Top Ten of 2007

Well, the Top Ten Lists and Game of the Year Awards are up all around the tubes. I’ve compiled a number of them for you below, with their pick for Game of the Year, with some commentary.

Gamasutra’s Top 10 Games of the Year

GOTY: Portal – Valve – Multi-platform

Gamasutra took a bit of a different approach on their picks by (mostly) eschewing high-profile, big-budget releases like Halo 3 for the likes of Puzzle Quest (DS), Pac-Man CE (XBLA) and Persona 3 (PS2). Gamasutra’s criterion seemed to focus on fun gameplay and innovation, rather than epic presentation, which I find refreshing. Their pick of Portal for GOTY fits perfectly with this paradigm, and while the Orange Box as a whole will likely appear on a lot of Top 10 lists, I think this may be the only place you’ll find the hilarious, mind-bending physics puzzler at the tippy-top.

Wired Gaming Top 10 Games of 2007

GOTY: Rock Band – Harmonix – Multi-platform

There honestly are a lot of surprises on this list. First, Halo 3 doesn’t appear on the list at all, but Crackdown, a game that supposedly sold well on the included Halo 3 beta key is number 10. Second, a casual game no one I know has heard of, Desktop Tower Defender, made the list. Third, a music and rhythm game won the top spot. Wired does like to shake things up, though, and they’ve certainly done so with their Top 10.

GameSpot’s Best Games of 2007 Year in Review

GOTY: Super Mario Galaxy – Nintendo – Wii

GameSpot breaks down their review into a lot of different categories, which I definitely appreciate. They break it down by genre, platform and also give an overall list. They also give awards for Special Achievement and Dubious Honors. Plus, there’s user voting for overall GOTY. I’d like to note that my pick Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is currently leading with 23% of votes. For those of you who want more than just lists, there is a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the whole year as well. I think they recognize that merely listing the Top 10 from every single game made in the past 12 months is somewhat of an oversimplification, especially is such a hallmark year. This is a truly comprehensive list and worth your time.

GameSpy Game of the Year 2007

GOTY: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – Infinity Ward – Multi-platform

Someone finally gets it right! 😀 CoD4:MW wins variety of honors, including best game on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and as first runner-up to Team Fortress 2 for Best Multiplayer Game. A Halo 3 or Super Mario Galaxy fan will most certainly accuse GameSpy of the same bias I slung at Edge. So be it.

GameSpy breaks everything down by platform in addition to its overall list, and also gives special awards and Gamer’s Choice Awards. They begin each section with a retrospective for each console, and devote a whole page to each game. It’s a contemplative and informed look at the year, much like GameSpot’s section. I feel like the awards were pretty balanced between heavy hitters and smaller games, but maybe that’s just me.


GOTY: Super Mario Galaxy – Nintendo – Wii

Edge’s Awards may as well have been called “Edge Fellates Super Mario Galaxy and Halo 3.” Of the five awards given to individual games (Best Game, Best Innovation, Best Visual Design, Best Audio Design, Best Online Experience), those two games were either the outright winner, or a named runner-up. Now, I’m admittedly biased against Halo 3, and I’ve made no secret about my pick for GOTY. But I think Edge’s bias is made clear by the Best Innovation award. Apparently, Halo 3 is more innovative than Portal and Crysis. You read that correctly: Halo 3 beat out Portal and Crysis for Best Innovation because of The Forge and advanced matchmaking.

Really? PC gamers have been building custom maps and taking screen shots and videos of gameplay for years. But that’s more innovative than realizing and programming the physics that makes player-created portals through space and time work properly!? Or a physics engine that allows the real-time, nearly photo-realistic animation of the destruction of an entire rainforest!? WTF!?

Oh, and the Best Online Experience goes to Halo 3 (expected), with runners up Forza Motorsports 2 and… Wii Channels? Are you F—ING KIDDING ME? Weather, the Internet and the Everybody Votes Channel are a better online experience than Team Fortress 2, CoD4:MW or even World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade? I guess we know who sponsors Next Generation’s coke addiction.

Game of the Year 2007 – Yahoo! Games

GOTY: Super Mario Galaxy – Nintendo – Wi

Sparse coverage at best. I wouldn’t even bother with this one.
No doubt this has been an incredible 12 months. Below, you’ll find my favorite games of the year, in Top 10 fashion:

Drivel’s Overall Top 10 Games of 2007

10. Sam & Max: Season 1 – Telltale Games – PC

9. Super Mario Galaxy – Nintendo – Wii

8. God of War II – Sony Computer Entertainment of America – PS2

7. Mass Effect – BioWare – Xbox 360

6. Crysis – Crytek – PC

5. BioShock – 2K Boston – Multi-platform

4. Rock Band – Harmonix – Multi-platform

3. Team Fortress 2 – Valve – Multi-platform

2. Portal – Valve – Multi-platform

GOTY: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – Infinity Ward – Multi-platform

So, there you have it! 2008 has got it’s work cut out for it, but with games like Spore, Alan Wake, Devil May Cry 4, The Club, Street Fighter IV (hopefully)… hell, it’s gonna be another great year for gamers!



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