The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!



  • I like that we start with someone's #1.

    I had a chance to play Rocket League with others and it was fun. But playing it alone (which is 99.99% of my gaming) wasn't interesting enough to keep going. Still, this game definitely deserves to be in Top 50.

    I played Xenoblade Chronicles this year for the first time via Definitive Edition. I liked it and I haven't sold it after I've beat it (this is the third Switch game I'm keeping). But at the same time this game doesn't deserve any awards because it's such a low effort. Grand locations and sense of journey are completely ruined by low-res textures, terrible animations and low polygon count. Even by Switch standards it looks bad. I don't know how original version was perceived in 2011, but since this Definitive Edition looks like a 2011 game, I'm sure that original is a low effort as well. So even through I liked it more than Rocket League, I will never put it above it.



  • Rocket League is good but not good enough to be my top 15. I enjoyed my time with it and Super Sonic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars. The base game is great but never cared for anything they added after that. Don't care for the basketball/hockey modes or mutator settings.

    Also we got 1 JRPG in so far.



  • @sazime said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:

    I think we can all rest easy knowing, even if we see a game we love near the bottom, any game made this list has to be at least tried. Remember, it's of the DECADE. This list is paired down from THOUSANDS of games over the last ten years.

    Absolutely, any game in that Top 50 is a must-have, best-of-class kind of game. There are no losers here, making that list is a huge feat in itself. Once it's over, just look back at all the ones that didn't make it, that will tell the whole story.

    I played Rocket League for a few weeks when it came out on PS Plus, and I liked it a lot. But just like with any other online multiplayer game, I never felt like dedicating much time to get really good at it and eventually moved on to other things. Talking about it makes me want to install it again though, just for a few matches.

    I still haven't played Xenoblade Chronicles, despite playing X and 2. It's high on my wishlist and I'll get to it eventually.



  • Shocking to see Xenoblade so low.



  • @sheria Really. I was totally expecting it to end up in the top 25.


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    Here... we.. GO!

    This list will be so much fun to follow! I missed the Rocket League train when it came out and then kinda been one of those titles "I should check it out" but never get around to due to the amount of other games I'm playing and got in my backlog.

    And I felt that this was such a hard list to make.



  • 69 Points on 50! I know that it's ultimately made up of roughly the same amount of people voting for it but it really gives a different feel to the whole thing! :)



  • I wonder how many points #1 will have. My bet is 370.



  • @ffff0 said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:

    I wonder how many points #1 will have. My bet is 370.

    Haha, that could be a fun side-bet for everyone to guess!



  • While I greatly enjoyed my time with Rocket League, I couldn't justify keeping it on my list with so many other incredible games to consider.

    Xenoblade Chronicles is one of, if not the the best JRPG in the last decade, and really gave me the same sense of majesty and wonder that the original Xenogears gave me back in the day. I think it is a shame that the series has veered off into the territory of cringey waifubait gachashit and hope it can find it's way back to it's roots in the future.



  • These are both games I've enjoyed playing. I haven't played Rocket League since it's launch month and I finished Xenoblade Chronicles for the first time in June. Unfortunately, neither game made it very far when I started making cuts for my list.



  • It has BEGUN! cue Mortal Kombat theme

    I guess how I'll comment for this thread is to look back at the respective threads we've done and see if my stance has changed and subsequently how each respective game placed in their given year.

    With that said, the only thing I said about Rocket League is how it's a simple concept, but it's simultaneously brilliant. Something that would be fun to try, but since I'm not into multiplayer or competitive things in general, it's a game I've let go by. Also, this placed 5th in 2015, just barely making it into the top 50. That's something else.

    I didn't say much regarding our #10 game of 2011, but Xenoblade does have its passionate fanbase. I think what I'm going to find the most fun about this list is how diverse prior placement each entry has been over the years as a combination of voters, preference, and how strong/weak a given year was/is in relation to the others.



  • @el-shmiablo said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:

    cringey waifubait

    "Waifubait" made me laugh out loud.



  • Xenoblade is a game I didn't like one bit, mainly because I find the combat to be an absolute bore and hate how it plays out, but I do respect it had a good ammount of things going on for it in the 30 hours I put into it, it just didn't jive with me, 2 on the other hand, absolute garbage.

