10. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
Gamers eager for a new Wii title would do well to pick up Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. While it doesn't do much to change the overall formula of the Metroid Prime franchise, it manages to fix many of the flaws found in Metroid Prime 2. The proof-of-concept implemention of the Wii control scheme alone is worth trying out, and it should show eager gamers that the Wii really can do what Nintendo has promised. Metroid Prime 3 is certainly a must-play for Wii owners.
9. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PS2)
Persona 3 does the franchise proud. Persona 3 really manages to sound bad on paper: repetitive dungeons with AI-controlled partners and a time limit. It makes me nervous just typing it, but Persona 3 shows that effort was put into making the concept work. It's clever, witty, heartbreaking and exciting, all at the same time; it's a fantastic addition to the PlayStation 2 RPG library and is possibly the last great PS2 RPG. All PS2 RPG fans should make it their priority to pick this up as soon as possible.
8. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii/X360/PC)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords has a truly unique concept and includes the ability to appeal to both role-playing and puzzle fans alike. The game has definitely created a potentially exciting new genre of entertainment, and the developers did an excellent job in portraying this new look and feel, while still focusing on a beautiful, well-written storyline. This will probably be one of the titles in our top 10 that will make people go "WTF!" but the fact that Puzzle Quest has been released on so many platforms, received high scores and praise across the board, simply makes it a worthy entry.
7. God of War II (PS2)
Luckily for all of the fans of the first title, God of War II is a worthy sequel. It adheres very strongly to the concept of, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it," perhaps to the point of excess. It is a well-designed game, with terrific level design and a smooth, excellent combat system, but it also doesn't particularly bring anything dramatically different to the field. This isn't a bad thing at all, but returning players will surely feel a serious case of déjà vu on Kratos' latest adventure. However, that's the worst one can say about this latest outing, and anyone who enjoyed the brutal action in the original God of War will be pleasantly surprised by God of War II.
6. Halo 3 (X360)
Halo 3, in short, deserves the amount of press and exposure it's getting. It's the product of a team that's on the top of its game and have been given the time they needed to make the game they wanted to make. If you've ever enjoyed an FPS, this is something you'll want to check out, whether it is merely to find out the conclusion of the trilogy story, the online experience (minus the trash talking 12 year olds of course), or the incredible multiplayer customization options.
5. The Orange Box (PS3/X360/PC)
The contents of The Orange Box span perhaps 10 years' worth of development, starting with 2004's Half-Life 2 and last year's continuation, HL2: Episode 1, then moving to the newer games in this package, HL2: Episode 2, quirky-but-brilliant puzzler Portal and stylized online fragfest Team Fortress 2. Sure, you can get the new games via Steam individually for about the same price as this package, and Half-Life 2 is still on store shelves for around $20 by itself, so whether you pick up five games for $50 or only the three newest is up to you. Are they worth it? The answer is yes, even more so if you're like me and hadn't gotten around to taking the HL2 plunge yet. The once-great are still very good, and the newer titles continue pushing the envelope in terms of quality, narrative and how much you can do within a given genre.
4. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
If you have a Wii, you owe it to yourself to get Super Mario Galaxy. It's the best Mario's been in years and perhaps his very best game ever. The combination of great level design, fantastic graphics, easy-to-learn controls, glorious soundtrack and just the overall wonderful presentation make Super Mario Galaxy a real winner. The only negatives are a sometimes-wonky camera and a fairly short length, but unlike other short games, Super Mario Galaxy offers enough to make you want to replay it again and again, and the addition of Luigi has a bonus playable character only sweetens the deal. If there is one game you have to own for the Wii, it's Super Mario Galaxy.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (NDS)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is not just the best DS game I've ever played, but it's also one of the best games I've ever played, period. It's engaging, it looks excellent, it is not too short by any means, it has plenty of different options to keep you going and its writing is top-notch. That there is also multiplayer included for use with the Nintendo Wi-Fi functionality is just icing on the cake. Simply put, if you don't have a DS, then you must go out and buy one just to play Phantom Hourglass! It's as must-have as you can get.
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3/X360/PC)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a great multiplayer game and a very, very good single-player campaign. It is first and foremost an experience, an experience of real combat presented with the cinematic qualities of top Hollywood films. Call of Duty 4 is one of the most important multiplatform games in the past decade, and it's certainly one of the finest, as well. From the moment we were given access to the beta test, up until this very day, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has given us a vast amount of hours of mindless frag fun, and more importantly, it hasn't turned stale.
1. Bioshock (X360/PC)
Bioshock is a must-buy title, with an excellent atmosphere, the most intriguing storyline we've experienced since the original Half-Life 2 on PC, and phenomenal graphics and sound design. Simply put, whether you are an Xbox 360 or PC owner, Bioshock is for you. While it was a pretty close contest among the other top five titles, Bioshock was the uncontested victor for our 2007 game of the year award!