The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!



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  • @Axel I also gave Skyrim an HM

    It earned that point from me by being nearly 400h of 2011 gameplay for me. I don't think i played anything else new in 2011.



  • @tokyoslim Ohh you're right, I gave that point to the wrong game by accident in my excel, fixed it now! Luckily it won't impact the rankings.



  • My personal (I used to shared with my Brother) steam account was made on November 11th 2011. Skyrim and the other Elder Scrolls games are some of the best games to explore in. There is just something satisfying about sneaking around ruins, forts, and caves sniping people with a bow and looting their corpses for magic items. Here's hoping Bethesda Game Studios can get it back together for The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield.



  • Nice, Top 3! I wasn't sure if this would be a pro Skyrim community. So, shout out to my fellow voters.

    Maybe all that Skooma messed with my head, but Skyrim is my favorite game of 2011. With multiple playthroughs, dlc, mods and the Enderal total conversion mod, It's a game that has delivered me more moments of joy than any game I played from 2011. It's one of those games I can jump into and have a good time with right away, even if it's not always how the creators intended.

    This is the first of my top 4 to make the list. I'm looking forward to seeing which of my other games take the top spot tomorrow.



  • I've played Oblivion 4 times (mostly because I hadn't much else to play) and I was interested in Skyrim, but somehow it felt like a step down for me. Maybe because Oblivion was my first Elder Scrolls game, so I didn't know the formula when I played it. Anyway, it was a bit disappointing to see the same game (in terms of structure) in more barren environment. I still put 117 hours in it (to finish all quests in all DLCs) and I've read all of its books (thanks game editor), but I don't remember any story bits and I can imagine only a couple of locations. One thing I remember though: short way out of dungeons often involved an elevator to the surface with a lever to pull to open the grill. It was obvious that your hand can freely go though this grill so everyone can pull the lever from outside and bypass all keys, traps, etc. This was world-breaking for me.



  • Skyrim felt like a step down in the series. In 2011, I gave it 45 hours before stopping. They had 6 years to make improvements and all they really did was change assets and story.



  • God, I used to spend so much time playing Skyrim... I never even finished it. I bought it three times: 2 times on the worst version (PS3) and the last one is the PS4 version. It's my first Elder Scrolls game, and it's also an open world game unlike any other when it came out. I feel like Todd Howard's famous "you can do anything you want" mentality is on full force here. Skyrim is just a big-ass place with tons of stuff to see, and the best thing is that there's no right way to play it. If you're having fun, then it's all that matters, and that's so awesome. Not to mention, the progression system is pretty much like that as well. I hope Bethesda goes back to this style of game again with Starfield and TES VI. It's pretty much the perfect combination of streamlined "open world fuck around" design and a sufficiently deep RPG system. Also, this game gave way to BOTW which is no small honor.



  • Skyrim and Skyward Sword are pretty much the only major 2011 releases I've played.

    The Elder Scrolls is a genre unto itself. Nearly right from the start, you can go anywhere and do anything at any time with a fully customized character. Pick up anything, put it anywhere. Harvest and combine an extensive variety of ingredients for potions. Forge and enchant weapons and armour. Pickpocket, summon, reanimate, read oodles of incredibly detailed lore books, and blast enemies off of cliffs.

    Skyrim had a lot of quality-of-life improvements over Oblivion. More refined character models and animations, streamlined menus, faster combat, dual-wield spells, and an overall tighter presentation. It also had fantastic setpieces such as random dragon battles, learning shouts, giants & mammoths, Dwarven Centurions, the College of Winterhold, and Blackreach.

    But even with all that, I found it significantly less satisfying than Oblivion. The snowscapes and rugged tundra feel brilliant at first, but it's the same across the whole map, and a lack of colour pervades everything. Enemy variety is subpar, with dungeons stocked mostly with different sizes of Draugr and Dwarven automatons. Dungeons have also been streamlined to the point of eventually becoming a drag, something that's never happened to me in nearly 300 hours of Oblivion. And the soundtrack leans heavily on ambience, lacking the charming melodies that pervade Oblivion. Even the writing generally feels blander.

    You may be able to go anywhere and do anything, but after you finish the flashiest parts, the rest feels like you're doing EXACTLY the same thing over and over.

    But hey, dem Sparks!

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  • Hmm... My top 4 is going to be the reverse isn't it haha.

    Skyrim is great, the length and freedom are well known and while I replay it frequently I've only ever beaten it once.

