WATCH: Why 2007 (yes, 2007) was the best year for video games

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Dec 28, 2017, 10:30 AM EST

While other sites are looking back at the best video games of 2017 as the year is quickly drawing to a close, SYFY WIRE has actually decided to take a look back at the best YEAR in gaming… which so happens to have taken place ten years ago.

So why is 2007 a banner year for all things video games, you may ask? Well, there are several factors. At the time, players were already going through the seventh generation of consoles: Xbox 360 had been released in 2005 while PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii followed a year later. PS3 was actually the first console to allow Blu-ray playback (thank you very much) which, along with better hardware, allowed for bigger games and a richer gaming experience.

Many of today's biggest gaming franchises also came out for the very first time in 2007, including: Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, The Witcher, Bioshock, Portal and Mass Effect. The year also saw some of the best entries into already established franchises such as Super Mario Galaxy, Halo 3, God of War 2, Call of Duty 4 and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, which was the very first expansion for that little MMORPG juggernaut called World of Warcraft.

So sit back, relax, get into that hot tub time machine and have a look back at some of the biggest games of 2007 and why they were so groundbreaking.


Additional material by Nathalie Caron.