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Old 12-19-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
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The Outlander best and worst of 2007

The Outlander best and worst of 2007 (the inevitable Autonauts spin-off)

Terrible titles (alliteration is entirely unintentional, there) aside, with 2007 drawing to a close, let's throw a poll to find out the best and worst games of the year.

I'd say we're best off with the following (roughly arbitrary) categories:

Game of the Year
Best Story
Best Character
Best Art Direction (what's the artistic merit; e.g. Bioshock isn't all that great, technically, but the art is absolutely fantastic)
Best Graphics (the technical side of the above - which game revolutionised computer generated images for you?)
Best Sound Design (music and sound effects)
Best RPG
Best Shooter
Best Strategy Game
Best <InsertGenreHere> (I'm not listing all the genres... )

Worst Game
Biggest Disappointment (may not be a bad game but it wasn't all the hype said it'd be)

Best Game you replayed
Best Game EVAR (including 2007)
Best Retro Game (what was the best oldie you played for the first time?)

I'm hoping we can have a bit of discussion about the games too.

As for me:

Game of the Year - Bioshock
Best Story - Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Best Character - Andrew Ryan (Nero fiddles as Rome burns, Ryan plays golf as Rapture crumbles; the amoral idealist of objectivism...)
Best Art Direction - Bioshock
Best Sound Design - Jade Empire
Best RPG - Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Best Shooter - Portal (sublime - a shooter where you don't shoot anything!)

Biggest Disappointment - The Witcher (I really wish I could get into this game seeing as how everyone keeps on saying how wonderful it is but the story just puts me to sleep)

Best Game EVAR - Planescape: Torment (what else did you expect?)
Best Retro Game - System Shock 2 (how is it still scary when I'm fighting large flesh-coloured boxes?!)

I can't fill half of my own categories; isn't that just promising? >_>
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:29 PM   #2
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Game of the Year: Super Mario Galaxy
Best Story: Mass Effect
Best Art Direction: Bioshock
Best Graphics: Crysis
Best Sound Design: Jade Empire
Best RPG: Mask of the Betrayer
Best Shooter: Call of Duty 4

Biggest Disappointment: Assassin's Creed
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:33 PM   #3
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Mine is going to be a little one sided.

Game of the Year Mass Effect
Best Story Mass Effect
Best Character Saren from you guessed it Mass Effect
Best Art Direction Mass Effect
Best Graphics Let me think…Mass Effect
Best Sound Design Mass Effect (first game I’ve ever bought the soundtrack to)
Best RPG Mass Effect

Worst Game Halo 3
Biggest Disappointment Halo 3
Best Game you replayed Oblivion and replayed again and again…(thanks again, stoffe)
Best Game (Ever?) Mass Effect

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Biggest Disappointment: Assassin's Creed
Oh, I don’t want to hear this. I just order this on someone’s recommendation around here. Where is Cygnus Q'ol?



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Old 12-19-2007, 04:46 PM   #4
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Game of the Year - Crysis
Best Story - Mass Effect
Best Character - Jackie Estacado from The Darkness
Best Art Direction - Bioshock
Best Graphics - Crysis
Best Sound Design - Crysis
Best RPG - Mass Effect
Best Shooter - Crysis
Best Strategy Game - World In Conflict
Best Innovation - Portal
Best Expansion Pack - Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms
Xbox 360 Game of the Year - The Darkness
Wii Game of the Year - Resident Evil 4
PS3 Game of the Year - Assassin's Creed

Worst Game - n/a
Biggest Disappointment - Kane and Lynch

Best Game you replayed - Sid Meier's Pirates!
Best Game EVAR - n/a
Best Retro Game - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind


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Old 12-19-2007, 05:14 PM   #5
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Oh, I don’t want to hear this. I just order this on someone’s recommendation around here. Where is Cygnus Q'ol?
Heh. I'm gonna buy it myself, anyway. The reason I think it's disappointing is because of repetitive gameplay and some other small stuff, that doesn't make this game excellent. I just had high expectations for it, but I think it's a good game, nonetheless, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:05 AM   #6
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Game of the Year Mask of the Betrayer.
Best Story Mask of the Betrayer. Easily.
Best Character Gann (from MotB).
Best Art Direction Bioshock.
Best Sound Design The Darkness.
Best RPG Mask of the Betrayer.
Best Shooter The Darkness.

