The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!



  • @hidz said:

    I hope they'll make a non-VR compatible version of it in the future.

    That would ruin lots of the charm of the game even harder than porting Super Mario 3D World to Switch would. The design is the game is directly blended to the VR experience. That's why it is a significant release and not just another platformer locked behind VR. Hopefully over time VR gets better (makes less people sick) and cheaper though. If VR can stick around until most people own it and are used to it, even if they make better Astrobot games or other VR platformers going forward, this one will be worth going back for and hopefully stay compatible with the new systems.



  • Forza Horizon 4

    #16. Forza Horizon 4 - 13 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (MiserablePerson)
    #2: 1 (ShilentShniper)
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (ffff0)
    HM: 2 (Hazz3r, DIPSET)

    Information

    Release date: October 2 [US/EU]
    Developer: Playground Games
    Publisher: Microsoft Studios
    Genre: Racing
    Platform(s): Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review



  • I'm not a racing person, but Forza's presentation during E3, almost sold me on the game. It looks like something I can just turn off my brain and just ride around, having a good time. I guess the thing that keeps me from going in on this game is I'm worried it won't hold my interest for long. After taking part in a couple of races and driving around the map for awhile, I don't think it would provide enough enticing incentives to keep me going.

    Also, being an annualized franchise (Yes, I know its in name only as Horizon is more arcade-y while Motorsport is more simulation), gives me the same feelings Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, and the sports games give me.



  • Love 2D platformers, not so much on 3D. While Astro Bot isn't making that the best thing it was still good. The thing is after a 1st world I thought it was a good game and when I continued to go even deeper it just became amazing with mechanics and level design that made me laugh and feel like a kid again. It's a wonderful that you will appreciate when you have went through the whole journey. It is that good. Probably had the biggest impact on me last year and would be at the top were the other games not more to my tastes.



  • Yes, I'm so happy that Forza Horizon 4 made into Top 25! I know it's easy to dismiss Sports/Racing games if you aren't their fan, but Forza Horizon has much wider appeal. It has easily customizable difficulty and depth and a lot of stuff to do outside of racing, so if you don’t like racing games that much you would probably still enjoy Forza Horizon 4. It’s a warm blanked as Huber likes to say.



  • @brannox If you have PC or Xbox, buy GamePass when it's $1 for a month and just try this game. Even if you'll get bored after a couple of hours, it wouldn't be a huge money loss.



  • Suuuuch a good racing game! I was a huge fan of Need for Speed for such a long time, and never really got into the more "simulation" heavy racing games like Forza or Gran Turismo. I largely ignored the Forza franchise, even with the release of the Horizon games, and it wasn't until Forza Horizon 2 came out for free with an Xbox membership that I gave it a chance. I was quickly enamored, and after seeing the gameplay of Horizon 4, I decided I was all in and purchased the game at launch. Needless to say, Bloodworth's review was spot on, and now I am a true believer in Forza! What a dynamic and genuinely fun racing experience! I am a sucker for customization, and that coupled with the more arcade style of racing (compared to normal Forza games) and the beautiful and varied tracks, I can say I am fully invested. Horizon 4 strikes that perfect balance between realism and arcade fun. If you've been toying with the idea of playing it, I highly recommend giving it a chance.



  • Forza Horizon 4 is one of the best games released this year. It’s incredibly well made with a tonne to see and do and innovation out of the wazzoo. In some universe it rightly picked up several GOTYs.



  • I wish i had an Xbox or a good PC, i would eat this game up and never let go. Nothing else compares to the Horizon series these days, judging from all the gameplay i have seen. It's hard not to say that the devs truly care about the series, so it's not a surprise that they'll end up making something like this.



  • Honestly Horizon 4 is probably the closest game in ages to scratch my Burnout/NFS itch.
    Also the soundtrack doesn't mute itself during races (Why do you do that Codemasters?)



  • I really loved Xenoblade 2 and Torna is even better in a lot of ways. I thought the story and characters were fantastic and I also preferred the combat over the original.

    It would have easily been in my top 4 if it wasn't for the community levels. Being forced to level it up in order to continue the story was a real pain in the ass.


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    Horizon 4 almost made me go out and buy a xbox, I mean how good doesnt that game look!?

