The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!

  • I don't like Fallout games and I tried this because the developer showcase was fun. I finished this game and hated a lot of parts of the game and story.

  • With this, I think Obsidian beat Bethesda at their own game! They did New Vegas before but a lot of it still feels like a Bethesda game. With this, they differentiated enough with the art style and how the game feels to play, but still having the Bethesda first person RPG feel.

    Of course, the writing and story part is the strongest here. I haven't beat the game yet, but I have played 15+ hours of it, and so far I'm very impressed by how well it's written, and also how interesting the setting is. It's a bleak, yet ridiculous world. The locales that are explorable are varied enough, with distinctive enough vibes to separate them. The characters are awesome too, Parvati is easily one of my favorite characters this year. I also like that some characters have the best banter when they're paired with each other, like Nyoka and Parvati.

    The combat feels nice, gunplay feel snappy enough and there's a lot of weapon variety. The impact of the guns is okay. The science weapons are fun to use, but that's kinda it. Overall it's not the best FPS combat ever, but it's good enough and that's all that matters to me.

    I also like how well paced the progression feels. Focusing on specific stats is certainly rewarded, and being able to get what you want because you're just too good at persuading people is so goddamn satisfying (as the allies aptly described on a Frame Trap episode).

    The one thing that I don't know how to feel about is the companion abilities. I just never felt the need to use the abilities, so I can't really say much about it since I only used it once on accident. Maybe that's my fault, maybe that's the game fault, I don't know.

    With voting for this game, I broke a rule that I usually go by when voting for stuff like in this Top 25, which is prioritizing games that I have finish. But I have no regrets for voting this game, I love it so much and despite not having the full experience yet, I just enjoy it too much.

  • I am THRILLED this placed so high. I love the Outer Worlds, so much so that it has encouraged me to maintain a Game Pass Ultimate Subscription for a good few months now. I'm yet to finish the game but have played quite a lot thanks to the lure of different characters and builds. It mirrors one of the things that is actually great about Fallout 4. It doesn't allow you to create a super soldier that's good at everything. If you want to be good as something, you have to specialise.

    Having super low intelligence and going around the world as basically a big, dumb, strong mercenary. chef kiss

  • @paulmci27
    same loved it though also stopped after 10-15 hours, honnestly the introduction of the MkII weapons kinda took some of the wind out of my sails for some reason.

  • TOW is a really good game that pushes the RPG genre by allowing an omni-directional ability to do and discuss anything with any character and the game will adapt around it. The only other game with the level of freedom would be Divinity II but not even that game has all of the writing to match your limitless freedom.

    TOW is held back by smaller worlds that get a bit fetch questy and don't offer compelling reasons to explore every nook. This is especially true because looting just isn't immersive like, say, Fallout or TES. TOW uses Bioshock-style quick looting which sort of makes this game feel just as much of a shooter as it is an RPG. In my opinion, its for worse.

  • I did not expected Outer Worlds to be so high on the list, is a good game, and better than Fallout 4 for me

  • The level of freedom, the ability to beat the game in a short amount of time, and replay-value sold me on Outer Worlds.

    The combat and the inventory system need tweaking even though they're both solid.

  • So far my Goty pick has never won in these forum picks. Re2 vs Sekiro just like EZA and Patreon.

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    #2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - 52 points


    #1: 5 (Crepe, Gurrzilla, kevboard, tokeeffe9, NeoCweeny)
    #2: 1 (Danjin44)
    #3: 5 (Phbz, Nimbat1003, Ksomic Wolf, Terence369, Kristen Rogers)
    #4: 3 (DIPSET, Hidz, Scotty)
    HM: 2 (DemonSwordsman, Capnbobamous)


    Release date: March 22 [US/EU]
    Developer: FromSoftware
    Publisher: Activision
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows


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  • Resident Evil 2

    #1. Resident Evil 2 - 68 points


    #1: 7 (iboshow, Tearju Engi, Sheria, Kristen Rogers, Hidz, MiserablePerson, Scotty)
    #2: 4 (paulmci27, Crepe, Ksomic Wolf, NeoCweeny)
    #3: 3 (Axel, Gurrzilla, DIPSET)
    #4: 2 (Hazz3r, Danjin44)
    HM: 4 (Shoulderguy, Terence369, kevboard, tokeeffe9)


    Release date: January 25 [US/EU]
    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Survival horror
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows


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  • @iboshow said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!:

    Re2 vs Sekiro

    If it makes you feel any better, neither were on my list.

