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2007: The Best, the Most Played, and the Disappointing

I probably don’t need to say this, but these lists are entirely subjective, if only because I didn’t play every game released. But what are you gonna do?

Best of 2007

  1. Portal – excellence in every regard, especially the writing, and an entirely original experience to boot.
  2. Halo 3 – not the gameplay innovator that the first Halo was, but an outstanding single player, gold standard multiplayer, and some incredible utilities (saved films, forge, the features) that I wish every game had.
  3. Bioshock – a pinnacle of game design, no question
  4. Crackdown – the most fun
  5. Puzzle Quest – weird and awesome and original and addicting.

Biggest Disappointments of 2007*

  1. Zelda: Phantom Hourglass – if it wasn’t for that damned repeating dungeon with time limits and crappy stealth, this would be up there in the best-of pile.
  2. Mass Effect – just plain didn’t live up to previous Bioware titles.
  3. the PS3’s games library – I want to buy a PS3, so good work on getting the price down from $7 million or whatever it was, but I wish there were more than two games on it that I want to play.
  4. Two Worlds – there need to be more games like Oblivion, but this one failed.
  5. Rock Band delayed in Canada – yup, disappointing. (Okay, I had trouble thinking of a fifth disappointment. I guess that’s a good thing!)

Games I played the most this year

  1. Oblivion – I’ve been meaning to write about it all year, but it’s like trying to review France. Oblivion is pointing where games need to go.
  2. Crackdown – see above
  3. Halo 3 – again, see above
  4. Advance Wars: Dual Strike – easily my favourite game on the DS.
  5. Civilization IV – just a handful of binges over the year, but it’s still like crack.

3 comments on "2007: The Best, the Most Played, and the Disappointing"

  1. beaver says:

    that is another good list.
    sorry your expectations left you with disappointments…
    mindless repetition and bastard time limits is for me muy muy poopy, i am thinking of a certain stupid level of an certain x-men game that made for much much argh and grumble…dumb sailors and stupid hull weaknesses…

  2. D says:

    Yes, the key to happiness in life is low expectations.

    I’m afraid that’s a pretty cynical approach, but it’s effective!

  3. Nadine says:

    Not low, just try not to have any so then everything will be a surprise!

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