Best of 2007 #1: Call of Duty 4

Posted on December 31, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

Call of Duty 4Call of Duty 4 is the best game I’ve ever played. Goodbye, Team Fortress 2. Goodbye, BioShock. So sorry, Valve and 2K; there’s a new sheriff in town- Infinity Ward.

Infinity Ward brings to the table the first Call of Duty game not set in the Second World War, and their first in the franchise since CoD2- needless to say, it’s the best iteration yet.

Personally, I grabbed the game for the Multiplayer, with absolutely no intention of playing the single-player. Just for kicks, I decided to try it out…wow.

The game’s set in the Middle East/Russia, where a fictional and radical al Queda-esque group’s leader overthrows the government, reminding you of the whole Hitler regime. Your goal of the game is to stop this uprising, and to take care of any bumps along the way. The story grabs you from the very, very beginning where you infiltrate the enemy’s cargo ship (and it’s attacked) to the very traumatic ending.

That’s just the single-player campaign. The multiplayer (why I bought the game, as I played the beta) is absolutely insanely without-a-doubt bar-none no-doubt-about-it undeniably freaking awesome. Yeah, it’s that good. There’s a leveling system that gives you a ton of incentive to keep on playing, and many, many maps and modes to keep things fresh. Overall, the multiplayer is…yeah, the best I’ve played. Again.

So, Call of Duty 4 grabbed the #1 spot. Mind you, this top 10 has been solely based on our opinions here at GameSpotting!- if you could choose, what would your top game be? What games do you think were snubbed? What deserved to be higher?

1. Call of Duty 4
2. The Orange Box
3. Super Mario Galaxy
4. BioShock
5. Halo 3
6. Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
7. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
8. Ace Combat 6
9. Sam & Max Season One
10. Beautiful Katamari

Clearly, 2007 was insanely awesome, game-wise. Happy New Year, everyone, and here’s to an even better (?!) 2008!

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Best of 2007 #2: The Orange Box

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, PC, Xbox360.

The Orange BoxThe so called “best video game deal of the century” is number 2 on the Best of 2007 list. The Orange Box lives up to this title because it is an awesome deal. I’m not much of a Half-Life fan, I was more excited about the other features in the box. Specifically Portal and Team Fortress 2. Though I did play a bit of Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

Portal, though short, was definitely sweet. GLaDOS was hilarious and was a great bad girl for the game. Portal lived up to most of the stuff I hoped it to be. It had a great deal of difficulty to it though. And at times I wished that it was longer. The commentary was excellent and contributed to the humor of the game. Especially with the best credits song ever, Still Alive.

Team Fortress 2, after several years of delays and rumors, TF2 finally released. TF2 is a fragalicious game, with funky characters, set in an almost Meet the Robinsons style (the book not the movie). What can I say? It’s a fun game, and to really get the gist of it, you should just play it yourself. Oh and Steam is the worst thing ever. Better to get the Orange Box for the Xbox 360.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2, The newest episode features a ton of new visual effects and changes in physics. Most games this year have been short in story, Half-Life 2: Episode 2 adds onto that list of games with short completion times. However, the new graphics and the improvements of Alyx as a teammate and several plot twists kept this game interesting.

All together, The Orange Box proved to be a bunch of games and an incredibly low price. Cheap high quality games are always appreciated.

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Best of 2007 #3: Super Mario Galaxy

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Wii.

Super Mario GalaxyWhen I look at Super Mario Galaxy, I am reminded of two things. Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario 64. I think I can relate with other reviewers out there when I say Super Mario Galaxy feels like a sequel to Super Mario 64. Super Mario Galaxy (referred to as SMG for the rest of this), feels like a revival to the series. From its new worlds based on galaxies with planets inhabiting those galaxies to the Wii motion controls. The local paper really loved its gravity, with the ability to walk under platforms and around worlds, though I had trouble doing so easily.

