After a slight misstep with Call of Duty 3, which scored slightly lower on average with critics than Call of Duty 2, Activision has seemed to find its proper war footing in a modern setting in Call of Duty 4, at least according to the videogame-focused cable network G4.

Although the expo itself was held in a different format than usual, the pedigree of games on display this year were some of the very best, showcasing a 2007 holiday season packed with triple-A titles. Out of upcoming and highly anticipated titles like Halo 3, Heavenly Sword, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, and Crysis, Call of Duty 4 took the top honors from G4 for its sharp graphics, realistic animations, and for finally moving the series past its World War II roots.

yellow army guy - COD4 contestCoD4 also seems to have secured the best-in-show award from G4 because it’s a popular franchise with a lot of mainstream appeal, and the similarly positioned Halo 3 had a less than stellar showing in the form of a trailer (which got only a mildly enthusiastic reception) and single-player demonstrations (which were behind closed doors for the most part).

Of course, everyone has an opinion on which title had the best showing this year, and Ripten will round up all the picks to help you decide which games earned your five dollar pre-order.