The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!



  • I shall comment more later in the day when I don't have work to be doing.

    But...

    Portal 2 should be in the Hall of Greats! Not Portal 1! This is far more satisfying though, so I'll take this :)



  • I'd love a new Batman game at this point finally. I really hope the fall release is true for the WB Montreal's project. Arkham City remains my favourite of the series so far.

    How I voted:

    #1: Batman: Arkham City
    #2: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    #3: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
    #4: Infamous 2
    HM: Assassin's Creed: Revelations
    HM: L.A. Noire
    HM: Mortal Kombat
    HM: Saints Row: The Third



  • funny enough my list was reversed.

    1-Dark souls
    2-skyrim
    3-batman
    4-Portal

    HM-
    Dead space 2
    saints row the third
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    infamous 2

    i have alot of respect for batman and portal 2 though i really need a replay of the batman games as i am super rusty and they lost of to my top 2 because i have replayed and revisited them many times with upwards of 200hours in each.

    while i never actually finished portal 2 (stolen) but it derserves the praise because of it's uniqueness.

    little sad saints row didnt make it at all though the recent remaster is a nice makeup.



  • TES has a special place in my heart. I've been playing the games since I got my first PC at 16, starting with Daggerfall, and my wife and I have bonded over Skyrim immensely. It's one of a few games we both put hundreds of hours into, and early in our relationship, before she started playing games in earnest, she was as hype as I was on the collector's edition I had picked up at the midnight release.

    I can't say I'm happy about B's recent releases in the realm of the same types of games, but nothing is ever going to take away the time spent playing, discovering, replaying, and discovering something new each time. I just love the worlds they create. I will never stop seeking out the Dark Brotherhood. Their quests are the best.

    MK9 and Saint's Row: The Third are my only selections not to make this list, and if you didn't put SR3 up there, I'm sure Johnny Gat has words for you (it was the first game in the series I played, and I absolutely love it). If you haven't played SR3 yet, take advantage of the re-release and get the OG on the cheap. It's a ton of fun.

    EDIT: Eff it, I'm reinstalling SR3 so I can play it again after I finally finish AC: Odyssey.



  • It warms my heart to see so much love for Saint's Row: The Third. I was sure I'm the only one who have voted for it.



  • @ffff0 3 was perfect. 4 jumped the shark (but was still fun).



  • @sazime I loved 4. Traversal was fast and ridiculously fun.



  • i felt like 4 just made vheicles useless haha.



  • I actually enjoyed Batman Arkham City quite a lot, but I felt like it lost something special by going open world. It's not like they could have done the asylum again, so I understand why but I much preferred the inmates running the asylum narrative and backtracking, slowly discovering more and more about Arkham Asylum so I preferred the original much more.

    Portal 2 is borderline perfect in its puzzle gameplay. Tag on all of the community stuff and the game is endless. I just felt like it went on too long, but it's definitely one of the best games of last gen.

    My GOTY List

    1. Dark Souls

    2. Fight Night Champion

    3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

    4. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    Honourable Mentions

    • Battlefield 3

    • Portal 2

    • LittleBigPlanet 2

    • Resistance 3


    I'm not surprised, but I think Battlefield 3 is a pretty big omissions from the Top 25. It is one of the best Battlefield games let alone shooters of the generation. Not too many games have a perfected formula like BF3 has. Hell, DICE has been chasing their tail since releasing it. The balance, time to kill, large scale maps, close quarters maps, everything was a working formula. It also had "next gen" graphics before next gen.



  • The good guys finally won!! Shoutout to Portal for taking down an Uncharted, Skyrim AND Dark Souls on this forum. Fortunately, nothing Kojima came out that year. I have only really played the coop in Portal 2 but it is more than enough to make it my game of the year.

    My list:

    Portal 2
    The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
    King of Fighters 13
    Persona 2 Innocent Sin

    Didn't play a ton that year, I guess. I'm sure I would have voted for MK9 and Saints Row the Third if I had played them more.



