The EZA Top 100 Videogames!



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    8. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015) - 251 Points - 13 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Joetown

    Developer: CD Project Red
    Publisher: Namco Bandai / WB
    Genre: Action RPG
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, XBox One, Microsoft Windows

    The witcher Geralt of Rivia once lived in the secluded mountain fortress Kaer Morhen, where he enjoyed a peaceful life with his beloved Yennefer and, together with his fellow witchers, trained a young girl named Ciri, the daughter of Emhyr var Emreis, Emperor of Nilfgaard. Following a prolonged memory loss and other turbulent events described in his previous adventures, Geralt eventually gets close to a reunion with Yennefer, whom he hasn't seen in a long time. Meanwhile, the Empire of Nilfgaard invades the Northern Kingdoms, and Geralt is contacted by the Emperor who asks him to find Ciri. In the midst of these events, a supernatural army known as the Wild Hunt appears in the region, threatening to obliterate everything in their path towards an unknown goal.

    Wild Hunt is an action role-playing game, the third main installment in the Witcher series, and a sequel to Assassins of Kings. Most gameplay elements from the previous games have been carried over, including the usage of two sword types for different classes of enemies, usage of magic, a skill-based character growth, and an extensive alchemy system allowing Geralt to ingest mutagens for various benefits. Combat system has been slightly modified to allow smoother fighting against multiple opponents and usage of long-ranged weapons. Weapon and armor customization options have been noticeably increased. Like before, certain sections of the story are dictated by the player's moral choices, which are also present in the game's more prominent side quests.

    Other Votes: NCartwright15 (5.), DeweyDecibel (9.), Alex840 (21.), Demmue (8.), tokeffee9 (28.), Sentinel Beach (14.), TechnoRage1127 (14.), Inustar (23.), Faaip (3.), FF7Cloud (22.), Billy (2.), Tokyo Slim (3.)

    Links:
    Wikipedia
    Mobygames
    Gameplay on Youtube



  • Haven't played The Witcher 3 yet. I thought The Witcher 1 was obtuse, and The Witcher 2 was portentous and awkward, so I thought the third might continue that trend, but was refreshed to hear it's very different from the previous entries.

    A handful of people I really respect when it comes to gaming really enjoyed it, and I have a friend who's offered to lend it to me a couple times, so I'm looking forward to playing it!



  • 8. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015)

    My number 8 was the over all number 8 as well. That worked out nicely. This game was a surprise hit for me as I played the first two games as they came out and thought that they were only "OK", 6/10 games. I didn't have any hype for this game but when I got it I was amazed by the quality of it, especially the storytelling and interesting side-quests. I was worried that it would be a massive directionless game like Skyrim but the sheer quality of every aspect blew my mind. My wife is playing it at the moment (level 34) and I'm even having fun watching her discover areas and beating Witcher contracts. It was my Game of the Year 2015 and my vote for game of the generation!



  • I really gotta play The Witcher 3, I think the first two are good, but not amazing, but the way people talk about it would be something I really like, but I think I'm gonna wait until next year when I've got time for it.



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    I don't know how to put into words what I loved about Witcher 3, I don't understand why it had me hooked. I rarely care about game characters, story, lore, relationships etc. In Witcher 3 I cared a little, I would actually read / scan through some diaries and logs and I wouldn't skip all the cutscenes.or dialogues. I wanted to explore every question mark on the map and once I began I couldn't stop, the game just made me want to explore every aspect of it.

    Although it's seen as a negative to many I liked that enemies didn't scale to your level, I remember enjoying a challenging battle with a basilisk, which was way beyond my level, which meant I couldn't take more than 1 hit, took hours to finally bring it down, that was actually fun. The game gets criticised for its combat but I didn't mind it, a big improvement over Witcher 2 for me.

    It also has the best expansion (dlc) I have ever played. Blood and Wine is truly awesome. The side quests in particular were exceptionally well made. The quest of in which you have to withdraw money from the bank is one I will never forget.

    Witcher 3 in my eyes is one a few games that actually does the PC justice, great visuals in a open world, runs great with good scalability, playing at 60fps or beyond is beautiful and also makes great use of my 5.1 speaker set up, it outshines many AAA PC games for performance. If only other game developers could look to this game as an example.

    And there's Gwent!



  • i almost didnt play witcher 3 last june i was in a bit of the slump nothing i truly wanted to play came out after bloodborne. so i had some spare cash and some spare time and needed a summer game. so i went to my local walmart to buy elder scrolls online. however upon looking at the back of the game and seeing a 75gb install and the fact that its a online mmo and would need constant updates turned me off. i live in the middle of nowhere and while i have "high speed internet" its quite slow 1.5mb/s on the best days. i picked up single player focused witcher 3 instead and well i dont regret it. most open world games eventually lose me. i need focus in my games this game combines great linear story telling along with a awesome open world most side-quest feel like legitimate stories. the witcher 3 is what im expecting out of final fantasy 15's open world.



