The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2010!

  • I'm really curious, how many of you are picking your favorite and not what you think is just the best game? I'll be interested in the breakdown, especially to see if ANYONE else picked Split/Second other than me.

    I loved that nutty game, and I was super bummed when it didn't do well enough for a sequel.

  • @sazime I tried my best to balance both of them out, I think most my HMs are a bit more on the favorite side, while the top 4 is the other way around.

    Also, I agree, Split/Second is pretty sick.

  • @sazime It's supposed to be your favorite, but everyone has their own criteria to determine that.

    Personally, I vote for the games I have the best memories from, the ones that brought me the most fun, not the ones I feel are "objectively" better games or "should win".

  • My list.
    1-Mass effect 2
    2-Red dead redemption
    3-Gow 3

    -bayonetta(ps3 was rough)
    -Gran turismo 5
    -Battlefield:Bad company 2

    frankly my top 4 could almost go in any order, but fallout and mass effect 2 are both in need of a replay, hell as a ps3 player i only ever played ME2 i ended up bying the whole series years later on pc with the intention of playing the series but the god damn mako missions in 1 were a road block haha.

    i played some RDR recently before RDR2 and it really is a great game, so fun and a vibe i love without any of the realistic BS and padding that 2 has.

    oh also i'm guessing bayonetta was not eligible? in that case i would have put my HM to Vanquish instead.

    Lastly just look at how far above RDR and ME2 were than the other votes, they seem to be the clear winners.

  • @bam541 @Axel Cool! It's is something genuinely curious about, without any judgements attached, because of the way an old drama teacher would talk to us about movies. There was definitely a difference between, "it's important you watch this and understand why it's important," as opposed to sharing what we genuinely liked. Some people in class had a hard time getting to that second part.

    This is another great list of things I feel like I should try, even if I don't think they are necessarily my cup of tea.

  • @nimbat1003 Bayonetta was eligible, and it received points from multiple people, just barely didn't make the cut (I'll share the totals for all the games that didn't make it in a follow-up post).

  • I bounced off of Red Dead Redemption for the longest time. I bought it on release and played the first few hours, but I didn't find myself particularly grabbed by the story or by John. It felt like a lot of the narrative was being kept secret from me, and so it was difficult for me to be motivated forward and feel like I needed to reach John's goal. In hindsight, I feel like I also played the game wrong at this point. This was a time when I had achievement anxiety, no thanks to the in console videos by Inside Xbox that would often highlight missable achievements and the like. I was more concerned with keeping my horse and finding the the hidden gold than just sitting and playing the story.

    It was after hearing Jones speak so highly of it in EZA content, especially on the run up to Red Dead Redemption 2, that I thought to myself, "the sequel is like the most anticipated game since MGS V, I'm gonna have to see the original through". So in 2018 I played through the game and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. The gunplay is top notch, the characters are well written. I realised by the end that John's motivations aren't really that important. They're just an excuse to go on a crazy adventure through the old west.

    Shout out to Red Dead Online. The gunplay made that online mode so much fun.

    Mass Effect 2 is an incredible game, as many have said. I think the plot and characters of Mass Effect 1 are stronger, but being worse than Mass Effect 1 is still being pretty good. The cast is the star of the show, with my personal favourites being Jack, Tali, and Mordin. I'm also really fond of Miranda. She was ahead of her time, an incredibly strong female character. Getting to know each of them on a personal level and potentially romance them. I especially loved each characters loyalty mission, especially Jack's.

    The destruction of

    the Normandy SR-1

    is great story telling. It really sucks that the exploration of that afterwards was a DLC. Really nice gameplay there that highlighted Mass Effect's strength. Everything you did felt grand and noteworthy. As others have said, it feels like you're playing through your very own space opera.

    I'm not super keen on the overall plot. I don't like how you can remove the game from the trilogy and it still work more or less. It would be nice if there were some more significant events. Empire Strikes Back has plenty of meaningful events that have lasting consequences for Return of the Jedi. I don't feel like 2 being in the middle of the trilogy is an excuse for not having lasting effects.

