"Crisis has a way of focusing your attention on what's really important.
It was a terrific year for gamers, with excellent releases in almost every category. As a result, I found myself having a lot of difficulty deciding which titles were the very best.
However, when my Xbox 360 was hit by the "red ring of death," it didn't take me long to figure out which games I missed most - and, voila, I had a list of contenders for the top console games of 2008.
I didn't cry for "Far Cry 2." I didn't break over "Fracture." I decided I could leave "Left 4 Dead."
However, I yearned to return to the Capital Wasteland."