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The Top 7… 2008 games we can't stop playing

Unless you’re an eagle-eyed bargain hunter, the price of videogames can put a serious dent in your finances. Here in the US, $60 a pop means the game in question needs to offer hours of content to offset the steadily increasing cost. Sadly, the traditional lifespan of a hugely hyped game goes like this:

 





 

In the end, your hard-earned cash amounts to 10 hours of fun and a rip-off trade-in at Gamestop. However, some games defy the odds and deliver on their promises, so that we will keep playing them for months after their release. In extreme cases (like those collected here), the games last well into the next year and even into the launch window of their annually exploited sequel.

These are the games that, despite being several months old, we just can’t put down. And judging by the number of hours logged onto Xbox Live and PSN, you can’t quit ‘em either.


7 - Castle Crashers

Release date: August 27, 2008 (eleven months ago)

Why we’re all still playing: Four-player beat ‘em up action at its finest. Whereas most brawlers are content to give your characters a simple three hit combo and a special attack, Crashers offers up four distinct warrior wizards that can string moves together almost indefinitely. It’s one of the most stylish, well-produced, perfectly balanced scrappers we’ve played in years, a throwback title that celebrates that past while building upon it.

Not convinced this is worthy of the list? Consider this news blurb that shows the game crossing a major milestone (one million users), as well as this story that reveals Crashers to be XBLA’s most-played title of 2008. If you’re not playing it, chances are someone you know is. A lot.

And would you look at that – developer The Behemoth just announced a PS3 version, ensuring a million new users will play this well into 2010.


6 - Fallout 3

Release date: October 28, 2008 (nine months ago)

Why we’re all still playing: Any create-a-character RPG with game-changing choices lends itself to repeat plays, so right off the top we can attribute Fallout 3’s staying power to all those unseen options eating away at our completionist minds. What keeps it going beyond those initial 50-hour playthroughs is the steady stream of DLC add-ons. The first, Operation Anchorage, wasn’t met with high praise, but subsequent packs have tacked on more missions, more locations and more hours lost to a radioactive futurescape.

We just pounded through Broken Steel (May) and Point Lookout (June), and still have Mothership Zeta to finish in August. Bethesda says the latter will be the last of Fallout 3’s DLC, but in all honesty, that’s plenty. After 100-something hours, it’s best if we finally move the hell along.

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  • twingun - December 21, 2009 2:31 a.m.

    Im still playing Oblivion i love it
  • Spritle101 - November 23, 2009 5:32 a.m.

    None of these even register on my interest scale.
  • zIndianaJonesz - August 9, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    I like that when i sold these games they started making dlc people have ideas after the game is out i think that the developers are retards for not putting it in the game its all about the money silly obama....
  • L4Dfan550 - August 4, 2009 3:36 a.m.

    Left 4 Dead Gears of war 2(horde and sometimes online) Call of duty 4 Fallout 3
  • zIndianaJonesz - August 3, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    do they say we as in the communtity or we as in the development teams and people who run this website on playing these seven games?
  • RandomIdoit - August 3, 2009 7:18 p.m.

    with ya all the way moonfrost. never really got to use online though. (my internet doesn't work on consoles.) But I feel that someone could just do the internet right people like you and me would be able to enjoy a game to it's fullest (IDEA FOR ARTICLE: top 7...best ways to improve the internet for consoles) any ideas on how to improve the internet?
  • TheWebSwinger - August 1, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    K now I can see why GR gets accused of 360 bias. On an unrelated note. I could never get into L4D as much as everyone else has. Dunno why, it just bores me.
  • Hany_Jam - July 31, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    How come Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is not mentioned in this thread ?? I think it was one of the most anticipated and long awaited game of 2008 and I'm sure it came like a blast when it was released in June of 2008.. PS3 owners definitely still play MGS4 I guess.
  • GMAN2 - July 31, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    I just cant get enough of Nazi Zombies
  • IGiveUFunkButt - July 31, 2009 9:19 a.m.

    It's not really curious. I can't think of any PS3 exclusives that kept playing after completing.
  • Samueltehg33k - July 30, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    Ha great list mine are 7 and 6 @jacob816 Are you blind it says "in 2008" nice one
  • Dill - July 29, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    You know what? I really like this Top 7. Grats Brett
  • Dill - July 29, 2009 11:44 p.m.

    In fact... you know what, you shouldn't have done this at all with only 7 entries allowed! Actually, wait, nevermind. That would just be telling us the good games from 2008. Scratch above
  • Dill - July 29, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    I've listened to Talk Radar. A lot. So I know what I'm saying when I say, "You forgot World of Warcraft." Seriously, it's been out for over five years. I know it may be cliche to add it to a list like... oh wait, haha, this is from 2008. Scratch the above
  • Turkeykilla7 - July 29, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    I agree with Rockband 2 and thats about it. Theres only so many Nazi zombies you can kill before you feel like turning the gun on yourself.
  • harloskate - July 29, 2009 8:48 p.m.

    Fallout should be #2 next to Halo 3 at #1. With all the map packs they should eaasily be in the top 5. Skate 2 should also be in the top
  • RatPuncher - July 29, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    I'd still be playing Fallout 3 if my 360 hadn't red-ringed. :(
  • Shane1403 - July 29, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    GOD DAMN IT!!!!! I'm only findin out about loads of dlc now cus my 360 has the rod :'(
  • afroninjakatana - July 29, 2009 3:36 p.m.

    I really play the hell out of Fallout 3 and L4D. The planning is useless on L4D because either way your zombie food. Fallout3 is the best because you can always can start a new life.
  • CoD_22 - July 28, 2009 11:37 p.m.

    why was lbp not mentioned? the replayability thanks to the community aspect is phenomenal! and burnout paradise? ive played that every day since i got it. about a month ago. i see.

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