The Second Annual Coint and Plick Poll: ILG’s Best Video Games of 2008

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2008 was a very, very good year for video games.

Coint and Plick offers a peek into the mind of a cross-section of Joe Average gamers; twenty five guys (mostly) and gals from their teens into their forties who still enjoy a good orc rampage/brick busting/mecha flight/historical sim/plastic guitar concert every now and again. The poll was taken in Pazz and Jop style vote/point format: all voters had 100 points to divide among any ten games released in 2008, with each entry receiving no more than 30 points or less than 5 points.

In the end, eighty-six games were nominated. Rather than just peel off the top half, I’ve opted to list everything that got a vote here, along with a few links and YouTubes of note. In case of a tie breaker, I went by number of people who voted for a game first and number of people who listed the game as their #1 of the year second.

Bear in mind that not every voter used the full amount of points they had at their disposal, so the numbers don’t crunch exactly; I _have_ triple-checked the scores tho’.

User comments for these games come from ballots as well as from past ILG posts; I’ve done a bit of editing to streamline but I’ve made every effort to maintain your meaning. My apologies if you feel misquoted; feel free to correct me on this thread.

So, to kick it off: seventeen games tied for 70th place with one vote at 5 points apiece. In no particular order, here they are.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 22:46 (ten years ago) link

#70: Aurora Feint (iPhone) – 5 points – 1 vote

http://origin.arstechnica.com/journals/apple.media/aurora_feint_02.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 22:49 (ten years ago) link

#70: Condemned 2: Bloodshot (360) – 5 points – 1 vote

John Justin: Nothing revolutionary, nothing particularly different, but hey: it IS fun to bash people on the head with a pipe.

JeffLevine: Indeed, this is some really creepy shit. Your character moves very slowly and the camera bobs as you walk, increasing the out of balance feeling. No story really, just you crawling around the creepy, tar covered outskirts of a run-down city at midnight and through some warehouses, having to beat up bums / tar monsters with your bare hands, pipes, electrical cords and artificial limbs.

http://www.myps3.com.au/img/game/Condemned-2-Bloodshot-1.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 22:53 (ten years ago) link

#70: Valkyria Chronicles (PS3) – 5 points – 1 vote

Roberto Spiralli: I feel like Valkyria Chronicles will get lost in the shuffle for a lot of people but there should absolutely be more games like this. It's the kind of thing that they used to make in the old days, when everything looked like shit so programmers had to really put some creative effort in to make their title stand out. VC is a turn based shooter and the basic mechanics are pretty much perfect: at once simple and complex, easy to play but with genuine strategic depth. There is a compelling story with a great cast of characters that gives the gameplay context; the game is basically a complete counter-point to MGS4 in this regard. It really is a beautiful game to look at and a joy to play.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2031/2439154437_a42a0609d7.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 22:56 (ten years ago) link

#70: Penny Arcade: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness (XBLA) – 5 points – 1 vote

Mordy: Eat bums, collect piss, fight killer mimes and beat the shit out of barbershop quartets. I think the reason I love Penny Arcade (and, by consequence, love PA: ORSPD, which is PA but with movable figures) is because they like the same nerdy, geeky stuff I do and they are about as vulgar as I am. Not the best game of the year by far, but a diversion of 3 hours that I don’t regret in the least.

http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/0/07/Penny_arcade_bald.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 22:59 (ten years ago) link

btw thanks for doing this dude

born of nililism and iconoclasm (John Justen), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 23:05 (ten years ago) link

#70: Persona 4 (PS2) – 5 points – 1 vote

Brilliam: Honestly, I think the reason I love this game (and, incidentally, Persona 3) is the graphic design and the ease of use. I think one of the greatest secrets of a good RPG is a menu system that continues to be a joy to use and P4 nailed it.

Lamp: Persona 4 has the best story/structure/mechanic of all the Shin Megami games. It’s kinda like Dragon Quest 8 where something crystallized for the developers and all the things that make a series unique and "important" are honed to a killing sharpness.

Cozwyn: This game is SO GOOD; my save is at just over two hours so far and I've only just got back to Tartarus for the second time. This game must be impossibly massive but it's gorgeous so I don't care.

http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/article_screenshots/persona3secret.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 23:36 (ten years ago) link

more forthcoming!

