The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!
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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.
TokyoSlim last edited by TokyoSlim
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.
El Shmiablo Banned last edited by
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.
Exist 2 Inspire last edited by
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.
#16. Dead Space 2 - 12 points
#1: 1 (El Shmiablo)
#2: 1 (Axel)
HM: 3 (Faaip, Nimbat1003, Atbir Aimad)
Release date: January 25 [US], January 28 [EU]
Developer: Visceral Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Survival horror
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows
Brannox last edited by
Ah, Dead Space 2. Probably the most dead (pun intended) series I still here about to this day. Goes to show how beloved it is. For how well thought of 2 is, it's quite telling how 3 wasn't because...long exapserated sigh.... (In monotone): EA gonna EA.
Dead Space as a franchise could do wonders with a remaster, even a new game. But it's a shame EA EA'd this series TWICE with closing Visceral.
Huber and Damiani have gotten me to watch their Resident Evil playthroughs and I'm not a RE fan, so if they decide to do a series playthrough, I'd watch. But I'm a wuss, so I'll never play Dead Space, but I respect it.
So good on ya Dead Space. Don't know if you'll come back to life though.
Ringedwithtile last edited by
Oh, I just played this! It's alright. It's very sequel-y which surprised me. I don't think either Dead Space or its sequel are classics, but they do have some pretty cool UI.
paulmci27 last edited by paulmci27
Probably would be on my list if I'd played it. Dead Space 1 is one of my favourite 3rd person action games. I took a 8 year break from video games so I've a lot of classics to catch up on.
I'm sad. It's a crime that Dead Space 2 is so low on this list, I couldn't believe it as I kept receiving your votes and not seeing it anywhere...
The series as a whole is excellent on every front: gameplay, lore, graphics, sound design, scares, UI... It had so many amazing ideas and is polished to perfection.
The plasma cutter is one of the most satisfying weapons in videogames, period. The concept of shooting a "line", and being able to rotate your aim between vertical and horizontal is so clever and engaging. Having to strategically cut off enemies limbs rather than just going for headshots was a brilliant concept. The UI being entirely integrated within the game world is something way more games should aim for (health gauge on your back, ammo count on the weapon, even the objective marker is actually a line displayed on the floor coming out of your glove).
Of course, all these ideas came from the first game, not the sequel, so the original will forever hold a more special place in my heart because of that. Dead Space 2 "only" improved on all that. But movement being swifter, the jetpack, the new enemies and locations, there's so much awesomeness in this game!
I'm not sure why it ranked so low? It can't be because nobody here cares for survival-horror, otherwise Resident Evil wouldn't do so well. This series deserves so much more love. If you can handle horror games, you owe it to yourself to play these games!
naltmank last edited by
So, uh, I didn't notice this game on the list of 2011 games. It would've at least been an HM for me. I'm a wuss when it comes to horror, but playing this with my friends was a treat.
Shoulderguy last edited by Shoulderguy
@axel I've never played Dead Space 2 or 3. I played some of the first game when it released, it seemed okay but I never finished it. I've already added Infamous 2 to my list of games to play, I'll add Dead Space 2 to that list as well.
Crepe last edited by
@axel if it makes you feel any better, I have multiple friends who have Dead Space 2 in their top five games of all time.
El Shmiablo Banned last edited by
Dead Space has a special place in my heart.
I've been a huge horror and sci fi fan since I was a wee Shmiablo. Watching Ripley kick xenomorph ass with my dad is something I'll never forget.
So along comes a game that analogs Alien almost perfectly. The first game had a much more somber and lonely tone to it, while the second goes balls to the wall and amps up the action while still retaining those horror elements everybody loves so much from the first game.
I've actually lost track of how many times I've completed both of these games. Pretty sure I could do a blindfolded speedrun at this point.
If EA releases a remaster of the series I won't be able to stop myself from buying that shit IMMEDIATELY.
Bigdude1 last edited by
So far only one of my games has been listed (surprised cause it was my number 2 and I thought it would be top 15)
It is truly was the culmination of the Gears franchise, took the gameplay 2 levels above that in gears 2, a campaign that was incredibly diverse and the perfect cap off to the series (up to that point), added great online modes (including beast mode).
My top 4 could have all easily been a tie for number 1 and this is no exception.
#15. Bastion - 13 points
#2: 1 (DemonPirate)
#3: 2 (TokyoSlim, Crepe)
HM: 3 (Phbz, Exist 2 Inspire, Nimbus)
Release date: July 20 [US/EU]
Developer: Supergiant Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action role-playing
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Windows, OS X
Brannox last edited by
I really like Bastion's art style, but the genre isn't for me. That said, I enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) NoClip's documentaries on not just Bastion itself, but SuperGiant as a whole, both as a studio and their entire catalogue. It's weird to learn a lot about a game, but not see any extended game clips, much less play it myself. Another thing about Bastion is I associate it as one of first big mascots for the XBLA, and it was around this time I first went on Xbox Live, so it's one of the first I saw. Good pick for our list.
Crepe last edited by
" Kid ends up on some list. Somethin' about video games. "
I own a Mac version, a Windows version (that I totally forgot about until this moment), and a 360 version of this game. Also, the soundtrack is great and it's up on Bandcamp.
In the same way that I always watch Goodfellas or Ocean's Eleven if they happen to be on, I will play Bastion if it's in front of my face. Yes, I am playing Bastion right now after discovering it in my GOG library. I'm not even sure how it got there.
Sazime last edited by
Love this game, not sure how I missed it because it should have been on my list over one of my HMs. Or maybe I was just feeling different at that point in time? Hard to tell, because I love this game!
TokyoSlim last edited by
Bastion is great. It's probably my 2nd favorite Supergiant game. Easy no 3 pick for me for the year.
DemonPirate last edited by
Hey, I'll take #15.
Anyways, if you haven't played this game then, my god, do yourself a favor and take a night off to go through it. Best way to experience it. Then do another playthrough to check out everything it has to offer.
Bastion presents so much stuff to love. The iconic narration, beautiful art style, fun gameplay, interesting story, and easily one of the best soundtracks ever.
Supergiant is such a unique studio; I really don't think anyone else makes games quite like them.
It was on sale on the eShop for a while, but I held myself back so I don't buy it for the Nth time. Regret it.
Also, if you like Bastion, check out Transistor! Same studio, same vibes, banger soundtrack.