The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2016!



  • My list:

    1. Dark souls 3: WOOOO! 2nd place! probably best game I ever played, not my favorite ever though.
    2. Oxenfree: Thanks @ffff0 for also voting for it. What a great game.
    3. Valley: i'm a bit sad that this one didn't get more exposure. I apsolutely loved it.
    4. Titanfall 2: In the year of shooters, one was bound to end on my list. Titanfall two represents a perfect package of fun multiplayer and quality campaign. I really enjoyed other shooters, but this one takes it.
    5. No man's sky: probably the game I played most this year. Yes it had rough launch, but together with foundation update it's worth mentioning yet, especially after putting over 100 hours into it and not regretting it.


  • I had so much fun putting this together, it was really exciting to see the ranking unfold and evolve with every list I received.

    Some observations and fun facts:

    • Uncharted 4 was #1 the entire time, from the very first list I counted to the end!
    • As I mentioned before, the Top 4 was way above the rest, and the games ranked #2-#4 kept swapping places.
    • Given some of your comments, Final Fantasy XV should have been fourth ;) It's also interesting to see that it only got 2 GOTY nominations, as opposed to 5 for Overwatch and 6 for Dark Souls III.
    • INSIDE was not even in the Top 25 until the very last few lists I got, which saw it get 2 GOTY nominations and skyrocket to the #11 spot. As it should.
    • Digimon and the two Trails of Cold Steel games are the Cinderella stories of this list, I personally never expected them to receive so many votes, and that's the beauty of this community. We enjoy the mainstream stuff, but we're also connoisseurs!
    • One Wii U exclusive game made the list (Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE).
    • Zero Xbox One exclusive. Ouch.
    • Speaking of which, some big names completely missed out. Battlefield 1 got a mere 6 points.
    • Dishonored 2, Fire Emblem Fates, The Division, 4 points.
    • Watch Dogs 2, 3 points.
    • No Man's Sky, Gears of War 4, 2 points.
    • Quantum Break, 1 point.

    I only played 6 out of those 25 games. I'm now planning to play Final Fantasy XV (when it's finished), The Last Guardian, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE and Firewatch. Probably not gonna happen.

    I'm already excited to organize the Best of 2017 list, and I have a feeling it's going to be even more contested!

    Thanks again to everyone who participated! Y'all have good taste!



  • @Axel Great breakdown! I mentioned Dishonored 2 not making it and it hurting, but I COMPLETELY forgot I played Gears 4.

    And I'm a die-hard Gears fan.

    THAT is not a good sign. AT ALL. Epiphanies are a hell of reality check.

    Anyway, I agree with your Cinderella observations and if Inside didn't hop systems just weeks later, it would have been. But it's not surprising when you consider PS4 is the preferred system on average.

    Thanks again for putting it together and I'm looking forward to what's next!



  • @Axel said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2016! (Countdown):

    I'm already excited to organize the Best of 2017 list, and I have a feeling it's going to be even more contested!

    By then I'll have just finished all these 2016 games hehe



  • I'm so proud to know I was one of the people who helped give INSIDE that boost! :'D



  • Just so there's no witch hunts, I'm (one of?) the person/people that put NMS in at number 5. It was the fifth best game I played that came out last year. Sorry! I still don't have the loathing many others have for the game. I didn't "finish" it though.

    My list:

    • Hitman
    • Final Fantasy XV
    • Overwatch
    • RIGS
    • No Man's Sky


  • Here's my list:

    1. Pokemon Sun and Moon
    2. Uncharted 4 A Thief's End
    3. Job Simulator
    4. Firewatch
    5. Pokémon GO

    I wonder if anyone else voted for Pokémon GO?



  • @Axel said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2016! (Countdown):

    I had so much fun putting this together, it was really exciting to see the ranking unfold and evolve with every list I received.

    Some observations and fun facts:

    • Uncharted 4 was #1 the entire time, from the very first list I counted to the end!
    • As I mentioned before, the Top 4 was way above the rest, and the games ranked #2-#4 kept swapping places.
    • Given some of your comments, Final Fantasy XV should have been fourth ;) It's also interesting to see that it only got 2 GOTY nominations, as opposed to 5 for Overwatch and 6 for Dark Souls III.
    • INSIDE was not even in the Top 25 until the very last few lists I got, which saw it get 2 GOTY nominations and skyrocket to the #11 spot. As it should.
    • Digimon and the two Trails of Cold Steel games are the Cinderella stories of this list, I personally never expected them to receive so many votes, and that's the beauty of this community. We enjoy the mainstream stuff, but we're also connoisseurs!
    • One Wii U exclusive game made the list (Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE).
    • Zero Xbox One exclusive. Ouch.
    • Speaking of which, some big names completely missed out. Battlefield 1 got a mere 6 points.
    • Dishonored 2, Fire Emblem Fates, The Division, 4 points.
    • Watch Dogs 2, 3 points.
    • No Man's Sky, Gears of War 4, 2 points.
    • Quantum Break, 1 point.

