The EZA Top 100 Videogames!
43. Deus Ex (2000) - 110 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 Exist 2 Inspire
Developer: Ion Storm
Genre: Action RPG, stealth
Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Some time during the 2050's, the world is a dangerous place as terrorists, drug czars, and outlaw states rule, using violence and subterfuge as tools in their push for global conquest. A deadly virus dubbed "gray death" is running rampant throughout the world and the only known cure is a chemical known as "Ambrosia" manufactured by the VersaLife corporation. However Ambrosia supplies are scarce and world governments, particularly the United States, carefully monitor and control who receives this cure. As protest against these events, French terrorist organization "Silhouette" bombs the historic symbol of friendship between French and American people, The Statue of Liberty. In response to this attack, the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) organization is formed. Building a headquarters underground at Liberty Island, its mission is to attack terrorism and maintain peace around the world. JC Denton is a nano-enhanced agent who has been primed for UNATCO service. While JC's brother Paul is already an active agent, JC is beginning his first day of service when the National Secessionist Forces (NSF) suddenly raid a supply of Ambrosia at UNATCO headquarters.
Deus Ex is a dark cyberpunk game that combines gameplay styles of first-person shooter and RPG, with elements of stealth and puzzle-solving. The player assumes the role of JC Denton, UNATCO anti-terrorist agent. Pitted against an elaborate global conspiracy, he must interact with characters, pick up weapons and complete objectives. While JC is essentially fixed within the mission-framework of the game, he can be customized in areas such as weapons, technical skills and physical prowess. Completing objectives rewards the player with skill points, which may be distributed to increase JC's proficiencies in eleven different disciplines. The player can choose to increase the damage JC inflicts with various types of weapons, improve his lock-picking or computer hacking abilities, etc. Each such discipline has four levels of proficiency.
Other Votes: jipostus (4.), Sheria (5.), Axel (5.), BlazingBahamut (28.)
42. World of Warcraft (including all Add-Ons) (2005) - 110 Points - 6 Votes - Highest Vote: #2 Lotias
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X
World of Warcraft is a MMORPG based in the Warcraft universe. The player creates a character choosing from 8 races and 9 classes. Most races start in their own part of the vast world. As the races move out from their starting locations, they can meet the other races if they choose to move out through the world. Both races and classes have unique abilities, skills, and spells to help them survive in the world.
The game offers professions for players to learn, if they want. You have the choice of 2 major professions, such as Alchemy, Herbalism, Skinning, and Tailoring, as well as the ability to have unlimited minor professions, such as Fishing and Cooking. Progressing in these skills allows you to make more things or have better results from the skills. The gameplay is similar to most other MMORPG games, where you must go out into the world, complete quests, kill monsters, and level up your character. And, as often is the case, you also will want to find, make, or buy better equipment as you go along. There are multiple levels of equipment from normal to artifact based on rarity. The player can also join various guilds and parties.
Other Votes: Demmue (13.), Karu (25.), Dogtype (9.), Joetown (16.), Browaarr (11.)
bard91 last edited by
Why didn't I vote for Deus Ex? it seems like a big oversight on my list.
Definintely! I was considering if i should disqualify every list without a Deus Ex game on it but in the end i decided against it! :P
Brannox last edited by
After creating the most recent Selective Creation thread on Shooters, I felt Deus Ex was about to pop, and lo and behold, here it is. I've never played it, but the retrospective was so enjoyable. I don't need to play it now, especially with the platforms, but I'm glad its here. As far as WoW, I'm also not shocked its here. This game is too massive, too huge in popularity not to be here. Its importance can not be understated, and because I've never played it, I'm sure others, especially those who have voted for it, can speak much better than I in explaining why it's so important.
TokyoSlim last edited by
I thought Deus Ex was on my list, but It's not. Apparently I am an idiot.
TokyoSlim last edited by TokyoSlim
@Exist-2-Inspire Sorry. I guess you can scrap it and we can start over. Otherwise we'll just have to factor it in as human error.
