The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

  • @Exist-2-Inspire Misspelled Katamari Damacy

    "72. Katamari Demcay (2004)"

  • Halo 2 is the worst of the Bungie Halos. Glad to see that nobody voted it higher than 9th.

    Bungie wasted most of their development time on an engine that the Xbox couldn't run, had to rush the final product, and it shows.

    The beautiful high-detail textures and ambient lighting effects of Halo 1 - gone.
    The straightforward storytelling of Halo 1 - gone.
    The balanced, deep multiplayer of Halo 1 - gone.

    The cliffhanger ending of Halo 2 is the least of its problems...

    The level designs in both campaign and multiplayer, with a few exceptions, are a mess.

    The AI doesn't get smarter on higher difficulties, just stronger, to the point of completely unfair on Legendary.

    The weapons are unbalanced, with the Energy Sword and Carbine pwning all, while the Shotgun, Sentinel Beam, and Magnum do zilch.

    The multiplayer is mechanical and repetitive. The only reason people have fond memories of it is because it was the first on Xbox Live - nobody would've cared about Halo 2 if XBL had been ready for Halo 1 (something we may NEVER get).

    The Havok animations are stiff and ugly, and the decision to make the Warthog destructible was a big mistake.

    They got it right the first time, and not once since!

  • The "straightforward storytelling" of Halo 1 was one twist, and escape sequence, and we're out.

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

    The "straightforward storytelling" of Halo 1 was one twist, and escape sequence, and we're out.

    And it worked, unlike the dueling protagonists, cavalcade of supporting characters, jumping to random locations, and complex politics of 2. It's the Phantom Menace of Halo.

  • I don't mean to be snarky, but if you couldn't follow the plot of Halo 2, I don't think narrative critique is quite your thing. It's just... not that involved.

  • Half-Life
    Fantastic FPS with a better sequel. It's at least one of my favourites in the genre but neither Half-Life made my top 30 games.

    Never played and likely never will. I don't do these multiplayer games anymore.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    It was...ok. Not a patch on the original though, a game that I'm hoping to see later down the line.

    Halo 2
    I remember so little about it to be honest. I remember being up visiting my sister when it came out and I had my XBOX with me. I played it through quite quickly but despite enjoying Halo, it's never been a series that ever hooked me and I have no interest in its story or lore.

    Katamari Damacy
    I can't comment as I've never played it. Always looked too daft though.

  • im getting worried i know my number 1 and 2 games will make the list but my number 3 game is looking like it wont make it as this is where i expected it to show up

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

    I don't mean to be snarky, but if you couldn't follow the plot of Halo 2, I don't think narrative critique is quite your thing. It's just... not that involved.

    I could mostly follow it. But the pacing is terrible. Stuff gets bunched up, the flipping between MC and The Arbiter could've been done better, and the game doesn't explain the importance of the various locations very well.

    If I can sum up the story in one word, aimless.

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    71. Super Metroid (1994) - 79 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Axel

    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action-Adventure
    Platform(s): SNES

    After having defeated Mother Brain, the leader of the Space Pirates who wanted to use alien creatures known as Metroids to dominate the world, the bounty hunter Samus Aran took the fight to the Metroids' homeland and eradicated them. Only a single Metroid larva remained. Samus took it to a galactic research station, and scientists assured her that the powers of the larva can be harnessed to help people. However, everything goes wrong when a dragon kills the scientists, takes away the larva, and destroys the research facility. Samus follows the dragon to the planet of Zebes, where she fought Mother Brain before. She must explore the dangerous planet, stay alive, and figure out a way to retrieve the larva.

    Super Metroid is a platform game and a follow-up to Metroid II. Like the previous games in the series, it is not divided into separate levels; the planet Zebes is an open world which Samus traverses back and forth. This world is divided into rooms separated with doors which must be shot to be opened. Shooting is also used to open up secret passages, some of which contain nifty bonuses, but finding most of them is required to proceed in the game. There are many items to find on the way, and each new item usually makes heretofore inaccessible areas available to Samus. The items include both weaponry (such as missiles, super missiles, or upgrades to Samus's standard laser gun), energy tanks that increase Samus' max health, and other gadgets (like a grappling hook that allows Samus to stick to the ceiling).

    Other Votes: blakynt (19.), naltmank (23.), Exist 2 Inspire (6.), FF7Cloud (27.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

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    70. StarCraft (including all Add Ons) (1998) - 80 Points - 4 Votes - Highest Vote: #2 Pyro

    Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    Genre: Real Time Strategy
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS, Nintendo 64

    In the distant future, a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge of the galaxy. Through military strength, espionage, and deceit, a unified Terran government has maintained an uneasy peace. But a previously unknown species, the Zerg, has started overrunning their colonies. Furthermore, a second alien species, the enigmatic Protoss, became intent on stopping the Zerg. The Protoss solution, however, is to extinguish all life on Zerg-infested planets, including many surviving resident Terrans. At the same time, rebel factions within the Terran government are gaining popular support during the Zerg crisis. The time for war has come!

    Gameplay in StarCraft has clear similarities to Blizzard's earlier WarCraft II. Building units requires credits and a power source, and once completed you can direct them into combat against foes. You only know the layout of terrain you have visited, and only the exact whereabouts of enemy units which are range for one of your units, due to the Fog of War.

    Other Votes: FF7Cloud (5.), blakynt (9.), Brandon_Reister (28.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

  • Damn man, so many people never played Katamari Damacy.

  • Alas, another two titles I can't speak towards. Kind of surprised to see the OG Starcraft, but that resolves me to believe the sequel is coming down the road. I am also surprised by Super Metroid's low placement. Makes me think Metroid Prime is also a high ranking game.

