The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

  • Extremely happy that Xenoblade chronicles made the list, though I hoped it would be higher. One of the best plots in game that I've EVER seen and one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard.

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    87. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008) - 66 Points - 4 Votes - Highest Vote: #8 MCRMJ

    Developer: Kojima Productions
    Publisher: Konami
    Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3

    Metal Gear Solid 4 is the fourth major game in the Metal Gear Solid series developed by Hideo Kojima. It ties up all of the loose plot points of the previous games while bringing back a number of characters from the earlier games in the series such as Colonel Campbell, Naomi Hunter, Otacon, Meryl Silverburgh, Mei Ling and many more. The game's main antagonist is Liquid Ocelot. Most of the story and the relationship is explained through cut-scenes with a considerable length. Due to the series extensive history, knowledge of the prior games is recommended to fully understand the story.

    As the story begins Solid Snake, now looking like an old man due to accelerated aging, is being deployed in the Middle East on a mission to stop Liquid Ocelot. The game is set in 2014, five years after the Big Shell Incident of Metal Gear Solid 2. Liquid aims to take control of Sons of the Patriots, the nanomachine system used to enhance the capabilities of the mercenaries of different factions. By this he plans to assemble an army. The game is divided into five acts followed by an epilogue and a briefing. The various missions bring Old Snake to more than one location, including the Middle East, South America, Eastern Europe and few more that can surprise the players familiar with the franchise.

    Other Votes: jipostus (24.), naltmank (17.), Divinity (9.)

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    86. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2008) - 67 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #4 MCRMJ

    Developer: Konami
    Publisher: Konami
    Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3

    In 2007, two years after the Shadow Moses incident, Solid Snake - now working for a freelance organization known as Philanthropy - infiltrates the oil tanker U.S.S. Discovery, investigating the development of a new Metal Gear-type weapon. A confrontation with a Russian military group as well as an old acquaintance from Snake's past adventure leads to a massive detonation, after which Snake is presumed dead.

    Fast-forward to the year 2009: the player takes control of Raiden, a rookie agent operating under the order of the Colonel, apparently member of a reformed Foxhound unit. His initial assignment is to infiltrate the offshore clean-up facility Big Shell and rescue the President of the United States of America, who was kidnapped by members of a terrorist organization known as Sons of Liberty. However, the matters become increasingly complicated as almost everyone Raiden communicates with appears to have a hidden agenda, and it is hard to tell a friend from foe...

    Other Votes: DeweyDecibel (24.), Tearju Engi (22.), Bard91 (28.), Lotias (10.)

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  • My favourite video game series of all time but I already had too many MGS games on my Top 30. I couldn't include MGS2.

    At the time, I was a huge fanboy and I'd defend any MGS anyday. MGS4 was the greatest thing of all time when it came out to me. But now that I'm older and wiser (maybe not the latter) I can definitely see that 4 had a lot of issues and was way too far on the fan service side. It's biggest crime being it had awful bosses in both personality and fights. Crazy for an MGS game. That said I did go back and play it before MGSV and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

    MGS2 on the other hand is fantastic. This might be the game I've completed most (if not it's SMB3) on every difficulty, collecting every dog tag, every secret item. MGS2 was just a playground. The amount of different ways you can tackle a situation and what you were able to do. Sure the story can go over your head and is full of nonsense but it still has does awesome moments, twists and fights that an MGS game has. It was so close to getting on my list.

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    @Exist-2-Inspire said in The EZA Top 100 Videogames Countdown!:


    the MGS games are amazing! I decided to keep 1 game per series in my list. I am PRETTY sure I put Sons of liberty on my list! so you might have to look at the scoring again - sorry.

    The story is lovely because it is so ridiculous at times. Spies, double spies and triple spies, and la-li-lu-le-lo <3

  • @Lotias Oh yeah sorry misread it, it was not BlazingBahamut but you with the 10th place!