  • I have no context for the Witcher III, so I can't give comments about the game itself. However, I will say the game impresses me with the sheer scope of its content. Also, this is the most votes for a single game right? These kinds of details are just several things I like to look at. Hmmm... Let's see what could still remain:

    Metal Gear Solid
    Final Fantasy VII
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    The Last of Us
    Shadow of the Colossus
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Mass Effect 2

    Most confident: FF VII, SMB 3, SotC, LoZ: OoT
    Least confident: TLoU, MGS, ME 2

    @FF7Cloud Also, to your point about FF XV's expectations: Per Tabata: The 1st half of the game is going to be open whereas the second half will more scripted. Not linear per se, but still guide you in the direction to finishing the game. I can't remember what interview he said this in, but I remember it because it's a critical factor in establishing my expectations.

    FF XV will be good, I just don't think it'll be phenomenal. Granted with 10 years since first reveal, there will be that mindset of "It better be great!" But I urge you and anyone else to keep in mind that there is no way it could live up to the weight of the gaming world (pretty much) focusing in on it.

    Granted, I hear preview coverage is going well, but I'm media blackout on the game from this point forward: No Omen trailer, no coverage, nothing. I can sit and hope that people (myself included) at the very least enjoy it, but I'm terrified because of its development and high profile status, it could be as big as the Witcher III and it will still fail.

    Time will tell as we have just under four weeks, but regardless: I'm going to buy it and play it. I'm just not expecting anything (Even with Brotherhood and Kingsglaive watched). And that just might be what FF XV needs.



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

    Metal Gear Solid
    Final Fantasy VII
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    The Last of Us
    Shadow of the Colossus
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Mass Effect 2

    I think you're right about those forming the Top 7, I can't think of any other game that could realistically take their place. That being said, I would be surprised to see Super Mario Bros. 3 placed so high on the list, I had no idea it was so beloved by many. yes, it's a classic, but I wouldn't say it's better than Super Mario World or Donkey Kong Country 2, Returns or Tropical Freeze.

    Also The Last of Us, meh.



  • as long as ff15 is better than 13 which i think it will be ill be satisfied.



  • Woo I totally forgot about The Witcher! I absolutely loved that game and I'm still sad that I can't play it for the first time again. I really liked how it opened up different areas as you progressed (kind of like 2 I suppose) it really made it feel like you were on an epic adventure and there was a reason for you to visit these places, as opposed to just having everything available at once. I loved how the side quests had interesting story lines of their own, even if they only took a few minutes to complete, and stories that weren't even part of a quests that could be pieced together with notes found in the world. Not to mention the 2 fantastic DLC's that were more fleshed out than most full price games. Easily one of my favorite games and gaming adventures of all time

    I honestly had no complaints playing through it and was actually a bit surprised to hear how many people disliked the combat. Its not the best but I didn't have many issues with it. Here's hoping Cyberpunk actually comes out and continues the trend!



  • Great list from what I can tell, there are actually quite a few on it that I haven't even had a chance to play yet that loom pretty great.



  • As much as I appreciate the Witcher 3, it never got me hooked. I didn't like the protagonist, and the game didn't made me care for story, Geralt or the world, in the firs hour and a half.
    I'm sure that the next 100 hours are amazing (so many positive reviews and opinions can't be wrong... right?) but that means nothing to me if I never get here. Fallout 4 and Skyrim somehow made me care for world/story in some way, with Witcher 3 I was meh.
    I understand why it is so high on the list, but it never got me on board.



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

    Metal Gear Solid
    Final Fantasy VII
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    The Last of Us
    Shadow of the Colossus
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Mass Effect 2

    Take out the first MGS and replace it with Super Mario Galaxy 2 and you've probably got it. Would be weird if anything else missed that list you've got unless it was severely edgelord-ed by an organised hatred against The Last of Us.



  • @Nillend Same here with the dislike of Geralt. Don't know how I'm supposed to be sympathising with a superhuman badass with girls fighting over my genitals and a personal buddy-buddy relationship with every authority figure in the world. But then again I also don't like Skyrim or Fallout 4 so maybe I just don't like open world games.

    I'm still looking for a patch the changes only Geralt's voice though so if anyone could help me out on that I might finally get past the hour 23 mark.



  • Witcher 3 is so good. I rarely play RPGs, but Geralt's journey really hooked me in, and it's propably the game that has swallowed up the most hours from me during this ongoing decade. That world is fantastic.

