The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

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    39. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) - 114 Points - 8 Votes - Highest Vote: #5 Demmue

    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    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.)

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    38. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) - 114 Points - 7 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 DanteThePyro

    Developer: Bungie
    Publisher: Microsoft
    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.)

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  • Halo was one of my first PC games, and probably the game I've replayed the most.

    One day I'll get around to playing A Link to the Past.. the only main Zelda title I haven't played

  • Ok, NOW I can speak a little further:

    For a Link to the Past, I had the GBA version, but I never got really far. This was one of several Zelda games I've tried giving a chance. I guess Zelda just really isn't my thing. More importantly, I wonder what Mr. Bosman would think that LttP is the community's 39th best game? :smirk:

    As for Halo, I have several thoughts on this. I didn't put in on my list (though it would've been in the top 50) because of my other interests, but this is a game I've played a BUNCH. I remember getting the OG version and Halo 2 under the assumption of fighting the Covenant. I then met the flood. I've said it in an earlier Halo post that I have to exercise personal demons when going through the Library. I quit Halo for years when I found out the flood came back in Halo 2. It took some good friends of mine to get me back into the series and now I own Halo's 1-5 (1 and 2 in Master Chief Collection form), Reach, and ODST (Never played nor want to play Halo Wars 1 or 2 though. OR the mobile games).

    I also think its funny how Halo is now represented THREE separate times on this list. Lot of Halo fans in the EZA community ;-)

    To everyone that has listed Halo, Halo 2, and/or Halo 3 on their lists, I salute all of you. You know a solidly built shooter :-D

    Also, I notice this entry is OG Halo; Not Anniversary nor Master Chief Collection. That goes for the others as well.

  • It will be interesting to see which game gets the most separate votes from the allies. Meaning, "it's on everyone's list". Has there been two-digits yet? I've seen a bunch of games getting votes from 8 different people. Soon, I think, there will have to be a constant stream of games with a dozen supporters behind them, at least etc.

    Edit. Ok, so there were 44 voters in total, checked the first post.

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    38. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

    as @Brannox I got LOADS of experience with this game. I got it on PC on my birthday and I spent pretty much everyday that summer playing it from start to finish and loving it SO much. Even though the Library must be one of the most terrible levels in a game ever. I didnt know a FPS could be so deep and impactfull until I played that.

    As I have mentioned in other posts, I kept my list to 1 game per franschise so I had to put this off Im affraid, but SUCH an epic game that everyone should play

  • A Link to the Past didn't even rank in the top 20? Wow. I'm loving all the surprises this list has to offer!

  • 43. Deus Ex
    Deus Ex isn't as good as everyone's rose-tinted glasses make them think it is. It is a great touchstone of the form but it is far from the pinnacle. :^)
    No but seriously, I think it's overrated.

    42. World of Warcraft
    I don't play MMOs.

    41. Banjo-Kazooie
    Great collectathon 3D platformer, I'd love to replay it on XB1 (Rare Replay) but I don't find the time.

    40. Journey
    Not for me.

    39. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    A great action adventure and my 2nd favorite Zelda game.

    38. Halo: Combat Evolved
    My 1st Xbox game as it came with the system, great FPSs from a time when FPSs began to become very stale to me.

  • ok i can comment on some of these

    A link to the past the first game on this list i think thats older then me i played it about 4 years ago when i got it and a snes for 15 bucks at a yard sale i played it but after playing the newer entrys i just didnt find it that great. minish cap is my favriote 2d zelda.

    banjo kazooie a great game i just love its sequel alot more i may be the only one that does though im not expecting it on the list at this point

    halo i played it just a year or so ago shooters arent my thing but i did enjoy the open level design witch was differnt from alot of fpss

  • Ew, you listed Gearbox's PC version of Halo (the version that Anniversary & MCC are based on) right next to the Xbox version... >_<

    Getting back to the GOOD version, holy cow. Going from Perfect Dark on N64 to Halo a year-and-a-half later was beyond mindblowing. Ultra-high detail textures. Uncompressed music and voice acting. Intelligent squads of enemies. Bump mapping. Water shaders. Sun rays. Glow effects. Complete vehicle physics. Giant maps. Near cinema-grade cutscenes. Rock solid weapon balance. This was truly the next generation of gaming.

  • How is #5 the highest someone put The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past ? I thought that this game would be in the top 10 overall as it's often considered the best Zelda game of all time (not my favorite but I can understand why it would be).

