The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!



  • Days Gone

    #12. Days Gone - 15 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (BullToad)
    #2: 2 (iboshow, Kristen Rogers)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (bam541, ffff0)

    Information

    Release date: April 26 [US/EU]
    Developer: SIE Bend Studio
    Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
    Genre: Action-adventure, Survival horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review



  • I wanted to play Days Gone but I didn't because of the performance issues. I'm hoping for a PS5 enhanced version or a PC version. Then I would definitely play it.



  • Disco Elysium is my most anticipated game to come to consoles. I know I will adore it. I almost gave it an HM because of that certainty.

    At some point I will pick up Days Gone. It's not a game I think I'll like for more than a couple hours, but I know my husband will adore it.



  • Now I'm surprised. Day's Gone is way higher than i though it would be. I skipped out on it because of the bugs and i didn't think I'd like the gameplay tbh.

    Spider-Man was also in my backlog , so I figured that would satiate the action/collection itch.



  • Days Gone was a game that felt like it was too long and a lot of fluff. I felt that way in the first ten hours. The story opens up and it's really great. Sam Witwer put in a great performance as Deacon and is extremely underrated. The ending is great and sets up a sequel nicely.



  • Sam Witwer is great in/as many things.



  • I was very excited for Days Gone since it's reveal at Sony's E3 2016 show (The placing of it will never not be weird). Even then I felt like I was only part of a few that were interested in it. I looked forward to it all the way up to the release.

    Then the reviews dropped.

    The DAY before the game launched watching/listening to four different and trusted groups/people, all pan it for technical problems, length, and other factors. I decided to not get it. Since then, I've felt I made the right decision for me, but I've enjoyed seeing Bend stick with it post-launch, and this is proof positive that, while a majority of critics may dislike a game, there are many, MANY more people who are interested and wind up enjoying it.

    Good on ya Days Gone.



  • Days Gone is my #5 of 36.

    At first I didn’t like the pacing of this game. It starts and stops, becomes interesting then boring and again and again. But after a while I realized that Days Gone isn’t a typical fictional story – it’s a slice of life. Like in real life not every moment is meaningful and not every dream will be realized, but it only makes your highs so much higher. Once I understood that everything felt into place.

    As a game it also works well. There’s satisfying gameplay loop “gather resources – do your thing” and riding on the bike in the open world feels great. Enemy AI isn’t particularly smart, but since odds are stacked against you, particularly near the end, abusing its weaknesses was fun and satisfying. I played it in September and there weren’t significant technical problems besides engine’s struggles to load the assets when you travel fast. But even while it was noticeable it didn’t bother me that much.

    I think that despite high marketing budget this isn’t a universally appealing game, but if its ever come on PlayStation Plus, I would recommend to check it out.



  • Days Gone is awesome. I love the story (despite it being too long), it has a lot of surprisingly great emotional moments. The voice acting performance is also surprisingly great overall, especially from Deacon's actor, Sam Witwer. The writing is solid, it never got too serious or too dumb, it's feels very grounded which is what the game is trying to be. These three things are definitely the qualities of Days Gone that I didn't expect to be so good.

    Dealing with the horde is as intense as I wanted it to be, especially at later stages of the game when there's so many of them. Running away when you're out of ammo is so scary, I had to restrain myself from looking back just to control my panic. Unfortunately the gunplay feels a bit weak, not much impact in the weapons. Still, it's so fun to use the equipments that you can craft, like the molotov. Seeing the fire spread among the horde and watching them run at you nonetheless is pretty terrifying.

    I also like to mention how beautiful this game can look at times (especially the skybox at night, so many stars!) This game is a great photo mode material, check out my screenshots at the game screenshots thread in this forum if you haven't :) too bad the game has lots of performance issues when I played it, I don't know how it is now but hopefully it's better. I didn't encounter many glitches fortunately.

    Despite all of its glaring flaws, it's still a wonderful and charming game, and most importantly fun to play. If you are still on the fence about this game, I implore you to at least check it out when it's on sale or something, I believe that the great things this game has still outweighs it's flaws by a huge margin.



  • Really looking forward to picking it up for a good price and giving it a try. It feels a little rough around the edges from an outsider perspective, but I'm very much against feeling like you should only play 9 out of 10s. And you never know, it might end up being a 9 out of 10 to me.



  • Will play Days Gone eventually. Not a fan of Zombie games, plus it's a long open world game on an universe that doesn't immediately draws me in. I'll get there eventually. Was expecting it to be higher here considering it's a Sony exclusive.



  • It's funny because I recently had a huge amount of videos pushed to my YouTube front page basically begging me to play Days Gone.
    I love seeing redemption stories in gaming like that. The game comes out somewhat busted but the dev keeps at it and turns things around.



  • Days Gone is definitely in my top 10.

    At first I was bored with the game, but after 10-20 hours I started to be really engaged in the story and I'd more fun with the game. Days Gone is a great swimmin' in 7!



  • My friend told me last night that there is a line of dialogue in Disco Elysium where somebody yells “WHERE THE HOOD WHERE THE HOOD WHERE THE HOOD AT” so now I need to download this DMX Sim ASAP



  • Days gone is something I pretty much will never play.
    I've heard redeeming things about the story(a streamer I watch almost quit it after 2 streams but ended up loving it by the end) but it just rings of the things that annoy me about modern open world games.(bloat, pacing and just busy work)

    For reference I also dropped off BOTW(20hrs honestly mostly the weapon durability and very piecemeal story) and

    horizon:zero dawn((10hrs)story bogged down after the opening and I found it frustrating to navigate the world lots of stopping to pick flowers too heal)

    Maybe it's just because I'm just such an rpg fan that I need those deepper mechanic's or story to keep me engaged.



