The EZA Top 100 Videogames!

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

    The ones I voted for that I think have no chance of being here at all.

    The World Ends With You
    Street Fighter II Turbo
    Yakuza 4
    Jet Set Radio
    Wipeout HD Fury
    Soul Calibur
    LA Noire
    Virtua Tennis

    I wonder how many people's number one pick didn't appear on anyone else's list? I picked Worms Armageddon, and its fanbase is spread pretty thin...

  • with 3 spots left 20 of my 30 are on the list already

  • I've only got eight on the list and I'm happy for every one of them! I doubt I'll have any more... Ah well. I'll post my full list when the countdown is completed!

  • My #4, 8, 9, 12, and 23 still have shots of being in the top three. Not ALL of them, obviously, but like. some of them.

  • @TokyoSlim only 1 and 6 for me have a chance

  • It's gonna be weird seeing 2 or more of those games on my list not make the list at all.

    Edit: Scratch #4. It's on the list, I just missed it.

  • I've got 8 so far. OOT is probably the only one that still has a chance.

  • @FF7Cloud Wasn't meant as criticism, just a thought as there seems to be a demand for that discussion.

  • TOP 3 BABY (for real this time!^^)

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    3. Shadow of the Colossus (2005) - 321 Points - 18 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 tokeeffe9, Ringedwithtile

    Developer: Team Ico
    Publisher: SCE
    Genre: Action Adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3

    In an ancient time long past, a young man travels to the ends of the Earth, a place that is said to be forbidden to enter. He carries a young woman, who died from a terrible curse. He seeks the Dormin, a strange and God-like being that resides there. The Dormin is surprised that the man carries an ancient and magical sword, and speaks to the man. The man pleas for his help in bringing back the woman's cursed soul, however the being says it is the law of mortals that a dead soul cannot be brought back. He does say though, that if the man is willing to accept some heavy consequences, that there might be a way to revive her. But it will not be easy. The hero must embark on a quest to slay the sixteen colossi, giant creatures that tower hundreds of feet above the Earth. Using his ancient sword and his horse Agro, he must travel across the immense landscape seeking the colossi to save his love. Taking the form of various animals or bipedal human-like creatures, these colossi are tough and fierce. Their skin is tougher than leather, and the armor they wear is literally rock. However, by using his ancient sword, the man can penetrate the weak spot on them and destroy the towering beings and free his love's soul.

    Shadow of the Colossus is set in the same universe as ICO, and is a prequel to it. The entire game is dedicated to locating and fighting the sixteen colossi, which must be faced and defeated in a particular order. Finding the giant creatures is not always easy: the hero must mount his horse and ride through the world's vast landscapes, using his glowing sword as an indicator of the colossus' proximity. There are no enemies or hazards in the game world outside of the colossi battles. After a colossus has been found, a large-scale battle begins. Most of the colossi are huge, and much of the challenge in the battles lies in climbing on top of these creatures and staying there, while they are trying to shake the player character off. In a certain way the colossi function as hostile, moving platform stages.

    Other Votes: jsackel (13.), DeweyDecibel (19.), BlazingBahamut (13.), Dogtype (19.), Joetown (21.), DanteThePyro (4.), blakynt (5.), Sentinel Beach (25.), TechnoRage1127 (20.), naltmank (7.), Inustar (2.), Brandon_Reister (26.), Faaip (6.), Tokyo Slim (23.), Exist 2 Inspire (29.), Divinity (3.)

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    2. The Last of Us (2013) - 359 Points - 15 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Alex840, Sentinel Beach

    Developer: Naughty Dog
    Publisher: SCE
    Genre: Action-adventure, survival horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4

    The Last of Us is a survival horror action adventure game. The story focuses on the two characters Joel and Ellie. The game starts in a contemporary, but post-apocalyptic version of Boston twenty years after the outbreak of the Cordyceps Brain Infection (CBI), an infection spread by a mushroom that turns anyone infected into zombie-like creatures in two days. The opening sequence is set during the outbreak and it has Joel escape the invaded city with the help of his brother Tommy. Twenty years later, civilization is almost entirely destroyed. Independent groups of survivors have organized themselves into military outfits that quarantine zones, hold curfew and distribute rations. Others are part of the resistance group the Fireflies, while Joel is a member of an independent group. Together with his friend Tess, he survives by smuggling goods in and out of the city. During a mission they get into contact with a Fireflies member who offers stolen weapons back if they escort the 14-year-old girl Ellie out of the city. After some events and revelations about Ellie's importance, Joel and Ellie end up together and their journey is documented in the course of a year and a few months, spread over five seasons.

