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

3 - Rock Band 2

Release date: September 14, 2008 (ten months ago)

Why we’re all still playing it: 84 songs right off the disc is nothing to sneeze at. Add in the entire catalog of the original Rock Band (for an admittedly shitty transfer fee) and the roster nearly doubles. Then add new tracks every single week, ranging from three-song packs to complete albums, and you quickly realize there’s barely time to stop playing Rock Band, let alone completely move on.

Above: Watch as we annoy the rest of the building with RB2 nonsense

The super-elite, high and mighty haters out there claim banging on fake instruments is childish and pointless, but well, whatever. Sorry you have to sit on your high horse in your ivory tower and poop in your diaper while the rest of us throw caution to the wind and make asses out of ourselves for the delight of the room.

If Guitar Hero put out tracks as reliably, we’d give them a shout here too. As it stands, Harmonix is always offering more content to play, and that’s why we still care nearly a year later. And if you like the Beatles, hey, you’ve got a whole game to obsess over in a few months.


2 - Left 4 Dead

Release date: November 18, 2008 (eight months ago)

Why we’re all still playing it: Killing zombies by the thousands is reason enough to grab three friends and blast a path to salvation. But what if every time you played, things unfolded a bit differently than before? Certain items are or are not there, enemies spawn in varying numbers and locations, the game-changing special infected pop up together or separately… the combinations are almost limitless. Take that, multiply it by four (for each of the story campaigns) and you have one $60 game that can conceivably last forever.

Above: A great example of how quickly things can fall apart

Yes, the video is supposed to be silly and an example of what not to do, but it does illustrate that, despite all your planning and expert techniques, the game’s AI director will always rise to the occasion. Even hardened vets can be overwhelmed and outmaneuvered by the roving zombie mobs, meaning everyone from brand-new players to 100-hour devotees must expect the unexpected. All this plus a four-on-four versus mode has us wondering if we really even need a Left 4 Dead 2 this year.

(Yeah, we kinda do.)

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126 comments

  • 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
  • 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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