After many days of deliberation, counts, recounts, and the firing of four people the rest of the staff disagreed with, GAF finally has their pick for Game of the Year: Super Mario Galaxy.
It's always hard to pick game of the year. 2007 was no different, perhaps harder than normal. All three consoles and both handhelds got AAA quality content this year and to make things more difficult, the downloadable games released on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network were high enough quality to be included in our nominations. It's hard enough for GAF's small unpaid staff to get their hands on these games throughout the year, but almost all GotY candidates hit between mid September to late November.
So with that in mind, it may not be best to think of GAF's Game of the Year as the best game, but as the one that made the biggest impact on the staff as a whole. Without question, that game for 2007 is Super Mario Galaxy. The redefinition of Mario is most welcome. Though the last Mario game, Super Mario Sunshine, was just as high quality as any top tier Nintendo experience, it lacked that special something that made it hard to ignore the shooters, RPGs and other games that came out alongside it. Galaxy, on the other hand, makes us fly through the game to snatch up every star, uncover every secret, and then do it all over again.