    .....
    From what I'm reading here, did nobody else vote for Resident Evil 4? I've been 100 % sure that it'll still come up.



  • @Mr-M I only think the original Metal Gear Solid because every other mainline MGS is here. Having never played any Metal Gear game, from an outsider perspective, I think Peace Walker may be a bit underappreciated, but it won't show up now. With Super Mario Galaxy 1 placing 20th, I don't know if the second will show up, but I can't speak to anyone else's preference. I mean FF VIII placed 23rd, higher than VI, Uncharted 2, Bioshock, and Skyrim so predicting what's left may be fun as can be, but I'm not expecting being right.



  • @Brannox I was going off the general consensus I've seen that basically puts Galaxy 2 ahead of 1 in every single way, while MGS as far as I know is the opposite and would really be a legacy pick considering how much better 2 and 3 are (haven't got through the rest yet). Basically to me it's more of a crime that the "6th best game of all time" (heh metacritic, though the user score beating out galaxy 1 is interesting) misses out on the top 100 entirely than MGS being equal to or greater than 13 games off its better sequels.

    Predicting this whole thing is really hard, RE4 could pop out of nowhere to win it even which does mean some very deserving game out of the bunch unpicked is going to miss out on a top 100 spot entirely



  • I have never actually played any of the RE games, therefore none of them are on my list.



  • I'm way way way too far behind on this list, and the things I want to say about each game are getting progressively longer, so I'm going to post from 43(where I left off last)-21 right now and post 20-11 hopefully later today. Sorry that these aren't the most relevant games that I'm talking about, but I'm having far too much fun not to take my time talking about everything!

    43. Deus Ex - Wow, 4 votes in the top 5! This is clearly a game that strongly impacted those it impacted. Getting that Deus Ex retrospective recently was such a treat and did a way better job explaining the significance of this game than I ever could. I have never played a Deus Ex game and would absolutely love to go back to the originally. However, due to my ever growing backlog (this list is not helping at all) I may have to skip to Human Revolution. However if any of you are thinking of going back @Exist-2-Inspire recommended me the Deus Ex: Revision mod to help deal with some of the aspects of Deus Ex that haven't aged so well and bring out the gem of a game that this is.

    42. World of Warcraft - What other game still has as many active players over 10 years later? None that I know of. I couldn't convince my parents to pay for a subscription back in vanilla and I just never felt the desire to go back so I've completely missed WoW. I'm definitely jealous of those who've been able to grow up with this game over the past 10 years.

    41. Banjo-Kazooie - Oh no, I forgot about Banjo Kazooie! I can't say for sure whether or not it would have made my top 30, but i feel awful that I didn't even think about it. I never owned Banjo, but we certainly rented it several times. This game is so much fun and watching Kyle play it for the first time is bringing back the best memories. If you don't understand why Banjo is here, go and watch some Fun Game Monday and you'll understand.

    40. Journey - I shamefully have not played Journey, but I swear, it is the second game I'll play when I get my PS4! I really enjoyed playing through ABZU earlier this year - and given how that was received compared to Journey - I simply cannot wait to find out exactly what makes this game so magical. Also, @tokeffe will never forgive me if I don't play it.

    39. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Like I've said before, I didn't own an SNES growing up. So I completely missed A Link to the Past when it came out. I decided upon the announcement of SNES n3DS virtual console that I would go back an play ALttP for the first time. I screwed up and played it with the mindset of getting through it as quickly as possible and I didn't let myself get submersed in the world. I got lost, realised my mistake, and decided to quit for the time being. I'll go back, and next time I'll do better.

    38. Halo: Combat Evolved - The game that made the success of the Xbox possible. I can't say a whole lot about Halo: CE other than that I hope one day we can get another Halo that lives up to the standards set by CE.

    37. Diablo II - I have barely played Diablo II, so I won't talk much. I just remember several of my friends absolutely worshiping this game when it came out. I definitely think it deserves this place on this list.

    36. Shenmue - Oh Shenmue, please get remastered. Some of my best memories of GT are from Shenmue and Shenmue II. I honestly don't know if I'd feel as strongly about the allies if I didn't get to share those streams with them. Please bring these games to the current gen so that I and so many other people can get lost in them!

    35. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (Personal Ranking: 17 ) - I honestly wasn't expecting to see Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door on this list. I adore TTYD but I didn't realise it was actually loved as anything more than a joke within the EZA community. There are so many things I love about this game. The characters are the perfect mix of familiar and wacky. The writing is funny in a smart way. The world is fresh and full of surprises. Of Glitz and Glory may just be my favourite chapter in any game ever! I think about TTYD so often and I'm so glad it has inspired so many of you!

