The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2017!



  • I dunno how everyone else chose their honorable mentions but instead of just treating it like it was fifth through eighth place or something I used it to give props to three games I didn't finish but loved what I did play (didn't feel right to put them on the list itself if I didn't finish them) and one game that I adored but didn't think was good enough for the top of the tops.

    Cuphead isn't a game I put enough time into, but man what I did play of it was incredible. I have no doubts it would have made my list proper if I had put in the time and effort to complete it. Not often a game can have a perfect mastery of both its aesthetic presentation and gameplay at the same time.



  • I truly believe they couldn't have made the game they wanted to make better than this. This, my fellow allies is videogames at it's finest. A game that will stand the test of time and took videogames to an aesthetic level I never thought was possible to achieve without compromises in vision and gameplay, but here we are. 2017 was just insane for the medium and we're looking at a bright future. The best is yet to come!



  • Really was hoping Sonic Mania would make it top 10, not even close



  • Cuphead's strongest aspect to appeal to me is not only is its design, but the technical level at which it operates to make what you're seeing move smoothly, in conjunction with the sheer amount on the screen, most of which you need to avoid or parry.

    I don't mind challenge being a part of the gameplay, but it's a turnoff when it's the central design choice. I get it, this game could not have existed in any other way without that brutality of difficulty, but that only means it's not for me.



  • Cuphead is a game I'd definitely enjoy, but a combination of being an Xbox/pc exclusive and it having no physical edition has meant I've never tried it, j have watched a full play through however. It would never have made my top 10 though



  • @Sheria If it matters, I can personally vouch that the PC version is pretty well optimized. My computer is absolute garbage (mostly play on Switch/PS4) that can barely play anything from the last couple of years but it runs this game just fine.



  • @DeweyDTruman said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2017!:

    @Sheria If it matters, I can personally vouch that the PC version is pretty well optimized. My computer is absolute garbage (mostly play on Switch/PS4) that can barely play anything from the last couple of years but it runs this game just fine.

    @DeweyDTruman said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2017!:

    @Sheria If it matters, I can personally vouch that the PC version is pretty well optimized. My computer is absolute garbage (mostly play on Switch/PS4) that can barely play anything from the last couple of years but it runs this game just fine.

    Oh, it's not that I've got anything against either PC or Xbox; the only reason I mentioned them was due to the fact that they aren't primary systems for me, despite owning both. I've kind of been locked to PS for some time, simply for convenience. It's simply a small part of why I never grabbed it.



  • @Sheria For this game I took the bitter pill and bought it on Steam, I think it was worth it, not many games are imo.



  • @Musou-Tensei said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2017!:

    @Sheria For this game I took the bitter pill and bought it on Steam, I think it was worth it, not many games are imo.

    I think I will too now.



  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    #9. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - 28 points

    Votes

    #1: 4 (Yoshi, Musou Tensei, Bigdude1, DisturbedSwan)
    #2: 1 (Sheria)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 4 (FutureCorpse, Tragosaurus, Whiskeyjack, Lux Noctis)

    Information

    Release date: December 1 [US/EU]
    Developer: Monolith Soft
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review



  • Cuphead is a really great game. It just barely edged out Hollow Knight for the platformer slot I made up for some reason



  • i only had a few hours into it at the time and im still not finished however i dont think it would be more then a hm



  • Oh man, I haven't said much in a while.

    Hellblade is an incredible experience in my book. I feel like it can just be so powerful with the subject matter they tackled and how they did it, along with just the actual scale of the project too. Ninja Theory gambled a lot on this model and it paid off massively. On the game itself, I was just always invested in it. It made me feel very uncomfortable but it also had moments of real power. Sound design and the lead performance are incredible. I did notice some people saying they found it very repetitive but I felt like they split up the game nicely and it was never long enough to be repetitive to me.

