Year in Review, 2008 Edition

Here on the last day of the year, I once again find myself amazed at how fast the time goes by.  As far as my gaming life is concerned, it would seem this year is ending very much like the previous, as I contemplate cancelling my MMO subscription.  It was around this time last year that my interest in EverQuest II, after three years of playing, was waning and I ultimately cancelled my account by February.  This year, it’s World of Warcraft that I’m losing my interest in, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I cancelled my account within a month or so.  While I actually quite enjoy WoW, I think I’m just getting a little tired of MMOs in general and need a change.  That’s a post for another day though.

As far as the blog goes, I’ve continued to plod along at a somewhat steady pace.  It’s no secret this is just a little hobby for me and the stats reflect that; rest assured that I have no delusions of grandeur.  That said, I have every intention of keeping up with the site and posting stuff whenever I feel I’ve got something to say.

My top post this year was my April Fool’s prank, EverQuest II and Vanguard to Merge! My traffic will still spike periodically when that post gets linked in a forum somewhere by some poor soul who falls for it.  A close second is my Heeding the Siren’s Call post because the picture I posted of the Kurken is returned as one of the first image results in Google.

As for the games I’ve played this year (not necessarily released this year), here’s a few bests, worsts, and other miscellaneous awards:

Game I Played the Most:
This easily goes to WoW, which I started playing in March and have played more or less exclusively up until the past few weeks.  I’m currently halfway through level 74, but as I just mentioned, my time in WoW is coming to an end, perhaps after I work through the Dragonblight quests.

Favourite Game of the Year:
This is a tie between Rock Band 2 and Company of Heroes.  There’s not a whole lot that I find more fun than having our friends over for Rock Band nights and jamming into the wee hours .  On its own, it’s okay, but Rock Band needs four players to unleash its potential.  Company of Heroes on the other hand, is great in both multi and single player modes.  It’s the first real time strategy game that I’ve truly enjoyed in years.

Best Game I Actually Finished:
Halo 3.  To many it’s overrated, but I love the Halo series.  There’s nothing innovative about it, or really all that special, but I like it.  I don’t finish a lot of my games any more, but once I got going on this one, I couldn’t stop.

Most Disappointing Game:
Bioshock.  I was utterly captivated for the first level or two.  I grew bored pretty quick though when every level after was the exact same.  I forced myself to finish it just so I could see the ending, which, it turns out, I had predicted fairly early on.

Most Over-hyped Game Not Named Bioshock:
Portal.  I played it.  I finished it.  I thought it was okay.  I don’t get why people love it so much.

Most Likely to Succeed:
Left 4 Dead.  I’ve only played it a little bit at this point, but I will definitely be playing more.  What I’ve seen so far is fantastic and just plain fun.

Most Looking Forward To:
Street Fighter IV.  Even though I suck at them, I love fighting games, and I consider Street Fighter 2 as one of my most favourite games of all time.

Best Moment in an Online Game:
Seeing my normally reserved, and calm friend go ape-shit when he died because I was too busy chatting instead of healing him.

Best Online Service for a Console:
Xbox Live.  By Far, and it’s not even remotely close.  PSN blows.

Actually, I just put that in there to bug someone, please disregard.

Biggest Hope:
That an MMO will be announced that makes me say, “that sounds awesome”.  I thought it would be The Old Republic, but it wasn’t.  I doubt it will be what 38 Studios is working on either, but feel free to prove me wrong.

So that’s my year in gaming.  Tonight we’ll be celebrating in style, welcoming the New Year in with Rock Band 2.  It should be awesome.  I wish you all the best for 2009 and hope you have a fun and safe night tonight!

3 Replies to “Year in Review, 2008 Edition”

  1. Best Game and Game I Actually Finished: Fallout 3. Can’t say enough good things about this game.

    Game I couldn’t play because it gave me nightmares: Bioshock. Couldn’t play past the second level. I can’t explain why because I usually eat this kind of stuff up. I love horror and all things spooky and weird. It doesn’t scare me to actually play it. But my theory is that it works on me in subconcious level and conjures up primordial images that come out in my dreams. Can’t play it. It may cause me brain damage.

    Game I didn’t play again this year: Oblivion. The forces of the universe don’t want me to play this game. Almost purchased it yesterday, shit happened, still don’t own it.

    Most fun I’ve had in a multiplayer game: Rockband and Rockband 2. Can’t beat the laughs and entertainment this game gives us along with the realization that, no, I can’t really sing.

  2. Woo Hoo, although indirectly, I make it into best moment of online gaming. Sorry, Kuarlos, next time reroll Pally kthnxbai! Two warriors in a party is one too many. 8^)

    I played EVE Online for a bit, waaaay too complicated, the most interesting part I actually enjoyed was economic warfare via the marketplace. Also played City of Heroes for a bit. Was a lot of fun but couldn’t get any of my regular gaming buddies to join up so it got boring as well. Haven’t really touched gaming since early December and I don’t think I’ll make it online for a few months yet.

    Best time was running that instance, shadow labs I think, and making the first pull and having everyone try to blame it on Kuarlos! Honestly completely random that these things keep happening to Kuarlos when I’m around.

  3. Left 4 Dead is a lot better than one would think, but it’s true enjoyment is when played on line with others. I’m not a great fan of console FPS, well, because i suck at them, but playing L4D in co op mod has just about turned my thinking around.

    It’s a lot of fun. Bioshock didn’t hold me for long either. I will say that some of the mechanics and graphics were very nice, but not enough to get me enthralled for several hours needed to finish the game.

    PSN blows only because everyone is over on Xbox live. lol, but I know how you feel. PSN is free, but for some reason people just tend to flock to xbox live because it has better all around games, especially on XBLA.

    Very interesting blog, I’ll have to add it to my reader.

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