The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2015!



  • Well, not surprised Splatoon wasn't higher since it was on the Wii U. It says a lot about how good that game was that it did so well on a system so many people didn't own.

    Arkham Knight was my number 5 mostly cause I didn't play a ton of games in 2015, and I love the Arkham games. But it was nowhere as good as City or even Origins. But it was more of what I loved about the other games, comic references and fun fighting.

    Fallout 4 is a game I kinda hated. Like I bought that when it came out and tried to like it, played it for like 10 hours, but it never felt good to me. I adored Fallout 3, and this one just was disappointing. Being from New England it was kinda fun to see Boston destroyed, but I didn't feel like I had much choice in what to do. Not to mention I didn't take to any of the characters except Valentine. The glitches and bugs also annoyed me, mostly cause having played 3 and Skyrim, I think I used up all my allowances for that crap.
    Luckily the BF loved the game and finished it, so I didn't waste money buying it.



  • Man Arkham Knight played really well but it did not have a very great story and those robot vehicles were painfully boring. I'd give the game a solid 7/10 but I'm very surprised it was up this high.

    As per Fallout 4 - they removed anything and everything charming about the series to me. I cannot see past the awful voice acting and being forced to role play as a guy with a very defined set of characteristics. It feels more like an adventure game with shooting. That's fine, but it is a wasted opportunity for role playing. I kinda thought mostly everybody had issues with this game so I'm kinda surprised that it's in the top 10.



  • Xenoblade Chronicles X

    #7. Xenoblade Chronicles X - 23 points

    Votes

    #1: 2 (MCMRJ, Bigdude1)
    #2: 1 (Yoshi)
    #3: 3 (Axel, FF7Cloud, Neo Cweeny)
    #4: 0
    #5: 0

    Information

    Release date: December 4 [US/EU]
    Developer: Monolith Soft
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): Wii U

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Okay, no way Mad Max made it into top 6. Damn. :( That was a great surprise of a game, loved the setting, driving in that car in that abandoned world exploring the small settlements here and there. Especially the dunes were great, and when you found your way under the sands... wow.



  • @Sentinel-Beach I'm playing through Mad Max now. I'd enjoy it a lot more if it didn't feel like certain things were so broken. It's a solid 7, but there was no way it was making my top 5.



  • Xenoblade Chronicles X is another game that's a Nintendo exclusive, so if I wanted to play it, I wouldn't be able to. That said, I love the concept of jumping into a huge mech and flying around in a massive world. I'm curious if the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be just as praised (I haven't seen anything to the contrary). If it still holds its 2017 date, I'm also curious if it will make any headway into GOTY discussion. For best RPG, sure, but overall, it's difficult to tell.



  • @Sentinel-Beach I didn't vote for Mad Max (haven't played it) but I know the sentiment. The game I put into my number 1 for this list is actually on the list for one of my favorites of all time. This community seems luke-warm on it at best, but I'll be here in the corner, spreading the gospel.



  • The points are really starting to jump now!

    @SabotageTheTruth I think those are the best GOTY picks really. When something that is overwhelmingly enjoyed makes the list, it is expected but usually deserved, but giving those personal gems a shot feels good, even better when they do make it in!



  • Xenoblade Chronicles X was a weird one for me. I didn't play the first game on Wii so I had no expectations, but I also had no experience with its very unique brand of combat mechanics so I struggled a lot at first.

    It felt like I was winning fights despite myself, never fully grasping what was going on, at least not fully. And to be honest, even by the end of the game, I'm pretty sure I still didn't understand the half of it.

    I was also pretty turned off by the character design, that lack of detail on faces was jarring, especially for humans - some aliens had very cool designs, like these guys.

    The story takes a while to get going, but is saved by its intriguing initial pitch.

    What makes the game is its world, it's still to this day one of the most beautiful and engaging open worlds I've explored, and the soundtrack contributes a lot to that sense of awe when discovering a new region. It feels like a truly alien world full of mystery and history, and the side-quests actually contribute to your understanding of the environment. They are hit-and-miss, but some of them explore some interesting themes such as racism or what makes society work.

