Top 10 PC Games of 2007
Last year at this time, I wrote about what I thought were the five best PC games that were released in 2006. At the time, I stated that in the past year that a number of games that I was looking forward to playing were either delayed or slated to be released in 2007, making 2006 a rather lean year for PC game fans. Well, 2007 is now over and I can state with some confidence that the past year was a huge step forward in PC gaming. Simply put there were a ton of worthy PC games released in the past 12 months and while it was fairly easy to pick the top 5 games for 2006, it was much more difficult to do the same for the past year; so much so that I've decided to double the amount of games to 10 for 2007 plus add a few honorable mentions. I expect that many of you will be disputing my choices for the top PC games of the past year in the comments section and that's to be expected. I think that this list of games is the tightest in terms of quality and entertainment we have experienced in some time; any one of these titles in 2007 could have topped the list of best PC games of 2006.
While 2007 was a banner year for quality PC games, there were some disappointments, with a number of titles not reaching their full potential. One that I thought I would mention right now is Hellgate London, the highly anticipated action-RPG from developer Flagship Studios. There's no doubt that the development team is highly talented and the game itself shows promise, but it was also clearly released to stores far too early with a number of bugs and issues that could not be ignored. Adding to those issues is the optional $9.95 a month charge for "premium" content that so far hasn't lived up to its price. Hellgate London could improve over the next few months, but Flagship and the game's publishers Namco and EA should have waited a few more months to polish the game. It's a situation that has occurred time and time again, particularly in PC gaming. You would think by now that developers and publishers should know that releasing a buggy product (that could have been improved with a little more time during the development stage) never works out in the end.
With that mini-rant out of the way, let's look at our picks for the top 10 best PC games released in the calendar year of 2007.
#10. Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Electronic Arts successfully resurrected this seminal RTS game franchise with this latest installment, going "back to basics" by setting the game in the original C&C universe and timeline, bringing back the somewhat campy but still fun FMV cut scenes with Hollywood actors (oh, Tricia Helfer....oh, sorry), and most of all bringing back the intense and over-the-top gameplay of the series following the more "realistic" tone of the C&C: Generals line up.
While we still would love to see a new Red Alert C&C game, Tiberium Wars is still the best C&C game since Red Alert 2.