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411 Top 5 Games Edition 12.29.06: Week 23

December 29, 2006 | Posted by Steve McHugh

Well Christmas has been and gone and I hope you all had a great day and thanks for coming back to join me for my last Top 5 Column. It’s been a lot of fun doing this but it’s just getting to be a lot of work, which I’m finding less time to put aside for it. So I figured I’d rather go out now then start to cause myself problems continuing.

So for the last time ever I introduce this weeks Top 5. This week we’ll be looking at Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2007.

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5. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Okay, to set this straight right away, I’m not that excited about this game. It looks extremely gimmicky, and the last game in this series (Super Mario Sunshine) was probably the worst in the core Mario platforming series. However, it’s Mario, and it’s a new system. I’m hoping they rebound from the somewhat disappointing Sunshine, and put out another true killer app here. I’m not the biggest Zelda or Smash Brothers fan, and Metroid Prime 3 is not looking that good at all to me right now, so I need Mario to be that “definitive Wii game.”

4. Halo 3 (360)
I love Halo, but I’m not a super Halo fan, as you can probably decipher from my ranking of this game. I’m really excited to play it. It’s gonna kick ass. But I’d be shocked if it’s THAT much different from Halo 2, because Halo 2 wasn’t that much different from Halo 1. And that’s why this game is only coming in at number four.

3. Resident Evil 5 (360/PS3)
Resident Evil 4 was the most dramatic, and best change the series has ever made. But there were a few very minor things about it that turned me off. First, I thought the story sucked. Just straight up sucked — most of the characters were laughably bad, and the story was simultaneously boring and generic for a video game. The ridiculously good atmosphere and gameplay (the most important parts of a game to me) kept me playing, so the storyline didn’t matter to me all that much. But a better storyline would be a huge bonus here. And problem #2, call me an old-fashioned RE fan, but I just prefer zombies to “insane humans.” And I’ve heard RE 5 is going to have ZOMBIES IN A MOTHERFUCKING DESERT, so it’s pretty obvious why I’m hyped for this game.

2. Grand Theft Auto IV (360/PS3)
I think one of the things that’s making GTAIV so appealing right now is how little we know about it. We don’t know where it’s gonna be, what characters are gonna be there, what gameplay changes (if any) there will be, and how much bigger or more detailed it’s gonna be than San Andreas. The last GTA game (San Andreas) was such a massive upgrade (in terms of depth) over Vice City that it’s hard to fathom what to expect in GTAIV. And that’s what’s so exciting to me — are we gonna be playing the biggest or deepest video game of all time? Beyond that question, it’s next-gen GTA. I know there are some people out there who don’t like GTA, but I’m not one of them. This game is going to be insane when it comes out, and may truly be the “starting point” for the next-gen war, as the simultaneous release on PS3 and 360 is going to create some interesting sales figures that could dramatically affect future releases.

1. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
I’m a Metal Gear fanboy, and that’s why this is number one. Kojima could announce nothing about the game, or he could say Solid Snake has been replaced with a dachshund, and I’d still put this at number one on my list. I’ll put it this way — the first Metal Gear game I played was MGS2 on the PS2. It immediately became my favorite game of all time. Then I went back and played MGS1 on the PS1. It immediately became my favorite game of all time. Then I waited for MGS3, and while the Snake Eater version was good enough to be my third favorite game of all time, the massively improved Subsistence version pretty much made THAT game my favorite game of all time. Metal Gear just does flat-out not disappoint, and that’s a gross understatement — it continuously shatters my expectations and redefines how I envision video games. I therefore have no reason to doubt the quality of this game, and can only pray that it gets ported to 360, because I don’t want to drop $500 to play one game.


5. Omikron KARMA
No details yet, but a sequel to Omikron: The Nomad Soul definitely excites me. Such an underrated game on an underrated system.

4. Alan Wake (360)
There’s not much to go on, but this game looks gorgeous, and the plot does sound intriguing. Alan Wake is an author whose books begin to blur with reality, or something along those lines.

3. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Mario. Wii. Nuff said.

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Does this even need an explanation? Create a galactic civilization starting off as a one-celled organism, from the brilliant mind of Will Wright.

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5. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
I’ve seen just glimpses of this game and it looks awesome. Not sure exactly how it will play like, but should be fun.

4. Resident Evil 5 (PS3/360)
Just finished RE4, literally, and I’m super hyped for this one. Just thinking of what the story could be gets me all hyped.

3. World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade (PC)
Watching the trailer a few days ago just makes me even more excited for this game.

2 – Super Smash Brawl (Wii)
Big Super Smash Bros. mark and the trailer at E3 really wet my appetite for this. Plus, Snake v Link? Oh Hell Yeah!

