EZA Community GOTY Picks

  • @SabotageTheTruth Evil. Truly evil.

  • Got pretty lengthy about my personal pick on a blog here http://forums.easyallies.com/topic/2032/year-in-review-personal-picks-2016, but in short:

    5: No man's sky: "...Gathering resources, upgrading ship and equipment, visiting numerous amazing star systems and travelling toward the center of the universe were very pleasing, but that can only last for so long."

    4: Valley: "...instead of the usual "jack of all trades, master of none" style that usually ends up only in an average game, this one balances out all its features to a degree like no other. ...In the end, the gameplay and story are the ultimate tag-team..."

    3: Battlefield 1: "Battlefield 1 has little to no errors, excelling in almost every area you can judge such a game by."

    2: Oxenfree: "Oxenfree is a game where you have the ability to not only observe, but to shape the story... in more ways than one. Therefore making every moment hanging out with the characters a very enjoyable experience."

    1: Dark souls 3: "...every new piece of area you discover, every little crumb of the story you unveil and a new enemy you slay feel so, so rewarding... if you don't give up, Dark souls 3 will give you one of the best gaming experiences ever.

    Honorable mention: Final fantasy XV

  • 1. Nights of Azure A very classic JRPG love story with a main character I absolutely loved and an AMAZING soundtrack

    2. Super Robot Wars OG The Moon Dwellers Another solid entry in the OG series of Super Robot Wars with some fantastic new mechs and characters and a really REALLY detestably evil villain, one of the most hateable I've seen since Shining Force 3

    3. Yakuza 5 Yeah this was december 2015 but that was too late for most of last years GOTY discussions and it's a real shame because it was fantastic, it was a complete joy to explore so many japanese cities and I spent hours just looking around soaking in the atmosphere and about 150 overall to get 100 percent completion. Had a great sense of fun and that old SEGA spirit that's so lacking in games these days

    4. Final Fantasy XV An odd game, it delievered so little of what I hoped for but I still kinda like what we got? The friendship between the 4 main guys is fantastic and a few of the supporting cast are excellent as well. Some of the major plot points fall flat, but they're made up for by tiny touches.

    5. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth I've always loved the idea of stories about how the digital world could effect the real world, I waited decades for .hack to do that but it never went that far with it sadly

    Honorable Mentions: Gravity Rush Remastered and Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, not putting them in my top 5 because they're remasters but boy are they fantastic games

  • Still too early for me as there are still 2 weeks left, I think I will beat FFXV in the next 2-3 days and then finally get into Trails of Cold Steel 2, the time till 2017 should be enough to determine if it becomes my GotY or not as I will have a free week between christmas and new year, which I will spent mostly on that.

  • @Nillend I've been craving Oxenfree for awhile, thanks for the reminder!

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    I havent really played much of this years game yet.

    But I can say is:

    1. Titanfall 2 - I have played about 3 days of MP games with my friends and is the first fps game im actually getting decent at! it feels well balanced, fun maps and a lot of different game modes which really kept me hooked! Also the campaign were really solid! Well paced and a lot of fresh level design and fun elements, even though the main char are prolly the most generic "hero" in the galaxy.

    2. Final Fantasy XV - I was worried but also hyped going into this! I feel like SquareEnix really has redeemed themselfs in my eyes in many ways with this game. I love the characters and even though the world are kinda empty and I still dont like the night mechanic I feel mysekf drawn to it and have spent hours just exploring and seeing whats around the corner.

    3. The Division - I know what you are thinking! "Over hyoed game which got scaled down and ruined by hackers!". I disagree. I got this on release day and played it with my friends for a few months! we got max level, geared out and had a total blast in the dark zone. This game also had SO much atmosphere. The heavy blizzards when walking on the street with my 3 friends really got me into the moments. Not seeing far, having the character pull the shoulders up and you can feel yourself how darn cold it was. The story were a little bland, but it kinda had to be in bits as it was none linear. I still enjoyed it and seeing the HQ developing and improving really gave me satisfaction on many levels. Also really good weapon system and solid cover based shooting once you get into it. I might even go back and buy the DLCs

  • I missed out/ skipped most of the big releases this year, but here's what I have:

    5. Overwatch - As someone who loved and played so much Team Fortress 2 back in the day, Overwatch was supposed to be the new TF2 for me. The game's fun, I like the characters (Tracer and Pharah were love at first sight for me, Junkrat is basically Demoman my fave class ), and I love the art-style. I told myself I would play until I had all the skins I wanted, but I played for only 2 weeks or so and fell off. It's definitely the highest quality game I've played this year but that doesn't make it my favorite.

