The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2006!

  • I finally finished Twilight Princess last year. I mostly enjoyed everything but hated the Wolf Link sections. The puzzles and boss fights as Wolf Link are extra frustrating. I don't like his movement in that form and I start to feel sick every time you attack and the camera jerks around. It's unfortunate, because I think Twilight Princess is just as great as Ocarina of Time in a lot of ways, but the wolf sections drag the game down for me. It's still good enough to rank #11 of 22 on my list but it could have been much higher.

  • I have to just play this game. I got it on GC recently but haven't had time to play it. I honestly didn't like it very much when I played a bit of it back when it released, but I didn't play enough to give it a fair shake. Now that I'm older, I think this has potential to be a game that's right up my alley. I also love wolves.

  • It wasn't on my personal list but it clearly deserves a top spot. I was hoping this would top Oblivion as I think it's by far a better game. Guess it is what it is.

  • Twilight Princess is one of my favorite Zelda games. It's not the most unique or innovative of the series but it is very well made. Great dungeons, great soundtrack and a lot of memorable moments.

  • @e_zed_eh_intern said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2006!:

    Can you swim in this one?

    Yes, it was great to finally being able to swim in Vice City.

  • Twilight Princess... I was so excited when they announced the Wii U release. I even ordered the special edition. I gave it my best but I couldn't even finish the game. And me quitting a game while hours into it is a rarity. I really have to dislike something about it.

    I can't say why exactly. I just hate the whole atmosphere, it feels soulless.

  • @neocweeny I shall try it then

  • Twilight Princess is such a mixed bag. Some areas of the game are big and beautiful, such as Lake Hylia and Hyrule Castle. There are some excellent dungeons such as Snowpeak Ruins, Temple of Time, and Goron Mines. Some truly awesome boss fights (perhaps the best single aspect of the game). And the soundtrack has some serious hits on it such as Hyrule Field, Hyrule Market, Malo Mart, Falbi's House, Death Mountain, Hyrule Castle, and the boss battle themes.

    However, the look and structure of the game is kinda lousy. Brown/waxy and linear. Hyrule Field is chopped up into little chunks and doesn't have anything in it anyway. The story objectives are sectioned off into little pockets. Like, you generally can't just drop what you're doing and go somewhere else. A lot of the character faces are ugly, including Link's. None of the minor enemy designs are memorable. And City In The Sky is a godawful dungeon, with a haphazard/unfinished feel, blank beige colour palette, and the most irritating so-called 'tune' I've ever experienced in a video game.

  • The only experience with Twilight Princess I have is playing my cousin's copy on her Wii and I got to the first dungeon and I think I messed up somehow right before the dungeon's boss and got stuck. Afterwards, she took her Wii back to her place and I've never had an opportunity to replay it.

    I remember the Allies playing Twilight Princess at EZA's launch stream, but as far as a full playthrough, I don't think they have and I would be down to watch a full one from whichever Ally would do so, if ever.

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    #3: Gears of War - 22 points


    #1: 1 (Bigdude1)
    #2: 1 (Axel)
    #3: 2 (Phbz, brunojoey)
    #4: 3 (Shoulderguy, Brannox, kindiman)


    Release date: NA: November 7, EU: November 17, AU: November 23
    Developer: Epic Games
    Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
    Genre: Third-person shooter
    Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows


    GT Review

  • I wasn't really that into Gears. I didn't understand the appeal of cover, shoot, cover, shoot x1000000 as the core gameplay. It just seemed way too repetitive for me.

    I'd like to go back and play it however. I've seen enough from the non-Epic Games sequels to understand some of the small details that made the original great. I enjoy GTA IV over GTA V and have been saying that for a decade now and it's mainly in part to the small details of GTA IV and it's weighty gameplay which creates a dynamic experience every single time you play it.

    The same can be said about Gears of War. This game just has a lot of attention to small details that create a pretty high impact overall package. Small details that games choose to skip nowadays. Details like really gross, crunchy, crackly audio design. Blood FX that add layers of depth as it sprays on the screen, on the characters, onto objects. Gunplay that results in debris flying everywhere with chunks of concrete and glass shattering.

    It feels like... war I guess...

