The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!

  • Ok, back to back to BACK entries on games I've never heard of? I'm starting to become paranoid I was only aware of what feels like only a dozen games from 2012. That said, of the three most recent entries, I would probably rank this one ahead of the other two in the "willing to try if I had a gun to the head" category. Let's see if at this time tomorrow I'll add a fourth game to that....

  • I remember wanting Tales of Graces to come to Xbox 360 because I didn't have a PS3 yet. Tales of Vesperia is one of my favorite games of all time and introduced me to the Tales series. I even imported Tales of Hearts for DS, which is something I rarely ever did. Unfortunately, when I finally played Tales of Graces something about the combat didn't do it for me.

  • Tales of Graces f was fun to play mainly because melee and skills were both smooth. Well at least playing melee characters. Not going into menu as much as before definitely helped making it high on my list. Plot wise it's probably near bottom of the series for those that I have played but I enjoyed some characters. I always like the summoners in these games and Pascal was fun and usually in my battles.

  • @acidtrip-69 The voting phase is over, there was a separate thread for it. These are now the results based on the votes I've received. If you want to participate to the next one, keep an eye out for the next voting thread.

  • @axel I'm very pleased to see Tokyo Jungle has made the list. I remember picking it up along with Journey during the 12 days of Christmas sale and I had an absolute blast with it.

    The story mode is so fun, getting to go from one animal to another, complete objectives and getting all the lore :D

    And then arcade is just that constant one more try to do better. For god sake, you get to unlock a Velociraptor!

    Shuhei, where my sequel at!?

  • I had the chance to try Tokyo Jungle through PSPlus but it just looked boring. Nothing since has changed my mind. This or a Tales RPG? What an easy choice.

  • I only put 6 games on my list this year. There were several games I was thinking about adding to my list to get to 8. Tales of Graces was one of them but it's just not good enough to deserve an honorable mention, it was just "okay" in my opinion.

  • Final Fantasy XIII-2

    #20. Final Fantasy XIII-2 - 9 points


    #1: 1 (Sheria)
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (E_Zed_Eh_Intern)
    #4: 0
    HM: 1 (FF7Cloud)


    Release date: January 31 [US], February 3 [EU]
    Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows


    GT Review

  • I feel like the Goddess is disappointed in me for not voting for FF XIII-2...

  • XIII-2 huh? Of all the mainline Final Fantasies I've played (which for reference I have NOT played III, V, XI, and XIV) XIII is at the absolute bottom of my personal rankings and shares in the "I can't stand this" category with VIII. As a result, with how bad XIII burned me, there was/is no way I would try out either sequel.

    HOWEVER, with its placement here, it's a clear indicator that, at the absolute very least, XIII-2 is a better game than the original, so I can have a little silver lining view.

  • I actually never played any of the XIII games.

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    So people enjoyed the XIII games unironically? thats interesting. I wanted to like 13 so so bad, I really went into for it, but I couldnt bring myself to finish it. Then I started with 13-2 but when it got too much time travelling it just got confusing and I gave up. lol.

  • @brannox 3 and 5 are the most underrated games in the series and you should definitely give them a shot! Just know what you're getting into with them. 3 especially is very old school, to say the least.

  • @naltmank My aversions to those is the job systems. They've never really appealed to me and I learned my lesson with VI to trust my instincts: If I play ANY game because it's lauded by others instead of having my initial interest, I run the risk of having an unfair view on it.

  • 13-2 was my Pokémon. Got so into collecting and leveling monsters and giving them all kinds of skills. I didn't appreciate the lack of a connected world (part of why I quit 10-2 way back) but still somehow spent 100+ hours on this. Couldn't tell you a thing about the story but as I've said before, game stories are all bad to me so I usually ignore them.

  • FTL: Faster Than Light

    #19. FTL: Faster Than Light - 11 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 2 (bam541, Ringedwithtile)
    #4: 1 (Phbz)
    HM: 3 (Shoulderguy, TokyoSlim, Brandon_Reister)


    Release date: September 14 [US/EU]
    Developer: Subset Games
    Publisher: Subset Games
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X


    GT Review

  • Yet another game that ALMOST made my list. Great little game.

  • Wonderful to see FFXIII-2 on the list, though I feel it should be higher. It was infinitely better than FFXIII in my opinion and sucked up many hours from me. I loved all the characters and the story as well, I love stories that involve time travel.

    Shout outs to @E_Zed_Eh_Intern and @FF7Cloud for their additions.

  • I had to do a double take when I saw that I gave this a mere honorable mention. Man this game is amazing but there are so many other great games that came out in the same year that I couldn't slot it into my top 4. I think FTL comes close to the optimal roguelike formula for me while also having a great theme, soundtrack, and level of strategic depth. And while I think Into the Breach was a step down from FTL (I played it 10 hours instead of 100) I am confident that Subset Games will keep on making great games.
    I also thought that other people would give it more points than it got. I always overestimate the EZA community's interest in PC games because of my personal tastes.

  • I should buy this game again. My current Steam account doesn't have it, it's been a while since I actually played it. It would eat up my life again though. As a big fan of roguelikes, this is the crowning jewel for me. I never even finished it once, only got through past half of the sectors twice.