The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!

  • Infamous 2 for me is easily the best in the series. Didn't mess around too much with the custom levels though

  • Infamous is one of those franchises I consistently hear praise for, yet it's one of those (like the aforementioned Resistance) that is, to this day, mostly stranded on its native hardware (Well, I hear much more praise for 1 and 2, as I don't hear near enough talk proportionally for Second Son or Last Light). I passed on Infamous at the time because it's not my kind of game, but I'm kind of surprised there hasn't been an all in package for every Infamous game remastered for PS4 (with SS bundled in).

    Still, good on ya Infamous 2 for making our top 25, and as I said and alluded to when I posted about Persona: I'm curious what else could still be coming. Sure I have two games in mind, but there are 17 reveals to go.

  • So far the only game that I have experience is Pokemon Black and White. Like most people, I was way into the new 150 Pokemon idea, and I feel like this is Game Freak's best attempt at a story in recent memory. I also remember really liking the environments and vibes in those games. Gen 5 isn't my favorite, but definitely noteworthy.

    I didn't have a PS3, so I never got around to the first couple Infamous games, but it was always on my radar if I ever did get a PS3.

  • L.A. Noire is an interestingly bad game, in that there are elements of it that are totally interesting, like a painstaking and atmospheric recreation of postwar L.A., but the game just bungles everything it's trying to do. Its plot is sluggish, the facial capture ruins the ability to light its characters' faces in convincing ways, the gameplay is mediocre, and for all its obvious inspiration found in film noir, it still doesn't really have an idea of how to use its camera in a cutscene. Just a uniquely joyless game.

    Infamous 2 is fine. It's an obvious sequel: new map, new powers, more variety. Hard to raise a pointedly bad word against it, but also hard to find anything exceptional either.

  • Wow, this is lower than I expected. The inFamous games are just so good. Second Son's my personal favorite, but I definitely understand why 2 is so great. For starters, the game just looks really good. New Orleans is a beautiful place and also a nice change of pace from the first game's dirty urban setting. While the gameplay haven't changed too much from the first game, I can tell how much smoother it feels to move around and aim from the get go, which is great because I think the core gameplay of the inFamous games is very solid already. I want to shout out the ending for the Evil playthrough specifically, it's the most emotional moment of the game and it makes me feel so bad for doing it, it's probably the biggest reason why I just flat out refuse to do Evil playthroughs in other games ever since. Also, collecting the blast shards is so addicting. Parkour's one of my favorite things to do in games and climbing around to pick these shards up is more satisfying than it should have been.

  • Who else remembers the comments on GameTrailers videos back in 2008ish when inFamous and Prototype were being marketed at the same time and had the same release window? Generally speaking everybody thought inFamous looked like crap and Prototype looked better. Then people played them and inFamous had legs and nobody seems to remember Prototype.

    I’ve completed inFamous 1 and I played inFamous 2 but didn’t finish it. I enjoy the fast and fluid gameplay, something I wish more games used (the template is Tony Hawk, just copy it), but I really didn’t get into Cole’s story and I don’t care about factions or anything like that. inFamous 2 is a fantastic example of a winning gameplay formula but I’d like to see some of these ideas in a different game that I latch onto more.

  • Damn it sucks to see Infamous so low, but I guess that's just an indicator of how good 2011 is for games. Infamous is one of my favorite franchises, and I probably beat Infamous 2 around eight times, and started it upwards of 30 times. It just feels great to play and it has a great tone. It also has an immensely satisfying game loop, and the boss fights are great.

    Side note: It's one of the few games where the "evil" ending has people who claim it to be the better of the two options. For a game that has very binary choices, I think that's pretty rad.

  • Banned

  • Dragon Age II

    #17. Dragon Age II - 11 points


    #1: 1 (ffff0)
    #2: 1 (Brandon_Reister)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (TokyoSlim, Exist 2 Inspire)


    Release date: March 8 [US], March 11 [EU]
    Developer: BioWare
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, OS X



  • If a demo ever convinced me not to play a game it was DA2's at the time Origins was one of my favorite games, and had I not absolutely hated the demo I would have bought DA2 at launch, and all I know about it is that is much less liked, for apparently good reasons, a shame really but a preview of the future of Bioware it seems.

  • I'm surprised to see Dragon Age II what with the negative narrative surrounding it, especially when compared with Origins. But upon learning the story, that's another "EA being EA" evidence for ya. Bioware is a hit or miss for me. LOVE Mass Effect and KOTOR, but Dragon Age and Anthem are not my thing (Setting for the former, and WAY too many problems to list for the latter). All respect to Dragon Age as a property, and I hope the next is good for no other than for fans, but I'm anxious for it.

