The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2013!



  • 3 words.

    Better than uncharted



  • I have an extra Steam key for Tomb Raider, if anyone wants to try it out after hearing all the praise we have been lauding it with. While I'm not sure how well it has aged, I sure had a lot of fun with it back when I did play it. It's also cool seeing such an iconic character like Lara Croft succeeding in a new franchise with a shift in genre.



  • @bigdude1 I agree, even though I didn't love Tomb Raider I think it was much better than any of the first three Uncharted game (haven't played 4).



  • Bioshock Infinite

    #4. Bioshock Infinite - 25 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (SabotageTheTruth)
    #2: 2 (DIPSET, tokeeffe9)
    #3: 2 (Shoulderguy, Sentinel Beach)
    #4: 1 (Hidz)
    HM: 4 (Brannox, bam541, Hazz3r, Phbz)

    Information

    Release date: March 26 [US/EU]
    Developer: Irrational Games
    Publisher: 2K Games
    Genre: First-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Worse Bioshock, still a decent game but it was a dissapointment, specially because its gameplay and design was in many parts of the game pretty bad and made for a boring game or frustrating game.



  • Bioshock Infinite is the only Bioshock game I've ever played (I did try the demo of the first but wasn't really into it). Funnily enough, this is one of the few games where I can't even remember WHY I actually wanted to give it a shot, especially since I had no ties or interest in the franchise prior. I think because I was taken with Columbia being in the sky. Just a guess though.

    On its own, its a fine game, and there a couple of things that, when I first heard them (The soft choir and 'By and By'), I just sat there moved by what I was listening to. Combat in the moment is fun, as is exploring certain areas, but WOW that story is convoluted. When I beat it the first time and learned the twist about Booker, I thought, "Uhhhhh.....ooooooookay?" but the many lighthouses thing was a bit much for me personally.

    While I enjoy it as a singular experience, I think it may be a slight detriment to have the name 'Bioshock' on it, because if it was called something else, I think it would be even more liked than it generally is now.

    That said, it's really liked enough to make #4 on the list. So much like I JUST did for Tomb Raider, a kudos to all those I share in liking this game enough to nominate it: @bam541, @Hazz3r, @Phbz, @Hidz, @Shoulderguy, @Sentinel-Beach, @DIPSET, @tokeeffe9, and @SabotageTheTruth!

    (For reference [and slight tease when I post my full list], I have Bioshock: Infinite ranked 6th out of 11 games I played in 2013.)



  • Bioshock Infinite is a game I will defend to the end of this earth and any other planets that may talk down on it. Combat is the best in the entire series, you're not plagued with endless hacking mini-games or having to take pictures of enemies, and the overall tone set forth is more interesting - you enter Columbia initially and get to revel in its wonder before you start to peel back the layers, as opposed to just seeing Rapture already ruined.

    I'm currently replaying this game for the third time and how it hints at future events is absolutely brilliant - it feels akin to early Arrested Development seasons or Fight Club in that regard. The "twist" is so much more pronounced and heady than what the original Bioshock has to offer and how it ties the universe together is beautiful. In contrast to the dark blues of Rapture, Columbia is absolutely stunning with its vibrant colors and the fact you get to interact with actual characters in this instead of just people you're going to eventually kill anyway makes the Bioshock universe feel more lived in.

    If anyone mentions ludo-narrative dissonance, I'm going to roll my eyes. Bioshock Infinite, you're one hell of an experience.



  • I played all 3 BioShock games and they felt the same: good but nothing special.



  • Infinite is awesome. I enjoyed the gunplay and using the powers, and the brutality of the combat which I didn't expect as a newcomer to the series. Jumping to enemies with the skyhook momentum feels great (what a crazy gameplay mechanic). The story had issues but overall it was a fun take on time travel and parallel universes. I really enjoyed the twist and ending scene, and there's some neat characters in this besides Booker and Elizabeth. I wish we see more of the Lutece twins. Colombia is such a cool place to explore, visually it's just a colorful feast. The one thing I really don't like the difficulty spikes at times, like that damn witch boss section. I do have to admit that I didn't like this game now as much as I did back then, but it's still a good game that I would recommend to people.



  • Bioshock Infinite... That's a odd game for me. The shooting sections are very mundane but it has some of the most memorable moments ever too.



  • I liked Infinite then, and I still think I like it now. I just dont like it in the top 8 :)



  • The Next Shout out is for Killzone Shadow Fall, one of the best multiplayer experiences I had this generation.



  • I liked most of Infinite just fine, but there was at least one "boss" fight that was completely out of the norm for the rest of the game, to the point I almost stopped playing. That said, the expansion packs were more than I expected, and it game play was top notch.

    I think it also suffered from the same thing Rage did before release: marketing outpaced what the game actually was, and it had a detrimental effect on how it was received by some.



  • Love Infinite. One of the greatest videogame stories ever told, and the way it takes advantage of being a sequel and being able to take advantage of the player having experienced the first game is so Kojima-esque.

    World design is also top-notch. You couldn't resist the idea of Columbia, the same way you couldn't resist the idea of Rapture, and that actually resonates with how the characters relate to the setting as well.



  • @SabotageTheTruth and @Hazz3r summed up many of my thoughts, I think the game's absolutely brilliant. The way the world and the story are presented and start to unfold is a freaking thing of beauty. Booker and Elizabeth's relationship and story with its twists pulled me in hard, that is some good story-telling. And the rifts! And the audio logs, yes, them as well. Loved the way they fleshed out the happenings. Played the DLC, too, and the way that decided to wrap things up with BioShock as a whole kinda blew my mind. What an unexpected bonus.



  • As usual, time to play a little catch up.

    Tomb Raider is perhaps one of the best possible examples of how to properly reboot a franchise, in my opinion.
    Taking some pretty clear inspiration from Uncharted, as Uncharted took some pretty clear inspiration from Tomb Raider before it, the reboot just felt some much more personal and intimate that the previous games in the series. Watching Lara transform from a reluctant survivor to a total badass was just a lot of fun, and the island being fun to explore helped too. Loved seeing how interconnected everything was by the end in that almost Dark Souls-ish way.
    While I also enjoyed Rise, it felt like filler compared to Lara's first adventure in the trilogy. Hoping Shadow isn't as big if a disappointment as I've heard it is whenever I get around to playing it.

    Bioshock Infinite didn't make my list despite being a fantastic game. It is the only Bioshock I've actually beaten, as the first one just gets really boring to me at a point. Just felt a lot more invested in the wild metaphysical adventures of Elizabeth and Booker.
    One last thing. Fuck the "Witch" boss. I have never hit such a big roadblock in a game as I have that bitch. Spent hours and hours trying to beat that shit, only to finally cheese my way through when the boss got stuck on some level geometry. It made zero sense to me, considering the rest of the game felt relatively easy by comparison.



  • @el-shmiablo That Witch boss almost made me quit the game.



  • Just give us the winner, 2 and 3 is the one people don't know.



  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    #3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - 31 points

    Votes

    #1: 2 (Chocobop, NeoCweeny)
    #2: 4 (Shoulderguy, E_Zed_Eh_Intern, Axel, Bigdude1)
    #3: 0
    #4: 2 (Sheria, Tearju Engi)
    HM: 1 (naltmank)

    Information

    Release date: November 22 [US/EU]
    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): Nintendo 3DS

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • If I'm right on what game is second, shoutout to Injustice Gods Among Us & God of War: Ascension