The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2020!
Jamicov last edited by
Here's what I voted for:
- The Last of Us Part II
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Ghost of Tsushima
HM: Demon’s Souls
HM: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
HM: Marvel’s Avengers
FF7 Remake was probably the most fun I had playing a game last year. The combat system just resonated with me so well, a great mix of action but also a kind of turn-based strategy thing. I also really liked the way they were able to make Midgar interesting to explore and do everything there was despite it being more linear in nature. Plus, the music shift in the third phase of that dreamweaver fight? God-tier.
TLOU Part II on the other hand, just affected so deeply. Obviously there's all the technical stuff it excels at, it's an insanely good looking game, it's fun to attack every scenario differently and experiment (shoutout to the Rat King), but couldn't stop thinking about the story whenever I stopped playing. There were so many moments that I loved so much. Well, 'loved. is the wrong word, but appreciated how much they made me think and feel about everything.
I was hoping Avengers would crack the list, but I'm not surprised. Of course it has issues, especially at launch, but I honestly think people just continue to assume the game has been in the same rough shape since September, when they've really been on a roll since Kate Bishop. I think there's a ton of variety in the ways you can play each character, so much so that I've enjoyed putting together different builds for characters. They've also been really good about sticking to their roadmap and since they put it out around February or so. I think it's definitely worth people's time, especially with a bigger Black Panther expansion coming in August.
Axel last edited by Axel
So that was the closest fight for 1st place I can remember! And it was a crazy rollercoaster at all levels.
Let's break it down:
- The Last of Us Part II squeezed out a win with the very last vote that came in, giving it an extra 3 points for a total of 75. With an average of 2.14 points/voter, it ranks 5th among all the previous winners, but with only 6 GOTY votes (against 9 for FFVII Remake!), it doesn't feel as unanimous as most other years, but still very deserving!
- After Uncharted 2: Among Thieves in 2009, The Last of Us in 2013 and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in 2016, this is the 4th GOTY win for Naughty Dog, making them the uncontested kings of the EZA forums. See you in 2024 for Uncharted 5: Revenge of the Thief!
- A cruel, cruel second place for the wonderful Final Fantasy VII Remake with 73 points. Before the last four votes, it was 11 points ahead. And it scored nothing from those four votes, while Last of Us scored 13. It is the highest-scoring second place ever, a record previously held by Horizon Zero Dawn in 2017 with 72 points. You're still the winner in my heart, FF VII!
- The fairytale story of the year, Ori and the Will of the Wisps finished 3rd! After the first 17 votes, it was first with 35 points. But it only received 8 points from the next 18 votes. If you ask me, all of this indicates that the earlier the vote, the better your taste!
- In 4th, Ghost of Tsushima instead feels like this year's The Outer Worlds: liked by many but adored by few! Only 1 GOTY vote, and mostly #4 or HMs for this one. We'll see how fondly it is remembered 5-10 years from now.
- Only one person had the overall top 4 as their top 4: @paulmci27, although not in the same order.
- A notable 7th place for 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, the first time a Vanillaware title makes it to our rankings!
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales had a crazy comeback, 14 of its 18 points were scored with the last 10 votes.
- Xbox Game Studios got a 3rd place with Ori and the Will of the Wisps! Not exclusive because it's also on Switch, but we'll give it to them.
- Only one Switch exclusive: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Not a great year for Nintendo, but we know the GOTY Metroid Dread is coming soon!
- A whopping 7 PlayStation exclusives: The Last of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake (for now), Ghost of Tsushima, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Astro’s Playroom, Demon's Souls. Including the winner, and 3 of the top 4. Business as usual for Sony.
- Two PC exclusives, Half-Life: Alyx (only VR exclusive) and Crusader Kings III.
- Now for the heartbreaks! Huntdown and Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time each scored 6 points and just missed the top 20. Huntdown was one of my HMs (and Don's GOTY probably) and I can't recommend it enough, it's an amazing title that deserved to be placed at least as highly as Streets of Rage 4, don't sleep on it!
- 5 points: Wasteland 3, Risk of Rain 2, Gears Tactics, Robotics;Notes Elite&Dash, The Pathless, Nioh 2.
- 4 points: Spiritfarer.