  • It's really interesting this game came up. DA: Origins is one of my favorite C-RPGS, and I've avoided both sequels because of DA II's reputation.
    Is that misguided?

  • Like many i loved origins but liked nothing of what I heard about 2 at the time, had fun with 3 though never did finish it.

  • Dragon Age ll is #14 of 23 on my list. I was really disappointed in this game when I played it originally. Especially coming after 2 of my favorite games ever in Dragon Age Origins and Mass Effect 2.

    The city of Kirkwall could have been an interesting setting but unfortunately they ran it into the ground. Every chapter was just another opportunity for the developers to use the exact same levels and enemy encounters. It felt like a cheap way to make the game, while Dragon Age Origins had you going across the map to different places like Redcliffe, Orzammar and the Mage Tower. Another thing that really bothered me is while in combat, enemies would just spawn on top of you out of nowhere. Also, the main story didn't do anything for me.

    But, I decided to revisit Dragon Age ll earlier this year, and there were a few things I enjoyed more this time around. Some of the characters are very well done. I like Aveline's story, it's nice because she joins you early on, so you see most of her story, rather than having it explained to you. I think it's cool Varric is in this game, it sets up him and Cassandra being in Dragon Age Inquisition. All the Dragon Age games have strong writing and voice acting that brings these characters to life. I also had more fun with the combat this time around. I played as a healer which was different from my first play through as a Two-handed melee character. I enjoyed Managing health bars and distance during battle. It also had the added bonus of not using the healer Anders in my party, which is my least favorite Dragon Age character.

    Dragon Age 2 is definitely a step back from Origins, however, it's still a good but flawed RPG.

  • Played the demo, hated it. Rented it anyways because I heard great things about DA:O. I still hated it. One of the worst combat systems I’ve ever played.

    Surprised it made the top anything.

  • Never played this. Dragon Age is one of those franchises for me where I only enjoyed one of the entries, which is Origins. Inquisition is a dumb game, didn't care for it. DA2 seems more interesting, especially with the mixed reaction it gets, I just want to try it out for myself, but never got the chance.

  • I always manage to make a choice in Dragon Age games that will severely hurt me in the end. And Dragon Age 2 was a prime example of that. Spoiler warning! I’ve got very attached to one particular companion and romanced him. Near the end this companion’s conscious action had started a war between two factions. Through the whole game I was trying to bring those factions to the peace, so when my companion had admitted his action, I’ve made a choice as a leader to execute my love and dearest friend.

    I rarely get emotional when I play games, but this moment was very impactful and lasting: when the game was over I’ve spent several hours thinking where I’ve lost my relationship with this companion and what could I change to keep him away from the path he walked. So this moment alone had made Dragon Age 2 my 2011 GotY.

    But there were many other things that I’ve liked in this game. It moves faster than Dragon Age: Origins (especially in combat) which was a welcome change for me. Visually it looks much better than Origins, especially for character models. Characters are great and well written: even when you don’t share their world view, relationships still make sense. As for the drawbacks of Dragon Age 2, I don’t like changing companion’s appearances and I don’t pay much attention to the set dressing anyway, so it wasn’t a problem to me that those aspects were lacking.

    So, yeah, from my perspective, Dragon Age 2 was nearly perfect game.

  • Dragon Age II:
    I enjoyed it because of it's characters and lore that it adds to the DA universe. As far as meaningful and/or emotional moments, it's not quite on par with Origins - but it still got me a few times. The Arishok is a great antagonist, as you philosophise with him throughout the game, you get to know him and come to respect his position and ethos. It really makes for an impactful arc. Also, the companion @ffff0 mentioned even when not romanced - makes a terrible choice which essentially betrayed my trust and (at least the way I played Hawke) my ethics. It was heartbreaking and it offers you late game choices to make you didn't necessarily want to have to deal with.

    It's combat is probably not the reason to play this game - and the re-using of assets and environments is extraordinarily bad. You go back to the same cave like 5 times during the course of the game for different quests. Kirkwall is small, and not particularly beautiful. Character models, while better than Origins - still aren't really "good".

    The reason to play through this game is if you love the world and lore of Dragon Age, and for that reason it was an HM for me.

  • Banned

    All I know about DA2 is that Origins is one of my wife's favorite games ever and she played about an hour and a half of the second game before hard quitting and calling it total garbage.

  • It's certainly the weakest game in the series but i still enjoyed it for the most part. Most annoying thing for me was the recycling Dungeons (similar to the Uncharted Wolrds in Mass Effect before). Story and Characters are fine but overall Origins and Inquisition are much better games.