The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2017!

  • @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.

  • @Axel that sounds very similar to my experience with the original Xenoblade, with the main detractor for me being that I found the combat to be insufferably boring, I was still interested in it but I couldn't force myself through it.

    From what I see from 2 I see the same and many other ways in which I think I'll hate the game, but I have to confess that I'm still somewhat interested in it as the description of the game and its apparent strengths are appealing to me but how everything seems to be executed just screams bad at me.

    I'm consider just looking for a used cheap copy at some point, for now, the popularity of these games remain a mystery to me.

  • @bard91 The combat in Xenobade 2 makes Xenoblade's combat feel like Devil May Cry in comparison.

  • @FutureCorpse I'd have to think that means it is much worse, though I'm not sure if that's what you meant

  • @bard91 Its a lot slower you can't move when you attack it's pretty convoluted also but all in all much more engaging. I quite like the combat btw but if you didn't like the first game you'll be pulling your hair out over this one. That said such a beautiful world to take in, that's until a level 80 monster one shots you every few minutes.

  • @ffff0 Oh, please don't misconstrue: I don't like Nintendo nor have any interest in their properties. For my tastes, all you have to do is see what I voted for. But you cannot deny the overwhelming amount of conversation and mindshare the Switch, Zelda, Mario, and other games on the platform have dominated the conversation.

    I don't see this as a bad thing, as a strong Nintendo is great for gaming. My point only is Nintendo grabbed attention with its commercial in late 2016, its unveiling 12 months ago, and since its release back at the beginning of March, has dominated headlines and the zeitgeist. For example, I think I heard either yesterday or the day before the Switch has just surpassed 10 million units sold in 10 months on the market. The Wii U couldn't cobble that together in its lifetime.

    You've listed a lot of great games, and for many 2017 will be remembered for that. Others will remember how microtransactions became the bane of good gaming. For me, and I suspect quite a few people as well, 2017 will be remembered as the year Switch came out and took over.

  • @Brannox Sorry for not quite getting what you've meant. I also personally don't feel Nintendo's impact, because I live in a country where basically no one cares about Nintendo. It was never sold out here, and most of the people I'm talking to don't even know what Switch is. One of them even thought that you could play Zelda on PS4 since it's a console exclusive.

  • @ffff0 It's all good! I like being able to clarify when there's confusion. Also, it's super interesting about no Switch where you are. It's so prevalent here in the states, so your experience is really fascinating! And I could only imagine what would happen if Zelda came out on Playstation.

    Thanks for sharing! I really enjoy learning about facts like that!

  • Resident Evil VII: Biohazard

    #8. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard - 29 points


    #1: 1 (ib0show)
    #2: 2 (naltmank, MiserablePerson)
    #3: 3 (Axel, Sheria, Lux Noctis)
    #4: 0
    HM: 7 (Brannox, sunpraiser, DOOM, A7X458, Minamik, Fridge-man, Jipostus)


    Release date: January 24 [US/EU]
    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Survival horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows


    EZA Review

  • I'm disappointed in this community.

  • I like the game, I'm even currently replaying it as I bought the Gold Edition recently, it was just not good enough to make it on my list, showing once again how strong 2917 was.

  • If we submitted 10 games of 2017, Resident Evil 7 would have made the list for me, albeit somewhere down at the bottom. Played through the entire thing in VR and certain moments are still quite vivid in my memory, but I do feel the back half of the game isn't nearly as strong as what preceded it. Still, it's awesome to see Resident Evil head back in the right direction.

    Cuphead showing up in the top 10 is just pure joy though. Easily one of the most impressive efforts I've seen from a smaller developer lately, you can just feel the love and creativity oozing out of every pore of the game. I find it so weird the difficulty of the game is constantly brought up because... while there are certain segments that need to be repeated, it just never feels unfair or insurmountable. Nearly every "failure" teaches you something and makes you better. The animation is obviously the highlight here but the music is ridiculously good as well. I honestly feel like games such as Cuphead are immensely helpful to the industry and show what the medium is capable of. I'm a sucker for a good story in a game (as evidenced by the games I placed in the number 1, 2, and 4 spot of my list) but with the beautiful wedding of animation, music, and control here, it's hard not to praise it to oblivion. It's a game I believe honestly everyone can enjoy and I won't stop recommending it for years to come.

  • I just really want to play RE7 in VR so I'm not going near it until then.

  • RE7 is the first horror game i'm actually interested to play, primarily because of it's first person horror with combat that actually looks good. I only played for a hour or so at my friend's house though, 2scary4me.

  • @tokeeffe9
    Only been able to put about 30 minutes into a VR play thru of 7, but man what a world of difference it makes.

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    I dont think I got the nerves to play RE 7. Im not good with scary things

  • I said it during the Community Showcase of December but I'll say it again:

    Resident Evil VII is the ONLY game I submitted that I did NOT play. I watched EVERY full playthrough of the main game and every piece of DLC. I'm not a horror fan and RE has never been my thing. But I can't put my finger on just what about this game made me unable to look away. From the E3 reveal (which was my announcement of the entire show, not just Sony's conference) to now, I find Resident Evil VII fascinating and having seen the game, in its entirety, I feel is one of the best to come out in 2017. Because of not playing it, it only could get an Honorable Mention, but this is a return to form for the franchise, and a much needed one at that.