    4. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Man, oh man does it feel good when anime games have MONEY. These games have always been visual spectacle. Ninja Storm 2 was the first time I ever experience this series of game and I was super impressed by how perfectly the characters and art-style translate to 3D. I didn't even mention the character animations and how amazing the jutsus look. I was disappointed with Storm 4 at first, because aside from the prologue, the first like half of Story Mode is a slide show featuring stills from the anime. But as you go through the story, you can clearly see where the money went. The quick time events look stellar and I like how the button prompts make sense gameplay wise. I'm not even a Naruto fan, but these games have done a great job of making me care. By the end of Storm 4, I got a little emotional; I felt as if I had been along for this ride all these years. Looking forward to Road To Boruto in February.

    3. Guilty Gear Xrd REVELATOR - A fighting game better than SFV comes out, but no one cares (and I like SFV ). I played the first Xrd to death and was greatly anticipating the next installment. I wish fighting games were more popular, because people are neglecting a legitimately good game. The fights are fast and flashy, the characters are unique and varied in playstyle and personality, the character models look fantastic and are another example of 3D anime done right. The game is bright and colorful and has a rockin' soundtrack. CONS THO: Story Mode has no gameplay and Baiken isn't a playable character. The game also doesn't have an English dub this time. I'm fine with that, but it could potentially turn some people away. Please support Arc System Works I want Persona 5 Arena.

    2. LET IT DIE - The biggest and bestest surprise of the year for me. When I first saw footage of this game, I was not feeling it at all. It was dark and gross looking; it didn't have that visual flare of something like Killer Is Dead. I downloaded it thinking it wasn't gonna be much and that one session was all I was gonna play. NOPE. The game has its hooks deep in me. I think I have about 20 hours or so invested and I'm only on floor 9. There's so much depth to this game and I really enjoy the little things. I've come to really like the characters. Naomi is such a stereotypical teenaged girl, but that's why I like her. Meijin looks like a jackass, but he gives me sick pro-tips, so I appreciate him. Uncle Death is mah dude and I want a t-shirt of him. I like the in-game- IN-GAME characters, too. Even the shopkeeper; I quote his lines. The combat turned me off at first, but I'm into it now and I love the Goretastic kills. THE SOUNDTRACK THO. I haven't even heard all the songs yet, but it's already greeeeeaaaat. I have a few favorites. Let It Die is already one of my favorite PS4 games. Please give it chance.

    1. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Strange #1 pick, I know, but who cares? Of this list, XV2 is the only game I actually paid full price for, because I really wanted it. I actually was not paying attention to this game prior to September of this year. I bought Xenoverse 1 in 2015 for $30. I played up to the Cell Saga and soon dropped it. I picked it up again in August 2016 ( this year ), started a new character, and really got into it. When I finished it, I was hungry for more. I contemplated getting all the DLC, but I figured the DLC characters would be in Xenoverse 2, and they are. I don't play DBZ games for the story, I know the story and I know that Xenoverse puts a soft spin on the story, but that's not what I'm here for. I play for the fighting. I play Xenoverse 2 because I want to create my own character, wear the clothes I want, and use the moves I want. I'm very happy I get to see my Saiyan girl using my favorite Dragon Ball moves. Big Bang Attack, Galick Gun, Bomber DX, Burning Attack, Spirit Sword, Tri-Beam, Final Explosion, and Big Bang Kamehameha; it's all there and it looks great. The game also has nice little hidden features such as: Super Saiyans who are charging their super attacks to full power get to warp behind targeted enemies just before firing. The game never tells you that. I could go on, but I've ranted long enough.

  • @Faaip Same here, I'll wait til January for that, I'm not up to date.

  • 5. Gravity Rush Remastered

    Honestly the main reason this is so low is just because it's only a remaster of a game I already played four years ago and I feel like including it at all is cheating. That said, even with its faults (the repetitive combat, the almost literally half-finished story) I still adore it because of the fun characters and world they inhabit. That, and the only thing i love in games more than sailing is going through the skies. If there's one thing this game gets right it's falling with style.

    4. Furi

    The frantic fights are always a blast and the story was pretty interesting. I just wish the pacing wasn't so bad since frankly it made the game a bit of a chore by having to spend eons listening to the story get told to me while I waited to get to the next fight and the game was in auto-walk mode. If those walking segments weren't so long this would most likely be higher.

