The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

  • TTYD is like a 2D 3D Mario game in terms of scope. Huge levels, massive enemy variety, oodles of dialogue and secrets, and a great difficulty curve. Incredibly polished.

    1. Diablo II
      My favorite Blizzard game and my favorite action RPG. I just beat the game for the 15th time this month. To me it's an evergreen game, one that never dies or gets boring. Hell, even Blizzard still supports it 16 years later with patches. Sooo much better than Diablo III as well. Hopefully 3 didn't kill this franchise.

    2. Shenmue
      Here it is, my number 1! This might be the only game ever that lived up to the hype. I remember reading about this massive game back in 1998 that would have FULL voice acting, real weather effects, and you had to work to earn money in the game. At that time those things were pretty crazy and on top of the realism of the gameplay were the jaw dropping graphics. Keep in mind, this game was released in the PS1 and N64 era (1999 Japan, 2000 USA). To say that this was the best looking game at the time was an understatement. I will always remember saving up the $60 it cost at my local store and having a buddy of mine do the same thing. Every day at school we would trade notes of the cool things we found "did you know there was a cassette tape in this dresser drawer" or "I found this martial arts scroll here". It was probably the best month of gaming in my entire life. I'd love a HD remake of it with the original Japanese voice acting. I hope my $500 helps Shenmue 3 become a reality and that the series will conclude with us knowing what happens to all the amazing characters.

  • Oooookay how to begin:

    First off, all I can say about Paper Mario is I'm really happy it's here. It's a Gamecube game I never owned, and at one point in time considered getting, but circumstances outside of my own that I'm still bitter about to this day wound up making me lose my system. I hear such good things about it, but as time has worn on, I have tastes cultivated in other directions and I've never had the drive to go play it.

    But onto my real thoughts ;-) :

    MASS EFFECT! Yes! I am really excited the original made it considering Mass Effect 3 placed really low (Still placed though. Makes me happy :-D ) and we're getting closer to the top. I think it's a forgone conclusion that ME 2 should be appearing any day now right? Anyway, the original Mass Effect is my favorite of the three despite being barren because it was an experience I'll never forget.

    This was my first BioWare game and I was amazed at the dialogue trees and some areas like the Citadel and Virmire, a place which I was agonizing over the choice for a solid 10 minutes. And you know what? I LIKE the shooting MORE than the others. But that's just me.

    The decisions you make, the story the game tells, and a cast of characters I hold dear over knowing who they are and what they're made of all were introduced to me and for that, Mass Effect will always be a top 10 game to me.

    My thanks and appreciation to @Brandon_Reister, @NCartwright15, @Karu, @DanteThePyro, and @Exist-2-Inspire for thinking highly enough of the game for it to place so well!! :thumbsup:

  • Firstly I just want to say that I'm delighted to see Paper Mario on this list. Not because I've played it and love it (even though I do intend on getting to it someday) but because of the lore it has built up in this community. :)

    Anyway I haven't had a whole lot of time to comment on the last 10 or so games so I just wanted to talk about Journey. As you can see, I was the highest voter for the game and I feel like it's an incredibly special game. It is just such a unique experience, visually stunning and for me, has the most consistently fantastic soundtrack in a game. Every single song fits perfectly.

    I don't want to say much else as I feel like talking about the core game would spoil it. As I said though it is incredibly unique and one of the few games that I really felt an emotional reaction to.

  • Glad to see others voted for Paper Mario TTYD too, it is a must play Mario RPG, and personally a must play game in general. A real masterpiece. <3 u <3

    I haven't been commenting on the thread, but I've found the results very great so far. Not too many of my super faves have shown up, but the list is really respectable.

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    1. Mass Effect (2007)
      Glad this made the list! I was choosing between this and ME 2 for my list. This game really has some good story and characters! I remember the first time I played it and I was super excited! It was something new as other RPGs I had played didn't really have that karma system etc. However, I don't think that it has aged very well and it plays a bit rough today. But still a really good game and one of those games that everyone should play at one stage or another

  • I've been keeping mostly quiet since I want to see where the rest of the list goes, but hot damn am I happy that Journey made it. Just a beautiful piece of art.

  • More, please?

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    33. Batman: Arkham City (2011) - 130 Points - 10 Votes - Highest Vote: #8 Axel

    Developer: Rocksteady
    Publisher: WB Games
    Genre: Action Adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, OS X,

    Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum and once again stars the masked superhero Batman as the protagonist. The game takes place a year and a half after the events of the original game. After Joker was stopped from taking over the asylum, the asylum's former warden Quincy Sharp claims the responsibility for having averted disaster and he uses the popularity to become mayor of Gotham City. To suppress crime further, an enormous open-air prison called Arkham City is built. Citizens (as well as journalists in particular) are under strict supervision and the slightest disturbance is sufficient to be transferred to the prison. Sharp is assisted by psychiatrist Hugo Strange and hires the armed forces of the rogue security firm TYGER Security to maintain order. The story for Batman starts when he, as Bruce Wayne, is sent to Arkham City after declaring his opposition to the facility in a press conference. Strange is aware of Wayne's dual identity, but he can escape from the Penguin and gets his gear back through an airdrop from Alfred Pennyworth, which allows him to turn into Batman and fight the facility from the inside. Much of the story also revolves around a strange disease called the Titan formula that has infected Joker, and a secret plan called Protocol 10. Other famous characters from the franchise that make an appearance include Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Rā's al Ghūl, and Clayface.

    Other Votes: NCartwright15 (23.), Sentinel Beach (17.), TechnoRage1127 (16.), naltmank (30.), Inustar (10.), Billy (23.), Exist 2 Inspire (22.), Divinity (10.), Brannox (22.)

