The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!



  • @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.



  • Should have made a honourable mention to FC3.



  • @brannox for me, Vaas had nothing to with it. He didn't stand out to me at all. The open world and ability to approach missions from different angles was what appealed to me.

    It's funny, I just looked at my list and was confused. My no 1 is a lock but 2-4 seem to change daily. I feel like Borderlands 2 would be no 2 today. Ah well, this is still an awesome game.



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

    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.

    You were right. Far Cry 3 was definitely in many websites GOTY considerations. It won GOTY for EGM and It was also a contender for Giant Bomb during their 2012 GOTY podcast deliberations. I'm going to post the podcast below just in case anyone is interested.

    I always enjoy listening to these type of GOTY discussions and I'm glad that Easy Allies also records theirs now. The full GOTY deliberations start at around 59:20. It's almost an hour and a half long.
    https://www.giantbomb.com/shows/giant-bomb-game-of-the-year-2012-day-five/2970-17261/free-podcast

    I never played Far Cry 3 myself. Far Cry 4 was fun though.



  • I played through Far Cry 3 fairly recently. It's such a fantastic step up from Far Cry 2, which, while great, really lost its way with the whole Malaria mechanic.

    The gameplay is great, the story is good but super weird (Citra's ending is MAD).

    You can lose yourself in this world, and in some ways it's much closer to Immersive Sim than Open-World FPS.

    Not one of my favourite games released that year, but I can see why some might enjoy it quite a bit.



  • My first game on the list finally, neat. I remember just falling in love with the tropical island in this one and how you could approach things in so many ways. The whole premise was fascinating, seeing Jason slowly transform into Rambo. I decided to go fully overboard in the end with Citra. This game also felt like it started lots of things we see today, especially in Ubi games. The whole tag system that helped you follow enemies, the use of bow and arrow, wild animals as the "third party". Things like those. And the whole environment was just simply beautiful, which further helps cement this as my favourite Far Cry. (Okay, the second island started to feel rather unnecessary, but the north island is a ten.)



  • Max Payne 3

    #11. Max Payne 3 - 14 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (bam541)
    #2: 1 (Ringedwithtile)
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (Exist 2 Inspire)
    HM: 3 (Shoulderguy, Sentinel Beach, SunPraiser)

    Information

    Release date: May 15 [US], May 18 [EU]
    Developer: Rockstar Studios
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Genre: Third-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Max Payne is yet another series that doesn't appeal to me, but I do recognize that bullet time is a pretty sweet mechanic. Now with GTA V always going to sell, the massive success of Red Dead Redemption II, and the inevitable domination GTA VI will have eclipsing them both combined, this is now a series I hold in the same regard as Bully: No matter the quality, the bigger names dwarf any reason to revisit the smaller franchises. Which is a shame because it's a game (as evidenced here) that has its supporters



  • I tried to play Max Payne 3 recently, but it just felt kinda awful to control. I'll be giving it another chance, for sure.

    Far Cry 3 was the first Far Cry I played all the way through, and despite the main character, I really enjoyed it. While Vaas wasn't' the be all end all to the game being enjoyable, Michael Mando's performance was a center-point to the game's marketing, and the FC series hasn't had as charismatic of an antagonist since, imo.



  • I tried to play Max Payne 3 recently, but it just felt kinda awful to control. I'll be giving it another chance, for sure.

    Far Cry 3 was the first Far Cry I played all the way through, and despite the main character, I really enjoyed it. While Vaas wasn't' the be all end all to the game being enjoyable, Michael Mando's performance was a center-point to the game's marketing. The FC series hasn't had as charismatic of an antagonist since, imo.

    Edit: Sorry about the multiple postings, something glitched out on my end.



  • I absolutely love Max Payne 3. It's one of the few games that I would gladly replay no matter what, and it's in my top 5 games of all time. I just love how it controls and feels: Max's weighty movement, fluid and snappy aiming. Not to mention the little details like Max holding the primary weapon on the other hand while using a one-handed gun, being able to stay prone after doing bullet time dive, enemy body armor actually behaving like real armor, and so on. All of it makes the shootouts feel grounded and real, even though the scenarios can get really crazy at times. Using the bullet time mechanic is fun as heck too. I love the slow-mo kill cams that pop up occasionally.

    Anyway, I also enjoy the story quite a bit. It goes to far places and can feel a bit scatterbrain at times, but Max's wonderful writing and VO performance always keep it engaging for me. I love hearing Max's thoughts at all times, always have something interesting to say. My only complaint is that they definitely can tone down the random epilepsy inducing visual effects quite a bit, lol. I like the aesthetic and style that those effects brought into the game, but it can feel too much at times.

    Overall, it's a game that I view as an one heck of a fun ride. For me, it's like a really cool toy that I'll never get tired of playing with, even if it wears out as I play with it more.

    As for Far Cry 3, it's the same case like in Borderlands 2 for me. I used to love it, but looking back I don't feel as fond of it. Man, I miss Far Cry 2.



  • The airport scene alone with "Tears" by HEALTH is worth an HM in 2012. Unforgettable.

    Max Payne 3 Airport Hallway Shootout on Classic Difficulty
    Youtube Video



  • For me, the only problem MP3 had was the story. It wasn't important enough. It had to be a personal story about Max; not about people we don't even care. Also the diss at

    the Mona Sax was annoying for me. I have a special place in my heart for her and I always look up for the alternative ending when I finish MP2.

    Gameplay was really good even though it sometimes felt a little bit boring.


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    Im starting to think that my games wont make it in to this list, lol.



  • Max Payne 3 would have been an HM for me if I knew it came out in 2012.

    I'm still glad it ranked pretty high on the list, I always see people hating on this game.



  • @neocweeny

    HM=Hot Material?



  • The last few games I really didn't have much of an attachment to, I played and loved Max Payne 1 and 2. Never picked up 3.
    Far Cry series, never did any more than tinker with demos and PC Benchmarks.
    Only played RE1 and RE5. That's it.



  • Spec Ops: The Line

    #10. Spec Ops: The Line - 15 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 3 (tokeeffe9, ffff0, Phbz)
    #4: 1 (bard91)
    HM: 4 (E_Zed_Eh_Intern, Sentinel Beach, Capnbobamous, Ringedwithtile)

    Information

    Release date: June 26 [US], June 29 [EU]
    Developer: Yager Development
    Publisher: 2K Games
    Genre: Third-person shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review