KINKER KORNER’S TOP 33 VIDEO GAMES OF 2007 NSFW

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I didn’t manage to get up to 35 for several reasons but don’t let that put you off….2007 was an amazing year for gaming. Just look at some of these classics towards the top of the list!. Ridiculous.

 

33.Manhunt 2-Playstation 2

Starting off with some controversy here as the sequel to the exploitation snuff game that totally made people kill each other in real life (according to idiots in the UK). This follow up didn’t get the play that the original did as it came out on the dying PS2, the psp which wasn’t the best platform for it and the Wii which on the whole isn’t their target market. That said it still had a bunch of anti video game violence lobbies after it for it’s subject matter and it’s gory action. Where you begin in a prison in the first game, here you take control of Daniel Lamb in a psych ward. What follows is an extremely violent game just like the first one but there is no character in this one as memorable as Pigsy from the first one. 

 

32. Sega Rally Revo-Playstation 3

I hadn’t played a Sega Rally game since the original in the arcades all those years ago so it was a nice nostalgia blast when I picked this early ps3 racer up. Going off road with next gen graphics (at the time) was exhilarating and although as I’ve stated plenty I’m not a big racing game fan I got a lot of fun out of this one.

 

31. Clive Barker’s Jericho-Playstation 3

The second Clive Barker written game on the lists is one that didn’t go over as well with critics as Undying did but I still got a lot out of it with an incredible atmosphere and Barker’s typically demented enemy design. The squad based action combat system came in for a lot of criticism and fairly so, it’s clumsy and doesn’t work very well but if you can get past that then there’s an incredible horror aesthetic and atmosphere to enjoy. The ending sucks though.

 

30. Spider-Man: Friend Or Foe-Xbox 360

I was late to the ps3/360 generation of gaming as I was hanging on with the playstation 2. When I picked up my Xbox 360 I got a couple of games with the package and was offered a free game of a certain price as well. I picked up this wee gem knowing nothing about it as it looked like a fun old school simple beat em up. That’s exactly what it was and it’s completely underrated, I never hear anyone talking about this game which is a shame as it’s fun co op beat em up nonsense like the games I grew up with.

 

29. TMNT-Xbox 360

Based on the somewhat underrated 2007 cgi film, this 3d beat em up platformer sees you running around New York, scaling buildings and beating up bad guys in all manner of cool and acrobatic ways. Look, I’m aware I probably give it more of a pass because I’m such a TMNT nut but I’m also a fan of beat em ups and don’t need my games to be super deep or innovative as long as they’re fun and this is.

 

28. TMNT-Game Boy Advance

….and here’s the handheld version that is even more of a throwback to the beat em ups of my day with a 2d side scrolling style and colourful sprites. It really took me back to the days of playing Turtles In Time obsessively and it’s a perfect example of a game evoking that style without adding too much to it. A lot of games nowadays that go for the old school beat em up style get it wrong in my opinion and could learn from keeping it simple like this.

 

27. Crysis-PC

This fps was known for it’s incredible visuals, some of the best ever seen in a game and my wee bro was really into this one. You suit has loads of upgradable specialties and abilities like cloaking which means you can play the game in stealth mode or upgrade all your weaponry and go in all guns blazing. I never saw it as the be all and end all of the fps genre as some did but it’s definitely a good and impressive game. 

 

26. Professor Layton And Pandora’s Box-DS

What a great little series this is from level 5 Inc. A puzzle game in which you play Prof. Layton and his self appointed apprentice Luke as they travel around solving mysteries. After Layton’s friend dies supposedly opening a box that kills anyone opening it, he sets off with Luke to uncover the mystery. Loads of fun puzzles and adventures ensue.

 

25. The Simpsons Game-Playstation 3

It’s flawed, clumsy, the camera sucks but for hardcore fans of the series this was a lot of fun. For me season 3-9 of The Simpsons was the greatest tv show of all time and there are loads of jokes referencing that time and of course lots of original jokes. The game is very meta in the sense that it makes fun of gaming tropes such as awarding you with a trophy for starting the game. The constant commentary of the game pokes fun at the silly standard things games make you do. By no means perfect but a good time for fans and a final boss of playing God at a dance mat game is genius.

 

24. Virtua Tennis 3-Playstation 3

I stated my love for the Virtua Tennis series before and the quality is still high on this one but it doesn’t reach the heights of the second game for me. That said it’s more of the same excellent,exciting tennis action with a roster comprising of the likes of Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Lleyton Hewitt and more.

23. Patapon-PSP

Oh boy this is a tough one to describe. I guess it’s a kind of a God game in which you use tribal drums to guide little silhouetted fellas around levels in a rhythm based game. It’s beautifully stylistic and one of the best looking games on the psp. It draws a lot of similarities to LocoRoco in the sense that it’s a cartoony, cutesy but challenging game with a beautiful visuals with a unique gameplay style.

