The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!

  • Ahhhh yes, the out-of-literal-nowhere shadow drop of the year. Respawn has truly crushed it since their inception and 2019 was their year. It's interesting to watch how Battle Royale went from PUBG to Fortnite and now this. While I prefer Respawn's other projects, it's hard to argue against their success. Kudos to them.

  • Apex Legends is my #7 of 36.

    I rarely play multiplayer games and when I do, I don’t play in teams, because I will be pulling everyone down. But the beauty of Apex Legends is that you have to play in teams, but you don’t need to talk to others, because you can communicate just by pointing to something and pressing a button. Basically it’s a perfect multiplayer game for those, who don’t feel comfortable playing with others.

    Another great thing about Apex Legend on launch was that there were no seasons, events or any other way of constantly changing the game. I remember playing Fortnite for a week, then logging in several weeks later and hardly recognizing the game I played. With Apex Legends I could play a day or two, then complete some other game and then return to Apex Legends and doesn’t feel like all knowledge and skills I’ve got previously have no value now. Basically, Apex Legends was a perfect game for non-committed players.

    Sadly, it was. Couple of month after launch Respawn followed Fortnite model and began to fix what wasn’t broken. So after a couple of matches in season 2 I stopped playing it and I don’t think I’ll ever return. Still the first couple of months were magical (I even won almost dozens of matches), so number #7 on my list is well deserved.

    P.S. Great to see it got recognition here. I thought multiplayer games have no chance with our single player focused crew.

  • Finally, something I actually played, lol. 2019's definitely not the most active year I had in gaming.

    Anyway, I played a lot of Apex back during the month it came out and since then only played it sporadically. It's a lot of fun. The crazy ass fast paced mobility is what made it so fun for me, it just feels like there's a really high skill ceiling there (and there is, look no further than the Apex pros on twitch). There's just not enough new interesting things for me to keep playing in the long run (plus I want to play other games), which is why I eventually fell out of the game.

  • Apex is great. Consumed about a month of my year in 2019. Battle Royale has never really been my thing (I’m too in love with CS to truly enjoy any other game mode) but Apex came damn close!

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    Apex was my second most played game this year, so I guess its only natural that its second on my list. I really enjoyed playing it with friends and just mess around. Won a few games but for some reason my connection seem to sometimes have issues with this game and give me some lovely latency.

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  • I had Link’s Awakening as a honorable mention purely because it was a remake. Its still a 10/10 experience for me. It was the first time I finished Link’s Awakening and it was a magical experience.

  • Apex is pretty cool and all but there is just sooooo much going on that I can’t keep up. I feel too old and confused for these BR games.

  • I played Apex for all of 7-8 matches when it came out, but multiplayer shooters are my kryptonite, I just never will get into one. I'm not good at them, and I don't want to get good at them.

    Still, I could appreciate everything it does from a design point of view, a lot of clever and inclusive ideas such as the ping system. If I was forced at gunpoint to play an online shooter, I'd probably pick this one, and that's the best compliment I can give it.

  • Yeah had good fun with apex at launch though went hard for around 2 weeks, not much of a competitive person nowadays(2 years of LOL is enough to last a lifetime).
    so most only last so long but apex deserves the love for being a good quality free surprise that ran well.

  • This list is, once again, reminded me of how many games I miss every year because I'm playing previous years' games. Love it! This hobby will never be boring!

  • @dipset yeah maybe it is partly my fault because the few matches I played I just jumped in there without a real idea about what to do and with randos, but I have just feel lost in the few times I've played BRs, so I just end up losing interest.

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

    #19. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - 12 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (bard91)
    #3: 1 (paulmci27)
    #4: 1 (FF7Cloud)
    HM: 3 (Sazime, Hidz, NeoCweeny)


    Release date: June 18 [US/EU]
    Developer: ArtPlay
    Publisher: 505 Games
    Genre: Metroidvania
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Windows


    EZA Review

  • Backed it, love'n it, but man to I need to put more time in.

  • As a concept, Bloodstained sounded fascinating to be the spiritual successor to Castlevania, but it's never been a franchise that appealed to me. I cheer its success though, because it's proof positive Konami needs to divest its properties to people who care, because they sure don't know how to do it.

  • I still want to try this game eventually. I put Bloodstained in my HM's last years GOTY but the more I played it, the more I realized that I kinda like these NES style games but I much much prefer the deeper mechanics of the PS1 style Castlevania games. I should've played this but I'm all Metroid-Vania'd out and I'll save my energy for Silksong.

  • Bloodstained wasn't half-bad, but to me it's the epitome of an 8 out of 10.

  • Gears 5

    #18. Gears 5 - 12 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 2 (Brannox, MiserablePerson)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 4 (Phbz, paulmci27, Hazz3r, Bigdude1)


    Release date: September 10 [US/EU]
    Developer: The Coalition
    Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
    Genre: Third-person shooter
    Platform(s): Xbox One, Windows


    EZA Review

  • Gears 5 is #9 on my list.

    It was hard leaving Gears 5 off the top 8. I've always been a fan of the Gears of War series but it's mostly more of the same. Even if that same is one of the most polished and diverse campaigns of 2019.

    Gears 5 has me more hyped for Gears Tactics, a mix of Xcom and Gears has great potential.

  • Gears 5, for me, is the best Gears game since the first two games.

    Gears 5 actually provides a wide amount of choice for how you want to play, within each mode. For single players like me, it's a MASSIVE plus I am able to play every mode alone. That includes multiplayer. Playing against bots to practice without dedicating to the campaign or playing against (or with) others was a benefit gone from Gears 4, so being able to open up all modes, including Horde and Escape, to play alone is greatly appreciated (though Horde and Escape are still anti-single player, at least you can ATTEMPT them).

    Escape is a nice concept, and the more friends you have, the better. Also introducing the map editor opens a lot of opportunity to always mix up the various maps and creativity of other players.

    The campaign is EASILY the strongest part. The story is great from the jump and carries itself all the way up until the climax. Sadly, there is one plot point that undos a good deal of that good will in the final hour, but that critique aside, I absolutely LOVED it. Especially Jack. Adding a new and out-of-the-box way to approach Gears is fantastic, and I applaud the Coalition with what they've done throughout the whole package of Gears 5.


    Their microtransaction and customization system is a colossal waste. Having to buy a currency (Iron) that isn't earnable, and having a limited selection that's not even permanent feels like a total letdown development time went into this. THANKFULLY, the one saving grace of this system is not one time was I ever directed or made known about any of this. I had to mess around with the menus on launch night and look around to discover this, so it's so far out of the way, it's there ONLY for people who will go out of there way to spend cash on cosmetic items.

    There's so much great with Gears 5, and Gears has proven itself, in this generation at least, to be the most important exclusive for Xbox. Halo included.

    As I'm known to do, I want to shoutout my fellow Allies who liked the game enough to have it on their lists in some way (AND as a make-up, I'm also going to tag those who had Borderlands 3, because I COMPLETELY forgot to share my appreciation and I feel scummy because of it).

    SO! High-fives to:

    Gears 5: @MiserablePerson, @Phbz, @paulmci27, @Hazz3r, and @Bigdude1

    Borderlands 3: @ffff0, @Inustar, and @Terence369