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Great for gamers: My top 10 picks for 2008

The stack of video games on my entertainment center has grown embarrassingly tall.

That’s usually the case around Christmas, with most of the marquee games coming out around the holidays. But the stack is taller this year. It’s probably why I’ll remember 2008 in video games for quantity over quality. The abundance of releases has overshadowed the quality of games released.

But there were certainly some great games released this year. Here’s my top 10 games of the year.

10. “Braid” — The Xbox Live game was one of the most simple, yet great games released over the past few years. The game reminds me of the great platforming games of my youth.

9. “Mirror’s Edge” — This was probably one of the most innovative games released this year. Being able to freerun through the skyline of a city in first person is awfully freeing.

8. “Dead Space” — “Dead Space” is the most terrifying video game ever released. It takes everything scary about being isolated in space with aliens, and it punishes you with both for hours.

7. “Prince of Persia” — The producers took a gamble with a re-booted “Prince of Persia” game, but this is the most fun yet in the franchise. This game might have the coolest graphics of any game this year.

6. “Fallout 3” — The game is a little slow and meticulous for my taste, but you have to give credit to Bethesda Softworks for its unbelievable recreation of a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C. Perhaps no game ever has as much visual depth as “Fallout 3.”

5. “Rock Band 2” — Yes, “Rock Band 2” is essentially a remake of the original. But the sequel gives you more music and more fun. Plus, why mess with the most interactive game ever released.

4. “Metal Gear Solid 4” — Everyone knew that “Metal Gear Solid 4” would be an amazing game, but the question was whether it was going to be worth the long wait. It was an amazing game, of course, and it was certainly worth the wait.

3. “Gears of War 2” — Much like “Rock Band 2,” “Gears of War 2,” doesn’t seem on the surface much more than a sequel to the original. But the sequel added an epic feel that the original lacked.

2. “LittleBigPlanet” — If “Rock Band” was last year’s most innovative game, this year’s was “LittleBigPlanet.” It provides all of the fun and simplicity of an old-school Nintendo game with the ability to customize like no game before.

1. “Grand Theft Auto IV” — It seems like a while ago since the latest “Grand Theft Auto” game was released, but not a week goes by where I don’t pop it in my Xbox 360. The depth of the game and the upcoming expansion pack for the Xbox 360 make it one of the most ambitious releases ever and the best game released in 2008.

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