The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!

  • My top 3 were the same as this list's top 3, but they moved around all the time up until the voting deadline. All three were games I adored, and that I was obsessed for a month or so around their releases. For someone who has a terrible tendency to not finish games, the fact that I finished those three was surprising. I knew I would finish Spider-Man since I love comic books and Insomniac games, but GoW and RDR2 were huge surprises since I didn't care for their previous games.
    God of War basically took my number 1 based on the fact that I used to HATE Kratos, and by the end of that game I didn't. Add to that an interesting story and fun combat, and it just beat out RDR2.

    My list though was:

    1. God of War
    2. RDR2
    3. Spider-Man
    4. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    5. Let's Go Eevee
    6. Tetris Effect
    7. Celeste
    8. Smash Bros Ultimate

  • @mbun there really isnt. theres a lot of "hey lets go hunting" or "hey lets burn down this farm" even the shootouts are more intricate than what he is describing. there are times where you are sniping off of a ledge, a stealth segment, overall tons of varied missions. there is a Basically its not a genuine complaint. the biggest actual complaint i hear is how structured the missions are. compared to Botw or mgsv you dont have as much freedom in how you choose to go about the missions.

  • Boom! What a landslide!

    Here's my recap:

    • God of War is the most unanimous GOTY winner we've ever had, with 124 points and 18 GOTY votes (out of 45 voters)! Persona 5 was the record holder with 122 points from 54 voters, so no contest. God of War was GOTY for 8 of the first 10 lists I received, two thirds of the voters gave it at least a point, it's 55 points ahead of second place, I could keep going with the stats. God of War, take a bow!
    • It was such a crazy race between Red Dead Redemption 2 and Marvel's Spider-Man for second place. Spidey had it for most of the run but the very last list I received edged Red Dead above it, much to my dismay. Given it had 6 GOTY votes against 1 for Spider-Man, I'd say it's fair anyway. Goes to show that every vote counts!
    • 5 games from the Top 10 are from Japanese developers, as is tradition.
    • 2 Yakuza games in the Top 10. It's surprisingly not the first time we get 2 games of the same series both rank that high, we had 2 Danganronpa titles in the Top 10 of 2014!
    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey ranked unusually high for the series with #7. Given how little love the series has received from these nominations in the past, that's quite an achievement.
    • Top indie game is Return of the Obra Dinn at #10, congrats! It's also the only PC exclusive.
    • 7 PlayStation 4 exclusives, including a PS VR exclusive with Astro Bot Rescue Mission, 2 of those in the top 3.
    • PlayStation 4 won GOTY for 3 years in a row now (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Persona 5, God of War), they sure got something going!
    • 4 Switch exclusives, same as last year, but with the highest in 5th place it didn't soar quite as high as for its debut. No doubt this year with Metroid Prime 4 it will... wait... :(
    • 1 Xbox One (+PC) exclusive, Forza Horizon 4.
    • Now, who are the biggest losers? Shadow of the Colossus scored 7 points, same as Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, but lost its spot due to lower "highest vote". It was the only game I played last year and actively disliked, so fine by me!
    • 6 points: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Hitman 2, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.
    • 5 points: The Banner Saga 3, Subnautica, Metal Gear Survive, Dead Cells, Beat Saber, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, 428: Shibuya Scramble.
    • 4 points: Onrush, Black Bird, Shining Resonance Refrain, Azur Lane, Mega Man 11, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, SoulCalibur VI, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 76, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.
    • 3 points: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, The Council, All Our Asias, Battlefield V, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, Sea of Thieves.
    • 2 points: The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Part Time UFO, Yoku's Island Express, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Donut County.
    • 1 point: Wandersong, Kirby Star Allies, State of Mind, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, Football Manager 2019, Overcooked 2, Florence, Black Desert Remastered, GRIS, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, Super Mario Party, Full Metal Furies, WWE 2K19, Pit People.
    • 0 point: The Quiet Man.

    I've played (and completed!) 9 out of these 25 games. The ones I'm hoping to play in the future: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated and voted with your hearts! I love making those and feel like we always end up with a great representation of most people's tastes.

    Now time for the intense battle for GOTY 2019 between Yoshi's Crafted World and Biomutant!

  • "0 point: The Quiet Man"

    You just had to do it to him.

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ with only 6 points :(

  • @axel thank you for doing this.

  • @axel Fallout 76 is in nice company. Ben would be proud.

  • Oh shit, did I make Red Dead get second with my last second change @Axel ?

    I expected to be the only votes for Black Ops 4 but very surprised about The Walking Dead and how few votes there were for FighterZ. Ahh well.

    Thanks again Axel, looking forward to the retro list in July-ish time!

  • I think next year I'm going to vote for games I think deserve the recognition as opposed to my favorite games of the year. Still sad that OnRush didn't make the list.

    Also I hope the person who voted for Metal Gear Survive realizes that a special ring of hell awaits them

  • @axel said:

    4 points: Onrush, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

    I'm responsible for 3/4 of those Onrush points lol I wonder who else besides DIPSET and I voted for Bloodstained. I still can't believe that scored so low.

    3 points: Sea of Thieves

    Yooooo someone else voted Sea of Thieves? Potentially TWO others? (๑>ᴗ<๑)

    1 point: Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

    One of those tough cuts. Glad someone recognized it.

    Now time for the intense battle for GOTY 2019 between Yoshi's Crafted World and Biomutant!

    You joke, but if Crafted World is as good as it looks from event previews, expect it on my list at the end of the year. Haven't been keeping up with Biomutant, but that looked pretty cool too aside from the noticeable jank.