    I've always liked racing games and I used to play one of the early forza games on my original xbox back in the day.



  • This is an interesting contrast for me.

    Astro Bot Rescue Mission is genuinely a fantastic game. I hope more people get to check it out in future as for me it is pretty much perfect in what it sets out to do with that style of platformer. Linear levels with everything you have to collect being important (bots for the main mission and Chameleons for bonus levels). The game continues to innovate and be creative and it really only gets better. The boss fights in particular are just so much fun. And the bonus challenge levels are super fun and scratch that itch for people looking for more difficulty. I'm just going to say it even though I'm sure people will think I'm talking nonsense. This game is everything I wanted Super Mario Odyssey to be. Astro Bot absolutely delivers

    And to contrast that...

    Forza Horizon 4, I have really mixed feelings on this game. The E3 presentation was the best thing MS showed for me. The demo was very impressive and then I started to play the game fully. Initially I was having a very good time, it looks stunning and feels great. I really liked that you progress through the seasons, finishing with an exhibition race.
    However the more I played the more I just felt like I was being overwhelmed with things to do that didn't really seem worth doing. You're just constantly unlocking more races and more speed traps, jumps, etc but I didn't really see to what goal. Then it just started feeling fake to me, the exhibition races always seemed to just lead to the perfect moments no matter how good or bad you were doing.
    The most disappointing thing was the job type missions. I went straight to Stunt-driver hoping it'd be something like the game Stuntman but it was nothing like that. Mostly just drive here really fast or do a jump from the 5 missions I did.
    So once I did complete the Horizon festival and unlocked all the seasons so that they change every two weeks, I just never really felt any motivation to go back.
    It's weird as I think the core of the game is fantastic but I just found the whole thing to be very hollow



  • @lotias
    Honestly it's kinda the game that made me get mine, along with the other Horizon games.
    I just love I can go back and forth between Street, Circut, off road and what not with relative ease



  • I loved this game but didn't have any incentive to keep playing because the multiplayer was so botched and once you beat the SP races, it starts to feel samey. Its no GT Sport but I love its mix of arcade and sim.

    I essentially spent $170 on this game between the game and the Xbox controller for it. No regrets.

    EDIT:

    I echo @tokeeffe9 thoughts on FH4. I think he says it better than I did in my original post here. The reason its one of my Honourable Mentions is that when I was transfixed to the game, I felt some of the highest highs I've felt in gaming in a long time. This game feels like a serious rush of adrenaline when you first play it. Headphones, controller in hand, 60fps @ 1440p with the lights off, drum n bass music thumping over the engine. It's truly unreal. But the falloff I had with it is basically what Tok says. It happened after maybe 20h or less so I got my monies worth but I lost sight of any goal and once you have driven the map and unlocked a bunch of cars, I don't see the point in beating AI when we could be racing online.



  • Octopath Traveler

    #15. Octopath Traveler - 15 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (Axel)
    #2: 0
    #3: 3 (Shoulderguy, Sheria, Danjin44)
    #4: 0
    HM: 1 (MiserablePerson)

    Information

    Release date: July 13 [US/EU]
    Developer: Square Enix Business Division 11, Acquire
    Publisher: Square Enix, Nintendo
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review



  • Well my hopes seem to be gone for my GOTY, it's ok Valkyria Chronciles 4, I still love you even if nobody else does, you were a shining light in a year of with nothing much else interesting happening with JRPGs (yes very much firing shots at what I consider a bunch of not interesting titles).



  • Now that we have a Switch, I need to grab and plunk down time in this. So much there that is right up my alley.



  • Late, but my two cents. Ni no Kuni 2 kinda sucked. The characters didn't have as much depth as the ones in the first game, the story wasn't as interesting, it was too easy, and a ton of the music was just recycled from the first game.

    In a vacuum, I guess it's ok, but I really loved the first game, so this was the biggest disappointment to me this year.



  • Octopath Traveler is one of the coolest looking games I've ever seen. Sadly, with it being a Switch exclusive, I'm not able to play it. The Switch needs to have more to entice me to purchase it, and one game isn't enough. The battle system does make me a little concerned and the lack of cohesion from what I've heard when you have party members at certain times does throw things off a little. Still, this is a game I wouldn't mind trying someday.