    Love Rocket League, but it is nowhere near anything I would consider near my top games.



  • I played a good deal of Rocket League with some old room mates when it came out, and we actually got pretty good. I really like that you can just customize your control scheme to whatever works best for you so I set it up to play like Burnout. I didn't really keep up with it though. Competitive games have never really been for me. As much as I like to try and get better at Street Fighter or something very skill based, I'd rather be a hermit and sit in the dark playing my single player games and JRPGs. It's hard for me to stay invested when the main drive is to play against someone else.

    Speaking of JRPGs, I still haven't played Xenoblade. I rented it when it came out on Wii, but because I had a Japanese Wii I got off Craigslist, it had a weird problem playing any English game that was a dual-layer disc (Donkey Kong, Smash Bros, Monster Hunter) so it just wouldn't load the game for me. I love the music, and loved The Last Story as part of Operation Rainfall back then, but it's one that I still need to pick up on Switch to give a go. I really didn't like the second one though after two or three hours, so it makes me nervous to make the jump.



  • Life Is Strange

    #48. Life Is Strange - 71 points

    Votes

    #5 (Sheria), #6 (Brandon_Reister), #7 (Lotias), #9 (Sentinel Beach), #12 (DIPSET)

    Information

    Release year: 2015
    GOTY Rank: 6th
    Developer: Dontnod
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Journey

    #47. Journey - 72 points

    Votes

    #6 (HappyGaming, tokeeffe9), #7 (naltmank), #11 (Lotias), #13 (JW), HM (feer)

    Information

    Release year: 2012
    GOTY Rank: 4th
    Developer: Thatgamecompany
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



  • Journey was so close to making my list. Such a beautiful game.



  • I was curious how long it would be before a game placed higher on this list in particular over a game that it was under in its respective year, and that's what we now have with Life is Strange, which finished one spot behind Rocket League during that thread. Just a very cursory glance tells me two things about this: 1.) Some people who voted for that thread and voted Rocket League appear to not have been as active here in a while and 2.) The difference that year was a two point edge, the same as here.

    Regarding Life is Strange itself, I must echo myself from three years and nine days ago: Episodic games are not for me because of their structure, regardless of their focus/content.

    As for Journey, I'll leave my direct quote with an addendum:

    "I've heard constant praise for Journey and how it will only take two hours, which should be enough for me to give it a go, but I've learned several times over: Don't get a game just because everybody else likes it. Two hours is nothing really in today's age of live-service, plus I'm pretty sure it's pretty cheap. But I just don't feel the pull for it. Which is a shame, because this games look very good."

    What I do want to add since I wrote that is I've become a little more familiar with Austin Wintory and that's another point in Journey's favor. I guess I'm a touch more interested as I was then, but I still don't want to interact with other players (which kind of the point from what I've heard).

    One final note: Journey joins Xenoblade Chronicles for our list in being nominated for the Hall of Greats: XC was nominated in third installment (Aug 2017) by Ben and garnered three votes whereas Journey has two appearances (and still has yet to get in): The fourth installment (Dec 2017 where it had two votes but was banned for a year because of the at the time rule no one else voted for it other than who had brought it which was Bloodworth) and the most recent stream a month ago where it did a little better, getting six votes from Jones's nomination.



  • Life is Strange is my game guilt lately. I've played the first chapter two or three times but I haven't started chapter two. Whenever I go back, I feel like I need to start over, so I play the first chapter, love it, and then get stressed about immediately starting the second chapter. I need to finish that fucking game, it's just a bad anxiety related habit I've had about getting into things I like for some reason.

    Journey is definitely one of my favorites. It never ceases to make me shed at least a tear by the end. I wrote a review a long time ago about how the music becomes so synonymous with the visuals you can basically play the soundtrack and see the whole game in your head, sort of like songs featured in Fantasia. I wonder if there's a word for that. The game moves me regardless of what's happening in my life, or how things have changed, and legitimately makes me feel like I can make it through the toughest places. When my girlfriend plays through it too, I don't like to watch the whole game, but it feels like a disservice to miss out on that last chapter. One of the most moving game experiences I've ever had that keeps giving!

    I gotta finish and publish that review too!