The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

  • First off, thanks so much to @Exist-2-Inspire for putting this whole thing together. It has been a lot of fun already and I anxiously await each addition to the list.

    I'm going to talk briefly about each of the games as their announced. If you want to discuss anything I've said feel free to reply in thread or DM me. I am already super behind on the list so I apologise for the massive block of text that follows.

    100. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - I honestly can't think of a more fitting No. 100 for this list. Modern Warfare may not be Doom, Half Life, or Bioshock, but it's still impossible to ignore the cultural impact and influence on the FPS genre that CoD4 has enjoyed since its release. I have never been a huge fan of FPSs, but Modern Warfare is definitely a game that I've played my fair share of with friends and I'm happy to see it on this list.

    99. Fallout: New Vegas - This one is definitely a divisive game. I have friends that are adamantly on either side of the Fallout 3 vs New Vegas debate. I'm kind of surprised New Vegas made it onto this list, but I love that we have a community member (@Browarr ) who is so passionate about this game. Now the only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not Fallout 3 (or - heaven forbid - Fallout 4) will end up even higher on the list.

    98. Transistor - I love seeing indie games on this list. I've heard nothing but good things about Transistor, and as such it's a game I've bought but still haven't gotten around to playing. Seeing it here definitely pushes up near the top of my docket.

    97. Secret of Mana - This is something I'm going to say a lot of times throughout this list, but I feel guilty that I haven't played this game. There is an alternative universe where I got into jRPGs at a young age and my top 30 looks completely different. In that universe Secret of Mana would certainly be a game I'd played. Perhaps there is still time.

    96. The Witness (Personal Ranking: 3 ) - This is a game that I worked pretty hard to get onto this list, and because of that I'll try not to blab too much about it. I truly believe this is one of the best modern examples of game design. Every time I thought I knew what the Witness was going to throw at me next it managed to subverted my expectations. The game may seem simple, but there is so much depth and attention to detail, and the Witness continued to blow my mind over 20 hours in. This is my favourite puzzle game of all time - yes, over Portal 2, the Talos Principle, and many others - and I'm so happy it made this list. Seriously, please play this game.

    95. Ico - Really cool, beautiful game. I never did finish it, but I'm happy to see it make it to this list despite often being cast in the Shadow of the Colossus.

    94. Crash Team Racing - I was a Nintendo kid growing up, so I've never played CTR, but from everything I've seen, it looks like an incredibly jolly game and deserves to be right next to Mario Kart 64.

    93. Papers, Please - I didn't even think about this game when making my list. If I had I still don't think it would have made it. Regardless, I'm incredibly happy to see mow many people this game has touched. Papers, Please is one of those games that put indies on the map, and is surprisingly smart, engaging, and thought provoking. You can usually find it for cheap and it doesn't take too long to play through to a couple endings, so I recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it.

    92. Kingdom Hearts II - A series I shamefully have not touched. KH is a really unique series these days. An convoluted story, nonsensical naming scheme, and magical partnership between Square and Disney make for games that have no contemporary. I'm definitely curious whether we'll be seeing Kingdom Hearts 1 or perhaps even Chain of Memories later on in this list.

    91. Life is Strange - This is the odd game on this list where I hold a bit of a divisive opinion. I do not like Life is Strange. I could not get invested in this game despite really wanting to. I have a lot more to say but will not say it here - just let me know if you want to discuss it anymore.

    90. Dragon Quest VIII - Another series I shamefully haven't played. Regardless, Dragon Quest VIII is one of the prettiest games I've ever seen. I will definitely be picking this up when it is released for 3DS and I am so excited to finally be jumping into this series!

    89. Star Fox 64 - I have lots of good memories of this game, but I've never considered it one of my favourites of all time. I'm really happy to see Starfox here because I'd sort of forgotten about it. I hope we get to see Starfox rise again soon.

    88. Xenoblade Chronicles - This game flew totally under my radar. I have so many classic RPGs to catch up on so I don't see myself playing this game in the near future, but it's cool to know that this game has left an impact for some.

