The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2007!



    1. Portal
    2. Team Fortress 2
    3. Rogue Galaxy
    4. Peggle


  • My votes:

    Portal - Portal shares with some of my all time favourites that wonderful feeling of being caught off guard by what a game can aspire to be.

    Super Mario Galaxy - Galaxy 2 is the true GOAT but Galaxy is still 10/10 material. Just and incredible display of creativity. Really like how well implemented and non intrusive the motion controls are. The act of spinning with the control shake is just immensely satisfying.

    Mass Effect - My favourite mass effect. A bit clumsy but great writing and a great sci-fi RPG.

    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - I know this is a divisive title. I loved it, great use of motion controls and very chill overall.

    The Darkness - Been thinking about replaying it. I just remember having a lot of fun and loving the dark urban atmosphere.

    Halo 3 - Good game with some great highs and a few lows. Damn the flood Jebus!

    BioShock - Writing and setting carry this game and make it a timeless classic even if gameplay is just ok.

    Peggle - I was really hoping for Peggle to be a surprise hit on our top. Disappointing.



  • Obviously the importance of Portal can't be understated. Such a compact and novel game executed pretty much flawlessly. Still, when I look back to the games from this year, it's not the game I look most fondly of. That definitely goes to Mass Effect, my personal favorite of the franchise. While the sequel offer a more polished and focused package, ME1 has this ambitious spirit that I admire and respect greatly. The explorable planets made it felt more immersive, like I was actually jumping around in the galaxy in my epic space opera quest of saving it. From the get go, the game already showcases an engrossing and believable world, and it's only a matter of time until I become attached to it all. Writing and characters wise it's one of Bioware's best, might not be their absolute best but still damn good. Not to mention, I still can't forgive the sequel for retconning the non-reloadable weapons, lol. Big game, lots to talk about, too little time.

    Here's my full list:

    1. Mass Effect
    2. CoD 4: MW
    3. Persona 3
    4. Uncharted Drake's Fortune

    Honorable Mentions:

    • God of War II
    • Portal
    • Motorstorm
    • SW Battlefront Renegade

    Motorstorm is a very solid racing game. It graphically holds up better than other games of its time, and the feel of the cars are kinda unique.

    I have a lot of fond memories of SW Battlefront Renegade. It's probably one of my most played PSP titles. Being limited by the PSP's power and controls didn't stop it from being a great game. It's perhaps still one of the best portable portrayals of a third person shooter with the scale of Battlefield.



  • @dipset I just looked it up and the video review GT has it at a 9.2. Still an excellently rated game by the reviewer though.



  • MySims, the true GOTY, got robbed.



  • My list:

    Tomb Raider: Anniversary
    Silent Hill: Origins
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Trials and Tribulations
    Mass Effect

    Wild Arms 5
    Persona 3
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
    The Witcher



  • #1: Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
    #2: BioShock
    #3: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Trials and Tribulations
    #4: Mario Strikers Charged

    HM:
    WarioWare: Smooth Moves
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All
    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
    Team Fortress 2

    75% of my list made it so I'm not mad :)
    In terms of the fun factor, I think I actually had more fun with Mario Strikers Charged and WarioWare than any other game on this list.



    1. Persona 3
    2. Super Mario Galaxy
    3. Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles
    4. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice For All
      HM) Half-Life 2 Episode Two
      HM) Portal
      HM) Call of Duty 4
      HM) The Witcher

    Castlevania is mainly on here because it's the first western release of Rondo of Blood. I don't actually like the remake all that much and the original games included have some very smoothing you can not disable.

    Mario Galaxy is fantastic and so are all The Orange Box games.

    I started playing the Mass Effect remaster but so far I think it's pretty boring but I will finish it some day.



  • GOTY 2007 Recap

    Notes:

    • We had 21 voters with 52 games nominated.
    • It was between Mass Effect and Portal for the top spot almost the entire time. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare made a strong run at the end.
    • Portal takes it with only two #1 votes. The previous fewest #1 votes by a GOTY winner - Shovel Knight (2014) and The Walking Dead (2012) with four #1 votes.
    • Portal wins GOTY, like Portal 2 did for 2011.
    • Super Mario Galaxy finishes third. Making it the highest ranking Mario game of these GOTY votes. Previous highest rank - #4 Super Mario Odyssey (2017), #4 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010).
    • And fourth place Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the highest ranked Call of Duty game. Previous highest rank - #8 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009).

    Exclusives (at the time):

    • 3: DS (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl)
    • 3: Xbox 360 (Eternal Sonata, Halo 3, Mass Effect)
    • 2: PS2 (God of War II, Persona 3)
    • 2: PS3 (Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune)
    • 2: Wii (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Mario Galaxy)
    • 1: PC (The Witcher)

    Score totals for games that didn't make the top 20:

    • 5 Points: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
    • 4 Points: Project Gotham Racing 4, Rogue Galaxy, Silent Hill: Origins
    • 3 Points: Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, Peggle, Warhawk
    • 2 Points: The Darkness, Folklore, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Mario Strikers Charged, MotorStorm, MySims, Super Paper Mario
    • 1 Point: Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary, Half-Life 2 Episode Two, Heavenly Sword, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, NCAA Football 08, Need for Speed: ProStreet, Puzzle Quest, Rock Band, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, The Simpson's Game, Stranglehold, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, UEFA Champions League 2006–2007, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Wild Arms 5
    • 0 Points: Lair, Link's Crossbow Training, Manhunt 2, Two Worlds...

