Most Innovative Games of 2008

thumb - Image 1This is a category that’s especially close to my heart, kudos to those who dared to risk all, who colored outside the lines and put the extra thinkin’ effort into giving us something fresh.

Once again, a lot of our editors agreed on one very special title… Unreal Tournament III… just kidding!

Gino D:

Most Innovative: Wii Fit

Runner’s Up: Patapon, de Blob

Comments: It sure wasn’t Nintendo‘s year, but Wii Fit remains as one strong contender in changing the way people see games. It’s gotten critical acclaim, invading even the non-gaming market with its yoga exercises.

Isaac C:

Most Innovative: World of Goo

Runner’s Up: LittleBigPlanet, Mirror’s Edge

Comments: World of Goo is not only aesthetically innovative, but gameplay is also brilliant.

Mabie A:

Most Innovative: LittleBigPlanet

Comments: When I first saw Sackboy back in 2006, I was like, “dude, what the hell, that’s ugly!” Yeah, dolls made out of sack aren’t exactly that enticing, the animated ones especially. They’re like what your halloween toy nightmares are made of. Sort of like Chucky the pervert evil doll. But after two years of painstaking development, voila. they’ve bloomed into the beautiful, adorable Sackpeople that they are now. No doubt about it, though, what made this special is the fact that it gives you the creative power to create your own games/levels. Sorta like TRL, but that’s been pulled out from MTV now, so, yeah.

Karl B:

Most Innovative: Left 4 Dead

Comments: Left 4 Dead – Yeah, co-op isn’t new, but what I like about Left 4 Dead is that it really forces you to cooperate with your teammates. If you go Halo-style in this game, you’re nothing but zombie food.

Glenn M:

Most Innovative: LittleBigPlanet

Comments: Spearheading an entirely new gaming genre, LittleBigPlanet is hands down the most innovative game of the year.. the idea is simply inspired, and it’s just amazing how far one can take one’s creativity and applying it into a game. I remember seeing this littlebiggradius video – completely blew me away.. never saw a game like this coming…

Chris C:

Most Innovative: LittleBigPlanet

Runners Up: The World Ends With You, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Comments: Awarding the top spot in this category to anything other than LBP would be criminal, there’s simply never, ever been a game quite like it. When Phil showed this off at GDC, it felt like gaming had changed forever.

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