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2007: Game of the Year

Another hectic gaming year has gone by, folks. Oh stop your whining, it really wasn't that bad. Fair enough, most top releases made it to the market within the past few months, but, overall, it's been a considerably more eventful year, as opposed to 2006.

We've also discussed what awaits us in 2008 and what lies in store on the ever-expanding MMOG scene, so check out those features to find out more about our expectations for the impending gaming season.

Before we go ahead with our Game of the Year awards, let's take a closer look at what some of you guys thought about some of the titles that hit the market this year.

Our 2007 Game of the Year voting poll registered 10673 participants and Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat emerged triumphant. While 1809 voters selected CoD 4, 1279 regards Halo 3 as the pinnacle of this year's gaming. At the same time, 1192 people think Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed should take the spotlight this year. Next up; "None of the Above" (837 votes), BioShock (716 votes), Crysis (710) and so on. Frankly, we hoped that Valve's Orange Box would do much better than garnering 627 votes, which puts it in 7th place, right behind EA's Crysis. The rest of the results can be viewed in our voting poll section.

Okay then, let's get the show on the road.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward


Amongst the numerous titles we've experienced this gaming season, a majority of people seem to think Activision's shooter Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare deserves to be named Game of the Year. Well, all we can say is, you guys made a fine choice and as you might recall, the game received the AT Editor's Choice Award. An intense, cinematic, first-person shooter, worthy of anybody's time. You're going to want to play all through the entire game. Additional praise goes to the multiplayer and the perks system. Congrats to the talented crew at Infinity Ward.

Runners-up: Halo 3 (Bungie, Microsoft), Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal), BioShock (Irrational Games, 2K), Crysis (Crytek, EA), Half-Life 2: The Orange Box (Valve, EA)



GAME OF THE YEAR (AT STAFF)
Portal (and all that other stuff in the package)
Publisher: EA
Developer: Valve Software


If we had a "Bargain of the Year" category, the Orange Box would definitely be a winner. However, we decided to let Portal take all the glory for this one, because that's exactly the kind of effort we generally expect from game designers.

Portal shows what developers can do if they really put their minds and creativity into it. Portal represents a fusion of innovation, an old school approach to crafting solid gameplay and a wry and witty, borderline philosophical dialogue that blew us all away.

Oh and did I mention you get Team Fortress 2 (one of the best multiplayer shooters we've seen in a while) and Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in the same package? Well done, Valve.

Runners-up: Mass Effect (BioWare, Microsoft), Halo 3 (Bungie, Microsoft), BioShock (Irrational Games, 2K), Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward, Activision), The Witcher (CD Projekt, Atari).



BEST ACTION GAME
Halo 3
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bungie


We've waited long for this one. As it turns out, Halo 3 has all the qualities of an excellent modern-day first-person shooter - top notch design, superb sound effects and music, gripping storyline and engaging gameplay. It also outshined its predecessor by bringing a far more rewarding single-player and multiplayer experience. Bungie came through, once again, and we're eagerly anticipating the announcement of their next project (be it Halo-related or otherwise).

Runners-up: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward, Activision), Half-Life 2: The Orange Box (Valve, EA), God of War II (SCEA), BioShock (Irrational Games, 2K), Crysis (Crytek, EA)



BEST STRATEGY GAME
World in Conflict
Publisher: Sierra
Developer: Massive Entertainment


This year has brought a few solid strategy games our way. World in Conflict was chosen to represent the genre in 2007, not only because it effectively draws on classic RTS elements and wraps them up in a compelling, epic atmosphere, but also because it is one of the most visually impressive strategy games we've ever seen. With an intuitive control scheme (a mix of RTS and standard FPS controls), the game quite simply has everything to appeal to both strategy fans and average gamers alike. Massive Entertainment did a splendid job. Here's hoping for a sequel.

