The number seven is an inspiring number for any game. It usually states a franchise has stood the test of time and has been able to produce fantastic titles that, even after its seventh installment, people are still lining up to play. Sometimes it is to reboot a long-running franchise or even a game or two that just thought it fun to put a lucky number in their title, but none of that truly matters as we will be celebrating the best seven’s in all of gaming on today, the 7th of the 7th.
10 – Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
We kick off this top ten with the seventh installment of the Dragon Quest franchise. Dragon Quest VII was so good that it deserved to be remade more than a decade later after its initial release. In both versions of the game, fans were introduced to a fantastic story of fascinating task of classic fantasy tropes with great RPG elements. No matter if you played it on your PlayStation or your 3DS, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is a truly worthy wondering RPG that deserves your time.
9 – Killer 7
You honestly have to ask what is going on in Suda 51’s head when he is creating games, but the outcome is bizarrely, outrageously, messed up fun. Killer 7 story is far too abstract to define in just a few short sentences, but what you’ll end up having to play through is a series of twisted and psychological mind meld that will make No More Heroes seem a regular day at the beach. If you are looking for something truly unique and off the rails, do yourself a favor and pick up Killer 7, it truly won’t disappoint you.
8 – Mario Party 7
It wouldn’t be a party without having Mario invited. Recent Mario Party games have been, lackluster to say the least, but Mario Party 7 delivered on all the fun stuff we wanted from the home party game. No complex mini-games, no BS party modes that chain you from one another, just simply roll the dice board games that we know and love. If you are reading this Nintendo, please… just get back into making Mario Party games the way they are meant to be played.
7 – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is really baby’s first RPG, but it does it in a way that it feels both gratifying and rewarding to the player when beating it, no matter how many times you’ve gone through the game. Way back when Square Enix was simply known as Square and Mario wasn’t playing with the Rabbids, this Super Nintendo title gave us a look as to how a Mario RPG title would work and does it with humor and grace. Also, it had Geno and that alone is enough to plug Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on this list.
6 – Mega Man 7
Mega Man will appear on many of these lists, but there’s good reasons for that. The games are just that good and even at seven titles, they still give out the same great experience. This is also the first time the Mega Man franchise (not counting the X series) to grace the Super Nintendo and give the Blue Bomber a proper introduction into the 16 bit era. While the X franchise gets more love on the SNES, Mega Man 7 deserves that extension as one of the greatest titles in both series.
5 – Resident Evil 7
The Resident Evil franchise needed a facelift, and it got it with its grotesque new seventh installment. Resident Evil 7 plays more towards its Silent Hill counterpart, but still, offers the frightful delights what have been missing from past titles while bringing new, scarier locals to wonder in. This return to form for the Resident Evil franchise will surely carry over into new and even darker titles and we cannot wait to shut our lights off and scare ourselves half to death.
4 – Tekken 7
This year has graced us with so many excellent fighting titles and Tekken 7 is by far no exception to this. The tight combat game returns at full force in its seven installments in the franchise with more characters, stages and even greater combos. It takes on other titles such as Injustice 2 (one of my favorite titles of this year) and Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers and knocks them down to take the title of one of the greatest fighting games of the year.
3 – GoldenEye 007
Zero plus zero, plus seven still equals seven. GoldenEye 007 might be a stretch to have been put on this list, but at the same time, it is too hard to ignore what the N64 shooter did for the genre and gaming in general. The game revolutionized the first person shooter and has helped to make it what it is today and anybody who owned a Nintendo 64 had a copy of the game with three extra controllers to play four player split screen. You can be nit-picky as to if this game should be considered on this list, but there’s no denying the GoldenEye 007’s greatness and legacy.
2 – Mario Kart 7
Considered by many to be the greatest Mario Kart game, the 3DS’ version of the Mario go-karting franchise was one of the main reasons as to why the Nintendo handheld is where it is today. Without Mario Kart 7, we could be talking about a potential 3DS successor far earlier in the console’s life, but with almost 14 million copies sold worldwide, there is more than 1 out of 6 of 3DS owners who own a copy of the game. The fact that the game is also fantastic in its own right is just a throw away on top of this major success story for Nintendo.
1 – Final Fantasy VII
Insert Victory Fanfare theme – Was there any other pick? Final Fantasy VII is one of gaming’s greatest games with its own following of rabid fans who will defend and debate the game’s greatness as potentially the best title of have ever graced our tv screens and anybody who thinks so has their right to do so. The game tells of an epic journey that is replayed over and over and we will get to do it all over again in the near distant future. One of gaming’s finest works, Final Fantasy VII is the best seven in gaming and quite possibly one of the greatest games of all time.
The Top 10 seven’s in gaming have been accounted for, but with so many long lasting franchises with a seventh installment their names, we would like to hear from you to see if there are any other titles worth mentioning. Can you come up with a list of Top 10 seven’s on own? Let us know what you think in the comments below and stay tuned for our next Top 10 number’s in gaming all the way in February 2018 as we will surely have a tough list to put together.