The EZA Top 100 Videogames!



  • 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.)

    Links:
    Wikipedia
    Mobygames
    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.)

    Links:
    Wikipedia
    Mobygames
    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.)

    Links:
    Wikipedia
    Mobygames
    Gameplay on Youtube



  • 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.



  • Not many thoughts on the newest three: I understand Undertale's inclusion because (I think I may be wrong here) that was the indie game alongside Rocket League that really catapulted the small games into the 2015 GOTY talk. As far as DS III is concerned, much like JRPGs, this list wouldn't be an EZA list without a Dark Souls title. I'm left wondering where Demon's Souls, the other two Dark Souls, and Bloodborne all rank. While I'm not fan of the franchise, I see the From Software franchise a lot like Persona and Ni No Kuni and Dragon Quest in this situation: An inevitability to be ranked. It's all about WHERE that ranking will be.



  • 80. Dark Souls III (2016) - 71 Points - 3 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 Nillend
    Wooooo!!! Dark souls! @IanHinck represent!!!!

    Seeing this makes me both happy, because the game gets acknowledged, and sad because I feel that the game should be higher.
    Even if not my favorite, it is still the BEST game I ever played and definitely my personal GOTY 2016.

    Also thank you @Dogtype and @Browarr for having a great taste :D



  • I'm a little surprised that so few of us voted for Underale, I think it is easily one of the most ingenious games in years, and its quality and polish is top notch.

    Never played any Zone of the Enders, but its a cool surprise, never would have though I would see it here.



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    79. Mass Effect 3 (2012) - 72 Points - 3 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Inustar

    Developer: BioWare
    Publisher: EA
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii U

    As a result of Commander Shepard's affiliation with the Cerberus organisation in the past, he or she is removed from active service by the Alliance military upon returning to Earth. It is at this point that the alien machine race known as the Reapers launch an all-out assault on the planet. The Defense Committee asks Shepard for assistance, and Captain Anderson re-installs him as a member of the Alliance and Commander aboard his old ship, the Normandy. While Anderson stays on Earth, trying to hold its defenses against the overwhelming power of the Reapers, Shepard is sent to the Citadel to convince the galactic council to provide military aid for the struggling planet, and unite the alien races in a battle against the common enemy.

    Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the series and forms the final part of the trilogy. As with previous games in the series, gameplay combines tactical, squad- and cover-based third-person combat with role-playing, in the form of different classes, customizable upgrades and dialogue choices. As with the second part of the trilogy, save files from the previous games can be imported with decisions being made in the first two games having an effect on the new situations. In addition to combat difficulty selection, the player is offered a choice of three modes before starting the game. The "action" mode bypasses conversation choices, displaying them as non-interactive cutscenes; the "story" mode keeps choices intact, but lowers combat difficulty. The "role-playing" mode reflects most closely the gameplay of the two previous games, containing both choices and more challenging combat.

    Other Votes: Karu (15.), Brandon_Reister (5.)

    Links:
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    Mobygames
    Gameplay on Youtube


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    78. Silent Hill 2 (2001) - 73 Points - 3 Votes - Highest Vote: #4 Sheria

    Developer: Konami
    Publisher: Konami
    Genre: Survival horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2, XBOX, Microsoft Windows

    The player is cast in the role of James Sunderland, on first sight a normal person who got confused, as anyone else would, when he received a letter from his wife asking him to come to Silent Hill, their special place. The only problem is that his wife died three years ago, and has kept the secrets surrounding her death. James decides to honor the letter's request, wondering if this is a sick joke or if there is more to this. As James reaches the outskirts of the town, he finds that the road is blocked, and parks at an abandoned restroom. Little does he realize that this is the first step forward into the mystery of Silent Hill and his own past.

