The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!



  • Marvel’s Spider-Man is my #8 because it has great traversal, fun combat and it looks good. However its story is clearly designed for hardcore fans. I watched 3 Spider-Man movies in early 2000s, but beside Octavius, Mary Jane and Spider-Man himself I knew no one from the cast. And of course they properly introduced only these 3 characters, the rest were just thrown in. So when Spider-man fights other super villains in prison, they were just tough nameless thugs for me. And when Peter has dramatic scene with someone, I was trying to guess who this is instead of filling any emotions. It was like trying to watch season 7 of Game of Thrones without the first 6. Yet this is the first Spider-Man game in the series and it was widely marketed, so it should be more welcoming for newcomers.

    Also there were several things that felt like a plot holes. For example, (slight spoilers) unconscious Spider-Man was treated in the hospital, but his identity remained unknown and his costume stayed on him. Show me a hospital where patients are treated in their cloth and mask.

    And this game has distractingly bad interior mapping. I understand hardware limitations, but if you can render only one type of interior for a building, it’s better to just show blank windows instead of a huge building filled with exactly the same room from top to bottom.

    But as I said already, this game has great traversal and fun combat. It not as good as Sunset Overdrive, but it’s still fun, so it’s my #8.



  • I'm so happy with what Insomniac did to Spidey, my favourite hero for almost 25 years now. The game's just such a joy to play. And the story itself was a great surprise, way more interesting, thrilling and diverse than I had dared to hope for. So many cool moments, missions, scenarios and character interactions. And Yuri Lowenthal really was the perfect choise for Peter, the man delivered his lines in such a fantastic fashion throughout the game. He literally made me laugh out loud so many times with Spidey's quips but also shed a few tears, even.

    What a foundation for a game series already with the first one being this good. I can't wait to see how they'll continue. And on PS5!



  • @brannox

    But honestly, I can't get into it. I AM impressed at the number of runner-up votes it got. EIGHT! I'm very happy for Insomniac that it is such a massive success, and selfishly, I see that as a double-down on a sequel as opposed to Ratchet & Clank, which is a personal bummer. Still, a deserved honor and a shame they got Horizon'd at the Game Awards.

    I love Insomniac for their R&C games and Im sure Spiderman is fun to play, but I have absolutely no interest in playing it, not really sure why



  • To echo someone else's sentiments, the combat in Spidey initially seems kind of sloppy, but only because you have no idea what the fuck you are doing. A few hours in and I can see that the combat is character action levels of awesome and intuitive. One of the few games where I can look at a combat situation, plan out exactly what I want to do, and execute it flawlessly because everything is so fluid and intuitive.

    Everything about the game blew me away. They had a very clear love for everything Spidey and it shows. Eagerly anticipating DLC/sequel/anything they do.



  • I'll pick up Spiderman when its cheap. Looks like something ill enjoy but never love.


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    I’ve got a lot to catch up on…

    Celeste - I’m pretty surprised this ended up outside the top 10. For me, throughout the year there were two games that were always locked in the Top 2 and this was one. The main thing I love about Celeste is just that you as the player already have so many movement options that you are still being thought even into the final C side! You always had this move at your disposal, you don’t need to unlock it but you have to learn it and that’s what is so rewarding about Celeste in comparison to so many games that is just a quick button press (I’ll get to you AC Odyssey)
    So that’s the main thing but I love the soundtrack, I love all the B/C sides and how super challenging they are, the assist mode you have and all the characters are so endearing… I couldn’t believe how invested I was in the story. It was just icing to the cake really. In the year that I finally got to play Tropical Freeze (which I adored too), Celeste blew me away.

    Detroit Become Human - Just a quick nod that I really dug this game and it’s easily the best Quantic Dream game. It’s the first one I’ve played through, enjoyed and completed and still enjoyed it looking back.

    Return of the Obra Dinn - Oh man, another really cool game. I’ve left thoughts on this in Last game I completed but to get to the point quickly, it’s the best detective game out there. There is only one instance I can think of where I thought this is a bit stupid in guessing but overall you are enough information and so many options that it doesn’t make the game just an A or B case where most detective games fall down on. If you’ve any interest in puzzle games and specifically investigative type games, you absolutely should check out Obra Dinn. Genuinely such a cool unique game.

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - Since this is more so a celebration of last years games. I’ll keep this one short. I’m currently playing through AC and finished one of the many storylines. I think it’s an improvement over previous games in the series but I do fall more on the side of this game is a pretty big passive grind. But as I lost a bet, I will complete all the main quests. One thing I did like early on though is hunting cult members, that was a cool idea.