    #1: Disco Elysium
    #2: Metro Exodus
    #3: The Outer Worlds
    #4:MLB The Show 19

    Honorable mentions: Control, Death Stranding, Judgment

  • Dat Luigi's Mansion 3 snub tho.

  • And alas, we've reached another end to another great GOTY countdown! Between the two, it was pretty obvious at the start of the thread, but personally not necessarily the beginning of this year. Both were highly anticipated, and clearly lived up to the hype. Game Awards 2017, seeing the Allies lose their minds over "Shadows Die Twice." E3 2018 during the Sony presser, and everything slowly dawning on everyone. And the yell when Leon revealed himself. Classic stuff.

    For the games themselves, I'm not into From games and only because of Huber and Damiani have I experienced Resident Evil in any capacity. VII, 4, 2 Remake, and then 5. I really enjoyed watching the full playthrough stream (and I'm anticipating the RE 3 Remake stream, so I'm choosing to bypass the current Mike and Mike stream to go in completely fresh). Seeing RE 2 Remake in its entirety with someone who is so passionate about the game makes me appreciate it more. I may not have played it but I enjoyed it, and actually have the feeling of rewatching it. Greatly hate Mr. X though.

    Now as is custom, here's my full list with some words on the games that didn't place:

    1. Kingdom Hearts III
    2. Gears 5
    3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
    4. Observation
    5. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
    6. Metro: Exodus
    7. Borderlands 3
    8. Creature in the Well
    9. Wolfenstein: Youngblood

    Wolfenstein Youngblood didn't make an Honorable Mention and if I would've been told that at the beginning of the year, I wouldn't have believed it. Arkane and MachineGames are two of my shortlist of favorite developers. This is one of my favorite franchises. The Blazkowicz twins are the best part of this game. But horrible story pacing, questionable level design, confounding story implementation, and most egregiously the RPG level system was just a fail. Disappointment of the Year and it feels bad.

    Creature in the Well is a really interesting concept and the fact most of it was made by two guys is astounding. I met one of them while I watched a good friend of mine play it at PAX East last year and it's one of the highlights of my entire 2019. The game feels more luck than skill based in the final couple of dungeons, but the action-pinball mechanic is one of the most unique things I've enjoyed. What's here is good, but I'm VERY excited, and hope for, a follow up.

    Observation piqued my interest when I first saw the trailer during the first State of Play, buy Ian playing the first 20 minutes for Easy Update hooked me. A game to play in about 6-8 hours, playing as a station's A.I. is another fascinating concept I enjoyed. There was a puzzle that was unnecessarily annoying, and the ending landed with a thud for me, but this is still a standout game that messes with your head, and I'm happy I gave it a shot.

    As always, massive kudos and thanks to @Axel for always taking the initiative with these threads. I look forward to the next!

  • All my votes made the list. I think that's a first for me. Resident Evil 2 is definitely a worthy winner. A few games just happened to resonate with me more than RE2 did.

    These are the 49 2019 games I completed. Here are the results of my video game research.

    1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    2. The Outer Worlds
    3. A Plague Tale: Innocence
    4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
    5. Kingdom Hearts III
    6. Control
    7. Resident Evil 2
    8. Metro Exodus
    9. Gears 5
    10. Pokémon Sword
    11. Luigi's Mansion 3
    12. Total War: Three Kingdoms
    13. Borderlands 3
    14. Telling Lies
    15. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
    16. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
    17. Super Mario Maker 2
    18. Trover Saves the Universe
    19. Devil May Cry 5
    20. Need for Speed Heat
    21. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    22. Yoshi's Crafted World
    23. Arise: A Simple Story
    24. Lonely Mountains: Downhill
    25. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
    26. Devotion
    27. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
    28. Sticks And Bones
    29. Observation
    30. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
    31. Sayonara Wild Hearts
    32. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
    33. Void Bastards
    34. Pilgrims
    35. Wargroove
    36. Katana Zero
    37. Ape Out
    38. Hotline Milwaukee
    39. Crackdown 3
    40. Erica
    42. Darq
    43. What the Golf?
    44. Pikuniku
    45. 198X
    46. Anthem
    47. She Sees Red
    48. The Long Return
    49. Rage 2

    I don't play many multiplayer only games like Apex Legends and Tetris 99. And I didn't play enough of any last year to put on my list.