    87. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - I got this game for free with my PS3. It was the first Metal Gear game I played; I played for two hours filled with confusion and wonder and put it for years because I just didn't get it. A year ago I decided to finally play the Metal Gear Solid series and I fell in love. Going back to MGS4 was thrilling. It was almost as perfect an ending to the Solid Snake Saga as I could imagine. There were moments that took my breath away, and I know @tokeeffe9 argues that the bosses were awful and that was a failing of the game, but I would argue that the empty shells of bosses were an extremely conscious decision that reflected the cold, war-torn world of MGS4. This game didn't make my list due to it being so unapproachable for new players, but MGS4 holds a special place in my heart and was the perfect ending to the journey.

    86. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Personal Ranking: 24 ) - Like I said above, I first played this game only a year ago. I wish I got to grow up with this game because I simply do not have the time to find all there is to find, as this game deserves of its players. The protagonist swap, the commentary on video games, and the way it plays off of the first game make MGS2 legendary.

    85. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - The second game I played after getting my Wii (after Wii sports of course). At the time it felt like a grown-up Ocarina of Time and I absolutely adored it. Twilight Princess hasn't exactly aged well but it was a game at the right place at the right time for me and I think this is a good rank for it to be at.

    84. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 - Add another series to the list of acclaimed jRPG series I haven't played. The setting of SMT games is definitely intriguing and the style of Persona is top-shelf. I'm glad P3 made the list, am curious to see just how much higher P4 gets, and am excited to hop into P5 come February!

    83. Hotline Miami - I was a little surprise seeing this game in the top 100, but the more I think about it the more I get it. Hotline Miami's soundtrack alone basically grants it a place among the greatest games of all time. Combine that with tight controls, white-knuckle action, and a rad art style and I totally understand how Hotline Miami earned its place.

    Again, sorry for the massive post!

  • @DeweyDecibel That's a fair comment on the bosses in MGS4 and from a narrative standpoint I'd be okay with that. But when I look at gameplay, it's not good enough.

    The majority of the boss fights will have standard soldiers in the fight too and for me that's just a sign that they weren't creative enough. Having additional nameless people in your centrepiece fights just takes away from the boss.

    I think of other fights from the series and if you added soldiers to those fights, it would really take away from that duel. Even in MGS3, Ocelot gives out when the soldiers interfere!

  • Oh man, I totally forgot Hotline Miami. I guess that tells something, too, but still. That game is phenomenal. So good. And the soundtrack really is from another world, unbelievable emotions and sensations going through the levels with those tracks blasting. So many instant favourites. The "in the zone" feeling is real! Really glad to see it here on the list.

    (There's only 3 votes in the info although there's 5 listed.)

  • @tokeeffe9 That's a solid argument. I had kind of forgotten about the generic enemies in MGS4 boss fights. You're correct, they totally do hurt the fights and feel rather thoughtless (though Screaming Mantis' use may be justifiable).

    Even so, I don't remember MGS4 for its boss fights. I remember it for the story and for respecting the games - and the players of the games - it followed. (Also it is still one of the best looking games ever)

    This is why MGS4 didn't make my top 30. A top 30 game for me had to be a game I would recommend to anyone, and I honestly don't think MGS4 is worth playing unless you've played 1-3. But even so - with all its fault - I absolutely love it!

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    The suspense is killing me! I want to know the rest of the list noooooow! xD

  • @Lotias I've felt that way for the last 10 days. ;-)

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    @Brannox Haha yeah! I suppose this gives us more satisfaction and more time to take it in more!

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    I want to know it all now as well! :D I guess this drags out the pleasure even further!

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  • The Wind Waker fans are going to madden me even further with this list, aren't they?

    Well, whatever. At least Twilight Princess is on it (looking at you IGN, Time magazine). It's not like environmental interaction has been done better and as meaningfully anywhere else (ex: Minecraft not very "meaningful" because it's all just random). It's the best Zelda soundtrack, the best Zelda story, the best Zelda combat, and the best Zelda dungeons by a damn sight!