  • My List

    Xenoblade Chronicles
    Tropico 4
    Portal 2
    Alice Madness Returns

    Honorable mentions:
    El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
    Child of Eden
    Anno 2070

    One of the best years for me not much in terms of releases but simply because i was still in high school so i had more time to play games in general and try different genres.

    Xenoblade Chronicles is very close to my ideal type of JRPG cause it's both comfort food, crazy value with potentially hundreds of hours of contents, but also manages to engage you with its very unique world and story. One thing it's easy to forget now is that at the time it looked extremely impressive: because it was almost a seamless open world and people wanted those, because it was on the Wii hardware and nobody knew you could make giant worlds in such a weak hardware, but also because JRPG as a genre was facing a weird transitional period, we didn't have a game so ambitious like that in years. Visually it doesn't hold up but thankfully there's the definitive edition for that.

    Tropico 4 is a game i appreciated more over time, when it came out i wasn't super into the colorful aesthetics, but out of all the 3D Tropico games this is the one that best recreates the same atmosphere of the first one, and expand upon that concept without ruining the vibes. Great soundtrack too, many catchy songs that remained stuck in my head for a long time.

    Portal 2, like others said, legendary game, infinite replay value thanks to the editor and the community. I already loved the first one so this got me immediately, in terms of level design maybe the best game Valve has ever produced.

    Alice Madness Returns, i just have good memories of its amazing art direction, visuals and crazy locations.

    El Shaddai maybe one of the coolest extremely underrated last gen games, very unique and artsy, but also fascinating how it came to be between developers and publishers.



  • Not surprised it didn't make it but Radiant Historia was the only one missing from my list I think, if not an underated game, it is one that should at least get a little more recognition because it is very good, but that won't happen unless Atlus decides to remake games on platforms that aren't dead.



  • @bard91 I've heard only good things about that game



  • @Axel Please submit our Top 25 to Community Showcase: https://www.patreon.com/posts/community-june-37526056



  • @gageblackw23 Got El Shaddai on my HM too. Two votes!



  • Dead Space 2
    Resistance 3
    Batman Arkham City
    Motorstorm Apocalypse

    HMs
    Infamous 2
    Marvel vs Capcom 3
    LittleBigPlanet 2
    Deus Ex Human Revolution

    I knew a few of these were doomed to not make the list at all, but was pleasantly surprised at a few that did.

    I miss Motorstorm.



    1. Dark Souls
    2. Portal 2
    3. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    4. Catherine
      HM: Batman: Arkham City
      HM: Skyrim
      HM: Star Wars: The Old Republic
      HM: LA Noire

    Only one of mine that didn't make it was SWTOR. Loved that MMO. Lost a lot of time to it.



  • @hazz3r The first 30 levels of Star Wars: The Old Republic was some of BioWare's best work. I feel like the game got a little too grindy after that.



  • @ffff0 Yup, I saw the post, I'll submit it :)



  • 1-Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
    2-To the Moon
    3-Batman: Arkham City
    4-Infamous 2

    HM
    -Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
    -Gears of War 3
    -Killzone 3
    -Resistance 3


    To the Moon is one of those games that hit the person. It has an awesome song too. It's a shame I still didn't play the sequel.

    Batman: Arkham City is only better than Asylum and that is in gameplay department. In terms of story, after 3-4 hours it feels forced and stretched for the sake of it. Both Origins and Knight are better games overall, in fact Knight is the ultimate form of the series. Only thing I missed from City and Origins was the ''feel'' of the punches. They were sacrificed and replaced with faster combat. But I had to say it's amazing how Batman, Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing feels different to play in combat and it's awesome! Especially playing with Nightwing on infinite challenge maps is still something I do time to time. Unfortunately Origins just reskinned the Robin as Deathstroke, what a dissapointment!

    I didn't surprised about Killzone 3 but MW3 was one of the biggest things in that year, interesting to not see it here.