Best Game EVAR Planescape Torment


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Old 12-20-2007, 05:33 PM   #7
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Game of the Year Portal. It's definitely the most original.
Best Story Half-Life 2 Episode Two
Best Character G-Man, the one and only.
Best Art Direction TimeShift
Best Graphics Unreal Tournament 3
Best Sound Design Heroes of Might and Magic V Tribes of the East
Best RPG S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Best Shooter Unreal Tournament 3
Best Strategy Game Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars

Worst Game n/a
Biggest Disappointment n/a
Best Game you replayed n/a
Best Game EVAR Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines
Best Retro Game Mafia

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Old 12-23-2007, 02:39 AM   #8
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Game of the year: Halo 3
Best Story: The Simpsons Game
Best Char: Homer as a giant ball
Best Art Direction: N/A
Best Graphics: N/A
Best Sound: An elite dying in an online Halo 3 match
Best RPG: N/A
Best Shooter: CoD 4 and Halo 3
Best Strategy: N/A

Worst Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Biggest Dissapointment: Pro Evolution Soccer 6 and Fifa 08
Best Game you replayed: Warlords Battlecry II
Best Game EVAR: Warlords Battlecry II
Best Retro Game: Duke Nukem 3D


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Old 12-23-2007, 09:47 AM   #9
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Game of the Year: Mass Effect (I bought a xbox just to get this game)
Best Story: Mask of the Betrayer
Best Character: GLADOS xD
Best Graphics: Crysis
Best RPG: Mass Effect
Best Shooter: Team Fortress2
Best Strategy Game: Supreme Commander, followed by World in Conflict
Best Puzzel game: Portal
Biggest Suprise: Overlord and Portal

Worst Game: Two Worlds
Biggest Disappointment: The Witcher and *gasp* Bioshock *gasp*

Best Game EVAR: Fallout2
Best Retro Game: Fallout2
Special mention: Can't just leave out Planescape from the list ^^
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:32 AM   #10
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Game of the Year: Portal
Best Story: Halflife² Episode 2, Witcher
Best Character: Glados, Andrew Ryan, Geralt
Best Art Direction: Bioshock
Best Graphics: Crysis
Best Sound Design: Halflife² Episode 2
Best RPG: I only played the witcher..
Best Shooter: Portal.
Best Strategy Game: Most recent DotA version for Warcraft TFT. lol.

Worst Game: I don't play those.
Biggest Disappointment: Bioshock

Best Game you replayed: Did not replay anything.
Best Game EVAR (including 2007): Can't say, there are many I would consider among the best.
Best Retro Game: Plancescape: Torment (still playing it atm)
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:57 AM   #11
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GAME OF YEAR - Mass Effect
BEST STORY - Mass Effect
BEST GRAPHICS - Assassin's Creed
BEST SOUND EFFECTS - Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare.
BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - Jade Empire
BEST NON-PLAYABLE CHARACTER - "Urdnot Wrex" Mass Effect
BEST RPG - Oblivion is more true to the genre than Mass Effect
BEST EXPANSION PACK - Shivering Isles
BEST SHOOTER - Call of Duty 4 ModernWarfare, put your hands down!
BEST SPORTS - Fight Night 3 (TigerWoods'08 runner up)

WORST - Marvel Alliance
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT - NBA2K3(still no D)
BEST RE-PLAY GAME - TIE (KotOR & Oblivion)
BEST RETRO GAME & SYSTEM - GTA for PS2
BEST ANCIENT GAME & SYSTEM - Goldeneye for Nintendo64
BEST ARCHAIC / PRE-HISTORY GAME - TechmoBowl


