The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2000!



  • No One Lives Forever was a pretty good game. I was like "how did I not vote for that?" and then went back to check my list and was like, "oh yeah... that's why".
    2000 was stacked.

    Still haven't seen a game I voted for yet.



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  • This game is in such a crappy rights mess. Too bad, people loved it.



  • @sazime it really is a shame, I only played a little of it and I thought it was solid for a shooter of the time, but the setting is certainly one we could use more of.



  • One of my nominations!

    I had very little experience with shooters back then, but the good reviews and fun setting really appealed to me. It offers Austin Powers vibes combined with a "Strong Female Protagonist"™.

    The story and dialog were pretty entertaining (not sure how well it holds up today), the levels and objectives were varied and took you all over the world in classic James Bond fashion, and the gameplay was very solid, a mix of stealth, gadgets and straight-up shooting.

    I know the game got a sequel which was even better received but sadly never had the chance to try it out.

    THQ Nordic, rescue this IP please!



  • I played this game when i was pretty young (6-7 years old maybe), and i honestly can't remember much of the actual game (i haven't even learned English yet, my brother helped me understand the objectives and menus). I probably didn't finish the game. All i have is strong memories of falling in love with everything the game does, and getting banned for a month from video games because of how much i hogged the family PC. Ahh, good times. The game, i mean. That ban period was a nightmare.

    Anyways, since this game is in abandonware status, there's a website dedicated to making this game and all it's sequel available to everyone for free. Don't know if it's legal, but there you go. Look it up, it's definitely worth your time. I need to play it again, this time i'll might have a greater love for it since i can understand the story dialogs and such.



  • @sazime

    Not me, played it a couple years ago

    I like IS better than EP, but EP is still solid

    @SabotageTheTruth

    Have you played P2IS? I find innocent sin to be better than EP



  • @brannox It's certainly a game that benefits from its setting and main character. Otherwise it was solid, if not amazing.
    I mostly game it an honorable mention so people would remember the game.



  • @acardattack Yep! @michemagius reminded me it was available through Vita when these forums started and I basically bought a Vita just for that and a few other games. Considering I played EP so long ago, it's hard for me to say which I enjoyed more, but both are a good time.



  • Vagrant Story

    #15. Vagrant Story - 11 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (Crepe)
    #2: 0
    #3: 0
    #4: 2 (bam541, Inustar)
    HM: 2 (FF7Cloud, jipostus)

    Information

    Release date: May 15 [US], June 21 [EU]
    Developer: SquareSoft
    Publisher: SquareSoft
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • Ivalice is my favorite video game world and this game is just great the battling and the battle system is just so different and creative



  • I've heard so many great things about Vagrant Story but sadly, never had a chance to play it.



  • @sabotagethetruth with your love of tactics you'll love the references to that games characters that vagrant story makes.



  • @sabotagethetruth Same here, it's always intrigued me.

    Is it officially set in Ivalice or simply shares some similarities? Are there story elements or characters from FF XII?



  • @axel it is in ivalice and while there are locations mentioned that are in 12 no characters are, however there are references to Tactics Characters.



  • Vagrant Story is an interesting entry. I like the look of it, but the combat seems like something I wouldn't vibe with. Because this was an age of a plethora of JRPGs (mid 90s through the life of the sixth generation), I feel like this gets grouped into a set of games that are liked a lot, but are forgotten in the passage of time. Which is a shame because this is one of several I hear from around this time period that people want a remaster or new entry.



  • I started playing this game right at the beginning of the voting period of this list, and after playing a couple hours i voted it in just because of the cool presentation of the story (good cutscenes!), the dark vibes, and the combat system that i enjoyed at the time. After playing it more, the combat just turned me off slowly, it's very unique for sure but unfortunately it's not my cup of tea, i just felt that i never got any good at it and i didn't feel the desire to learn it either. Looking back, i wouldn't have voted for this at all if i actually played it more.

    It's definitely my mistake for voting too early, but i barely had enough games to vote on, the pressure got to me lol.


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    I really wanted to put Vagrant story on my list, but I havent played it "enough" to justify it over some of my other selections for this list.



  • Vagrant Story took a while to grow on me, but when everything clicked it was so satisfying.

    The way they decided to make the gameplay and story make sense with one another is still unlike any other RPG and the plot is well written. Also the score is great, and the whole package is so damn unique.

    The only unfortunate thing is that some of the good stuff is needlessly hidden. For example, there are at least two “secret “intro cutscenes that explain significant parts of the plot, but you’d never know about them without the internet. The mechanics are fun, but there is no in-game explanation as to how they work, (you literally need a guide to figure them out).

    Other than that, it’s my personal favorite RPG of all time, rivaled only by Suikoden 2 and Chrono Trigger.



  • Vagrant Story stands as the only JRPG my fiance has ever finished, and loves.
    I don't remember it well, but I do remember playing it when it came out and enjoying it.