  • Back to back MGS games? This continues with the surprises! For a time, I thought about getting into the series, but after a lot of thought, I decided against it. Now I'm expecting 1 and 3 to be much higher.

  • 91 - Life is Strange: I'm surprised that this title made the TOP 100, because lately I have been hearing some bad rumours about it, I haven't played it yet, but it is my type of game, so I'm certainly playing it in the near future!

    90 - Dragon Quest VIII: I'm really disappointed this awesome title only made it to number 90 on this list, thank you @TokyoSlim and especially @Divinity for supporting Dragon Quest VIII.

    This game for me currently holds the title of THE pinnacle of your Dragon Quest/Warrior experience to this day, and it is the maturation of traditional role-playing, nothing more, nothing less, so very strange it didn't get higher on this list.

    89 - Star Fox 64: I'm planning on playing the remake on 3DS, I'm expecting a very fun game, but not something that will leave a lasting impression on me, but I see why it could be on this list for some of you.

    88 - Xenoblade Chronicles: Although its visuals weren't groundbreaking, Xenoblade Chronicles proved that the JRPG-genre still has a lot to offer to its fans with some improvements it has brought to it, I just don't have the same fond memories of it as I do with some other JRPG titles.

    87 - MGS4 & 86 - MGS2: A thank you for nominating these titles @mcrmj, @jipostus, @naltmank, @Divinity, @DeweyDecibel, @Tearju-Engi , @Bard91 and @Lotias!

    Ah, the Metal Gear Solid series, my absolute favorite gaming series of all time! I haven't given my vote to these two entries, because I wanted to save my points for my absolute pinnacle in gaming if you take in every factor and what it meant and still means to the video game industry today: Metal Gear Solid!

    The reason why the Metal Gear series is so great is because of its plot and gameplay. When Metal Gear Solid came out for the PS1, the graphics and gameplay were top of the line. Metal Gear itself laid the path for the stealth action genre. In my opinion to pull off the incredible amount of options or variations in the gameplay at the time of MGS I, was just mind-blowing, lest we not forget Psycho Mantis reading your mind and making you switch your controller :).

    The story is another reason why its so great. The characters are 3-dimensional and have more to them than what you first see. The bosses are unique and intriguing. And in a sense, the fact that it uses nuclear weapons almost makes it a realistic fantasy.

    But in reality it's the "!", "?", cardboard boxes, nudie mags, bad ass moments, story, music, comedy, snake vs monkeys, metal gears, gadgets, guns, the list goes on and on!!!

    The series is almost 30 years old and was still going very strong until Kojima left, let's all pray for the future of this series!!

    PS: @Brannox , start playing this series TODAY, any gamer should play or at least try to play one entry of this series!!

  • Ah, yes. The metal gear makes its first strike. I'm kinda surprised that they are so "low" on the list, since many people consider it to be the best franchise in gaming. It still has some irons in the fire left though. My bet is on Snake eater. That game was dope :)
    Saying this, I am little afraid that when we'll get closer to the top, there will be just a bunch of Zeldas. Oh boy...

  • @BlazingBahamut I didn't decide not to lightly. I looked HARD at the Metal Gear Legacy Collection. What ultimately made my choice was the sheer "complicated-ness" of it all. The gameplay looks really interesting, don't get me wrong, and I'm also a proponent of stealth, but several things turned me away like having various Snakes and Big Boss (I still don't understand it. No spoilers because I don't want others ruined), the convoluted plot lines. It's a touch much, but all the same, like many entries so far: Haven't played but I respect it IMMENSELY (Although I still love to have debates with people that Final Fantasy VII was the best PS1 game :-P )

  • @Nillend Yeah I'm surprised how low on the list some of these entries have landed. It definitely makes this more interesting though! I may have ranked a certain Zelda game pretty high though...

    I wonder if any of the Allies submitted a list? Maybe Brandon can read it on a stream or the podcast :D

    @Bloodworth !!