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 23:36 (ten years ago) link

i didnt participate since i didnt play any new games in 08, but A+ presentation forkz, luv the WHY I AM BALD

welcome to the own zone population you (cankles), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 02:18 (ten years ago) link

Ha, I didn't know about the Business Week thing! Awesome.

The guy who did that video seems to be a fool or a jackass, since it doesn't look like he figured out you're supposed to SWING with the grappling hook, Bionic Commando-style. You can probably run through the whole game in 20 minutes, this guy didn't even get through half of it.

Keep it up, forkers!

Nhex, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 03:09 (ten years ago) link

#70: KORG DS-10 Synthesizer (DS) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

Webinar: It's funnnnnnnnnn

Tombot: I just know I will officially look like the biggest genius in town when I sit in front of my iMac with the big powered monitor speakers and plug my Nintendo into it with a dinky headphone cable so I can make loops with a stylus on a tiny touchscreen.

Jeff LeVine: I imported, fooled around with it for about an hour and then thought, “What the hell am I going to do with this thing?” It's cool that they made a KORG you can mess around with on a DS, but it's exactly as useful to me if I'd bought a real KORG... i.e. good for sitting in a corner collecting dust :(

http://www.originalsoundversion.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/korg_ds_image.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:31 (ten years ago) link

#70: Dokapon Kingdom (Wii) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/images/gallery/9/2008/06/medium_2548905428_a62187cc43_o.jpg

Lamp: It looks pretty retarded but it also seems like a better version of Munchkin with more depth and hopefully just as much replayability. Only allowing four players is kind of a drag as we're used to playing with as many as seven but OMG this is gonna be awesome.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:38 (ten years ago) link

#70: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

Brilliam: The battles, while difficult, are not hair-pulling maddening meat grinders. Each is a well-thought out set piece, unlike the decidedly mediocre GameCube and especially dull Wii installment. While it might not stand quite up to the GBA incarnation, it is a genuinely great handheld turn-based strategy game.

Lamp: This is probably the hardest Fire Emblem game, though Sacred Stones is probably the best of the portable ones. I think I still have some disgustingly nerdy chart I made graphing leveling potential in order to choose the best class promotions.

http://o.aolcdn.com/gd-media/games/fire-emblem-shadow-dragon/ds/tn_565_1.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:46 (ten years ago) link

#70: A Kingdom for Keflings – (XBLA) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

http://gamingshenanigans.com/images/keflings-press-generic06.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:48 (ten years ago) link

#70: Deadly Rooms Of Death RPG (PC) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:58 (ten years ago) link

#70: NHL 2009 (PS3) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

Will M: This game is pretty great, although it still has some issues IMO… namely, I don't like aiming shots in ANY sports game with the movement stick.

GM: This is the first non-baseball sports game I've played in over a decade. Flicking the right stick is so much more satisfying then just mashing triangle, or whatever. This is a lot of fun, even though (for the most part) I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.

http://sportvideogames.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/nhl091.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:00 (ten years ago) link

#70: Civilization IV: Colonization (PC) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

CraigG: I voted for this just because it's the first Civ game I've played a lot since the original when I got it on my old Amiga 600. While I'd still rather play the original (and often still do), I can't vote for that... so here's a vote for a Civ IV expansion.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:02 (ten years ago) link

#70: Spore Creature Creator (PC) – 5 points – 1 vote
Official game site

Nhex: Even using the free version with few parts, I'm surprised how fun it is. Damn you Maxis! I might have to get the full game after all... maybe. The online stuff seems incredibly well integrated.

BIG HOOS: It’s the greatest game ever gave.

Libcrypt: This is kinda fun… but it's not a game! There’s nothing you can do with the guys once you make 'em besides stare at your kids. I suppose everyone who does this makes a guy with a fireball-shooting penis, eh?

http://grumpygamer.com/images/SPOREyaddlemonster.jpg

Forksclovetofu: It's like working with living Play-doh or sketching with a magic pen. Endlessly fascinating and innovative; I spent hours creating a zoo of lil' buddies. God help me if they give you the option to physically produce these guys as sculptures or action figures; I'll have to get another job to support my menagerie.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:09 (ten years ago) link

More tomorrow.
Any sitewide mods got any idea why this looks so bad from an Admin's perspective? Ah well.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:10 (ten years ago) link

Can't wait until we get out of one vote land!

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:17 (ten years ago) link

i never voted on this (for which i'm sorry), and i know i busted your balls about it forks, but seriously... fine work.

s1ocki, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 05:49 (ten years ago) link

We're just gettin' started!

