The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2000!

  • If Team Fortress Classic was eligible, I would have voted for it. Alas, I could never get into Counterstrike during the period of my life where I had time to play such time commitments. Compared to TFC, the quick time to death of CS turned me off and I missed my beloved classes and emphasis on team roles and ongoing social contact with your online stranger friends (you respawn during TFC matches, but not CS matches). Later I learned to respect Counterstrike vicariously from those who were able to get into it and relayed to me what they enjoyed.

    So even though to this day I see Counterstrike as the more popular "rival team" to the other multiplayer Half-Life 1 mod/mode that I personally preferred, I am glad it made it on the list.

  • SSX

    #19. SSX - 10 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (Crepe)
    #4: 2 (Sunpraiser, SabotageTheTruth)
    HM: 3 (DIPSET, Inustar, Bigdude1)


    Release date: October 26 [US], November 24 [EU]
    Developer: EA Canada
    Publisher: EA Sports BIG
    Genre: Snowboarding
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2



  • SSX! Interesting. While I remember playing a snowboarding game when I was much younger, I can't remember what it was called, so I've convinced myself it was SSX. While I'm really not as much into action sports as I was, I still appreciate the sport, and seeing it video game form was really neat (same can be said for BMX and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater).

    Now that the Hype Master has willed into existence his favorite franchises, I wonder if he could lend his magic in bringing back this franchise as well...

  • Never played it, but I watched the Kyle streams a few months back and the game looked really good. A lot of charm, heart and innovation, must have been a blast back in the day, I'm not surprised to see it in the list, I actually expected it a bit higher.

  • I missed out on this series, would love to see a remaster or something along those lines.

  • I remember opening SSX on Christmas, and I couldn't believe the graphics or how smooth the gameplay was. At that time, It felt like an anomaly for the genre.

  • Another one where I never played the original but adore Tricky and SSX3.

    Also very happy to see Dino Crisis 2 made it on the list. As a kid who couldn't get enough dinosaurs I rented this game a bunch of times. I still weirdly remember the ending to it. Give us a new game Capcom, I dare you!

  • SSX was such a great game, i thought it could have broken the top 10. it definitely was widely successful and very fun

  • SSX 1 to SSX On Tour were staples of my child hood. I really really miss this era of big budget arcade style games that appeal to kids and adults. It was another sleepover with friends game. The character designs were so cool, but the voices and writing was pretty weird.

    Great memories.

  • SSX and SSX Tricky were games I never knew I needed until I rented them and I just remember devouring them up at the time. After watching Kyle play through the series again, it's one of the few EA franchises where I'm chomping at the bit for more of.

  • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

    #18. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment - 10 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (SabotageTheTruth)
    #3: 0
    #4: 2 (NeoCweeny, E_Zed_Eh_Intern)
    HM: 2 (bard91, ACardAttack)


    Release date: December 22 [US]
    Developer: Atlus
    Publisher: Atlus
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation, PSP



  • Persona 2 is my least favorite game in the franchise but it's still Persona so.... I still dig it on a lot of levels. Your party isn't a bunch of high schoolers, the music is great (per usual), and the rumor system is an interesting mechanic I'd love to see adopted in Persona 6 or a spin-off. It's a strange game though since the West never saw the first part of it (Innocent Sin) until much, much later, so a lot of things don't make complete sense. Maya is one of the better protagonists in the history of the series though. Hard to recommend these days unless you're majorly in love with SMT as a whole but worth checking out if that love is strong.

    I know this community has a surplus of Persona fans but normally the older games get looked down on, so I wasn't expecting it to place. I especially wasn't expecting it to top something like SSX.

  • Alright everyone who voted for Persona 2, hot many of you played it when it came out? I'm really curious if anyone did. I knew nothing of the series until Persona 4: Golden.

  • @sazime I did! The rental store near us for some reason really focused in hard on PS1 RPGs, so I got to play a lot of classics like Xenogears and Breath of Fire, despite my family not really having a lot of cash. I actually have a lot of memories playing the first Persona with my mom but we could never finish the final boss (something I rectified later on in life). For whatever reason, she wasn't really interested in the second game but I did play it on release by myself - can't say I got extremely far though because it's much more difficult than the first and a certain museum fire section absolutely destroyed me. I eventually bought a copy in my teens and went through it. I have a fond memory of going to pick up Persona 3 at a midnight release completely decked out in a suit, with absolutely no one else in the store being there for that game. I feel like a lot of people in the EZA community first heard of Persona from Ben, so I'm grateful for that; this series is really something special.

  • @sabotagethetruth

    Man the days of video rentals can shape what somebody ends up interested in for years to come. I wish kids these days had that opportunity to pick up a rental at the store.

    As per Persona 2, I love the idea of it. I played the intro on a Raspberry Pie with my coworkers at lunch. The tone was really great and I liked the look and everything. Problem is that I don’t think I have a game of that length in me, especially since I hear the story goes off the rails. Is it really a game that’s approachable today?

  • I didn't like Persona 1 or 2. They just played like slow, lame SMT games. Haven't got around to 3 through 5, which I understand are a lot more gratifying and unique.

  • @sazime I didn't vote for it, but I touched it when it came out. IIRC, both of the first Persona's were extremely rare when they came out and I knew a friend of a friend of a friend who had both. That was awesome to me back then.

  • @sazime nope! I only discovered the series maybe a year or 2 before you but have since played through all numbered entries - plus a bunch of SMT games. I played this maybe 4 years ago and thought it really held up, but then I'm old. Playing back-to-back with IS, I thought all the carryover was cool. I just wish I could have carried over my save. Truth be told, I got burned out about 3/4 through and didn't finish this one but had a blast up until then.

  • I didn't know Persona's history was so long! That goes to show just how much of a force it's been since 3 and 4.

    Of all the entries revealed so far, it's the biggest struggle to think of something to comment on, so I'll have to end it here.

  • @sazime certainly not me, I started with the first version of 3 and since it is my favorite franchise I played through all of them once I got them for Vita, 2 is game I didn't have a lot of fun playing but it still a very interesting story and really good elements to it, many SMT fans would call me crazy but in reality the game is just not a lot of fun unless you don't mind the clunkiness, I did but I put up with it because I wanted to play the game.

    Glad to see it did actually make the list I wasn't sure it would actually be the case.