2007 Reviews
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2007

Unreal Tournament 3

Unreal Tournament 3

I'm going to judge this as a single player experience, as I don't play online, and as such because it's all bot play it does probably warrant replays so you can get a better look at some of the levels. However, it is JUST bot play, which gets repetitive fast. On top of that some of the levels (CTF and Warfare) I didn't enjoy that much. In fact I cringed every time a Warfare level came up. UT3 might look fantastic, but it's not a proper single player experience, so not really recommended.

Soldier of Fortune: Payback

Soldier of Fortune: Payback

Overall okay visuals for 2007 but the levels are small, extremely linear with clipping all around you. The screenshots make the game look better than it actually is. Then again, it's hard to judge any games' visuals as that great after you play Crysis.

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Kane & Lynch is an average game at best. The combat is fun enough, but it'll only keep you busy for a day and isn't really worth playing it if you missed it in 2007.

Crysis

Crysis

Okay so let's wrap this up. Crysis is a fantastic looking game. The Crytek engine is one of the best around, and certainly the best I've seen at doing outdoor scenery. There are players around who think this games' graphics are overrated. But for 2007, at least with everything maxed out, Crysis looks at the top of it's game. It's a shame that, just like FarCry, the gameplay isn't as polished and takes a while before you'll begin to enjoy it. This is a game for the players that eat up beautiful environments and graphics. At least for a while because Crysis is quite a short game.

Blacksite: Area 51

Blacksite: Area 51

Last year I played 2005's Area 51 by Midway Studios. It was a decent effort for 2005 which led to expectations for Blacksite that it could only be even better. Strangely, despite the title this isn't related to the first game at all. It's a complete standalone title and mostly a different setting. Not for the better and expectations were not met.

F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate

F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate

The game is still fun all the way through, but that's because Monolith already built a great set of enemies and gameplay structure. TimeGate haven't done much but fill their bland levels with this fun gameplay. Not really worth it unless you don't care what games look like, and sadly looking at the top review sites that make no mention of how bad these levels look, that's probably a large percentage of players.

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Unfortunately Call Of Duty 3 skipped the PC market, so PC gamers had to wait two years for Infinity Ward to follow up 2005's COD2 with Modern Warfare in late 2007. COD2 was a solid game, but it didn't bring anything new to shooters. I gave it an average 7/10.

COD4 is definitely the best of the franchise so far, and better than all it's competitors such as the Tom Clancy games and Medal Of Honor. But there's still room for improvement in this great game.

X-Blades

X-Blades

Even more suprisingly the game doesn't look too bad. Some of the levels are quite nicely done for arenas. I suppose we're at an age in 2009 where it's not so difficult to make decent looking games. It must be said I played almost half the game in a single sitting and was enjoying it up to that point. But I could see it was starting to go downhill as the difficulty increased. Painkiller and Serious Sam this is NOT. A sequel was released in 2012, similar looking gameplay but improved looks. I'll give it a try.

TimeShift

TimeShift

TimeShift could be considered slightly under-rated when you look at it's many mixed and average reviews. What I'd compare it to most is F.E.A.R. Sure it's missing the dark horror scares and a story, but the gameplay is very similar. While in F.E.A.R. you're forced to use bullet-time constantly during combat, TimeShift takes bullet-time one step further and turns it into proper time control.

Painkiller: Overdose

Painkiller: Overdose

This was originally intended to be an unnofficial fan-made mod for Painkiller. And it that respect, it's pretty amazing. That was until DreamCatcher allowed the developers to turn it into a full stand-alone game. If that meant sequel then in that respect, it's doesn't live up to sequel expectations - considering the content it's still just an addon - a double-sized expansion pack.

Clive Barker's Jericho

Clive Barker's Jericho

We have a memorable storyline and setting, great set of different characters you can play with and a decent looking game. The linearity is extreme, but the difficulty level and having to replay from checkpoints ruins the game. It's only saving grace is putting a cheat on, pumping up the difficulty slightly and we've got a much better game.

John Woo's Stranglehold

John Woo's Stranglehold

Usually after playing a game I know exactly what it did wrong and what to complain about. But in Stranglehold, to be honest, there's nothing really that bad here. It's just a good, action-packed game to add to the collection. Decent design, fun gameplay. Perhaps it's only big flaw is it's very short length and only seven levels.

Medal Of Honor: Airborne

Medal Of Honor: Airborne

Medal of Honor: Airborne is the pefect example of a game that could have been great, but was left stumbling over it's own feet in an unfinished product. I can only assume it's because Activision's Call Of Duty was jumping ahead of them in the WWII shooter market. The last MOH effort in 2004, Pacific Assault, was an average game and since then Activision released a successful Call Of Duty 2 in 2006 and was set to release Call Of Duty 3 in time for the 2007 christmas.

Bioshock

Bioshock

Bioshock; the final action game on my 2007 list to play, which I've been saving up because I knew I'd love and hoped it would beat out Crysis for my game of the year. But it wasn't to be.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

So overall what did I think of Tomb Raider Anniversary? Well the levels all looked pretty good. Not groundbreaking and won't be on any best-of lists in 2007 for it's design, but good enough. And while the puzzles and jumping dynamics were good for most of the game, there were some really frustrating points, not helped by terrible boss battles and no quick-save. Not to be forgotten rubbish fight scenes. I wouldn't play any other Tomb Raider games unless I knew it was going to look utterly amazing, so Legend and Underworld are off my list. I don't like to be frustrated, hence a low score for Lara.

Alpha Prime

Alpha Prime

Alpha Prime, developed by European studio Black Element Software with their own engine, is another of the lower ranked 2007 action titles with a 59% aggregate. However in some ways that's quite a generous score.

Red Ocean

Red Ocean

Red Ocean is not really a game you'd expect to pay money for in 2007. It's only mission pack length and the gameplay and level design belongs in the 90's and early 2000's. Having said that, I quite enjoy going back and playing the old custom missions for Quake II, and this is basically what Red Ocean is; just with a slightly better engine and no Strogg. If you can track down a free version online (it's not hard with a google search), it's only a 215mb download (cut scenes not included though) so give it a shot if your bored and with an open mind you might actually enjoy it. I did!

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

It's a game that I'm not really surprised a lot of people love, but for me, personally, my patience wore thin and I found it a little tedious, if not boring, after a while. I'd probably enjoy it much more on a second playthrough as I'd know what to expect and what to focus on, and to get better weapons! But it's been 15 years since a game was released that I played more than once all the way through (yes, it was Quake). There's too many great games out there to bother playing a barely average game through again hoping to enjoy it more.

Infernal

Infernal

Overall Infernal is a good game and certainly worth playing. It won't be the best of 2007, but certainly deserves better than a 6 out of 10.

Call Of Juarez

Call Of Juarez

I think Call Of Juarez is worthy of a play through the once, at least for it's action parts. Even though the stealthy, jumping Billy sections are a bit of a drag. The game looks good, the action is fun, it's not in the elite shooters of 2007, but for a bargain bin price I'd recommend it.