  • What Brannox said. I haven't played the MGS series at all either, and at this point, it just seems like such a huge mountain to topple. "The convoluted plot lines" sums it up pretty neatly in my head, it all seems like a too big challenge to approach. But an interesting series, nevertheless.

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    @Brannox Im happy for you and gonna let you finish, but Final Fantasy IX is the best PS1 games :smirk:

    The whole MGS universe are so forth and back and people fooling each other which makes it great! :D

  • @Lotias don't worry, IX is gonna show up sooner or later. I think I have it as the top rated ps1 game. So I'm right there with ya.

    1. Metal Gear Solid 4
      Never played, dunno if I ever will.

    2. Metal Gear Solid 2
      Never beaten, dunno if I ever will.

    I will be surprised if my favorite Metal Gear game will be on this list.

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    85. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) - 67 Points - 4 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Haru17

    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): Nintendo Wii, Nintendo GameCube

    Twilight Princess is the first Legend of Zelda game for the Wii and also the last for GameCube. At first Link is a simple farm boy, whose tasks consist of herding goats to watching children in Ordon village, Link's home town. One day, Link is asked by the mayor to run an errand in Castle Town, but things sudden go wrong…

    The land becomes dark, and strange creatures appear from another world called the Twilight Realm, which turns most into ghosts. Link, however, becomes a wolf. After becoming a wolf, Link is aided by Midna, a resident of the Twilight Realm. Midna helps Link find a way to turn human again along with other tasks. The wolf cannot use a sword or other items. Instead, as a wolf Link must use his senses to solve puzzles and get past obstacles. The beast can also dig holes to find hearts and rupees and to get in places. It can push blocks with its head to climb higher or reveal hidden passageways. Additionally, it can attack enemies by biting or pouncing on them. As a human, Link can move around quickly, aim his bow, swing his sword, and even fish. Link also collects many different items, which allow him to perform varied attacks and reach places he couldn't before. Link performs many attacks with his sword and can even learn other sword moves.

    Other Votes: Hero of Lime (3.), naltmank (28.), Faaip (25.)

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    84. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (including FES and P3P) (2006) - 68 Points - 3 Votes - Highest Vote: #4 SobotageTheTruth, Bard91

    Developer: Atlus
    Publisher: Atlus/Koei/THQ
    Genre: RPG
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable

    Having lost your parents as a child, you lived in the suburbs with your relatives, until they decided to send you to a high school located on an island near the port city Iwatodai. But as you attempt to enter your new dormitory, you are attacked by a mysterious creature. As a result, you discover within yourself the gift to call upon a higher being, Persona, that grants you immense power. Your new ability makes you decide to investigate the strange world of shadows that has been plaguing the city every midnight, and to find out who or what is behind it.

    This sequel in the Persona series, which is part of the Megami Tensei franchise, is not directly connected to its predecessors story-wise. The gameplay has also underwent significant changes, throwing an element of "school simulation" into the Megaten RPG formula. You get to live the life of a normal high-school student: you attend classes, talk to your friends, get homework, wait for the summer vacation, and so on. The game is divided into school days with their own schedule. However, at midnight the real world freezes, and only you and your friends with the unique Persona abilities can feel the time flowing as they battle the shadows. The battles follow the classic Megaten model of demon-summoning. You can either attack with your weapons, or call a mighty Persona from within yourself. After the battle is won, you receive Persona cards, which can be fused to get more powerful Personae. Inspired by the system used in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, you are able to hit enemies' weakpoints with your magic spells. Taking advantage of these weakpoints means that you can perform devastating combo attacks while the enemy is weakened.

    Other Votes: FF7Cloud (17.)

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    83. Hotline Miami (2012) - 68 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 Karu

    Developer: Dennaton Games
    Publisher: Devolver Digital
    Genre: Action, top-down shooter
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Android

    Hotline Miami is a violent top-down action game set in Miami, Florida in 1989. The protagonist is a hitman, nicknamed Jacket by the fans, who receives messages on his answering machine from mysterious employers. Most of the game consists of various missions that always start in the killer's own apartment. He receives a new task through his phone and then hops in his DeLorean to drive to the location and do the job. After each mission there is a short story sequence where he stops by a shop.