- 3 points: Legends of Runeterra, XCOM: Chimera Squad, Filament, Genshin Impact, Carrion, Black Mesa, Ikenfell, Deadly Premonition 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Marvel's Avengers, Mafia: Definitive Edition, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
- 2 points: Kandagawa Jet Girls, Call of the Sea, Dreams, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin.
- 1 point: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (yikes, I'm the only one who voted for it), Unto The End, Hyperdot, Tell Me Why, Desperados III, Neon Abyss, UnderMine, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, Ghostrunner, Watch Dogs: Legion, Haven, The Pedestrian, Panzer Dragoon: Remake, Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack, Golf with Your Friends, Super Mario Bros. 35, Star Renegades, Cloudpunk, Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories, Sakura Wars, Coffee Talk, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Spellbreak, I Am Dead, If Found…, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, BPM: Bullets Per Minute, Super Meat Boy Forever.
- 0 point: Journey to the Savage Planet, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, Shantae and the Seven Sirens, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, Fast & Furious Crossroads, Spelunky 2, Star Wars: Squadrons, Amnesia: Rebirth, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia, Bugsnax, Godfall, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Immortals Fenyx Rising...
I've played 8 out of these 20 games. The ones I still might play: Ghost of Tsushima, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Half-Life: Alyx (if I ever get VR), Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Cyberpunk 2077 (if there's ever a remake/director's cut).
Thank you to all 35 voters, we ended up with a very solid list as usual!
As a final note, I'd like to announce that I'll be stepping down from organizing those votes from now on, I'm feeling less motivated than before and the year ahead is shaping up to be very busy for me at work. @JDINCINERATOR has already offered to pick up the torch, and anyone is free to come up with their own version (kudos to @Exist-2-Inspire who was the original creator of this format!).
I'll still very eagerly participate in any future events!
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Thanks as always @Axel!
I forgot to make a post for the GOTY so here's a quick little thing:
The Last Of Us Part II has one of the most challenging, complex, and daring narratives I have ever seen in a game. It challenges the player in ways I've never seen before, so it's easy to see why it ended up being so controversial. It's a game based around ripping your heart out, feeling unfair, hopeless, and unflinchingly human. It made me feel things that no game has ever made me feel before. It's not perfect, I may even call it messy, but ultimately it does what it sets out to do, and the result is something that is thus far unparalleled.
Few games have led to me having deep conversations about narrative and, to a broader extent, humanity, and none to the length and depth that I've had about The Last of Us II. I think that is part of the reason it should be considered so highly, even by those who dislike it. It is a controversial game, and it is through that controversy that I think it's greatest strength can be found. It is challenging, and it is because of this that the game is able to muster such controversy. A game that plays it safe would not be able to draw the ire or love that Last of Us has drawn. Not to throw Ghost of Tsushima under the bus, but it hasn't seen the level of responses on either side of the spectrum that Last of Us has because it has little complexity. It's a fun samurai game, I don't mean to take that away, I just mean that the very fact that Last of Us has seen such polarizing response means that it is unique and defies conventional norms, and I think that is something that should be at least respected.
Here is my list:
- Last of Us Part II
- Crusader Kings III
Ghost of Tsushima
NeoCweeny last edited by
@axel Thanks for the great work! I highly enjoy these lists.
iboshow last edited by
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- The Last of Us Part 2
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Nioh 2
HM. Resident Evil 3 Remake
HM. Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
HM. Astro's Playroom
El Shmiablo Banned last edited by
@jamicov A fellow Avengers player!
Yeah I thought the game was a fun little adventure and Kamala Khan is one of the most endearing protags ever.
Hoping the Black Panther expansion brings some people back.
Crepe last edited by
Here is my list. I am the Runeterra vote. Lol
- DOOM Eternal
- Legends of Runeterra
- 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
HM: The Last of Us Part 2
HM: Final Fantasy VII Remake
bam541 last edited by bam541
5 points: ... The Pathless
To those who also voted for The Pathless, you're a cool dude.
Also, it seems like that I'm the only one who voted for Dreams. Feels bad, man.
DIPSET last edited by DIPSET
Catching up. Work been busy.
Thanks @Axel for taking the time to organize our 2020 GOTY.
No surprises here, but I didn't expect the photo finish. I wasn't sure if TLOU would be Top 5 or Top 2 because of the plot devisiveness, but clearly it doesn't matter around here.
