Gaming Nexus Staff's Best of 2007

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posted 1/16/2008 by The GN Staff
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Sean Colleli - Staff Writer
Metroid Prime 3 Corruption - I'm not going to lie, this was probably my favorite game this year besides Portal. Yeah I'm a Metroid fanboy, but it doesn't change the fact that Prime 3 is an awesome game and I had a lot of fun playing it. I wholeheartedly reccomend it to Wii owners who might have overlooked it (Nintendo did a crappy job advertising it).

Portal - Like most people on this list I loved Portal. It was great in just about every way, and with Half Life Episode 2 it proved that Valve still has some originality in them (they had me worried after Episode 1, which was short and kind of derivative).

Trauma Center New Blood - I like wierd quirky games and Trauma Center is basically the definition of quirky. New Blood is also the definition of a good sequel, because it fixed most of the problems from the first game and added a lot of substantial content. It's only downside is it's punishing difficulty.

Super Mario Galaxy - It didn't thrill me as much as I was hoping but Galaxy is still a really good game. At least it shows that Nintendo can be creative with the Mario franchise after all these years. I hope they make a stronger, less linear sequel that makes better use of the Wii remote.

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition - I loved RE4 when it first came out, and somehow Capcom made it better on the Wii. The game actually felt like it was built for the Wii remote; that's how good the controls were. I know it's kind of lame to have a port of a 2 year old game in my top 5, but with controls so good, it'll be really hard going back to dual analog control when RE5 finally hits the 360.

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Chuck Husemann - Editor-in-Chief
Call of Duty 4- Sure the single player campaign was a bit on the short side but it was well written and very engaging. Tack on the great multiplayer and you've got a fantastic, all around game.

Rock Band - Four instruments and a solid set list make this game the most fun you can have with your friends with your clothes on. What's great about Rock Band is that Harmonix actually came up with a decent DLC plan to support the game after launch.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - If the PS3 has a bigger installed base this would have been the #1 game on a lot of people's lists this year. The game was a joy to play from start to finish with only one or two semi slow spots during the course of the game. Between the excellent voice over work and the amazing writing this was one of the great games of the year and it showed off what the PS3 can do.

The Orange Box - Five best of class games for less than $50 (PC version)? Sign me up. Between the innovative gameplay of Portal, the amazing art direction of Team Fortress 2, and the story telling of the Half Life 2 series this is the game to own for 2007 and beyond.

God of War 2 - This came out in 2007 right? I still can't figure out why this game isn't getting more GOTY love. Great story, good graphics(for the PS2), and all around great gameplay. Sure the last boss was uber-cheap but the rest of the game was a ton of fun to play.

God of War 2
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