    I doubt even Breath of the Wild will surpass it in areas such as the dungeons, story, and perhaps the soundtrack.

  • @Musou-Tensei said in The EZA Top 100 Videogames Countdown!:

    The only non MMO FF I truly dislike is FFXII, and I'm sure it will be high on this list.

    You love Xenoblade but hate FF12? Interesting, I hate them both and always thought they were similar in many ways, so I thought people who liked one would like both

  • @Haru17 said in The EZA Top 100 Videogames Countdown!:

    The Wind Waker fans are going to madden me even further with this list, aren't they?

    Yes. Yes we are.

  • @Haru17 Wait til Skyward Sword places higher than Twilight Princess ;)

  • @Axel I think I might have to stop talking to gamers if that came to pass.

    Luckily (maybe), I won't have to do that.

  • @Haru17 said in The EZA Top 100 Videogames Countdown!:

    Well, whatever. At least Twilight Princess is on it ... It's the best Zelda soundtrack, the best Zelda story, the best Zelda combat, and the best Zelda dungeons by a damn sight!

    Combat, maybe (the special moves are great), but Majora's Mask will have something to say about all those other claims...

  • Story and music? And dungeons? You do know story would include direction, right?

    Maybe when Majora makes it back from film school.

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    82. Undertale (2015) - 69 Points - 4 Votes - Highest Vote: #8 SabotageTheThruth, naltmank

    Developer: Toby Fox
    Publisher: Toby Fox
    Genre: RPG
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, Linux

    Years after a devastating war between humans and monsters, a child has fallen through a hole and into the monsters' underground world. Under the care of a kindly monster woman named Toriel, they learn the basics of the underground world, including that they may be attacked by other monsters who are less friendly. After the child leave's Toriel's care, it's up to them how they proceed through the underground, including whether they kill the monsters in their way or try to find peaceful resolutions to conflict.

    Undertale is an Eastern RPG with some action aspects in its combat system. In the overworld, the player explores areas, solves puzzles, and talks to NPCs. When a battle is triggered, typically through random encounter, the game switches to the combat screen. A heart representing the child's soul appears in a small box, in which objects representing the monsters' attacks appear and must be dodged in real time. On the child's turn, they can attack monsters more directly through the fight command. A meter that determines the strength of the player's attack must be hit with good timing in order to deal more damage.

    Other Votes: blakynt (26.), Bard91 (13.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

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    81. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (2003) - 70 Points - 4 Votes - Highest Vote: #4 Lotias

    Developer: Konami
    Publisher: Konami
    Genre: Hack and slash, Third-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (HD), XBOX 360 (HD)

    Dingo Egret is minding his own business, investigating a hidden power source Metatron, when out of the blue his mining team is ambushed by BAHRAM. He discovers that the source of the Metatron is actually an abandoned battle robot, Jehuty (seen in the original Zone of the Enders), and decides to use the machine against the BAHRAM. Dingo soon realises that there's more to the story then simply wanting to own a powerful machine, as treachery and evil power comes into play. It's up to you to control the Jehuty and destroy any plans the BAHRAM for evil purposes, at whatever cost.

    Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is a sequel to Zone of the Enders. Like its predecessor, it is an action game that concentrates on piloting the giant mecha Jehuty (walking or hovering in the air), engaging in battles against other robots, using his energy sword and secondary weapons and techniques. Unlike the first game, there is no "world map" to travel on; the player is taken to the next stage automatically. Jehuty can upgrade his abilities by destroying enemies and gathering experience. Sub-weapons are acquired after having successfully eliminated a boss enemy. The game also allows the player to participate in a battle against a friend in a two-player battle mode, or try out the special VR training missions.

