The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

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    53. Kingdom Hearts (2002) - 96 Points - 7 Votes - Highest Vote: #6 Brannox

    Developer: Square Enix
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Genre: Action RPG
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2

    Sora's world is shattered when a violent storm hits his home, and he is separated from his two closest friends. The storm scatters the three to unknown worlds. At the same time, there is turmoil in the Disney Castle. King Mickey is missing, and Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy are out to find him. On their travels they meet Sora, on his own search for his lost friends. The three are told of ominous creatures called Heartless, being without hearts derived from an unknown dimension and are the ones responsible for the devastating storm. The Disney villains, enticed by the power of darkness, manipulate the Darkness to help them gather the princesses of heart, who are needed to open a mysterious final door. Upon discovering the link between the Heartless, the storm, and the disappearance of King Mickey, Sora, Donald, and Goofy join forces and help familiar Disney heroes to save their worlds from the Heartless.

    In Kingdom Hearts players step into the very large shoes of Sora, wielder of the keyblade. Sora can attack with the blade, and as he levels up he will gain more attacks that are automatically chained together. Sora can learn magic and put healing items into a quick menu, and both can only be used in real time. Donald and Goofy (as well as an additional character exclusive to each world/disney movie) will follow Sora. Their equipment and AI can be adjusted, but they can not be directly controlled. Defeated enemies will drop many kinds of items including synthesis materials. Sora can take these to the Synthesis shop in Twilight Town to turn them into usable items, accessories, and weapons.

    Other Votes: Lotias (11.), Inustar (7.), Exist 2 Inspire (17.), FF7Cloud (18.),

    Gameplay on Youtube

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    52. Resident Evil (Remake) (2002) - 98 Points - 6 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Tearju Engi

    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Survival Horror
    Platform(s): GameCube, Wii, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

    Special forces S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team's helicopter malfunctioned and crashed during their mission, disappearing into the Arklay Mountains. This and what happens to them is told in the story of Resident Evil Zero. Now, S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team is sent on a mission to investigate a series of murders around Raccoon Forest. Spotting the Bravo team's helicopter, or what's left of it, they land nearby and investigate the surrounding area. Unaware of what they might expect, one member is attacked and devoured by zombified dobermans. The rest of the team, with a little bit of luck, find shelter in a nearby mansion, not knowing it was probably better to stay out. You play the entire game with one of the two selectable characters, Chris Redfield, or Jill Valentine. The starting point is the lobby of the mansion the three surviving S.T.A.R.S. members just stepped in. After a short while, the team decides to split and search for any possible survivors or anything useful that may help them break out of this dreadful place. To their amazement, they encountered an enemy they never were trained to confront, zombies. There is only one mission to be considered now: survival.

    The GameCube and the later Wii versions are largely a remake of the original Resident Evil for the PlayStation, with some additions. While the floorplan of the returning locations is almost entirely unchanged, several new areas have been added in, extending your stay in the mansion. A new enemy, Lisa, has been added to the game, making your trips outside of the mansion much more dangerous. Finally killing a zombie is now no longer good enough to put them to rest. They must be destroyed totally with fire or else they will rise again; faster, deadlier, and madder than before.

    Other Votes: MCRMJ (27.), Musou Tensei (21.), Sheria (16.), DanteThePyro (19.), Churchy (4.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

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    55. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    I havnt played this SUPER much, but I remember playing it with a friend over a weekend and having a lot of fun!

    54. GoldenEye 007
    Now THIS, THIS is splitscreen multiplayer! I remember a bunch of us running home to my mates house after school. We prepared sandwiches and stuff to drink, then we played this splitscreen for hours until my parents called me home for dinner! This have been playing over weekends and evenings growing up. To this day there are not many games that have reached this standard.

    53. Kingdom Hearts
    I remember getting this in christmas present from my parents. At the time I was like "wait what? ...disney and RPG?" As I hadnt heard of it before I wasnt sure what to think. Later that evening I poped it in and oh boy... Just that intro made it fall right into my heart (lol). I thought it was soo cool and I think that I had a little crush on kairi xD
    Going between the worlds solving the puzzles were fun and I leveled up quite a lot. However, I didnt finish it until I was in like high school.

    It feels like a lot of my entries have showed up now, Im starting to get worried if I will have any in the top! (except for my nr.1 game which I will be surprised if it doesnt show up in at least the top 10).

  • I thought Goldeneye would place way higher, top 30. Very surprised to see my 10th place vote be the highest. At this rate, I'm worried that the top 20 will be all JRPGs...

    Anyhoo, GE has atmosphere in SPADES. Those skies. That fog. Those muzzle flashes. That MUSIC. The Norgate/Kirkhope/Beanland soundtrack hits it right out of park:
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    The gameplay is no slouch either. Revolutionary game, proved that FPSes could work on consoles. Only it's own sequel, then Halo after, have been able to eclipse its purity, its tightness. And boy, did it give meaning to those four controller ports! ^_^

  • @Oscillator The Top 20 has 5 JRPGs! ;)

  • No spoilers! :O

  • @Sentinel-Beach Oh believe me, there will be enough surprisee along the way, this is nothing! :P

  • @Exist-2-Inspire Is Zelda considered to be an JRPG?