1. Final Fantasy VII Remake
2. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
3. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remastered
4. Astro's Playroom
HM: Yakuza: Like A Dragon, The Last of Us Part II, Crusader Kings III, Demon's Souls
When it was announced, I thought Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 would be my GOTY. The game really is amazing, but I think despite it going above and beyond, other games went more above and more beyond my expectations.
FF7 Remake has no business being as great as it is. Charming is an overused word, but the game had me charmed by the characters and the overall vibe. It was a shining light in a pretty bad and depressing year.
I'm in the camp of people that was a bit underwhelmed by TLOU Pt II. It is objectively improved upon the original in every way whatsoever, but I am not super into zombie post-apocalypse fiction and TLOU2 stretched me too thin. I did hit a point where I cared a little less about the characters and outcomes, which then made certain parts of the game like platforming through a zombie infested hotel feel like a slough.
I think this might the first time I didn't vote for the Naughty Dog game as GOTY, but it needed to be an HM based on how very few games do what TLOU 2 does.
- Best camera blocking in a video game of all time
- Best animation in a video game of all time
- One of the few games that adapts from action combat (both shooting AND melee), to stealth, and back.
- Some of the best art direction, overall graphics, performance, and physics in a console game of all time
The list goes on... well deserved GOTY, just not my GOTY.
Hazz3r last edited by
Ah, no one else voted for BPM: Bullets Per Minute.
As someone who's not super keen on Rogue-likes, I adore this game.
I feel like the trailer sells what the game is really darn well.
It's coming to consoles this year! Don't skip it!
Shoulderguy last edited by
@Lotias Hall of Fame?
@shoulderguy Yeah coming up! :D
Scotty last edited by Scotty
Late to the party like most of the time. Here it goes:
Even though I'm not into the genre, can't wait to try this one out. Just the thing about storytelling erase some of my concerns about roguelikes but need to finish other titles from the dev before this one just in case.
Ghost of Tsushima
Still didn’t get the chance to play it but I was never hyped about it at any stage so my expectations are not very high for this even though most of you guys seem to like it enough to put it in 4th place.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Never felt that it is amazing, incredible or awesome. My thoughts about the first game was like that too even though sequel is better for sure. Amazing art design, nice soundtrack, above average level design, boring combat, repetitive chase sequences, awful sound glitches. It was a good metroidvania and succesful indie, that's it.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Another example of an awesome remake for an old game. I am not far into the story yet but just with what I saw I can easily understand why it’s beloved. My main concern for right now is some dialogues and reactions feel odd. Maybe it’s a JRPG thing. Also please put real time combat decision in every turn-based game from now on!
The Last of Us Part II
One of the all time favourites of mine. Can’t believe how painful it was to play through that story but in a good way. Game’s greatest strength is forcing player to do something but with time making player adapt to it in a satisfying way. Still feel that first game is a bit above of this one but with great performances, awesome gameplay, technical magic and some really good tracks this is a masterpiece and a game to remember for years. Until Naugty Dog’s next, this is the one as good as it can get.
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@Axel Community Showcase post is up if you're interested.
Axel last edited by
The Community Showcase, timestamp where they talk about our GOTY.
JDINCINERATOR last edited by
@scotty I really would like to give Will of the Wisps a go but I do get the sense that it might be a little too highly praised despite how beautiful and serene it is. Ori and the Blind Forest is pleasant but certainly became annoying at times too.
Axel last edited by
@jdincinerator Will of the Wisps is better than the first game in every way, in my opinion. The checkpointing doesn't require you to spend energy anymore so that annoyance is gone, and traversal is so fluid and enjoyable.
Scotty last edited by Scotty
Like I wrote: It's definitely better than the first but too highly praised is a good observation, don't forget it before you start the game.
paulmci27 last edited by
@jdincinerator I don't know how you can say a game might be too highly praised if you've never played it. This is internet culture all over. Everyone seems to have an opinion on something they know nothing about. Try it and if you feel that way after fair enough, but trying to get your opinion validated based on nothing is just shallow and egotistical.
JDINCINERATOR last edited by
@paulmci27 It was a sense I'm not saying that's definitely the case at all. I'm not getting my opinion validated either because I don't know as you say I haven't played Will of the Wisps. Do you think its worth skipping the rest of The Blind Forest and just diving into Will of the Wisps?