    That said, in isolation, the plot is great. Having it all revolve around a Suicide Mission was really well communicated. It really felt like an impossible mission that was a race against time. I especially liked how a unseen Fallout 1 style time mechanic is introduced very late in the game that actively changes the outcome if you run out of time.

    Shout out to Omega. That game environment is awesome, the missions there are awesome.

    Two main gripes with Mass Effect 2:

    • Considering they're doubling down on Romance-able Companions as a key selling point of the series, really highlighting the infamous "sex scene" before the end of the game, the fact that you can't have a gay relationship at this point is shameful. Representation is important. I appreciate that it basically means you have to have a token gay or bi woman and token gay or bi man in the cast, but I think that's better than basically not allowing your Shepard to be gay or bi at all.
    • This is a big hindsight one, but I hate the Karma system. It completely takes the wind out of any moral choices in the game. It makes it not "what do you think is the right decision here" but "which decision is the Paragon and which decision is the Renegade" except that the options are colour coded so you don't even have to do that. In Mass Effect you will decide at the start of the game whether you are going to be Paragon or Renegade, and it becomes clear early on that game mechanics in the form of dialogue options are tied to your Karma Level, to the extent that you can't have a perfect end to the game unless you're perfect Paragon or perfect Renegade.
      It's a massive shame, because the moral choices are actually pretty good, but they're made completely pointless by the Karma system. I'm glad that developers have understood why the Karma system in Mass Effect is bad and moved away from it.

    Also, shout out the the Arrival DLC. Shit is awesome.

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  • Wow, that's a sizeable point difference between the final two. Thought it'd be closer, honestly.

    RDR had been my GOTY 2010 for a long time, but when we got to follow through Arthur Morgan's story in 2018 it was so much better that I actually had to readjust the original's position. (Basically raising God of War III ahead of it.) A superb game, nevertheless! Unforgettable in so many ways.

    ME2 is a fantastic scifi RPG, loved it so much back then. The choices and the stakes hit hard and most of the companions were impactfully presented. Now that years have passed the game has lost some of its charm when I search my feelings (yes), but a Top 4 place is still earned.

    My own list was like this:
    #1: God of War III
    #2: Red Dead Redemption
    #3: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
    #4: Mass Effect 2
    HM: Darksiders
    HM: Heavy Rain
    HM: Just Cause 2
    HM: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

    Shame that Darksiders didn't make it. An excellent metroidvania with a super cool art style. Two is better, but the first one has nothing to be ashamed of.

    Just Cause 2 was my first touch of Rico's world and that game's beautifully crazy! :) The game's pretty enough but also still has that arcade-y feeling to it. And the way you move in this game... that alone earns this HM. So satisfying.

    Shattered Dimensions is easily one of the better Spidey games. Four different webheads and worlds with different versions of the familiar villains. We're so far from the 2018's Spider-Man in this one, but they both definitely have their places in the gaming world.

    Thanks again Axel for this one! Now let's start the hype train for the Big One next!

  • I forgot to mention, but shout out to the Mass Effect Trilogy Soundtrack. Some of the most iconic music in gaming. Nothing in Mass Effect 2 quite lives up to the highs of Vigil from Mass Effect 1, but The Illusive Man and The Normandy Reborn are incredible tracks.

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  • How in the world did Mafia II and Bioshock 2 not make the Top 25, that's shocking!?

    My Top 8:

    Mass Effect 2
    Alpha Protocol
    Civilization V
    Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
    Mafia II
    Red Dead Redemption
    Bioshock 2

  • I really quite enjoyed Mass Effect 1 but 2 was a big let down for me, both in its gameplay and its story.

