The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

  • @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.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

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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.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

  • 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.

  • Yeah, I played it on PC.

  • Gah KOTOR 1 and 2 have been in my steam wishlist a long time. Someday I'll get around to playing them

  • a couple more games in here i have never played

    I tried to get into the resident evil series some time ago so i purchased the remake on ps4 and the controls are what killed it for me i just couldent adapt i may try it again when i get some free time

  • Another monster post incoming! Sorry team for once again posting way too many of my dumb opinions at once!

    67. Time Splitters 2 - Somehow Time Splitters completely passed by my sphere of consciousness as a kid. Looking at it right now, wow does TS2 look rad. I don't know that I'd be able to get into it these days, but I'm pretty sad that I missed this at the time.

    66. Bioshock Infinite - I'm one of those jerks who wasn't super impressed with Bioshock (I was admittedly late to the party) so I actually haven't played infinite. That said, I'm pretty into the world of Infinite, and it has been on my list of games to play for a while. Hopefully I get around to it. I'm honestly happy to see Infinite here despite my feelings for this series. It deserves it. I wonder how much higher the original Bioshock will be.

    65. Baldur's Gate II - What an absolute classic. Without Baldur's Gate we wouldn't have games like Dragon Age, Divinity, or Pillars of Eternity. The greatest games of all time are those which inspire other greats, and Baldur's Gate II is certainly an example of that.

    64. Okami - I don't really know anything about Okami, and so I won't speak to it. Looks absolutely gorgeous though

    63. Xenogears - Another jRPG I've never touched. All I've seen of Xenogears is what Huber streamed of it and it looks jolly. I'm a little surprised to this this rank above Persona 3 and Secret of Mana, and I don't think I'll ever find time to play it, but I'm glad @MCRMJ got to share his favourite game with us.

    62. Super Smash Bros. Melee - Now this is a game I have put a lot of time into. The story and events were fun and I obsessively beat them all, but Smash is all about multiplayer and I have had well over 100 hours of multiplayer fun with my friends in Melee. These days I prefer Smash 4 - I think they did an incredible job balancing for both competitive and casual play - but Melee will always hold a very special place in my heart.

    61. Castelvania: Symphony of the Night - Perhaps one of the prettiest games to ever exist, I sadly have never played SotN. But believe me, it is on my sort list of games to go back to because the setting, art, and acclaim are drawing me in harder than I could possibly resist. Also, there was a blindfolded speedrun of SotN at SGDQ 2016 which was hilarious and endlessly impressive. I highly recommend checking it out.

    60. Fallout 3 - Well, here we have it: the EZA community official prefers Fallout 3 over New Vegas. Bethesda RPGs have a way of making me feel like a blank slate which I may mold more than any other RPG and I've always loved that about them. Curiously we haven't seen any Elder Scrolls games yet. I wonder which - if any - are going to be showing up as we enter the top 50.

    59. Valkyria Chronicles - The blend between tactics and third-person shooting is a super cool idea. That combined with the art style, setting, and recent remaster makes me really want to pick it up soon. Happy to see it recognised here and I wonder what other tactical RPGs are going to make it.

    58. Sid Meier's Civilization V (Personal Ranking: 14 ) - I'm so happy to see Civ V here. This was my first foray into the Civilization series and I was immediately hooked. After dumping 60 hours in over two weeks I had to tear myself away for fear of failing out of university. Civilization V is easy to get into and I barely scratched the surface of its depth. I can't wait to get into Civ VI; I just need to find a couple weeks where I have nothing else to do before I let myself buy it.

    57. Age of Empires II - Age of Empires was never for me - I strongly prefer turn-based strategy - but I'm so happy to see strategy games get represented so well on this list so far. AoE II is an absolute classic and I know so many people who absolutely treasured it when they were growing up.

    56. Assassin's Creed II - I remember seeing the trailers for the original Assassin's Creed and thinking "This is next-gen", and I had to learn everything I could about it. Finally playing Assassin's Creed I was definitely underwhelmed. The protagonist isn't particularly likable, the gameplay cycle is repetitive, and the locations - while impressive at the time - aren't particularly interesting. Then Assassin's Creed II came along and fixed so many of its predecessor's issues. This is a game I enjoyed, not one of my all-time-favourites, but it continues to bring me hope for the sequels to games that had great ideas but not-so-great execution.

