Monday, December 24, 2007

My Top Games of 2007.
I've decided to catagorize because i feel like it.

Oh, and these are in no particular order. And if i havent played the game it wont have a description or may be left off the list if i havent followed a game. For example, i dont have a PS3, and do not care much for the Ratchet and Clank series, so you will not find it below. I simply have not tried it. It could very well be a nice game worth time.

Best Shooters
Call of Duty 4 - Same old, same old; But it nails its elements perfectly. Multi-player is fun, but i'm not sure why the level cap is 55. You cant exactly go raiding in this game once you max your level. So once I hit 55 i havent played it since. If you dont have any other multi-player shooters however i could see it getting more play time

Orange Box - 3 games. One price. Woohoo. Yes Portal is brilliant. Half-Life Episode 2 is very cool. But Team Fortress 2 is what will keep you coming back for more. Balance is perfect, and if you're teams losing a match there is something you can do to fix it. ( Well unless some clan stacked the teams. Pub stomps, are the work of sick minds, and a weak clan.)

Bioshock - Its just crazy, the atmosphere this game has will pull you in like a good book. The story is intriguing and the gameplay is actually quite good, even if it does end up being slightly too simplistic. Its effective at least. Get to Fort Frolic and behold true gaming greatness.

Halo 3 - Its Halo. Great balance, shitty controls. I'm a PC Gamer through and through. So i just played for the singleplayer portion. It was excellent. Until the last 3 levels. If the beginning campaign had not been so great i would not have finished the game. These levels are that bad. I suppose if you like fps games with a gamepad, this could be your multi-player game for a long long time. But for me. Nah. I might jump on eventually. But i've got other games to play.

Mass Effect - Mmmmm Bioware tastiness. A shame they built a mediocre real-time combat system. I would much have preferred the old D&D turns system they used with the KotOR and Neverwinter Nights games.
But regardless of mediocre combat, the story telling is top notch, even if the decisions you make ultimately dont really seem to have too much of an effect on whats going to happen. Still the game is amazing.

The Witcher - Basically what Mass Effect missed, this nailed. Cool new, unique combat system, decisions have impact. And a really cool universe. (Mass Effect does have a sweet universe, i love reading that game's back story via the Codex)

Persona 3 - A gem of uniqueness. How many games let you summon a powerful spirit thingy by shooting yourself in the head? Not many. The game has a really interesting blending of japanese life sim, and dungeon crawler. The life sim aspect makes the game feel very very broad, that you arent forced down any specific path besides the main plot that hits every full moon. Unfortunately i believe this game is now very difficult to locate.
Also i never got it but i've heard good things about Odin's Sphere. Another unique and now rare game that came out this year.


Mario Galaxy - Its A Me! Yep, he's back and he's as good as ever. Tragically this game awaits me under the Tree.
I'll post a full review for it after i've gotten a better opinion of it. But i have the faith.

Metroid Prime 3 - Samus is back also, and damn if she doesnt show how interesting a first person adventure game is. This time around the game becomes much more action oriented but I still argue that it is an adventure game. Good use of Wiimote, and doing many new things, particularily things you might not expect from a Nintendo game. Voice overs? Woah thats new.

Underdogs/Guilty Pleasures
These games are games that are admittedly not the best game to come out this year, but still have some aspect thats drawn me to them (read: addictive)

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn - Its Fire Emblem, the game's so tough you might very well never finish it. 
Especially if you use those oh so tempting strong units you get early in the game. 
But thats part of what makes Fire Emblem so great. The challenge, and this is a game that will test you.
I myself havent picked it up in a month, i gotta play it in bursts when i can get past the punishing difficulty.

Hellgate: London - ZOMG, London is invaded with demons. Kill some demons, then kill some more, then some more. Thats pretty much all thats going to happen. Built by the Diablo 2 team, with an interesting subscription system that is currently an utter waste. Still, killing lotsa demons is suprisingly fun when the combat system is good.

Alien Shooter: Vengeance - You shoot aliens. With a vengeance. Read the hellgate london blurb above, replacing demons, with aliens. And Built by a team with a pedigree, to built by the team who made Alien Shooter 1. Apparently i find shooting stuff fun, especially lots and lots of stuff.

Expansion Packs
Dawn of War: Dark Crusade - Two new races, a cool new singleplayer campaign, and lots of new strategies.  Perfect expansion pack? Pretty much. Very worth the price of admission. This may have come out in 2006... i cant remember. i played it in 2007.

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts - Two new sides, and new singleplayer stuff as well. More Strategies result, go figure. This seems to be a theme... well this was made by the same company, Relic.

Medieval 2: Kingdoms - Go on a crusade. Or repel a pesky crusade. Or declare the Milanese your blood foes and wipe them off the map for being so damn greedy. Its your nation. Go do whatever you want, with giant armies of Knights and other medieval type units. Just remember, the details matter.

Well that pretty much sums up my gaming experience in 2007. Good year. You might be wondering what i was playing until all these games came out though. Well mostly Warcraft 3 total conversion: Defense of the Ancients. really fun multi-player game. Dont play it at all anymore though.
That'll do.

In the future i plan to get a review of Mass Effect, Mario Galaxy, and do list some of my anticipated games of 2008. So stay tuned.
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