    EZA Community GOTY ranks for franchises that started in 2007:

    • #2: Mass Effect (2007), #1: Mass Effect 2 (2010), #2: Mass Effect 3 (2012), #22: Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017).
    • #5: BioShock (2007), #N/A: BioShock 2 (2010), #4: BioShock Infinite (2013).
    • #7: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007), #1: Uncharted 2 (2009), #5: Uncharted 3 (2011), #N/A: Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2012), #1: Uncharted 4 (2016), #12: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (2017).
    • #16: The Witcher (2007), #9: The Witcher 2 (2011), #1: The Witcher 3 (2015).
    • #18: Skate (2007), #N/A: Skate 2 (2009), #21: Skate 3 (2010)
    • #19: Assassin's Creed (2007), #4: AC II (2009), #11: Brotherhood (2011), #24: AC III (2012), #14: Syndicate (2015), #20: Origins (2017), #7: Odyssey (2018), #20: Valhalla (2020). Unranked = Revelations (2011), Black Flag (2013), Rogue (2014), Unity (2014).

    That's a wrap for the EZA Community's GOTY 2007! Thanks again to everyone who participated!

    Thanks to @JDINCINERATOR for allowing me to manage this GOTY election. And shout out to @axel for all his previous countdowns - which I used for creating this countdown.

    Whether I'm organizing the GOTY vote or just voting, I look forward to doing more of these. As for what's next, 2021 is almost over but it's probably best to give everyone more time to play those games like we did for 2020. And if we decide to do 2006 next, that year has my second favorite game of all-time. So I'm very curious to see where it will rank.



  • @shoulderguy This was super insightful! Thanks for the recap.



  • @shoulderguy I'd love to see another countdown from you if you're up for doing another one.



  • @jdincinerator If enough people are interested in doing another one then I'm up for it.



  • @shoulderguy said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2007!:

    • 5 Points: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

    Isn't this a tie for 20th place?



  • Kinda strange (or maybe not) that Crysis has 0 points because it was a huge deal back in 2007.

    But I understand that this game really isn't anything to write home about, it was always a bit overrated.

    It also got a remaster this year but nobody talked about it.



  • @neocweeny said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2007!:

    Isn't this a tie for 20th place?

    It wasn't a one-to-one tie. Lost Planet had a #2 vote and one Honorable Mention. Eternal Sonata had a #1 vote.



  • @neocweeny said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2007!:

    Kinda strange (or maybe not) that Crysis has 0 points because it was a huge deal back in 2007.

    But I understand that this game really isn't anything to write home about, it was always a bit overrated.

    It also got a remaster this year but nobody talked about it.

    IMO, Crysis was borderline unplayable by most in 2007. I recall most outlets suggesting they could barely even play it for review. When they could get it to run, it didn't really look any better than, say, COD4 (if not worse).

    I'll be honest, I never finished Crysis but I do think the sandbox freedom is a bit underrated. I think the term sandbox gets thrown around a lot but if you strip it down and bring it back to it's roots and imagine a kid on a playground. They can play on the jungle gym that the city built or they can play in the sandbox. Night and day. One is a canvas and one has pre-made obstacles. Crysis truly is a sandbox and it's a rewarding game depending on how much imagination and creative input you yourself put into it. But when the game tries to be structured, it isn't great. Narrative is weak, cutscenes are boring, gunplay is a bit samey.

    So despite all of the ambition and underrated elements of Crysis, all of that becomes extremely muted in a market oversaturated by a million open world games. So even a remaster of a one of a kind game is almost unnoticeable when it looks like everything else at a glance.

    --

    So in regards to it's notoriety around here. Well... it was basically unplayable in 2007. It was mostly still unplayable on my top-of-the-line gaming PC in 2011 due to Crysis having bad GPU optimization. AND now in it's remastered state in 2021, it's still hard to make anybody care.

    Bad luck but those who love it at least can appreciate it in their own way.



  • @dipset I agree with you in the sandbox part but the problem is only a few hours in and it ditches that concept and turns into your typical scripted linear shooter.



  • I just want to admit my faux pas. I forgot to include Mass Effect in my top 4. OOF

    1: Bioshock
    2: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    3: Mario Galaxy
    4: Portal

    HM:
    Rock Band
    Uncharted
    Puzzle Quest
    Skate



  • Btw, I'm not submitting the list to the Community Showcase. If anyone would like to do the honors: I have the list of games here



  • @shoulderguy I normally would take some (or all) of my post to make mention of it, however, my submission for this month has already been written up and the topic I've chosen has no room for me to squeeze it in. I might be able to say something next month (if no one does for this coming Showcase), but I'm unsure right now.