    3. Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

    This one took a bit of soul searching. I knew I liked the game, but when I bought it, when I played it, when I think back on it, I figured it was just a silly little pile of weeb trash I enjoyed. And I guess that's true, but I enjoyed it far more than I ever expected to. It's not a deep or amazing musou game but it's a very enjoyable one with a lot of diverse characters to choose from. I'm also a bit of a fan of messing with character customization and this game has a lot of options so it definitely scratched an itch there too. Sometimes games surprise you, and even though I don't think it'd ever show up on anyone else's list it has a place on mine.

    2. Overwatch

    I really loved Team Fortress 2 back when I played between 2009-2011 (kept playing until 2013 but by then my love was gone and it was just a zombie-like rut.) Initially I had no interest in OW, but I decided to give the open beta a shot and it won me over instantly. I wouldn't say it's the old TF2 I know and love or anything, but it definitely has that same spark of jollyness and good times that keeps me playing. That and Lucio is straight outta Jet Set Radio and that aesthetic is my jam.

    1. VA-11 HALL-A

    This game has one hell of a soundtrack, a lot of interesting characters, more customization (though this time its your apartment), a cool shmup minigame that I'm absolutely terrible at, and some gorgeous sprite work, but that's not the main reason I love it. This game appeals to me because it feels real, and not in that "gritty, dull reality" way. You have regular patrons that become your friends, you browse message boards and blogs discussing recent events, you have co-workers that you go on smoke breaks with, you throw a small party for the holidays with anybody that'll show up. Even though the world around them isn't pretty, everyone in VA-11 HALL-A keeps living their lives and tries to get by. In most games you're the hero of a story, whether that means saving the world or just rescuing your daughter. In VA-11 HALL-A you live in a shitty town in a cyberpunk world where there's an uprising against the corrupt system going on, and you're just a bartender trying to pay rent and maybe mend some old relationships. In any other story, you'd just be the bartender the hero gets some information out of and then never sees again. In VA-11 HALL-A, you aren't just a random bartender; you live, and you keep on living.

    1. Dragon Quest VII: A huge sprawling game with lots of attention put into every corner of it. I keep finding myself talking to every NPC and reading every bookshelf just because the writing is as enjoyable as it is dense. They fixed a lot of problems with the original, but some pacing issues still linger (it took 30 hours before I unlocked the game's job system). But it's hard to deny the game's charm and character.

    2. Dark Souls III: There's not much I can say beyond this being Dark Souls refined. Overall it's the most solid in the series, but it's starting to feel a bit well worn. I'm excited to see where From goes in a post-Souls world.

    3. I Am Setsuna: A fun cast of characters with great combat and a beautiful soundtrack. I Am Setsuna bodes well for what Tokyo RPG Factory could produce with a bigger budget. If you appreciate oldschool RPGs, especially Chrono Trigger, you owe it to yourself to at least give it a shot.

    4. Pokemon Sun/Moon: While the core is still intact, Sun and Moon refines Pokemon in a way that has been sorely needed for a long time. Small quality of life updates, doing away with the terrible HM system and a more cinematic approach to story telling makes it feel fresh.

    5. Zero Time Dilemma: Capping off the excellent Zero Escape series, ZTD is another fantastic entry, albeit with some shortcomings. It's hard to ignore some abandoned plot threads, but the twisting story is captivating from start to finish.

    Honourable Mentions: While it was a December 2015 game, few games grabbed me this year like Xenoblade Chronicles X. The story and characters can't compare with the first game, but it's huge, sprawling world begs to be explored.

    If I wasn't limited to games that came out in calendar year 2016, SMT4 would have been my #1 pick. For whatever reason, I wasn't digging it when I played it in 2014, but it totally absorbed me this year. Enough that I got 3 or its 4 endings. An outstanding game, I can't wait to play is follow-up once I set aside the time.

  • I'll start off by saying that I only played 5 real 2016 games this year, 6 if you include my #5. I played a bunch of great games that were released in 2015 or even earlier while working through my backlog.

    5: Pokemon Go - I normally don't play mobile games and definitely wouldn't ordinarily include one in my GOTY picks for the year but this game was something special to me. This game has its flaws and I hard stopped playing it before the end of the third week but oh boy did I love that game for those first two. The idea of going out into the real world and catching these little monsters that I can remember catching for the first time in original Red as a child was like no other. Countless times I would open up the game to find a new Pokemon was nearby and would immediately leave my house in the heat of summer to find and catch it. Numerous times a group of friends, ranging from a couple to a dozen of us, would go out to a park together and just play Pokemon Go. I will always remember how crazy the local small downtown area was that one night, bar goers vastly outnumbered by people catching Pokemon. I hard stopped and never desire to go back but those couple weeks were magical, warranting a mention in my top 5.