 

22.Silent Hill: Origins-PSP

The first Silent Hill game not made by the original team is also the first proper entry in the series to be released on a handheld system. As you can tell by it’s placement on the list compared to how well the series usually does with me. That said it has it’s moment and a pretty good atmosphere despite some stylistic choices not sitting well with me. It’s a prequel to the original game so a lot of things that were talked about in the 1999 classic are seen in this game. Travis is a decent protagonist too so it definitely has plenty of plus points.

 

21. Super Paper Mario-Wii

Unlike most of the Paper Mario games this one is a side scrolling platformer like traditional Mario games but adds rpg elements as well. It has a great style and looks fantastic with a simple plot filled with funny moments and interactions. The flat 2d parts of the game are far better than the 3d bits though.

 

20. Portal-PC

Oh god this is where my life ends with a sea of geeks swamping me like zombies for putting this so low on the list. Look I like it and appreciate why it’s so popular with it’s intelligent gameplay, clever puzzles and humour (that I never really found very funny but hey ho) I just think it’s way overrate that’s all. Ok then….let’s see how this goes.

 

19. No More Heroes-Wii

Suda 51’s ultra stylish hack and slash pop culture bonanza is filled with childish humour, gore, violence, comedy and movie references. Suda is a punk fan and took the name from a Stranglers song which is a cool little bit of trivia, especially for a punk like me. You play the awesomely names Travis Touchdown who wins a special sword in an auction and becomes embroiled in a huge plot involving a bunch of assassins coming after him.

 

18. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow Of Chernobyl-PC

A sadly overlooked horror fps set around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant where a second nuclear disaster has occurred and has created a whole load of strange creatures and oddities. It’s terrifying and I don’t know why it isn’t talked about more because it creates one of the most intense atmospheres I’ve ever felt in gaming. It’s loosely based on the great sci fi novel Roadside Picnic from 1971.

 

17. Sam And Max Season Two: Beyond Time And Space-PC

The second group of episodic Sam And Max stories by Telltale Games is more of the sharply written, funny, puzzle solving adventuring we’ve come to expect from our favourite doggy detective and his maniacal rabbit thingy partner. Loads of fun characters and funny encounters make it a typically witty Sam And Max game.

 

16. The Witcher-PC

The game that introduced us to the gruff voiced protagonist Geralt Of Rivia, a witcher who is born to fight monsters in a rough and dangerous land. The series has gone on to become incredibly popular with the third game being one of my favourites of all time. The first entry into the series has excellent stories, loads to do, a beautifully realised world but it lacks polish. Combat can be clunky, it’s very difficult and it has it’s flaws but overall it’s such a wonderfully realised world with rich lore and great enemy designs. Every square inch feels lived in and every character has a detailed backstory. It’s based on the books by Polish fantasy author Andrej Sapkowski.

 

15. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles-Wii

A light gun rail shooter that goes through the events of Resi Zero, Resi Remake and Resi 3? Sounds right up my street and it is. It has narration from Albert Wesker talking about the history of The Umbrella Chronicles and as a fan of light gun games it’s a blast going through these games in a different style. It’s a greatest hits package and a love letter to fans of the series os which I am a big one.

 

14. Eternal Sonata-Xbox 360

A beautiful and sadly underappreciated jrpg with stunning, colourful visuals, a solid combat mechanic and a bizarre but well told story. The plot revolves around a world dreamed up by romantic classical composer Frederic Chopin as he is dying from tuberculosis. The game features his music which adds to the beauty and the entire plot is too detailed to go into but I could ramble on about the game for ages. I really wish this was discussed more (I’ve said that a few times on this list) as it really connected with me.

 

13.Professor Layton And The Curious Village-DS

Another Layton game on the list and this one was the first in the series, introducing us to the charismatic genius and his loyal sidekick Luke. The plot revolves around said curious village and a mysterious artifact known as the golden apple which leads to a fortune for those who can decipher it’s riddles. You use the touchscreen to solve brain teasers and all sorts of puzzles in this adventure game filled with charm.

 

12. The Darkness-Playstation 3/Xbox 360

This video game adaptation of the Top Cow comic series came out of the blue and was surprisingly excellent considering most who played more than likely hadn’t even heard of the comics. The action was excellent mixing guns with demonic appendages to wipe out your enemies. Kirk Acevedo (from Oz, one of the greatest tv shows ever) voices the protagonist Jackie Estacado as he becomes possessed with the darkness, a demon that gives him incredible abilities. He has to manage his lust for vengeance against rival gangs and keeping his beloved girlfriend safe. There are loads of wee quirks that make this game so cool like the ability to sit on the sofa with your lass cuddling each other and watching the entirety of To Kill A Mockingbird and other movies.

 

11. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All-DS

5 new cases with an overarching storyline for the likeable Phoenix Wright and friends to take on. The game takes place in two styles of play, one being the courtroom where you and rival prosecutor Franziska Von Karma go at each other cross examining everything and using evidence to win your case. The other half is spent investigating, collecting clues and finding items to use in the courtroom. Brilliantly drawn, well told stories and likeable characters in this second entry into the series.