    The player controls Joel from a third-person perspective. Ellie can also be controlled by herself for some extensive parts in the later chapters. Similar to the developer's previous Uncharted games, gameplay combines action elements, exploration and puzzle-solving. Joel is however not as strong or acrobatic and he often needs to use ladders, planks and other items to climb and get around. Similarly, the survival horror theme with limited ammo and health makes him very vulnerable to attacks and a stealth approach is often more effective. Enemies include various five types of infected (Runners, Stalkers, Clickers, Bloaters and Spore Cadavers) each with their own characteristics, but also humans from the military groups and other survivors. There is a selection of close and long-ranged guns, along with melee weapons that can be modded, regular fist fighting, and items such as molotov cocktails, smoke bombs and nail bombs. Ammo is very limited and initially the reloading speed and firing rate are slow. Melee weapons can only be used a few times before they break down.

    Other Votes: jsackel (9.), DeweyDecibel (5.), Karu (10.), tokeeffe9 (4.), Joetown (6.), Haru17 (3.), Lotias (5.), Browarr (9.), naltmank (25.), Faaip (7.), Tokyo Slim (8.), Divinity (8.), Brannox (4.)

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    1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) - 436 Points - 20 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 jsackel, Hero of Lime, NCartwright15, FF7Cloud

    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action Adventure
    Platform(s): Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube

    A young boy named Link was raised in the village of the elf-like Kokiri people. One day a fairy named Navi introduces him to the village's guardian, the Great Deku Tree. It appears that a mysterious man has cursed the tree, and Link is sent to the Hyrule Castle to find out more. Princess Zelda tells Link that Ganondorf, the leader of the Gerudo tribe, seeks to obtain the Triforce, a holy relic that grants immense power to the one who possesses it. Link must do everything in his power to obtain the Triforce before Ganondorf does, and save Hyrule.

    Ocarina of Time is the first 3D installment of the Legend of Zelda series. Like most of its predecessors, it is an action game with puzzle-solving and light role-playing elements. Basic gameplay system is similar to the previous games, allowing Link to explore the world and complete dungeons to obtain key items and advance the plot. Sword combat as well as many familiar items such as boomerang, bombs, the series' currency (rupees) of various values, heart containers and their collectible fragments permanently increasing Link's health, etc., return in this installment. Link can now lock on enemies for melee and ranged combat, actively use a shield to deflect projectiles, as well as use various magic items. Dungeon exploration is somewhat more puzzle-oriented than in earlier games. Link can climb certain surfaces, dive underwater, as well as automatically jump.

    Other Votes: DeweyDecibel (12.), Churchy (23.), Demmue (14.), Dogtype (21.), Joetown (3.), DanteThePyro (17.), Haru17 (9.), blakynt (7.), Oscillator (6.), benoit489 (7.), MiserablePerson (13.), Faaip (2.), Ringedwithtile (11.), Musou Tensei (12.), Tokyo Slim (12.), MCRMJ (11.)

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    Thanks to everybody who participated, it was a lot of fun! L&R <3

  • Now that our homecoming queen has been announced, I'm just gonna leave this here.

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  • 19 of my top 30 ended up on the list. The 11 that didn't make it are mostly TellTale games, and a couple of Indies that I hold near and dear to my heart. Out of the 100 I have played 2/3 of them in some capacity. I am really surprised with a couple of absences like, Hearthstone, Dishonored, RE4, and Knack. Major thanks to @Exist-2-Inspire, this must've taken loads of time to complete and it was a delight to see which games ended up where each day.

  • I'd like to start by thanking Exist 2 Inspire for doing this, it was a fun ride. I'd also like to see this become a yearly tradition; it would be cool to see it change as the community grows and matures.

    The list as a whole is pretty good I suppose. Definitely some underrepresented eras/genres, but I guess that's to be expected.

    I've played 69 (mheh) games on the list, and I like 40 of them which is pretty good.

  • Btw i would be down to do more of these list projects if there is interest, maybe something like the Top 100 movies, TV shows or music acts or something like that!

  • Woohoo, we made it!

    Funnily enough, I don't get the extreme love either of those games is getting, all for different reasons.

