Entertainment Weekly’s Best & Worst Games of 2008 (Ready to Hate This List?)
Entertainment Weekly’s newest issue features their annual “Best & Worst of 2008” awards. It’s the issue were they rank their favorite and not so favorite movies, TV shows, books and so on.
In the same issue, the publication actually has a section devoted to video games. Of course, the section is one of the last pages in the magazine, but hey; at least they mentioned it, right?
Now, you might be wondering what did they choose for best game of the year and we’ll tell ya– but we want to full warn you; you might be disappointed.
If you thought the VGA’s pick of Grand Theft Auto IV was a bad decision, than I’m guessing you’re going to hate this. Are you ready? Ok — they picked Wii Fit as the best of the best of 2008. Not LittleBigPlanet, GTA or even Left 4 Dead (that didn’t even make the list). Oddly enough, the iPod Touch was ranked at number 10 — last time I check, that isn’t even a video game
We like to note that they fail to honor such great games that were released this year like; Gears of War 2, Prince of Persia, Metal Gear Solid 4, World of Goo, Left 4 Dead, Fable II, Fallout 3, Resistance 2 and many others. But for some reason, they thought Madden: All Play for the Wii was superior than those mentioned above.
EW also mentioned the “Top 3 Worst Games of 2008.” Number one was Saints Row 2, which actually had higher reviews than their top choice. Number two was Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which honestly wasn’t horrible. And their number three worst game…EA’s Facebook Scrabble…why is that even mentioned!?
After the jump, check out the full list and feel free to complain.
1.) Wii Fit: “…good-natured and good for you — feels like a game changer, both technology and gameplay; it expands the notion of what a videogame can be.”
2.) LittleBigPlanet: “LBP is empowering; it gives players the tools to craft their own idiosyncratic environments and share them online, thus turning personal expression into the means for creating community.”
3.) Grand Theft Auto IV: “Hell yes, it deserves its Mature label — because of its fierce poke at pop culture to which it belongs; because of Niko Bellic, its complex protagonist; and because of the way it sends you out into the real world buzzy with hyperawareness.”
4.) Braid: “It is very, very hard. But as you succeed you unlock Tim’s mysterious story. Braid is full of heart, not full of itself.”
5.)Rock Band 2: “I delight in how both franchises [referring to Guitar Hero] allow us to express our pop passion, but for now Rock and does it better.”
6.) Madden NFL ’09: All Play (Wii): “[Madden All Play]…did its best with the Wii debut, and did so while honoring the brand’s credibility.”
7.) LEGO Indiana Jones: “Mario had wrenches and overalls; Indy has the whip and fedora. Indy Wins.” (/gamer would like to mention that we have yet to see Mario use a wrench in one of his games)
8.) Pure: “Pure invests serious energy in capturing, with extraordinary detail, exotic locales in Italy, Thailand, New Zealand, and elsewhere.”
9.) Dead Space: “You gotta love a game whose goal is strategic dismemberment.”
10.) iPod Touch: [Referring to a fishing game] You just flick your iPod and pretend to fish. Seriously! Societal plague or boredom balm? You debate. I have a marlin to reel in…”