    I only played 6 out of those 25 games. I'm now planning to play Final Fantasy XV (when it's finished), The Last Guardian, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE and Firewatch. Probably not gonna happen.

    I'm already excited to organize the Best of 2017 list, and I have a feeling it's going to be even more contested!

    Thanks again to everyone who participated! Y'all have good taste!

    Was i the only person who voted for Phoenix Wright?



  • @TokyoSlim It's alright to like something that pretty much everyone else hates. I actually know one person who actually might go as far as to say NMS would be his GOTY, but that's just him I would say. I think it's the stockholm syndrome that hit him after all that hype and being forced to like the game he just spent his that months budget on...



  • Phoenix Wright was my 2016 GOTY until i played Overwatch, made it to 2nd place on my list. Apparently i'm the only Phoenix Wright fan in the entire community. No Dragon Quest VII, 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, Kirby Planetrobobot, SMT IV: Apocalypse. etc. Seems like we have few 3DS fans in general.



  • @Stephleref I'm fan of the Ace Attorney/Perfect Prosecutor games, but I don't have 3DS... When I do get one, I'll have plenty of games to catch up to. Unless they all make the Switch, then I'll just get that at some point (I doubt this though).



  • @Stephleref I personally love Phoenix Wright, but I had only played the first 2 cases at the time of voting, and it didn't blow me away enough to make my list.

    Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma was #26 with 7 points, so just missed out. To be fair, there weren't a lot of truly great games last year on 3DS, although I expected Fire Emblem Fates to place higher.



  • @TokyoSlim I keep getting told how this game is bad etc and I'm still looking forward to picking it up. Everything I've seen still tell me I'll enjoy it. Chilled out exploration game, count me in.



  • @tokeeffe9 it can be chill and it can be a harrowing survival game. Depends on what kind of planet you happen to be on and what kind of conditions you impose on yourself, how much risk you take, etc.



  • @Axel said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2016! (Countdown):

    @Stephleref I personally love Phoenix Wright, but I had only played the first 2 cases at the time of voting, and it didn't blow me away enough to make my list.

    Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma was #26 with 7 points, so just missed out. To be fair, there weren't a lot of truly great games last year on 3DS, although I expected Fire Emblem Fates to place higher.

    The Magical Turnabout (Case 2) is great. To be fair, case 3 and 5 are the best.



  • @Stephleref Haha, not many Microsoft fans either - believe I'm the only one who gave Gears or Quantum Break a Top 5 nod.



  • @thenerdtheword said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2016! (Countdown):

    I wonder if anyone else voted for Pokémon GO?

    I did! It was my #5 as well. That means it got more points than Quantum Break, and tied No Man's Sky and Gears of War 4. Haha



  • All five of mine made the list, but while they were in my top 10, I kind of played it that way for my top 5.

    Games I liked more than one or two were: Zero Escape 3, Ace Attorney and Steins Gate 0. Knowing they wouldn't make a top 20 (which it originally was) made me leave them out.

    I'm surprised I predicted the last 4 though, in order at least. I personally expected U4 as the winner knowing the community. I consider it a good game though, just 2016 had a lot that were just as good.

    P.S. I'm amazed Dishonored 2 didn't make it.



  • @Sheria If we learned anything from this list, assuming a game couldn't make it on was a mistake. Axel said INSIDE went from being off the list to #11 because 2 people put it as their GOTY towards the end. Zero Time Dilemma was #26, with 7 points, and I Am Setsuna was #25 with 8, so it could have easily made this list with a few extra points... hell, it could have slipped into the Top 20 with one GOTY pick since Civ VI, Titanfall, and Hitman each had 12 points.

    I think the heavy hitters, in this community, for the year were pretty obvious but the race for the rest of the list was fierce! One person's votes could have changed the results dramatically and that's pretty cool!



  • @logic__error Yup, very true! Like I said, it was really fun for me to see it all unfold because with every new list I got I saw the rankings change, especially under the Top 10. That's why I kept asking for more lists, I felt like the more we got, the better we would represent the tastes of the community.

    So for next year, just vote with your heart, and not strategically ;)