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The Best Gaming Moments of 2008

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Veles 16th December 2008, 02:23 Quote
I need to play more CoH, and I need to get the PC version of L4D too

Best moments I've had, hmmm I can't really remember, I would say I've had a lot of great moments playing L4D and I'd say Fallout 3 has just been generally awesome throughout what I've played of it. Had some great experiences playing SoaSE too but I wouldn't say some of my best.

For me, this year has mostly been about discovering old classics with a few average games here and there and the occasional big release until we got some great games recently. Still, I can't really think of a game or moment that's really stood out above the rest. Guess that's one problem of having a really shitty memory :(

Also, WTF? You're working at midnight?
bowman 16th December 2008, 03:05 Quote
'Left4Dead is undeniably awesome, but it’s a different kind of multiplayer experience, one where you’re working co-operatively with other players.'
'While Left4Dead has shown us that playing with your friends can be great fun, for me there’s still nothing that can top pwning with them - and for me, the best place to do that is in a place where I can use my wits as well as my reaction times to conquer my opponent!'

Someone needs to tip Harry about versus mode. :P
Mentai 16th December 2008, 03:43 Quote
I reckon. I've never felt like I've conquered my opponents more than when I'm in vs mode. I've probably put 99% of my left4dead time into that, having only completed 2 campaigns so far (expert) these last couple of days. Oh and one of those was akimbo assassin, my fingers were not impressed with me by the finale lol.
I do appreciate the mention of TF2 though. I'm a bit jaded by it now and don't really enjoy it anymore (hopefully the next content pack fixes that), but thinking back through the year I did have some truly great moments playing it. One of my favourites was on a control point map, I was on defense as a soldier, my entire team had been wiped out, I was on 10 health and the counter for the point said 5x. I figured I wouldn't get far running so I might as well go around the corner and fire one last rocket. That rocket was a crit, it killed all 4 players on the point (there was a scout), and my team subsequently respawned and defended until the timer ran out, with me laughing the whole way. Crits are so unfair haha.
TF2 was what kept me entertained for the several months between mass effect and video games season :)
The boy 4rm oz 16th December 2008, 03:55 Quote
Oh I love GRID, by far one of my most favorite games this year. I live the racing, the visuals, the cars and the crashes, absolutely love the crashes :D.
Noob4ever 16th December 2008, 05:28 Quote
Now I just gotta go for the tf2 fun, when I get in a groove and for some reason just start getting head shots left and right and people start screaming hacks and I just keep laughing :D

However, what game Is that chick in the middle of the picture from, the one on the front page that links to the article, she doesnt ring any bells and I thought I'd played just about everything so far this year
CardJoe 16th December 2008, 08:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Noob4ever

However, what game Is that chick in the middle of the picture from, the one on the front page that links to the article, she doesnt ring any bells and I thought I'd played just about everything so far this year

That's Elika from the new Prince of Persia.
Kurkku 16th December 2008, 08:48 Quote
I really enjoyed Gears of War 2. Played through split screen with a friend in a dark living room with high volume and big tv ;) Maybe four or five gaming sessions and the game was through. Most fun since gears of war 1 :D

For Pc I really enjoyed Fallout 3 and World of Goo. And of course you just have to watch all the videos from Red Alert 3 ;)
Bluephoenix 16th December 2008, 09:36 Quote
leave it to bindi to shoot a freind in the back.


that it was fod no less makes it more priceless, no idea exactly why.


I'd try and get on with you guys, but there are some slightly minor timezone issues with that.
Lilliput King 16th December 2008, 11:07 Quote
There were some great moments in other games for me (I agree that the Virmire level in Mass Effect was just incredible. I never really came to terms with how Bioware could do that to you. *******s!) but Left4Dead has generated so many great moments that it just swamps the competition. Like the time on versus mode in no mercy where we (as the survivors) limped into the elevator as a horde came charging down the corridor. I slammed the button and turned just in time to see my little brother, as Louis, get dragged out of the closing doors by a smoker's tongue. It was made so much more tragic by the way his character had turned to face me just before he was caught, and how the doors hadn't quite closed by the time I got to the gap, so I caught a half-second glimpse of him being dragged away, with the knowledge that I could never save him.

Or just the little things, like the time when a friend was standing on top of a building whispering into the mic "I can hear the tank, but I cant see the tank..." while from where I was standing, on the top of an opposite building, I could clearly see the tank pulling itself up right behind him.

Oooh, one other thing. I actually thought Dead Space was one of the years best games. What it offered had been done before, but never quite so well (I found Resident Evil 4 tacky and dull) So what about the time when the tentacle grabs you?(Dead Space Spoiler)
Bauul 16th December 2008, 11:20 Quote
My personal best moments of the year extend from Left4Dead all the way to... Left4Dead. The game's a masterpiece, no doubt about it. It's the first multiplayer game in a long time I've truly felt had long term appeal. Even TF2, in which I got pretty damn good at (until Joe started picking on me as a spy. Grr), felt like something I knew I was only really dipping into. Even my fiance, a woman who's all time top two games are Sonic 2 and Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion, loves it. It's got that much broad appeal.

