The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2020!
Shoulderguy last edited by Shoulderguy
I poured 100's of hours into the first two Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games on Dreamcast back when they first released. But since those first two games, I slowly started falling off the series for a variety of reasons. I tried to get back into the series with HD and 5 but they weren't very good, so I thought maybe I was done with skateboarding games.
When Geoff Keighley announced THPS 1+2 last year as part of Summer Game Fest, I had no idea what to expect from a Tony Hawk game in 2020. Early trailers looked promising, the warehouse demo felt great, and reviews were positive. But I still had my doubts. It wasn't until I finally started playing through THPS 1+2 myself, that I realized how awesome of a job these developers had done.
Seeing two games that I loved so much be treated with this kind of reverence, is more than I expected. I've never played a remake that nails the overall feel of the original games this well, while still improving upon basically every other aspect of those games. It's not only the best version of THPS 1 and 2, it's also one of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. The only bad thing about THPS 1+2, is that it left me hungry for more. But that's not such a bad thing.
I don't know if this means the THPS series is back. I would certainly be interested in playing more remakes or a new entry. Though given the recent news that Vicarious Visions has been absorbed into Blizzard, I once again have serious doubts about the future of this franchise. Whatever happens next, I'm happy I finally had a chance to experience what I loved about the THPS in the first place.
bam541 last edited by
Honestly it would take a miracle for me to ever play HL: Alyx. I just don't have the space or money for that VR stuff, but man, being able to play it would be great.
THPS 1+2 is itself a miracle, and I still can't believe how well they nailed it. I just hope that more THPS is on the way. With VV working on Diablo, I have my doubts.
JDINCINERATOR last edited by
Remakes that are faithful to the original game whilst being updated to the modern standard, Tony Hawks 1+2 Remake is a real dream and a treat for those who are nostalgic about the old THPS games, but also supremely gratifying for newcomers. It's insane how pretty much everything that made the original games great is in here whilst also managing to be just as fresh and moreish as ever. Simply spectacular.
Oscillator last edited by
While my experience with the franchise is very limited (I THINK the one game I've played is THPS 4, and that's only because I remember only one song that was on that soundtrack)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2. I bought this on release, realised how much I absolutely SUCK at this game after not playing it for years and years. Still had a good bit of fun and made me want to pick up skateboarding in real life again, but would probably kill myself if I did. Good times!
Hazz3r last edited by
Tony Hawk was my first true love of Gaming. I spent countless hours playing THPS2 so it was wonderful to see Hangar and School 2 recreated in such an amazing way.
I really wish that there was more in the game that taught you the deeper mechanics of the game, like not grinding the same rail twice in a row, and other stuff that damages balance.
Otherwise, wonderful game. Will more than likely go back to it again this year.
Brannox last edited by
@oscillator TNT by AC/DC
DIPSET last edited by
Tony Hawk is by far my favourite gaming series and this remaster of THPS 1+2 was so above any beyond anything I expected to the point that hope has been restored in my heart for a series that was at one point was so badly beaten down and bruised.
When Tony Hawk is at it's best, there just isn't another game like it. The flow of these levels and the combo system is unmatched action-platforming perfection. On top of that, this game had such a good art direction. Funny enough, both THPS 1+2 and Black Ops Cold War had levels that pay homage to the mall in Back to the Future, and the THPS interpretation of the classic "Mall" level was so cool to rediscovered as an abandoned mall whereas it looked like dog shit in BOCW. So it's just one example of their attention to detail in this game.
Fun fact - I am one degree of separation from a guy that did the graffiti in the Venice Beach level. He's a coworkers friend. Never got to talk to him though.
But yeah, not holding my breath for more of these games coming anytime soon, but I think the reason I "only" played this for 20-30ish hours instead of more is because I just don't like the THPS1-2 formula as much as the THPS4-THAW formula. This game made be appreciate the classic THPS objectives more but I still prefer the open world and single challenges at a time.
