The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2014!

  • If I remember correctly, Shadow of Mordor and Dragon Age: Inquisition were the two games that accrued the most GOTYs that year. I think the Nemesis system is a really neat idea, but I gave the Lord of the Rings franchise one attempt through the books and decided it wasn't for me once I finished. I don't know what exactly makes me averse to the property, but I respect Shadow of Mordor bringing something unique to gaming.

  • Despite the fact that I know there are some fans of Yoko Toro here, I've lost faith in a certain game showing up now =(

  • @sheria Was there a Yoko Taro game in 2014?

  • @musou-tensei Drakengard 3 was released in NA in 2014. I assume that's what is being referenced. Never played it though.

  • @musou-tensei Drakengard 3. Not likely making it on this list. Not received well by the general public.

    EDIT: And @TokyoSlim beat me to it!

  • Ah, well it was never released physically in europe so i never bothered with it, plus I never played the prequels.

  • It was such an amazing game, but yeah, we wont see it on here now.

  • I just really don't get the love for Shadow of Mordor. I remember at the time, when I hadn't played it that it sounded kinda cool. Everyone sharing their stories of their nemesis but then I played the game and all I saw were a few differences and I could never really be invested in these enemies.

    Even though I found it really boring I at least like the idea of your character being insanely powerful since he is but ya.. this game was not for me.

  • Shadow of Mordor was like, my baseline for "a seven". It was ok. Got repetitive, was never really invested in the story. Nemesis is an interesting gimmick, but I didn't really keep going back to the game because of it.

  • Shadow of Mordor came out of nowhere for me. I hadn't followed development at all and suddenly a new Lord of the Rings game was coming out in a few weeks. I bought it on release and had a great time. I just loved how the mechanics would gradually build on one another, eventually meaning that you were manipulating the structure of the Mordor Army to serve your own purposes.

    The character design was also very good, I especially liked how the broken sword was used throughout the game. Used in its broken form for Stealth and then repaired with the Soul Power stuff in combat. There was some strong side content involving yourweapons, which involved building "the legend" of your weapons in order to unlock various upgrades and damage boosts.

    The games lack of difficulty is a fair criticism, but not one I have. I have no problem grinding side content and open world encounters to become OP.

    Had some wonderful Nemesis system moments, including one guy who kept coming back from the dead over and over, each time with more bits of metal to cover his face. I finally killed him with a swift beheading, ain't no one coming back from that.

    I very much doubt my Number 1 is gonna be above this :) If it is I'll eat my own hat.

  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

    #8. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - 24 points


    #1: 3 (TokyoSlim, SabotageTheTruth, Capnbobamous)
    #2: 1 (parasitepaladin)
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (logic__error)
    HM: 3 (ffff0, SunPraiser, bard91)


    Release date: September 2 [US], September 5 [EU]
    Developer: Spike Chunsoft
    Publisher: NIS America
    Genre: Adventure, Visual novel
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita, OS X



  • Even though, I think I like the characters in D1 more, I think D2 is a better game.

  • @sheria well at least I know I wasn't the only one that voted for Drakengard 3 :(

    I didn't actually finish it because honestly the game is pretty bad and I didn't want to keep going after a point, but what I played had so many great moments that it does make me regret not finishing it, I think it could be an absolute masterpiece if the gameplay were at least a bit above decent, it still left more of an impact that Automata did for me, though not as much as the original Nier.

    Also in my eyes Danganronpa 2 just wasn't as good as 1, not to say it didn't have great moments or that I didn't like it, but yeah it is the low point of the series for me.

    That said Ibuki is best girl of Danganronpa as a whole, no need to reply with your incorrect opinions.

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  • Yes, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is here. I like Danganronpa 2 more than Danganronpa, because of how clever this game twist my expectations created by first entry. It was both more of the same and something different at the same time. I ranked in #6 for the same reasons: I've played Danganronpa series in 2017, and since my memory is so fresh I had to subtract some points to make it fair against games I've played in 2014.


  • Its a very good game, but the reason i like danganronpa 1 more is because i figured it out at the beginning of 2, and wasn't nearly as surprised by the end as i was with danganronpa 1. I wonder if I'm a genius, or if everyone else found out right at the beginning as well.

  • @sunpraiser The ending of Danganronpa 2 was a total surprise for me.

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

    Its a very good game, but the reason i like danganronpa 1 more is because i figured it out at the beginning of 2, and wasn't nearly as surprised by the end as i was with danganronpa 1. I wonder if I'm a genius, or if everyone else found out right at the beginning as well.

    You're just the Ultimate Predictor ^^

    While I consider all of the Dangan games pretty close to one another, I prefered the first myself. I just felt it was the tighter and better crafted of those two, and ultimately a better 'who done it'.

  • I can't say anything more about Danganronpa than I have from the earlier entry. But I find it a little weird two games from the same franchise came out in the same year.

  • Yeeesh Mordor is one of my least favourite games of all time. Beyond surprised it made it into the top 10 BEST.