If you are a PC gamer fanatic then most of these you will know about and most likely owned. The year 2008 was an awesome year for PC gamers. Race cars, wars, grand theft auto and fighting games topped the list for best PC games 2008. There some games that caused such chaos when released that people spent the night at stores just to get their hands on one.
Keeping up with the best PC games 2008 is easy to do as long as you keep our website handy. Most of the predictions for the games that were expected to be the best PC games 2008 were spot on. There was a couple that had ended up being delayed until 2009 for distribution. But, when the hot games hit the shelf, they didn’t stay long. Most of the games were as amazing as expected while others rated low and labeled duds. A review of the best PC games 2008 will allow PC gamers to read numerous reviews about their favorite particular game. Readers can review others ratings of the game along with having access to exclusive shots from each game.
Assassin’s Creed is a historical open-world action-adventure third-person stealth video game by Ubisoft Montreal. The player controls a modern-day man named Desmond Miles. By using a machine named the Animus, he controls the genetic memories of his ancestors.
The is set primarily in year 1191 during the Third Crusade in the Holy Land. The main goal of the game is to carry out a series of assassinations ordered by Al Mualim, the leader of the Assassins. The player must travel from the Brotherhood’s headquarters in Masyaf, across the terrain of the Holy Land known as the Kingdom to one of three cities: Jerusalem, Acre or Damascus to find the Brotherhood agent in that city.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is a real-time strategy video game by EA Los Angeles. The game is a continuation in the Red Alert games of the Command & Conquer series.
Players harvest resources using collectors and then use those resources to construct military bases and forces. Major refinements in Red Alert 3 are the addition of the Empire of the Rising Sun to the factions of the sub-series, a co-operative campaign and expanded naval warfare. The single-player campaign now fully allows for co-operative play. Each mission is played alongside an ally. The campaign has nine playable missions for each side.
Crysis Warhead is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game by Crytek Budapest. It is a stand-alone expansion game, which updates and refines the gameplay of the original game.
The story follows Sergeant Michael Sykes, an ally of Crysis protagonist Nomad. He faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game. The game features new fully customizable weapons, vehicles and enemies. It also showcases a new enhanced and optimized version of CryEngine 2. The player has access to futuristic weapons with the introduction of Mini-SMG, a six-shot grenade launcher equipped with EMP grenades and the powerful Plasma Accumulator Cannon.
Europa Universalis: Rome is a strategy video game by Paradox Development Studio.
The game is set during the time of the Roman Republic, beginning in 280 BC with the start of the Pyrrhic war, and ending with the rise of the Roman Empire in 27 BC. In Europa Universalis: Rome, players have a choice of leading any of over 53 factions, which represent 10 prominent cultures including Carthaginian, Celtic, Egyptian, Greek and Roman.
Jack Keane is an adventure video game by Deck13 Interactive. The game is similar to Monkey Island. A sequel to the game titled Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within was released in 2013.
Players assume the role of an adventurer and accompany him during his travels across London, Cape Town and Tooth Island. In colonial England, Jack takes on a job which will not only cause him a great deal of trouble but also bring to light the answer to a mystery out of his distant past. A lack of money leads Jack to accept a charter to take a British secret agent to mysterious Tooth Island. When Jack’s ship shatters on the mysterious island’s cliffs on arrival, Jack is soon left to cope with the situation on his own.
Left 4 Dead is an arcade-style co-op first-person shooter video game by Turtle Rock Studios. Set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, the game pits its four survivors against dangerous hordes of the infected.
There are four game modes: Single-player mode, four-player co-op campaign mode, eight-player online versus mode and a four-player survival mode. In campaign mode, the player takes control of one of the survivors. They play through the levels fighting off the infected humans who have been infected with a virus that causes psychosis. The survivors are carriers of the disease, so they do not show signs of any symptoms. A sequel titled Left 4 Dead 2 was released in 2009.
Penumbra: Black Plague is survival horror first-person video game by Frictional Games. The story continues from the previous game Penumbra: Overture. A further expansion titled Penumbra: Requiem was released later the same year.
