The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2016!

  • I really loved Inside. I may be the only one who thinks of it as a horror game, but blows me away how both Inside and Limbo can create such an oppressive atmosphere with so little. I can sink into those games more than I can in some big budget, open world, etc. games

  • The Witness

    #10. The Witness - 17 points


    #1: 2 (Sazime, DeweyDecibel)
    #2: 1 (ffff0)
    #3: 1 (tokeeffe9)
    #4: 0
    #5: 0


    Release date: January 26 [US/EU]
    Developer: Thekla, Inc.
    Publisher: Thekla, Inc.
    Genre: Puzzle
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, iOS



  • I'm only now playing The Witness, started just this week. Man, not too easy! :) I've only managed to raise two towers so far, but I'm making some progress. Gonna take a while, but what's the rush. Really pretty and almost even magical game world. Can't wait to see how things start to fall in their places as my brain starts to understand everything better.

  • I think 10th place is exactly where The Witness deserves to be. Not any lower, but not higher either.

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    I dont know why, but I always think of the witness as it came out 2015... I have no idea why, maybe its because it came out in january that my brain think it still was 2015?

  • The Witness is on my backlog. Trying to get through a bunch of short games and once I do it is the next thing I intend to tackle.

  • Of all the 2016 games to be released, The Witness is the one I'm on the fence the most about. Up until now, I have not played it, but the more I think about it, the more (however very incrementally it is) appealing it becomes. I love the art style, and I enjoy a good puzzle, but the time sink dedicated to this is staggering for me, especially when this is a game you can't put down for an extended period of time. I'm happy to see it make the top ten. Even though I haven't played, I marvel in its design and intricate complexities.

  • The Witness is definitely on my list of games to get to. I'm a little intimidated because I'm not a huge puzzle game fan, but I've heard a lot of good things.

  • The Witness is a fantastic game and a testament to excellent modern day game design.

    Blow and his team really outdid themselves in how they teach you the rules of the puzzles. Really love that game.

  • Not bad! It was my #1 for the year, but I can see how it's not EVERYONE'S number 1. :)

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon

    #9. Pokémon Sun and Moon - 23 points


    #1: 1 (thenerdtheword)
    #2: 1 (Billy)
    #3: 3 (Axel, Excalibruh, logic__error)
    #4: 2 (Kaminski, ObbyDent)
    #5: 1 (SabotageTheTruth)


    Release date: November 18 [US], November 23 [EU]
    Developer: Game Freak
    Publisher: The Pokémon Company
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): Nintendo 3DS


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  • I'm most pleased that Pokemon got all placements from 1 to 5 and god multiple votes. It shows that it panders to the wide range of audience. It's nice to see the franchise coming oit in a big way.

  • I have said this before and I say it again, Pokemon games are some of the best RPG's out there, which fit for gamers of all age.
    I haven't played the Pokemon games once they made the jump to 3DS, because I don't own one, but I still hold the series in high regard.

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    Pokémon made it! :D Even though I havent played any of the recent games, I still believe that it deserves to be here on the list! I mean just Brandon and Kyles show were enough to almost made me pick up a 3DS and Sun!

  • To be perfectly honest, Pokemon is the first game of the whole list I have absolutely no interest in playing.

    And the really bad thing is that I love Pokemon, but I just can't oversee the fact that most of the problems I have with the franchise's games and the way they handle the franchise is completely at odds with what I want from it, so until they day I see a real change with it, I'm gonna stay away from it.

  • Good to see so much love for my new favourite Pokémon game! I'm still playing it and I'm loving every moment of it.

  • I figured Pokemon would make the cut just for the sheer number of people who picked it up. I do honestly think it is the best Pokemon game in a long time and I'm glad they've finally started to slowly chip at the framework they've been using for years with the series and make things more fluid.

  • I haven't liked Pokemon since the fourth generation, as I felt that Diamond/Pearl wasn't what I like about Pokemon games (the mainline ones anyway) and I haven't played one since. With the hype surrounding it by those here and Misters Jones and Bosman with Brandon Sun, Kyle Moon, I'm not shocked it has a spot in the top ten. After watching that series, I'm actually happy I didn't grab either entry because there are things missing I enjoyed from the first three gens, and things present I'm averse to. Either way, congrats to Pokemon for its placement!

  • @Brannox My story with pokemon is very much the same, got blue in elementary school and loved it. Gen 2 was my favorite. Gen 3 was great but was starting to show its age. I gave the series up until i watched projared play pokemon y played that game and while i enjoyed it they didnt change much. got moon for Christmas while im liking the new things the series needs a major makeover for me to buy the next game.

  • @bard91 This is the generation where they did make a bunch of changes though. Granted, the hand holding is a bit extreme at the beginning and the story is a trash fire, but the improvements made in this one make it my second favorite generation of all time - only surpassed by the Gold/Silver era.