42. World of Warcraft
I thought this would appear higher! (Even though I went with TBC expansion). After all WoW are one of those games that at least in my eyes defined a whole genre. I know like everquest and eve online have been out longer and still got loads of players and so on. For me however, this was how I really found MMO's to be a big thing that also seemed to blow up in a huge porportion. I started in early vanilla and played until early Cataclysm. I had played Warcraft 2 and 3 before and always liked the lore. Really getting into the world mae me fall for it. I spent hours and hours in this world, raiding and PvPing. I would also say that playing this helped me through the ruffest period in my life. Being able to shut out the world and live in Azeroth instead were something special. I could go on and on for hours about my adventures here, but I will leave it at I thought it was an amazing game and after killing Lich King I felt like the lore "were over" for me and it lost much of its charm and pride.
jipostus last edited by
I thought that Deus Ex would be much higher than this, but... Well, it's not use to cry about it now.
Demmue last edited by Demmue
Ooops, include me in this group. I think I had Deus Ex on a draft of my list but I forgot to include it on the one I emailed out. Textures are terrible in the game but the actual game is a masterpiece!
World of Warcraft did make it on my final list. For a long time I was embarrassed to admit that I play this game but here we are 12 years later and I'm still playing the damn thing so it must be something special right? I've 4 or 5 individual characters that have more play time than I've put into most games. I think I have well over 2,000 hours into the game. Without even realizing it, it's become a major part of my gaming life. Sadly, I now only play for about one month a year when I get the itch but for the first five years I played this game daily.
41. Banjo-Kazooie (1998) - 111 Points - 6 Votes - Highest Vote: #4 jsackel
Genre: Jump N' Run, Action Adventure
Platform(s): Nintendo 64, XBOX 360
Banjo-Kazooie's fairy tale back story is reminiscent of Snow White's. A gnarled, ugly witch named Gruntilda asks her magical cauldron who is the fairest of them all. Of course, the pot's answer doesn't please the hag: he singles out Banjo's sister, Tooty. When Tooty turns up missing, Banjo and his birdie buddy Kazooie set out to find her.
The worlds in Banjo-Kazooie are vast, and contain a variety of items to collect. Musical Notes, Puzzle Pieces ("Jiggies"), Mumbo Tokens, and Jinjoes are just some of the swag that Banjo must stuff in his backpack to complete his adventure. While some of the necessary items are simply stashed off the beaten path, others will require puzzle solving skills to turn up.
Other Votes: NCartwright15 (23.), Dogtype (17.), Oscillator (9.), MiserablePerson (11.), bard91 (11.)
40. Journey (2012) - 112 Points - 7 Votes - Highest Vote: #5 tokeffee9
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
n Journey the player controls a robed character through a vast desert with large areas that can be freely explored in any direction. No instructions are given, but a large mountain is shown in the far distance and the character moves towards it. The game does not have a HUD and provides no clear directions. There also are no hazards or obstacles that lead to death. The goal is to guide the character through a journey. The character can be moved around and is able to whistle, as a short burst or more powerful depending on how long the button is pressed. Whistling makes a symbol appear and it is used to activate glyphs in the environment. After a while the player also learns to fly by activating floating pieces of cloth in the environment. These lift the character into the air. It is then possible to float for a short time or glide down through the sand. Once "charged", it is possible to give a few short busts while in the air. Through the journey the flying abilities improve. When moving towards a platform, the character jumps on it automatically when it is low enough. The main challenge in the game is to find a way to progress, by activating bridges or finding a route.
Other Votes: jsackel (22.), Alex840 (16.), Karu (8.), DanteThePyro (27.), Haru17 (15.), naltmank (12.)
bard91 last edited by
Yayyyy Banjo made it, and in a pretty good position.
Having played Journey a last week I have to say that I find it to be an odd choice, but I understand why some people may think highly of it, as it was a pretty good in its execution, but in mind it falls flat to other indy darlings like Undertale and Papers Please
Oscillator last edited by
Banjo may be on the small and simplistic side by today's standards, but it might be the most well-rounded and polished game ever. Characters, world design, music, atmosphere, engine, controls, all hit the sweet spot pretty much dead-on. Even if the gameplay isn't your cup of tea, there's no way the overflow of charm won't suck you in...unless you can't stand anything that's not a greybrown gorefest.
