The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2020!

  • @hazz3r

    Thanks for sharing that channel cause I've also been looking for a good gateway into CKIII on a level where I kinda understand the systems better.

    I voted for CK III as a HM but I'm no ambassador for the series. Basically, it was free on Game Pass. I hear Paradox make classic grand strategy games, and my buddy who is into these things told me it's a good time.

    @HappyGaming - I am your example of having no experience with grand strategy but having a good time. I have 0% experience with this stuff. Not even Civilization (other than watching my buddy).

    So I download the game and play the tutorial. It's about 60 mins and is pretty friggin straightforward. It definitely took some intimidation edge off. Likewise the game is full of pop up tips so I felt at least equipped to play.

    What is really cool about CK III is that you can play co-op with a few friends and there isn't any goal so they can assist you, try to kill you, try to have sex with your wife. Whatever it may be, the possibilities are quite honestly endless.

    So I hop on Discord with my friend who has experience with the game.

    • I choose a King in Italy and he choses to play as a King across the sea in Croatia.
    • We team up and have our kids marry each other (and make a bunch of incest babies).
    • I take over Sicily but that would be my downfall because a Muslim kingdom used to live there and I sent my Bishop to convert them and it did NOT pay dividends in the future.
    • My king lives until he's like 56 years old and dies in self imposed isolation in the mountains because he started to grow a little bid mad. My buddy says he's never even seen a king live to be that long so that was pretty fun.
    • I pick up playing as my son in which my brother immediately starts war with me and the Muslims in Sicily revolt with him and I'm murdered with no heir to the throne.

    That was 2-3ish hours of gameplay and my first go at Crusader Kings III and that storyline we made among ourselves was just etched into my mind despite my first failure. I think that is the magic of CK III—there is no point to the game whatsoever. Sure, "survive" is the surface level purpose but the actual point is to just have fun and make stories along the way.

    I recommend people to give it a go, maybe with a friend, and just laugh your ass off at the possibilities this game presents you. I wish I played more but it's definitely a daunting task to get back into it after a failure. There are many systems at play so there is a lot to learn, but trust me, I'm a complete noob and had a blast for a bit.

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

    #17. Yakuza: Like a Dragon - 12 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (TokyoSlim)
    #3: 2 (Sentinel Beach, Tearju Engi)
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (Exist 2 Inspire, DIPSET)


    Release date: November 10 [US/EU]
    Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
    Publisher: Sega
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, PC


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  • Looking at 2020, if it wasn't for another game we should see later in this countdown, I truly believe Like A Dragon would've garnered more RPG of the year awards than it did. And in conjunction with that, I feel Like A Dragon dropped at the perfect time: Right in that holiday window with a heavy Series X partnership. Plus by changing up the genre, protagonist, being a lengthy, meaty game, and positioning itself as more approachable of the series, I think it did fantastically. Personally, I haven't felt the appeal for the franchise, even with the aforementioned changeups, but it does make me curious how Yakuza as a whole takes this reinvention moving forward.

  • #18 - 9 points, #17 - 12 points. That's a huge jump. Looks like we'll won't see any more 1-2 person's darlings.

  • I'm pretty sure Yakuza: Like a Dragon would have ended up at least as one of my HMs if I played it, but last year I played through Yakuza 3, 4, 5, 6, so I had to take a break from the series to make sure I would enjoy it to its fullest when I finally got to it. Also I was waiting for the PS5 version.

    Sorry fellow Yakuza enthusiasts, I let you down!

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon was my favorite game to watch on Twitch last year.

    I, pretty much, have the first five games in canon but have yet to play any of them. I really need to set aside some time for them lol.

  • Banned

    @crepe If you play Zero until you beat the first boss, I guarantee you'll be hooked.

  • Like A Dragon is fantastically entertaining and it's got all that insane nonchalance that makes the series so compelling. To think that Yakuza games pack in so much entertaining and humorous content, it's really hard to want to play anything else that's more serious.

  • Well what the fuck. Honestly. Number 17?? You've had six months to play it by now. I did so in April and fell in love with the game.
    What a disappointing result from this community. :[

  • @sentinel-beach said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2020!:

    Well what the fuck. Honestly. Number 17?? You've had six months to play it by now. I did so in April and fell in love with the game.
    What a disappointing result from this community. :[

    I know I've had a long time to beat it but I still haven't unfortunately. I am, however, replaying it on PS5 and I'm up to Chapter 6.

    Basically, playing a long ass JRPG after work at the same desk I work at all day was just a complete no-go. Glad I'm finally finishing it right now on PS5.