  • I only played Super Metroid recently and really liked it so I'm happy to see it on the list.

    It's possible that playing Prime first tainted the experience a little as I did vote for Metroid Prime ahead of it. It just cleaned up a few things that bothered me in Super.

    Fantastic game though. Unfortunately can't speak for the rest.

  • @SabotageTheTruth I never had the pleasure to play any Silent Hill game since I don't own any PS2/PS1 and I only heard crap about the HD port of SH2/SH3 on PS3/360. I got the very first Silent Hill tough (original PS1 version) but never managed to play it more that a hour.
    I have no real excuse (I can't say I disliked it because I played it less than one hour so I don't any genuine feeling about it) and someday, somehow I will dig one of them (surely by buying a PS2 and a CRT TV) :)

  • Here it is, my #1 game, Super Metroid. I would have liked to see it placed higher, but I'm confident Metroid Prime will carry the torch instead! ;)

  • ah star craft a beauty from a consoleless me in the late 90's after having a nes early in my life we sold it when my family got their first pc in 1998 i was 6 years old. i started playing this game and age of empires during that time and fell in love with the genre. star craft holds a place in my heart and i still return to the game after all these years.

  • Starcraft almost made my list as it met my criteria,: it must still be fun today. However, I gave my RTS nods to two other games that I hope make it further up the list.

    As for Super Metroid. I've never understood the love for it. I preferred both GBA Metroid games personally.

  • @Browarr You definitely should give them a shot! I can't recommend 2/3 enough, they are pinnacles of survival horror. The first hasn't aged particularly well, so I don't blame you for not trudging through it. In the very least, you can always watch a playthrough of 'em.

    Super shocked to see Super Metroid not even hit the top 50. Tons of surprises in this list!

  • 71. Super Metroid
    Awesome game, would have been in my Top 50

    70. StarCraft
    Good RTS but I prefer C&C.

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    73. Halo 2
    I LOVE the Halo universe. I mean I got almost all the books, statues and have spent hours just reading about the lore. A friend of mine were in one of the top clans in multiplayer and we used to link up xboxes and spend a weekend playing 4v4 and 2v2 games. As much as I loved this, I say that 1 and 3 are better. Awesome game but I decided to put my vote on the other games.

    70. StarCraft
    I do wonder how many hours I have spent on this game. However I never really got into the online scene until StarCraft 2. Blizzard really knows RTS games, but I enjoyed the multiplayed in the second game more.

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    69. Mario Kart 64 (1996) - 81 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #6 jsackel

    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Kart racing
    Platform(s): Nintendo 64

    Mario Kart 64 races eight familiar faces, including Mario, Bowser and Yoshi, on four progressively tougher four-track circuits. Wide curves and gentle banks mark the Mushroom Cup tracks. Your commute gets notably tougher on the Flower Cup, though. The player will have to dodge semis rumbling on Toad's Turnpike and bounding boulders on fogbound Choco Mountain! Star Cup tracks range from the icy surfaces of Sherbet Land to the lava lakes of Bowser's Castle. The true test of karting competence, though, comes on the four tracks in Special Cup. Zip through the dark caves and green hillsides of Donkey Kong's Jungle Parkway, cling to the sheer cliffs of Yoshi Valley and hustle over haunted Banshee Boardwalk before tackling the longest track in the game: neon-lit Rainbow Road.

    The game offers two camera angles and three engine sizes: 50cc, 100cc and 150cc. You can gain even more speed by mastering the power slide technique or grabbing Super Star power-ups. Each kart has distinctive handling, acceleration and top speed capabilities. Light karts like Princess's smoothly steer through tight corners, but run the constant risk of getting flattened by heavy karts, like Donkey Kong's. Shells that you fire at rival racers, Bananas that make them skid out and Lightning Bolts that make them small and very slow are just a few of the game's unique power-ups.

    Other Votes: Dogtype (23.), MiserablePerson (14.), SabotageTheTruth (19.), Faaip (13.),

    Gameplay on Youtube

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    68. Halo 3 (2007) - 81 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 Lotias

    Developer: Bungie
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Genre: First Person Shooter
    Platform(s): XBOX 360

    Halo 3 is the third game in the main Halo series. Like the rest of the series, it is a sci-fi/military-themed first-person shooter with an emphasis on vehicles and an extensive multiplayer mode in addition to the single-player campaign. As before, the series' signature shield system is used where, rather than health, you have a force field of sorts which loses power as you are attacked. You needn't pick up anything to refill it, only take cover for several seconds. If you can avoid being attacked, the shield will recharge on its own.

    Vehicles are again present. These are human and alien transport which can be driven or ridden in with another player or AI doing the driving. Halo 3 adds numerous new types of vehicles, notably a massive mobile command center called the Elephant and a human VTOL aircraft called the Hornet. Enemies with good timing can board a vehicle, kicking out the occupant. Also as before, you are limited to one weapon in hand (or one in each hand for some of the smaller guns) and one on back-up with both human and alien weapons available. Weapons can be fired or used to club someone for a melee hit. There are several new weapons, including the gravity hammer, which is a massive hammer for one-hit kills in close combat. When using a single weapon, your second trigger throws grenades, which have a new spike type in addition to the basic sticky and frag ones from previous games. Turrets are back, which are mounted guns with a new missile pod variant and the added ability to rip them off their moorings and carry them around in 3rd person view.

    Other Votes: Joetown (14.), Haru17 (20.), naltmank (27.), Hero of Lime (9.)

    Gameplay on Youtube