The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2014!



  • #24 is someone's GotY. Very nice!

    I've played Valiant Hearts: The Great War when it came out, but it didn't resonate with me, so no points from me.



  • Not really for me that one, I'm also not a fan of the art style.


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    As others in this thread I have also forgotten about Valiant Hearts! Its one of those games I really wanted to play when they came out but for a reason or another didnt. The art style seems cool and I remember it getting some good reviews. I might give it a shot after I've finished GoW!



  • @axel I think the list would be a really good idea if it helps to give more games a platform to get noticed/remembered for these sort of lists (as long as it isn't too much of a hassle for yourself, or the person putting together a Top 'X' of 'Y' list). The 'subjectivity' issue could maybe be helped by having people in the early stages of voting recommend games to be added to the list in order to make sure "no game is left behind"?

    It could even be its own stage before voting starts? So like:

    • Day 1 - Thread goes up with Top 'X' idea and a preliminary list (50-100 games?!?). People give their suggestions of things to add to the list.
    • Day 2 - More game suggestions for the 'shortlist'.
    • Day 3 onwards - Voting starts for real...

    Maybe I'm thinking about this too much! :LL



  • I'm glad that Valiant Hearts made it in top 25. I played and enjoyed every single minute of it, sadly not my top 8 though.



  • I think at the time I wasn't ready for a super heavy game and decided to wait on Valiant Hearts and then just forgot about it, I think it is a game I would really like though so I will have to make sure it stays on my radar.



  • I remember being so moved at Valiant Hearts' reveal at Ubisoft's conference and was curious to try it, but the gameplay didn't really appeal to me. Happy to see it represented though, because I can still hear the tenor of that narration through time. Impactful.

    @Axel I think that's a great suggestion, but speaking only for myself, I would feel the need to completely look through the Wikipedia list myself so personally, I don't think it would matter to me, but I believe it would be an excellent resource.



  • I'm glad to see Valiant Hearts make the list. Its not a perfect game by any means, but it deserves recognition for taking a unique approach to telling a war story and doing so from a few different perspectives.



  • Destiny

    #23. Destiny - 10 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (thenerdtheword)
    #3: 1 (Brannox)
    #4: 1 (Fridge-man)
    HM: 1 (Hazz3r)

    Information

    Release date: September 9 [US/EU]
    Developer: Bungie
    Publisher: Activision
    Genre: First-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • ewww .



  • Full disclosure: I only played FIVE games from 2014. As I looked through the full list of games, I became concerned I couldn't fill enough of the slots. But for Destiny specifically, This is not lower because one of my favorite gaming memories recently is me and three friends pulled an all nighter, something that never happens what with everyone having lives. It's not higher because I have a lot of issues. I'm not going to list them but my biggest complaints:

    Story is bland
    Hate the loot grind
    Locales are not compelling
    A lot of reliance of others



  • These bottom parts are always some of my favorites since it's almost like a race to see if my underdogs squeaked in or if something I was really hoping would place higher got the shaft. Most years you can kinda predict the top 10, even if not the order of them, but the next 15 or so can be totally up in the air.



  • It's a fun game, i'll admit. It's funny (and kinda sad) that this game is actually better compared to the sequel.



  • I was very in on Destiny 1.0
    I bought the LE boxed set, played through all the stories, missions, strikes, and etc. Got involved in farming loot cave... etc. I only got into the Vault of Glass once, and never finished it, but it was cool.

    I guess they lost me at the first major set of patches and the TTK expansion. I am not onboard with forced expansion. The fact that they were locking parts of the base game away that I'd already been playing - behind an expansion paywall did not sit well with me. Also, they took away my Dinklebot.
    Dislike!

    I kind of felt like Destiny burned me. Buying into it initially is probably my biggest gaming regret, and I haven't purchased another "expensive" boxed set like that since.



  • I played the Destiny demo then tried it on PS3 at my friends and I have to say it is one of the most boring games I've ever played. Not surprised it's on the list because the popularity of this game was substantial but I really found it to be hollow and void of any diversity whatsoever.

    There was a boss that took forever to kill (I think the game had an early issue where the recommended level was actually too low for what the boss requires) and we shot this spider robot for roughly 10 min until he died, then immediately after there was another bullet sponge boss who was a floating purple eye ball which also took 10 min. It was essentially clip after clip after clip for 20 min.



  • I sunk 80 hours in the first Destiny and quite a bit more after the Taken King expansion. With all of that time and effort, I wish I had something positive to say about it, but I feel like it is one of the biggest wastes of time I have ever encountered in my life. Everything felt like constant homework and the major killer for me was that the world felt so dull and lifeless. If it wasn't for the fact that my friends were playing quite a bit of it, I wouldn't have clocked in that many hours, but I'm glad we all eventually moved onto greener pastures. Feels really strange that my most played game of 2014 didn't even make my initial list of 15 games I felt were worthy for me to nominate for this collaboration.



  • @sabotagethetruth

    A few years ago, basically after graduating high school, I've learned to cut my losses and save time when I'm not enjoying something because life is way too short. Some games take a while to warm up to, sometimes even 30-ish hours. Regardless, if I think it's a time waste out the gate, I'll probably drop it.

    Video games haven't been as bad as movies for me. I used to go see anything at the movies if it seems remotely interesting but I find myself hating almost everything and I go like 2-3 times a year now. Can't say I regret it.



  • @dipset I'm generally the same way too, which is why Destiny is a unique case. If I didn't have a friend or two that really, really loved the game, I would have been able to walk away a little easier, but peer pressure is the most persuasive pressure out there!



  • @sabotagethetruth This is where I'm currently at with Destiny. If my friends one day, out of the blue said, "Yo, Destiny. Now." I'll hop on. But I don't think I'll ever boot up the game again on my own.



  • It seemed like I always had a friend or two on Destiny for quite a long time following release. I saw it in a Redbox during launch week, so I figured I may as well try it out. It never really hooked me, and I was able to “finish” all the campaign missions in those two days and felt that’s all I needed. If ya’ll have the option, Redbox can be a good way to test out a game at launch relatively cheaply and see if it’s something you’d like to purchase.