    Other Votes: DanteThePyro (23.), Joetown (15.), jsackel (12.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

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    80. Dark Souls III (2016) - 71 Points - 3 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 Nillend

    Developer: FromSoftware
    Publisher: Bandai Namco
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, XBOX One, Microsoft Windows

    In the Kingdom of Lothric, the pilgrims go on their journey towards certain death... And then the Fire fades. The Lords of Cinder, fallen heroes who have linked the First Flame in the past, are now missing. And it is up to a lone Unkindled to hunt them down and bring them back to their thrones at Firelink Shrine...

    Dark Souls III is the fourth entry in the Souls franchise (with Demon's Souls being the spiritual predecessor to the series). There are many references to the previous entries scattered throughout the game, such as old NPCs, familiar places and items, and so on.The gameplay remains true to the series (particularly to the first Dark Souls game), despite also having clear influences from Bloodborne. The player starts the game by choosing one of the 10 available classes, being able to customize the appearance of the character to their liking. The flow of the game is clearly faster than the first Dark Souls game, though not as fast-paced as Bloodborne - there is still the need for planned out blocking and dodging, while waiting for your chance to counterattack. Also available is the regular host of weapons and armor to choose from, allowing for a very high level of replayability. The level design also remains true to the series, with several interconnected paths and secrets spread throughout. The covenant system is back along with the multiplayer mode, where players can interact in the same fashion as before, with invasions and co-op. One of the new additions to the game is the Weapon Arts system. This mechanic allows the player to have a specific stance for each of the weapons encountered in the game, being able to unleash a special movement with them by spending FP points (which are also used for casting magic, like in Demon’s Souls). This new system only adds to the depth of the game, paving the way for even more diverse character creation.

    Other Votes: Dogtype (13.), Browarr (6.)

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  • 82. Undertale
    Started watching a LP of it because a LPer I used to watch regulary started it, but eventually I quit watching, the humor is completely lost on me.

    81. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
    Very cool mech action game with long cutscenes.

    80. Dark Souls III
    Never played.

  • @Haru17 said in The EZA Top 100 Videogames Countdown!:

    Story and music? And dungeons? You do know story would include direction, right?

    Maybe when Majora makes it back from film school.

    Majora has the best Zelda dungeon, Stone Tower Temple. TP has the worst Zelda dungeon, City In The Sky. The remainder of TP's dungeons are good, but overlong.

    Majora compensates for only having four dungeons by focusing on a metric ton of sidequests, many involving deep, moving character stories. Majora is a collection of stories, all affected by a central plot point.

    Twilight Princess' music pales in comparison to both the OOT and MM soundtracks. I personally prefer the darker, more dissonant tunes in Majora.

    Potential spoilers:

    Song of Healing

    Rosa Sisters

    Southern Swamp

    Deku Palace

    Ikana Valley

    Stone Tower Temple (Inverted)

    Final Hours

    Majora's Incarnation Battle

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    81. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (2003) - 70 Points - 4 Votes - Highest Vote: #4 Lotias
    THERE IT IS!!! :D

    I was SO worried that this game wouldn't make the list - but I am SO happy that it did! I have played through this game SO many times, platinum it on PS3 and as a mech lover (see my Avatar, lol Jehuty) I wanted to put this high up. I remember first reading about this game in a games magazine and thinking "huh that seems kinda cool". A few weeks later I saw it in my local small CD/film store and even though it was expensive at the time I went for it. Fighting robots, Explosions, Laser, Love, what more can you want in life?

    There were some bits that were a little dull at the start. However, the further in you got, the more you understood of the conflict and BAHRAM the more you wanted to stop them - and Nohman. The ending also really hit me hard. Goosebumps and teary eyes. Can I also add that the Vector cannon are the coolest weapon in a game, like ever?

  • Holy shit Undertale made it! I thought I was going to be like, the only person to list it!
    @Musou-Tensei don't blame you if you choose not to do so, but you should try giving it another shot. It's not necessarily the funniest game, but it has a ton of heart. I'm definitely biased towards it because I played it at a time where it was unexpectedly relevant to my real life, so it hit me in the gut, but I do think there's a lot in there for just about everyone to love. Plus it's pretty short, which is always a plus if you're on the fence at all.