Famitsu’s top 25 games of 2007 by score

Monday, 17th March 2008 09:37 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Check out the amount of 360 stuff in there. Shame no one in Japan’s buying it, really.

  1. Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei (Phantom Hourglass) NDS Nintendo 39
  2. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion X360 Spike 38
  3. Super Mario Galaxy Wii Nintendo 38
  4. GTA San Andreas PS2 Capcom 38
  5. Call of Duty 4 X360 Activision 37
  6. Call of Duty 4 PS3 Activision 37
  7. Minna no Golf Portable 2 PSP Sony 37
  8. God of War 2 PS2 Sony 37
  9. Halo 3 X360 Microsoft 37
  10. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008 PS3 Konami 36
  11. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008 X360 Konami 36
  12. Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero NDS Nintendo 36
  13. Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida PSP Sony 36
  14. Uncharted: El Dorado no Hihou PS3 Sony 36
  15. Lost Odyssey X360 Mistwalker 36
  16. Assassin’s Creed X360 Ubisoft 36
  17. Ace Combat 6 X360 Bandai Namco 36
  18. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction PS3 Sony 36
  19. Minna no Golf 5 (Everybody’s Golf 5) PS3 Sony 36
  20. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 X360 Ubisoft 36
  21. Itadaki Street DS NDS Square Enix 36
  22. Forza Motorsport 2 X360 Microsoft 36
  23. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas X360 Ubisoft 36
  24. Gyakuten Saiban 4 NDS Capcom 36
  25. Final Fantasy IV NDS Square Enix 35



  1. Hero of Canton

    Big LOLs at #16.

    I think the 360 has a bit of a cult following in Japan – it’s one for the REAL hardcore gamer.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Daniel Plainview

    Very vocal minority?

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Hero of Canton

    Yep, basically. I think the Japanese are slowly starting to come round to Western genres (Bioshock top 10 recently, Oblivion also) and I bet the attach rate for those games given the size of the userbase is really high. I think the next generation could see Western titles making bigger waves – they obviously appeal to the critics, and certain discerning players are appreciating them too.

    (Incidentally, there’s an issue that a lot of Japanese gamers have with motion sickness from first-person shooters. I’m not sure why this is, but it’s a problem that’s far more common in the East, for some reason. Apparently that’s part of the reason why the genre’s never been big over there.)

    #3 7 years ago
  4. Blerk

    The ‘Japanese people throw up when they play FPS games’ thing is pure urban myth. The reason FPSs aren’t bigger in Japan is because PC gaming isn’t very big in Japan – pure and simple. Vomit has nothing to do with it.

    There’s a small subset of Japanese gamers who love Western games, just like there’s a small subset of Western gamers who love Japanese games. These are the guys who are buying the 360 and the games to go with it, and you’re right – they pretty do much buy all of them. So Microsoft gets a little bit of success in Japan but, alas, it’s with “non-core” Japanese gamers. C’est la vie! :-)

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Hero of Canton

    I’d always thought that story about the motion sickness seemed a bit too weird to be true. I wonder who came up with that excuse?!

    There must be Japanese forums where small groups of people are raving about the likes of Halo 3 like some here go on about Ouendan or Rhythm Tengoku – I find the thought of that strangely heartening. :)

    #5 7 years ago

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