The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!

  • I remember picking up Journey as I waited for my copy of Blades of Time to arrive. My friend suggested I gave it a go and reassured me that it was a very short game. He wasn't wrong, I finished it well before the post arrived, but it truly was one of the most excruciatingly dull experiences I have experienced with videogames. I didn't like the style, I didn't like the music and the whole thing came across as incredibly pretentious, especially its ending. The worst part though was right towards the end. I was so looking forward to putting it to bed at that point, but it slows the whole thing down to a crawl (literally) as it forces you do fight against the wind approaching the top of the mountain, not fun at all.

    It's definitely a game that has stuck in my mind ever since, just sad it wasn't in a positive way.

  • The game's beautiful in more than one way and I've played it through a couple of times, but I just never actually "got" the game. Or I mean I get it, but it just doesn't speak to me like to so many others. Flower remains my favourite from thatgamecompany.

  • I remember playing this once or twice. It's neat enough but I don't think I could ever consider some little two-hour "experience" GOTY material.

  • 4 of my votes haven't surfaced yet and we only have 3 spots left. I wonder which game will not make the cut: The Walking Dead, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored or Dance Central 3...

  • Journey did absolutely nothing for me. Maybe because my expectations were too high? I just don't get it, I don't see what about it makes so many people so emotional.

  • I’ve never played Journey. I don’t really get the draw. I think I have it free on PSN. Absolutely no desire to play it.

  • I didn’t play many new games from 2012 but Journey would have been my GOTY. However, I only played it one time in 2014 when it released on PS4 and I was really stoned.

    Those camera angles is what stands out most to me. The silhouette of your silk people sliding down the sand kinda like a side scroller while some amazing music plays.

    I really liked this game and believed the hype once it played it 2 years later.

  • Im starting to get worried one of my favourite games of all time didn't even make the top 25. I'd be devastated.

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    Journey really blew me away in so many ways. Simple, beautiful music and scenery. I still dreamed of the slide through the sandfall for a long time after I had gone through it. If you havent played it, you should!

  • @ffff0 Damn. It sucks Dishonored ain't gonna make it.

    Edit: damn autocorrect

  • Three spots left. We'll see....

  • Dishonored

    #3. Dishonored - 34 points


    #1: 3 (E_Zed_Eh_Intern, Brannox, paulmci27)
    #2: 2 (Hidz, Exist 2 Inspire)
    #3: 2 (El Shmiablo, Brandon_Reister)
    #4: 0
    HM: 5 (bam541, Hazz3r, tokeeffe9, Lotias, ffff0)


    Release date: October 9 [US], October 12 [EU]
    Developer: Arkane Studios
    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
    Genre: Action-adventure, Stealth
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows


    GT Review

  • Surely this just means that Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed and Rhythm Heaven Fever are the top two games, and that those beauties weren't shafted hard in this poll.

  • @hanabi I have one of those an HM. Not saying which but I hate rhythm games.

  • Dishonored is #7 on my list. Great graphics for that gen (although I played it on PC)! Also it have great stealth and interesting level design. Solving its environmental puzzles was very enjoyable. Sadly, the story is forgettable, otherwise it would be higher on my list.

  • I really like games like Dishonored because there is so much enjoyment to be had replaying them. Going from a 100% unseen pacifist run to a kill anything that moves run was so much fun because I could use all the things I learned by sneaking around to my advantage while also getting to use all the sweet combat powers that I didn't need previously. Sadly while the world seems pretty cool @ffff0 is right on the money about the plot so it only got my #3 spot.

  • Didn't think Dishonored would be so high here, there's usually very little talk or praise of it. But okay, 12 people voted for it. I played the Definitive Edition on PS4 a few years ago, the game's pretty enjoyable and has a clear art style, but I never returned for the "absolute sneak playthrough" later on I imagined I'd do. Never touched Dishonored 2 either.

  • This is the same case with Gravity Rush for me, where a franchise debut game executes the main ideas well enough, has a lot of unique qualities and feel to it, and left a couple of things that could be improved with a sequel (which Dishonored 2 did in flying colors imo, like Gravity Rush 2 did). This was a pretty shiny gem in the last generation's nearly-final moments.

    The one thing I still remember from this game is stamping one of assassination targets with a heretic sign in the face so I don't have to kill him, leaving his reputation forever tarnished. It felt pretty great when I did that.

    Bonus story, I remember playing it on my PS3 and every time my brother walked in, he kept saying about how grotty and blurry the game looks, lol. Poor ol' PS3 was nearing it's limits.

  • I don't know. I want to play it in some capacity but art style is not my cup of tea really. I like it when games are cell-shaded or ''realistic looking'' but I don't like very much when they are inbetween.

  • Dishonored is in this really weird place for me. I really don't like it as a whole package. The game actively discourages you from using all the cool tools and abilities it offers you to come up with unique and novel ways to assassinate people. I hate that with a passion, especially in a post HITMAN (2016) world, which completely nails what let Dishonored down in my view.

    That said, the moment to moment gameplay of this game is sublime. Throwing away the concerns for the story, slowly becoming a supernatural murder machine is some of the most fun I've had in games.