The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

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    47. Grand Theft Auto V (2013) - 103 Points - 6 Votes - Highest Vote: #9 Tokyo Slim

    Developer: Rockstar North
    Publisher: Rockstar
    Genre: Action-adventure, third-person shooter
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, XBOX 360, XBOX One

    Grand Theft Auto V takes place five years after Grand Theft Auto IV and is now set in Los Santos. It centers around three protagonists: Michael, Trevor and Franklin. New to the series is that the player can switch between the three characters on the fly. They each have different missions, lives and personalities. They also often come together, especially for heists, a complex type of mission where a large operation needs to be planned and executed by determining a strategy and hiring additional henchmen. As with previous games in the series, the gameplay involves gunfights and takes place in a sprawling, open world city where players get around by acquiring transport (cars, boats, helicopters, etc) through less than legal means. Players can roam the game world, complete story missions and partake in various illegal activities, including shooting civilians, robbing people, destruction of cars and the titular act of car theft. These lead to a wanted rating of up to five stars, sending in a police force in pursuit. Continuing to resist the police will also increase it. The wanted status is lost by getting out of sight or by spraying the car.

    The game's multiplayer component is called GTA Online. It is set two months before the start of the single-player story. It allows up to 16 players (PS3 / Xbox 360) or 30 players (Xbox One / PS4 / PC) to travel around a world identical to the single-player world to complete story-driven activities, both competitive and co-operative.

    Other Votes: DeweyDecibel (10.), Pyro (25.), Demmue (16.), Karu (11.), Sentinel Beach (12.),

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    46. Portal 2 (2002) - 104 Points - 8 Votes - Highest Vote: #7 jsackel

    Developer: Valve
    Publisher: Valve
    Genre: Puzzle, platform
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360

    Portal 2 is the sequel to Portal and offers the same first-person puzzle-platform gameplay. Players continue the story taking the role of the young woman Chell, who defeated the artificial intelligence computer system GLaDOS in the first game. After the events of the first game, she was placed in stasis until eventually woken up again. The sequel still takes place at Aperture Science Labs, but it is now overrun by decay and nature. Much more than in the first game, Chell moves past the clean test chambers and explores the gloomy industrial setting of the laboratory.

    Just like in the first game, the gameplay is based around portals. By shooting a starting portal and ending portal at suitable surfaces, certain uncrossable gaps can be bridged. Just like in the first game, there are also many test chambers where puzzles need to be solved, using cubes, turrets, platforms and special portal tricks to gain a lot of speed. GLaDOS makes a return to tease Chell and she plots revenge for her destruction, but there are a large number of twists that make her role very different from in the first game. Chell receives help from Wheatley, a small robot who opens entrances for her and provides witty insights about the environment.

    Other Votes: DeweyDecibel (15.), Alex840 (12.), NCartwright15 (26.), benoit489 (28.), Browarr (18.), Tokyo Slim (27.), Brannox (11.)

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  • 47. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
    My first game on the list. I'm even a little surprised I put this on my top 30 as historically I haven't loved the GTA series despite owning all of them. However, it did make it on my list because it's just so darn good. It's the first GTA game that I fully beat. Usually the grind of the GTA missions wears me down but I thought this story was compelling enough and the side missions were fun enough that the 40 hours I played always felt fresh. There is a good reason this is one of the best selling games of all time, if you haven't played it then give it a shot!

  • Even more surprises!! GTA V not in the top 25?! Just when I think I have a consensus figured out about this franchise, it keeps getting shattered. Because I'm no fan of GTA, I will leave my thoughts there, but wow.

    Portal 2!!! Absolutely adore this game and it is superior to the original in every way! Better story, more clever puzzles, different "environments", and the coup de grace, co-op mode. A well made game, and another in Valve's batch that needs to have a third.

    @jsackel, @DeweyDecibel, @Alex840, @NCartwright15, @benoit489, @Browarr, @TokyoSlim, I salute you all in enjoying a great game with such dark humor.

    Now this concludes the Aperture Science community list. Thank you for your contributions. For science. Please leave your 30 item profile sheet on the way out and don't forget to pick up your :cake:

    Please ignore the spikes and flames as they are merely tools used for another test.

    Thank you for your compliance.

  • The points have been ridiculously close to each other with many games now, like only a one point difference one after another.

  • @Sentinel-Beach And seeing MGS V beat out DOOM let me know the tie breaker: Its not number of votes, but highest overall. Either works for me, but good to know now.

  • Well, I have five games on the list now. I was the highest GTAV? Man, that's kinda crazy. Like Jones, I appreciate a good open world game, and GTAV is probably my third favorite ever. The urban setting really sets it apart from the other two on my list, and may be the best fictional city in a game. Los Santos and Blaine County are excellent environments, are distinctly different, and are close enough together so that it's not that big of a pain to drive there. The three lead protagonists all offer a distinct viewpoints and issues from different social classes, and the campaign was fully fleshed out and fun at launch, even though since release they have since been focusing on improving and expanding online multiplayer. The level of detail and interactivity in the game is great, and on PC, there's a very strong mod community, that continues to improve and refresh gameplay.

