The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2000!

  • @axel As the sole person to put Perfect Dark as their number 1, I feel the need to extol its virtues. Or maybe instead of proselytizing the game, I feel I should at least take the biggest initiative with regards to providing warmth and comfort for everyone who has posted comments of appreciation for Perfect Dark. For those who don't understand the situation, it is like this: Goldeneye has so overwhelmingly overshadowed Perfect Dark in both popularity and remembrance that fans of PD are somewhat of a minority subgroup who often feel a kinship and a need to band together. (Calling out @E_Zed_Eh_Intern @Oscillator @NeoCweeny @Hidz @Inustar @Bigdude1 @Ringedwithtile @DIPSET and anyone else!) Luckily, someone else on the internet has already created a 44 minute loving thesis for Perfect Dark, which I will present below and hope other fans find to be suiting tribute:

    Giving Perfect Dark the Recognition it Deserves
    Youtube Video

    I've watched this video 3 or so times now, so... consider checking it out even if it is just the first 16 minutes!

    Finally, I don't know if @Brandon Jones checks in on the forums that often, but I can at least tag him now and hope one day it might rise to his attention.

  • Jet Set Radio

    #8. Jet Set Radio - 21 points


    #1: 2 (Hanabi, Ringedwithtile)
    #2: 2 (TokyoSlim, FerrisK96)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 3 (Enzo88, Hidz, CptCobblePot)


    Release date: October 30 [US], November 24 [EU]
    Developer: Smilebit
    Publisher: Sega
    Genre: Platform, Action, Sports
    Platform(s): Dreamcast



  • This game's controls aren't perfect it's just so satisfying to tag up Tokyo-to while one of the best soundtracks by the best video game composer plays. I love the street culture style this game has and I'm a sucker for more arcadey games so the time attack way levels play out where you have to be mindful of the best tagging routes and Onishima at the same time just really appeals to me. I think everything I love about Sega can be distilled by this game and its characters; they're rough around the edges but those punks have a heart of gold.

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  • And another surprise in terms of place! I was expecting this to be in the top 5, but I can only guess that not as many played it because of the console it called home. Still, I find Jet Set Radio to be an intriguing concept and it's a franchise I feel like has some potential.

  • The last 7 are gonna be really tight. If they are what I think they are, then they are all phenomenal in their own right.

  • I expect my top three to rank. Parasite Eve 2 has passed sadly I feel, but if Thief 2 doesn't rank, that's extremely sad.

  • I tried this game not too long ago (about 2-3 months ago), and i absolutely despise the controls. I just can't stomach more than 3 hours of playtime, it feels too stiff and cumbersome for me personally. Which is a shame, because i love how the game looks and feels, the vibes are psychedelically lovely, and the soundtrack is pretty good too.

  • Love the dreamcast love!

  • I did not expect Jet Set Radio or Perfect Dark at all. Not because they aren't great, but more so because Dreamcast and the N64 expansion pak (sic) were not super popular.

    Or, at least I didn't think they were that popular.

  • Diablo II

    #7. Diablo II - 25 points


    #1: 1 (Sazime)
    #2: 1 (Capnbobamous)
    #3: 3 (Axel, Lotias, Sunpraiser)
    #4: 0
    HM: 7 (bard91, TokyoSlim, Crepe, Hidz, bam541, jipostus, Bigdude1)


    Release date: June 29 [US], June 30 [EU]
    Developer: Blizzard North
    Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    Genre: Action role-playing, Hack and slash
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X



  • And one of what I consider the five most "main-stream known" games has made its appearance! Diablo II, from what I've seen, is lauded as the preferred entry in the series. Because I don't game on PC, I've never played this, and while the click and loot loop is just a little simple for my tastes, I like the setting well enough to overlook that.

    But most importantly!.......


  • Yeeeeeaaaaah! I played so much Diablo 2 and Diablo 3. I miss the variety of the skill tree in 2, but 3 has been a blast for all of the hundreds of hours I've played it.

  • One of the computers in the very back corner of my middle school computer room had Diablo II installed for some reason, and that was my first encounter with this game. The thick and brooding atmosphere is what i remember the most about it. The dated graphics helped the creepy atmosphere, in a way. Even the UI and menu design kinda creeps me out a bit. I haven't played much of it (maybe 5 hours total?), so I can't vote it too high.

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    There comes my first Entry! Really enjoyed this game and got many fun memories from this. It has a good balance between action and adventure. I still havent touched the third entry, but Im not sure I really want to.

  • @sheria said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2000!:

    Thief 2

    Yeah probably will, I didnt vote for it

    I had trouble playing it, the levels were horribly lighted/too dark on my computer..perhaps now that I have a gaming PC it would be worth checking out again

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

    #6. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 - 28 points


    #1: 1 (DIPSET)
    #2: 2 (Hazz3r, Bigdude1)
    #3: 3 (Exist 2 Inspire, bam541, A7X458)
    #4: 0
    HM: 6 (Lotias, Crepe, naltmank, Ringedwithtile, tokeeffe9, CptCobblePot)


    Release date: September 20 [US], September 29 [EU]
    Developer: Neversoft
    Publisher: Activision
    Genre: Extreme sports
    Platform(s): PlayStation, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, OS X



  • I've only played 3 and THUG2 personally but I feel like this game would easily make my list if I gave it a go based solely on how much I love those two.

  • A life changing series. I skate to this day, I went to university for media production because I was inspired by skate videos (Yeah Right!, Mouse, Fully Flared, BAKER 3, list goes on), I listen to punk, metal, hip hop, and uhhhh I play great video games. THPS2 is one of the best games ever made in my opinion. The series kept getting better ranging from THPS on PS1 all the way to Tony Hawk's American Wasteland at the bitter end of the PS2 cycle.

    This series has an untouchable flow and combo system and the foundation was laid in this game. I have to give it credit for a lot of great gameplay decisions, but one underappreciated thing is that when you press the START button, the menu appears fast. In a game about action and reaction, being able to jump into the menu and restart is such an important thing that sports games and arcade games still don't get right today. Those little details were more important when individual challenges were introduced in THPS4, but there was a lot of just sheer clean functionality in the THPS series.

    Neversoft are underrated. I miss them, but if they were around today they would probably be making Call of Duty which I don't exactly care for.

    This soundtrack >>

    Youtube Video

    Youtube Video