The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2014!

  • Fun fact. I grew to HATE playing Danganronpa 2 until about 3/4ths of the way through the game. I don't know if it was because I played it back to back with THH or if it was something else but I got very very annoyed with 2. I connected with the characters way less and found the trials more frustrating (they took twice as long as the first game) BUT the ending made it all worth it. I loved the game by the time I was done. It's probably overall the superior game but I had a more enjoyable experience with the first one, which is why it placed higher on my list.

  • Hopefully I will be starting Danganronpa soon

  • Dark Souls II

    #7. Dark Souls II - 24 points


    #1: 3 (Faaip, FF7Cloud, Billy)
    #2: 1 (PepeElToro805)
    #3: 1 (NeoCweeny)
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (Jipostus, Chocobop)


    Release date: March 11 [US], March 14 [EU]
    Developer: FromSoftware
    Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


    GT Review

  • Never played it. lol

  • And Dark Souls II makes its appearance! I surprised it didn't place in the top five. It's well established I'm not into Souls/Borne, therefore I cannot comment on the game personally. The only funny anecdote I have is I have a friend who loves the series prefers DS II over III when I've seen consensus opinion that III is superior because Miyazaki wasn't the director for II. I forget the reasons as to why he enjoys II more, but from an outsider's view, I find that funny considering I have no opinion on the matter.

  • Wooooowwwwwww! You guys are KILLING me. Dark Souls II was one of the most disappointing sequels I've ever played. Beat it again last year because I thought I was possibly too harsh on it, but NOPE! I ended up disliking it waaaaaaay more than I originally did.

  • @dipset More disappointing than Devil May Cry 2?

  • @dipset I feel the same way. I LOVED the first game, and i while i enjoyed DS2, it's doesn't stand a chance against it's predecessor. The world design feels way less interesting for me, both in how it looks and how it plays out. It just feels more like a bunch of videogame levels than an actual messed-up world like in DS1, and it's doesn't feel as rewarding to explore. The bosses are boring and way too easy. I beat the early 4 bosses in 1 or 2 tries, and i can't say i'm good at the game. I stopped playing shortly after meeting the Ruin Sentinels, that boss just felt way too cheap and stupid for me. The regular enemies aren't that interesting too.

    I lost all interest in playing the Dark Souls games after this, mainly because this game made me lost interest in the world of Dark Souls. Dark Souls III looks like a better game from what i have seen, but i don't really want to play it. I already played Dark Souls 1 and loved it anyway, so i don't feel the need to play more.

  • Dark Souls 2 is better than Bloodborne.

    Yeah I said it.

  • Where's the down vote button

  • Completely forgot that Dark Souls 2 originally released in 2014, Probably would have gotten my 3 or 4 spot.

    While Dark Souls 2 does fail in regards to the more important aspects of a Souls Game like Enemy, Boss (seriously, how many guys in armour do you need?), and World Design, there are some things that Dark Souls 2 does better than its predecessor.

    Covenants were much improved over the predecessor. With a stronger focus on them and improved networking meant that it was a more reliable experience overall. Something that is only now being addressed in the Dark Souls 1 Remaster.

    Magic. They got Magic 'right' in Dark Souls 2. It was still powerful enough to justify the disadvantage of not being all that good with martial weapons, but Dark Souls 2 was the end of over-powered Magic builds.

    Powerstance. By far my favourite addition to the game. Powerstance improved the moveset of dual-wielding by allowing you to switch to a different stance by holding the Triangle Button. This allowed you to access a different set of moves on the fly depending on your build and the type of weapons that you're holding. They came with their own problems of course, Powerstance Rapiers on a High Dex build was very powerful, but it was a breath of fresh air and brought some much needed variety to the PvP scene.

    DLC. The DLC in Dark Souls 2 is INCREDIBLE. They really take advantage of the modular nature to take you to some unique and strange locales. Walking up that chain in Crown of the Old Iron King is one of my favourite points in the entire series.

  • Didn't people go through any game list from '14 before voting? I've seen way too many posts in this thread saying "man, I totally forgot this and that". These kind of things require a thorough examination before handing out one's votes. This is important, dammit! slams table

  • @sentinel-beach Went through the list on Wikipedia, but that things a big wall of text. Bound to miss some stuff.

  • I can't decide if i think it's a boring game, or if my love for dark souls 1, dark souls 3 and bloodborne is tainting this game for me. Either way, I don't like it very much, which is why it didn't make my list.

  • I love Dark Souls 2. It should have been on my list to be honest.

  • Haha... these things shouldn't bother me but seeing what's been getting ahead of Alien Isolation is upsetting.

  • At the risk of losing the little credibility I have here, Dark Souls 2 is my favorite game of all time.

  • I see the Dark Souls II hate is still strong..

    I enjoyed it quite a bit. I do think its the weakest in the series but I also appreciate some of the changes it made to the formula and some of the risks it took. My gripes mostly lie with the lazy feeling world design (BB and DS3 struck a nice balance between DS1 open world and Demon's world choices) and uneven difficulty. The areas felt "artificially" difficult by placing tons of enemies in your path while the bosses felt pretty easy overall..

    I enjoyed the addition of dual wielding and thought it added some interesting choices for character building. I also thought some of the set pieces were cool and loved the section where you go back in time or whatever to the battles in the locations you had just explored. I also thought the DLC areas were great and had some of the best bosses in the game. 2014 was a pretty weak year for me (even though I haven't played most of the games listed here) so DSII still ranks as my favorite of the year.

    Also a quick note on Shadow of Mordor. I thought it was ok.. I didn't care much about the story but had fun running around and killing orcs. I ended up playing through the DLCs that were included and finding all the stuff on the map. I'll probably pick up Shadow of War eventually

  • @bam541

    Dude I agree with you AND some. People criticize the level design of DkS 2 which is true, but this game is mediocre across almost all fronts. It's just plain UGLY. The graphics were somehow worse than the original game. The lighting is an atrocity where dark areas look noisy and grey, and somehow, entirely visible. I'd say only one level has atmosphere. One MAYBE two bosses are creative.

    Upon my replay of DkS2 last year, my roommate opted to go full magic and he actually beat the entire game just spamming magic spells. Rarely swung his sword and I mean RARELY. This game is flawed across the board.

    It is the definition of a pleasantly mediocre game depending on your patience levels and how much you can tolerate very ugly aesthetics. Some people do not mind the art style so they probably enjoy it more, but I feel offended even looking at some levels.