Guildhall students, alumni name 2008′s best video games

Cover art from Fallout 3Students and alumni of The Guildhall at SMU have released their top ten video game gift list for the 2008 holiday season.

Sequels dominate the Guildhall’s top 5 with Fallout 3 leading the list, followed by Fable II at number two. Rounding out the top five are Gears of War 2, Far Cry 2 and Rock Band 2.

Despite the economic meltdown this fall, video game sales are up 26 percent through October over last year and are expected to be big sellers this holiday season.

“Consumers find a better return on investment in terms of hours of gameplay through video games than outside entertainment,” says Peter Raad, Guildhall founder and executive director. “It costs less to buy a video game than to take a family of four to the movies with concessions.”

Raad urges gift-givers to consider two main factors when purchasing video games for friends and family: what type of hardware is required, and the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating that provides information about content and age appropriateness. Both can be found on the package.

See the Guildhall’s complete 2008 list below the link.


The 2008 Guildhall Top 10, in order of ranking:

Fallout 3
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Microsoft Windows
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Fable II
Platform: Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Gears of War 2
Platform: Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Far Cry 2
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3 and Microsoft Windows
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Rock Band 2
Platform: Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Platform: Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, ipod Touch, iphone, N-Gage, Nintendo DS, PS Portable
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Call of Duty: World at War
Platform: Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Platform: Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Guitar Hero World Tour
Platform: Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Lego Batman: The Video Game
Platform: Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, PS Portable, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone)

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