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 06:01 (ten years ago) link

BIG HOOS: It’s the greatest game ever gave.

^^ lolled at this inexplicable comment

s1ocki, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 06:07 (ten years ago) link

i never voted on this (for which i'm sorry)

lol u never actually listed your best games in the thread u started back in July

Lamp, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:55 (ten years ago) link

:D

s1ocki, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 14:56 (ten years ago) link

is super smash gonna place in this? easily my fav game OTY

k3vin k., Wednesday, 4 February 2009 15:21 (ten years ago) link

Can't wait until we get out of one vote land!

Gonna be awhile, but I actually like the one shots! Given the number of games that charted and the number of people who voted, the average is that each person nominated four unique games and then picked six that others had nominated. What I glean from that is we recognize a good game when we see one and, by and large, have surprisingly similar tastes. Stands to reason to me that means that these one shots are probably an excellent way to discover overlooked gems.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:18 (ten years ago) link

super smash is totally going to place, but might get dragged down by non-wii ownership

born of nililism and iconoclasm (John Justen), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:27 (ten years ago) link

predict it still doing pretty well though.

born of nililism and iconoclasm (John Justen), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:27 (ten years ago) link

great job with this forks! kind of weird nhl only got one vote.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:35 (ten years ago) link

Two way tie for #68 here:

68: Iji (PC) – 6 points – 1 vote – FREE GAME
Official game site – Download Here

http://bulk.destructoid.com/ul/104397-/iji_screen3-noscale.jpg

Nhex: Iji is a freeware 2D platform shooter inspired by Amiga era games and action titles like 'Flashback' and 'Out of this World'. With its great music and long story mode, this could easily have been a commercial title in the late 80s. It’s clearly a project of passion and it shows in the details of the menu interfaces and cutscene dialogue.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:37 (ten years ago) link

Two of those #70s were mine - both things I thought would have other support. Weird.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:39 (ten years ago) link

68: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS) – 6 points – 1 vote
Official game site

Iroquois Pliskin: What's remarkable about Shiren is how much unlearning it foists the player inured to the conventions of traditional-RPGs. All the trappings of the game bespeak RPG standbys: there's an inventory full of swords and spell scrolls, recovery herbs, and the like. There's experience points and levels and so on. But Shiren the Wanderer swiftly undercuts this expectation; all the elements of the RPG language are there, but the basic syntax of the game is radically different. It all turns on the game's attitude towards progression. In the classic Role-Playing Game, core appeal of the genre is the progressive empowerment of your player-characters over the course of the game. Whatever the setting, you expect to continually gain levels acquire better weapons. When you die in Shiren, there is no progress-saving resurrection item on offer. Every time you fall, you irretrievably lose all of your levels and items. You start again from level one in the starting town. There are persistent elements of the game, which progress and improve between playthroughs, but your character isn't one of them.

http://dsmedia.gamespy.com/ds/image/article/850/850522/mystery-dungeon-shiren-the-wanderer-20080207031039179-000.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:40 (ten years ago) link

hahaha btw i do not remember like half of the stupid things i sd about games lol drunk posting

i can only think of two maybe three games that someone else might have voted for that i voted for ;_;

Lamp, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 16:41 (ten years ago) link

I didn't play enough games this year to think I oughta vote but I will just say Shiren the Wanderer is bloody fantastic

thomp, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 17:11 (ten years ago) link

Forks, didn't mean to diss the one-votes - it's cool. Just curious to see the games where more than one random person was interested in enough to put on their poll

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 17:17 (ten years ago) link

shiren sounds bizarre!

s1ocki, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 17:29 (ten years ago) link

do you level up in it (only to lose the levels?)

s1ocki, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 17:30 (ten years ago) link

I can diggit Jeff; just warning you that we're looking at another day or two of single votes ahead.
I also really wanna play Shiren.

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

67: Dyson – (PC) – 8 points – 1 vote – FREE GAME
Official game site – Download Here

http://www.indiegames.com/blog/images/timw/dyson2a.png

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 18:03 (ten years ago) link

Whoa Dyson looks cool.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

indeed, does look AWESOME

&U HAEV MY AXE LOL (Will M.), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 18:26 (ten years ago) link

66: Guitar Hero: World Tour (360/Wii) – 9 points – 2 votes
Official game site

CraigG: Simply put, I'm just really good at Guitar Hero! Ironically, it also improved my speed and given me a renewed vigor for playing the "real" guitar.

