The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2019!

  • Gears is an awesome and misunderstood franchise, so I'm just glad to see that 5 was actually able to crack this year's Top 25 when 4 couldn't in 2016.

    @Brannox - My biggest issue was that plot point as well, I feel the same way. It would be interesting to see a breakdown of who did like and who didn't with regards to their level of familiarity with the series.

  • @miserableperson Oh I've heard enough talk to know one choice was overwhelmingly picked over the other.

  • @brannox Oh me too, I'm simply talking about that moment as a concept in a Gears game.

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

    #17. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - 13 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (Hazz3r)
    #3: 1 (iboshow)
    #4: 2 (Hanabi, Lotias)
    HM: 2 (Brannox, NeoCweeny)


    Release date: June 21 [US/EU]
    Developer: Beenox
    Publisher: Activision
    Genre: Kart racing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One


    EZA Review

  • Back to back games from my list are showing up! Of my list of nine, this was 5th, so it just missed out on making my top four. This game ran flawlessly and it was fun revisiting a game from my childhood. Sadly, there wasn't enough to this game to last beyond a weekend. Because I played on PS4, I don't have an online account for it (plus I don't play multiplayer most of the time), but Adventure mode and Gem Cups were super fun to do.

    This game's post launch life is hot and cold what with adding Spyro, but also infuriating microtransactions. But outside of those things, the game controls well and if you can catch on with the learning curve and learn to drift boost every second, flying around many of the tracks is super fun. But I still hate Oxide.

    With the run of Crash and Spyro remasters/remakes (whatever you want to call them), I'm looking forward to new games in the series.

    Shout-outs to @Hazz3r, @iboshow, @Hanabi, @Lotias, and @NeoCweeny for liking it enough to make your lists!

  • @paulmci27 I'm like that too, first Gears I really tried too but couldn't get into. Then 4 I actually enjoyed, some moments more than others, and 5 it's a proper great game. I love the dark moody parts, like when you're exploring the lab. And the environmental storytelling is some of the best I've ever seen. The open spaces work great and I like they're not too cluttered with stuff.

  • Can't wait for the next Crash/Spyro game from Activision. I wonder if they will do something original or remake another classic Activision I.P.

  • Didn't realize CTR was eligible. Soooo... why exactly is it? That said, it wouldn't have made it into my Top8, so no harm done.
    It was great to return to all those tracks in any case after so many years, a super good summer game.

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    @brannox Thank you! Yeah I initally wanted to put it higher on my list, but there were just too many good new games that I wanted to put higher.

  • @sentinel-beach It's a full remake, like Resident Evil 2 or Link's Awakening or the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, etc.

  • I still gotta try the new CTR but I don’t have too many opportunities to play games on the couch anymore so I might hold off until that opportunity arises.

  • CTR is the fucking bomb and I love that I can play it again without having to pull out my PS3. I love that it has such a high bar on the Normal difficulty. It demands excellence and really sets you up with the need to perfect the execution of racing.

    Also, it's absolutely gorgeous.

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    One of the few games of 2019 that I actually played.
    Absolutely incredible remake, and a serious contender for the best kart game of all time.

    Some might argue that the microtransactions are a bit much, but all of it is cosmetic and earnable through regular play, so I'm personally not too up in arms about it. I don't mind having an almost unlimited supply of stuff to unlock.

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

    #16. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown - 13 points


    #1: 1 (bam541)
    #2: 0
    #3: 2 (Bigdude1, Lotias)
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (Tearju Engi, Gurrzilla)


    Release date: January 18 [US/EU]
    Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
    Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
    Genre: Combat flight simulator
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows


    EZA Review

  • I remember way back when this got announced at PSX and hearing one guy in the crowd LOSE HIS MIND about it coming back. And since?

    Nothing really.

    Then it came out, I watched Damiani's review, and moved on. But I was surprised at how many different times it was brought up in the deliberations, especially in the Music categories. It clearly is a good enough game to stand on its own merits, but it's one of those kinds of games that feel like it comes from nowhere, makes an impact at the moment, and disappears. Weird feeling.

  • I think I've decided to pick this up and play it. Jpeg Dog will live on!

  • Ace Combat 7 is #25 of 49 on my list.

    This is my first Ace Combat game and the first fighter jet game I've played since Jane's USAF, which is from 1999.

    Controls feel smooth and combat is fine but what really makes Ace Combat 7 stand out for me is the presentation around the combat. Such as the intense orchestral music blasting in the background. As well as the completely ridiculous anime story that unfolds in cut-scenes and over your radio communications.