  • Its interesting that we haven't seen any #1's yet (aside from RE I think). I'm wondering when they'll start to show up or if we all picked a lot of the same #1's

  • @Faaip #1s so far in the TOP 100:

    • Super Metroid (Axel)

    • Fallout: New Vegas (Browarr)

    • Dragon Quest VIII (Divinity)

    • The Legend of Zelda: TP (Haru17)

    • Mass Effect 3 (Inustar)

    • Xenogears (MCRMJ)

    • Resident Evil Remake (Tearju Engi)

  • @Exist-2-Inspire Oh oops haha. Well then I guess I'm just looking forward to the bulk of #1's :D

  • As far as #1's go, I'm interested to see what games, if any, get the multiple number one picks.

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    37. Diablo II (2000) - 115 Points - 5 Votes - Highest Vote: #3 Demmue

    Developer: Blizzard
    Publisher: Blizzard
    Genre: Action role-playing, hack and slash
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, Mac OS

    Knowing well that Diablo's spirit could never be truly destroyed, the hero of Tristram made the noblest sacrifice of all: he took the spirit of the Lord of Terror into himself, hoping that his strength of will could contain the demon within. He was wrong. Diablo's essence corrupted him, gradually taking over his human nature. He has turned into the Dark Wanderer, a mysterious being whose every step causes destruction and death. A nameless adventurer visits the Rogue Encampment and decides to help its inhabitants by slaying monsters surrounding the area, and eventually pursuing the Dark Wanderer himself.

    Like its predecessor, Diablo II is an action role-playing game. The player may choose between five available characters classes: Amazon (a rogue-like class with ranged attacks), Necromancer (can summon undead and inflict status ailments), Barbarian (a powerful melee fighter who can dual-wield weapons), Sorceress (offensive spellcaster), and Paladin (fights with shields and can cast support spells). Much of the game takes place in randomized dungeon-like areas heavily populated by enemies. Unlike the previous game, the environments are not restricted to a single dungeon and include variously themed locations, each with its own town and quests.

    Other Votes: NCartwright15 (12.), Axel (7.), DanteThePyro (8.), blakynt (10.)

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    36. Shenmue (1999) - 116 Points - 6 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Churchy, Demmue

    Developer: Sega AM2
    Publisher: Sega
    Genre: Action-adventure, Role-playing, Life simulation, social simulation
    Platform(s): Sega Dreamcast

    On a November day when the snow turned to rain, Ryu Hazuki arrives home just in time to see his father killed by Lan Di, a man Ryu's father obviously knew very well. Ryu attempts to stop Lan Di, but is effortlessly beaten to within an inch of his life. After recovering from his injuries Ryu sets out to track down his father's murderer, as well as uncover his family's secrets and the mystery of the Phoenix and Dragon mirrors that Lan Di seeks.

    Shenmue is a hybrid game that incorporates elements of adventure and fighting with light role-playing. The game is set in a 3D environment that can be freely explored by the player. Much of the gameplay involves talking to Ryu's friends and the various people around town, hoping to find hints or clues that lead to the next step in the story. Any details Ryu learns are written down in his notebook for future review. Ryu can buy items from stores or try his luck with capsule toy machines, but most items that can be bought have no purpose outside of filling his inventory. Ryu can also visit an arcade and play accurate versions of Hang-On and Space Harrier, as well as games like darts and pool.

    Other Votes: jsackel (20.), Sieghardt (13.), Sheria (7.), Tokyo Slim (28.)

    Gameplay on Youtube

  • @Lotias glad to see so many of us had the PC version. I never had an Xbox so I bought this game as soon as I got my laptop for college. Kinda glad it wasn't in steam because I don't want to know how much time I sunk into it.

  • @Brannox There you go with the first one with multiple #1, it would be really cool if the did a remaster of Shenmue or something, it seems like something worth looking into but hardly accesible.

    Well deserved for Diablo 2 as well.

  • Another two games I've never played nor have any interest in. I think we're now seeing a healthy mix of mainstream games that a casual gamer would know and hardcore players as well.

    @bard91 Fascinating that it's Shenmue. I have never understood its appeal, but I respect the fact that's loved. Mr. Huber would be HYPED to see it here, but I'm thinking he might be a bit bummed out to find it only place 36th overall :-P

  • I put 4 Dreamcast games on my list. Shenmue is one of them.

    One of them has no chance of being on this list.