The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2014!

  • @sheria Funky Kong is a god. That statement is blasphemy (kidding of course).

  • @musou-tensei It's about the games that came out in 2014, not the games you played in 2014, so if you only got to play DK on Switch last week and thought it was awesome, why couldn't you vote for it considering it's essentially the same game?

  • I only did games I played in 2014

  • Alien: Isolation

    #11. Alien: Isolation - 21 points


    #1: 3 (DIPSET, TheOtherJohnP, tokeeffe9)
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (Axel)
    #4: 1 (Jipostus)
    HM: 1 (Hazz3r)


    Release date: October 7 [US/EU]
    Developer: Creative Assembly
    Publisher: Sega
    Genre: Action-adventure, Stealth, Survival horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X


    GT Review

  • This is one of those games that I probably would have rated higher in 2014 but I've forgotten the feeling you get. 10/10 horror experience in my mind but only the first few hours. I plan to do a 5 hour speed run for the trophy.

  • Only got this recently in the Capcom x Sega PS4 Humble Bundle, havn't played it yet.

    I have to disagree, the experience with the Switch version could be pretty different than if that person would have played it on the Wii U, for some Funky Kong might put it above the Wii U version, for some the mobile aspect because they feel the game is better played that way than at home like you would had to play it on Wii U. I think I would also like it better than the Wii U version because I could use the joycons insted of the Wii U pad (just don't feel like replaying it), which for me made Bayo 2 even more enjoyable (that was legit my GotY in 2014 though so no influence in my scoring). Just like I would much more enjoy a Switch version of DKC Returns than the original Wii version with its tacked on motion controls. The system it's played on can really affect the way you experience a game, even if it's technically the same game.

  • You monsters. Alien Isolation is absolutely fantastic. It is such a fantastic love letter to the original Alien. The atmosphere, tone, sound design, just incredible. I won't pretend it was absolutely perfect, it probably went on 2-3 hours too long but it is such a fantastic experience that it's easily my GOTY for 2014.

    It makes me a little sad that we probably won't ever see an Isolation 2. And it also always makes me think of other IP like a Jurassic Park Isolation... I want so badly.

  • I totally agree with you Axel. If this was a few weeks ago, I'd be voting Donkey Kong. It's the same game as the WiiU game.

  • Yeah, what I said about being a wuss for P.T.? Well double that, then triple THAT when talking about Alien: Isolation: Nuh-uh, no way, nope, not happening. I don't need that anxiety in my life.

    And what makes it so terrifying is actually quite fascinating with the double A.I. built for the alien. Pretty ingenious really. TOO ingenious in my case.


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    In all seriousness, it is one of the most fun and memorable gaming experiences I've ever played in my life. Lights out at the apartment, fresh off enjoying the original Alien film, and just pure atmosphere with my big speakers hooked up to the PS4. I'll never forget playing this game. There is almost nothing I didn't like about it.

    The Sevastopol space station took on a life of its own and I place it up there with other great self contained and slowly unravelling atmospheric game worlds such as Rapture in Bioshock, Arkham Asylum in Batman Arkham Asylum, and Butcher Bay in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.

  • @tokeeffe9 I knew that one would hurt you! I'm also disappointed Alien didn't make it into the top 5 at least, it seriously deserves it for all the reasons you gave. I agree it could have ended earlier and the ending was a bit too bombastic compared to the rest of the game, but it was such a unique and bold take on the genre, I've got a lot of respect for it. It was also my first PS4 game which made it even more special.

    @Musou-Tensei Sure, I was just using DK as an example but I meant that in general. If I only played Banner Saga this year I should be allowed to vote for it. And of course, the platform I play it on or the other games that came out since will influence how I feel about it, but there's not much we can do about that. Those retro GOTYs will always be a bit flawed in that sense, people will remember things differently (or forget games came out that year), just like the end-of-year GOTYs are flawed because we all have games we didn't have time to play. It's all in good fun :)

  • I think it's interesting the "shock" at certain games not making it up higher in the rank, and I do wonder if some WOULD have made it up higher if this was in late 2014/early 2015.

    Of course, there's also the, "oh yeah, I never got to that," moment I have on every other entry.

  • Alien Isolation was quite good, but I did find it dragged a bit. Wonderful atmosphere though, nice to see it on the list.

  • @sazime said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2014!:

    I do wonder if some WOULD have made it up higher if this was in late 2014/early 2015.

    A couple would have been much higher up on my list because some very high picks of mine I didn't play until 2016

  • Alien Isolation!

    What a game. I’m usually pretty quiet whilst playing, lounging back in the sofa. This game was a full of yelps of shock, of me perched right on the edge of my seat leaning forwards, keeping as close an eye on the alien as I could.
    Sweating as you try to escape from the nest in the heart of sevastapol.

    Wonderful, excellent, engrossing game.

  • Maybe I should play this game. I like the Alien franchise, but something about it turned me off at launch and I never really gave it another look. Are there a bunch of androids or something? I don't remember...

  • Yeah, the marketing was a bit misleading. It gave the impression that the Alien was the only enemy, when in actuality there's also Androids and the like.

    I'm still to play Alien Isolation, I only played a demo at EGX Rezzed back in 2014. One of the most fun gaming memories I have with my mum. She doesn't play modern games so watching her wrestle with the controls and then getting scared of the Alien was amazing. Really well put together game concept that anyone can understand, "Stay away from big scary alien."

  • @tokyoslim Yes there are rogue androids guarding some parts of the ship. I don't remember the story behind them, but essentially they exist so you have enemies to kill and don't spend the entire game only evading the Alien. But you can't easily kill them by going in all guns blazing, stealth is recommended against those too.

  • @axel I don't feel that you should have delayed it. It's sad i didn't get to play it earlier, but that's 100% my fault.

  • I really respect Alien: Isolation. I want to like it but I just can't seem to enjoy these first person survival horror games.