One of the best parts is the ability to have two players at once, something not seen in a Super Mario game for awhile (I think Super Mario DS might have that feature though). From its cute characters to its new powerups, bosses and somewhat new story, SMG is a solid game, and great for any new Wii owner. The game is a bit short though, even with it’s bonus stars and other things, I was able to get through most levels without losing one life (exceptions: one race yourself level and that ride the manta ray level [that’s hard to do]). SMG is now a Nintendo classic for years to come.

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Best of 2007 #4: BioShock

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, PC, Xbox360.

BioshockA man…has a choice. I chose…BioShock.
Welcome to Rapture. The underwater thriller is near-perfect from start-to-finish, and has everything that a good game needs: graphics, a story, and gameplay. The controls are flawless, the Plasmid system is awesome (with nice controls to go with it), and the story is probably the best I’ve seen in a game…ever. You start off on a plane (for a few seconds), only to have it crash (why did it crash? that’s for the player to decide…). You are dying in the water, near-drowning, and need something to save you, and quick- there, in the corner! That lighthouse!

You enter…but who would have expected a gateway to something as horrible as Rapture?

The game has won many, many, many awards, such as…
Best Original Score (VGAs), Best Xbox 360 Game (VGAs), Game of the Year (VGAs), Best Xbox 360 Game (Metacritic), Best Xbox 360 Game (GameRankings). As well as THIRTY 10/10s, not including one from me.

While BioShock may have been a cinematic perfection, it had its flaws. The game was too easy and too short for my liking, but that puts hardly the dent in this masterpiece.

If you would like to know more about BioShock, please read my review.

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Best of 2007 #5: Halo 3

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Xbox360.

Halo 3Making it into the top 5, is Halo 3, the “overrated” future shooter from Bungie and Microsoft. Many complain that it’s an overrated game and it doesn’t live up to its name. I can somewhat agree and mostly disagree with that statement. Halo 3 is a great game, I especially like the fact that you have your friend, the Arbiter with you (which is nice because sometimes, I miss a few enemies and knowing the marines, they are likely to die to those enemies then kill them). I would agree with the fact that Halo 3 is over-advertised though. Microsoft needs to calm down and stop shoving Halo stuff in our face. And some of the music sounds like MIDI file stuff.

However, Halo 3 does deserve to be in the Top 5, I mean how many games do you know that have the ability to make real maps, on a console? Any besides Tony Hawk Pro Skater games? That’s what I thought. Basically put, the Forge is really cool. I haven’t heard or seen a feature like that in a very very long time. Especially one that is pretty good. Overall, Bungie did a great job with the game (however making half the game fighting the flood was a bit over the top). And when you finish the story (a few hours maybe due to its length), you can always play online. There are like 85 bazillion (overstatement) people who play anyways, though skill levels might not match yours. It’s worth playing at least once, the gaming experience is spectacular.

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Best of 2007 #6: Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Wii.

Resident Evil 4: Wii EditionResident Evil 4 was definitely the odd one out of the (fantastic) series. The over-the-shoulder perspective, an Umbrella-less plot, and more action-based game made for a completely new- and chilling- experience.

Released in early June, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition was practically a direct port from the PlayStation 2- only better. It took the best of both worlds; the exclusive PS2 content and the superb GameCube graphics were meshed together to create the ultimate Resident Evil 4 experience. The control setup was fantastic very intuitive, and most of all, what you would expect. Controlling the shooting reticle with the Wiimote, moving with the all pieced together perfectly. All of this combined with the original terrifying RE4 story and gameplay puts Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition as the sixth best game of 2007.

If you’d like to know more about the game, you can read my review on it.

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Best of 2007 #7: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Posted on by Dddawn.
Categories: Best of 2007, DS, DSL, Gaming.

Pokemon DiamondIf you compare this game to the original Red, Blue, and Green versions, you can see how far handheld games have come in the last 10 years. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl is not only now in color, but also in partial 3D, and touch-screen enabled on the DS. The variety and creativity of the creatures are very well done, and the three powerful starters (Turtwig [grass], Chimchar [fire], and Piplup [water]) make for interesting playback.