Forksclovetofu: Man, I gotta say I don't know if I can buy another fucking C-Note plastic Fisher Price instrument for another system without beginning to feel badly about myself as a person but I do kinda want this for my 360. Online play that works would make this a whole new game.

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2008/10/bill-gates-with-slash.jpg

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 18:46 (ten years ago) link

more later tonight; my work internet is buh-roken

angry pro-microwave vegetarian (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 18:46 (ten years ago) link

I abstained from this just because there are 3 or 4 08 games I expect to be contenders which I've not finished (or even started) yet. Which, in retrospect, was a bit daft really. Regretting not getting my votes in now, but hey.

gg forks!

JimD, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 21:17 (ten years ago) link

Nice work forks, looking forward to the following installments!

CraigG, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:56 (ten years ago) link

Nope. Just general board weirdness.

the stanhattan project (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 February 2009 16:14 (ten years ago) link

Two way tie for #53.

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:03 (ten years ago) link

#53: Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard (DS) – 10 points – 2 votes

Official game site

http://www.ripten.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/etodd2-header.jpg

Forksclovetofu : Awesomely hardcore; I got killed a dozen times before I realized that there are baddies in this cart that you simply should not fuck with unless you've got major hours logged. Typical Atlas: it asks so much from you, delivers a thin opiate gruel and demands that you step up to the plate hard if you wanna suckle. The mapping element and obsessive grinding really reminded me of bygone epic junior high Basic D&D campaigns. Definitively the opposite of “casual gaming”; requires you to devote way too much energy to ciphers and care far more than you should about showing the game who’s boss.

Lamp: I had a pretty good time with the dungeon mapping element that allows you to graph out the dungeons on the DS touchscreen instead of forcing you to remember layouts or keep a hand-drawn map of your own. It's a pretty narrow and obsessive little game, but it can get engrossing.

The first level of Etrian's labyrinth is filled with a number of beasts that don't appear too tough, though once you reach the first boss and realize that this over-sized dinosaur can kill any of your party members with a single swipe, you're forced to spend literally hours killing the snails and hedgehogs you so recently took for granted, just to crank up your experience points enough to survive the dragon. And it only gets worse from there.

Abbott: Freaking impossible.

http://www.gamingnexus.com/Images/News/8853/3.jpg

Will M : You have to, like, try.

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:13 (ten years ago) link

#53: World of Goo (MAC OSX/Wii) – 10– 2
Official game site

http://timothyzhu.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/large.jpg

If: Best game on WiiWare, though I wish it was twice as long as it is.

World of Goo designer Ron Carmel mentioned the game had a staggering 90% piracy rate

Braid, as told by World of Goo

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/images/sept08/goo/wog2.jpg

Gravel Puzzleworth : I liked it! Interesting how they packed so much so content in; every level had new ideas. I do sort of resent that I was never stuck. Maybe a bit too easy.

Forksclovetofu: Clever design and execution, comparable in some ways to Katamari. My downstairs neighbor is a mechanical engineer who knocked out the first fifteen boards in under an hour; he says this should be called “Building a Bridge”. But it’s an AWESOME bridge.

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:22 (ten years ago) link

Two way tie for #51.

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:32 (ten years ago) link

#51: Trauma Center 2: Under the Knife (DS) – 11 – 2
Official game site

CraigG: Ridiculous storylines, great overacting and frantic action. I totally think I could do a real operation after playing this.

Abbott: Trauma Center has given me the habit of dynamically posing while shouting "Let's begin the operation!" to my dog.

http://dsmedia.ign.com/ds/image/article/885/885044/trauma-center-under-the-knife-2-20080627040541691.jpg

Nhex: Oh god, not Trauma Center. It's a pretty cool game at first, but the difficulty curve is awful. Despite the stylus control it really doesn't embody the great accessible stuff on the DS (stuff like Phoenix Wright, Mario Kart, EBA, etc.) and ends up as a noble experiment. I know, I'm saying this despite it being successful enough to get franchised out for 3 sequels - but it is simply too hardcore.