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    32. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000) - 132 Points - 6 Votes - Highest Vote: #2 Hero of Lime

    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): Nintendo 64, GameCube

    After having fulfilled Princess Zelda's request and saved the land of Hyrule from a grave danger, Link departs on his horse Epona. In the Lost Woods he is ambushed by Skull Kid, an imp who dons a mysterious mask, accompanied by the fairies Tael and Tatl. Skull Kid turns Link into a small plant-like creature known as Deku Scrub and takes away his horse and his magical ocarina. Shortly afterwards Tatl joins Link and agrees to help him revert to his native form. A meeting with a wandering mask salesman reveals that the Skull Kid is wearing Majora's Mask, an ancient item used in hexing rituals, which calls forth a menacing moon hovering over the land of Termina. Link has exactly three days to find a way to prevent this from happening.

    Majora's Mask is a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time. It utilizes the same engine and visual style, and virtually identical interface. The game retains the traditional elements of Zelda games (dungeon exploration, sword fighting, bows, bombs, heart containers, etc.) as well as those introduced in its immediate predecessor, such as active blocking with a shield, various throwing items, and the usage of melodies played on the ocarina to solve puzzles. Compared to the previous Zelda games, this installment is more oriented towards interaction with NPCs and has a larger variety of items, optional quests, and mini-games.

    Other Votes: NCartwright (11.), Demmue (7.), Dogtype (24.), Haru17 (7.), Oscillator (3.)

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  • I'm surprised by both of these. That Arkham City made it at all, and that Majora's Mask wasn't higher.

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    Its now I guess the 30 other Zelda games will start to pop up on the list? then top 2 mario xD

  • @Lotias You're forgetting the reign of the mighty Square RPGs, those are bound to take up some spots.

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    @SabotageTheTruth Yeah that is true! I had at least 1 of those games on my list that Im guessing will be quite high

  • Ah Majora's Mask, interesting. I've actually never finished this game and I've been meaning to go back to it for awhile.

    Same with Arkham City.. I have it but haven't played it yet :|

  • Interesting to see if Arkham Asylum will make the list as well now that City is already this high. And with a position on ten people's lists. I myself put only City on my list, but I know there's a strong debate pretty much always when it comes to these Rocksteady's games that which one is better: Asylum or City.
    (Love them both, only chose one of them this time, though.)

  • @Demmue Right there with ya! My number 1 as well. The funny thing is that I knew very little before playing Shenmue. I was about 10 at the time and my brother bought it because a friend of his claimed it was the best game ever made. That guy wasn't far wrong.

    The impact of that game technically is impossible to truly know unless you played it at the time. But that wasn't all it had. It had this feeling of passion running throughout every moment, and the narrative was just a bloody good yarn filled with the greatness of traditional stories. The world felt truly alive in Shenmue, and it still feels that way now. The dedication of having every NPC have a realistic individual time table was just one element of it.

    And that was the thing, there were elements you could miss and there are dozens of secrets, conversations and tidbits that all help make that world feel real. And that soundtrack is simply gorgeous. Every piece of story meant something and that's always special. I truly believe there is magic in video games, and Shenmue has a magical vibe unlike any other game. It's beautiful.

    As for the Kickstarter I managed to put in $300 without hesitation. And regardless of how it turns out, I'm just happy that I'll get some sense of closure and that it will have the chance to shine!

  • Another Legend of Zelda that I haven't played. I'm really interested to see where, if they place at all, the original, WInd Waker, and Ocarina of Time all place. But on to Batman:

    I believe Arkham City is the best of the three and it was Arkham Asylum that really got me into Batman in general. I'm not a comic book fan, and Superheroes in any capacity are just not my thing. However, I purchased the Asylum demo and was so taken with it, it inspired me to get the Dark Knight trilogy. And I'm happy to say that much like the Dark Knight movie itself, the second entry is the best pertaining to the Arkham series.

    I prefer the overall story of City, though Arkham Knight had so much potential. To be able to go anywhere in Arkham Knight was awesome and while it took some getting used to, the speed mode of the Batmobile was alright. Tank mode can go BURN for all I care.

    I also don't like open world games all that much, but City warmed me up to the idea for the Batman universe and I'm super happy at least one entry made the list.

    So to @Axel, @NCartwright15, @Sentinel-Beach, @TechnoRage1127, @naltmank, @Inustar, @Billy, @Exist-2-Inspire, and @Divinity I agree with you in City such a good game. Also I think we can agree that Arkham City may be the first entry to get double digits in votes. Translation: Widely praised for being good. That's awesome :-D

  • No #1 votes for Majora? Damn.

    No other Zelda has anywhere near the level of storytelling as Majora. It's heavy. Almost every character has a role to play in the greater scheme of things. Helping one character may affect one or more other characters. This applies to the main story and the sidequests. Clock Town is one of the best hub towns in any game I've played. It's busy, everything's on a schedule, and the atmosphere is rich.

    Majora's world is so immersive, you almost forget about the fantastic dungeon design, intense soundtrack, and eye-popping Expansion Pak graphics. The only negative thing I have to say is that it's a bit easy, especially the bosses.

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  • @Oscillator I didn't vote for any Zelda game, but if I had, Majora's Mask would be the one. Like you said, it's that heavy storytelling that is so respectable. Once I learned about the grief theory, I've accepted that as fact and it really elevates the game for myself.

  • Controversial opinion maybe but I personally think Arkham Origins is the best batman game.

    Has the best storyline and boss fights in the series for me.