Team Galactic, the control-driven team that you’re set to defeat, are fun to beat and comical, and this time there are 3 main characters: You, your friend from your hometown, and Lucas/Dawn, the Professor’s assistant. With the aid of Lucas/Dawn (depending on your character’s gender) and your friend, you battle your way through Team Galactic (while beating the gym leaders on your own) to stop them from controlling Sinnoh, or even the galaxy!

This game definitely isn’t the hardest thing to beat, but it’s not the easiest, either. Either way, it’s fun.

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Best of 2007 #8: Ace Combat 6

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Xbox360.

Ace Combat 6Another Namco/Bandai game on the list that escaped the clutches of the Sony consoles is Ace Combat 6. Yes, Ace Combat. That series where you fly around in the most coolest jets and fire a ton of rockets. Yes. That game. You might criticize me for saying this, but this game beats a lot of others to the spot of #8. Why? Because it just does.

I am normally not a fan of Flying simulator games or whatever flying games genera go in, but this is an exception. It allows you to play with easy controls on any difficulty setting. So those who can’t fly planes will have an easier time playing. Finally.

While the game’s story has its cheesy moments, it makes up in graphics, gameplay and levels. The graphics, which you would think would have the quality of Google Earth due to the mention of the Imaging technology used, aren’t that bad at all. In fact, they are better then any aerial map I’ve seen. The explosion effects are done well, and it’s so awesome when you blast an airplane just 2 feet in front of you and fly through the debris that ensues. The levels are awesome with realistic weather and changing fight patterns, so most of the levels, the enemies don’t fight the same way. The game itself is just spectacular. And I really think it’s deserving of #8 on the list.

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Best of 2007 #9: Sam & Max Season 1

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, PC.

Sam & Max Season 1Sam & Max seems somewhat silly to put here. But in the end it really deserves it. The game plays funny, where it’s mostly point and click. Games of that sort tend to get boring easily. However, Sam & Max’s humor keeps the game going. TellTale, the makers of the game, did a great job making the world cartoonish.

To say the least, it’s a great series. And to give away one episode for free, was a very awesome thing to do. The game is filled with classic humor and great songs like the War Song sung by giddy Secret Service Agents. The game goes on as you try to solve mysteries as to who is hypnotizing people. You can pretty much interact with everything in sight, from talking computers who make byte jokes to things like mounted moose heads. Yeah, it’s that bizarre, and it’s worth picking up. If you don’t feel like spending money, you should at least play the free game.

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Best of 2007 #10: Beautiful Katamari

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Xbox360.

Beautiful KatamariWhen people first heard of the crazy Japanese idea of a little guy rolling a ball around, many found it quite silly and childish. For several years it was confined to the PS systems, this year, however, it escaped from the clutches of the Sony enterprise and joined up on the Xbox 360.

Beautiful Katamari was quite unexpected, when I played it, I had no idea that it would flow naturally on the 360. The controls were really made to fit the 360, though really awkward at first. It’s childish, but in a way that’s fun but not harmful. I, myself, am not embarrassed to say that I loved the game. Racing to pick up every item in the world was a challenge to beat the clock and make the biggest ball of crap ever seen. It’s techno music really helped out the levels and added to it’s replayability. Games shouldn’t be put down on the assumption that it looks too childish. If you think that, you are missing out on quite a few games.

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GameSpotting!’s 2007: A Year in Review

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Site.

Starting at 1:30PMPST/4:30PMEST, the editors of GameSpotting!, both me, ddawn and MASA, will begin to countdown the top ten games of this year. Every 30 minutes will give a new game, starting with #10, and the #1 game will be revealed at 6:30PST/9:30EST.

2007 was one of the greatest years EVER for gaming- it won’t be an easy thing to rate them, and to snub some. Anyway, we kick off in 20 minutes, and I hope you all enjoy this. Feel free to speculate…

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