    Thanks again to @Axel for putting these together. I'll be there again for the next GOTY vote.

  • My GOTY (Link's Awakening remake) barely making the cut hurt bad enough, and I knew Hypnospace Outlaw wouldn't make it at the end of the day but that still stung a bit, but man Baba is You and Travis Strikes Again getting completely and utterly snubbed is painful.

  • My list:

    1. COD Modern Warfare
    2. Tetris 99
    3. Resident Evil 2
    4. Sekiro
      HM: Judgement, Death Stranding, The Outer Worlds

    Ya'll are lame for not including Modern Warfare on your lists at least somewhere. This is some of the best FPS single player ever, some of the most fun COD multiplayer in years, all time great presentation including audio effects that could give you PTSD and all time great animation.

    We're talking some of the best animation seen in video games here.

  • @axel said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!:

    Dat Luigi's Mansion 3 snub tho.

    If it had proper control scheme I would play it. But with its current unfriendly controls I support this snub.

  • I’ve played a demo of Resident Evil 2. Not for me – character moves too slow for an action game. And Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a From Software game and after finishing Bloodborne I will not play any games from this studio until they implement Easy difficulty and add substantial story that isn’t lore-based (so, probably never).

  • Ah, Sekiro. I only played it for 5 hours and I loved how satisfying the combat and stealth feels, plus the verticality of the level design. It's so fun to zip around and strike enemies from far above. But... it was not enough to overcome my tiredness of playing Souls games. I know that it's quite different from those, but my mind can't help but think they're alike, and honestly I'm very sad about this. I would have loved to play the game more, but I just feel so bored and disinterested after the initial rush of adrenaline.

    Thanks to the RE2 demo, I have tasted how well the game controls, and it's very sublime. Gunplay feels very strong too, thanks to the superb feedback when the zombies get shot. Unfortunately I'm not exactly a horror fanatic, so I skipped the main game and opted to watch Huber and Kyle's playthrough instead, which is very fun to watch. If I played only like 2-3 games this year and needed more games to put in to my vote for this Top 25, I would certainly vote for this game, despite never playing the main game.

    As for my actual picks, they are:

    1. Ace Combat 7
    2. The Outer Worlds
    3. Control
    4. Concrete Genie

    Honorable mentions:

    • Devil May Cry V
    • Days Gone
    • Death Stranding
    • Pokemon Sword

    I'm not surprised to see Concrete Genie nowhere in the list. I think it's a superb and wholesome small title that tugged my heartstrings harder than I would expect. I'm very glad that I played it early enough to be able to vote for it.

    There's actually a small regret that I feel right now, because I didn't vote for what is probably my favorite fighting game ever: Samurai Shodown. I love it to death, the mechanics of the game is superb and every match is so goddamn intense. I still can't ignore how lacking the singleplayer content is, and the fact that the multiplayer still feels lackluster compared to other multiplayer games, despite the netcode improvements.

    I also want to shout out River City Girls. I haven't played beat em ups in a while, but I was hooked with this game for a while. I love the art style and vibes of the game, it's super charming. The combat feels great as well, it's not too easy or too hard and punching enemies is fun as heck. Haven't finished it though.

    Thank you @Axel for managing this whole thing, and to everyone else that participated!

  • Here’re my top 8 2019 games:

    1. Borderlands 3
    2. Control
    3. The Outer Worlds
    4. Metro Exodus
    5. Days Gone
    6. A Plague Tale: Innocence
    7. Apex Legends
    8. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

    The only one that didn’t make into top 25 is The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan. I really liked my first playthrough: having to react quickly knowing that every mistake can mean death or bad outcome was intense and horrifying. But further playthroughs to get all collectables weren’t that great and it’s hard to replay particular segment in the middle of your playthrough (which is fine for the 1st run, but not good for the 2nd). It’s memorable, but it’s one-and-done game.