    3. Shadow of the Colossus
    Never played it, so I obviously can't judge. But I'm very curious as to why you all love it so much. Based on what I know, it's a very emotional/touching tale, but in terms of gameplay, it never gave me the impression of being anything special.

    What actually makes it so good? Or is there a good dose of nostalgia/general consensus driving the votes here?

    I'd like to know what I'm missing, apart from >! "OMG all this time I've been killing innocent creatures" (I'm not even sure if that's the case :D )

    2. The Last of Us
    This one I did play, and while I recognize it's a gorgeous game, with a very well-written story, again I can't say I was blown away by the gameplay. More often than not I found it frustrating, and I enjoyed the Uncharted series a lot more.

    Not to mention the unbelievably dumb "Ellie runs around like an idiot and the enemies don't detect her at all" which really broke the immersion for me. I totally get that it's a tricky issue, as making her detectable would be unfair to the player, but the end result just felt awkward.

    So again, Top 100, sure, but #2 overall, I wouldn't have bet on that.

    1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    You're all gonna hate me at this point, but I also didn't find Ocarina of Time special compared to other 3D Zeldas. This probably comes from the fact that I only played it for the first time when it came out on 3DS, so it obviously was a lot less impactful to me than to people who played it back in the day.

    If someone played A Link to the Past for the first time today, after playing A Link Between Worlds, I doubt they'd find it as impressive or memorable, that's natural.

    I'm currently playing Majora's Mask 3D (for the first time as well), and I find it a lot more interesting than OoT. I also definitely enjoyed The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword more.

    Yes, it's a 10/10 Zelda, and a revolution at the time, but compared objectively to all the others today, I think it's far from the best one. Or am I missing something again?


    Thank you so much @Exist-2-Inspire for this project, it was a lot of fun, and I think we can all be very proud of this list. It shows how wide and diverse the games industry really is, and how varied our tastes can be.

    I'm happy I helped put some of my darling games on the list, namely Secret of Mana, Super Metroid, Baldur's Gate II, The Walking Dead: Season 1.

    As suggested when we started, it would be an amazing Christmas/End of year gift if this could be turned into a countdown video with a few seconds of gameplay for each game, but I realize the amount of work this represents. I'd really like to hear what the Allies think of this list, if they're aware of it. I'll try to drop them a line, I believe it would be an interesting discussion topic for Frame Trap, for example.

  • Well at least I like the top two.

    I just hope the rest of you realize how utterly fucking pedestrian it is to put Ocarina of Time above all the other 3D Zeldas. (Admittedly the expected result, given that this top 100 list was aggregated based on a measure of popularity.)

  • Ooooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk get ready for this lengthy post:

    First, I'll go in order of the games listed with my thoughts and/or experiences. Second, some comments on the small little details that make this list so special. Third some final thoughts about this thread overall, fourth shout-outs, and finally, my 30 games (with two slight changes I will point out). And here. We. Go.

    I absolutely can not stand Shadow of the Colossus. Next to Final Fantasy VI, it is the most recent game to burn me. What I mean by this is taking a leap of faith and finding it at least not liking it. But for SotC, I absolutely couldn't stand my time with it, and it all comes down to two factors: Controls and Argo.

    The controls made the game really difficult to play. So much so, that by the fourth or fifth Colossus, I was sick of the game. Also, I was coming off Ico, which I think I said over 800 posts ago, but allow me to say now just in case: It was an escort mission with a useless counterpart. While figuring out how to take down each Colossus is a puzzle in an of themselves, it was a tiresome hassle navigating, and hanging onto, said Colossi to take them down.

    Now for Argo. I hate that horse. It seemed every time I needed to get anywhere, the beast kept getting in my way. I want to go right? Nope, he's going left. I want to get on? Nope, it takes jumping four or five times to hop up. And you know what? I said good riddance at the bridge.

    Please do not misinterpret; I have no problems with either game's story and SotC's story does have that tragic element I find appealing, but alas, I don't see it as great as many do. It was a completely frustrating experience to force myself through, desperate to find the appeal so many have before me. So caught up in The Last Guardian hype was I, that I really wanted to give those two games a chance and get into them as much as some of you do. I just couldn't. I haven't played either since, and if I could, I would unload my copy and be done with them.