    Even though 25 may seem low, I enjoyed most of what I finished last year. Otherwise I would have dropped it. I only finished a handful of bad games like Anthem.

  • Hey, my GOTY is here!

    When I first finished this game, I really loved it. As I played the game even more, it grew on me exponentially, and as I realized how much this game appreciates the fans of the series, I just can't help but love it even more.

    I thought all the missions were interesting and unique in comparison to each other, with a few classic Ace Combat mission scenarios (like flying through a narrow pathway in a stealth mission). Even the worst one here (mission 10 I think? The one where you have to escort a certain officer) was still so much fun, backed up by good banters and a wonderful dark-foggy atmosphere. It's really hard to pick favorites since I have like 5 missions in my mind right now.

    The story, while can be hard to follow since there are multiple characters to follow in the cutscenes (not to mention trying to follow the dialogues during the missions), is still quite memorable and has that classic epic and cheesy feel that other Ace Combat game has. Most of the characters aren't actually well developed, but rather they're easily identify-able through their super standout quirks, like the one guy that keep saying he'll "tell this story to my kids", or the one officer that keeps threatening everyone to go into solitary. This is what made it so entertaining for me, even with the epic level stuff happening in the main plot, there's still a lot comedic moments to be had.

    The gameplay itself is superb, with it accurately representing the stats of the plane you are using in how it controls and moves in the sky (which makes upgrading and buying new planes much more meaningful). Not to mention, the new progression system they have here is pretty great. It doesn't let you get the best stuff outright, and it makes you think about what kind of advanced planes you want to get first since you can't get all the best stuff in one go. I haven't even unlocked all of the planes, I'm still investing on multiplayer upgrades which have their own upgrade tree.

    Speaking of the multiplayer, it's very barebones but also quite a fun time. You can set limits on how good the planes people can have in a match, which makes it more fair to everyone. I rarely have been good enough to actually win matches, but most of the time I'm still having a blast.

    What cemented this game as my GOTY is when I played the campaign for the second time in harder difficulty. Now I have the knowledge of each mission and what to do in them, and boy oh boy it was so satisfying to completely wipe the heck out of these missions. No joke, I was like completely on zen mode or something during my second playthrough, I keep getting S Ranks and it was so unbelievable to me. I never felt this kind of satisfaction in a game before, it's just so liberating to conquer past obstacles so easily. This is not exactly unique to this game, but I never felt this effect so profoundly. I don't even care usually for harder difficulty playthroughs. It's like the enemies' fear and my comrades' awe of the main character is actually warranted, it's so cool to finally feel like you deserve all of that.

    I can gush about this game for hours, but I got some stuff to do, so I'll just condense all the smaller details that I love in the following bullet list.

    • The music of this game is not to be missed. If you have no interest of playing the games, at least check out the music on youtube.
    • I love the mission briefings so much. The whole blue UI looks awesome, and the banter that some briefings have is pretty great. Not to mention that they're super informative and very necessary to listen to. Also, there's a little contextual change that happens to the presentation of the briefings later on that I really adore.
    • I played Ace Combat 5 right after my first playthrough of this game, and I noticed that one of the main character of that game has a cameo at the end of this game. When I played AC7 for the second time and noticed it, I actually shed a tear, lol.
    • The weather system is freaking awesome! The clouds look great, and the weather effects are so intense. Going to the big ass thunderstorm at the end of mission 17 is probably one of my favorite gaming moments of 2019.
    • Don't forget to check out the DLCs! The DLC missions are super awesome.

    I have no problem proclaiming that this is my favorite game of this year, and easily one of the best games of this console generation. I hope more games are to come from the AC series, and also I hope for the return of the flight combat genre's glory days. If this game is the start of it, it's one heck of a running start. Writing this whole thing just makes me want to play it again, which I will do right now.

    Shoutout to @Bigdude1 , @Lotias , @Tearju-Engi , and @Gurrzilla for also giving this game points! Also, shoutout to Huber, Damiani, Blood and Ben for giving the game some love during the 2019 deliberations.

  • After listening to the Allies' deliberations, I really need to give AC7 a shot.

  • I've enjoyed AC7 but not a big fan of its mission structure. Otherwise it might be on my list. Maybe to long time fans this is exactly what they wanted, more AC, but to me it was a bit too linear and at odds with how great it feels to fly. Still a great game.