 

10.Tekken 6-Arcade/Playstation 3

Namco’s flagship 3d fighting game returns for a smooth, great looking fighter filled with a good roster of characters knocking seven shades of shit out of each other. Nine new characters were brought into this entry like Bob Richards, Zafina, Miguel and more. As usual the fan favourite characters return to take part in the Mishima run tournament of the iron fist. Back come Armor King 2, Yoshimitsu, Kazuya, Marshall Law, Anna, Nina and more.

 

9. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare-Xbox 360

This is the game that really started the phenomenal popularity of the COD series. It had been popular before but oh boy thing sent it through the roof after this one. It remains one of the most popular series of all time despite hipsters constantly shitting on it on social media whenever they can. I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the series as it’s not normally my thing but this game is absolutely epic. So many memorable scenes like the atom bomb going off to the end sequence and all the stunning set pieces in between make it an incredible fps.

 

8. Hotel Dusk: Room 215-DS

An ultra stylish point and click mystery adventure for Nintendo’s handheld. You play a former cop turned salesman who is in a run down motel while he looks for former partner. He stays in room 215 which is said to grant wishes and holds many mysteries which you , as Kyle Hyde uncover as the game goes on. Choices you make throughout the plot change the way the story unfolds and it has such an incredible visual flare that it makes the whole experience so engrossing. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Dusk.

 

7. Uncharterted: Drake’s Fortune-Playstation 3

The early days of the ps3 was quite a struggle and it was roundly mocked for having no killer games and the Xbox 360 was considered the way to go. Enter Nathan Drake and the first Uncharted game to set all that straight. Naughty Dog delivered big time with this Indiana Jones inspired adventure treasure hunting epic. Great graphics and a likeable protagonist brilliantly played by Nolan North whose charismatic portrayal created a gaming character for the ages.

 

6. Ratchet And Clank: Tools Of Destruction-Playstation 3

The first part in the Future trilogy sees Ratchet and Clank set out on a new adventure sent into the future for Ratchet to find more of his race. Stunning graphics like something out of a Pixar movie with a fun story to match, loveable characters that include Ratchet being nice to Clank which is a big plus! and the weapons as always are loads of fun (buzzblades rule) and inventive as hell. There is a lot of new gameplay mechanics to get used to and it gets difficult later on with seas of enemies swamping you but it’s a fair challenge. A wonderful entry to a stunning series from Insomniac who went from making Resistance: Fall Of Man to this showing their flexibility.

 

5. Bioshock-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

What can I say that hasn’t been said a million times by other columns?. The first hour or so of this game introduces you to one of the most beautifully realised worlds in gaming. Rapture, the under water “utopia” has fallen to shit with drugged out crazies trying to kill you at every stop. The big daddys, the little sisters, the plot twist to end all plot twists and all the other things that have been drilled to death so I’ll leave it there.

 

4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-Trials And Tribulations-DS

Beautifully wrapping up the original trilogy, the five cases in the Ace Attorney game are up there with the best in the entire series, particularly the last one. A new villain, Gadot is an excellent addition who is seemingly always one step ahead of you in the courtroom. Full of twists and turns with a surprisingly emotional ending, this may just be the best game in the series.

 

3. God Of War 2-Playstation 2

One of the many reasons I stick with Sony is the God Of War series with it being exclusive to the playstation. Kratos is back and the game opens up with one of the best intro levels of all time that sees you battling the Rhodes Colossus before Zeus takes all your powers away and you have to build them all up again. As the new God Of War after beating Ares at the end of the last game Kratos is shunned by his fellow gods and killed by Zeus, only to be revived by Gaia who wants to use him to get revenge on Zeus herself. It’s more combat based than it’s predecessor and doesn’t have nearly as much puzzles. Brutal, violent and a great story based on Greek mythology.

 

2. Mass Effect-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

The beginning of Bioware’s epic space opera in which you play Commander Shephard in a sci fi adventure in which you control your destiny making all sorts of game changing choices along the way. There are quandaries in which you have to save one crew member over another, you can choose to pursue a romance with someone, the way you act over time affect the way people react to you. Meeting all the different races on different planets was so much fun and it was so well written that you couldn’t wait for the adventure to continue….more on that later.

 

1 Super Mario Galaxy-Wii

There have been some incredible games on this list with stunningly realised worlds and I don’t think any game encapsulates that more than Super Mario Galaxy. It changed the way you played 3d platformers and played with gravity as Mario traversed around these little worlds he traveled to. Colourful, imaginative and utterly captivating, Nintendo somehow manage to do the impossible almost every time when it comes to Mario games….when you think you’ve seen it all and the world is baying for bloody gore and shooter game they buck the trend and bring out a whimsical treasure that could reduce you to tears.

 

As always thank you so much for reading and join me here for the next list soon. Catch me @swing_kinker until then ta.

 

 

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