    Yakuza Kiwami 2 - And once I do complete Odyssey, finally gonna sink some time into Kiwami 2. It’s been there waiting below my PS4

    Super Smash Bros Ultimate - This is the first time I’ve really invested in Smash properly and I actually like this game a lot. I didn’t vote for it but it’s a blast with friends and after initially not being into World of Light at all I’m finding it’s perfect for my commutes so I’ll probably end up finishing it.

    Monster Hunter World - This was genuinely a bit of a surprise for me. After all the great buzz I decided to pick up the PC version and even though I gave out earlier about how much of a grind something like AC Odyssey is, Monster Hunter World can have a huge grind too. But the thing that really sets it apart is just how fun it is to engage with all the different builds and monsters. Add in the group dynamic and this game is an absolute blast to play with friends. In the end, I put in about 90 hours into the game. I must actually go back sometime to check out any updates and Icebourne!

    Spiderman - Easily the most fun I’ve had traversing in a game since Infamous Second Son. It is a joy to swing around and they nail that instantly with the opening scene of the game. I think it gets super repetitive with the crimes (like 20 per area!) and some of the side stuff is very hit and miss but overall they delivered an excellent game with a fantastic cast, like holy cow some of the performances and scenes were fantastic. Insomiac have the foundations there now to make a truly great game in the sequel.



  • Borrowed this off of a friend this week. I’m not super into super hero’s nor open world games, but I do like me a bit of Spider-Man back when I was younger.

    I was very sceptical with Arkham Asylum back in the lead up marketing in 2008, then I tried the demo and didn’t love it. I got it anyways because of the hype train and it became one of my all time favourite games. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Spider-Man so I hope I’ll have the same feels.



  • I had the pleasure of playing Spiderman a couple of weeks ago. It's a great game, with fantastic traversal that makes it an absolute joy to get around. I surprisingly enjoyed the story a lot more than I thought. That last boss fight gives me Spiderman 2 Enter Electro vibes. I also really like how the game staggers the collectables. Getting landmark pictures mid-swing is one of the coolest collectable game mechanics in recent memory.

    But...

    I think the combat doesn't scale very well in terms of difficulty. To me, it feels like a lot of the more difficult combat missions, like the prisoner camps and the Sable bases are half blind luck. This I think is because there's no turn system like there is in the Arkham games. Enemies will overwhelm you if they can. And that's great for the vast majority of the game because it encourages you to fight actively rather than reactively, but it also means that when the game is trying to give you the hardest fights in the game, throwing multiple rocket launchers, jet packs, and lots of guns at you, it's nigh on impossible to avoid it all. In Arkham I could always point at something and say "that's where I went wrong in that combat encounter". In Spiderman, I feel completely incapable because I don't understand what I was supposed to have done to avoid that thing while avoiding everything else. Deaths always seem to be a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, which just seems completely unfair and unnecessarily frustrating.

    I also think the Drone and Bomb Challenges require a way too high standard for 3 stars. I grinded out the Bomb challenges but got to the Drone challenges and just said "Fuck this". Those challenges should have a lot lower requirements.

    Definitely worth playing and I'm glad I did, but also definitely won't be picking up the DLC as I've heard the combat difficulty goes even higher.



  • Had a lot of fun! what kept it as a honorable mention for me is that the open world although very impressive, felt more like a checklist of challenges. Great story but the combat didn't grab me that much.

    I love me some spiderman though



  • Red Dead Redemption 2

    #2. Red Dead Redemption 2 - 69 points

    Votes

    #1: 6 (ACardAttack, Bigdude1, SunPraiser, Alex840, Sentinel Beach, Capnbobamous)
    #2: 6 (Shoulderguy, Hazz3r, Inustar, TokyoSlim, A7X458, Faaip)
    #3: 3 (bam541, ShilentShniper, MiserablePerson)
    #4: 0
    HM: 6 (Hidz, Exist 2 Inspire, NeoCweeny, Nimbat1003, bard91, Minamik)

    Information

    Release date: October 26 [US/EU]
    Developer: Rockstar Studios
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review



  • God of War

    #1. God of War - 124 points

    Votes

    #1: 18 (Mbun, Shoulderguy, Brannox, Hazz3r, Inustar, Hidz, TokyoSlim, Mango, SabotageTheTruth, A7X458, Lotias, Macka, bam541, AbsoluteUppercut, Nimbat1003, Faaip, tokeeffe9, Sazime)
    #2: 5 (DIPSET, iboshow, El Shmiablo, Alex840, Capnbobamous)
    #3: 2 (SunPraiser, Sentinel Beach)
    #4: 3 (Danjin44, Axel, Kaminski)
    HM: 2 (Tearju Engi, bard91)

    Information

    Release date: April 20 [US/EU]
    Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
    Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review



  • Seems about right


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    I didn't have Red Dead Redemption in my vote but I did really like a lot about the game. The world, narrative, characters are all fantastic I think but the game itself is bogged down by archaic main mission structures and combat I really didn't like that just threw it off the list.

