The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!

  • Person 2's situation is one of those times that I'm glad about my indifference about JRPGs generally.

    Resistance is an interesting franchise and one of the underrated IPs of the last gen/Sony exclusives. My favourite one is PSP game Resistance: Retribution; I just love games that we can see our character. :P Also, there is really interesting thing that I sometimes catch when I see Resistance and Killzone names side by side, let's add Infamous there too for the sake of underrated titles.

    Killzone to HZD and Guerilla probably won't return to KZ in the near future.
    Resistance to Spider-Man and Insomniac probably won't return to RS in the near future.
    Infamous to GoS and Sucker Punch probably won't return to Infamous in the near future.(which is the most hurting one)

    I remember LA Noire's mo-cap was a big deal back in the day. Look how far we have come now that it's pretty standard for big budget games. Can someone say Yes/No to this question without saying anything else:

    Is it a big spoiler to know LA Noire's criminal is a serial killer?

  • I remember liking L.A. Noire while I was playing it and thinking that trying to guess who is lying is very cool. Also I liked facial capture and hoped that we would see more such games in the future. Can't say much more.

  • LA Noire very narrowly missed my list. I think it's just a bit bloated for it's own good. Also @Axel even though it's a tie you gave them different point values.

  • @nimbat1003 Resistance: Fall of Man was the first PS3 game I played and it blew my mind how amazing it looked. I still like the game but graphics have come a long way since then.

  • I really need to go back to LA Noire. It's not perfect but I really enjoyed what I played while being too stressed over getting everything right. I feel like I'd be more willing to let it slide now and would enjoy it a lot more for it.

  • I really like L.A. Noire back when I played it years ago. I love playing as detectives, and the 1950s settings is just so interesting to me, especially back then when I barely knew anything about American retro culture. The Homicide string of cases is definitely the highlight of the game, the one time when you investigate a nude dead body in some hills at night really stuck out to me. I feel like it could had a more grounded and coherent main plot with a more likeable main protagonist (Phelps' such a dick), but it still left quite the impact on me. I tried replaying it sometime ago on the Switch and it's not really clicking for me after the first few hours, which makes me think that it's more of a product-of-its-time kind of thing (especially the motion capture stuff, it's so silly seeing it now). I really wish that this game's supposed sequel didn't get cancelled, that was quite a bummer.

    As for Resistance 3... I think Insomniac nailed the balance between having a gritty atmosphere but also reveling in the weird fun stuff that they're so good at. I'm primarily talking about the weapons, which I remember being not only quite varied and creative, but also satisfying to shoot. It's been a long time so I don't remember much of the game, but I do remember being stuck on a prison full of crazy people, and having the Chimera invade not too long after. It's honestly quite frightening how effective the Chimeras are at being scary death machines, and this game shows that quite well. All in all, it's a gritty and gorey shooter that does it best to keep you on your toes throughout the whole game. It's also supremely underrated, please try this out if you can and haven't already.

  • @bam541 said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!:

    please try this out if you can and haven't already.

    Stupid Sony! Just put backward compatibility for PS3 somehow!

  • @scotty I've been saving my PS3 copy (along with a bunch of others) for that fateful day when Sony does backwards compability, I still believe it would happen one day.

  • How has there not been a Remastered collection of the Resistance games for PS4? How?

  • Just platinumed the PS4 version of L.A. Noire a month ago. It had been nine years since I'd done that before so I decided to go back now, it had been on my mind for quite some time. Sadly, though, I don't think the game holds up that well. There's something about the whole interrogation system that felt "heavier" than I remembered. And maybe the faces weren't that easy to read after all. Still, I think it's a very unique game and all in all pretty enjoyable to play. The post-war era in the '40s is fascinating to witness and the amount of people in the cast is staggering. It really makes everyone a unique person.

    I've played all three of the Resistance games on PS3 and while I found them pretty entertaining and solid shooters I think they're also very forgettable of their nature. Really hard for me to pinpoint any culminating events or what happened in which game of the trio.

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    There are a lot of games on this list I didnt really expect for some reason! guess I didnt hear much about them at the time.

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    Resistance made the list!?

    Resistance 3 was one of my favorite shooters of last gen. After a relatively boring but decent first entry, an absolutely abysmal second entry saved only by it's pretty innovative multiplayer portion (80 player multi and a pretty awesome coop mode), the third game just hit it out of the park, but unfortunately nobody gave a shit by that time.
    It just really had that Insomniac flavor in full force. Great level design, fantastic selection of weapons, and they finally landed on an aesthetic that fit the series perfectly.
    I legit got Half-Life 2 vibes playing Resistance 3.
    A part of me hopes we'll get a Resistance series remaster so more people can experience this absolute banger.

  • Gears of War 3
    I was considering it for an HM. I really enjoyed it but looking back at it it's really isn't all that memorable to me. I like Gears of War 2 better and atleast 8 other games from 2011.

    Persona 2 Innocent Sin
    The story, the characters, the music and yes, even the gameplay is all superb imo. It really is one of my favorite RPGs of all time.

    Resistance 3
    Resistance 1 was good as a launch game for the PS3 but wasn't anything special. Resistance 2 kinda sucked if you asked me. Resistance 3 I didn't care for when it came out, I didn't play it until much but it really caught me by surprise when I did eventually play it. It's is so much better than the previous games. They removed the boring military stories of the first two games and really made good use of the weapons this time around. Resistance always had good weapon design but in the first game your ammo was too limited for all the more unique weapons and in the second game you could only carry two at a time.

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    I also want to mention that Resistance 3 released right around that time Sony was pushing the Move controller in games, so it had full motion controls and was amazing.

  • @capnbobamous Thanks, that was a bad copy-paste, I fixed it.

  • I really liked Resistance 3, just couldn't fit it into the list.

    And while Rayman Legends took everything from Origins and expanded on it even more, Origins was an amazing game... I wish we got another Rayman like it but don't expect it :(

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    @tokeeffe9 I wouldn't trust modern Ubisoft to make a new Rayman, unless of course you want a Rayman game that is open world action adventure with light RPG and survival elements.

  • @el-shmiablo I feel like there is so much potential with Rayman and a lot of things Ubisoft could do with the series.
    Also, I feel it is unfair to lump all of the Ubisoft divisions into one big studio. It feels like every studio has its own identity and flair. Ubisoft Montpellier was the developer behind the original trilogy and the 2D revival. I trust them to make another game, but they're currently busy with Beyond Good and Evil 2 and who the hell knows when or if that thing will come out.

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    @demonpirate I mean, until very recently all of Ubisoft's editorial decisions went through a single person, Serge Hascoet. So it kinda is fair to lump them all together.

  • I criminally haven’t finished Resistance 3 but I’ve played enough to know that I really like it. I just rebought it to right that wrong. I love the series on the whole and I actually like Resistance 2 despite it scrapping split screen campaign. Something special about the weapon wheel, varied and smart enemy AI, and scary looking bosses. I think this game is better than it gets credit for.

    Per LA Noir one and done for me. It was cool to run around Hollywood and drive some old cars but this plot was completely uneven and I think the game had one of the biggest narrative-to-gameplay disconnects I’ve ever played. Nothing you say or do matters. That really killed it for me trying to play it back after the first time. I think I’d be interested in a sequel if they reimagine the series with stronger gameplay premises.