    Uncharted The Lost Legacy - It's kinda crazy that Uncharted 4 was easily my favourite game of 2016 (from what I'd played) and then the Lost Legacy only got a nomination even though one could argue it is a more refined version. Just shows the quality of the year I guess. It's easily in my top 3 Uncharted games. I think it has some incredible highs gameplay wise. The open area is so much fun and one of the last chapters is an incredible culmination of several set pieces that Naughty Dog have worked on in the past, possibly the pinnacle in my book. It's a bit unfair to compare with 4 but I loved that game more mostly because of the relationships with the characters, better story and much better villains. This game in particular had possibly the worst villain in the series. Just very pointless. But that's it really, I'd a blast playing the game.

    Nioh - One of the games I put about 10 hours into to see if it'd make my list late on. Since then I've completed the main game and I have to say I'd a great time with this game but I don't think it would make my top 8 after. My biggest problem was really with the loot system and economy in the game. You just get too much stuff and there is never any reason to use the blacksmith because you can just find better stuff. Also some of the animations were a bit weird, on a few occasions the animation of an enemy would just reset into something completely different and that'd catch you off guard so it felt really unfair. Once you get a good handle on the combat and the spirit, it does feel like you can blast through the game fairly easily, especially on bosses. But I did have a really good time with the game and would recommend it.

    Cuphead Another one for the late chance to make my list. Fortunately I just tackled this one day and completed it. Honestly, if I gave myself more time to think about it, it might have got in there. I think this game is so good. The animation and visuals for every fight are amazing. Getting to the next phase is an absolute treat. I never found myself insanely frustrated (all streamed so might have to check the tape on that! :) ) mostly because of how great it looked, how incredible the soundtrack was for each fight and how quickly you can just jump back in. Ya this one was certainly close.

    Also I do just want to mention one other game that I played 2-3 hours of before nominations and really liked but felt it wasn't enough. Hollow Knight, I've since beaten it and it probably would have knocked something off my list because that game is incredible. I'd be surprised if it makes it at this stage so I'll probably mention it again when all is said and done.



  • I'm super happy to see my GotY in the top 10, tbh when I voted I wasn't done yet and a bit afraid my opinion could change later on like it did with Xenoblade X, but nope, love this game and can't wait for the NG+ update to go back in.



  • the combat system is so much better then the previous games however while the story is really good im 65 hours in the characters just arent as good as Shulk and crew and besides Jin the villians are not interesting at all



  • Seeing Xenoblade Chronicles 2 at nine, I'm both surprised and not. Surprised because I haven't heard much about it, and from what I have, it's been... indifferent. However, I'm not surprised it's in the top ten because this game just has the EZA community feel. Also, I just want to point out, as great of a year overall gaming had in 2017, I feel comfortable in saying this past year is owned and defined by the Nintendo Switch. So many high quality titles.



  • @Brannox said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2017!:

    past year is owned and defined by the Nintendo Switch.

    Well, that depends on your tastes, For me it's PS4 (Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Farpoint, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy) and PC (What Remains of Edith Finch, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Pyre, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Batman: The Enemy Within). I don't have case for Xbox, but someone else could make one easily. So if something is defining this year, it's simply "a lot of great games".



  • Xenoblade 2 is a hot mess of a game (as I explained in the Xenoblade 2 thread) but I do love it.


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    If I had a Switch, Xenoblade 2 are the game I would run out and buy ASAP. It looks like it would be right up my alley.



  • I've only put around 10 hours into Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (chapter 3). I stopped playing and am having a hard time motivating myself to dive back into it.

    I'm enjoying the story and the world, but just like with X, I feel like the game systems are way too complicated for their own good. There are SO many different things to keep track of and customize, I'm sure they could have cut half of those and the game would be just as interesting, if not more. And just like I did with X, I'm sure I'll get back into it eventually, it'll probably take me over a year overall to finish it, but I will!

    I couldn't in good conscience give it a vote however, when I enjoyed all the other games one my list much more instantly.