Finally, the last of my Best of 2007 award winners, the Platform Awards and Game of the Year. Here they are:
NOTE: Any game I have played for the first time this year, regardless of when it was originally released, is eligible to be nominated. If I have not played a game, it is NOT eligible!
BEST GAME BOY ADVANCE GAME
• 悪魔城ドラキュラ: Circle of the Moon
• Final Fantasy VI Advance
• Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation
I’m not a big strategy game fan, but I decided to give Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation a try anyway and I can say without a doubt that it is my all-time favorite strategy game! Not only is the strategy gameplay a lot of fun, but it also helps that the characters are well developed and the dialog is surprisingly humorous at the right moments. Highly overlooked, SRT: OG deserves to be in any respectable gamers collection!
RUNNER-UP: 悪魔城ドラキュラ: Circle of the Moon
2D Castlevania games always offer up a fantastic experience and this one is no different!
BEST NINTENDO DS GAME
• Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
• Lunar Knights
• 燃えろ！熱血リズム魂 押忍！闘え！応援団２
• Contra 4
• Bleach DS 2nd: 黒衣ひらめく鎮魂歌
Being one of my all-time favorite retro game franchises, Contra 4 successfully brings back all the things that made the old games in the series great while still being what the 3D entries could never pull off: fun!
RUNNER-UP: Lunar Knights
Action RPG gaming at its best!
BEST PLAYSTATION PORTABLE GAME
• Tekken: Dark Resurrection
• Guilty Gear Judgment (Japanese version)
• Burnout Legends
• Bleach: ヒート・ザ・ソウル 4
• Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
The fact that Namco was able to bring a completely full-featured entry in the Tekken franchise to a handheld system and make it look and play as good as it does is mindboggling!
RUNNER-UP: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
Packaging together two of the best Castlevania games ever with a remake of one of them all for $30 makes it one of the best values in gaming.
BEST FAMICOM GAME
• Tetris 2 + Bombliss
• 悪魔城すぺしゃる: ぼくドラキュラくん
• Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 2
• Guardic Gaiden
The best puzzle game ever combines with the best Tetris spinoff ever to create one of the best puzzle titles ever!
RUNNER-UP: 悪魔城すぺしゃる: ぼくドラキュラくん
Take Dracula, make him into an anime-inspired kid version of himself, and add loads of charm and personality for a game that is hard not to like!
BEST SATURN GAME
• Radiant Silvergun
• Guardian Heroes
• King of Fighters ’96
• World Heroes Perfect
• Fighter’s History Dynamite
A shoot-’em-up this good can’t be called anything less than the best among the titles of the system it is on!
RUNNER-UP: Guardian Heroes
Take a great Treasure beat-’em-up, add 6 players and you have a winner!
BEST PLAYSTATION GAME
• Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
• Silent Hill
• Guilty Gear
• Jumping Flash! 2
This one was a big surprise to me and I’m happy to now have it as part of my collection. Don’t let the kiddie looks of this game fool you, it is a great game for all ages!
RUNNER-UP: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
An action/platform experience that is worthy of the praise it has been given, be sure not to miss it!
BEST PLAYSTATION 2 GAME
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
• Guilty Gear XX Λ Core
• Odin Sphere
Looking for an excellent RPG experience that isn’t from Square Enix? Then this is the one you are looking for!
Yakuza delivers a great story with fantastic action from start to finish!
BEST XBOX 360 GAME
• Aegis Wing
• WarTech: Senko no Ronde
• Table Tennis
• Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged
An open world where you play as a superhuman law enforcer with big guns? Sign me up!
RUNNER-UP: WarTech: Senko no Ronde
Smash shoot-’em-up and fighting game together and you get one of the best multiplayer experiences of the year!
BEST PLAYSTATION 3 GAME
• Virtua Fighter 5
• Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
• Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
With the ability for the gameplay experience to go from epic to intimate depending if you are in the air or on the ground in a moments notice makes Warhawk much more than the sum of its parts and also PS3’s game of the year.
RUNNER-UP: Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
For only $30 you get a triple-A fighting game experience with online play. Not a bad deal at all!
HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR
• Contra 4 (DS)
• Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation (GBA)
• Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP)
A 3D fighting game experience this good on handhelds was previous unheard of! A must buy!
RUNNER-UP: Contra 4
Who says retro styIe gaming is dead?
GAME OF THE YEAR
• Radiant Silvergun (SAT)
• Crackdown (X360)
• Jumping Flash! 2 (PS1)
• Warhawk (PS3)
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PS2)
• Tetris 2 + Bombliss (FC)
• Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP)
If you have a PS3, you must get this game! Don’t overlook it because it isn’t the most popular shooter. Everything about this game is quality! A must play!
RUNNER-UP: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
If I’m telling you an RPG is good enough to be runner-up for Game of the Year, then you should add it to your collection immediately!
Thank you for reading. See you next year!
ベスト オフ 2007