Monday, 14 January 2008

Best of 2007 - #4

4 - Bioshock (Xbox 360)

Now we really start getting into the meat of my top ten. In actual fact, these top four games are all completely equal in my eyes - joint first if you will - and I've ranked them literally on the amount of time that I spent playing them. That's not a cop-out, it's a reflection of the quality of the games that 2007 produced. In my mind, it's been the best year in gaming for as long as I can remember, and Bioshock was the first title to really cement that notion.

The actual combat in Bioshock is pretty average. Had this not been Bioshock, it would have been just another average first-person shooter.
But then there's the atmosphere, the art design, the characters, the flawless detail that oozes from every crack in Rapture's underwater utopia. You get two plot twists for the price of one. Bioshock's world just draws you in and makes you forget that you're playing an average FPS with some RPG-lite tacked on.

Fully deserving of every Game of the Year award it took home, Bioshock is a work of art. A game that dares to do something different in an industry of clones, eschewing what is expected of modern games in favour of Ken Lavine's vision. It was a gamble that paid off, selling well over 2 million copies worldwide.

Now, would you kindly keep reading and find out how I've ranked my top three games of 2007...

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