The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2017!



  • What an interesting game. I've bought it just because some technology-based development diaries picked my interest. At first I didn’t like it, I even tried to shut myself from voices in my head (I always play in headphones). But right after the first battle I understood their usefulness and start to rely on them. Then I've started to distinguish them, learned their personalities and sometimes even ask them in my mind for guidance. And when I've accepted them and embraced them, I've became much stronger than when I've tried to run away.

    I liked the combat, the puzzles, the story, the world, but the biggest takeaway from that game for me is the importance of acceptance of who you are and finding strength in your weaknesses. Not many games can teach you valuable life lessons, and Hellblade is one of them.

    It's just my number 4 for an arbitrary reason: I adore one aspect of this game, and I adore multiple from each one in my top 3.



  • Hellblade is the other game I reference in my Edith Finch post as one I may like to try someday. The reason I didn't play this game is admittedly a stupid one, but an important one to me:

    I do not own headphones, and I don't want to buy a pair just to try a game I may (likely) or may not (unlikely) like. And I absolutely refuse to play this game without headphone support because the audio design is, in my opinion, ESSENTIAL to Hellblade's experience.

    I don't see many games that have a creative take on psychosis and one that enlists the aid of specialists and patients alike to craft such a real experience. I believe this game should be a bit higher (this coming from someone who you know hasn't played it) because there is so much, I feel, this game does right.

    Maybe one day I find myself in a situation meeting my (admittedly incredibly stupid and practically nonsensical) stipulation, and I look forward to it. But for now, Hellblade is at the top of my list of games to try via extenuating circumstances.



  • If I had played Hellblade it very likely would have been on my list. This is one of those games where I watched my partner play for a decent amount of time, before he started playing with headphones on, and what I saw from the story was very interesting. The voices system seemed really well implemented. Definitely a game I would have to play myself to give a fair judgment to.



  • I just bought Hellblade, I have been waiting to play this game for over 3 years now.



  • I started Hellblade and I didn't like it. It feels more like a walking simulator. Aside from VO and visuals, everything was underwhelming.



  • There's my number one! I've already said a fair bit about Prey in other threads, but I truly did find it fantastic. Some of the load times aside, I honestly can't really find much to fault at all in it. I'm actually rather glad to see it made the list at all, as the game just seemed to flop really bad, despite a lot of critical praise. The game dropped in price very fast, something I always find really sad, whatever the game.

    I haven't beaten or fully made my mind up on GR2 yet. Great game so far though, don't get me wrong, it just didn't do enough for me to get into the top 8, not so far anyway. I don't like the look of Hellblade at all. I watched the opening segment and it bored me no end just watching the player move forward both in the boat and on foot, I just can't stand those games that have a lot of forced, slow walking forward, where you're just holding up on the controller a lot.



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  • @Nillend Did you reach some of the combat sections? I could see how it would seem bit underwhelming at first, but it gets better and better as you progress IMO.

    I really enjoyed Hellblade. The story telling was super interesting. The way it was told almost entirely through auditory and sometimes visual hallucinations was very unique, and they still managed to make it quite good. The sound design was also obviously fantastic. I generally liked the combat, but It could've been better as the attack patterns became predictable after a few minutes. The puzzles were fine at first, but they became incredibly frustrating by the midgame. Overall, I'd say this is a great game that you should definitely pick sometime if you haven't, but it's not devoid of problems.



  • Damn i love this game so much. I've never felt so much inside someones head as with Hellblade, i was deeply disturbed every second of the game because of the voices constantly being there. I think it's a game everyone should try, just to learn how it is like living with psychosis, as Senua does. I have a history of mental health issues (thankfully none even close to as severe as Senua's problems), and i could relate to a lot of things in the game she was experiencing in relation to other people.

    I love love love this game, and it didn't even make my top 4, 2017 was insane.



  • Divinity: Original Sin II

    #13. Divinity: Original Sin II - 20 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (Nillend)
    #2: 1 (sonmi)
    #3: 0
    #4: 3 (DIPSET, ZyloWolfBane, Faaip)
    HM: 5 (TokyoSlim, Inustar, bard91, Capnbobamous, CJTreader)

    Information

    Release date: September 14 [US/EU]
    Developer: Larian Studios
    Publisher: Larian Studios
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • I kinda want to play this game after hearing the allies' thoughts, but old-school style PC RPGs like this really intimidate me with their complexity and freedom.



  • I absolutely adore Divinity: Original Sin 2. It does everything masterfuly so it's impossible to gush about just a single feature. It would be my goty with its campaign alone, but the fact that it has co-op, pvp arena and an amazing GM mode makes it an amazing package.

    Thank you @sonmi @DIPSET @ZyloWolfBane @Faaip @TokyoSlim @Inustar @bard91 @Capnbobamous @CJTreader for supporting it, you have a good taste.



  • @Nillend coming clear here, I played less than 2 hours of Divinity 2, but what I saw in that short time and what I've seen in playthroughs leave me no doubt that it is one of the best games released this year, and I hope can make some proper time for it soon, there's no chance it would jump up to being my GOTY, but I'm sure it can at least make a run for the runner up.



  • I still haven't finished Divinity: Original Sin 2 (It probably would've been a lot higher on my list if I had), but it's fantastic so far. While the story, characters, and world are excellent, the combat and some of the more complex elements of the game can get frustrating at times.



  • I'm not against playing it one day. Do I need to play the first game for this one? How difficult the combat is on the easiest difficulty (I heard this game is hard)?



  • @ffff0 I don't think you need to play the first one (I haven't, and it's been fine for me). Even on the easiest difficulty, it can be quite challenging at times. It's more based on stats and tactics than skill, so reading a guide before beginning would be a good idea.



  • I don't game on PC, so I did not play Divinity. However, I get the sense because it was PC exclusive held it back. I'm sure if it was multiplatform, it would have gotten even more love than it did, which is saying something because I have not heard or read a single piece of negativity or mediocrity about this game. As a result, I'm surprised it didn't crack the top ten. But then again, after the communal top 100, nothing should surprise me about these lists anymore.



  • I have only played the demo of Prey, as a fan of the original game I didn't enjoy it at all, to me it just didn't felt good, the enemies were annoying and that foam gun felt like the most useless weapon I've ever used in a game ever. Nah that's not for me.

    Lol, almost Top 10 and not a single game I voted for nor, except Prey demo, have I personally played, and only 1 game I own. Not sure if good or bad sign.



  • Divinity II is a fantastic game, and did make my top 10 for last year, only it got chopped off when I had to cut it to only 8. I highly recommend it, and the original, to any and all RPG fans.



  • i just got the original on ps4 for cheap so ill dig into it eventually