The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!

  • @dipset I feel like a lot of that story and sub story repetition stuff is the constraints of remaking the story. They didn't want to cut to much out, but they obviously don't have the budget or time to do the full Y6 treatment to Y2k

    But it makes me excited for Judgment and Shin Yakuza.

  • Banned

    I'm just going to put it out there that I regret not voting for OnRush in some capacity.
    Amazing game.

  • @tokyoslim

    I don't even know what Shin Yakuza is. Time to Google!

    I am very excited for Judgement. I hope it takes the series in an entirely different direction and doesn't feel like a re-skin which is my number one concern. It's too hard to tell at the moment with limited reporting in the west. I still want fights and melodrama but maybe lets add some courtroom drama in there kinda thing. Otherwise, I can't get too hyped about another game in the same city on the same engine.

  • @dipset I agree but we should not forget Kiwami 2 is a remake of an old game then again I prefer 1 over 2 just because it was more focused in storytelling. Thus it wasn't in my GOTY list unless I put it in HM.

  • @dipset Shin Yakuza is the colloquial name for the next Yakuza game with the new protagonist. (Yakuza 7) The guy in the purple suit that got introduced a while back.

  • @tokyoslim
    I believe he's just the MC for the online game in Japan

  • Banned

    If there is ever a Sega VS Capcom my team will be Mr. Shakedown and Mr. X..

  • @el-shmiablo Ryo and Ryu would be cool but mine would probably Ulala and Chris beating enemies on her beat.

  • My team would consist of Segata Sanshiro and no one else

  • @dmcmaster nope. He's the protagonist of the new game as well.

    Ichiban Kasuga[1] is the protagonist of Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku and is set to appear in Ryu Ga Gotoku Online.

  • @el-shmiablo Last year was too good. No matter what we vote for, there's going to be things we regret not voting for. Think lots of my picks aren't making it, but still happy to throw coins in the fountain.

  • @dipset As I understand, they did not discuss Yakuza 6 because only Huber had played it, as Brad and Ben are following the remakes. They want there GOTY nominees to be the games that they played as a group.

    I imagine if Kiwami 2 had not also come out this year, then they would have nominated Yakuza 6 in its place.

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    #7. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 23 points


    #1: 2 (Exist 2 Inspire, ShilentShniper)
    #2: 1 (ffff0)
    #3: 0
    #4: 2 (Inustar, Faaip)
    HM: 5 (A7X458, Alex840, Sazime, Sentinel Beach, DMCMaster)


    Release date: October 5 [US/EU]
    Developer: Ubisoft
    Publisher: Ubisoft
    Genre: Action role-playing, Stealth
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows


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  • I don't know why I don't get sick of the AC games, but I don't. I've beat every one of them (except Rogue, but I just picked it up), and I will keep playing them until the end of time, probably.

  • I've played all mainline Assassin's Creed games, because for me this franchise is a warm blanket: I love 3rd person action games that aren’t very challenging, I enjoy learning about real world's history and architecture and I like stealth. Yet I wasn’t ready for Odyssey.

    Typically in Assassin’s Creed game I complete the main story, do some side quests and clear some locations. In Origins I’ve cleared the whole map after I finished the game. In Odyssey, my desire to see the world was so strong, that in the middle of chapter 3 I’ve started my 80-hours journey across the Ancient Greece.

    And what a journey it was! I’ve visited many historical landmarks, saw countless beautiful vistas, helped lots of people and slayed even more enemies. But most importantly, I growed as a character. Early on the world outside of Kefalonia felt enormous and dangerous. Then, as I explored, I was getting a better understanding of the place and slowly gaining courage and skills to deal with wildlife, soldiers and eventually mercenaries. And by the end of my journey I felt that this world is mine and I can easily deal even with several hostile mercenaries simultaneously. Of course it’s all about leveling up and unlocking skills, but it matched perfectly with Kassandra, who changed from just a girl from remote island to a legend that even greatest generals don't want to have as an enemy.

    The story was also a huge surprise, because for the first time in Assassin’s Creed game I cared about my character and wanted her to succeed. I liked that both killing and helping other people felt right at home. And the ending of a questline that starts and ends in Volcanic Islands region has one of the best payoffs I’ve ever seen in an RPG. I will not go into spoilers here, especially because it most likely will not be that impressive without the journey to get it.

    Finally, this game has so many details that it truly feels alive. Underwater is full of stuff even in places you have no reason to dive. Nature changes smoothly as you climb the mountains. Murders in Olympia has severe consequences, going over the hill from shadowy side to sunny side feels appropriately majestic and water looks unbelievably real. I could go on and on, but this post is already too long. I love this game.

    P.S. It’s my #2 because Detroit surprised me multiple times even beyond 1st playthrough, while I have no desire to restart Assassin's Creed Odyssey from the beginning. At least at the moment.

  • Is this the first multiple GOTY votes

  • @iboshow Yakuza 6 also had 2 at #1

  • @tearju-engi lol, the game before.

  • I really liked Kassandra and appreciated the fact that they'd added way more RPG elements to the game, especially the dialogue choises. Other than that, though, I liked Origins and Egypt more (and I've actually placed it retroactively as my GOTY 2017). But still, I really enjoy AC games in general every time and Odyssey is a fantastic representative of the series, so it was an easy HM for 2018.

  • Banned

    I really desperately want to play ACO as my love for the ancient Greece setting knows no boubds, but my backlog is absolutely massive and there are so many other games I also want to play, so I'm holding off for a bit.
    When we get to #1 I'll elaborate on why I love Ancient Greece so much.