  • Kingdom Hearts III

    #11. Kingdom Hearts III - 17 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (Brannox)
    #2: 1 (DemonSwordsman)
    #3: 1 (FF7Cloud)
    #4: 1 (Sheria)
    HM: 3 (Shoulderguy, Kristen Rogers, Lotias)

    Information

    Release date: January 29 [US/EU]
    Developer: Square Enix Business Division 3
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    EZA Review



  • Kingdom Hearts III is my #12 of 36.

    My perspective is unusual. I know next to nothing about Final Fantasy and I never watched some of Disney classic animation films. I also never played Kingdom Hearts games before 2019. I was thinking about it several years ago, but when I saw that Sora screams constantly during battles I decided not to. But in March 2019 Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package went on sale and the deal was too good to be missed.

    So in July I started playing all these 10 games (or 7 if you exclude movies). And almost immediately I regretted that I bought them. First of all they are insanely hard. I had to restart first game on Easy after 4 hours on Normal, but even then I was stuck on multiple bosses for hours. I even nearly gave up on Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, but then I read about EXP Walker, so I made it and left my character running circles for a night. Secondly, the worlds are small and looks old, but objectives aren’t always clear, so you go through the same rooms over and over again. Finally there is a lot of repetition in the series, so games can be pretty boring.

    After all that tedium I played the first current-gen game Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, and it was a breath of fresh air. It was short, so when I went into Kingdom Hearts III it was still feeling fresh, new and big. And playing it was a joy, especially since almost every world in it was new.

    But Kingdom Hearts III eventually also became tedious. Many worlds and many moments felt longer than they need to be (especially Arendelle). And the ending is longer than in Lord of the Rings. I get that it tries to wrap up so many games, but culminating the game with a series of 22 boss battles is way too much.

    Still I’m happy that I took this journey. I got attached to its characters and story and I ended up liking its music. Kingdom Hearts III is definitely the second best games in the series (A Fragmentary Passage is my favorite because it’s new and short) and it’s my #12 only because there were games I’ve enjoyed more.



  • Kingdom Hearts III is my #5 of 49.

    It's interesting seeing some of the negative reactions to Kingdom Hearts III. I've never been a huge Kingdom Hearts fan (only finished Kingdom Hearts 2 before this new one) but I really liked KH3.

    This game is a big dumb fun spectacle. The great music, Disney worlds and constant new abilities kept me invested all the way through. I grew to appreciate all the characters and the big showdown at the end is epic. I think it was Brad or Huber who said "Kingdom Hearts III is basically, "bonds the game"." That made me laugh and I totally agree.



  • I love our ranking this year! So many beloved games already made their appearance and we still haven't touched the top 10. I have no idea what's coming and in what order and it's exciting.



  • I've stated on several of the Community Showcases about my fandom for Kingdom Hearts, so the fact it's my GOTY isn't surprising, but as I've said before, I'm conflicted:

    I recognize this game has some issues: the story inconsistencies, not only the actual plot points themselves but also the actual storytelling, feels like it's been shotgun blasted all over the place. All the worlds having no reason to revisit for storytelling purposes was a letdown, but understandable when factoring in the sheer scope of each world. Yet there was some areas that felt pointless (Lookin' at you Hundred Acre Wood and Twilight Town). But tying in main narrative scenes in between world visits as opposed to incorporating them WHILE in the worlds is another issue. Each Organization member being in each world felt like they were just there to be there, and didn't really do much for the core narrative, so every world felt contained and separated instead of connected.

    Plot points and revelations are left unanswered and even with the recently released Re:Mind (Don't get me started on the all the secret movies across the base game and DLC), there's too many unanswered questions. And the fact there was virtually no Final Fantasy representation outside of the opening monologue of the first world was colossally disappointing, so while it's nice to see them in Re:Mind, I wish there was more.

    As far as criticisms, my final one is regarding the loading. It felt inconsistent and lengthy quite often, and the social media post were so jarring I get a sense of whiplash every time I see one. It takes me out of it so hard.

    Despite ALL of this, it's still my GOTY. Why?

    Because when I look back at all the games I played from 2019, this is the game I had the absolute most fun with. It's so difficult for me to look at the game with a critical eye when I've had bias present for the better part of two decades, but nothing brought me more joy.

    The game is STUNNING to look at, especially when I marvel the transition from cutscene to gameplay. Several of the world designs are really cool, like exploring an ocean and its islands, a giant toy store, or a huge metropolitan city (despite the downsides the latter two being the ONLY important areas in said worlds). So many of the series' best ideas are implemented, from movement to combat. In the case of the latter, it's a spectacle to watch as Disney rides, ultimate abilities and forms flash and zoom across the screen just destroying the opposition (which I understand lends to the, "This game is too easy," issue) and unique ones as well such having multiple keyblades equipped and overhauling the synthesis system. I like how diverse the mini-games are and I got a kick out of the retro-handheld ones, but the some of the Flans and the cooking games aren't fun.

    I love this series too much, and I never, EVER want to recommend it because of all the hurdles and roadblocks it takes to get into it now as opposed to back in a simpler time without ludicrous spinoffs and tripling over itself in convoluted, make-it-up-as-you-go sense of storytelling, but for me, Kingdom Hearts III was what I wanted, what I got, and what I fight for. I'm bummed it didn't make top 10, but honestly I was expecting it to show up at every entry, so I'm happy it's this high.

    Shoutouts to @Shoulderguy, @Kristen-Rogers, @Lotias, @Sheria, @FF7Cloud, and @DemonSwordsman for liking it enough to nominate it at any point on your lists!