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DS Daily: Top of the heap

You know you've been waiting for this moment, and it's finally come -- we want you to give us the rundown on your picks for the best DS games this year. We'll be using this topic to shape our games of the year poll, so put some thought into your choices and feel free to repeat each other. Name the biggies, choose the obscure games -- throw it all out there. You're probably not alone in what you like, after all! We're all mad here.

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Ian Mailloux1

12-06-2007 @ 9:34AM

Ian Mailloux said...

Picross DS was definitely one of my most enjoyable games this year.


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Xian B.2

12-06-2007 @ 9:36AM

Xian B. said...

In order, starting with the best:

Contra 4. (Game of the year, this one.)
Worms 2: Open Warfare.
Picross DS.
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.


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12-06-2007 @ 9:44AM

nil said...

In no particular order, since I love all of these games.

Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Etrian Odyssey
Izuna, Legend of the Unemployed Ninja
Luminous Arc
Rune Factory
FFXII: Revenant Wings

Revenant Wings is the first RTS game I've enjoyed and Rune Factory is the first Harvest Moon game that's been able to keep me interested. Phantom Hourglass improved upon Wind Waker in almost every way and provided some of the greatest enjoyment I've had with a Zelda game since A Link to the Past. Etrian is a great game that provided both a serene environment to explore and heart-pounding battles. It was also the first pick up and play RPG I've ever had the luxury of playing. Izuna had the over-the-top wacky Japanese humor and steep challenge I love. Luminous Arc, while not groundbreaking, was incredibly fun. Bleach is a great 2D fighter by my favorite development house Treasure. It doesn't hurt that I love the manga it's based on. I do not yet have Draglade, so that may be added later.


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12-06-2007 @ 9:54AM

pman1225 said...

I, unfortunately, have not played too many new DS games this year, so the only game I can put out there is The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.


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12-06-2007 @ 10:07AM

tamriel said...

Contra 4 is a great game that offers a steep but highly rewarding challenge and a very satisfying gameplay experience.

However, my game of the year stands as Puzzle Quest. Despite some technical foibles and exploitable flaws to the game economy, it offered an RPG with a deep combat system and character development meshed with an addictive goal-oriented puzzler. An original and engaging game emerged from parts that seemed a bit bland on paper.


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12-06-2007 @ 10:13AM

ozroller said...

Definitely Phantom Hourglass.


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12-06-2007 @ 10:15AM

FoliathR said...

as for me... (not in order too)

-Zelda Phantom Hourglass
-Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Ring of Fates
-Tales of Innocence (A must-buy/import for all who like RPG and action games (and probably able to read a bit of Japanese cuz the story's interesting)! It's out today!! =D)

I'm a rather RPG-ish person =P I really hope FFCCROF and ToI will get translated, so people who can't understand Japanese will be able to enjoy what they offer too!

FFCCROF isn't really that strong story-wise, but it's still a rather original story, complete with a great action game system that's fun and strategic. Furthermore, it allows up to 4-player wireless...

Tales of Innocence, from the little that I've progressed today, has a great and interesting story, orchestrated music, solid battle system, and all the things Tales Of fans love, and more!

Sorry for raving =P


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12-06-2007 @ 10:23AM

MrTyzik said...

Can I un-nominate Dementium as game of the year? Please do not get me wrong, the game looks and sounds beautiful! It creates quite an eerie experience and I fully support the developer and publisher (I consider myself 100% pro-indie) for releasing it. However, I must be honest and say that the level and enemy design was lacking. If I ignore the incredible art, sound and controls I feel disappointed with the game. I hope the designers and programmers would want this sort of feedback.

With that said, I DO nominate Dementium for best sound if you break things into categories.


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12-06-2007 @ 10:26AM

phanboy_iv said...

A. Picross
B. Bleach: Blade of Fate
C. Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
D. Chibi-Robo:Park Patrol.


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12-06-2007 @ 10:28AM

bluetrane said...

Dragon quest monsters joker


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Broco Lee11

12-06-2007 @ 10:42AM

Broco Lee said...

Absolutely Pricross.

Then, i would add revenant wings, and pokemon (or is it 2006???)

Zelda is the most hiper-rated game, its frustrating, repetitive and has a very weak multiplayer game (lagggs).


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12-06-2007 @ 12:34PM

Brello said...

Pricross! Oh my. I agree with your panning of Zelda, though. The times that I wasn't bored I was solving simple puzzles in dungeons using the item I found in said dungeon. Okay, but way overrated.

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12-06-2007 @ 11:07AM

AustinNeaves said...

#1. Pokemon Diamond
#2. Zelda Phantom Hourglass
#3. Final Fantasy VI (If you count GBA)


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12-06-2007 @ 11:14AM

ethan42404 said...

Puzzle Quest - the game that got me to buy a DS.
Rune Factory - Harvest Moon meets Zelda.


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12-06-2007 @ 12:24PM

celticwulf said...

I'm going with the games I've actually played the most and couldn't really put down:

Puzzle Quest DS
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker


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12-06-2007 @ 12:39PM

Brello said...

Looking through my pile, only Picross and Zelda are from 2007. I've only had my DS for a little over a year, so I had a backlog!

Going to go with Picross.


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12-06-2007 @ 1:07PM

Loxias said...

To be honest, I wasn't really blown away by anything this year. There were, of course, a lot of games I played into the ground, but, having owned my DS for only a little over a year, all of these were 2005 or 2006 releases. The better of what I did play this year I'd say are Pokemon D/P and Bleach: Blade of Fate. The former was undoubtedly a worthy successor to the franchise--I liked the new graphical style, the touch-screen integration was great, but the general lack of innovation caused me to burn out quickly. The latter was the most fun I've ever had on a handheld fighting game, but everything can be unlocked in a few hours and there's no incentive to keep playing after that.

Could I nominate Planet Puzzle League even though I don't own it? I got a copy of Tetris Attack for $1 at a yard sale this summer and it hasn't left my SNES since.


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12-07-2007 @ 5:09AM

Matdredalia said...

Planet Puzzle League is the worst DS game I've ever played. Please, please, the DS version and test it before siding with it. I beg of you.

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12-06-2007 @ 1:21PM

Jonathan said...

#1 ouendan 2 (my favorite of 2007)
#2 picross ds
#3 fifa soccer 08


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12-06-2007 @ 1:39PM

Flodywan said...

Contra 4 though I don't own it yet I played it like crazy at my friend's house.


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