High praise: 2008 was the best year for video games, ever.
Here are my top five games of the year, based on how much they made my heart race and how many hours I played them.
1. God of War: Chains of Olympus
The best PSP game yet created. You play as Kratos, the killing muscle of mythical gods, pounding villains with chains, knives and hammers. A flawless masterpiece.
2. Frontlines: Fuel of War
This was the best shooter of 2008, featuring some of the most fun battlefields, rocket launchers, tanks and helicopters you'll ever see. Intense.
3. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
An action-adventure, spanning the globe with guns, that is hard to stop playing and contains enough cinematic cut scenes to fill a movie.
In this very creative adventure, you make stick-figure warriors march and toss spears by touching PSP buttons as if they are drum pads. It is unforgettable, clever and endearing.
5. Call of Duty: World at War
(DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360)
Offline, more World War II battlefields, trenches and killing. You can also unlock a bonus "Nazi Zombie" mini-game (hilarious). The serious fun is online.