    Missions are always set in buildings with one or more storeys. Jacket has to enter and kill everyone inside. This can either be done in a silent way, taking out opponents one by one, or as a hectic sequence where everyone is attacked at once. When alarmed, usually all opponents on a single level will be drawn to Jacket. There are various ways to approach opponents. Enemies can be taken out with melee weapons or guns. They can also be knocked out by punching them or slamming a door in their face, but they will get up. When they are only stunned, Jacket can perform a brutal finisher or pick them up to use them as a human shield. Enemies include regular guards but also dogs. Usually there is no starting weapon and they have to be taken from the environment or from opponents. Some of these are specific to the location, such as a boiling pot in a kitchen environment. Other melee weapons are baseball bats, knives, crowbars and more. Guns usually have a limited amount of ammo. When taking out enemies silently, the field of vision and sound need to be taken into account. In certain missions, Jacket can hang on ledges to move on the outside to another part of the building. He also has to take into account glass and transparent surfaces as enemies can see and shoot through them. All weapons can also be flung at opponents, usually just stunning them, but only one weapon can be carried at all times.

    Other Votes: Alex840 (30.), Browarr (16.), Brandon_Reister (22.), Sabotage TheTruth (16.)

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  • 84th :(


  • Metal Gear Solid 4
    I'm not a huge Metal Gear fan, but I did appreciate how epically this tied everything up and ended the whole thing, it was very memorable. I honestly don't think they should have made any more after this, especially V. I've only beaten this entry once though.

    Metal Gear Solid 2
    I've beaten this game three times, but I much prefer 1 & 3 personally. Something irritates me about this entry and it's not Raiden. I think it's the whole Big Shell and the way it ferrets you from strut to strut to strut....going back and forth, it's just really annoying.

    Twilight Princess
    A solid and very enjoyable Zelda game. I don't have much to say about it though. I only beat it the once when it came out on the Wii, but I have bought the Remaster. I'm more of a 2D Zelda fan myself.

    Persona 3
    Very enjoyable game. I've beaten it once on PS2 and then on the PSP. Persona 2 is where it's at for me though, Eternal Punishment and Innocent do it for me more than both 3 and 4. I must say though that I slightly favour 3 to 4. After thinking about it for a while, I'm not too surprised to see it as low as it is. Persona 4 is the one that will be on a lot of peoples lists and I expect that to be rather high.

    Hotline Miami
    Another Indie game I've never played.

  • @Lotias I KNEW saying that would bring about IX supporters :laughing:

    Anyway, for the new entries:

    I played a little of Twilight Princess, and while I stopped at the first dungeon, I enjoyed the little I did get to try. Being my cousin's game and Wii, I have a very small amount of time with it and it was alright. The Zelda series never really spoke to me, though I DID play the hell out of WindWaker. Never beat it though...

    Persona 3: I'm surprised this is so low. I know Persona 4 is coming somewhere down the line, but allow me to say something that will bring about some ill will my way: I don't get it. I just don't. The look doesn't appeal to me, the gameplay is not my thing, and from the little I've heard of some story arcs, I don't see what's so revolutionary about it. That said, I KNOW the fervor behind it here in the community and especially from one Dragon of Iowa... Love and Respect to those super into Shin Megami Tensei. I'm just not one of 'em. I'm going to back into quiet time now...

  • Pfft..VII and IX? VIII is where it's at.

  • @Brannox Persona and SMT are really two different things by now. I like SMT and I wish I could play more of them, but at least to me as a P3 & P4 fanboy it is not even in the same ballpark.

    As to why they are special, their story arcs have little if anything to do with it, to me is all about the characters and the world that is built with them, and I can say that I would not be as much as I'm into gaming if it weren't for them.