Oscillator last edited by
@oscillator TNT by AC/DC
Hearing that song in that game turned me into a hardcore AC/DC fan. ^_^
Axel last edited by Axel
#12. Cyberpunk 2077 - 15 points
#1: 1 (ffff0)
#2: 1 (Brandon_Reister)
#3: 1 (Exist 2 Inspire)
HM: 3 (Sentinel Beach, TokyoSlim, Hazz3r)
Release date: December 10 [US/EU]
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Genre: Action role-playing
PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Brannox last edited by Brannox
To briefly repeat what I said in the voting thread:
"And a note about a game I won't vote for: CyberPunk 2077. I can't say, "I own a game I refuse to start until it's in a better state," without it being mega obvious, but at some point in the future I will play it. However, that won't come until we're long done."
With how Cyberpunk has had its first six months on the market (at least, all but Sony. I see what you did there @Axel ;-] ), I just don't know how long it's going to be until it gets better for me to feel comfortable in starting it. Yes, I own it, but I'll wait, however long that'll take. It may have been an honorable mention from me, maybe even it making my top four if I end up liking it, but as it stands, I probably won't know for sure what I ultimately come down on it until well into 2022 at this rate.
However, I do want to credit it for getting enough people having an enjoyable experience to have votes. And I guess that's what I want: A great first experience. It's amazing really; one of, if not THE most anticipated game in years, if not the ENTIRE generation at LEAST. Despite how it launched, it still owns two of my several overall favorite E3 moments of all time. I haven't even played the thing yet and I have quite a list of conflicting feelings about it.
DIPSET last edited by
I’m pretty shocked this made the list because it has no business being here. Even on PC is was a buggy shitty headache and even when it worked, the game design felt so half baked. Swimmin in 7’s, not GOTY that’s for sure.
bam541 last edited by
C2077 being released the way it is just makes me even more hungry for a good new big sci-fi game to dive into.
Shoulderguy last edited by
I gave my thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077 in the Disappointment of the year topic:
Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely not the worst game I finished in 2020, but this should have been an easy top 10 game for me, and a potential GOTY.
There is so much right with it, like what Cyberpunk does with world design, story and characters. But there's so much more wrong with it. Such as crashes (I had more than 20 crashes), constant random bugs and many other performance issues. It even crashed during the final credits!
Also this game has some of the worst AI I've seen in recent years and it needs a serious rework. The big crowds look nice but when you interact with anything, you see how broken all of the NPCs are. Even in combat the AI pretty much just waits for me to kill them.
It's a disappointing game for sure, but with more development time and with the proper PS5 version, I hope they can find a way to fix these issues. Because like I said, it does do a lot of things right.
JDINCINERATOR last edited by
CyberPunk's controversial existence does it no favours but I'm convinced that without the bugs and the vitriol it would be considered a good game though GOTY might be stretching it. Between CyberPunk and The Last of Us Part II-there was no shortage of divisiveness when it came to videogame releases in 2020.
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I feel like if I try say everything I want to say about Cyberpunk 2077, I’ll be writing this post until tomorrow, so I’ll try to be brief. But probably this still be a long post because this game blew my mind in so many ways.
This is an incredibly immersive game – I often RP when I play RPGs in one way or another, but in Cyberpunk 2077 it went out of control. I refused to equip gear that doesn’t fit my character’s style no matter how good its stats were. I even took shopping tours around the city to find matching shoes for my new skirt. And I did all of this in a first-person game! Besides clothing, I was thinking for reasons to do this particular side quest now (or at all), to do it this particular way, and also how quest’s outcome affects V’s personality. Finally, as an obsessed gamer I wanted to see different endings, but I knew that only one path makes sense for my heroine, so instead of loading save, I’ve started brand new game with another character. And then I did it again to see the third possible path.
Currently I’ve completed 5 playthroughs (240 hours total). And it’s not just branching quests that make replaying worthwhile, it’s insane amount of history and lore. I’ve read all in-game documents I could find, 3 books that came with collector’s edition, another art-book, an official guide and even Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook, and I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of this world. The most amazing thing however is that all this history doesn’t feel like shackles – even though V and other prominent characters have very defined background, you can still express yourself and find your own place in this massive world.
