In 2007 we had megahits like Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, Rock Band, and a little RPG by the name of Mass Effect. Other noteworthy titles like Assassin’s Creed, Crackdown, Forza 2, and Orange Box also gained high review scores and sold millions. Can 2008 top it’s predecessor?
This year we have Burnout Paradise, Ninja Gaiden 2, Unreal Tournament 3, Soul Calibur IV, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Saints Row 2, Too Human, Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise, Fallout 3, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Left 4 Dead, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Gears of War 2, Fable 2, and, let’s not forget a tiny title known as Grand Theft Auto 4. Plus, Halo Wars and Alan Wake have yet to announce release dates. My guess is they are slated for 2009.
For me, it’s a tough call with games like Halo 3 and Mass Effect that are hard to beat. But major franchises like Gears of War 2 and Fallout 3 coupled with the record-breaking colossal success of Grand Theft Auto 4, could make 2008 the best year ever for gaming. I guess time will tell, but imagine the trend of each year topping the previous will carry on.