Games People (Will Eventually) Play

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GameSpot and GameSpy are both posting their Most Wanted Games of 2007 lists. Why don’t they just go ahead and merge already? Ooh, I am totally registering!

GameSpy is stingily doling its list out day by day over the course of this week, but GameSpot’s full list is up. To wit:

BioShock (2K Games/Irrational Games – Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Burnout 5 (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games – Xbox 360 / PS3)
Crackdown (Microsoft Game Studios/Realtime Worlds – Xbox 360)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Activision/Splash Damage – PC)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft/Microsoft Game Studios – Xbox 360)
Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Valve Software – PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
God of War II (SCEA/ SCE Studios Santa Monica – PS2)
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/Bungie Software – Xbox 360)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo – DS)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios/BioWare – Xbox 360)
Spore (EA Games/Maxis – PC)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo – Wii)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo/HAL Labs – Wii)
Tomb Raider Anniversary (Eidos Interactive/Crystal Dynamics – PS2)

GameSpy (though not -Spot) calls out a couple of game I’m especially interested in. One is Alan Wake, by the people who did the Max Payne series, which I fell for pretty hard. The graphics were nothing special, but the writing was full of this really dark, cruel horror-humor I just couldn’t get enough of. (I can remember once being alone in my office, playing it late at night, with that creepy voice saying “I think I died! I think I’m dead!” That day, I knew fear.)

The other is the Crusades-era action title Assassin’s Creed. I saw a really early demo of this, back when it was a 360 exclusive (before it was a PS3 exclusive, until it wasn’t), and Ubisoft didn’t even seem to be sure whether or not it was going to be a Prince of Persia title. The medieval street scenes, the wall-climbing animations, the edged weapon combat — it was the first next gen title I saw that really looked next gen. Seriously, I about fell through the screen and back in time a la Time Bandits.

What’s on your list?