    Clearly, this is probably the most vocal I have been, and probably will be, about a game I dislike so much. I knew it would place so high. And I know that I'm most likely the only one in the entire community that feels this way. I'm not afraid of the spiral of silence and I'm sure at the very least one of you will take offense, which is not my intention. I just hope at least reads this portion and takes away the moral: Don't go in on a game because it's good for everyone else - It may disappoint you in the end.

    As for the Last of Us, I am the complete polar opposite. To this day, I don't think I've ever played a game that has brought out a viscerally draining moment in gaming (If you've played it, you know I'm talking about Winter).

    This game has three WTF moments, all centered around character deaths. Without spoiling it, you should know what those deaths are but the one at the beginning is a "Did they REALLY go there?!" WTF; the one in the middle was a "Oh, come on! Really?" WTF; and the one at the end was simply "WTF just happend?" Speaking of the ending, I also don't believe I've ever had two minds and left with a sense of utter ambiguity.

    I don't like horror games and I don't consider this one (even though it does have several such elements) simply because there isn't enough of that scare factor here for me. I won't gush about story because being #2 on this list is evident to how much it is loved, but I WILL say that before Uncharted 4's release, this was my favorite Naughty Dog game, hands down.

    And to think, I haven't played a second of multiplayer (I don't go online on Sony systems).

    As is my custom in this thread, I want to salute everyone who likes the same as I do, simply because I want to show appreciation that I'm not alone in my interests. So for the final time in this thread, I want to thank and shout out to: :clap: @jsackel, @DeweyDecibel, @Karu, @tokeeffe9, @Joetown, @Haru17, @Lotias, @Browarr, @naltmank, @Faaip, @TokyoSlim, @Divinity, @Alex840, and @Sentinel-Beach. :clap:

    As for the community's #1 game: I've said it before and I'll say it again: Never played it, therefore I can't speak to it. But I recognize it's impact. I mean look at that top line! HOLY COW! Over 400 points, 20 total votes from 44 lists (Almost half!!), and count'em FOUR first place votes!! With so much wide-spread love, respect, adulation, nostalgia, and revolutionary clout the game has, I agree it should be #1. Also, remember what Mr. Jones said in the last Cup of Jones. Methinks he would love this list.

    Now for those small details: OoT was the only game to receive the details I just mentioned, but also the majority of the top 30 come from either the 90s, or are more recent entries. This leads me to believe 1.) We love those from our childhood/formulative years and 2.) We recognize great game design when we see it.

    Huh. Resident Evil 4 didn't make the cut. Neither did DOOM II. Also kind of sad no Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Left 4 Dead, OR Resistence made it. And I'm positive I'm missing other obvious ones.

    And yes, we sure as hell love a damn good story. ;-)

    This thread was/is completely awesome. It's been a long time, but now we've got a complete compendium archived about games we love that all of us recognize are great that we should try or at the very least talk about.

    I'll be another voice to thank @Exist-2-Inspire again for the work of this project. Ever since you first proposed the idea after watching Cup of Jones, I've been onboard, and allow me to say this was/is 1000000% worth it. As far as future projects, they would be cool as well, but personally speaking, I don't think I could contribute like I have done here. I'm a one-trick pony and that trick be games! :-D

    @Axel I would like to know the answers to your questions myself, but I believe I burned the possibility of those bridges just a minute ago :laughing:

    I have nine entries. I've played 33. I like 24. I'm interested in trying five. Now for my list. The one change is switching Gears or War and its sequel. Thankfully, it didn't place, so it doesn't affect the list. My two regrets are not initially placing this year's DOOM on the list, so I'm slotting it after Gears of War (new placement) and the first gen Pokemon at #30. This means my intial #30, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, will be left off the following entirely (Just think everything after Gears 1 one place higher) Oh well.

    Final Fantasy VII
    Final Fantasy X
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    The Last of Us
    Kingdom Hearts
    Gears of War 2
    Mass Effect
    Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
    Resistance: Fall of Man
    Portal 2
    Left 4 Dead
    DOOM (1993)
    Star Wars Battlefront (2015)
    Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
    Kingdom Hearts II
    Final Fantasy XII
    God of War
    Ratchet & Clank (2016)
    Mass Effect 2
    Gears of War
    DOOM (2016)
    Batman: Arkham City
    Spyro: The Dragon
    Sly 2: Band of Thieves
    Batman: Arkham Knight
    Destiny (with ALL Expansions)
    God of War II
    Tomb Raider (2013)

    I have so enjoyed all of the conversations I've read and been a part of here. Thanks for reading!!!