The game’s survival horror aspect mostly consists of avoiding various enemies which seek to injure or otherwise harm the protagonist. Gameplay features a mixture of exploration and solving physical puzzles. The player must also frequently interact with the bases computer and security systems by acquiring passwords, retrieving biometric data or keycards, and repairing or overriding certain electronic or mechanical devices. Information is scattered around the base in the form of written notes, recorded messages, saved documents and various videos and emails that can be found on computers.
Pirates of the Burning Sea is an MMORP online role-playing video game by Flying Lab Software. The game is set in the Caribbean in 1720. It combines tactical ship battles and swashbuckling combat with a player-driven economy and open-ended gameplay.
The different careers for nationals (British, Spanish, French) are a Naval officer – Focuses on defense, escorting duties, and direct, broadside-to-broadside combat. Privateer – Focuses on utilizing the advantages of smaller ships to outmaneuver and outwit opponents. Freetrader – Focuses on trading, production, and economics. The different careers for pirates are Cutthroat – All-around capability including the special ability to take command of defeated ships. Buccaneer – A further advanced career with more in the moment type skills. The command oriented “pirate”, can use and collect captured ships deeds and can give bonuses to allied ships.
Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis is an adventure first-person video game by Frogwares. It is the fourth game in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, and the first in the series to feature a cat-and-mouse style plot.
The game follows Holmes and Watson as Holmes is challenged by the legendary gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, who threatens to steal England’s most prized treasures. Most of the areas in which the game takes place are based on famous London landmarks, including the National Gallery and British Museum. Solving the mysteries of the game involve examining locations and discovering clues. The game was preceded by Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy (2002), Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring (2004) and Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (2006). A remastered version of Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis was released in 2010.
Sins of a Solar Empire is a sci-fi real-time strategy video game by Ironclad Games. Players take control of a space-faring empire in the distant future and control one of three different races: Advent, TEC or the alien Vasari.
The player can conquer neighboring planets and explore distant star systems in a massively scaled environment featuring entire galaxies, orbiting planets, clusters of asteroids, space dust, and radiant stars. Notably, there is no single-player campaign mode, but games can be played against AI opponents offline and other players online. An expansion titled Entrenchment was released in 2009. A second content expansion titled Diplomacy was released in 2010. A package combining the original game with the first two expansions was also released, titled Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity. A third expansion, the stand-alone Rebellion was released in 2012.
The Experiment is an adventure video game by Lexis Numérique. The game takes place in a derelict ship stranded on a beach in the middle of the ocean. The player is mysteriously locked in the operations room with doctor Lea Nichols, the only survivor of the ship.
With the use of a sophisticated security system, the player helps the main character, Lea Nichols by telling her where to go, by turning lights on and off, opening doors, entering codes, controlling helper robots, and reading files, email and codes you are given. Not all the email contain helpful information, neither are all the cameras useful, some having fallen objects obscure the view or being otherwise non-functional. The game keeps a log of real world play time with Lea noting how many days long you’ve kept her waiting since last playing.
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure is a graphic adventure video game by Darkling Room and Shadow Tor Studios. Other notable games by the same author include Dark Fall: The Journal and Dark Fall 2: Lights Out.
The game follows the adventure of Nigel Danvers, as he experiences the paranormal in his quest to find the fabled Lost Crown of Anglia. The game is set in the fictional harbor town of Saxton in The Fens of eastern England. The player follows the adventure of Nigel Danvers, as he wanders the harbor town of Saxton and the surrounding countryside, armed with a small arsenal of ghost-hunting gadgets. Eventually, after uncovering and driving out several ghosts, Nigel discovers the whereabouts of a long lost Anglo-Saxon crown; thought to have crowned the king of the region, Ganwulf, back in the sixth century AD.
The Sims Castaway Stories is a life-simulation video game by EA Games. It is the third and final game in The Sims “Stories” line of games.
