The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2013!



  • Gone Home

    #19. Gone Home - 8 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (Sheria)
    #2: 0
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (Exist 2 Inspire)
    HM: 1 (Sazime)

    Information

    Release date: August 13 [US/EU]
    Developer: The Fullbright Company
    Publisher: The Fullbright Company
    Genre: Adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Gone Home is one of those games where I had the story spoiled for me before I even SAW the game in any detail. Since then, I've seen some gameplay snippets, and while I don't have an issue with what I've seen, the desire to play has completely sapped from me because of said spoiling. That said, I feel Gone Home is one of the games you think about when considering the growth in popularity for Indie titles.



  • Never played it, but I got it for free on the Epic Store (thanks Epic Store! ;)), so I'll probably give it a shot one of these days. Plus it's something like 2 or 3 hours long, right?



  • @axel said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2013!:

    Never played it, but I got it for free on the Epic Store (thanks Epic Store! ;))

    Oh no.



  • I enjoyed this game a lot after taking so long to play it. I didn't know what I was in for, and it did a great job of telling a story and subverting my expectations. Worth every minute.



  • Game was too hyped up for me, I was expecting TLOU/Walking Dead caliber story.



  • I liked exploring the environment more than the main story itself. Overall it's only decent for me. Chapter 16 of Uncharted 4 executed the main idea of this game better, lol.



  • I've finished the game and I liked it, but I don't remember it having any story.



  • Played it recently. Very overhyped. Came away very disappointed. It’s an interesting way to tell a story but it’s not mind blowing.

    @Axel it completely depends how much you take your time. The speed run is less than 2:00 I think. I spent maybe 90 minutes.



  • @hazz3r said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2013!:

    The speed run is less than 2:00 I think.

    49 seconds. http://speeddemosarchive.com/demo.pl?GoneHome_048



  • Cool seeing Gone Home in our top. Really nice environmental story telling.



  • Oh yeah. This thread.

    Glad my homie DmC made the list. Absolutely love that game. I remember my girlfriend at the time, who was a big DMC fan, absolutely hating the game when it was revealed. Then she actually played it and now it is her favorite game.
    Gets a bad rap because of hair and some dumb dialogue choices. Other than that, amazing character action game that would probably be considered one of the better entries in the genre if rabid fanboys could get over themselves.
    Noisia and Comvichrist did a fantastic job on the soundtrack, and Bob Barbas is one of my favorite boss battles ever. Lilith's Club may also be one of my favorite levels in a game from an aesthetic standpoint.



  • Wait... Noisia did the DMC soundtrack. Shit I might have to play this!



  • Metro: Last Light

    #18. Metro: Last Light - 9 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (bard91)
    #4: 2 (Brannox, SunPraiser)
    HM: 2 (TokyoSlim, bam541)

    Information

    Release date: May 14 [US], May 17 [EU]
    Developer: 4A Games
    Publisher: Deep Silver
    Genre: First-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Honorably mentioned.



  • Aaahhhh, my first entrant to appear!

    I actually didn't play this until December of 2017, courtesy of Exodus' stellar reveal at Xbox's show that previous E3, convincing me to give the series a try. While 2033 is fine, I enjoyed Last Light better, and truth be told, I'm actually kind of glad I played them back to back, because when played together, they fell like a completed game, whereas (while fine on their own respectively) I feel 2033 builds up to what Last Light pays off.

    To me, Last Light feels slightly better to play (again, this could be because I've always played it immediately after finishing 2033, so this may be me just being used to the slight jank in the controls at that point), but in terms of environments, level design, characters, and most importantly for me, the narrative, Last Light is just better.

    My biggest criticism however, and the entire Metro series for that matter, is the lack of explanation in regards to the morality system. Not once are you told its there, doesn't let you know what you can do to either improve or deteriorate your morality, and the outcome is ENTIRELY dependent on this system. While I don't mind either ending to Last Light, it gives me an odd feeling every time I think about Metro, because if there's just a little note here and there giving you the awareness on having an opportunity nearby, or instructing at the start to what you need to keep your eyes out for, then I would have a higher view of it.

    Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed Last Light so much, that of 11 games I played (which is a LOT for me in a given year), having it in my top four says something to myself when I compared it to what I stuck as an HM and what I cut out entirely.

    As always, shout outs to @bard91, @SunPraiser, @TokyoSlim, and @bam541 for liking it enough to make your lists in some way!

    Also (and quite selfishly), I just realized this came out the day after my birthday. I didn't know I had a retro-active self present four and a half years later.



  • I'be played it when it came out and liked it. Want to replay both games soon to prepare myself for Exodus. Also I live in Moscow now, so it will be interesting to revisit Metro's world after getting to know it in real life.



  • I picked up the Metro Dual Pack (or whatever it's called) not long after my family got a PS4. Played 2033 and LL back to back, and while both games are superb in my eyes, LL just edges it out for me due to overall gunplay improvements and more memorable set pieces and locations. I can barely recall the story, only flashes of certain moments, I do remember enjoying it. There's a good amount of jank in LL, but ultimately it never got so bad that it ruined the impeccable dark atmosphere and tense gameplay sections. Burning up cobwebs with a lighter and keeping an eye out for the spiders in the dark is spooky af.



  • Played this one too. Really neat atmosphere, I dug the stuff on the surface with the gas mask. Shooting and stealthing felt subpar and the story didn't grab me, though.



  • While I really did enjoy my time with Gone Home because of how thrilling it was to see a lived in space, it wasn't enough for me to vote for - maybe if we had a few more spots, it would have snuck in. I haven't played the other two entries so I don't have much to say other than I would try them both out if I had the time.