    55. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - This is one of the GTAs that I missed so I unfortunately don't understand the love that surrounds it compared to others in the series. Regardless, the other PS2 era GTAs set the standard for what an open world could be. I wonder when's the next time we'll be returning to Vice City.

    54. GoldenEye 007 - Classic weekend rental growing up. I had a lot of fun with this game and though I find it unplayable now I'm very glad it made this list.

    53. Kingdom Hearts - I was wondering if we'd be seeing this over KHII. I can't really speak to Kingdom Hearts at all, so I won't try. I wonder if we'll see CoM or BBS even higher on this list!

    52. REmake - Another game I need to play so badly. Now that I have it through PS+ I have zero excuses (other than that I don't currently own a PS4 - getting a PS4p on launch). Can't wait to hop into it and and see what it's all about.

    51. The Walking Dead: Season 1 - I'm not a big fan of contemporary Telltale games, but there's no denying that TWD:S1 is a special game. A game like the Walking Dead winning GOTY from several outlets truly solidified games as an art form, and for that reason I think the Walking Dead deserves to be here.

    50. DOOM - What a cool game to be #50. Especially remember CoD4 at #100. I don't have that many memories of DOOM, but all the ones I have a great memories. This game is infinitely important and I can't imagine this list without it!

    49. Metal Gear Solid V - Ooo, I was not expecting to see you here above MGS2 & 4. MGSV is undeniably a good game. I never finished it because I got burnt out, but it plays better than any other game created. I played through the first 20 or so missions until I perfected them and I absolutely loved it until I just didn't anymore. I don't know; MGSV is a struggle for me. I think I still need more time to figure out how I feel.

    48. Metroid Prime (Personal Ranking: 21 ) - I got Metroid Prime bundled in with my Gamecube as a kid and knew absolutely nothing going into it. I still remember putting it in for the first time and being absolutely blown away by the graphics. I didn't think they would ever get prettier than Metroid Prime and I'm still not sure if they ever will. Going through my first metroidvania with Metroid Prime was an experience. And the way metroid makes its world feel real and important is incredible (There's a pretty famous Final Bosman about it). Wow, do I want to go back and play Prime again. Thanks everyone for getting it here!

    47. Grand Theft Auto V (Personal Ranking: 10 ) - I adore GTAV. This is an example of an open world that doesn't need towers or a suffocating amount of objectives to give you things to do. It is simply fun to drive around, go skydiving, or play a round of golf or tennis in GTAV, and so Los Santos and Blaine County remains my favourite sandbox to hop into for an hour and play around in. The story, although it certainly has places that fall flat for me, has the right amount of levity to allow you to enjoy the world but also enough seriousness to make you want to play through the main missions. The world is absolutely beautiful and the attention to detail despite the size of the world is nothing short of incredible, and next-gen and PC re-releases added some real, meaningful improvements. To me, this is the best GTA game yet, but I have a feeling will still be seeing GTAIII later on this list, and I'm okay with that. I just can't wait to see where GTA takes us next.
    Also, @bard91 , I'm honestly curious to hear why you hate GTAV. Do you mind elaborating? L&R either way!

    46. Portal 2 (Personal Ranking: 15 ) - This is the gold standard for modern puzzle games. I can't say enough good things about Portal 2. The story, aesthetic, and puzzles are all top-notch. Portal 2 somehow manages to ride the line of challenging without being frustrating and the use of very high player velocity in many of the puzzles brilliantly creates a rush for solving them. And then there's co-op which is such a jolly time. Seriously, if you haven't played the Portal games they run on pretty much every PC, go on sale on steam often, and are just amazing beyond words, so please give them a try.

    45. Resident Evil 2 - Yeah, another game I need to play so badly. Will we see RE4 even higher on this list? What about the original Resident Evil? It will be interesting to see!

    44. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Add another game to the list. Can't say a whole lot other than that I'm looking at it on GOG as we speak and goodness do I wish I had the time to play this right now. @Exist-2-Inspire playing this last week for the first time, and @DanteThePyro raving about it along side him definitely get me craving it. I've always loved the world of Star Wars more than the story told through the films, so getting to live in that universe through a game like KOTOR is pretty much all I could ever ask for.

    Thanks once again to @Exist-2-Inspire and everyone else who has made this list possible. I'm having an absolute blast reading everyone's thoughts and trying to collect my own and can only imagine it's going to get even more exciting from here! L&R