The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!

  • @el-shmiablo

    I can't say it was better/worse than MW2 as I don't remember it that well because I played it years ago. But IW still worked on it and it was a good game and closure to the trilogy.

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    @scotty I may be wrong, but I think only "Infinity Ward" worked on it, i.e. the schmucks that inherited the name but had very little to do with the original IW.
    I just have a hard time believing it was the OG IW who made that lacklustre piece of dog turd game.

  • @el-shmiablo

    I'm not asking about this topic, just curious as I've noticed it before too: Why don't you say ''very bad/awful/terrible'' instead of these descriptions?

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    @scotty ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • I don't have the desire to actually cite this, but I'm 90% sure Modern Warfare 3 was made by Infinity Ward after the mass exodus when their studio head quit to make Respawn Entertainment. Not to say everybody left but we're talking mass exodus. And I agree, the quality of Modern Warfare 3 was so far less than COD 4 and MW2. Essentially, no innovation here.

    Skip ahead to 2019, and a lot of the original Infinity Ward team wanted to work on Modern Warfare (2019) so they returned back to IW. One thing I noticed is that the lead animator from MW2 worked on MW 2019 and if you've played that game, some of the animation is incredible.

    I believe IW and Respawn have a good relationship and the beef was mainly between the former studio head of IW (now head of Respawn) and Activision itself. No bad blood with the studios.

    But yeah, Infinity Ward had a string of dog dirt COD games (MW3, Ghosts, Infinite Warfare). Their demise in quality led to Treyarch going from the COD B-team to the A-team.

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    @dipset When Treyarch is your A-Team, something is seriously wrong.

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  • Well that was a tight one!

    My highlights:

    • It was a tale of 5 at the top!
    • Portal 2 only won by 5 points, the closest margin we've had, tied with 2014. 64 points is the third-lowest total for a winner. It also got only 5 GOTY votes, tied with Skyrim and Dark Souls. That doesn't make it a weak winner though, considering the competition.
    • It is only the second Valve game to ever rank in our GOTYs, following Counter-Strike at #21 in 2000.
    • 4 out of the top 5 games held first place at one point or the other (with the exception of Dark Souls), and as a pack, were pretty much always way ahead of the rest.
    • Interestingly, silver medal Batman: Arkham City only got 4 GOTY votes, less than its 3 closest competitors.
    • After 11 votes, Dark Souls only had 7 points (which made me wonder if everybody forgot it came out that year...), but things picked up afterwards. After Sekiro's comeback last year, I really think there's something about Souls fans and voting last.
    • The top 3 are all Western games, it's only the third time it happens, after 2018 and 2012.
    • Deus Ex: Human Revolution ranked #6, one place above Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in 2016, but below the original Deus Ex's 3rd place in 2000. That's one consistently excellent series!
    • Yakuza 4 ranked 11th with 15 points, the exact same as Yakuza 5 in 2015. But below Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2 in the following years. That's one consistently improving series!
    • 18 games are singleplayer only, 4 offer singleplayer and co-op (Portal 2, Dark Souls, Gears of War 3 and Rayman Origins), and only 4 offer competitive multiplayer (Resistance 3, Gears of War 3, Pokémon Black and White and The King of Fighters XIII). Correct me if I'm wrong with those numbers, I could easily have overlooked something.
    • Nintendo got 5 exclusives on this list: 2 Wii games in the top 10 (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Xenoblade Chronicles), 2 DS games (Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective and Pokémon Black and White), and only 1 3DS game in its launch year (Super Mario 3D Land).
    • Only 3 PS3 exclusives: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, inFAMOUS 2 and Resistance 3.
    • 1 Xbox 360 exclusive: Gears of War 3.
    • 1 PC exclusive: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (which would come to consoles a year later anyway).
    • Now for the snubs! To the Moon, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Battlefield 3 narrowly missed out with 7 points!
    • 6 points: Saints Row: The Third.
    • 5 points: Minecraft, Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
    • 4 points: Fight Night Champion, Tropico 4.
    • 3 points: Sonic Generations, Killzone 3, The Binding of Isaac, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.
    • 2 points: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Mortal Kombat, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mighty Switch Force!, Mario Kart 7, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, Alice: Madness Returns.
    • 1 point: Total War: Shogun 2, Arcana Heart 3, Magicka, Before the Echo, Patapon 3, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, From Dust, Forza Motorsport 4, Outland, Radiant Historia, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Aliens: Infestation, Gods Eater Burst, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Rage, Bulletstorm, Dead Island, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Child of Eden, Anno 2070.
    • 0 point: Homefront, Crysis 2, Brink, Need for Speed: The Run...

    I've played 12 out of these 25 games. The ones I still want to play: Yakuza 4, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. Not bad!

    Thanks to all of you for sending in your votes, and for your comments on every game, I love reading about why each title means so much to some of you. I think it was also one of our most unexpected winners ever, usually it's easy to guess which one or two games will make it to the top, but I doubt many of us would have bet on Portal 2 (top 5 yes, but maybe not winner).

    Now I'd like to ask your opinion on something, I'll make a separate thread for it soon!

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

    • 20 games are singleplayer only, 4 offer singleplayer and co-op (Portal 2, Dark Souls, Gears of War 3 and Rayman Origins), and only 4 offer competitive multiplayer (Resistance 3, Gears of War 3, Pokémon Black and White and The King of Fighters XIII). Correct me if I'm wrong with those numbers, I could easily have overlooked something.

    That adds up to 27? Little confused? How many made the rankings?

  • I'm the only one that voted for Bulletstorm that's a fun ass shooter.

  • @axel I love these so much.

  • @hazz3r Told you I was probably wrong with the numbers ;)

    It's because I originally counted Dark Souls among the singleplayer games before remembering it had co-op, and counted Pokemon before remembering it had multiplayer.

    So it's 18 singleplayer only.

  • @axel I can't find your submission. Maybe it was deleted?

  • @ffff0 I hadn't done it yet, just did!

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    You can see Brandon and Brad's reactions to our GOTY here! Really fun, looks like they enjoy those recaps :)

  • I know I'm well over a year late for this vote but snubbing Driver: San Francisco is not cool.

  • @jdincinerator Just started playing a while ago. Can confirm, that game is still insanely good and holds up.