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:32 (ten years ago) link

lol at almost none of my ten cracking the top 50

Lamp, Friday, 6 February 2009 04:38 (ten years ago) link

#51: Resistance 2 (PS3) – 11 – 2
Official game site

http://%u201Dhttp%3A//talkplaystation.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/resistance-2-multiplayer_14-06-08_09.jpg%u201D

S1ocki: Pretty good! Seems like an improvement on the original in every way--controls, graphics, weapons, enemies, plus a totally different co-op campaign and sixty person battles online! Shoot dudes in the face! U should buy!

GM: R2's a pretty generic shooter. I enjoyed playing a sixty-dude team deathmatch the other night, but you have to cope with an almost endless series of sniper headshots immediately upon respawn.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2094/2185266011_618d9970ac_b.jpg

Jeff Levine: In some ways, there's lots of single player improvements over the first game, but Resistance 2 has lots of annoying and at times horrible gameplay design decisions that really bring the whole experience down. It doesn't make sense that I can destroy a 100 foot tall alien with a few well placed rockets, but can't harm an eight foot fish alien just because it's swimming in the water. I'm also not too fond of the way difficulty is increased by simply throwing way too many enemies against you.

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:43 (ten years ago) link

#50: Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii) – 12 – 2
Official game site

http://skattertech.com/media/2008/03/super-smash-bros-brawl.jpg

Captain Lorax : Single player mode was fun while it lasted. It's more fun to play with friends. Map creation was a good idea but it could have used more parts and pallets. Online wasn't bad when I tried it against strangers but you have to wait about three minutes for each individual brawl. Playing a friend with a friend code is where it's at. I had my phone of speaker while we played each other.

Forksclovetofu: If this was on XBLA, it might easily be my favorite game of the year; the online component is utterly hamstrung by the useless “friend code” debacle and the single player gets tiresome after awhile. Still, playing this with four people is fuckin' bananas. Good times; even for button mashers. Really disappointed this charted so low.

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2008/01/super_smash_bros_brawl_wii_07.jpg

S1ocki : Aren't you guys worried about pedophiles getting your friend codes and molesting you?

Tombot : I don't get the hate for the single player. This is a blast.

http://games.gearlive.com/blogimages/miyamoto_mario_luigi.jpg

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 05:00 (ten years ago) link

More tomorrow.

loheigl (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 February 2009 05:00 (ten years ago) link

Did i vote in this? I don't think I voted in this.

Either way, good job so far.

kingfish, Friday, 6 February 2009 06:47 (ten years ago) link

as a result of this poll, I have finally decided to nut up and buy World of Goo in the near future

also nthing the praise for Forks, who is doing the Lord's work here

also also I am eager to see if my first-place game got any other votes

jamescobo, Friday, 6 February 2009 07:03 (ten years ago) link

no street fighter yet, I did give it a lot of points tho

^once had to actually to listen to this post in my head (cozwn), Friday, 6 February 2009 10:02 (ten years ago) link

abanana, Saturday, 7 February 2009 05:22 (ten years ago) link

the spore ez-chair people are amazing, wow.

what i meant about world of goo - at college writing essays i would think of something clever, but follow and mull and read around the thought till it seemed trivial and obvious, something that must have occurred to everyone - then i'd write a sentence or two of super compressed academese, summing and dismissing the whole thing, totally inpenetrable to professors or anyone else. goo is a little like that with its delights - it presents them to you as if you are already bored with them?

it is also a really satisfying way to spend money - to buy it almost pays for itself in pride.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Saturday, 7 February 2009 19:18 (ten years ago) link

#49: FIFA ’09 (XBLA/PS3) – 14 point – 2 votes
Official game site

Polyphonic: I don't understand socc... I mean, football. I've never played it; I never watch it apart from the World Cup and I have a shaky understanding of its rules. But I love sports video games, and when a good one comes along, I will play it until I puke.

http://sportvideogames.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/fifa09_rooney01optimised.jpg

Roberto Spiralli : Yet again, this is fucking terrible. The biggest problem is the movement of the players which is unnatural, clumsy and very axis-bound. Turning is sluggish and gives the feel of dragging oil tankers around the pitch. When I went to pass, what happened onscreen was frequently not quite what I intended. Tackling is very weird, partly automated and I couldn't get the hang of it at all. I don't know how they keep getting it so wrong, except for the fact that people keep buying this shit and it gets the same lazy ass decent reviews every time, so maybe the developers don't even know that their product sucks.

