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Gamasutra's Top 12 Games of the Decade

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9. Mass Effect (Xbox 360, 2007)

This BioWare-developed spacefaring epic won fans for its complex narrative and nuanced morality system, and many eagerly await its upcoming sequel.

Anonymous: "This game had an engaging story, more-than-just-believable virtual actors, numerous distinctive classes to play as, a good to very good selection of powers/talents to use in game play, a developed and realized science fiction setting, open world elements (i.e., the uncharted planets), a brilliant use of achievements (for both the Xbox and PC) that influenced subsequent playthroughts and exciting FPS/RPG game play.

"While few of these elements were distinctive to Mass Effect, the synergy in the game play experience marks Mass Effect as groundbreaking. Truly, Mass Effect was the first science fiction movie in which I was both 'producer' and player."

Tom Toynton: "This was an incredibly deep and immersive experience beyond anything I had played before. I grew attached to many of the characters and felt like I was personally participating in an epic adventure accross the galaxy.

"The controls were fluid, the game mechanics facilitated play dynamics that supported the premise of the game, and the story and depth of even many ancilliary NPCs brought the game world alive."

Michael Kolb: "It will still be played years to come even as it had a successful launch. BioWare really created a sci-fi universe and the interaction with the consequences, like Fable II, really bring life to games along with the want for multiple playthroughs. The general public are realizing that these 'video games' are more than just shooting and have meaningful stories, characters and universes to interact with."

8. Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo Wii, 2007)

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. series has defined multiple console generations, and many feel that this 2007 Wii sequel was one of the franchise's finest moments.

Andrew Smith, Proper Games: "It did so many things wonderfully right - the camera, the graphics, the moves, the challenges, the balance, the flow and the pacing - but more importantly for me it reminded me of being a child. It effortlessly transported me to the first time I played Mario, grinning like a fool, and I was lost in a whirlwind of warm, comforting and fond memories.

"Not only did it transport me back to a rosier, more innocent time, it recharged my sense of wonder in games. For the first time in years I was consistently surprised and amazed by what I was experiencing in the game - and that unique mix of excitement and slight trepidation is something that has been sorely missing from my hobby ever since I started making games professionally."

Anonymous: "This game re-energized the platforming game genre with new play mechanics using motion controls. For the hard-core gamer it is reason enough to purchase the Wii system. It is a testament to perfection in the platform game genre. Plus, it's Mario -- enough said."

Stephane Bousquet: "Super Mario Galaxy is the only game I could not let go before I finished it. Just superb in every way possible. Soundtrack is awesome, gameplay is so fluid. 60FPS all the time. WOW." 

Anonymous: "There's no other game with such a richness of ideas and polishness and fun."

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