    Personally my favorite Bethesda game is fallout 3 as I feel like skyrim can simplify things a little too much at times (a problem compounded in fallout 4) but skyrim also make enough improvements over oblivion that it ultimately becomes an upgrade.(even if my heart tries to convince me otherwise)

    As I mentioned above dark souls is my #1 of all time skyrim is still likely around a #8.



  • Skyrim's good, but it just didn't capture me the way I expected. Never finished it, way too many open threads/quests to all directions across the map. I did buy, though, that big old guide book for the game, propably thinking I'd spend countless hours with the game. It's still cool to browse through, anyway.

    But what this means is that Batman's in Top 2. Nice!


  • Banned

    I find Skyrim to be mind numbingly boring in pretty much every way. I honestly don't see the appeal. Oh well.



  • This is the game I was alluding to in my previous post.

    While I don't have the same love for it that I do for Fallout series, I think Skyrim is fantastic. Someone else mentioned it before. But Skyrim is great because it lets you do anything and everything. It has pretty good combat and at the same time it's a strong stealth experience and at the same time has an expansive magic system and at the same time impressive set pieces and at the same time engaging random encounters and quests and at the same time many engrossing quest lines and at the same time an enticing levelling system and at the same time very customisable difficulty settings and at the same time a tonne of mod support.

    I think people take Skyrim for granted. They judge it too much for what the game isn't instead of appreciating what the game is. In many ways, the Witcher 3, and I would hazard a bet that Cyberpunk 2077 will be the same, is not as good as Skyrim.

    Also, @Axel feel free to keep this to the facts post at the end, but have we ever had game in the top 5 that didn't actually have a vote for its overall ranking. As in, Skyrim is third but it doesn't have any 3 votes. Has there even been something this high that didn't have a vote in a single category?



  • @hazz3r said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!:

    have we ever had game in the top 5 that didn't actually have a vote for its overall ranking.

    2019, The Outer Worlds.



  • @ffff0 I meant with the position in particular, but that does answer my secondary question about not having any votes in any position!


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    I thought Skyrim might end up on top, but glad to see it in top 3! I initially didn't want to put it in the top spot, but then realised that I have put in like 600 hours in the game, both on PS3 and PS4. So must mean that I enjoyed it a lot and replayed it over and over, so top spot makes sense.



  • Now that Skyrim is in the top 3 is wonder which game will come out on top: Portal 2 or Fight Night Champion?



  • @hazz3r said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!:

    But Skyrim is great because it lets you do anything and everything. It has pretty good combat and at the same time it's a strong stealth experience and at the same time has an expansive magic system and at the same time impressive set pieces and at the same time engaging random encounters and quests and at the same time many engrossing quest lines and at the same time an enticing levelling system and at the same time very customisable difficulty settings and at the same time a tonne of mod support.

    This is exactly how I feel about Skyrim. Oblivion had more varied environments and, arguably, more interesting DLC's/Expansions.
    However, if you're into min-maxing, Oblivion has the worst leveling system to do that. God forbid you mess up your leveling and get stuck fifty hours in under-powered, and/or in a useless class. Skyrim doesn't have those problems.

    While I did enjoy Oblivion overall, Skyrim had all the improvements I wanted and more.



  • I'm not surprised to see Skyrim reach top three. It's one of those games, for good or ill, that just takes OVER the gaming zeitgeist. We're still in the midst of Fortnite, and before that was PUBG, which was after Overwatch, Hearthstone, GTA V, and then this. It's weird just how all-encompassing a game can be to an industry and a hobby. Anywho, Skyrim is a game that has two personal issues: 1.) Way, WAY too much to do and choice. Kind of "paralysis by analysis" as it were. For me, it's not a selling point to say a game is triple digit in hours and you still will content to parse through. And 2.) Spiders. $^#& Spiders.

    And with that, I'm hoping my top two will actually be the forums' top two and if that is the case, it'll be the first time that's happened. I'm excited to see the final reveal later tonight!



  • Batman: Arkham City

    #2. Batman: Arkham City - 59 points

    Votes

    #1: 4 (Sentinel Beach, Crepe, Axel, Capnbobamous)
    #2: 3 (Shoulderguy, Brannox, Atbir Aimad)
    #3: 6 (Scotty, Brandon_Reister, El Shmiablo, Nimbat1003, Exist 2 Inspire, Ikataishou)
    #4: 2 (Hanabi, naltmank)
    HM: 5 (ffff0, bard91, Sazime, bam541, Hazz3r)

    Information

    Release date: October 18 [US], October 21 [EU]
    Developer: Rocksteady Studios
    Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review