Best of 2007

Can you believe that it’s that time again? With ten days to go until 2008, my rundown of my favourite games of 2007 begins tomorrow. As always, the rules are that the games must have been released in one of the three major territories (Europe, US, Japan) at some point in the calendar year 2007, and obviously must have been played by me during that time.

With three consoles on full steam and out of the post-launch doldrums (some more than anothers), this year has really been about the games. 2005 brought three new systems and 2006 two more, while unless you live in the gaming third world known as Europe, 2007 was about the manufacturers flexing their muscles with software as the crowds pored over sales figures and enjoyed the spoils.

Recent months have led to this year being mentioned in the same breath as 2004 (Halo 2, MGS3, GTA San Andreas) and the immortal 2001 (Halo, GTA3, MGS2 – notice a pattern? – Final Fantasy X, Gran Turismo 3, Silent Hill 2, Devil May Cry, etc), and while the 2001 comparison seems almost fatuous when look at the classics we had that year, 2008 has been set up to be an epic. I’m both anticipating and dreading having to fit games of the calibre of Metal Gear Solid 4 and GTA4 into only ten positions.

Just for reference, these were my choices over the last two years:

  1. Zelda: Twilight Princess
  2. Okami
  3. Gears of War
  4. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
  6. Dragon Quest VIII
  7. Hitman Blood Money
  8. Elite Beat Agents
  9. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  10. New Super Mario Bros
  1. World of Warcraft
  2. Resident Evil 4
  3. Shadow of the Colossus
  4. Lumines
  5. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  6. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
  7. Mario Kart DS
  8. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  9. Call of Duty 2
  10. Battlefield 2

And let me get it out of the way immediately to say that Mass Effect will not make the list because I’m not getting it until Christmas and so won’t have the opportunity to include it. Assuming I like it, however, it will be included in the late additions, as I did with a couple of notable games last year.

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