The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!

  • I'm pretty damn sure I'd really like the Yakuza series because I did find Judgment - also from RGG Studio - a beautifully captivating game, but damn! There will honestly never be enough time for me to start and go through the whole series anymore.
    Luckily this year Like a Dragon seems like a wonderful point to jump in, kind of a new start for everything, so I'll be definitely in with that one!

  • If you don't have/want to invest the time into the entire franchise 4's a fine enough place to start since it has a recap of the first three in its menu. It's like an hour long but I mean that's better than the hundred or so it'd take to actually play all three of them I guess. Think 3 had something similar for the first two, not sure why the later ones stopped doing them.

  • @hanabi I think the only thing that's a shame is that, correct me if I'm wrong, but you get 3 with the Remastered Collection. It's sort of a waste of money not to play it at that point. Unless you can but them seperately.

    That said, time is worth more than money so 🤷‍♀️

    Yakuza continues to sit on my backlog. Zero is sat on my shelf. I doubt I'll ever play 4. At this point I'll probably go straight to Like a Dragon after playing Zero. From everything I've seen, while the story is really good, the charm of the series lies in the moment to moment gameplay.

  • Zero is a great place to start, there's no real rush to play the games, and they are not something that'll leave you in the dark about something if you skip one or two. Pretty much all of the games outside of 6 are more or less self contained, and even 6 has a pretty lengthy summation of events and a "who is this person" walk and flashback sequence.

  • First time I saw a trailer for Ghost Trick, I was already in. I had just finished Ace Attourney Investigations and was craving for more stuff from them. This game is so different from them yet familiar. This game is god vibes and it's better to experience it 1st hand so I won't spoil it.

    Yakuza 4. Kinda reminds me of TMNT. It's great and my 3rd favorite in the franchise. Bold move to go with 4 characters but it worked out pretty well in the end. And some really top moments of the series.

  • Yakuza 4 is probably GOTY material but I still gotta buy the 3-5 Remaster. Only criticism I’ve heard is that it’s similar to Yakuza 3.

  • Xenoblade Chronicles

    #10. Xenoblade Chronicles - 18 points


    #1: 2 (Bigdude1, GageBlackW23)
    #2: 1 (paulmci27)
    #3: 1 (FF7Cloud)
    #4: 0
    HM: 1 (NeoCweeny)


    Release date: August 19 [EU]
    Developer: Monolith Soft
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): Wii, New Nintendo 3DS


    GT Review

  • I'll get around to this one eventually!

  • I'm kinda excited for the upcoming Switch remaster. It's not my cup of tea usually, but I'm feeling this one.

  • Unlike 2 this is a game that I can understand why people like when I didn't as much, mostly because the combat just didn't do it for me at all, but it had a good amount of interesting things to it, but I just ran out of patience at the 20ish hour mark and left it at that.

  • I really enjoyed what I played of 2 sadly fell on my rpg backlog pile, and have preordered the deluxe edition of the remake which I am very excited for... And will likely jump into 2 after... But I am also playing P5 royal and plan on playing Witcher 3 before 2077 so we will see.

  • The second game I played after my 8 year hiatus. This game is responsible for me taking up gaming as a hobby again. The scope & beauty of the world was like nothing I'd seen before. Great storyline & characters & that soundtrack is God tier. I also never got bored of the combat system which is a bit contentious for some people. I put over 130 hours into this one. The only thing that stopped it from getting number 1 is that 95% of the quests are fetch quests which I didn't mind so much as it gives you an excuse to explore that beautiful world. Also some of them items drops can fuck right off.

  • Banned

    Holy moly I totally didn't realize this came out in 2011. Would have at least made it an HM if I had known.
    Xenogears one of my favorite JRPGs of all time and I've played every game the team has released since then, save for Chronicles X and Xenoblade 2, the latter of which I have no intention of playing since I think it looks like complete shit and hope future entries in the series go back to the original style and ditch the gacha kusoge bullshit they did in 2.
    I'm planning on getting a Switch this year and the remaster will be one of the first things I get for IT.

  • @el-shmiablo Skip Xenoblade 2. The most disappointing game I've ever played. Full of fan service drivel. Terrible map, battle system, cringe inducing inane characters, runs like shit. I could go on. Still hurts that one.

  • Banned

    @paulmci27 Yeah my best friend who has a low tolerance for anime bullshit said he couldn't get through it. Honestly looks like some shit I would expect from one of the lower tier Tales games. Pretty sure it's just a hard pass for me.

  • @el-shmiablo At least some of the Tales games have a self awareness of the anime bullshit. X2 is straight up embarrassing.

  • @paulmci27 I would have to agree with this, that was my sentiment with XC2, and this is coming from someone with a high degree of anime bs tolerance, hell that's why I'm loving Sakura Wars, though to be fair the tone it uses suits it much better.

  • Always wanted to play Xenoblade, but didn't at the time and after listening to the voice acting on the upcoming remake I won't now either.

    I loved X but 2 I just hard quit after some 20h with it.

  • @paulmci27 Never played Xenoblade 2 myself but that is the same sense I got from reviews and videos like this one. Which is why I skipped it despite having a Switch. However, I'm still looking forward to finally playing Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition soon.

    Youtube Video

  • Ah, the top 10! Now we're getting into the heavy hitters. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Xenoblade and Fire Emblem are the premiere RPGs in Nintendo's modern stable correct? I feel like Xenoblade made the 2010s it's decade, and the coming Switch remaster has some friends of mine very excited. I lot of games in 2011 that didn't speak to me it seems. But I'm still excited to see what's left!