Runners-up: Supreme Commander (Gas Powered Games, THQ), C&C3: Tiberium Wars (EA LA, EA)



BEST RPG
Mass Effect
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: BioWare


With the decline of single-player role-playing games (and MMOGs taking center stage) the choice was narrowed down this year. At any rate, Mass Effect, BioWare's 360-exclusive, is, by all accounts, the victor, snatching the AT GoTY trophy from CD Projekt's The Witcher. Admittedly, some aspects of Mass Effect seemed a bit generic (such as side-quests and a few locales). This doesn't overshadow the game's addictive combat system, good plot and well-implemented moral choices that are brought before the player. In addition, Mass Effect conveys some of the most realistic character expressions ever seen in a video game. Thanks to the efforts of BioWare's animation team, each character in the game depicts true-to-life facial expressions, enriching the experience for gamers and giving the story emotional depth. Keep up the good work, BioWare (and spill the beans on KOTOR 3, while you're at it).

Runners-up: The Witcher (CD Projekt, Atari), NWN 2: Mask of the Betrayer (Obsidian Entertainment, Atari)



BEST SPORTS GAME
FIFA 08
Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Sports


It doesn't take a lot of pondering when sports games are concerned, especially after we've seen this year's edition of FIFA. We first caught sight of FIFA 08 during the Games Convention in Leipzig , which was presented on both Wii and PS3 consoles. It looked more than promising. When the game hit shelves, we were disappointed with the PC version. The X360 and PS3 editions are a completely different story. In fact, both versions were the reason we chose this as the top sports game in 2007. For all you soccer sim fans out there, this is the first time we can easily recommend FIFA over Komani's latest edition of Pro Evolution Soccer. EA made several good movies, with cool dribbling mechanics, enhanced physics and more. They also introduced the "Be A Pro" facet, which gives a whole new feel to FIFA games (both offline and online).

Runners-up: SSX Blur (EA, EA Sports), NHL 08 (EA, EA Sports), Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Konami)



BEST MMOG
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment


Blizzard released its expansion pack for World of Warcraft in early 2007. Normally, we don't give GoTY awards to add-ons, but we are prepared to make an exception this year. Hey, it's World of Warcraft! By releasing Burning Crusade, Blizzard extended the life of its powerful WoW franchise and won our hearts over with more content, fun instances, flying mounts and, of course, its admirable trademark artwork. That said, and with "Wrath of the Lich King" looming, WoW's popularity shows no signs of waning.

Runners-up: Tabula Rasa (NC Soft), The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (Midway Games, Turbine Games)



BEST RHYTM/MUSIC GAME
Rock Band
Publisher: EA
Developer: Harmonix Music


Sure it's expensive ($170), but it's fun. Ever since our first encounter with Rock Band, it became clear EA was fired up to take on Activision's Guitar Hero series. While not succeeding in that financially, Harmonix/EA did nonetheless create a kick-ass game. Taking the GH mechanics to the next level, this multi-instrument video game features a superb soundtrack and allows gamers to form the virtual band of their dreams. If you're a geek with a severely suppressed urge to be a rock star, Rock Band can awaken your musical aspirations better than any other game on the market. Just as long as you actually have friends.

Runners-up: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Neversoft, Activision)



BABE OF THE YEAR
Joanna Krupa
Publisher: Hans Krupa (Dad)
Developer: Irina Krupa (Mom)


And now for the fun part. There's something that makes our ever-day work easier and our lives richer. Choosing the Babe of the Year was a delightful and VERY satisfying experience. Of course, don't think we made the choice without your help. These five lovelies were selected based on the votes you guys cast and, by the look of it, the sizzling hot Joanna Krupa is this year's winner. Sadly, she was unavailable for comments. (Even though Vader camped her house. - Ed)

Runners-up:

Okay, I think that about wraps it up.

Just remember, whether it's news, previews, reviews, comics or just random stuff, we'll be back in 2008 with continued coverage on the hottest game-related topics.

