The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!



  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the only game I have played in the series. It's turn-based style combat felt unique and the characters grew on me over time. I would have ranked it higher but I ran into too many bugs. My tank would get stuck on geometry or I would shoot an invisible wall. Which can be frustrating because VC4 is the type of game were one turn can decide the outcome. Despite the bugs. It's a fun game worthy of an honorable mention.



  • Woah, I was getting worried that Valkyria Chronicles 4 wouldn't make the cut, big shoutout to everyone who voted for it! The series have one of the best war stories out there. The story and characters in VC4 are amazing, the gameplay is so satisfying. I've seen people complaining about it's too similar to 1, but I don't mind it at all because this is just how VC is supposed to be, I'm looking at you Revolution!
    Sadly this is just an honorable mention for me, because there were other titles I enjoyed a bit more. It's a shame this game didn't get enough recognition in sales. I hope everyone will give this series a try in the future, you wont regret it!



  • Moment bard91 said it was their GOTY I knew it was in. Pleased it made into Top 10.
    I love how they made maps bigger and more fun it extra mechanics though lancers are pretty much useless now since grenadiers are much better and tanks only use one CP. Outside of story it improved from the previous games. I did like VC2 for it's branching classes and relationships in that but they did good here too with sidestories. Would have loved to have more maps with variations or weather affecting the map. Hard skirmishes are pretty brutal. Maxed out levels and still got downed in seconds so "taking the hits to make the play" is not advised.



  • WOOOOO!!!!

    I was not expecting a top 10 spot, but obviously I'm very glad to see it this high.

    The game is too similar to the original.

    I don't care

    It it kinda janky.

    I don't care

    The enemy AI is pretty bad

    I don't care

    You can cheat your way around most missions

    I don't care

    The tone of the game is not consistent.

    I don't care

    After a decade from the release of the first game, and the failure that was the spinoff I thought the series was forever dead, I'm so glad it got at least one more chance, and if anything the fact that it is similar to the original is a testament to me of how good VC was to begin with. Yes there are a ton of nit picks you could apply to the game, and there are clear areas of improvement but nothing else hits the tone VC does, also glad to see it above the other JRPGs of the year where I think it rightfully belongs.



  • I've already been on record elsewhere I don't care for Strategy games, so Valkyria Chronicles 4 never could appeal to me. While I do like some parts of the art style, that's really the only aspect about the game I seem to vibe with.



  • This one slipped through the cracks for me, it looks like something I'd enjoy very much but there's always another game, always something else that takes priority. I hope I find the time to get to it one day!



  • Sadly only did the first handful of missions before work schedule killed my sleep time , think the last thing that happened in VC4 was getting the dog.
    I am thinking of buying it again on Switch at some point so I'll probably jump into it again then.



  • Bring on the next hipster game.



  • Hipster game you say? @iboshow
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  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

    #8. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life - 22 points

    Votes

    #1: 2 (DIPSET, parasitepaladin)
    #2: 1 (Minamik)
    #3: 1 (Tearju Engi)
    #4: 1 (TokyoSlim)
    HM: 3 (Hidz, ACardAttack, iboshow)

    Information

    Release date: April 17 [US/EU]
    Developer: Sega
    Publisher: Sega
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review





  • Yakuza 6 is so good. Was worried that everyone would skip it since many haven't played previous ones like me but I just could not wait. Currently my 2nd favorite out of the four I have played. 0 is still the king for me.



  • @dmcmaster Not even a mention of that belongs in this thread.

    @TokyoSlim Oof, that's a bit rough on my tired eyes. Reminds me of Windows 95 days.



  • While I didn't care for the story as much as the first Valkyria Chronicles, any Valkyria Chronicles scratches the itch. Bring on 5!

    Yakuza 6: What else is there to say? Culmination! (Beat Takeshi doesn't hurt either)



  • If I had played it, I'm certain it would have been on my list. I started the series at 0, so I'm waiting for the 3-5 remasters to come to the west before I get to 6.



  • Looks like The Banner Saga 3 and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will not make it. Which is sad since they both are great mixes of deep strategy and gripping tale.
    Also it looks like that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will not make it, but at this point I've accepted that I'm the only one who thinks that it's the best 3rd person action game of 2018.

    And I'm starting to slightly worry about Assassin's Creed Odyssey.



  • I'm conflicted with Yakuza 6, I've played enough of them to know that I just don't like the games that much, but there are still aspects to them I enjoy and I do want to see how much progress was made with 6, may look into it at some point.



  • Yakuza 6 in the top 10 feels right. While Yakuza isn't for me, I respect how beloved the game is and I would go as far as to say it is currently Sega's most important franchise. That's right: In the modern day, Yakuza is more vital to Sega than Sonic.



  • I'm still yet to start Yakuza 6. Yakuza 2 was where it's at for me in 2018; It could end up topping it, but I just seem to doubt it.



  • I didn't play Yakuza 6 because like many others I started the series with Zero and don't feel like skipping 3-5.