2008 provided plenty of diversity for the role-playing genre. Gamers have plenty of different styles to choose from whether if the games include some unique elements or if they are in the more traditional sense. Needless to say, the genre is as healthy as it has ever been with many quality titles. Here are the top five role-playing games released in 2008.
- Fable II (Xbox 360)
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios, Developer: Lionhead Studios, Release Date: October 21, ESRB Rating: M
The original Fable for the Xbox was a pure disappointment with many broken promises. Fortunately, the 2008 sequel on the Xbox 360 fixes all the problems. Fable II is miles deeper than the first game with a livelier world and many sandbox activities to participate in. Mix in the streamlined combat and you have one of the best role-playing games on the Xbox 360.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (Playstation 2)
Publisher: Atlus, Developer: Atlus, Release Date: December 9, ESRB Rating: M
How do you follow-up on one of the best role-playing games in recent years? For Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, the answer is easy: fix all the minor annoyances of the previous game such as a more balanced combat system and better pacing. As a result, the sequel is better in just about every way. Not to mention that Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 may be the last great game on the Playstation 2.
- Valkyria Chronicles (Playstation 3)
Publisher: Sega, Developer: Sega, Release Date: November 11, ESRB Rating: T
Valkyria Chronicles came from the same team that developed the world renowned Skies of Arcadia. So this strategy role-playing game was in good hands from the start. The game combines turn-based strategy with real-time elements, resulting in one of the most engaging experiences in 2008. With beautiful sketch book graphics and stirring music to boot, Valkyria Chronicles is one game that no gamer should overlook.
- Fallout 3 (Xbox 360/PC/Playstation 3)
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks, Developer: Bethesda Softworks, Release Date: October 28, ESRB Rating: M
If role-playing games are all about exploration, Fallout 3 takes the cake. This endlessly replayable title is one of the most ambitious games ever created. You get to explore the nuclear wasteland in a fictional future setting. If that wasn’t enough, the choices you make during the game will affect you for the rest of your travels. No other role-playing games in 2008 offer as much content and replayability as Fallout 3.
- The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
Publisher: Square Enix, Developer: Jupiter, Release Date: April 22, ESRB Rating: E
It should be at no surprise that The World Ends With You is one of the most original role-playing games in recent years. After all, it was form the same people who brought you the Kingdom Hearts series. Taking place in the fashionable Shibuya district in Japan, The World Ends With You utilizes a unique combat system that will have you partaking in two simultaneous battles. It will be hard to put down the Nintendo DS once you boot up this masterpiece. Thus, The World Ends With You is the best role-playing game in 2008. With all of these amazing games, what are you waiting for? Go now and wear your kirby shirts and get down to playing!