2008 was a brilliant year for gaming with the release of blockbusters such as Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty: World at War. But the year also saw some brilliant, lesser-known games released. We've taken a look at the best 16 games you've probably never played.

There's no doubt that gaming in 2008 was over-shadowed by thye likes of Gears of War 2, Call of Duty:World at War and Metal Gear Solid 4. But the year also saw some brilliant lesser-known games released that were still worth play. We've taken a look at the 16 best games you may have missed.

16: Sins of a Solar Empire

Nowadays, many games claim that they feature epic storylines and immersive gameplay. How about a space odyssey that spans more than 10,000 years, featuring one of the most intense and exciting real-time strategy campaigns to date?

Sins of a Solar Empire has it all: an engaging story, beautiful visuals, user-friendly controls, and addictive gameplay that would have you staying up until your eyes were sore from staring at your computer screen; your hands cramped from issuing orders to your fleet. And you'd STILL keep playing. An underappreciated entry in one of gaming's longest running genres, Sins of a Solar Empire proved itself as a stellar (no pun intended) experience for gamers everywhere.


15: World of Goo

Equal parts puzzle game and political commentary, the insanely innovative World of Goo took the WiiWare/PC world by storm with its mixture of quirky physics-based gameplay and mind-boggling puzzles. Taking control of a series of living globs of goo, it's the player's goal to construct devices and mechanisms in order to complete each stage... of course, this sounds much easier than it actually is.

Whether you're flinging goo at a tower that's blocking your path or creating a bridge in which to lead your goo to the pipe and finish the stage, the feeling of victory that comes with completing a puzzle in this stunning brainteaser is one of the most rewarding experiences you'll feel all year!


14: Valkyria Chronicles

Roger Ebert has been criticised for stating that "video games aren't art". My challenge to Ebert is to play five minutes of the simply breathtaking strategy role-playing game (RPG) Valkyria Chronicles, and see how his opinion holds up. With stunning watercolour visuals that look as if they were painted on to your monitor, a timeless story of war and triumph, and one of the most interesting and dynamic blends of strategy, role playing and real time action to date made Valkyria Chronicles not only one of the most interesting experiences of 2008, but also one of the most unforgettable.


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