    Anyway, my list was:

    1. Deadly Premonition
    2. Kingdom Hearts: BBS
    3. 999
    4. Nier
    5. Fragile Dreams
    6. Vanquish
    7. Alpha Protocol
    8. Hexyz Force

  • Here's my GOTY 2010 list:

    1. God of War III
    2. Battlefield Bad Company 2
    3. Dead Rising 2
    4. Fallout New Vegas

    HM: Gran Turismo 5, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Heavy Rain, Vanquish

    Any one of these top 8 games can go in any order pretty much. I really like them all. Like, to me, New Vegas is just as much of a GOTY as GOW3 as Gran Turismo 5. I loved a lot of games from 2010 and ordering them was difficult.

  • Mass Effect 2
    No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
    Civilization V
    Red Dead Redemption

    Honorable Mentions:

    God of War III
    Kirby's Epic Yarn
    Heavy Rain
    Call of Duty: Black Ops

    Maybe next time Travees. No More Heroes 2, one could say, was a hail mary attempt.

    I'm legit surprised that Black Ops didn't make the list. At that time, it was Treyarch's finest moment.

    Mass Effect 2 came out so early in the year and it set the bar so high. It's such a great improvement on the original. It feels as if someone just said, "Let's just take the bad stuff out of the first one. Boom. Done." And it worked!

  • @tokyoslim I played Yakuza 3 on HD collection. While I loved Revelations and some story moments, the gameplay was clunky and easily the worst with enemies blocking too much. It was a PS3 game that still felt like a PS2 game. I did like guns doing more damage than other 2 on the collection which were bad.

  • @crepe

    I got Black Ops and that;s when I stopped playing COD for almost 10 years. The graphics were worse than COD4 and MW2 on PS3 (sub HD). Screen tear, frame drops, and general muddy graphics.

    The story was a good classic thriller plot which I liked, but the gameplay was infuriatingly scripted. Not like Uncharted how you still have to control the set piece moments, but like on-the-rails can't die scripted.

    Multiplayer was fun for like 10 hours before it got samey. MW2 was a disaster with easy cheap kills with cheap perks and kill streaks. Black Ops went the other direction based on feedback. I respect them listening to MW2 feedback, but it went so far in the other direction with everything. Perks are so vanilla, killstreaks are less exciting, and the big maps almost felt weird with so little action happening.

    They have some classic maps like Nuke Town and Firing Range, but there was always this sort of B-Tier step backwards feeling that the Treyarch games had in that era. World at War felt like anime filler compared to COD4 and same with Black Ops compared to MW2.

    They made a solid 7/10 but Black Ops killed my mood for COD for almost 10 years. I think they are in a better place with the resurgence of Infinity Ward and COD MW.

  • @crepe said in The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2010!:

    Honorable Mentions:

    Kirby's Epic Yarn

    Yay! :)

  • My list:

    #1 Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

    #2 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
    Surprised Peace Walker didn't make the list. Sure it was on handheld but it was such an amazing game with interesting mechanics.

    #3 Lost Planet 2
    This game was so much fun but there was a level pretty early on that required a good team play which I sometimes failed because someone got kicked out and made it frustrating to get through. It had some serious hidden stuff that really elevated the game if you knew how to do it. Also taught my cousin a skill that got him a world record at the time on one of time attack stages but has probably been beaten since you can cheat on it somehow.
    This is probably one of my favorite co-op game simply because there is not many like it.

    #4 Vanquish

    Gran Turismo 5
    Didn't play enough of it but I always loved GT games

    Valkyria Chronicles II
    Co-op lets you basically have an extra character so it was pretty easy but soloing was fine too. I loved the classes that split to pick which speciality to go for so it was really fun. Escort missions were the big minus but I didn't mind the cliché high school setting outside of awful laugh from protagonist Avan.

    Yakuza 3

    Mafia II
    This was a really good game and I like some music from that era. Big fan of Dean Martin. Sadly lack of side stuff and freedom puts it behind other stuff

  • And that's a wrap for 2010, and for the 2010s decade!

    I'm really happy we had 43 voters, that's the 4th highest participation in these threads so far, good job everyone!