    So I could only give Y:LAD an HM nod but I honestly don't know how much higher it could've gone. I love a lot about LAD but I also feel like a lot of stuff is showing it's age.


    • Ichiban Kasuga and his supporting cast (party) are the best crew in Yakuza so far.

    • I love that the tone of the game is consistently more whimsical because Kasuga is more whimsical himself when compared to Kiryu. This makes sub-stories and other side activities kinda make more sense.

    • The battle system is really solid and I love the idea of moving around the environment, but it could use more objects and interactions.

    • The JRPG battle system compliments the "dungeon raid" type levels that were a bit of a drag in older entries.

    • This game is completely meta and I appreciate how much it leans into it's videogameness.

    • Sujidex is the greatest thing ever.

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    • Battles start to feel samey/way too many random encounters. Less picking up objects and smashing people. More regular attacks. Environment could be used a little more for dynamic battles.

    • Engine is showing it's age. On both PC (1440/60) and PS5 (1440/60 or 4K/30) the day time really lacks contrast and the world looks flat. Night time still looks great, but this engine really feels old compared to when we first saw it.

    So despite loving this game, I can't argue it's GOTY like I can with the others. It was a step but not necessarily a step up. I still recommend people play it and if you prefer JRPGs to brawlers, this game has surprisingly deep RPG mechanics that compliment some pre-existing Yakuza features better than they did in the past (i.e. eating for stats, personality traits for attack boosts, etc).

  • I tried my best with Zero, several times, and I just can't. Like a Dragon I think I'll eventually give it a chance if it comes to Game Pass, since the combat seems much more interesting. My biggest concern is that I've heard from several people complains about being too grindy and that's something that nowadays immediately kills any enthusiasm I might have towards a game.

    But I have no doubts it's a great game for fans. Kinda surprised that sits so low.

  • @el-shmiablo Noted. TIme to schedule the PTO's lol

  • @sentinel-beach said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2020!:

    Well what the fuck. Honestly. Number 17?? You've had six months to play it by now. I did so in April and fell in love with the game.
    What a disappointing result from this community. :[

    I did my part. Lol

  • Streets of Rage 4

    #16. Streets of Rage 4 - 12 points


    #1: 0
    #2: 2 (parasitepaladin, El Shmiablo)
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (THECapedCaper)
    HM: 2 (Brandon_Reister, robert7lee)


    Release date: April 30 [US/EU]
    Developer: Dotemu, Lizardcube, Guard Crush Games
    Publisher: Dotemu
    Genre: Beat 'em up
    Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC


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  • Streets of Rage 4 is my #38 of 40. It's a two-hour game, yet it feels like an eternity. Your character walks extremely slow, you have to kill all filler enemies just to go forward and then (surprise!) fight more filler enemies. Maybe such game design was appealing in early 90s, but today such lack of player's freedom feels severely outdated. Also, enemies can go beyond screen border, but you can't - why?! Why player is more limited than a regular thug?
    At least it has some nice music.

  • Streets of Rage was one of my favorite old Sega Genesis franchises when I was a kid. And Streets of Rage 4 certainly lived up to my expectations. It delivered in both presentation and gameplay, and I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together. Streets of Rage 4 is #14 out of 45 on my list.

  • @ffff0 Have you got a complete list of your top 36 somewhere? I recall you put something like that on the community showcase several months back is that the top 36 you're speaking of?

  • The best thing about Streets of Rage 4 is that cool retro main theme it's good. Sure the brawling is entertaining with a buddy but it can be a bit too tough even on easy-but that might be down to me being rubbish at these kinds of games. Not bad but I'd place it somewhere in the middle of all the games I played in 2020.

  • @jdincinerator Yes, I have complete list and yes, I've submitted it to February's Community Showcase. Since then I've also completed "Command & Conquer Remastered Collection", "Destroy All Humans!", "Final Fantasy 7 Remake" and "Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales", and also I've decided that "3 out of 10" is a game and it also should be included. For the sake of suspense I'm not telling where they have landed... yet.

    P.S. Forgot to count my recent additions, so Streets of Rage 4 is actually my #38 of 40. Sorry.

  • Banned

    My of my childhood was filled with repeated runs on Streets of Rage 2 and 3. I've literally be dreaming about Streets of Rage 4 for the better part of my entire life.
    When it was announced I wasn't a huge fan of the style but it has since grown on me. I was also skeptical that the defining aspect of the series, the music, wouldn't live up to the previous games because it wasn't initially announced that Yuzo Koshiro would be working on it, but the second he was all my fears were put to rest.
    If it weren't for another game releases last year, this would have easily been my top spot.