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2008: The Year Of The Flop Killer

If you've spent any time in video game forums over the past decade, you're well acquainted with the world "flop." Most used by the useless fanboys that infest and infect, this is the word the hostiles absolutely can't wait to use. Due to the fact that their lives are so pathetically miserable, they want games to fail, especially exclusive titles on consoles they don't prefer. But we carefully follow the hype line of most every big title that comes down the pike and in retrospect...was there a high-profile flop in 2008? Did everything deliver?

Er, let's take a quick list at the best of the best, as determined by the likes of GameRankings, Metacritic, and the perceived popularity of gamers everywhere (in no particular order):

  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Gears of War 2
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Fallout 3
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • Rock Band 2
  • Guitar Hero IV: World Tour
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Prince of Persia
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Dead Space
  • Resistance 2
  • Fable II
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Devil May Cry 4
  • Soul Calibur IV
  • Wipeout HD
  • Far Cry 2

Now, these are 20 titles, and while some could get all anal and argue that World at War didn't top last year's Modern Warfare, or that Wipeout HD was too hard, or that Soul Calibur IV was more for the casual fighting fan...that doesn't change the bottom line. It'd be ridiculous to label any of these great titles a "flop," and for the life of me, I have difficulty remembering a year that didn't have at least a few massive "flops." Even EA delivered with Dead Space, and despite some discrepancy in a few reviews, Mirror's Edge also delivered as well. We suppose the extremely mediocre Legendary could be considered a flop, but we really didn't hear much hype for that one leading up to its release.

What really failed after enjoying a great deal of hype and build-up? Alone in the Dark? Rock Revolution? Maybe. But anyone who says they're disappointed with how the hugely hyped titles turned out this year is asking for way too much. 2008 is the year of the flop killer, and thank GOD the fanboys didn't get a chance to abuse that word this year.

12/4/2008 Ben Dutka

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