The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!

  • Let me tell you a story.

    I try all PS Plus games. One month one of those games for Vita was Virtue’s Last Reward. So I’ve decided to give it 5 minutes before deleting it. In 5 minutes I’ve got to a puzzle and I like puzzles. I’ve decided to solve it and then uninstall the game. The puzzle was fine, so I’ve decided to watch next cut-scene before deleting it. The next cut-scene was over an hour long (at that time I had no idea what visual novel is) and in that hour I’ve got intrigued by the mystery of its story. So instead of deleting the game I’ve kept playing, but at that point I wanted to go only through one storyline (I’ve chosen the leftmost path on the flowchart). I was very surprised when I’ve reached story’s lock and by googling it I’ve discovered that you need to play other story paths. By that point I was already wrapped by game’s plot, so I’ve continued playing. And once I’ve started seeing alternative paths and once I’ve discovered that this gameplay gimmick is a part of the grand narrative I felt in love with this game.

    Obviously some parts of its story and its premise just resonated with me and they may not resonate with you, but the fact that I went from being ready to trash this game almost immediately to 100% it three times and also buying 3DS and importing 999 just to see it’s prequel speaks volumes about the quality of Virtue’s Last Reward.

    It was ported to PC a couple of years ago, so it’s easily accessible and it often goes on sales. If my story made you intrigued, add this game to your Steam wishlist. Maybe one day you will try it and maybe you’ll love it as much as I do.

  • It can be tricky to try and convey just what makes the Zero Escape series so good.

    I put the series in the adventure category more than the visual novel one. 999 managed to do this amazing thing where it took the gameplay mechanic 'new game plus' and managed to work it into the narrative, giving way to a mind blowing twist. I actually didn't think VLR could pull the same trick twice, but oh boy did it manage it, and it did so with no compromise to the shock factor either, even for those like myself who kind of expected such a thing.

  • FFS i forgot VLR, would've been my #1 too...shit. Straight up 10/10 game.

  • Oh man, that's tough to hear. And it isn't the first time in this thread for someone (or in the previous). I hope people would spend good ten minutes going through the specific year's released games list in the future.

  • @sentinel-beach said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!:

    Oh man, that's tough to hear. And it isn't the first time in this thread for someone (or in the previous). I hope people would spend good ten minutes going through the specific year's released games list in the future.

    It's only a bit of fun at the end of the day. We all forget things. This thread allows us to further comment though.

  • No, this is a stain of shame that will forever haunt you.

  • I like that this game either not receiving vote or at the top of the list. No half measures here.

  • @tokyoslim said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!:

    No, this is a stain of shame that will forever haunt you.


    .....though if Journey comes out as #1 then I've lost all faith.

  • Wouldve been on my list but I forgot it came out then

  • I could have slid it into an HM spot, but I didn't.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations

    #13. Resident Evil: Revelations - 14 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 3 (GageBlackW23, Sheria, paulmci27)
    #4: 1 (Bigdude1)
    HM: 3 (Axel, Tearju Engi, NeoCweeny)


    Release date: January 27 [EU], February 7 [US]
    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Survival horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows


    GT Review

  • I remember buying a 3ds Circle Pad Pro just for Resident Evil: Revelations. I thought about giving Revelations a Honorable Mention but I tried going back to it recently on PC. Regrettably, I don't think it holds up. Especially now that we have two great Resident Evil games with RE7 and RE2 Remake.

  • I've good memories of it, though i had only tried originally on 3DS and then finished the remasters years later: it's worth remembering that this came out in 2012 in between RE5 and RE6, which fundamentally shifted the core aspects of Resident Evil (in my opinion for the worse) so Revelations with its gameplay more similar to 4 felt very refreshing, and at the time it was one of the most impressive 3DS games.

    All the best chapters are the ones set in the Queen Zenobia which is a very cool setting, with a decent amount of backtracking, areas that change as you play the game, etc. the other chapters set outside are more focused on shooting, like a raid level and they felt generic to me.

    The first boss Scagdead is still to me one of the best bosses in the RE series: the way you arrive there, that voice.

    I've never dug up too much into the raid mode, but from what i played it's pretty good.

    The main flaw of this game is in its basic level design but that was due to the hardware limitations of the 3DS.

  • Probably doesn't deserve to be this high up, but I'm a sucker for slow paced third person games. I replayed the game recently on ps4 & its handheld origins show but I still had a great time with it especially on the boat.

  • I've never been a fan of Resident Evil, but thanks to EZA (see Misters Huber and Damiani), I have, uncharacteristically, decided to watch full playthroughs of Resident Evils VII, 4, 2: Remake, and now I've been following along with 5. I'm sure if there's a 3: Remake I'll watch that one too, but Revelations is one of the side games that get praise from them, especially Revelations 2, so if either or both decide to do a full playthrough of these, I'd be down to watch.

    But playing them on the other hand, that's not for me. I can just BARELY take the stress watching VII and 2: Remake, so I'm sure I wouldn't do well in playing them. Still, a quality Resident Evil should be on these lists. Feels right.

  • @brannox Hey! I’m not sure about all the other Resi games, but I played Resident Evil Remaster on the PC with some mods and a Trainer. The mods gave me a health bar, so I had an idea of my health other than the animation, and I also used the trainer to do things like disable enemy AI and give myself infinite health.

    I kept the health bar on all the time and just used the trainer when I got super anxious, but it really helps calm me down and I eventually learned to love the intensity. Really recommend giving it a try if you can!

  • Far Cry 3

    #12. Far Cry 3 - 14 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 2 (E_Zed_Eh_Intern, Axel)
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (Sazime)
    HM: 4 (Sentinel Beach, Hidz, Brandon_Reister, NeoCweeny)


    Release date: November 30 [EU], December 4 [US]
    Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    Publisher: Ubisoft
    Genre: First-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows


    GT Review

  • @hazz3r It's not really the health limitations that put me on edge, but the intended horror of the franchise (as in the setpieces, some of the creatures, etc.). I've never been a fan of horror in any respect, but the lone reason why I've started watching the full playthroughs is... well.... I still don't know.

    I was so fascinated by RE VII's marketing and the E3 reveal was top tier (aided of course by the Allies reaction). So I guess with how big a fan Huber is and the fact he was willing to have a full playthrough made me feel comfortable (so to speak because there were several moments I wanted to close out the brower during that run) enough to trust in him to be a guide of sorts. As such, I still will never play through any of the games, but I'm down with watching a full go of the ones I find interesting.

  • Far Cry 3! If I'm not mistaken, I think this is the one that is adored the most (of the mainline games. I get the feeling Blood Dragon would rank atop all Far Cry games). I've watched Vaas's definition of insanity monologue a couple of times and it's fascinating especially with what's happening in the background. However, I think he is what really elevates the game moreso than anything else (though the map size I've heard good things about).

    I'm surprised it ranked this low to be honest because I can't shake the notion is was in serious GOTY contention in 2012. Or that could be faulty memory. Makes me even more curious as what's to come (as every reveal does)!

  • I liked Far Cry 3 for its good balance of shooting and goofing around in an open-world. I was seriously considering it for my 8th place but decided to give it to Borderlands 2.