    Love & Respect <3 <3

  • Unveiling my list:
    There's a couple of things I would have taken off and added in retrospect, but overall, I stand by this. Ones that didn't make the list are bolded.

    1: Chrono Trigger
    2: Red Dead Redemption
    3: The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt
    4: Half Life 2
    5: Mass Effect 2
    6: Final Fantasy IX
    7: Katamari Damacy
    8: The Last of Us
    9: Grand Theft Auto V
    10: Ultimate Doom
    11: The World Ends With You
    I didnt play this the same way most people probably did. I played this on mobile. I was trying to think of a game that I liked on mobile that might make the list, and it came down to this and Hearthstone. I decided though that I didn't take Hearthstone as seriously as I did TWEWY, and used it more as a time-waster, so that's how it ended up here. I liked this game a lot.

    12: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    13: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    14: Dragon Quest VIII
    15: Street Fighter II Turbo
    My first non-arcade fighting game. I spent years playing this against other people. Trying to master all the characters, Never really getting very good, but I enjoyed every minute.

    16: Final Fantasy Tactics
    17: Persona 4 Golden
    18: Super Mario Bros 3
    19: Yakuza 4
    At the time I made this list, it's the only Yakuza game I've played (it was free on PS Plus back when I had a PS3) I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the game, and brought back intense memories of Japan for me. I used to hang out in Kabukicho and have actually been in a fistfight with street thugs (not Yakuza) in that neighborhood!

    20: Final Fantasy VII
    21: Jet Set Radio
    This is a damn fine game with a damn fine soundtrack. It's also on the Dreamcast, which is probably my favorite console of all time. I mean, I still have my dreamcast. I still play Jet Set Radio.

    22: Wipeout HD Fury
    Probably my favorite racing game of all time. It took the tracks from the great PSP version of the game and refined them. Wipeout HD Fury was also like $19, which included the base game and the Fury expansion DLC.

    23: Shadow of the Colossus
    24: Soul Calibur
    Dreamcast fighting at it's best.

    25: Dragon Age Origins
    26: LA Noire
    I heard so many bad things about this game that it caught me by surprise how much I liked it when I finally did get around to playing it. It's not perfect, but I really liked the attempt at trying to shake up interactions. And I like a good detective story

    27: Portal 2
    28: Shenmue
    29: Skyrim
    30: Virtua Tennis
    I think this might be the best sports game franchise out there. It's deceptively simple to pick up and play, you don't REALLY need to even know the rules of tennis (I don't play or follow tennis) Like LA Noire, a lot of care has gone into positioning and body language, and If you get good enough, you can "read" your opponents and set them up. The physics engine is top notch, and the music is also great. I haven't played most of the VT sequels, but the first one was played a lot on my Dreamcast.

    Apparently I missed that GTAV made it. I swear I read the list like 4 times.... :)

  • This was great! Thanks so much @Exist-2-Inspire for doing this.

    Its late so I won't go into too much detail about the top 3. They're all great games!

    I can't believe RE4 didn't make the list though! Also someone mentioned no NES games made the cut which is surprising as well (if that's still the case).

    Anyways here's my list. There's a few things I forgot and some things that should be moved around but I think they all deserve a spot in my personal list.

    1. Super Mario 64
    2. Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time
    3. The Witcher 3
    4. Bloodborne
    5. Uncharted 2
    6. Shadow of the Colossus
    7. The Last of Us
    8. Bioshock
      9. Call of Duty
      10 Mass Effect 2
      11 Dark Souls
    9. Half Life 2
    10. Mario Kart 64
    11. Ico
    12. Halo Combat Evolved
      16. The Witcher 2
    13. The Elder Scrolls Oblivion
      18. Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
      19. Super Mario Bros.
      20. Legend of Zelda (original)
    14. Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare
      22. Counter Strike Global Offensive
      23. Jak and Daxster
    15. Age of Empires 2
    16. Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
    17. Fallout 3
      27. God of War 2
      28. Tetris
      29. Space Invaders
      30. Star Wars Rogue Squadron (N64)

  • man that was a event sadly i dont have the notepad i wrote my list on so i cant bring my whole list up but i did have 21 games place. Highest ones that didnt place were legend of dragoon and banjo tooie

    @Faaip mario 3 made it so one nes game made it

  • @FF7Cloud Ah yes you're right!