Vote for the EZA Community GOTY 2007



  • 2007 was a pretty weak year for me, but I was just able to scrape together four. :)



  • 2007's a decent year for PSP, which will probably be my main source of games for this vote. I actually have like 2-3 PSP games that I've been wanting to finish from this year so I want to to try those out before voting. Anyway, shoutout to Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, a very respectable and impressive attempt of making a portable Battlefront game, and The Sims 2: Castaway, an interesting and fun take on the Sims formula. Also shoutout to the ineligible PSP port of Test Drive Unlimited, a very impressive PSP port of an ambitious open world racing game.



  • Also, is the Dracula X remake for the PSP eligible for voting?



  • @bam541 According to the Wikipedia page it's a remake. So I'll add it to the list of eligible games.



  • It's a tricky one, but I don't think The Orange Box should count as a single game, it's a compilation, with full games that came out prior to 2007, DLCs, etc. of very different genres.

    Portal and Team Fortress 2 both deserve to be considered individually, especially since some people may have played them outside of The Orange Box, so the votes could end up being split if we allow The Orange Box to be eligible.



  • I've sent my votes. As usual, initially I had doubts I'll get enough games to vote for, then I've reached Q4's list. Why most good games need to be released almost simultaneously?



  • @axel

    I feel pretty strongly about The Orange Box being one game. I mean, that just what it was. You’d go online and your friend would invite you to play The Orange Box, not TF2. Under your online name it would say The Orange Box.

    I feel like it throws a whole wrench in the voting when there are 3 brand new games in there alone that were sold and reviewed as one game at the time.



  • @shoulderguy said in Vote for the EZA Community GOTY 2007:

    Gametrailers GOTY 2007

    Were any of the allies we know now working at GT at that time? Or was it just Jones? Maybe Bloodworth?



  • What do we think about this one? It's basically the two previous games combined, but is it eligible? Edit. @Shoulderguy
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Star_Wars:_The_Complete_Saga



  • Votes sent and honestly, of all the years we've focused on that ISN'T the year of, this is the one I've been looking forward to the most. I've played 16 games from that year, the most from any single year overall, so I'm confident I can be a part of the conversation more thoroughly than normal. Plus, it's 2007. That year had so many EXCELLENT games. I am so excited.



  • It's a shame I still haven't played the original Mass Effect. This year even handed it to me in a nice, new package, but I've still had no time for that. (Or the whole trilogy. I've played 2 and 3 before.)

    When it comes to the Orange Box I'd say it's a collection and thus not eligible. For what it's worth.



  • @axel I think the games came out at the same day as the Orange Box, or not? Maybe I don't remember this good.

    Either way it makes making the list more difficult. They are all 3 excellent games.



  • @shoulderguy It's also the first western release of Rondo of Blood. So by our rules Rondo is a 2007 game.



  • I say, all games from Orange box should be considered individually because:

    1. Some of them weren't new.
    2. They are now available individually.
    3. It's not that different from "extra-game as a pre-order bonus" - you buy one package, but get two different games.


  • I hear what you guys are saying about The Orange Box, but in the context of when it released, it was both a compilation AND a new game product. It was mostly reviewed as ONE game i.e. HL2 EP2, Portal, and TF2 gets one unified review score. It was sold as one unified product and, again, when you played it, your system would say you are playing The Orange Box, not any one specific game.

    I think it's important to consider the way it was sold at the time because TOB pre-dates the Humble Bundles or your average series collection or anything that you commonly find today. If you wanted to play HL2 EP 2, you needed to buy The Orange Box. I feel like a game such as Portal would've been evaluated differently if it was reviewed independently from The Orange Box (considering it's 2 hours).

    As far as I recall, many GOTY awards including the D.I.C.E Awards or Spike VGA's, The Orange Box was nominated, NOT each individual game. It was more than just a collection but a single gaming product. We should really look at it in the same way it was presented at the time.

    I'll let this go if we can confirm HL2 EP2, Portal, and TF2 were individually available in 2007, but I could've sworn that this wasn't the case (hence why TOB was reviewed as one single product).



  • @dipset Add to that that on consoles it was not possible to buy the games seperate.



  • @dipset controversial opinion but I back it.



  • @brannox I believe just blood.
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  • @dipset It's a good argument, but here's my counter-argument. During our previous votes we consistently considered not games as they were that year, but games as they are today. For 2008 we've voted for Persona 4 while keeping Persona 4: Golden in mind. In 2011 we've voted for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and kept all its patches, versions and DLCs in mind. In 2007 we have Mass Effect and I'm sure many of us will consider Legendary Edition while casting their votes. So while Portal wasn't sold separately in 2007 it's totally is now. Therefore I think it's fair to count it as a separate game.

    Another argument is that counting multiple very different games as one is a bit unfair, because it will get more votes than it should. For example, people who loves shooters will vote for Orange Box (Half-Life) and BioShock. Imagine that BioShock gets more votes. Then Orange Box also get votes from those who loves puzzles (Portal) and comes on top of BioShock. This seems wrong: we collectively think that BioShock is a better shooter, but Orange Box is higher because it has another game tacked on.



  • Either way, The Orange Box was always going to divide opinions.