The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!

  • 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

  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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


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


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


    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.

  • Kiwami 2 is undoubtedly more "complete” than 6, (since it came out after) but I loved the new setting and characters in 6, and the new eating mechanics (that were later used in Kiwami 2) and new mini games were what made it stand out for me. I've seen Kamurocho and Sotenbori a lot over the past few years. Onomichi is a fresh take. Also, the story is emotionally more fulfilling, IMO, since it's the end of Kiryu's arc.

    Why it wasn't 2nd or 3rd on my list is that there's a couple of things that didn't really work for me:

    Kamurocho is, due to the new engine, missing locations, mini games, and etc, though there is increased verticality and new physics and mechanics. I think the fighting feels better than ever, but some of the styles from previous games are also lacking. So what should be a massive improvement feels kinda like a lateral move.

    The brief part of the game where Haruto won't stop crying gave me anxiety.

    Clan creator is kind of broken, and maybe not all that fun.

    Other than those minor issues, one of the best of the year. I rated it higher than Kiwami 2 because I enjoyed the new story more than the remake of an old story.

  • I wish it scored higher but Yakuza 6's omission from most GOTY discussions in 2018 was outright trifling. When a game like RDR2 can get infinite praise for its massive open world, Yakuza 6 needs praise for its massively detailed limited open world. I rarely waste times in games anymore but I spent countless hours roaming Tokyo and Hiroshima with my cell phone camera trying to get a nice composition or a portrait photo of somebody in their element.

    Taking a walk to the top of the mountain just to look down over the city feels like virtual tourism. Yakuza has always striven for photo-realism, but the new engine built ground up for PS4 makes you feel like a real life tourist in a real life city who also happens to get in frequent brawls with criminal goons. My roommate who has spent a lot of time in Japan was blown away by this game, gripped by the smallest things like the convenience stores.

    I also loved Kiwami 2, but there is a certain vibe Yakuza 6 takes on by having roughly half the game centre around a quiet town with an ongoing theme of love, life, and time passed. This theme of love and family ties goes into the sub-stories too. A family bond forms by bringing a rag-tag baseball team into a competitive power house. One story is about the town bonding over their mascot, another involves that mascot helping a little girl face her fears. There are sub-stories you get from becoming a bar fly at the local watering hole where you listen to the woes of middle aged men who drink their worries away as they age on and face new challenges.

    I have to say Yakuza 6 is one of the most fully formed, coherent and unified games I've played in a long time.