Games of 2007
This is the cream of the crop, people. This list represents the very best in the year that was for Xbox 360 supremacy. If you want to know which game to pick up for your loved one, anything on this list will do just fine. We've also compiled a list of the readers' top ten games of 2007 as chosen by none other than -- you guessed it -- you, the reader. Also check out our list of the top sellers over the last 365 days as reported by the NPD. But before all that, we present to you the ten best games for 2007.

BioShock
2K Games
IGN Rating: 9.7

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It has been a long while since we've seen a world as immersive as the one created by Andrew Ryan for use in 2K Boston's (read: Irrational Games, creators of the beloved System Shock 2) epic single-player first-person shooter. Rapture was the perfect setting for one of the year's most surreal and intense gaming experiences. The ever-encroaching water provided a constant feeling of claustrophobia that was only surpassed by the storyline crafted by Ken Levine.

Players inhabited the body of Jack Thompson, a victim of a plane crash in the middle of the ocean with no help in sight other than a nearby lighthouse. Doing what he thought was best Jack swam over, entered and was transported to the underwater insanity trapped within the world of Rapture. It's unquestionably one of the year's best stories and it's all wrapped around a fully-functional first-person shooter experience complete with RPG and puzzle-solving elements. BioShock is unquestionably one of the best solely single-player experiences that we've seen in quite some time.

The Orange Box
EA
IGN Rating: 9.5

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We're happy when games deliver an amount of quality that fits their price tag. It's so rare that we feel totally justified in dropping more than 60 bucks on a single title that when something as magnificently captivating as Orange Box comes along we can think of nothing better to do than stand up and applaud. The adventures of Gordon Freeman have been a part of gaming lore for nearly ten years now but this is the first time that he's made his muted presence felt on Xbox 360. Not only did we get one of the greatest gaming experiences of all-time in Half-Life 2 but Orange Box also contained the episodic content from Episode 1 and 2, along with the exceptionally original Portal and the multiplayer fragfest known as Team Fortress 2. For those who can't do the math that's essentially five different SKUs in one box. It almost feels like stealing, doesn't it?

Halo 3
Microsoft
IGN Rating: 9.5

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The third and "final" chapter in Master Chief's struggle against the evil Covenant and Brute faction represented exactly what the last gasp for one of console gaming's greatest and most electrifying series should be. It crafted a compelling story that showed enough finality in its ending to appease rampant fans but still left the door open for more action later on down the road. For as good as the single-player game was, what made Halo 3 truly great was its attention to detail and feature set. We've never seen a first-person shooter with as much innovation in its list of game modes and options to the end user. Gamers could play standard multiplayer skirmishes in any of the laundry list of modes, they could play the game's campaign cooperatively both online and off with or without a fancy meta-game that keeps a tally of statistics for the sake of bragging rights and finally there's the Forge and video editor each of which brings hours of entertainment for you and your friends. Halo 3 is Bungie's opus to the character that made Microsoft a contender in the console arena. Yes, it was worth the wait to finish the fight.

Call of Duty 4
Activision
IGN Rating: 9.4

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When we saw Call of Duty 4 at Microsoft's press conference at this year's E3 in Santa Monica, California we knew we were in for something special later in the year. The developers at Infinity Ward were back on as the game's architects after a short hiatus and they made their presence felt with the fourth installment in the venerable war series. Playing through the admittedly short single-player campaign delivers too many immaculately conceived scenes that feel like they could be straight out of a Hollywood movie to mention. Then there's the depth of the multiplayer which will certainly keep people launching air strikes and helicopter barrages well into next year. Intensity is the name of the game in Call of Duty 4 and it delivers without question.

Guitar Hero 2
RedOctane
IGN Rating: 9.4

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Despite the release of the third Guitar Hero later in 2007, the second installment in the series was the first on Xbox 360 and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest music games of all-time. It successfully did what was once thought impossible, it made gamers cool by making them look and feel like rock stars. With that guitar in your hands and the volume cranked all the way up strumming through some of rock's greatest tracks transports you to a different state of mind. Guitar Hero 2 did a fantastic job of giving nerdy wannabes a small taste of what it must be like to have people chanting your name, dancing to your music and watching your every move on stage. If the thought (or the price) of Rock Band is too daunting for a first-time guitar player, pick up Guitar Hero 2, just don't forget your leather jacket and mohawk.

Mass Effect
Microsoft
IGN Rating: 9.4

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The last the Xbox community heard from Bioware prior to the release of Mass Effect was the celebrated Jade Empire. Having gone dormant for two years we are now presented with one of the finest, most complete story arches ever pieced together in a videogame. With multiple endings, dynamic conversation trees that change with your character's persona and reputation and an art style to match the grandiose alien universe Mass Effect is a finely tuned piece of cinematic gaming. Three different players could sit down and invest 40 hours into the game and while the main story would still be conveyed many of the side missions and quests would be altered. In the world of Mass Effect every single decision creates a ripple in the game's universe, each just slightly altering subsequent interactions. The best news of all? Mass Effect is said to be the first in a trilogy of sprawling RPG adventures. Stay tuned…

Rock Band
MTV Games
IGN Rating: 9.4

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There are few moments in a gamer's life that can compare to hooking Rock Band up to a massive projector with a pounding 5.1 surround sound system, locking four friends in that dark room for hours on end and rocking out to the more than 40 songs that are on the game's stellar soundtrack. No matter if you have the voice of an angel or sound like nails on a chalkboard the vocal element perfectly complements the immersive experience of wailing away on the custom made drum set with similar guitar mechanics from the previous few Guitar Hero games. Throw in the fact that the downloadable content plans set forth by EA and MTV Games far surpass the term "expansive" and Rock Band has got legs to spare. Rock on, fair gamer, rock on indeed.
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
Ubisoft
IGN Rating: 9.1

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The first Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter will be remembered as one of the first games to really wow Xbox 360 adopters. It's use of lighting and texture work perfectly articulated the war torn Mexican environments that Red Storm aimed to create. The first game's mechanics had been tuned, modified and polished beyond what we originally saw for use in GRAW2. There are more vehicles this time around which adds to the overall variety of GRAW1. When you put GRAW2's intense single-player, squad-based mechanics together with its expansive offering of online modes you're in for one of the year's finest tactical treats.

Virtua Fighter 5 Online
SEGA
IGN Rating: 9.0

There are those that would say the fighter genre is dead, crippled with the downfall of the arcade. Then there are those that have played Virtua Fighter 5 Online. SEGA's fifth installment into the franchise that brought fighting into the third dimension stays true to its pedigree. In a genre that offers little competition, Virtua Fighter 5 Online still strives for excellence in every way. This is a game that has as much depth as it does flash and, for the first time ever, you can play it online. Who needs an arcade when you can pick up a Hori arcade stick and take on the best the world has to offer from your living room?

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
D3 Publisher
IGN Rating: 9.0

It's extremely rare for an XBLA game to make it onto a top ten list for the best and the brightest on Xbox 360, but Puzzle Quest offers so much depth and playability inside its simplistic outward appearance that we just couldn't help it. Many gamers were likely turned off by its block puzzle roots but if you passed on this engaging RPG do yourself a favor and go back and check it out. Not only do you get to build up and meld your character by assigning attribute points and casting spells, but you'll also get to build pieces to your town and explore the vast country sides, ridding them of evildoers. Puzzle Quest is essentially Bejeweled mashed together with your favorite RPG elements. Tempted yet?