Probably my fondest moment though was my first time playing, I joined a game with Joe and his missus, who promised to show me the ropes. No Mercy 2, in the subway, we met a witch sitting directly in our path. Joe and Hannah's helpful advice? "You startle it, we'll cover you!", before they ran off to hide in a cupboard giggling, whilst I confidentatly wandered up to her and poked her with a stick. *******s. ;)
steveo_mcg 16th December 2008, 11:26 Quote
I seem to be weaning my self off tf2 and on to l4d.

Acronym addiction, it kills. Just say NO kids.

No wonder my modding takes so long.
MajorTom 16th December 2008, 11:35 Quote
bowman,

Something tells me Harry got some serious L4D verses time at StratLAN over the weekend. EPIC!

My moment of the year has to be in verses mode. Was at said LAN, Subway level, in the tunnels with my team. The tank spawn and started to mash the team to bits on the train as we tried to retreat. I was the only player not incapacitated by the tank. A Smoker grabbed me and started pulling, I quickly spun around and duel pistol killed it to the uproar of the enemy team who then managed to get a boomer to vomit all over me before I shot it. I single-handedly fended off the hoard and punched a leaping hunter out of the air before shooting him dead. as the last of the hoard died I managed to punch another hunter to death. Very lucky with my melee timing. The tank turned his attention to me and I managed to finish him off. Both teams are now going absolutely mental because we should have been dead as soon as the smoker got me and now I've killed 5 bosses and the onlookers are getting a bit excited to say the least. I hobble to my nearest incapacitated team mate only to have to drop him and fend off a rush of zombies again. I get him up just in time for him to punt another hunter off me. I then get the other two members up and we all heal while covering each other and move on. It was Amazingly tense and I was damn proud!

Also there have been classic hilarious TF2 moments but they are too many to mention. That game just cracks me up. it's been a damn good year.
pimlicosound 16th December 2008, 12:38 Quote
My favourite moments this year probably won't be the most popular choices, other than finishing Portal with all the joy that comes with it.

GTA4 had some truly awesome moments, like getting through the Four Leaf Clover bank heist mission, and finishing the game and realising that you've won nothing: loved ones dead, not much hope for the future - I loved the way it deconstructed the traditional game ending. Little Jacob says something like, "Come on, man, you've won." And the unspoken question left hanging in the air is, "Have I?"

Far Cry 2 had some incredible moments - but due to the unscripted nature of the game, they were all of my own making, which made them all the more satisfying. Towards the end of the game there's an enemy-infested village in a grassy savannah, and all the huts are erected on wooden stilts. Having played stealth for most of the game, I'd just finished all the arms dealer missions, so I had clean versions of all the best guns. I went in in broad daylight, flamethrower at the ready, and just ran around spraying everything with firey death - not just people, but grass, trees and (most importantly) wooden stilts! The whole village burst into flames. It was beautiful.
Hamish 16th December 2008, 13:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by bowman
'Left4Dead is undeniably awesome, but it’s a different kind of multiplayer experience, one where you’re working co-operatively with other players.'
'While Left4Dead has shown us that playing with your friends can be great fun, for me there’s still nothing that can top pwning with them - and for me, the best place to do that is in a place where I can use my wits as well as my reaction times to conquer my opponent!'

Someone needs to tip Harry about versus mode. :P

yeah seriously, versus is basically co-operative griefing, its great :D
score in versus mode should be based on how many of the other team you can make ragequit :p
Leitchy 16th December 2008, 13:55 Quote
Left 4 Dead wins it for me, and the other notable mentions would be Fallout 3, GRID and Sins of a Solar Empire (Shame no one has mentioned this already!!!)

GTA 4 is a farce on PC and hopefully won't be mentioned on the top gaming lists for PC anyways!
TheCherub 16th December 2008, 14:32 Quote
For me, Crysis Wars has been the game of the year. It's the first game that's got me playing online, and I have really enjoyed it (plus I have spent hundreds of hours playing it, which is always a good sign).

It will probably never go down as one of the greates games made, but it has certainly caused me a lot of pleasure.
wuyanxu 16th December 2008, 15:25 Quote
GRiD, GTA4, L4D, Portal and World of Goo all gave me "the best" gaming moments.

Crysis Wars also got me playing online, love the suit action. it is one of the game that don't have a lot of super-hard-core players, most of which are like me, casual and just want to have fun. that is what makes it so much more fun than likings of CS
Floyd 16th December 2008, 15:38 Quote
Portal was indeed a great little game. Too short though.
My other favs have to be COD4 and COD5 though.
Hugo 16th December 2008, 17:51 Quote
I think it's been a real trend of 2008 that the games released haven't really had 'moments' per se, but rather offered a great experience. Left4Dead, Fallout 3, LittleBigPlanet, Gears of War 2, Far Cry 2, Fable II, Metal Gear Solid 4 - all brilliant games, but there's no one defining point that made them, for me, so brilliant. Rather, a cumulation of many small moments of brilliance.

