Much to my surprise, this gem beat out MGS4 as my game of the year 2008 with little effort.
Having played the 2nd and 3rd installment, I find that the series magnum opus is still the original VC.
Engaging story, addictive gameplay and memorable characters makes this a superlative and brilliantly executed game and the one of the best to ever come out of Sega and the PS3.
Happily double dipped to get it on Steam. Brilliant move from Sega. I'll wait for Vanquish now. :)