The Sims Castaway Stories features the choice of either playing in a story-driven mode titled “Shipwrecked and Single” or a more sandbox “Wanmami Island”. In “Shipwrecked and Single” mode, the player is subjected to a scenario-driven style of gameplay. The player must choose to play as David Bennett, Jessica Knight, or create a customized Sim, who boards a cruise ship for singles named Solomon Queen, only to have it crash and leave them drifting on the ocean clinging to a crate.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is a first-person shooter video game by Ubisoft Montreal. It is the seventh game in the Rainbow Six series and the sequel to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas.
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 includes a single-player campaign mode as well as a variation of the Terrorist Hunt mode included in previous games, which involves repeated encounters with enemy AI terrorists. There are also several new commands, such as the ability of a teammate to throw a grenade at a specific point. Terrorist Hunt mode may be played in “Lone Wolf” (alone) or with a pair of computer controlled allies. Both the campaign and Terrorist Hunt game modes support co-op multiplayer.
Warhammer: 40,000: Dawn of War is a sci-fi real-time strategy video game by Relic Entertainment. Gameplay focuses on capturing and holding strategic locations on the battlefield. A sequel titled Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II was released in 2009.
These control points are captured by infantry squads and provide resources to construct additional units and buildings or unlock certain units in an army’s tech tree. Battles are won either by holding a certain number of control points for a period of time or by destroying all of the opposing armies’ HQ structures. Three expansions have been released: Winter Assault (2005), Dark Crusade (2006) and Soulstorm in 2008. Additionally, all three expansions along with Dawn of War have been released as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War The Complete Collection.
XIII Century is a series of real-time tactics video games by Unicorn Studio. The series consists of the titles XIII Century: Death or Glory, its stand-alone expansion XIII Century: Blood of Europe and a XIII Century: Gold release, which combines the two titles.
The games are similar in interface and gameplay to those of the Total War series but feature a more complex battle mechanism, in which results are calculated for each individual soldier in the units and the corps mechanics are more realistic. There are more than 80 factors considered in battle, including such dynamics as the terrain and the direction of the attack, so victory will depend more upon the correct use of units than the relative strength of them.
We have put a lot of games on our best PC games of 2008 list as there were so many great PC games released that year. We have had a look at all genres and feel that no matter what kind of games you are into. You are going to be pleased with the games we have selected. So have a good look as there may be a game here you have never played before!
While the sequel was released about a year later. The first Left 4 Dead game was released in 2008 and to say gamers went crazy for it like zombies is an understatement. While the sequel was more refined. This first game in the series still holds up very well and has a dedicated fan base still. In keeping with the first person horror theme, we also feel that Penumbra: Black Plague which is the sequel to Penumbra: Overture is worth a spot on the best PC games 2008 list. This was a more methodical and scary kind of game that saw you more often than not having to avoid the creatures that want you dead!
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has to be on any list that is talking about the best PC games of 2008. This is real-time strategy at its best and the sci-fi, Warhammer 40k setting just makes it that much more epic and cool. While a very deep strategy game. It is accessible enough that people new to the genre will not be hopelessly lost. Another fun sci-fi real-time strategy game that was released in 2008 was Sins of a Solar Empire. Which saw you trying to conquer planets. This game was huge, featuring massive galaxies all of which have multiple planets for you to take over.
Fans of the original Crysis were taken care of with the expansion. Crysis Warhead. While this is not a full on new game. We feel that more than enough improvements were made that it is well deserving of a spot on our Best PC games of 2008 list. Plus let’s face it. When it comes to sci-fi inspired first-person shooters, you do not get much better than Crysis.
One of the biggest PC games released in 2008 was actual a game that was also released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. That game is Assassin’s Creed. Now it is hard to imagine that there was a time when Assassin’s Creed was a new and exciting series that did not have a number or a subtitle after the name. But this game had a huge amount of hype behind it and people really loved the twist in the story. The game was a huge success and is still one of the biggest franchises in gaming today.
So while we could only touch on a few of the best games. You can clearly see that there were some big PC games in 2008. Some great sequels and some new franchises as well were released and it is fun to look back on what gamers went wild for.