As always, we thank you for sticking with us.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Paul Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Hmm, where the hell is Bioshock? Its about thousand times better game than Halo3...
And the fact that overhyped Mass Effect gets "best rpg" instead of The Witcher...dunno what to say.
Well, back to family, then!
  Voltan: I totally agree. Bioshock takes it all for me in the …
Hurion: Did you even play Mass Effect? I think The Witcher is…
Vodoo Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
1. Orange Box
2. COD4
3. CoH
4. Bioshock
5. mass Effect
6. fuck sports
7. WoW
8. dont give a shit
9. boobs, ass and a paper bag = im happy

the blood in my alcohol has nothing to do with my god damn judgement.
  PanteraFan666: awsome
psydude20 Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Not gonna lie, CoD 4 and WiC were two of the best games I've ever played.
fishman Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Im just glad CoD4 didnt get it. Im tired of formulaic games that do absolutely nothing new get awards. It just doesnt make sense.
  psydude20: Did you play CoD 4?
Rafal Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Good list. Of course with the exception of changing it to the Witcher instead of Mass Effect.
BmmB Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Actually, Miss July is the hottest out there...but, still, degustibus non est disputandum.
-=Dexel=- Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
babes of the years runner ups names plz???

hahaha I and about the game I do agree with then.. even when I hate WoW hahaha

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!
Grom HellScream Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
The Witcher tops for me!
poor Flagship dudes, could have done better. as for the Babe, i camped joanna's house with vader...till he went all brokeback!
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
That's all your fault. You started teasing me.
Juxtapose Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
My List:

Game of the Year: BioShock
Best Action Game: Halo 3 (because it's a pure action, whereas BioShock is FPS/RPG).
Best RPG: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition
Babe of the Year: Miss March

Didn't care about the other categories.
moriwenne Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
That hint of nipple put her over the top. You know I'm right!
Fuckd__4_Life Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
I don't care abt the games...how the fuck did Miss Feb not win? WTF man?
MrBored Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
I would have put The Witcher above Mass Effect, otherwise it all seems pretty schweetness. Oh, I also prefer 'Miss March'
matt54 Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Awesome, Good choices, hope you guys have a safe and happy holidays.
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Bioshock all the way.
DungeonRaider Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
2 H's in RHYTHM. :p
  Grom HellScream: u should have gone for dungeon keeper!?
elementterror Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
who is Miss July?
uruk_hai Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
I agree with the winners, pretty much what I would say. I too would grade the Witcher over Mass Effect or at least in the same place. As for the shooters which are my fav I'd say that COD 4 is the winner followed by Orange Box, Bioshock and Crysis. I've enjoyed very much World In Conflict, infact was one of the best strategy games I ever played! cheers and happy new year to all!!!!!
Juxtapose Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
  Juxtapose: Didn't notice my original comment did actually post b…
Juxtapose Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Wish they had a comment delete function.
  Cheddar: Don't sweat it.
Cheddar Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Some kind soul among you all needs to supply me with Miss February's name.
Maj.Faux-Pas Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Halo 3, WiC and WoW? :(

lol @ none of the above with a large turnout.

Where's CoH?
Grom HellScream Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
just finished playing Crysis Demo, it was awesome, even though i was playing at low gfx. 'Maximum Strength' 'Maximum Armour'. so now gonna play the whole thing, and it is definitely amongst this yrs greatest game. fuckin pc hog!
The Heart Of Darkness Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Ahhhhh finally........I knew you could do it Joanna
  CJ_Parker: Miss March > all these other sluts
The Heart Of Darkness: Joanna pwns them all
Stabby Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Would have put both Crysis and Bioshock above COD 4 but good list over all
  LazyBoot: well, CoD 4 was chosen in the poll on the side here..…
MoCus Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Miss March it is... so beautiful... it actualy took me 20 mins to write this
woo Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
for me the best RPG is The Witcher and best action game is The Orange Box rest is fine
future man Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Your list doesn't match up exactly with my ideas, fuck you.
  MrBored: I love you.
BodomBeachTerror Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
2 Girls and a cup #1
  perineum: I agree, Two Girls 1 Cup, Goatse and Dramatic Chipmun…
Terminator Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
I would also have gone with the Witcher over Mass Effect, but both games are great. I love all the girls too.
  HuKuS: I would also have gone with the Miss July over any of…
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