  • No, it's not! I catagorize Zelda under Action Adventure

  • @Nillend The idea of Zelda as a JRPG has always bewildered me.

  • There's been some bewilderment already in some people's reactions concerning a game's ranking, so after that tease from our dear host here I'm expecting full shock along the way from people from now on. (Not excluding myself.)

    And uuh, we'll reach the top 50 tomorrow. High stakes!

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    @Sentinel-Beach said in The EZA Top 100 Videogames Countdown!:

    And uuh, we'll reach the top 50 tomorrow. High stakes!

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  • Only 5 :/

    53. Kingdom Hearts
    Great JRPG.

    52. Resident Evil (Remake)
    The best version of Resident Evil and even the original GC version holds up pretty well today. This is how you remake.

  • This is going to be long so I would like to apologize in advance.

    I did NOT have a great day today, so my thoughts may be skewed, and this when we first see Red Dead Redemption 2 and the Nintendo Switch for the first time. I will post my thoughts on those in the other thread. But on to the four recent entries.

    I am STUNNED all four are so low. Carrying expectations into lists such as these is indeed folly, but I couldn't help myself thinking some games would be really up there. Vice City, GoldenEye, and Resident Evil are thought FOR SURE would be top 20 entries EASY. I don't like GTA or Resident Evil in general and my experience with Goldeneye is incredibly minimal, so my thoughts are non-existent. But it is Kingdom Hearts I wish to discuss.

    I did not know much about this game for a long while after it released. I was turned on to it overhearing some classmates on the playground as it were discussing a strategy about some tasks you need to do in Wonderland. I asked what they were talking about, and they told me: Kingdom Hearts. I little while later, I was in a Wal-Mart and remembered them talking about it. It was $20, had Disney characters on the cover and the guy on it was holding a key FOR A SWORD. Now my 5th/6th grade mind was BLOWN.

    As evidenced by the info above, this is my third entry and not only that, the second where I have the highest vote. You can clearly tell what kind of games I like. I find the fusion of Final Fantasy and Disney to be BRILLIANT (albeit ludicrous, but c'mon, that's part of the fun!). I can't tell you how much this game means to me, though, you can clearly see I have five others in just so slightly higher regard.

    I'll never forget I COMPLETELY screwed up my first playthrough (Didn't get far into Monstro before I backed out, went to Halloween Town instead of Atlantica, and couldn't defeat the Oogie Manor with a Level 43 Sora who chose a staff and sacrificed the sword and answered the questions for a slow level up.) That's different now :joy:

    For a long time, I preferred the second over the original. Now, there's something about KH One that I like more. I can't put my finger on it. As I said above, story wise, II has the best sequence and better worlds, but maybe its the keyblade roster, or nostalgia for that sense of wonder. Or it could be that Olympus Coliseum, the FIRST iteration, is my favorite overall KH world because of the tournaments.

    EDIT: Also, super bummed that it fell SO SHORT of the top 50. Oh well. And a massive shout-out to @Lotias , @Inustar , @Exist-2-Inspire , and @FF7Cloud . Yous good people :-D

    God I love this game.

  • Damn, some people are super into Kingdom Hearts. Lol :)

  • @TokyoSlim Yup ;-)

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    @Brannox Just wanted to say that I hope your day tomorrow gets better than today <3

    Also, your text about Kingdom Hearts filled my heart with joy! Love & Respect

  • @Lotias Thank you for the kind words! As such, it already has!

    Love & Respect to you as well!

  • it wasnt on my list but any chance birth by sleeep get into the top 50

  • @FF7Cloud I don't know, but I would LOVE it. Birth by Sleep is great.

  • @Brannox I get how you feel, but I'd say every game that even makes it in this Top 100 is a winner. There's so much diversity in our votes that the fact a game was mentioned by 4-5 of us is already an achievement in itself.

    The way everyone experiences and appreciates game depends on so many factors other than the game's objective quality.

    I made a list of MY 30 favorite games ever, not THE 30 best games ever. My list would have been way different otherwise. I do not actually believe Secret of Mana is the 6th best game ever made, very very far from it. But it ranked 6th on my list because of nostalgia, what it represented for me at the time, the memories I have of the friends I played it with, the soundtrack that stayed with me to this day, etc.

    And the fact that my vote helped it make this list and will maybe convince one or two other Allies to give this game a try is enough satisfaction for me.

    So my point is, you represented Kingdom Hearts by placing it 6th, you expressed the love you feel for it, and helped it make it onto the list for everyone to see. So Kingdom Hearts won.

    I don't see this list as a competition in any way, more as a "EZA-recommended" list that we can all consult for years to come to find out about gems we might have missed.

    So don't be bummed, be proud it made it! ;)