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Old 12-27-2007, 02:37 AM   #12
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Game of the Year Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and Call of Duty 4
Best Story -Halo 3
Best Character -Master Chief
Best Art Direction GRAW 2
Best Graphics GRAW 2
Best Sound Design CoD4
Best RPG (haven't played any new ones this year)
Best Shooter Call of Duty 4 FTW!!!!
Best Strategy Game GRAW 2 in a few ways
Best Multiplayer Game: Call of Duty 4

Worst Game
Biggest Disappointment Halo 3 multiplayer (aside from coop campaign)

Best Game you replayed Xbox Splinter Cell Trilogy
Best Game EVAR (including 2007) Call of Duty 4, would've been GRAW 2 if it had a better online game matching and ranking system
Best Retro Game (what was the best oldie you played for the first time?) played? not sure. beat Splinter Cell.....and they said return of the king had alot of endings...


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Old 12-27-2007, 02:57 AM   #13
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Game of the Year: Mass Effect

Best Story: Mass Effect

Best Character: Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect

Best Art Direction: BioShock

Best Graphics: Call of Duty IV

Best Sound Design: Call of Duty IV

Best RPG: Mass Effect

Best Shooter: Call of Duty IV

Best Strategy Game: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Best Frisbee: The Witcher

Worst Game: The Witcher - Probably wasn't the worst game, but it was the worst one I played.

Biggest Disappointment: The Witcher

Best Game you replayed: Arcanum

Best Game EVAR: Fallout

Best Retro Game: Blades of Exile
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:38 PM   #14
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Mine is going to be a little one sided.

Game of the Year Mass Effect
Best Story Mass Effect
Best Character Garrus from you guessed it Mass Effect
Best Art Direction Mass Effect
Best Graphics Let me think…Mass Effect
Best Sound Design Mass Effect (first game I’ve ever bought the soundtrack to)
Best RPG Mass Effect

Worst Game None!
Biggest Disappointment None really
Best Game you replayed Oblivion and replayed again and again…(thanks again, stoffe)
Best Game (Ever?) Mass Effect

Oh, I don’t want to hear this. I just order this on someone’s recommendation around here. Where is Cygnus Q'ol?
QFT! My only changes being Garrus as the best character and no crap games. Other than that, me and mimartin are gaming clones. It's also the first game soundtrack i ever bought.


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Old 12-30-2007, 12:54 PM   #15
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Got a new comp this year, and therefore played a lot of "old" games for the first time, and didn't get time to test too many new ones

Game of the Year: kotor
Best Story: The Witcher
Best Character: HK-47
Best Graphics: World in Conflict
Best Sound Design: World in Conflict
Best RPG: kotor
Best Shooter: Half life2
Best Strategy Game: Supreme commander
Nicest surprise: The Witcher
Worst Game: Halo 3
Biggest Disappointment: medieval 2
Best Game EVAR: Vampire the masquerade
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:01 PM   #17
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Game of the Year: Mass Effect, for once I didn't overhype a game. Though, BioShock is very close as well.
Best Story: Mass Effect. can you get more in-depth in story than this game?
Best Character: Wrex. Definitely my favourite character (aside from myself) in Mass Effect.
Best Art Direction: BioShock
Best Graphics: BioShock. Hands down.
Best Sound Design: Mass Effect/BioShock
Best Shooter: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare or Gears of War (I didn't get a chance to play it until this year)
Best Soundtrack: I have the Gears of War and BioShock soundtracks, which are qutie fine I must say. Though, I haven't gotten my hands on the Mass Effect one yet.
Best Sports Game: NHL 08. Very pretty game.

Best Game you replayed: BioShock. Bet it twice in the same week and enjoyed ever bit of it. And I haven't replayed Mass Effect yet.


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Old 01-02-2008, 09:08 PM   #18
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Mass Effect has a great soundtrack, But Anyways

Game Of The Year:Call Of Duty 4
Best Story:Mass Effect
Best Art DIrection:Call of Duty 4
Best Graphics:Mass Effect
Best Sound Design:Bioshock
Best Shooter:Call Of Duty 4
Mild Disappointment:Halo 3
Best Character:Joker(Mass Effect)
Best Game Ever:KOTOR 2
Best Rpg Ever:Oblivion


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