IGN announces their PC games of the year


It's that time of year where leading game sites start publishing their "best of the year" game lists, and IGN has posted their 'Best of 2008' PC Games.  It was quite a list, and it was definitely a fantastic year for PC gaming as a whole.

"Contrary to popular perception, the PC isn't dying. The PC remains in far more homes than all the consoles combined. Yes, that covers a very broad range of machines, but there are also an incredibly broad range of PC games that cater to gamers of all stripes, from the casual gamer who only plays puzzle games to the hardcore gamer who buys a dozen or more games per year."
IGN had a wide variety of categories this year, including awards for Best Action Game, Best New IP, Most Innovative Design, and much more.

Highlights include:

  • Left 4 Dead – Best Multiplayer Game
  • GTA IV – Best Action Game
  • Sins of a Solar Empire – Best New IP
  • Spore – Best Artistic Design
  • GC II: Twilight of the Arnor – Best Expansion
  • Crysis Warhead – Best Graphics Technology
  • Sins of a Solar Empire – Best Strategy Game
Sins of a Solar Empire from IronClad Games and published by Stardock, walked away with the most awards including the top spot with PC Game of the Year. 
Link: IGN PC: Best of 2008 Awards

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The only reason they picked GTA IV for best action game on PC is because its GTA IV. It doesnt matter how buggy it is, i could put up a crappy porno, call it grand theft auto and it'd win awards. The series is amazing, but GTA IV sucks for PC. Its a horrible half-assed port.

Prince Of Persia beat Bionic Commando Rearmed for best platformer?
World Of Goo beat Bejeweled Twist for best puzzle game?
Crysis Warhead beat FarCry 2 / GRID for graphics technology?

Those are some pretty dodgy results, though at least GRID got best PC racer (definitely an underrated game).

Far Cry was just a lousy port and boring as hell. Warhead on the other hand is like a new Crysis altogether which is amazing.

Vezineth said,
Far Cry was just a lousy port and boring as hell. Warhead on the other hand is like a new Crysis altogether which is amazing.

I played crysis warhead, then crysis and later farcry2, crysis warhead was awesome, crysis was fine (but a lot of annoying bugs and some stupid and boring episode). Currently i am playing farcry2 is slow as hell and boring as sh*t.

Yea, I was pretty happy with the results. And shocked! :)

Stardock came away with:
1. PC Game of the Year.
2. Best Strategy Game.
3. Best new IP
4. Most innovative game design
5. Expansion pack of the year.

So Stardock captured over half the awards this year. w00t.


Indeed congratulations. Sins really is a great game and I can't wait for Entrenchment in a couple of weeks time. Impulse is already great, I just wish you'd hurry up and fix the niggling issues it has

Congrats Stardock & Bradley (Frogboy) :)
This will make your company even stronger and helps to promote Impulse :)

Sins of a Solar Empire – Best New IP
GC II: Twilight of the Arnor – Best Expansion
Sins of a Solar Empire – Best Strategy Game

ahhell said,
Spore should not have gotten best in anything.

I wonder how much money changed hands for those "awards".

I think it got awards for having so much unrealized potential, LOL.

They could have gone so very far with that whole concept, but its developers stopped short.

For those that didn't know, they also have the DS, PSP, Wireless and Music awards out too. I looked at the PSP awards, and I don't have too many complaints there. The music awards are pure garbage. I didn't bother looking at the others (don't have a DS, so I don't care lol).

shakey said,
ok... gta4 comes out like last week, barely runs on any system, and it got best game. This is a joke.

i dont trust any gamesite for rating games. they dont know anything or even play the games before rate anything.

I played GTA 4 on both 360 and PS3 and honestly I was shocked at how could any website give it a 10 , in my opinion it doesn't go past 8 , honestly what is so good about it ? Perhaps the sites were taking bribes ?

Lich King isn't a game, it's an expansion for a 5 year old game that is getting past its prime. L4D, in my opinion, well deserves that title. It's great fun if you would try it.

Recon415 said,
Lich King isn't a game, it's an expansion for a 5 year old game that is getting past its prime. L4D, in my opinion, well deserves that title. It's great fun if you would try it.

Way past it's prime. Way, waaay past.

Well, they also have Age of Conan as a nominee for one of the categories. It's on GameSpot's 2008 list - as one of the biggest disappointments.

LTD said,
Way past it's prime. Way, waaay past.

Yup, please continue shouting that at the 10 million players enjoying the game. That'll only make you more right.

Exactly as Kirkburn said. I don't argue the best multiplayer at all, but I was surprised to see Wrath got beat out by GC II. I've never really got into that game though, so I'll trust IGN made a good pick from the two.

"Contrary to popular perception, the PC isn't dying. The PC remains in far more homes than all the consoles combined.

Because no one uses a computer for work. Oh no. Not in this world.

I think he meant PC gaming isn't dying. If you've kept up with the news, you'd see how some people try to spread that idea around. For what reason I have no idea.

IGN picks bug fest GTA4 for action game... nice.

I don't trust anything coming from CNET networks, gamespy+IGN+gamespot .

Beastage said,
IGN picks bug fest GTA4 for action game... nice.

I don't trust anything coming from CNET networks, gamespy+IGN+gamespot .

In defense of that. The PS3 version of GTA IV is fairly bug free.

Regardz

Benjo85au said,

In defense of that. The PS3 version of GTA IV is fairly bug free.

Regardz :)

Yeah but this is the PC version winning the award. Your point, although valid, doesn't apply here.

Benjo85au said,

In defense of that. The PS3 version of GTA IV is fairly bug free.

Regardz :)

So is the Xbox 360 version, but this list of rewards is PC games, and the PC version of GTA4 doesn't belong within 500 ft of this list.