Speaking of world, this probably is the best open-world I’ve ever seen. Dense places, sparce places, boring places, big crowds, lonely people, emptiness, uplifting spots, depressing spots, planes, verticality – there’s so much diversity and so many details. Nothing ever feels like a video game level planted in open-world environment – everything feels like an actual place that people of this city have built or repurposed. Even city’s layout feels like an actual city, not like a condensed videogame version of a city. In one of my playthrough I mostly drove, in another I mostly walked – and different travel speed have completely changed my perception of the same environments. I often experienced this in reality, but it was the first time I’ve experienced this in games.
Night City is even more attractive thanks to wonderful art direction and groundbreaking visuals. This of course is highly depended on the power of your rig, but even on my mid-range GPU (RTX 2070 Super) this felt like a completely new gen. I’ve spent multiple hours in photo mode, I’ve launched the game when I had only 15 minutes just to walk on the street – basically, I took every opportunity to admire this world and take in its beauty. Raytracing in Cyberpunk 2077 is the best on the market by a mile, and even Control feels like a prior-gen game now.
Beside visuals, there are other groundbreaking technical aspects here. Animations excels even games from Rockstar and Naughty Dog – characters constantly interact with props and other objects in the environment, and they even give items to each other and to you. And all of this happen outside of cutscenes! Streaming is exceptional – you can ride through incredibly complex city districts at full speed and game will never slow you down to load assets. There are probably many other incredible things that I don’t understand – I’m not a game developer.
This post is going out of hand, so here are some quick shout outs to other just-as-much-deserving aspects. Music is fantastic, both in-game implementation and just as a standalone soundtrack. Night City inhabitants speak multiple languages, and it was a genuine delight to hear Russian speech & understand it, and to hear other non-English speech & don’t understand it. Story feels personal and impactful and it’s just the kind of narrative I like. Characters feel like real people dealing with real and relatable issues. And there are also so-called Hidden Gems – bitesize single location stories that aren’t marked on the map, but very much worth seeking (lots of them are fun easter eggs or callbacks to popular media).
I’ve said that Half-Life: Alyx is a game that divide gaming on before and after. Cyberpunk 2077 is also just this kind of game. In some way the excellence of Cyberpunk 2077 has ruined other games for me, and I highly doubt I’ll play anything nearly as good in 2021 or maybe even in 2022. So of course, Cyberpunk 2077 is my GotY.
P.S. I usually don’t do this, but thank you @Brandon_Reister , @Exist-2-Inspire , @Sentinel-Beach , @TokyoSlim and @Hazz3r for your votes. I knew that Cyberpunk 2077 will not win any awards here, but it’s a game that absolutely deserves to be on the list.
Axel last edited by
Cyberpunk 2077 is still one of my most anticipated games, 6 months after its release...
I hope that with its inevitable next-gen re-release, whether it's late this year or next year, I'll eventually play this game and have an absolute blast with it.
It wasn't ready for 2020, but I don't mind waiting.
Phbz last edited by Phbz
I loved Cyberpunk but at the same time it should not be out yet. There's a reason why Naughty Dog and Rockstar keep iterating on the same idea since forever, it's because videogames are extremely complex. Cyberpunk was too big of a shift and too ambitious for its own good. On top of that, 2020 was probably the worst possible year to release a game like this.
Shout out to the world, Nightcity is in it self an achievement of game design, feels like an entity. Also to the narrative driven moments, where it builds on top of their previous works and imo cdpr is an absolute industry leader. That is when bugs, glitches and the general unpolished state don't get in the way, which happens often.
Mega shout out to Skippy, probably my favourite gun ever.
Sentinel Beach last edited by
Cyberpunk's a good game. I had a good time playing it. Didn't even meet any big bugs except for the PS4 version crashing on PS5 after every two hours or so. Didn't stop me from enjoying the world, characters and plot. Gonna take a new run on the eventual current-gen version in the future.
El Shmiablo Banned last edited by
Personally I am very excited to play Cyberpunk 2077 when it finally comes out in 2023.