Cozwyn: I never thought I'd say anything positive about FIFA in my life but this game is meaty and physical and deep and FUN!! The shooting is definitely the best bit; it feels crunchy and heavy compared to PES' floaty and light kicks. The animation is, as ever, impeccable but there was some horrid slowdown during replays.

MPx4A: It is a disgrace that there is no training mode, but it is quite good that the soundtrack has Cut Copy and Gonzalez EA really appear to have brought their A-game with regards to the online possibilities in this; just as long as you have the means to play with people who will pass the ball in co-op games and not just pick Man United all the time, you’re likely to find a good match.

AleXTC: The level of detail in the gameplay and moves/combinations you can do is just great.

http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk/images/community/fifa09/fifa0901.jpg

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 19:33 (ten years ago) link

we won the war!!!

FADCFTMFW (cozwn), Saturday, 7 February 2009 19:44 (ten years ago) link

Five way tie for #44.

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:21 (ten years ago) link

# 44: Singstar (PS3) – 15 points – 1 vote
Official game site

http://www.gameguru.in/images/singstar-90s.jpg

Daniel RF : Singstar must be the best party game ever. Sadly, my friends and I have yet to get it together to actually HAVE a party so instead I've been playing on my own, which I realize makes me a very major saddo... but it's fun! It's funny that the game doesn't care about lyrics, so you can stutter your way through a song and if you're in tune it doesn't really matter. Also the attempts at judging rapping are some bullshit; I let the Eric B and Rakim track play while I chatted with a friend and it really didn't matter, as long as there were audible sounds (even laughter) the rap-o-meter thought I was doing okay!

http://www.acegamez.co.uk/screenshots_ps2/PS2_Singstar_Pop_Hits_Screenshot_001.jpg

Noodle Vague : What I didn't give Sony credit for are the Eye-Toy and SingStar games, which must give the PS3 a hell of a lot more mass-market appeal than 360. I guess Sony themselves don't make a big deal of those titles to hardcore gamers, but they sure do seem to make a big difference in console sales.

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:23 (ten years ago) link

# 44: Crash Commando (PSN) – 15 points – 1 vote
Official game site

http://static1.filefront.com/images/bgfwkkubaa.jpg

Jeff LeVine: Basically a competitive multiplayer shooter take on a Contra / Metal Slug / Bionic Commando game with maybe a dash of N+. The online component seems to work fine (no lag in the few games I had time for) and uses really good AI bots to fill up extra slots. As frantic and fun as Call of Duty deathmatch but in awesome 2-D! Seems easily worth the ten bucks they are asking.

Jamescobo: I knew it was love the first time I banked a grenade perfectly. This game needs open-mic chatter badly; this push-to-talk nonsense is preventing people who kill me from having their sexual orientation loudly impugned in hilarious fashion.

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:24 (ten years ago) link

# 44: Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS) – 15 points – 1 vote
Official game site

http://www.gameinformer.com/NR/rdonlyres/22D908FF-4556-4B5C-94D3-9832F57408F4/15867/tactics1.jpg

Dy: My reactions are becoming more positive the more I play but it’s quite slow and certainly no match for Tactics on the PS.

Webber: It's better than FFTA1, but still somewhat infuriating. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for a game to sink a ridiculous amount of time into. I played through about twenty hours but since I didn't like the way I was leveling (and because I am ridiculously anal), I restarted and put in _another_ twenty or so hours into it. I found and used a fourth thief dagger relatively early on this time so my team is well on their way to becoming dual-wielding killing machines.

Will M: Really enjoying it. This game is absurdly slow but it makes my terrible commute relatively fast by comparison so I don't mind. Apparently I've played forty hours now? I think I'm technically 2/3 through the game but I am really fucking dicking around a LOT; I feel sure I could have easily beaten it by now.

http://spong.com/artwork/f/i/finalfanta97917.jpg

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:25 (ten years ago) link

# 44: Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden - Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa (PC) – 15 points – 1 vote – FREE GAME
Official game site – Download Here

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j161/kevinsblogger/barkley1.png

Nhex: Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden is a ridiculous farce that's actually pretty fun (it uses the RPG Maker engine and basically plays like Super Mario RPG). Even though story-wise it's an ironic fan-wank of Space Jam and Sir Charles, like Super Columbine RPG it uses the medium and its nostalgia to poke fun at the genre in really amusing ways specific to fans of SNES RPGs of the mid 90s.

http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb//GamesRadar/us/Other/News%20Stories/2008/Charles%20Barkley%20Shut%20up%20and%20Jam%20Gaiden/ART/RAW/backley--screenshot_large.jpg

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:26 (ten years ago) link

# 44: Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble (PC)– 15 points – 1 vote
Official game site

Mordy : One sleeper pick for me is Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! It's this really neat pack of minigames set in a 1920s boarding school. It's very Dorothy Parker'esque.

http://www.macgamefiles.com/imgs_screen/19990.jpg

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:27 (ten years ago) link

FINALLY at the halfway mark. More tomorrow.

