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Posted on November 26, 2008 by Oscar Gonzalez

Back on 10/13/08, I blogged about the outlook of the holiday games and with the games already released, it's time to see if I was right or wrong.

Saints Row 2 - Bigger than SR1 but a lot of the same. The game just does not have the charm of GTA4. It's like comparing the Godfather to Boyz N the Hood, good movies, but one is a classic while the other one is big overdoing it with the thug life.

I was right about this. Saints Row 2 had a lot of content but was still too much of the wannabe thug life to make it better than GTA4. Still lots of fun and totally worth picking up. I'm glad it's less buggy than the original. The review's over here.

Dead Space - Survival Horror sci-fi. Getting good ratings so far, no idea how good it is yet but this looks like probably the biggest Survival Horror Sci Fi game since System Shock 2.

Right again. The game is very good and does Survival Horror sci-fi better than anyone else has done. Not as good as System Shock 2 overall, but still it does a great job with the sci-fi feel. Check out the review.

Fable 2 - Ugh, I didn't even finish Fable 1 because of how bleh it was. Oh, I hope they add the feature that lets me see a tree grow..../sarcasm

I've only played a bit but the game still feels like Fable 1. I got to say though, the writing and voice acting is very entertaining so hopefully that will make the game more enjoyable.

Fallout 3 - A RPG along the lines of Morrowind and Deus Ex, where you can do almost whatever the fuck you want. I haven't given this game the amount of time it needs, but everyone is calling it an epic game.

I played it and it wasn't as epic people made it out to be. Still a great game and totally worth the money, but it felt too much like Oblivion set in the future. Here's the review.

Far Cry 2 - the original was a bit overrated.

Still didn't play it but didn't seem like anything special for the time I did play.

SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation - One of my personal favorites this season, after playing the beta, the future looks pretty good. Hopefully my <^>FU<^> Clan will get up and running again to take another shot at the top of the SOCOM world.

I did a big blog post about it here and the review here. I say the game is probably the best SOCOM game since it combined the variety of SOCOM 2 with the hit detection of SOCOM 1. Unfortunately, the <^>FU<^> clan did not make a comeback.

Gears of War 2 - This will be the Xbox 360 answer to SOCOM. It's a tactical game with a lot more carnage. I played the original and thought it did some things very well. The problem came online where it got pretty cheap.

Bigger and better than before, but still, I'm not a fan. See the review here.

Call of Duty World at War - I'm thinking about boycotting this fucking game for the simple fact that it's a WWII game again. We get it already, the Nazis suck. Word from beta players is that the game is a lot like CoD4 with of course the changes to historical weapons. Still, going back to a WWII game is so damn retarded.

Story mode is done very well. Online, well online is just like Call of Duty 4 BUT SET IN WWII FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME!

Resistance 2 - Sony's WWII Sci fi game that was pretty good with the first one. Have to see how this one turns out.

First player mode is good, with a quality plot. Co-op mode is solid but really made for an actual squad of people. Don't even think of trying it with just two people. Online has a lot of action going on with it huge battles and can be very tactical with a small group.

Mirror's Edge - I don't get it but some people are creaming their pants over this game.

After finally playing the game, I can see what excited people about the game. In my review, I find the game to be a bit like other games but having such a great presentation. I can't for the sequel where I hope they improve on the combat and length of the game.

Little Big Planet - Create and share your retarded creations with other retards. I thought they did this back when it was called the Sims: Online.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to play this game. However, the game is a whole new entity upon itself and the amount of creativity of the user created content is amazing.

All in all, this holiday season had some quality releases. Too bad that the biggest games of the year have already been released and they're still better than this batch of games: MGS4 and GTA4.

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) | all author's articles

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