    Once I got the Skells, I was back to square one, it was yet another set of gameplay systems to wrap my head around. Once it clicked though, and I managed to get a Skell for each of my party members, it felt like a whole new game and made exploration a whole other level of fun. It was both liberating and empowering and I enjoyed grinding levels through areas I didn't even dare to enter before.

    The ending was great, although it somehow raised more questions than it answered and I doubt we'll ever get a proper resolution to the story, which is disappointing.

    All in all, I had a lot of fun with the game, but I feel like it's almost too complex for its own good. It would be more enjoyable with half of its game mechanics removed and a tighter focus. Story-wise, I would have preferred a more personal tale, but it had a refreshing and original theme.

    I'm now very curious about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Switch. From what I've seen, its combat system looks every bit as complicated which is making me wary, and I'm again not sold at all on the character design. But if it offers another grandiose world I'll probably take the dive anyway.



  • Life Is Strange

    #6. Life Is Strange - 28 points

    Votes

    #1: 2 (Lotias, DisturbedSwan)
    #2: 2 (Axel, bard91)
    #3: 2 (Sentinel Beach, logic_error)
    #4: 1 (TokyoSlim)
    #5: 2 (Tearju Engi, WarpDogsVG)

    Information

    Release date: January 30 [US/EU]
    Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Genre: Graphic adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • im playing life is strange right now just finished episode 2



  • Wow, that's some wide spread love!



  • Never got around to play Life is Strange... I know I missed out on it, Hard, but perhaps one day.

    Also, I just now realized, that none of my games have showed up, so I'm fairly certain that only 2 or 3 of them show up on this list. We'll see.



  • Nice, that's a good amount of love for that game. Max and Chloe were great characters, really liked their dialogue and thoughts. This game made me feel so many emotions, great, great episodes. (And way longer than in Telltale games, which was a surprise. I liked it a lot.)


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    This was a tough one for me. While all very different in theme and how they play, I bundled Life Is Strange with Until Dawn and Soma. Mostly because I feel like they are more so narrative based games.

    We already know I put Soma into my top 5 however I did really like Life is Strange. I adore the soundtrack, both composed and licensed. I'm always a fan of a relatively minimal artstyle.

    I like most of the story. The game does have some parts where it falls down a bit and it's not the best written material I've ever seen but for the most part I think it handles it's themes and characters really well.

    My biggest issue with the game is more of a personal thing really. I'm not huge on multiple endings, usually because there is a clear 'canon' ending and the other is just sci-fi nitpicky stuff. But I think Life is Strange is great for the most part, absolutely worth playing and I'm glad to see it so high.



  • I'm not a fan of the episodic format of games, so I passed on Life is Strange. However, I find the current state of the series to be fascinating, especially where Ashley Burch could not reprise her VA work, yet can still contribute by writing the story. Life is Strange, to me, feels like a game that came out of nowhere and now is widely regarded as a great game.

    We've now arrived at the top five! I can think of three sure fire locks, but I'm curious what the other two will be. With that said, here's how I predict the unveil will be:

    5.) Undertale
    4.) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
    3.) Rocket League
    2.) The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
    1.) Bloodborne



  • @Brannox

    Spoiler Rainbow Six Seige

    But

    Probably not (your list sounds more plausible)



  • Despite its flaws I still really enjoyed Life is Strange. It combined a lot of themes I enjoy. I love the characters a lot and the story is pretty good but I was a bit disappointed in the end because much like Until Dawn the promise of your choices mattering is mostly illusory by the time you reach the finale. The game definitely has technical difficulties, especially in chapter 5. I got a scene where Max's mouth just stopped moving completely. Still, the game got my #3 spot so I think that says a lot.

    Also, I want to note that I played Life is Strange this year alongside some games with similar through lines, Night in the Woods and Oxenfree. Life is Strange is definitely the weakest of the three, in my opinion, so if you really enjoyed Life is Strange you should prioritize putting those two games on your list!



  • @Brannox If those games indeed end up in the top 5 then all of my picks will have made this years list.



  • I am still playing Life Is Strange, so its place on my personal list may change. Endings are important to me.