    4: Battlefield 1 - I love this game. Definitely my favorite shooter in the past couple years. I played a lot of COD back in the Modern Warfare / Black Ops eras but got burnt out of the gameplay of it all. Battlefield 1 is so different from COD with multiple ways to play, huge maps, and crazy encounters. I even thoroughly enjoyed the war stories. They didn't overstay their welcome and I really enjoyed the emotion in it. Battlefield 1 may not be the best multiplayer shooter out in the market but its the freshest shooter for me and I love it.

    3: Final Fantasy XV - This game would probably make it higher on my list, most likely #1, but I am not done yet so I decided to keep it lower. I am loving this game. I love the combat, story, characters, pace, and the world. Right now I personally have no real complaints because I can be pretty forgiving, but I can definitely see where the criticism is coming from. I think it also helps that I did not wait 10 years for this game, I only waited 2 or 3.

    2: I Am Setsuna - This was a great little JRPG for me. I really enjoyed the art style, atmosphere, and music. Oh that music! I still listen to the soundtrack when working or doing stuff around the house when I'm trying to chill out, so beautiful. It was nice going back and playing an old school JRPG similar to what I would play back in the day (I'm really excited to try out Trails in the Sky whenever I can make time). The game wasn't perfect but I enjoyed where it was coming from and really hope Tokyo RPG Factory makes something else.

    1: Ratchet & Clank - Ratchet & Clank was one of my favorite franchises growing up. I love all of the original 4 on the PS2 and replay them every couple of years. I never had a PS3 and played any of in the Future series so this was my first new game in a while. It felt great! Going back to a lot of those worlds and reliving those missions brought a smile to my face. It was great playing an interpretation of the original game but in an updated engine with less jank. This was also one of the only games in the past couple years I actually replayed several times before putting it on the shelf. Just a jolly game all around and I am really excited to see what is next!

    Honorable Mention: Overwatch - I was so excited for this game. I played it for about a month a ton, and actually bought it twice so I could play with PC friends and PS4 friends. It is one of the most uniquely fun multiplayer games I've played with so many different characters with varying playstyles. My friends eventually stopped playing so I fell off as well since I have no desire to play solo. It also gets a bit repetitive for me. With that said I still eat up all lore and follow the game heavily.

  • I keep a list of games I beat by year, and looking at that list, the only 2016 releases I've gotten through are the RE7 Demo and the Nioh Alpha Demo...

    For those curious, this is my list of completed games for 2016: Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yakuza 5, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Super Mario World, Demon's Souls, Bloodborne, Nioh Alpha Demo, The Evil Within, Shenmue 2, Ni no Kuni, RE7 Beginning Hour, Journey, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

    I'm playing Cold Steel 2 right now, but doubt I'll finish it before 2017 rolls around.

  • @Minamik I really like that idea. I might have to start doing that.

  • @Tragosaurus Yeah, the idea was to keep track of what I've actually accomplished in a year, games wise, so I started doing that back in 2014 on the Xseed forums, and just kept doing it there as a signature.

    It looks like this right now:

    Games Beaten in 2014: 18: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Magical Drop 2, Alice: Madness Returns, Ys: Memories of Celceta, Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Bravely Default, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Xblaze: Code Embryo, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, Xenoblade Chronicles, Corpse Party: Blood Drive, Bayonetta 2, New Super Mario Brothers U, Hyrule Warriors, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Rayman Legends, Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale

    Games Beaten in 2015: 20: Fantasy Life, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Wario Land: Shake It, Metroid, Tales of Xillia 2, Crimson Shroud, Zombi U, Resident Evil Revelations 2, Splatoon, Shenmue, Fatal Frame, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, Resident Evil 4, Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, Drakengard 3, Atelier Escha and Logy, Yoshi's Wooly World, Final Fantasy IX, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

    Games Beaten in 2016: 14: Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yakuza 5, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Super Mario World, Demon's Souls, Bloodborne, Nioh Alpha Demo, The Evil Within, Shenmue 2, Ni no Kuni, RE7 Beginning Hour, Journey, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

  • @DizBomber Guilty Gear games are amazing. I haven't gotten to play this year's game though. Glad to hear it's good. SF or Mortal Kombat might be more popular, but no other fighting game is closer to my heart.

  • @DizBomber You know, I always forget to mention it, but you're absolutely right - the soundtrack is excellent. I'm still surprised by just how many songs are in it, how varied they all are, and how (mostly) all great they are.

  • I'm not much for right ups but this is my top 5.

    1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
      A great beginning to an end.

