making classic games avaliable, GOG deserves this award.
 
Worst News of 2008: New forms of DRM
From the "Great Spore revolts", to allowing only 5 installations, to placing unidentified software on your PC, the issue of DRM really taken the front pages of gaming news in the past year, and unfortunately so. While the idea behind this is to protect the income of publishers and developers, it is clear that the current approach is wrong and more sales are lost because of it rather than gained. A new solution is needed, and quick.
 
Worst Game Everyone Played: Gears of War 2
If the original is any indication of the quality of the sequel (which it is, since it's practically the same game), then all we can say is that console gamers still lack taste.
 
Best Game No-one Played: Spore
After all the negative hype, anti-DRM and other bad news are gone, people will realize what a brilliant game they have missed. Sure it's not a very deep game at times, but it is non the less a must-play, and easily one of the most innovative games in years.
 
Most Over-hyped Game: Left 4 Dead
Yes folks, it's a great multiplayer shooter. But the fascination some people have with zombies is plain frightening at times. The amount of hardcore hype this game has received is greater than anything else we saw this year.
 
Worst Port: Grand Theft Auto 4
As dissapointed as we are, there was no contest here. GTA4 is easily the worst ported game this year. Not only does it look rather poor by PC standards even on Max settings, it is a matter of luck to actually get the game to run on anything above medium even on our top-end Quad machine.
 
Worst Game Overall: The Club
Sure, shooting is pretty mindless fun. Score points for faster, more precise shooting? Sounds innovative... Too bad this is a horribly executed idea. No gameplay values, no montivation to play through the story, weak multiplayer. A word of advice - stay away.
 
 
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#1 Oct 3, 2009 13:50:53 (Oct 3, 2009 13:50)

kamikaziechameleon
For me fallout falls apart as soon as you get involved in the story, I played the game for 4 hours without fallowing the story, just exploring and experiencing the game world.  Every thing in the world feels like it has a reason and a place.  Just experiencing and exploring i felt like I was discovering the story of the world.  The story is much more limiting and not as natural as exploring the world, unlike Oblivion you can't really just meander and make your own story.
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