I swear saving up enough money to unlock the Ferrari F1 car in GT5: Prologue almost killed me.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry
...my favourite gaming experiences of 2008 have, somewhat ironically, all been in games that were released in 2007
That's not ironic.
Xtrafresh 16th December 2008, 18:41 Quote
Playing World of Goo on a tablet was a real thrill. ;)

For me though, there was really only one moment that stood out from everything else: Fall Out 3.
SPOILER!

A friend of mine brought it over, and we sat down to give it a whirl. So i get to the first village, and there's an A-Bomb lying around being worshipped. Predictably, i'm asked to defuse the bomb, and i remember saying to my friend: "fk that! I want to blow it up, not defuse that!" When i met the guy asking me to blow it up, i didn't believe him. When i was given a fuse i still didn't believe it. After fitting the fuse, you are asked to go to 'such-and-such tower, which sounds like: "ok, now let's stand well back." I really raced to the tower, ignoring everyone that started talking to me on the way there, not even bothering to get supplies or fight enemies. I run upstairs and get a trigger. I specifically remember sitting there for a while, putting my speakers up as high as i dare putting them up, saving, and then pressing the button. Truely epic! I must have laughed for half an hour after the old guy told me it was done because the town was ruining his view! :)
dr-strangelove 16th December 2008, 22:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Best Gaming Moments of 2008 - Joe
The twist though is that the princess may or may not really exist and the narrator of the story might be a lot more unreliable than you’re accustomed to expecting.

lol Even more than the Prince in Sands of Time? I always remenber his storytelling 'No wait that didn't happen, let me start again...'

Hilarious

Best gaming moment of '08 for me was buying my new PC (that I'd been saving AGES for) and booting up Supreme Commander for the first time... It was well worth the wait

Another moment that stands out (but not in a good way) was buying WoW... biggest mistake of the year.
supaste 17th December 2008, 00:15 Quote
FO3 was one of my favourite game of this year and I've racked well over 60 hours of game play on it but it is really missing something.. it just doesn't feel 'Fallout like'. It is riddled with bugs, they're all over the place; The third person view is rubbish and the player animations are terrible; people look and act like potatoes; they gave the exact same lines to some generic characters (e.g. guards) who were voiced by different people which seemed very lazy and made them sound like robots. Another thing that annoyed me was the way everyone talked like they were advertising "I love Nuka Cola" it's like the product was new to every character who talked about it when on the old games nuka was just something, you saw it quite a lot but know one ever talked about how brilliant it was or anything.

Anyway now i got that off my chest... I started gta4 this week. I think it is very good and very polished though there isn't as much to do as on previous games... Shiny!
The Infamous Mr D 17th December 2008, 08:45 Quote
Left 4 Dead for the epic win. It has been a long time since I've played a game and enjoyed it so immensely and intensely as this one.
Crazyglue 17th December 2008, 16:30 Quote
best gaming moment i had.. inrecent times atleast (8 months of wow is NOT exiting...) was when i was playing gears of war 2 co-op insane. my buddy and i were runnign around in act 2, dont remember the exact chapter, but there were tickers... lots of them. he smacked one away from him to get the achievement, but turns out he hit it right at my face, and then it exploded in my face. i was down, but he came and revived me. turns out i got bugged cause i must of fallen through the floor or something when he revived me. so the game thought i was in cover no matter where i went. the only way for me to move was to "run" on the edge of a wall by diving forward constantly before the tracker beam-like "gravity" sucked me back to the wall. if i dove away from the wall, and stopped, i would be crouched like im behind cover, but slowly slide back to the wall.

probably the only gaming experience where a bug was actually somewhat fun XD
Edvuld 17th December 2008, 16:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pimlicosound
My favourite moments this year probably won't be the most popular choices, other than finishing Portal with all the joy that comes with it.

GTA4 had some truly awesome moments, like getting through the Four Leaf Clover bank heist mission, and finishing the game and realising that you've won nothing: loved ones dead, not much hope for the future - I loved the way it deconstructed the traditional game ending. Little Jacob says something like, "Come on, man, you've won." And the unspoken question left hanging in the air is, "Have I?"

Far Cry 2 had some incredible moments - but due to the unscripted nature of the game, they were all of my own making, which made them all the more satisfying. Towards the end of the game there's an enemy-infested village in a grassy savannah, and all the huts are erected on wooden stilts. Having played stealth for most of the game, I'd just finished all the arms dealer missions, so I had clean versions of all the best guns. I went in in broad daylight, flamethrower at the ready, and just ran around spraying everything with firey death - not just people, but grass, trees and (most importantly) wooden stilts! The whole village burst into flames. It was beautiful.

Thanks a lot. L2use spoiler tags please.
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