The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!

  • I'm pretty much a big Yakuza/RGG Studios fan, and Judgment should have been a slam dunk for me. So why was it just an HM? I honestly think it was just a pretty stacked year, and while Judgment went slightly off the Yakuza formula that works so well, I think some of the new mechanics could be more entertaining. People complain about the tailing missions - but it's not that they are hard, it's that they are tedious. I think something less formulaic than "bad guy walks down empty street, stops to look around, turns a corner, stops to look around, doubles back on his tracks and goes down an alleyway, stops to look around" would be interesting. Like what if they were actually good at losing tails and you had to pay attention? What if they tried to blend into a crowd, or found a way to change clothes or disguise themselves halfway through your tail. Or if you were tailing a package and not a person, and it changed hands several times. Anything just to break up the monotony of the mission structure. These are things that I feel like should be improved if there's a Judgment 2.

  • I will say that I love the new characters though. Even/especially the side characters like the people in the law office and the super weird/meta relationship you develop in game with the real life president of Ikinari Steak.

  • I love Tetris, but have no interest in playing against others so Tetris 99 is of no interest to me. Borderland 3 I also skipped as I just couldn't get into the second game at all sadly. I will pick Judgement up at some point though.

  • So far, only Judgement caught my attention.

  • Well damn! EZA Forum, you disappoint me now. Judgment at #23, uhh.

    The game did what it propably aimed to do and managed to get a new fan for the RGG Studio, as this was the first game I've played from them. (The Yakuza series is such a daunting challenge to approach at this point.) What a great summer game this was, really enjoyed it! The main attraction for me was the solid main story and the way it was presented. It kept me intrigued all the way to the end. And of course the characters themselves played a huge part in all of this, in me appreciating the game so much. Great interactions between the good, the bad and the weird.

  • @sentinel-beach said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!:

    The Yakuza series is such a daunting challenge to approach at this point.

    Yakuza Zero baby! It's self-contained and one of the very best ones. No pressure, you don't have to sign up for the whole series.

  • @inustar Late, but I just got a Tetris 99 that came with a free online subscription. Its pretty addicting lol

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

    #22. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - 11 points


    #1: 1 (Hanabi)
    #2: 0
    #3: 1 (NeoCweeny)
    #4: 0
    HM: 3 (Sheria, Crepe, Bigdude1)


    Release date: September 20 [US/EU]
    Developer: Grezzo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): Nintendo Switch


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  • well that hurts, thought it'd make top 15 at least.

    I'm not a huge Zelda guy but Link's Awakening is definitely one of the few I have a genuine connection with and this remake was as close to perfect as I could hope for.

  • Well the surprises of games showing up earlier than expected keep coming. When the reveal trailer first started, I kind of was not feeling the announcement, but this art style had me 180 hard. I actually enjoy looking at this game, but outside of Wind Waker, I've never been drawn to Zelda. That and I don't have a Switch. Still, seeing Link's Awakening this low has me VERY curious for the remaining entries.

    I'm probably going to say this several times in this thread, but: 2019 was a year with such a diverse net.

  • Playing this game made me realize that, no matter how well-made it is, I just don't like 2-D Zelda games. I mean, I have no problems with them, they just feel tedious to me.

  • Link's Awakening is #15 of 49 on my list.

    Link’s Awakening on Game Boy is one of the only mainline Zelda games I’d never played. After finishing this remake, I can finally see why this has a reputation as an early series high point.

    It seems like this remake was mostly well received. Hopefully that means Nintendo will give more classic games the remake treatment.

  • I know this sounds shitty and reductive. But nothing about this game says $79.99 plus tax to me so I didn't buy it.

  • @dipset *Canadian. We must always reference this or people say, "dude, $49.99 at Target"

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    Oh wow, really thought it would end up higher on the list! No I'm eager to see what are closer to the top :D

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    I'm not even involved in the list and barely played anything from last year but wow this is wild and I'm curious af as to what made it to the top of some of these games are so far down the list.

  • I enjoyed Judgment alot but didn't feel as invested as Yakuza characters. The story was good and felt nice being more neutral compared to one that stabs and shoots yet they just walk away like that didn't happen.
    I know some people had serious issues with what Link's Awakening had on remake so not surprised of it ranking lower than expectations.

  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

    #21. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - 11 points


    #1: 2 (FF7Cloud, bard91)
    #2: 0
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 1 (Inustar)


    Release date: October 22 [US/EU]
    Developer: Nihon Falcom
    Publisher: NIS America
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4



  • A series I'd like to get invested in, but never find the time to play all the games. Hopefully I'll get around it soon!

  • Same, I've heard quite a bit of good things about the series