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

5 - Grand Theft Auto IV

Release date: April 29, 2008 (one year, three months ago)

Why we’re all still playing it: People are still playing the five-year-old San Andreas, so it’s no surprise thousands of gamers are still tooling around IV’s vastly improved version of Liberty City. There’s a crapton of missions to accomplish, intertwining storylines to resolve and Achievements/Trophies to acquire, and that’s saying nothing of the game’s myriad side missions, time-devouring collectibles and omg-is-that-real Easter eggs.

Above: The now-famous beating heart inside the Statue of Happiness

Xbox 360 players have even more reasons to keep playing – two exclusive episodes of lengthy (and pricey) DLC. The Lost and Damned landed in February, and the newly announced Ballad of Gay Tony hits sometime this fall, both of which extend the main game by 5-10 hours. Still no word if they’ll ever make it to PlayStation 3, but even without ‘em there’s tons of excellent multiplayer to chew up your afternoons. Cops and Crooks, anyone?

4 - Gears of War 2

Release date: November 7, 2008 (eight months ago)

Why we’re all still playing it: Co-op goes a long way. Beating the game by yourself is no way to play Gears, so you practically have to try it twice. Then, the only way to truly experience the series is by playing on Insane, so that tends to lead to another blood-splattered journey through the Locust’s home turf. But, while the campaign is certainly replay-friendly, it’s not going to last months upon months – that’s where the Horde mode comes in.

Gears 2’s Horde Mode is so compelling, so addicting that “Horde Mode” has become the generic term applied to any competitive co-op involving waves of increasingly stronger enemies. Left 4 Dead aped it with “Survival,” World at War has Nazi Zombies, even Halo 3: ODST has a new “Firefight” mode that plays just like Horde. The standard versus modes are still popular, but working together, back to back while the enemy continuously returns faster, tougher and stronger than before, is a one-upping adrenaline rush that simple deathmatch can’t beat.


Top 7


  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • Thelonius - July 28, 2009 9 p.m.

    this article pretty much sumed up what i've been playing pretty much all year. Especially RB2. I cant believe that games music library. 1 thing i would say is missing, hands down, Street Fighter IV.

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