    86 games were nominated, which is the 2nd highest total (behind 2014's 96 games, get out of here 2014!), but only 4th highest average per voter.

    Here are the usual stats and fun facts:

    • Mass Effect 2 dominated, with 14 GOTY votes (2nd highest total behind God of War's 18 GOTY votes). And with 91 points, it has the 3rd highest score behind God of War (124 points) and Persona 5 (122 points). Surely it will be one of the favorites for the Game of the Decade.
    • This is the first GOTY crown for EA and Bioware. Mass Effect 3 in 2012 could only reach 2nd place, while Andromeda got... 22nd place in 2017.
    • Red Dead Redemption seemed destined to end up in 2nd place, with the most #2 votes ever (10!), and its sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 also placing second in 2018.
    • Fallout: New Vegas gets 3rd place and becomes the best-ranked Fallout game, beating Fallout 4 in 2015 (8th) and obviously Fallout 76 in 2018 (not ranked).
    • Another trio of Western games top the rankings, after 2018, 2012 and 2011. The start of the decade was not kind to Japanese developers.
    • 4th place for Super Mario Galaxy 2, the best ranking for a Mario game this decade, tied with Super Mario Odyssey in 2017.
    • Two God of War games in the same year, and both made the ranking! Congrats to God of War III (5th) and God of War: Ghost of Sparta (18th). It's not the first time two games of the same series make it on the same year: Danganronpa in 2014, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel in 2016 and Yakuza in 2018 accomplished that feat.
    • Only 3 Nintendo games, all in the top 10 though (Super Mario Galaxy 2, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Donkey Kong Country Returns).
    • Also 3 exclusives for the PS3 (3D Dot Game Heroes, God of War III, Heavy Rain).
    • The PSP did well with 2 (God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep).
    • PC also got 2 exclusives: Civilization V and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Strategy reigns supreme.
    • Only Halo: Reach was an exclusive for the Xbox 360, but Deadly Premonition and the GOTY Mass Effect 2 only came to the PS3 in later years, sooo technically we can count them as 360 exclusives too, in this case good job!
    • So, who didn't make it? It was a cruel cut-off for Call of Duty: Black Ops and Bayonetta, who both scored 9 points but were beat by the rest based on highest vote.
    • 8 points: Metro 2033, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
    • 7 points: Yakuza 3, Alpha Protocol, Alan Wake, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.
    • 6 points: Mafia II, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, Final Fantasy XIII.
    • 5 points: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Cladun: This is an RPG, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Monster Hunter Tri, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Blur, Super Meat Boy.
    • 4 points: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Resonance of Fate, Victoria II, Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, Mega Man 10, Dead Rising 2, Gran Turismo 5, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, BioShock 2, DJMax Portable 3.
    • 3 points: Rock Band 3, Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Lost Planet 2, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Just Cause 2.
    • 2 points: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Deathsmiles, Metroid: Other M, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Fable III, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, VVVVVV, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Valkyria Chronicles II.
    • 1 point: Mount & Blade: Warband, Split/Second, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Darksiders, Monday Night Combat, Back to the Future: The Game, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, Hexyz Force, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, GoldenEye 007, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Medal of Honor, UFC Undisputed 2010.
    • 0 point: Army of Two: The 40th Day, Dark Void, MAG, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Dante's Inferno, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Red Steel 2, Crackdown 2...

    I've only played 6 out of these 25 games. Apart from Mass Effect 2, I don't think there's anything else I'll want to play in the future.

    Thanks again for participating, and now it's time for the big one, the Game of the 2010s! I'll officially start the thread in the next few days, but for those who followed the conversation, feel free to start thinking about your list.

  • Wow, I was the only one who had Split/Second on their list. If anyone is interested in it, I just recommend the console, not the PC version. SecureROM has made my PC copy unplayable, and there are weird control issues, but I LOVE playing through it on PS3.

  • I was really surprised that Darksiders got only 1 point, I thought the series would be more popular than that in this community!