    Silent Hill 2 is a survival horror game. The gameplay is similar to that of the first installment. The player navigates James around the town of Silent Hill and collects weapons, health-restoring items, and objects needed to solve puzzles in an unlimited inventory. A radio alerts James when enemies are near. Like the protagonist of the first game, James is not very skillful in combat; he can fight with basic melee weapons or firearms with scarce ammunition. Most of the puzzles are logic-based and are often shaped like riddles, though there are a few simple inventory-based tasks as well.

    Other Votes: Churchy (11.), SabotageTheTruth (5.)

    Links:
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    Mobygames
    Gameplay on Youtube


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    77. Final Fantasy X (2001) - 73 Points - 4 Votes - Highest Vote: #2 Brannox

    Developer: Square
    Publisher: Square
    Genre: RPG
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (HD), PlayStation 4 (HD), PlayStation VIta (HD), Microsoft Windows (HD)

    Tidus is a young athlete who lives in a futuristic city of Zanarkand - "the city that never sleeps". He plays blitzball, a ball game where players throw the ball while flying around. Suddenly, a terrible disaster happens. A huge dark wave engulfs the city, spawning monsters. Tidus comes in contact with the mysterious creature, and as a result finds himself in a different world, a thousand years into the future. The civilization he is used to doesn't exist any more. He learns that the world he knew was destroyed by Sin, a terrible being that is believed to be indestructible. Tidus meets a young summoner named Yuna, and joins her as a guardian on her quest to put an end to Sin.

    Final Fantasy X is Japanese-style role-playing game set in a world somewhat similar to South Asia. Only individual locations can be physically explored; there is no "world map" in the game, and exploration is fairly linear. Enemy encounters are random; the game abandons the series' traditional ATB (active-time battle) combat in favor of fully turn-based mechanics, with the turns of the participants displayed in the upper corner of the screen.The game also departs from the usual leveling up system. There are no character levels in the game: instead, experience points received after battles can be allocated by the player directly to upgrade the characters' parameters. Each character has his or her special "sphere map", with straight or branching paths containing spots that increase the character's personal statistics, or teach him or her active and passive abilities. The characters are given distinct class attributes, and it is possible top switch between all the party members during the same battle. Monster summons (called aeons in the game) now behave like playable characters, have their own hit points (HP), and can fight for the party until defeated.

    Other Votes: Nillend (24.), SabotageTheTruth (18.), jipostus (7.)

    Links:
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    Mobygames
    Gameplay on Youtube



  • In which @Inustar says "fuck the haters" and follows his heart. I respect it. I personally loved Mass Effect 3, even with its ending. I just thought 2 was better, and since the whole series is so closely related, I only wanted to put one from the franchise on my list.



  • @Exist-2-Inspire It seems like you made a small mistake with FFX, it seems to have 4 votes instead of 3.

    Aside from that this seem like good entries, although ME3 had some things that pissed me off that I'd never put it in my list, even if the game is good for the most part.



  • With the three newest entries, NOW we're talking!

    Mass Effect 3: I LOVE the Mass Effect series and I'm excited to see 3 on the list, not only because it's Mass Effect, but because of the potential of where the other two entries place. While I prefer the others over 3, its still a really great game. And shout out to the party sequence from the Citadel DLC. Best wrap-up and celebration for a series cast in all of video games. Probably the second, if not best, DLC of all time for me. My thanks to @Inustar , @Karu , and @Brandon_Reister for their votes to have it here!

    Silent Hill 2: I've said many times before, and I'll say it again: I'm a wuss, so this game will NEVER be played by me. While I'm not surprised it's on the list, I guess I slightly am because of place. But still, Resident Evil will most likely be represented eventually, so I'm not shocked RE will be over SH

    Final Fantasy X: Hell. Yes. This is the first entry on the list where I have the highest vote, and to be honest, that doesn't surprise me. I see this entry of the franchise to be one of the more divisive ones, so I figured I would probably be the only one having it in my top 5, much less top 2. However, I love this game so much, and while its flaws are severe (HA HA HA HA HA & the lake scene) they are few, in my opinion. The combat, the locales, the music, the story (ESPECIALLY the portion from Lake Macalania to the end of Bevelle), and (for me) the best character in the series, Auron, this game is one I have played many times and will play many times before I die. @Nillend , @SabotageTheTruth , and @jipostus , I salute for sharing similar (but not as strong) tastes :clap:



  • The first quarter has been practically revealed, and I've only had one of my games here. Must be because the other 29 are still coming, of course!

