The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!

  • @hanabi That's alright. You can join me in the corner over there while I play some more Taiko no Tatsujin, lol.

  • @iboshow while I disagree with the specific order they ended up in, I'm very happy that 2 Yakuza titles made the top 10. What a world!

    Like... Six years ago or something, we didn't think we'd get any more of these games in the West.

  • I think none of my honorable mentions are making the list at this point, and I'm not terribly surprised except for one, maybe two of them. In particular I'm mildly disgusted at my fellow forum members in this community that the main one I expected didn't make it at all. Likewise, one of my top 4 won't be making it, but I knew that when I voted and didn't expect others to back me up on it so no biggie there. Looking at the list so far, surprised to see lots of stuff that made it somehow. There's some cool stuff I didn't think about when I voted, some tough cuts I went without when I was narrowing my votes down, and of course a couple things I don't agree with, but that's the nature of these things I suppose. For how stacked last year was, I think we're ending up with a decent enough list, major snubs aside.

  • @iboshow said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!:

    I'm upset that six is lower and a better game

    And if 6 was lower, I'd have felt the same was as I felt 2 was the better game, 6 is my least favorite of the main line games, still good, but still my least favorite

  • @iboshow

    In regards to the sci-fi stuff, I also like it. It was like a carrot on a stick in the first two games. Little glimpses of how it might culminate. It's my understanding that Patrice D├ęsilets and Jade Raymond intended a trilogy. I think people's disdain for the modern day things was because it flew off the rails.

    I always imagined game three would be modern day. A culmination against the modern day templars. It never happened.

  • WOAH! So we DID split the vote on Yakuza this year.

    I was sure Kiwami 2 wasn't going to appear because people agree that Yakuza 6 is superior. I'm VERY surprised Kiwami 2 ended up this high.

    EDIT: Even on our own poll Y6 got 2 GOTY and Y2K got 0. Weird but crazy to see 2 Yakuza games in top 10.

  • @dipset probably because not many played Yakuza 6 and both are good and popular among us nowadays.

  • What I said regarding Yakuza for the Song of Life's entry also applies here, so I'm not going to belabor the point further.

    @ffff0 I really enjoy it when you bring these things to their attention! One of my favorite question types in the Q&A.

  • @Dipset @parasitepaladin @Minamik @tokyoslim @Tearju-Engi all either rated Yakuza 6 higher or did not rate Yakuza 2 Kiwami

    @ACardAttack @Sheria @Capnbobamous @Exist-2-Inspire @Axel @SunPraiser @Hidz all either rated Yakuza 2 Kiwami higher or did not rate Yakuza 6.

    @iboshow had both as Honorable Mentions.

  • I'm trying to limit myself to one Yakuza game a year and since I finished the first Kiwami last year, I didn't get around to playing Kiwami 2 and 6 will have to wait until I've finished everything up until that point. Clearly the series doesn't need my votes to receive recognition though and I always like seeing it get the attention it deserves.

  • @sabotagethetruth You're never going to catch up that way.

  • @tokyoslim I'd rather play the slow game than get burnt out and as long as I don't die in the next few years, I'll at least get to finish up all the Kiryu chapters.

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    #5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 30 points


    #1: 1 (El Shmiablo)
    #2: 1 (Hanabi)
    #3: 2 (Capnbobamous, DMCMaster)
    #4: 6 (Guthwulf, NeoCweeny, Bigdude1, AbsoluteUppercut, bard91, MiserablePerson)
    HM: 3 (Inustar, Nimbat1003, parasitepaladin)


    Release date: December 7 [US/EU]
    Developer: Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Studios
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Fighting
    Platform(s): Nintendo Switch


    EZA Review

  • About Yakuza Kiwami 2, I was very pleasantly surprised after being disappointed by Kiwami 1. The game is more gorgeous, detailed and photo-realistic than ever and I quite enjoyed the story (although it's a bit ridiculously heavy on plot twists near the end).

    I'm still not a big fan of the combat system though, it's serviceable but not something I ever feel like I'm getting better at. That's the major thing that stops the game from ranking higher for me, even though the vibes of the games are top notch and it's probably one of my favourite game worlds overall. I'm also starting to feel the repetition of the formula, those games are all very, very similar to each other, even the side-quests themes tend to repeat themselves from game to game.

    I still love it but I'm now a lot more excited to play Judgement than any other Yakuza game, it should at least offer something fresh while keeping the ingredients we love. We need more games with this much heart and soul!

  • Wow! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate made it into top 25. Is this the first time multiplayer-focused game is recognized by us?

  • So I just realized the Shadow of the Colossus remake didn't make the cut, which is a big ol' shame. Probably the best remake of a game that I have ever played (aside from Yakuza Kiwami 2).

    Smash is spectacular though, and is definitely worthy of a top 5 slot.

  • Fun fact: I initially had listed Smash as an honorable mention, despite not having played it at the time, which would have been a first for me. Eventually, I removed it for another multiplayer game that won't come onto this list but now that I've played it... it would have wound up somewhere. I'm still fairly fresh in the game but I already love it more than 64, Brawl, and the WiiU members of the franchise, so that's a mighty compliment.

  • I think I was still riding the wave of excitement on the endgame of World of Light when I voted. If I went back I think I'd switch this and my #3 around but even then Ultimate is still a great game and easily one of the best of last year. Feels like a straight upgrade from Smash 4 in my eyes. And beyond that I distinctly remember when 4 had the ballot my only wish was for everyone (yes including nobody nerds like Pichu and never ever happenings like Snake) to return, and I got that in U, so anything beyond that like Inklings or Simon and Richter was just icing on the cake.

  • Banned

    I'll confess. I don't even own a Switch. I play it on my best friend's at his place.
    Every year there is a Smash it will get this spot. No exceptions. Favorite game series of all time.

  • There are many factors against Smash about why I don't get into it:

    • It's a fighting game
    • Overwhelming amount of choice, meaning I would never use 85-90% of the cast
    • WAAYYYY too long single player content for what it's made of
    • It's a better experience to play it with others and as someone who doesn't play multiplayer and whose friends don't own a Switch, much less play Smash, then games like this never get a chance.

    But I have to be honest: When it was revealed you could practically turn the Switch into another mp3 with this game's 900+ track selection, that made me really interested. But still, if I want to listen to music, I've got my own mp3 player.

    I think Smash is probably 1 and 1a with Zelda as having the most fervent fanbase so it always feels like a moment when a new one gets released. Anything lower than top 5 would have been a shock.