    Since nobody voted for it, one last 2018 shoutout to Save me Mr Tako. Never got around to playing it, but looks like a really fun Kirby-like indie title that I believe I heard was made by one person.

  • @el-shmiablo I've asked about rules on strategic voting and was advised to don't do so. Yes, some games that deserves recognition don't make into our Top 25. But this community decided that 73 games deserves recognition, so most of them are left behind. Also imagine everyone not voting for God of War because "it will win anyway".

  • By the way, thank you to those who voted for The Banner Saga 3 and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. I feel that such games almost always miss their GotYs because most players play them next year or later. (I just finished Divinity: Original Sin 2 and ready to vote for it, but I'm 2 years late.)

  • @ffff0 said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!:

    Also imagine everyone not voting for God of War because "it will win anyway".

    Yes that's what I would hate to happen.

    I really think it's better if everyone votes with their heart, but obviously I'm not in your head, if somebody decides to make a strategic vote I won't know so I can't stop you.

    Personally I left Smash out this time and gave an honorable mention to Yoku's Island Express, because I wanted to reward originality. But I wouldn't have put Yoku as my GOTY just to give it a chance to show in the final rankings. If nobody else but me votes for it, then it just means it shouldn't be there.

    We can still give shout-outs to any game we want once it's all over!

  • @hazz3r said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!:

    Oh shit, did I make Red Dead get second with my last second change @Axel ?

    Yup, you + the last vote I received! But it's ok, nothing wrong with that!

  • @tearju-engi
    It's the Western time forgot, not the best but certainly enjoyable, and with how similar Samurai and Cowboy films can be I'm genuinely surprised no one has tried to do more with the concept.

    Also before I had internet this movie was a bitch and a half to track down, remember my dad talking about it a few times but he could never remember who was in it or what it was called for the longest time, hell the film he told me about back then is completely different from Red Sun.

    Film he described back then almost sounded more like the Seven Samurai vs The Magnificent 7, Samurai head to America's after becoming Ronin, get hired by some bandit gang, who was in turn hired to scare off residents of some town for oil or something, handful of various battles between the 7's, until something happens, Samurai realized they were lied to and taken advantage, help defend town, before going after the oil or train barron.

  • On Shadow of the Colossus - It is my favourite game of all time but voting for it felt wrong. In the end it's a fantastic visual remake with some solid tweaks to controls and it performs beautifully. But it is still very much the game I played on PS2 and PS3. If we had a best remake, for sure I'd put it there but there were too many fantastic new games to just let one of those slide.

    On to other stuff. While I didn't vote for Onrush or Dead Cells, I love both. The game I did vote for that didnt' make the list is Hitman 2. Guys, Hitman 2 is fantastic. If you enjoyed the first game, this is more of that in some even more expansive levels. The challenges are still brilliant, elusive missions are fantastic and the multiplayer ghost mode (still in beta) is such a weird fun take. Don't skip!

  • @tearju-engi And then comes the moment where all you're doing is trying to hunt a Great Girros, and end up involved in a three way turf war between it, Bazelgeuse, and Deviljho, lol.

  • @axel FO76 got more votes than BFV? I'm offended, lol. I think i'm responsible for 2 of the 3 points BFV got, glad it's not just me.
    Also, that Sony 3 year gauntlet is crazy, might change this year though, third party's stepping up big time!

  • I didn't get around to stuff like God of War or Spiderman this year, so nothing to say on that.

    #1: Monster Hunter World
    I played my first Monster Hunter game on PSP way back in 2006 or so while studying in Japan, but don't remember all that much about it, but this one really dug its claws into me. Pushed by Ben's hype and the demo, I got sucked in hard. Weekly Hunts made every Sunday feel like an event too. Right now, I'm back in because I thought I'd pop in just to check out the Appreciation Fest, and got addicted all over again. That expansion can't come soon enough.

    #2: Yakuza 6
    It's a culmination, and it has Beat Takeshi.

    #3: Yakuza Kiwami 2
    2 dragons, a spunky lady cop, and intrigue in Osaka!

    #4: Valkyria Chronicles 4
    I didn't care for the story and characters as much as I did in the first game, but just playing any Valkyria Chronicles feels right. I love these games!

    #5 Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun
    The first Taiko game we've gotten since the PS2, and it's just the Japanese version with English text. The best of both worlds. Cruel Angel's Thesis, Cha la Head Cha la, and Odoru Ponpokorin are my highlights, along with the Switch exclusive of Jump Up Superstar. I award this game with "Most Slighted" game of the year.

    #6: Red Dead Redemption 2
    Had fun with it, but my slight obsession trying to hunt everything and anything started to make it a drag a bit, which is mostly on me, but yeah. Good stuff.

    #7: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
    It was free, and I had fun with it.

    #8: Super Mario Party
    This is actually the first Mario Party game I've ever played, and I bought it as a Christmas present for my 6yo nephew, and we had a blast playing it together, even if he kept stealing all my stars...

  • @tokeeffe9 said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2018!:

    On Shadow of the Colossus - It is my favourite game of all time but voting for it felt wrong.

    Didn't feel wrong to me because it was my first time playing it. I loved it.

    I just wanna point out that this game has far more annoying shit, including controls than TLG ever game me. I'm wondering if people have an amnesia cause this game can feel archaic when climbing. Still LOVED it. This studio is amazing. I get it now. Both TLG and SotC are solid 9.5/10 for me.