    Honestly though, I think maybe ten of the games I voted for will make the list. Here's hoping they'll appear in the top 50 at least, but this list has already been full of surprises, so nothing's sure. Which is great as well.



  • @Brannox Though I may not praise FF X as much as you, I still deeply appreciate the game. The reason I didn't put it higher is because unlike higher placed games on my list, I don't see myself playing FF X again for a looooooong time. I really like the game (even the laugh and lake scene), but going through it again would be more of a drag, than an enjoyment. Still, a fantastic game no doubt :thumbsup:



  • Whew, had 5 of my votes make it in so far; Transistor, Persona 3, Hotline Miami, Undertale, and Silent Hill 2. Genuinely surprised to see Undertale make the list as it's extremely niche (but still one of the best RPGs, period) and also shocked that Silent Hill 2 ranked so... low. I know a lot of us appreciate a good storyline and I'd consider Silent Hill 2 to be the epitome of that craft. How everything ties into the protagonist's psyche is such an art. I honestly wasn't expecting Persona 3 to even rank because it's always overshadowed by P4, but it's good to see it make an appearance.



  • @Nillend I think I enjoy it so much also comes down to how simple it is, but very deep in its character development and battle system. That's super cool not placing it high, as I pointed out, I know I'm in an extreme minority for going to bat for the game, but I do understand the feeling of drag. That hits me right around the Calm Lands. I'm just excited it made the list and I'm stoked to see what's next!!



  • 79.Mass Effect 3
    Love the ME series, I have played through each game several times, but for some reason I forgot to add Mass Effect 1, which is my favorite, to my list, oh well. Shepard/Garrus/Tali team forever.

    78.Silent Hill 2
    Best Silent Hill imo.

    77.Final Fantasy X
    Good FF game but annyoing romance (and westernize to amke it even more shmalzy, she never says I Love You in the original, funny thing is that the german subs on PS2 were based on the japanese script, and man is the english localization incorrect), also rather weak cast imo, I don't really like anyone except Rikku maybe. Might be fault of the english VAs, sadly SE decided against having JP VA in the remaster, which would have been a reason for repurchase for me tbh, but just for graphics, nah.



  • @Musou-Tensei I agree about your ME team. I could also switch out Tali for Wrex, but that is dependent on my mood at the time.



  • Undertale
    Never played it and know very little. What I did see however reminded me of Earthbound for some reason, a game I really don't like. I might play this one day, but it's certainly not high on the priority list.

    Zone of the Enders II
    I love both ZoE games and I have the anime as well. I actually bought my PS2 for the original. Didn't make my top 30 though.

    Dark Souls III
    Love it, probably my favourite Souls game. Another that doesn't rank high enough for my list though.

    Mass Effect 3
    I was really hyped for the original Mass Effect. It seemed to have everything I wanted as I'm a huge Sci-fi fan and really enjoyed KotOR. While the original ME is definitely my favourite, the series as a whole didn't hook me like I wanted and thought it would. I lost interest in the story with ME2 and I didn't like the changes either. ME3 was ok, but it was just one of those games I coasted through to see how it all turned out, I remember so little from it now.

    Silent Hill 2
    My first entry! This game did so much right for me and will forever stay with me. I'm a little shocked to see it so low though to be honest, and not because of how highly I personally rate it.

    Final Fantasy X
    As a HUGE fan of Final Fantasy, this game let me down a little. Don't get me wrong, I still love the game, but it just didn't do that much for me when compared to the previous three. Plot seemed to take a step back in this game and it became more about "the journey" and character bonding, that's something I don't really appreciate. Fun Fact: I prefer X-2 to X.