2007, we hardly knew thee. For this week’s “What we’re playing,” we’re reflecting on our personal favorite games from this past year. Looking through the list, you’ll see lots of the well-known favorites, including Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, and Rock Band. If we had to lock ourselves in a room and fight over our official office pick for GOTY, I’d venture to say it would end up being between the Orange Box or Bioshock. If you’ve been following this blog, or playing games this year, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
As for the format for our rankings, there really isn’t one…I’ve let folks at the office format their lists as they please. If you’d like, feel free to share your picks in the comments section.
On to the lists…
Ryan Ashford: 1) Team Fortress 2 2) Portal 3) Gimme Friction Baby 4) Super Mario Galaxy 5) Call of Duty 4
Shannon Bailey, Programmer: 1) Persona 3 2) Rock Band 3) Rogue Galaxy 4) Mass Effect 5) Eternal Sonata
Jonathan Bilodeau, Graphics Programmer: 1) Mass Effect 2) Bioshock 3) Puzzle Quest 4) Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass 5) Blue Dragon
Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Portal, Call of Duty 4, Rock Band, Crysis, and Super Mario Galaxy
Angela Browder, Associate Producer: 1) Puzzle Quest 2)Crackdown 3)World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 4)Bioshock 5)The Darkness. Honorable Mentions: CoD4, Eets: Chowdown, Super Mario Galaxy
Joel Burgess: Phase (iPod), S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Orange Box (PC), Halo 3, Call of Duty 4 (PC), Mario Galaxy (Wii).
Ashley Cheng, Producer: GOTY (tie): Portal, Rock Band, Bioshock. Biggest Surprise: The Witcher. Personal Fav: Mass Effect.
Nate Ellis, Design Intern: 1) Bioshock 2) Assassin’s Creed 3) WoW: The Burning Crusade 4) Puzzle Quest – DS 5) Guitar Hero 2 – 360
Games that didn’t get considered because I haven’t played them yet: Super Mario Galaxy, Rock Band, Metroid Prime, Orange Box, Zak & Wiki.
Chris Esko, Systems Programmer: 1) Bioshock 2) Orange Box 3) Mass Effect 4) Super Mario Galaxy 5) Puzzle Quest
Honorable mentions: Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed, Rock Band, Bomberman Live, God of War 2, Metroid Prime 3, Overlord
Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: 1) Bioshock 2) Portal 3) Super Mario Galaxy 4) Everyday Shooter 5)Halo 3. Honorable Mentions: God of War II, Call of Duty 4, Rock Band, Contra IV, Ratchet and Clank Future, Uncharted, Phantom Hourglass.
Ricardo Gonzalez, And the Nominees Are: 1) Bioshock 2) Portal 3) Psychonauts 4) Fallout 5) The first half of Guitar Hero III on Hard
Pete Hines: Game of the Year: I haven’t finished playing any number of games that probably would make my list (Mass Effect, COD4, Rock Band, Mario Galaxy, etc) so it’s silly to rank a top 5 until I get to all those, but in no particular order I have: Carcassone, Puzzle Quest, Portal, Bioshock, Halo 3, Picross, Rayman (Wii), and Jeanne D’Arc.
Craig Lafferty, Producer: 1) Bioshock 2) Call of Duty 4 3) The Orange Box 4) Rock Band 5) Pac Man C.E. Honorable Mentions: Halo 3, Crackdown, Madden 08, Peggle, Skate
Tim Lamb: Call of Duty 4 all the way
Michael Lattanzia, QA: (Top 5 in no particular order) Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Hellgate: London, Rock Band, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Orange Box. Honorable Mention: Super Mario Galaxy (I don’t have a Wii yet to play it), BioShock (didn’t have time to play it, but I liked what I did play), Lord of the Rings: Online, and probably several others that I can’t think of at the moment.
Dan Lee, Artist: 1) Call of Duty 4 2) Picross DS 3) Persona 3 4) Crackdown 5) Eets: Chowdown
Honorable Mention: Stuntman: Ignition
Nathan McDyer, Associate Producer: 1)Orange Box 2)Bioshock 3)Skate 4)Crackdown 5)Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
Aaron Mitschelen, QA: 1) LotRO 2) Soul Nomad and the World Eaters 3) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 4) Crysis 5) World in Conflict
Matt Ouzounian, Quite Active: Orange Box, Mass Effect, and Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Phil Nelson, Additional Pylon Constructor: 1) Rock Band 2) First 5 Hours Of Assassins Creed 3) Hitman: Blood Money[I was late to the party] 4) Portal 5) Bioshock
Gary Noonan, Character Animator: My choice for Game of the Year ’07 would have to be…. Um…. (ok, I just sat here for the last 5 minutes staring and thinking and nothing really comes to mind)…. Uh…. Ok, how about DiRT. Total underdog but I think I put more time into that than I did anything else all year and I totally enjoyed it.
Emil Pagliarulo: My Game of the Year has got to be Call of Duty 4. Pure military gaming awesomeness distilled down to its purest form. From a development standpoint, that game is so polished, tight, and fast, it makes my head spin. Other favs â€“ Portal was awesome, I really dug Assassin’s Creed, I’m still playing and loving S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and from what I’ve played of the Witcher so far, it’s easily my RPG of the year.
Nate Purkeypile, Vertex Villain: 1) TF2 2) Super Mario Galaxy 3) Portal 4) Rock Band 5) Civ 4: Beyond the Sword
Dan Ross, QA: 1) Portal 2) Civ 4: Beyond the Sword 3) Bioshock 4) Team Fortress 2 5) Rock Band
Honorable mention: Can I say Fallout 2? I only actually played all the way through this year, so it still counts right? Right!?
Megan Sawyer, Art Chick: 1)TES IV: Shivering Isles on PC 2) Pokemon Diamond on DS 3) Rock Band on XBox 360 4)Guitar Hero 3 on XBox 360 5)Puzzle Quest for DS & Xbox Live. Honorable mentions go to Catz 2 DS, and MySims for the DS.
Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: 1) Crysis 2) Portal 3) Super Mario Galaxy 4) Forza Motorsport 2 5) Phantom Hourglass
Honorable Mentions: Orcs & Elves, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Team Fortress 2
Probably Good Games I Haven’t Played Yet: Mass Effect, The Witcher, World in Conflict, PGR4, Zak & Wiki
Michael Wagner, Marketing: 1)Orange Box 2)Halo 3 3.)Supreme Commander 4.)Bioshock 5.)Call of Duty 4
Fred Zeleny, Random Title Generator: 1) Portal 2) Super Mario Galaxy 3) Rock Band 4)Team Fortress II 5) Mass Effect