    To me, the only real negative about this game is the long install. :)

  • Wow I'm surprised Portal 2 didn't rank higher

  • Apparently people are still trying to figure out if Portal 2 is a puzzle game or not.

  • @TokyoSlim Really? I continue to fail to see how the everlasting debate about what constitutes a puzzle game continues to persist. Portal 2 is a puzzle game. What's the argument for it not being so?

  • Sadly not surprised to see GTAV in here, but at least it ain't higher. I truly hate this game in case it is not clear, but oh well other people enjoy it.

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

    @TokyoSlim Really? I continue to fail to see how the everlasting debate about what constitutes a puzzle game continues to persist. Portal 2 is a puzzle game. What's the argument for it not being so?

    It's a Kyle Bosman joke. :p

  • @TokyoSlim All the same. (Especially when Mr. Bosman begins to troll :-D )

  • has there been a handheld game yet

  • @FF7Cloud I played Hotline Miami on my Vita first, does that count?

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    45. Resident Evil 2 (1998) - 107 Points - 6 Votes - Highest Vote: #5 TechnoRage1127

    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Survival Horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, GameCube

    Even though Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine were able to destroy the Umbrella corporation's undead monsters in the original Resident Evil, Umbrella's experiments with the T-virus continued unhindered. Claire Redfield, the younger sister of Chris, and Leon Kennedy, a rookie cop on his first day of the job, arrive in the sleepy midwestern town of Raccoon City only to find the city in flaming ruins due to the inhabitants having been transformed into mindless flesh-eating freaks. Although Claire and Leon team up, they are soon separated and trapped inside the city by a car crash. Seeking refuge within the Raccoon City police station, each character must find a way to escape from the nightmare while solving the mystery of what happened to Raccoon City.

    Besides the zombie population (which is much more diverse than the original, including teenage girl zombies, maniac cop zombies, and even melting naked zombies), Claire and Leon will also have to deal with a variety of freakish mutants including giant poisonous spiders, walking venus-fly-traps, and speedy wall-crawling Lickers. Each character will also be pursued by one seemingly unstoppable foe: a horrific and constantly evolving man-monster known as the "G-Type" (Leon's Scenario) , or a taciturn but inhumanly powerful Umbrella agent who is nonetheless saddled with the rather quaint name of Mr. X (Claire's Scenario).

    Other Votes: tokeffee9 (17.), Sheria (9.), blakynt (13.), Tearju Engi (9.), BlazinBahamut (26.)

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    44. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) - 107 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #2 DanteThePyro

    Developer: BioWare
    Publisher: LucasArts
    Genre: RPG
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, XBOX, OS X, iOS, Android

    Four thousand years before the events depicted in the Star Wars movies, the political and ideological situation is not much different from what we have seen in the prequel trilogy: the Republic and the Jedi Order are fighting against two powerful Sith lords, Darth Revan and his apprentice, Darth Malak. It is said that the former was successfully defeated by the Jedi, and that Darth Malak betrayed his mentor and is planning to take on the Republic by himself. His aggression is so successful that some Jedi have decided to join his ranks. A seemingly ordinary soldier of the Republic is traveling aboard a space ship that is attacked by Darth Malak's minions. Narrowly escaping, the soldier meets a female Jedi named Bastila, one of those who have fought Darth Revan in the decisive battle. With her help, the soldier must learn to become a Jedi, stop Darth Malak, and discover the truth about his or her own past.

    Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing game that uses the Star Wars D20 rule system, which is similar to the 3rd Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Character development and combat are handled similarly to BioWare's previous RPGs such as Baldur's Gate series. Combat engine follows similar "real-time with pause" rules. There are only three active combatants on the player's side (as opposed to six in Baldur's Gate). Several characters join the party and can be switched at the player's will.

    Other Votes: NCartwright15 (4.), Axel (16.), Billy (13.), Tokyo Slim (13.)

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  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)

    Didn't quite make my list (would be top 40) but this is still one of the best Star Wars games and in my opinion the best BioWare game. I haven't played it for awhile but my wife did last year and my only complaint is that it's starting to look dated.

  • I played it this past week for the first time and i agree, great game! I did not have much problems with the Visuals or the Gameplay, it holds up quite well imo (for a 13 year old game!)

  • KOTOR is a great game. I haven't played it in a long time, been thinking of picking it up again.

  • As I said previously, I'm not a fan of Resident Evil, though I'm not surprised that 2 is ranked higher than 1. Now I'm waiting to see where 4 is going to place, because I feel that will be the last to be revealed. As far as KOTOR goes, while I'm a HUGE Mass Effect fan and a life-long Star Wars nerd, I never played this game because I never owned an OG Xbox. I hope this gets remastered, because I would like to give it a shot someday. Happy to see it make the list.

  • @Brannox It's on PC as well.