We’re going to run the poll for another week to see if more people will come forward to defend the honor of 2007. Reverend Mike makes a great point that it might not be as good as we hoped with the Writer’s Strike messing up the movie and tv schedules. I should also point out how many great new shows I started watching in 2007: Chuck, Journeyman, and Pushing Daisies being instant hits in my household.
To go even more into defending the year that is about to end, I’ll ask you for a minute to think back over the games that you have played this year. This has been a great year for gamers, especially video gamers. It seems that all the major genres have been covered with ground breaking titles or solid sequels. All the major gaming websites look like they have a difficult time choosing just one 2007 release to highlight as the best of the year. But this is not about what they think, it’s about how you’d answer the question:
What was your favorite game of 2007?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a banner year in gaming myself. Not only have I been playing more video games that I have in years, new board games (and old ones that I never got to try) have been hitting the table weekly, and my D&D game has been going strong for 4 months now. Plus, I have plenty of games I could pick that I’m totally biased towards: my own game was published, and two of my good friends had new works published that I playtested.
However, my top pick for the year goes to a late release: Rock Band. I can’t think of a single game that has brought so many of my friends together so often, and has us discussing songs, tips, and strategies when not playing. Rock Band, with its three different instruments, has tons of replay value built in that give the game plenty of extra life. Wii Sports is probably the closest game I’ve played that had people excited in similar ways, but lacked a lot of the replay value it needed, and no other game for the Wii has managed to tap into that same kind of fun.
To round out my list, Portal definitely wins my innovation award, but just got too frustrating one too many times for me to come out on top. The top board game for me this year (that I didn’t playtest) was the excellent RTS-style Space Dealer.
So let it fly, what was your top game of 2007?