1 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots (PS3)
The only reason I’m even thinking of buying a PS3. But, what a game this will be. When I watched the trailer at the E3, my jaw hit the floor. It just looks so awesome. That’s my tip for Game Of The Year 2007.

Honourable mentions:
Metroid Wii, Final Fantasy 3 (out in spring in Europe), Heroes No More (saw a video for this a few days ago and, it rules.)

And now it’s the turn of the Staff.

Steve McHugh

5. Resident Evil 5 (PS3/360)
Resi 4 was fantastic and I have every faith that this will be even more so.

4. Rouge Galaxy (PS2)
Every game these guys have done has been fantastic and I have no doubt that this will continue that trend. This should be one of the last great games for the PS2.

3. Bioshock (360)
No one brought System Shock 2 and that is one of those great gaming tragedies. If no one buys this I can only think that people are conditioned to only buy EA sports games. This is going to be amazing and disturbing all at once.

2. Halo 3 (360)
The Halo games are easily the best console FPS games ever and even though Halo 2 was a slight disappointment in that it was rushed to complete a deadline this one isn’t and it’s going to be awesome. Watch 360 consoles fly of the shelves when this comes out.

1. Mass Effect (360)
I love all things Bioware and this looks like it will be no exception. The first of 3 games this looks like being one of the big games of next year. It also seems to incorporate a system, which will lend to genuinely realistic flowing conversations, which is something RPG’s have been crying out for in a while. This is going to be something special.

Honourable Mentions:

FF6 (GBA) – I love FF6 and am very much looking forward to being able to play it on the move (Still would have loved to have seen this on the DS instead of 3 though).

Castlevania – Symphony of the Night (Xbox Live Arcade) – My favorite Castlevania game on Xbox live? I cannot wait for this.

The Darkness (360) – The comic is hit or miss, mostly on the miss side, but the game looks great and with talented developer at the helm I’m very optimistic.

Fable 2 (360) – I really enjoyed the first game despite it not being able to live up to the ideas placed upon it. It was a lot of fun with an interesting plot and a decent fighting system. The sequel should be everything the original couldn’t manage and will quite probably knock everyone’s socks off.

Okami (PS2) – Not out over here till Feb but this is definitely one I’m watching out for.

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Andrew Mellick

5. Devil May Cry 4 (PS3)
Dante had an awesome debut in DMC 1, then stumbled in DMC 2, and finally regained some ground in DMC 3. I would love to see all the amazing combos and prolific boss battles in HD.

4. Spore (PC)
This game is amazingly ambitious. You basically start off as a tide pole and work your way into a civilized creature. If they can pull it off, this game could make the Sims look like Pac man.

3. Assassin’s Creed (PS3/360)
The talk of the town, this game boasts some amazing innovation in both fighting and movement. As well as a truly reactive world. We may just be looking at the game of the year here.

2. Resident Evil 5 (PS3/360)
Glad to see RE move away from the kiddie system and back into the big boy’s hands. RE4 was a masterpiece, and here’s hoping that RE5 only improves upon it.

1. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
Legendary soldier Solid Snake is back for what looks like his last battle. The previews for this look amazing. Hopefully, the game goes far to tie up many loose ends that remained after MGS2. Knowing Snake, he won’t disappoint.

Honourable Mention
God of war 2 -The first one totally kicked ass. It had non-stop action, crazy violence, and angry gods. I can’t wait to see Kratos back in action now as the full on god of war

Sean McCabe

5.Resident Evil 5/ Umbrella Chronicles (PS3/X360/Wii)
It’s Resident Evil for crying out loud! I have both here, because it’s difficult to say which will be better, and I have them at number five, low considering how much I love Resident Evil, because after RE4 I’m not certain I like the direction the series is going in. Despite that, these two games are must plays for 2007 for me, and for everyone else’s.

4. Persona 3 (PS2)
Diablo meets an anime high school drama, is one description of this rather odd game, about a bunch of Students with the ability to control demons cleansing a dark netherworld by night and going through all the angst of Student life by day. It is part of the seminal Megami Tensei heritage, so that alone ensures its quality. Should be the RPG to look out for in 2007.

3. Godhand (PS2)
I know some people despise this game. Which in many ways, sometimes means a game is doing something right. A truly hardcore, oddball game would not, if it was really worth anything, be enjoyed by just anybody. No, it would be made for the few, the cult, the hardcore, the extreme. So if Devil May Cry is Capcom’s WWE, then Godhand is its old school ECW. I could import it, but I have made the choice to wait for it’s February release in the UK, because, I confess, I am worried I might not like it, and it would be easier to get my money back if I bought it locally. But this is a game I feel I must play, must at least try, or I would feel incomplete.

2. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
Okay, lets get this out of the way. Metroid Prime was awesome. Very, very awesome. Echoes wasn’t particularly impressive by comparison, lacking something of the mystique of its predecessor. However, I believe that Samus’s first appearance on the Wii, as with her first appearance on the Gamecube, will be something remarkable. I will not be very happy if this is another Echoes and not another Metroid Prime, I’ll tell you that.

1. Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom (X360)
Probably an odd choice for my number one most anticipated game for 2007. I’ll probably be the only one who even has it in their top 5. But the Kingdom Under Fire games for the Xbox were games that really surprised me with just how genuinely great they were. I had never even heard of them, I bought them on a whim, and they were the best damn reasons I found to even own an Xbox. Basically, I am looking towards this game to be the best reason to own an Xbox 360, even if the competition is stiffer this time around. You guys have your Halo 3. This is what I have.

Honourable mentions:

Bioshock (X360, PC), Mass Effect (X360, PC), Okami (PS2), Rogue Galaxy (PS2), Samurai Showdown VI (PS2), Sadness (Wii), Disaster: Day of Crisis (Wii), Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS)

David Redkey

5. Rogue Galaxy (PS2)
Awesome looking RPG from Level 5. Man, they just make great games, don’t they?

4. God of War 2 (PS2)
I loved the first game to death. The game was a breath of fresh air. Monsters, puzzles and lots of mayhem really pulled this game above the rest. I can’t wait to see what Kratos has in store for us.

3. Halo 3 (360)
Closure to one of the better console FPS…I can’t wait.

2. Assassin’s Creed (PS3/360)
The developers of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time are taking things to the Nth Fucking level. This game looks beyond awesome and if they can pull it off…it will be one of best games of 2007 (if not all time).

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
I’ve been waiting for more Snake action since MGS2. Knowing were you come from is one thing…but moving forward is always better. I can’t wait to see how Kojima handles his “Metal Gear”-swan song

Joshua Richey

5. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
Will this be the last game from the MGS franchise? Doesn’t appear that Solid Snake has much time left. I’m anxious to see how the story unfolds. Have always been a fan of the MGS games.

4. Halo 3 (360)
Can this game make up for the letdown that was Halo 2? We’ll see. I’m betting that Bungie has learned a thing or two from the Halo 2 failure, and will right the ship with Halo 3.

3. Grand Theft Auto 4 (PS3/360)
Will running over crack whores be even more fun on the next-gen? I believe so.

2. Kane & Lynch (360)
This game comes from IO Interactive, who are the makers of the Hitman series. Kane & Lynch appears to have an amazing storyline, and that dark appearance that made me such a fan of Hitman.

1. Lost Planet (360)
I’ve got my hands on the demo, but I need more. This game is simply stellar, and will be the first big hit of 2007.

Honourable Mentions
God of War 2 (PS2), BioShock (360)

Will Scott

5. Bioshock (360)
The sequel-in-spirit to one of the most popular games amongst gamers, and the anticipation factor is cranked up a few notches because it’s been so long since System Shock 2.

4. God of War 2 (PS2)
Looking forward to this one personally, as it’ll likely be the last thing to grace my PS2. The first game was second, and the sequel looks like it’s going to stick with what worked last time.

3. Assassin’s Creed (PS3/360)
This one graces the list because it’s going to be multi-platform. If it was a PS3 exclusive, I’m not sure how important it would be…but since it’s on the PS3 and 360, I’d have to say it’s eagerly anticipated by everyone with a next-gen machine. Everything about it looks good.

2. Halo 3 (360)
Probably the most anticipated game for the bulk of X-Box 360 owners, and it’s obviously the one that’s going to get the most hype on release day.

1. Spore (PC)
Okay, sure…no one knows when it’ll come out. But the amount of media attention this game has gotten is nuts. The game’s creator was on the Colbert Report, for crying out loud! This game is either going to be a disappointment of Fable proportions, or it’s going to change the face of gaming.

Chris Kovatsh

5. Wario Ware Smooth Moves (Wii)
Ever since I played the first one for the Gameboy Advance I have been absolutely hooked on it.

4. Final Fantasy 3/6 (GBA)
This was my favorite game ever for SNES and I’m sure it will be even better for the GBA.

3. Halo 3 (360)
Me and my buddies always had a blast playing the first two so hopefully this is the same way.

2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
I still play Melee regularly. This game will be the only thing that makes me stop playing Melee regularly.

1. Soul Calibur 4 (PS3)
Yes the king of all fighting games returns. There’s no possible way this game will be bad. Hopefully for Nintendo Wii fans the controls will work out well.

Well there it is the last Top 5 (at least by me). If you agree or disagree then let me know and I’ll put it in my other column same with if you have your own Top 5 then let me know. Have a good new year.


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