The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2007!



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    #18: Skate - 6 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (DIPSET)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (JDINCINERATOR, Crepe)

    Information

    Release date: NA: September 14, PAL: September 28, AU: October 11
    Developer: EA Black Box
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Genre: Sports
    Platform(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • I said this in a few posts before but 2007 was a magical time in middle school. Every single day the weather was nice, my friends and I were skateboarding before, during, and after school. We'd skate every single weekend and if it wasn't skating, we were mountain biking.

    But if we weren't doing that, we were playing video games. And one of the top 2 video games we played was EA Skate. We'd literally play this game with our helmets on.

    Now, this isn't all emotion and nostalgia. Skate was a mind-blowing game at the time. Hell, I think it's innovation is still pretty impressive and it's a shame we didn't have the SSD's back then to immediately reload to a session marker instantly.

    The control scheme seems like an obvious point of innovation (which is was), but the open world design is still top notch and it's DNA is all over games like Forza Horizon 5. The process of skating through an open world and hitting any spot in sight, but then that spot suddenly gives you a high score to beat. So then you pause whatever you were doing and spend a deal of time just getting a high score at that spot is really cool. It's design is so accessible because you can have seamless unstructured and structured fun depending on your playstyle. From point A to point B you might do a downhill race, film a video part, hit a spot for a high score, fuck with security guards, or just simply have whatever fun you want.

    Very few games by today's standards give you a worthwhile and fun experience from A --> B where fun is found anywhere. I can name exactly two other series: GTA and Forza Horizon. That's it.

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    Beyond game design, there is just so much love and attention to skateboarding. Sure, you use official brands which is nice, but it's awesome to see photographer Atiba Jefferson in the game working for Thrasher Magazine in context of your avatars come up as a pro. The developers are from Vancouver and they were directly integrated with skate culture and it's beyond obvious. San Vanelona is a mash up of San Fran, Vancouver, and LA and it's evident and works on all levels. Especially the San Fran downhill areas (aka The Res).

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    Skate 2 is the better game but this was the original. I recently went back to replay it and my only gripe is how slow reloading a session marker is. That is a limitation of the PS3 / 360 and not of the game itself. Things load a lot better in Skate 2 and 3 but they still aren't instant. However, revisiting Skate 1 is worthwhile because of the open world and the overall progression as a skate rat to full sponsorship and getting magazine covers.

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    I can't describe how cool it was to see my favourite pros all in this intro video. Or seeing them skate around the open world. This game is magical and was a part of a magical time in my life.

    Youtube Video



  • I had pretty much gotten out of the phase of wanting to play skating games and any interest surrounding skating as a whole by the time Skate came out, and said interest was only linked into enjoying the X-Games which only lasted a few more years after that. The only skating game I have any memory of is one of the Tony Hawk games way back in the day, so any reference I have to Skate is not in the game itself, but rather how it's reached cult status for a comeback from the fans and how EA has finally relented in greenlighting a new one. I don't think I'll ever revisit skating games, regardless of franchise, because my interest in the entire culture/sport have long been over, so Skate will be one of the franchises I'll keep in the "forever passed by" section of my personal gaming history.



  • Although I didn't get the chance to play SKATE in 2007, booting it up on Game Pass this year and experiencing it for the first time was a real pleasure. I always loved SKATE for its leisurely and undemanding pace and the original SKATE was cool as can be. Yes SKATE 2 and SKATE 3 had far more charisma and depth but SKATE is fantastic, doubly so for a new skateboarding game in 2007 away from the tiring THPS franchise.



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    #17: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All - 7 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 0
    #4: 2 (NeoCweeny, Tearju Engi)
    HM: 3 (Shoulderguy, Sentinel Beach, DemonPirate)

    Information

    Release date: NA: January 16, EU: March 16, AU: September 6
    Developer: Capcom Production Studio 4
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Adventure, visual novel
    Platform(s): Game Boy Advance, PC, Nintendo DS, Wii, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • Neat! I only played the original trilogy a year ago or something on PS4 and the games really had some wonderful characters and good and bonkers cases. It was great to see them unfold.



  • I had the weird sensation of deja vu about an Ace Attorney appearing around this time on a Countdown and sure enough it was in fact roughly the same spot in our 2010 list. Looking at my comment then, it's perfectly applicable here, so instead of trying to wrestle with coming up with a new comment when an old one will suffice:

    Ace Attorney is one of those franchises that sound cool gameplay wise in solving cases and deductive reasoning, but there's just something about it that doesn't make me feel excited to try it. Can't put my finger on it, though I do respect it.



  • I haven't played the third game yet which is also a 2007 game. Many people say that the third is the best but I don't know.

    The final episode of Justice For All is just so damn good though. It's the main reason why this game is in my top 4.



  • Never played one of these games as I never had a DS. I love courtroom melodrama but I doubt I will bring myself to play these games anytime soon.



  • I feel like I say the same thing every time this series pops up, but it's worth repeating: these games are some of the most delightful you'll ever experience!

    The writing (and localization) is some of the very best in the industry in my opinion, genuinely funny. And for those who may be worried about that, there is zero "anime bullshit" in there, which is refreshing.

    The puzzles/plots are expertly crafted, even when you think you've figured who the real culprit is, chances are there's still a twist somewhere that will surprise you.

    If you have even the slightest interest in the series I strongly encourage you to give them a shot, you won't regret it.



  • I've played Phoenix Wright before but it's not a series I'm properly invested in. They are cool games and have some style but if I want engaging courtroom drama Danganronpa has me covered.



  • There's an Ace Attorney game on my list, it's just not that one ;)



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    #16: The Witcher - 7 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (ffff0)
    #4: 1 (kindiman)
    HM: 2 (NeoCweeny, Sheria)

    Information

    Release date: EU: October 26, NA: October 30, AU: November 9
    Developer: CD Projekt Red
    Publisher: Atari (retail), CD Projekt
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PC, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • Oh, the original Witcher! I know it was already an established property as a book series before this game, but this is just yet ANOTHER example of 2007 being the year where so many beloved franchises got their start. With the explosion of popularity for the franchise post Witcher III, I'm not clear on how easy/approachable it is to play today, but wow. I just can't get over how WILD 2007 was/is.



  • All I remember of Witcher 1 is that I immediately uninstalled it after I got to the first real combat scenario. It's just too janky for me.



  • I’ve played The Witcher 1 & 2 in 2012. And while the first game was already old at that time, I’ve still enjoyed it as far as I remember. Can’t really explain why I’ve played it at 3rd place (I’ve long forgot what I liked there), but it felt right.



  • I really like the original Witcher and it still remains my favourite in the series.



  • I started playing the Witcher for this list. I'm liking it so far except for the combat, it's very weird.

    I'm not so far in but it already has me hooked.



  • Okay I’m super happy The Witcher made the list because it’s an incredible game. It was my last and hardest cut but even though it wasn’t in my top 8, it’s still a GOTY contender in my eyes.

    It’s actually my favourite Witcher game because it has such an awesome self contained plot and I loved the scenario of a small handful of locales telling an extremely rich and centralized story.

    Combat is actually solid. The rhythm game sword fighting is kinda fun tbh. It’s not super stimulating but it gets the job done.

    But I recommend anybody to try TW1 for one of the best narratives in gaming. The amount of choice makes it unique to gaming and the choices you do make aren’t on some heightened epic scale but they are meaningful within the scale of the story the game is telling.



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

    I really like the original Witcher and it still remains my favourite in the series.

    Original witcher was actually pretty bad thanks to combat. it was CDPR first game and they couldnot make a good gameplay.

    but then they still have yet to make a good game.