    I still think about the high points with it though and I love all the extra details and easter eggs.

    As for God of War, just a fantastic game that I've gushed over enough in the main topic.



  • Damn it, Spider-Man needed 4 more points. I can't believe RD3 is 2nd.



  • Wow.

    Just. Wow.

    Let me quickly touch on Red Dead for a moment: I respect how realistic the game strives to be and it can't really be argued about how graphically impressive it is. But as someone who never like Westerns (and just a general dislike of Rockstar's portfolio at large), I simply don't get the love for it. I understand that goes both ways, so I don't really press the issue, but as I touched on in regards to Spider-man, I thought it would be a two game race because zeitgeist and expectation are POWERFUL things.

    So I'm overjoyed God of War was much better than expectations, which for me were pretty high.

    I'm not going into why I like the game. To do so when 29 other people put in on their lists and the game garnered 18 GOTY NODS... I don't think it's ever been this one sided. Almost DOUBLE the points. That's INSANE.

    So I'm not going to tag everybody. That's a lot. But kudos to one of the best games I've ever played and I'm so excited for what's to come.

    Next, as is custom my list:

    1. God of War
    2. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
    3. Detroit Become Human
    4. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    2018 wasn't really my year for my interests. I had two sure fire good times, a nice surprise, and an as expected average three-quel. 2019 though, has a lot scheduled and I'm more excited for the next 10 months than the previous 12.

    And finally, once again, @Axel you absolutely rock for always organizing these. Thanks so much.



  • I love Red Dead 2 -- and it was my personal GOTY, but if it were to lose to anything, I'm honored that it's God of War. Both games are truly phenomenal, I just preferred the narrative of Red Dead.

    My list is as follows:

    Red Dead Redemption 2
    God of War
    Super Smash Bros.: Ultimate
    Yakuza Kiwami 2

    Honorable Mentions:

    Spider-man
    Return of the Obra Dinn
    Ni No Kuni 2
    Shadow of the Colossus Remake



    1. God of War
    2. Red Dead Redemption 2
    3. Octopath Traveler
    4. Marvel's Spider-man
    5. Monster Hunter World (Honorable Mention)
    6. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    7. Celeste (Honorable Mention)
    8. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Honorable Mention)
    9. Into the Breach
    10. Kingdom Come Deliverance (Honorable Mention)


  • Woo!

    Here's my list. Im a bit surprised Dead Cells and Tomb Raider didn't make it. Definitely a tough year

    1. God of War
    2. Red Dead Redemption
    3. Dead Cells
    4. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
      -Kingdom Come Deliverance
      -Spyro Reignited Trilogy
      -Ni No Kuni 2
      -Shadow of the Tomb Raider


  • #1: God of War
    #2: RDR2
    #3: Spider-Man
    #4: Yakuza 6
    Honorable mentions: Monster Hunter: World, Tetris Effect, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Donut County



  • I also never liked Westerns, it's a setting that doesn't appeal to me at all, feels like it's always the same (I know, I know, I'm probably wrong). So Red Dead had a lot of work to do to convince me, and upon hearing about the rigidness of its controls and design, plus its massive scale, I was easily discouraged from ever trying it.

    I placed God of War lower than I myself would have expected earlier in the year, and can't really explain why. I had a great time going through it, but after playing Spider-Man, I realized in retrospect that I didn't completely love the combat system in GoW. Maybe it was partly my fault, but I feel like most encounters played out exactly the same way and I never really got better at it throughout, or needed to.

    It was my first God of War too so I had no prior emotional attachment to the character, maybe that's why it didn't leave such a mark on me. I felt like the game world was artificial, due to the lack of NPCs and just... life. Are we the only people who live there? I'm sure it's explained at some point in the game and I probably forgot, but it just made the whole thing feel off. But it's definitely an excellent game and I'll be there for the inevitable sequel!