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:33 (ten years ago) link

I considered voting for Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble. I definitely liked a lot of things about it.

I love that our poll has Shut up and Jam Gaiden on it.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:43 (ten years ago) link

The tension is killing me!

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 17:08 (ten years ago) link

hah i was just coming here to post that

LVL 12 rigorous chaotic normalcy cleric (jjjusten), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 17:09 (ten years ago) link

Okay, okay; more tonight at the latest.

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 17:10 (ten years ago) link

Thanks for all your work on this; I've been enjoying it as much as (or more so) the music polls.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 17:12 (ten years ago) link

yah thanks dude, my urging is made out of excitement and anticipation, not bitching

LVL 12 rigorous chaotic normalcy cleric (jjjusten), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 17:14 (ten years ago) link

It's cool; I've been annoyed at myself for not getting this finished up too.

This is a serious inquiry and there may be reprecussions (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 18:21 (ten years ago) link

yeah this list more than the music lists makes me want to go back and discover a bunch of good stuff

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 00:39 (ten years ago) link

(if the second half would be presented in a new thread I wouldnt mind, this one slows my computer terribly as it is. didnt help logging out either)

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 00:45 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

I am currently porting these results over to the blog and this set of games was so wacky I had to revive this ancient-ass thread. Valkyria Chronicles getting one pity vote! a seventeen-way tie for last! the White Wolf of Icicle Creek cover! et al.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 06:10 (nine years ago) link

Oh cool, totally forgot about the blog, I'll stick that in my RSS reader. I admit, I'm still proud of my IF YER NOT INDIE FUK U votes for You Have to Burn the Rope, You Found the Grappling Hook, Iji and Barkley: Shut Up and Jam.

Nhex, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 06:25 (nine years ago) link

Gears of War locked in a 10-way tie for 55th is some pretty next-level challops even by ILX standards

/no cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 06:49 (nine years ago) link

gears is trash tho/// but i mean lol i voted for nancy drew and wld do so again

valkyria chronicles wld place much higher if we had polled this after more than 1 person had played it. same w/persona 4 probably a bunch others

F → F−F++F−F (Lamp), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 06:53 (nine years ago) link

Persona 4 actually did! it went from #70 in 2008 to #25 in last year's poll (on the ballot due to the Euro release)

Valkyria Chronicles probably would have been top 3 for me if I'd played it in the time period. that game fucking owns, flying pig be damned.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 07:04 (nine years ago) link

kinda wish i had added the persona votes from 08 to last years poll

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 22:50 (nine years ago) link

another classic C&P moment:

http://cointandplick.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/coint-plick-2008-11-fable-ii/

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 04:41 (nine years ago) link

fuck that game fuck that game fuck that game.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:01 (nine years ago) link

Every time I read that I wonder if I am actually G-Zeus and maybe I hit my head and had a coma but SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE AND UI JUST PLAYED FABLE II FOR OVER 2 HOURS

Paradise can't mean straddling felled treetrunks in dentalfloss thongs (Will M.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:06 (nine years ago) link

exhibit a: "had a coma"

Paradise can't mean straddling felled treetrunks in dentalfloss thongs (Will M.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 06:07 (nine years ago) link

Not to slight the hard work you've been doing, but for the compiled list of all games, you should probably hyperlink all the games on the list to their respective entry pages... I don't even want to think about how annoying that would be to do!

Nhex, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 16:00 (nine years ago) link

that was actually on my to-do list after I get the 2007 results up. you ppl better thank your lucky stars that no woman would ever have me.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 18:00 (nine years ago) link

oh right, the 2007 results were just a straight-up ILX poll result. they're up now, so I'll get started on this rn since I'm miraculously free at work today.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:03 (nine years ago) link

wow, that was much less onerous than expected - both 2008 and 2009 are fully indexed.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:19 (nine years ago) link

thumbs up brother

Nhex, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:48 (nine years ago) link


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