    34. Mass Effect - Another classic I haven't played. Sci-fi wasn't my thing when ME came out and then when ME3 came out and I was a bigger fan of sci-fi I didn't really have the time to go back so I just skipped it. Maybe I'll still go back, maybe I'll hop in with Andromeda - we'll see. Either way, I'm glad so many others didn't miss this game and loved it enough to place it here.

    33. Batman: Arkham City - I thoroughly enjoyed Arkham City. Just flying around in that world is fun, the combat is simple but it feels good, and predator sections are thrilling the first dozen times. And that Mr. Freeze boss fight is just one of the best. Great game! I'm so happy to get to think about it again.

    32. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - I've tried playing through Majora's Mask several times and just never finish it. I think I just always get 80% of the way through a dungeon, don't have enough time to finish it and just don't want to have to do it all over again. I get why people love this game. Clocktown is a living town unlike anything else at that time. The tone is dark and the constantly clicking clock weighs down on you. I love the idea of it, but the timer just makes me anxious and I have a hard time actually enjoying the game. MM just isn't for me, but I'm happy to see that it's so loved!

    31. Dragon Age: Origins - Sorry Dragon Age. I haven't played it, and with all the classics I've missed and newer games like Pillars of Eternity I don't think I'll ever get around to it. I'm glad there's still a love for these types of games and I hope I can gain that love too.

    30. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Well, I was correct to expect a couple ES games above the Fallouts. I missed Oblivion, but from what I've seen there are a few things I like about Oblivion more than Skyrim (spell creation being a major one). Can't say whole lot more about it. Surprised to see it getting more votes than Skyrim, and even more surprised to see it placing lower than Skyrim despite more votes.

    29. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Personal Ranking: 13 ) - Very few games have caused to to role-play the way Skyrim did. I played probably close to 200 hours across 6 or so characters and I always had new ideas for classes I wanted to try out next. There is so much freedom to just play as who you want to play and I'm very very tempted to hop back in now that the remaster is out.

    28. Final Fantasy Tactics - Another game that I've missed that is very much so on my shortlist for games I want to go back to. Can't say a whole lot more other than that it would be really cool to see a modern FF Tactics.

    27. Bioshock - I've already said earlier that I don't care for Bioshock to the same degree as the general populous. That said, going into Bioshock for the first time was magic. Entering the lighthouse at the beginning and hearing La Mer with Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappeli start playing stirred feelings I'll never forget. There was absolutely a honeymoon period with Bioshock, but it didn't last forever. Even the twist was great, but everything after that was just sour to me. And the boss fight... possibly one of my least favourite in video games. Just awful. But there are definitely redeeming parts to Bioshock (entering Rapture for the first time, and Sander Cohen's level come to mind). I'm going to try and remember those parts more prominently from now on.

    26. Final Fantasy VI - Out of all of the Final Fantasy's I haven't played (which is all but the first), this is the first on my list to play "soon"!

    25. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Personal Ranking: 27 ) - Excellent game! Not a whole lot I can say about it other than that it's just pure action movie fun!

    24. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - I adore the art style Wind Waker. I want more games that look as pretty as WW!

    23. Final Fantasy VIII - Can't say much. Not going to. You keep doing you, Final Fantasy fans! See you all again in a few!

    22. Half-Life 2 - Oooo, what can I say about Half-Life 2? Of course it's here, of course it deserves to be here, and of course, I shamefully have not played it. I swear I will soon, because I need to understand the love, I need to feel the pain of never getting HL3, and if the impossible does happen and HL3 somehow - no matter how infinitesimal the chance is - get announced, I need to be ready!

    21. Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow - Pokémon, Harry Potter, and Mario are the three biggest things from my childhood that I've carried with me through to adulthood and remained obsessed with. It feels like on wasn't in my day Pokémon wasn't in my life and the very next I was fully enveloped in the games (we had both Blue and Yellow), the cards, and the anime. I've sunk who-knows-how-many hundreds of hours into first-gen, and it continues to bring me joy to this day! Brandon Plays Pokémon was so much more fun than I think any of us could have ever anticipated, and the passion behind first-gen Pokémon is what made Pokémon Go the fun little adventure it was for that first month or so (I quit pretty early on, though I still have many friends still playing daily). The art, the sounds, and the monsters introduced in first-gen are what have kept Pokémon in the back of my mind for the past 18 years, and these are games I will always go back to regularly because - no matter what else is going on in my life - they bring me home.

    Thanks again for putting up with me! L&R



  • @Mr-M And for me, that's what makes it fun. You're right; any game could be next. Anticipation is a hell of a motivator.