    2. The Last Guardian
      For Trico

    3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
      I'm a football fan and have to play atleast 1 match a day

    4. Doom
      I'm not a FPS guy but playing Doom made me love shooters.

    5. Ratchet & Clank
      Has a great aesthetic that only a PIXAR movie has.

  • @ib0show How is PES different than FIFA? I've only ever played FIFA and I'm not all that into it but my friends are all about it. I'm just curious.

  • 1. Dark Souls 3

    Nothing does it for me like a Souls game. Really loved Dark Souls 3, played through it 3 times so far. A lot of the callbacks didn't feel like a gimmick to me, the combat felt the best it's ever been (in Souls, not BB), and there were some truly amazing boss fights and levels.

    2. Uncharted 4

    Great culmination to the series. Not afraid to have some quieter moments that build up the world / the characters. Really appreciated that.

    3. Final Fantasy 15

    I honestly haven't played very many FF games. I'm halfway through 7, I gave 10 a shot years ago and lost interest (:X) but this is the first one that really grabbed me. I like how the fishing/camping/resting/leveling system are tied together with the gameplay, makes it feel less like a chore and more like this is what you have to do to survive your adventure. Also I know its a negative for some, but I appreciate the combat being less intimidating (to me) than in some past games. I felt like I got the hang of it really quickly.

    4. Pokemon Sun

    My first Pokemon game in a long time. I recently replayed Red when Brandon Plays Pokemon was going on and really enjoyed it, so I decided to give Sun a shot. Seems like this was a really good time to come back to the series. Felt like the game was simplified a lot more than some of the other entries I've played, and I really liked the Alola region. Team Skull was good for some laughs, and there was a good amount of endgame content to take part in. My only complaint was that there was a non-optional 3 hour tutorial that made the beginning areas really drag on :(

    5. The Last Guardian

    The world, the story, the music... the bond between Trico and the boy. I really loved all of these aspects of TLG. It was truly a special game. That said, while I understand the controls are not meant to be perfectly responsive because you are controlling the boy (and I really appreciate that), there are a lot of problems with the controls besides that. Getting off of Trico proved to be a huge challenge for me. Pressing X to let go would just drop me down slightly, and pressing triangle to jump off of his would just make me climb up him further. Then, if you're trying to get off of him while he is moving sometimes you find your character upside down or hidden behind feathers. Also, I appreciate the fact that Trico doesn't always listen right away and has a mind of his own. However, there were a few sections where the way forward were blatantly obvious, I would issue a command to go through the way forward and Trico would ignore me and go back down to the previous level. One of these times, I spent over 20 minutes watching him go back and forth between 2 points and ignoring my commands to go forward. And finally I had a few problems with the camera. It felt laggy/sluggish when manually adjusting it, and often times in long corridors it would be positioned staring at Tricos ass lol making it hard to see my character / give commands if necessary. Even with all of these issues, TLG was an excellent and special game that I did enjoy very much.

  • Fifth: Overwatch
    Although this game is unique in many ways and therefore offers an experience and certain kind of fun you don't or rarely find in other games, I don't think it deserves the hype it gets. For example many features like saving/watching replays are still missing.
    The most important thing that withholds it is that every single round I play is too much conditioned by the teammates I have.
    Whether they troll pick certain heroes or just don't listen to ingame calls like "group up". That is what makes Overwatch often times to an ordeal rather than fun experience.

    Fourth: I am Setsuna
    The biggest thing that surprised me about this game was the soundtrack. Especially when considering that I actually don't really like piano music that much. To think that the composer is still 23 years old is astounding.
    Other than the music I really enjoyed the atmosphere and scenery of the game. The characters I found quite likeable but the story overall didn't have much of an impact on me.

    Third: Firewatch
    The ending was a bit disappointing but I see it as more of a "the journey is the goal" kind of game.
    Artstyle and characters I both quite liked.

    Second: Final Fantasy XV
    I liked the gameplay for the most part just because I enjoyed traversing through the beautiful environments. Sure the quests are lame and combat can get really annoying in narrow dungeons with many enemies but it's hard to measure the feeling I got walking through a misty forest and reaching its glade with a beautiful view on a volcano. Besides the design of the world the different kind of beasts and monsters were also a pleasure to look at.
    The biggest problem I had with the game was that although I think they nailed the roadtrip and comradery theme, I don't think that it suits the actual urgent situation you find yourself in at the beginning of the game.
    First: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
    Was already my favorite game as PS2 game, but with this kind of remaster (honestly it's more remake than remaster) it fortifies itself on top of my favorites list, never to be overthrown. Artstyle, music, overall atmosphere, characters, story are all things that standout for me. When I had to name one qualm I have with this game it's probably that it is still a bit to repetitive.