The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!

  • Congrats to RE2. I've enjoyed it, visually is not only technically impressive but also nails the mood. But I'm not a big fan of RE or the genre, so I couldn't place it higher.

    Sekiro is a fknig brilliant game. Exhilarating and nerve wrecking! From the From Soft games it was the most rewarding to explore and the most precise to control. The sound design is superb, the feedback from consecutive parries is so damn rewarding.

    It has a great trollish sense of humor. The moment when I was about to fight the Drunkard and his crew, sneaked to the NPC nearby to talk with him and he pulls a "Leeroy Jenkins" moment ruining my stealthy plans, made me laugh so hard. The Guardian Ape fight, also a terribly funny and trollish moment.

    I think Sekiro does a better job in subverting expectations than other From Soft games. And also some boss fights against other human characters are among the best they've done so far. It's cool to fight giant demons and all, but at least for me it's psychologically more rewarding when you meet another human that matches you.

    The one thing that took me some time to get over it was the lost mechanic of recovering your lost souls. The moments that rise from there in previous games, when you constantly have to make a risk assessment, and then having to recover them and sometimes taking enormous losses due to a silly mistake or over confidence, are missed here.

    Unlike many others I don't think this game is lesser than Souls or Bloodborne. It's different enough but at the same time it delivered the same thrills I want from a From Soft game. And how it rates for me it depends on the day. Some days it's my least favourite, other days my top one.

    My complete 2019 list:

    1 Control
    2 Outer Wilds
    3 Sekiro
    4 Void Bastards
    5 Outer Worlds
    6 The Touryst
    7 Gears 5
    8 Death Stranding

    9 Metro Exodus
    10 Plague Tale
    11 Astral Chain
    12 Untilled Goose Game
    13 Ace Combat
    14 Resident Evil 2
    15 Blasphemous (This one is a bit of a cheat since I've only played it in 2020.)
    16 Mario Maker 2
    17 Creature in the Well
    18 Zelda Links Awakening
    19 Observation
    20 Devil May Cry 5
    21 Gato Roboto
    22 Totaly Accurate Battle Simulator
    23 Crackdown 3
    24 Ring Fit Adventure
    25 Arise
    26 Moonlighter
    27 Night Call
    28 Baba is You
    29 Dreams

    1. Blair Witch

    2019 was a brilliant year for me. We didn't have those games with $50m marketing campaigns shouting in our ears to play it but there was a pletora of fantastic titles. I might been forgetting a title or two but at least from the 30 2019 games I've played I enjoyed them all, except Blair Witch. Shootout to Void Bastards (my #4) for some of the most fun I had playing a game this year. Hilarious game with a cool and well executed concept, fantastic sound design and music and cool art style. Also to Creature in the Well, just a tad short from being great.

    And a special mention to Dreams. While I had fun with it, I hope it gets released on PC. Interface is 70% of any creation tool and I find it atrocious to interact with. I know people have created impressive stuff, but people create impressive stuff using matchsticks too, doesn't mean it's an ideal material. But I'll give it some more hours, as I've seen they made improvements on the controls.

    Now 2020!!!

    Edit: I forgot about Blair Witch, really didn't liked that one.

    Edit 2: I also forgot Untitled Goose Game!! Had a great time with it playing with my GF.

  • Cool list we made this year. Lots of unexpected turns along the way - except for the top 2, for sure.

    My top 8 looked like this:

    #1: Death Stranding
    #2: Judgment
    #3: A Plague Tale: Innocence
    #4: Heaven's Vault
    HM: Control
    HM: Mortal Kombat 11
    HM: The Outer Worlds
    HM: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

  • @axel I love these recaps so, SO much. Seeing Pokemon, Luigi's Mansion 3, Super Mario Maker 2, Untitled Goose Game, and Mortal Kombat 11 all not place is so fascinating. Thanks again for the stats! I love the stories behind how games changed places with each list submitted and enjoy geeking out about these stats.

    Also, I would like to be the first to get in to say I nominate this to be moved to the Hall of Fame at the end of weekend (I'm requesting to wait a couple of days as of this this writing, so people have a couple of days to still visit this thread under the "Gaming" section and keep commenting if they so choose. I'm saying the weekend because I'm not sure if it'll stay active after that).

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

    The Outer Worlds managed the unprecedented performance of placing 3rd without a single #1 vote. Nobody truly loves you, Outer Worlds, you're the potato salad of 2019

    How dare you! Potato salad is GOAT

  • @axel Geebuz, 2019 was STACKED. That list of 4 point and lower games is full of gold.

  • I initially did not submit a vote because I thought I don't qualify since I didn't play enough games but after reading through a list of games released this year I managed to get exactly four! Hell yeah!

    #1: Astral Chain
    #2: Katana Zero
    #3: Sayonara Wild Hearts
    #4: Pokemon Sword and Shield

    Hardest deliberation was between Sayonara and Katana but I felt like Katana offered me more in the end. Even though I definitely spent more time on Sayonara for those trophies.

    Anyways, new year resolution is to definitely play more games.

  • To the mods: let's move this topic to the Hall of Fame.

  • Global Moderator

    @ffff0 Agreed!

  • 1-RE2 Remake
    2-Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
    4-Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    I am late to the party but I want to write something about top 2:

    RE2 is a really nice game. Action, thrill, story and ''feeling the kill'' are all good. And it is the first RE game that I finished. I am looking forward to RE3 Remake.

    Sekiro is good even though I hate souls games' decisions about checkpoints. I don't want to play the same thing if I already beat it, just put me in the place that I died for God's sake! Other than that, story and the bosses were interesting. I quit the game when I saw there are a lot of optional bosses and because of I'm a little obssesive about this kind of stuff; I had to kill them all but that would take so much time and also would be tiresome instead of fun. I really loved two things about this game: Combat was so satisfying, like katana's clashing, blood, killing someone etc. and mobility was nice change from those heavy DS games.

    To me, 2019 was a nice year but not a great one unlike 2018. 2020 is looking even better than 2018 which is awesome!

  • @axel Community Showcase submission post is up now.

  • Nice, thanks for the reminder!

  • @axel I can't see your submission (it was probably deleted). Please check it, submissions are closing soon.

  • @ffff0 It's done now, can you check if it shows up on your side?

  • @axel Yes, I can see it now. Great post!

  • Btw, I totally forgot but this thread was talked about on the March Community Showcase, so I'm putting the link here for those who missed it:

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