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What was important in 2007?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

The end of the year is fast approaching, which always means one thing as far as the media is concerned: it's time for year-end lists. Love 'em or hate 'em, year-in-review stories are a good opportunity to reflect on the events of the past 12 months, not to mention a good way to fill space at a time when news starts to cool off.

We'll be unveiling our year-end wrap-ups for science and technology this week, reviewing the stories we thought were important. A couple of companies - Google, Apple and Facebook - dominated the news and brought about big changes over the past year, so they'll be sure to figure prominently on the list. Of course, such lists are always subjective so we'd like to turn it over to our readers. What did you think were the important stories of the past year?

And since we didn't do a formal list, here are my top five video games of the year:
1. Guitar Hero 2: While the game came out for the Playstation 2 last year, it only made it to the Xbox 360 this year. The third installment was fun, but this was my first exposure to the game, which kept me playing regularly for the better part of six months.

2. Halo 3: No surprise here - it's one of the rare games that I played through more than once.

3. The Simpsons Game: Easily the best game starring the wacky residents of Springfield.

4. Mass Effect: Bioware keeps evolving the RPG to new levels of amazing.

5. BioShock: Thoroughly engrossing, even if it was reminiscent of Doom 3.

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Garet

Winnipeg

I'd say for a top 5 games, it'd go something like this:

5. Guitar Hero 2
4. Orange Box
3. Call of Duty 4
2. Halo 3
1. Super Mario Galaxy

Posted December 19, 2007 02:20 PM

Owen

Montreal

I loved Orange Box, definitely think it deserved to make the list... Valve's latest installment of the Half-Life series is possibly the most broad-reaching and involving yet. Of course, I'm not much of a platform gamer... I'm itching to try out Bioshock though!

Posted December 21, 2007 06:42 PM

Claudio

Ontario

My top 5 games go like this:

5. Halo 3 - Multiplayer is entertaining in small doses but I mainly played it to finish the trilogy. Not as epic as I had hoped but fun nonetheless.

4. Guitar Hero III - First time I played a game like this. I got chills playing Evenflow and Black Magic Woman. I can't play a real guitar so this is the next best thing. Tons of fun but a little embarrasing when children whoop my butt.

3. Bioshock - A fantastic FPS and doesn't feel like a "me too" shooter. Plenty of abilities to make each playthrough feel different from the last. I would have liked a control scheme that would have accomodated a lefty however. If there is one, I never found it!

2. Call of Duty 4 - Now THIS is my kind of FPS. Great visuals, customizable abilities, real world-style combat. Thank you Infinity Ward, thank you, thank you, thank you :)

1. Mass Effect - Wow...just wow. I'm a fan of sci-fi and a long time fan of RPG's so this was gaming nirvana for me. Excellent voice overs, interesting storyline, FPS-esque gameplay make this game exactly what a next gen RPG should be.

Happy Holidays :)

Posted December 23, 2007 04:54 PM

Danny

Edmonton

good games but in the wrong order

Posted December 26, 2007 04:41 PM

Jordan

Winnipeg

I wouldn't put Guitar Hero 2 on the list since it's a non-game. Personally, I'd put (in order):

Super Mario Galaxy
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations
Phantom Hourglass
Halo 3

Posted December 27, 2007 11:40 PM

Garet

Winnipeg

Maybe I'd change my Guitar Hero 2 to Rock Band. I got a few hours of that in before my 360 got the 3 red lights...

Posted December 28, 2007 09:37 AM

Claudio

Ontario

I've been hearing good things about Rockband and if it delivers the same kind of goodness that GH does (or even more?) then no doubt it would have made my list. Btw the order is unimportant, those being the five most memorable that I played this past year. I will stand by Mass Effect holding the top spot however. Gotta hate the red ring of death...

Posted December 28, 2007 11:00 AM

Jordan

Winnipeg

Rock Band is also a non-game. Also, how far into Orange Box did you get before the RROD? You couldn't "finish the fight", could you?

Posted December 28, 2007 09:23 PM

Garet

Winnipeg

You know I got to update Orange Box, and that's about it.

Posted January 2, 2008 09:01 AM

Jason

Halifax

Well Ill be the first to say this but first on my list is Smackdown VS Raw 2008, though it still glitched like crazy, as the previous SD! Vs Raw series. I'm a huge wrestling fan. I'm training to become a wrestler as well. I really would like to see the PC come out with a completely original wrestling game, where you can customize ypour wrestlers right down a T. Most CAW modes in current wrestling games always lack in originality. I think it would be neat to customly make your own taunt or customize a wrestling move to what you for-take as how it should be setup and finished. PC tested out its ability with a wrestling game, back when RAW came out for the X-Box. It came to the PC two years following, but it was a disappointing flop. There are a couple of games that have been underdevelopement for a couple of years, and look promising, but with the posted features for each, they all lack in the CAW mode, and is limited to only current roster wrestlers. A good wrestling game should come with perfect originality.

Top five list:
1. Smackdown! VS RAW Ft. ECW 2008 (X-box 360)
2. Orange Box (X-Box 360)
3. Bio Shock (PC)
4. Guitar Hero III (Wii)
5. Call of Duty 4 (X-box 360)/ Halo 3 (X-box 360)(only online, found the story mode rather 'boring')

Posted January 24, 2008 01:00 PM

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