Sentinel Beach last edited by
When we reach the Top 50 and Top 30 i will reduce the amount of games per post too
Could you consider moving the next milestone to be, say, Top 20? Or even Top 10? I'm just thinking that going one-by-one the last 30 entries may be a little too slow-ish. It'll take a month, basically.
@Sentinel-Beach Yep i already decided to go down to one for the Top 20! (and it won't take that long, because i'm still going to post twice per day for the most part!)
Faaip last edited by
I never owned Banjo Kazooie but I remember renting it a couple times.. I'd still like to get a copy of that to play through one day
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Omg, how did I miss Journey?! This game is certainly one of my favorites, yet I completely forgot about it. Luckily it still made it in a good position. Thx for that allies.
Brannox last edited by
I haven't played either Banjo-Kazooie nor Journey, as neither really appeals to me. However, Yooka-Laylee looks fascinating from a "Stand back and see how it does" standpoint. The list is now getting real interesting. I wonder how many more indie titles we'll get, and what the ratio is for pre and post 2000 games will be.
I was thinking of putting Journey on my list, but then as I JUST finished it (it was free on PS+) it felt like it was too fresh in my memory and I wanted some distance before I called a game up on my favourite list! I do love it by all means, but need more process time of it I think!
39. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) - 114 Points - 8 Votes - Highest Vote: #5 Demmue
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): SNES, GameBoy Advance
Recently, famine and drought have plagued Hyrule. When all seemed lost, a mysterious wizard, Agahnim, appeared, and stopped these strange happenings from occurring. But there is talk that Agahnim now rules the country with his magic, behind the scenes. And then, one night, the Princess of Hyrule, Zelda, calls out for help - and the one who hears her pleas is a young lad named Link.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a top-down action game with puzzle-solving elements (similar to the original Legend of Zelda). Players assume the role of Link, and their goal is to rescue Princess Zelda and save the land of Hyrule. All combat in the game is action-oriented - the player can make the protagonist swing the sword at enemies with a press of a button, or spin the sword around for a more powerful attack by holding down the button until it is charged. Progression through the game is done by conquering a series of dungeons - each dungeon has its own special item associated with it, such as the hookshot (which latches onto a far-off object and pulls Link across) or the hammer (which can be used to flatten objects in your way). Most of these dungeons are rendered impassable until the dungeon's particular item is acquired; from there, the rest of the dungeon becomes accessible due to Link's latest new ability. The bosses of each dungeon are also themed to that level's particular item.
Other Votes: Pyro (19.), Hero of Lime (20.), NCartwright (8.), BlazingBahamut (11.), Axel (24.), jipostus (19.), Musou Tensei (28.)
38. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) - 114 Points - 7 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 DanteThePyro
Genre: First Person Shooter
Platform(s): XBOX, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Humanity is the midst of a long war against an alien alliance called the Covenant who have been wiping out colony after colony. You hero is Master Chief, who is given no name beyond his rank in the game itself. He is stationed on the Pillar of Autumn, a ship which, per protocol make a jump in a random direction to retreat to avoid revealing the location of Earth. They find themselves at the titular Halo, a planet-sized ring of mysterious origin and function with the Covenant on their heels. Master Chief must repel the Covenant assault and discover the secrets of Halo with the assistance of the female AI Cortana who lives in his suit and gives missions.
Halo: Combat Evolved is a sci-fi first-person shooter with considerable driving elements. Features include friendly NPCs who fight alongside the Chief, squad-based AI where enemies groups work together to flank you under the direction of a leader unit and can be demoralized by his death. They also use cover, set ambushes, etc. Only two weapons may be carried at a time: one active and one on back-up. There are five human weapons and three Covenant with distinct art styles for the two groups. Human weapons look basically like real guns and fire projectiles. Covenant are sleek and purple and fire energy. For the most part, weapons are not just left around the environment and must be procured from fallen enemies though there are supply points.
Other Votes: Pyro (23.), Karu (24.), benoit489 (4.), Brandon_Reister (27.), Faaip (15.), Oscillator (7.)