    Gears 5 lacks weight and intensity
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    I think Gears lost that attention to detail. I think GTA lost it. I think Battlefield 2042 has lost a lot of that detail. So in hindsight, I get why Gears stood out despite having a pretty rinse and repeat gameplay formula.

  • Gears of war is goat. Best third person cover based shooter series to date. The campaign has so many great scenarios and story beats. The multiplayer occupied my time for years. Instant classic when it came out and it still holds up today.

  • Gears of War was a fantastic showpiece for the Xbox 360 and thoroughly deserves its place comfortably nestled inside the top 3. Carving locust innards like a Christmas turkey is one of the greatest feelings in videogames and the visceral nature of the story and the pacing of the campaign was magnificent. Gears of War pretty much the measuring stick of third-person shooters going forward.

  • Gears making the top 3 is fantastic. This is, by far, my favorite Xbox franchise bar none. When I was gifted a 360 for my 17th birthday, I went to my local GameStop and they were having a buy 2 get 1 free sale. I had grabbed SoulCalibur IV (because Yoda) and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (more my dad's thing than me), but when browsing the shelves, I saw this and remembered, "Hey, it's that game with the chainsaw on the weapon. Looks cool."

    And I had no idea what I was getting into.

    To say it grabbed me is an understatement. I fell in love with the premise and world, the hopelessness of overcoming monstrosities that feel like they've already won, and the very first thing that happens is your character is getting busted out of a practically destroyed and completely abandoned prison. I was captivated from the start and compelled until the very end.

    I grew to hate Berserkers, Kryll, and General RAAM. While they're sparse throughout the campaign, each time they were a problem was harrowing. The gameplay to this day is still incredible. Staying in cover, flanking while grubs are focused on teammates, then sneak behind to obliterate them with a Gnasher shot or even better, chainsawing them into bloody, gorey bits with appropriate blood-splatter never. EVER. Gets. Old.

    My favorite Acts are 3 and 1, as Act 3 has the least amount of combat, but it's all about VIBES as you traverse through a run down factory to get underground, culminating in both a MASSIVE boss fight and clearing out a pump station. Act 1 is a great introduction and I really enjoyed the urban locales. Act 2's reliance on Kryll is tense but can be frustrating. Act 4 going through the academy eventually winding up at the house is probably my least favorite, from defending the front of the house, the countdown timer at the end, and the layout of the house in general. And because I played the 360 version, I found out MUCH later there was an Act in between Act 4 and what I got as Act 5. So it took until the Ultimate Edition for me to fight the Brumak, something PC players had done in the original launch. To this day I still don't know why they ripped out this Act for 360. And as far as the train, well, it's neat, but there's some things about the Act I find annoying like being locked in a car with waves of wretches, fighting the Reavers, and of course RAAM.

    I really don't like how the Multiplayer didn't have a bot option (and wasn't introduced in Ultimate Edition either), but of the little I played, there were some maps I liked and others I didn't. But Ultimate Edition is THE version to play, so while I'll never go back to the original, I'll still own the physical copy as it's a cherished possession and spawned a collection of seven games, eight books, and a few shirts/hats. And yes. I admit it. I own a pair of COG tags.

    As always, shoutouts to @JDINCINERATOR, @Shoulderguy, @kindiman, @Phbz, @brunojoey, @Axel, and @Bigdude1!!!

  • Gears almost made my list. The campaign was really great. I liked it a lot when it was new though its sequels would outdo it, I think that's why it didn't make my list because looking from a 2022 perspective it is the weakest in the trilogy in my opinion.

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    #2: Bully - 23 points


    #1: 3 (JDINCINERATOR, NeoCweeny, Scotty)
    #2: 0
    #3: 2 (Shoulderguy, DIPSET)
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (Sentinel Beach, kindiman)


    Release date: NA: October 17, EU: October 25, AU: October 27
    Developer: Rockstar Vancouver
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Wii, Xbox 360, PC, Android, iOS


    GT Review

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    #1: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - 42 points


    #1: 7 (Shoulderguy, ffff0, Oscillator, DIPSET, Capnbobamous, Axel, Nimbat1003)
    #2: 1 (Crepe)
    #3: 0
    #4: 1 (Bigdude1)
    HM: 1 (Phbz)


    Release date: NA: March 20, AU: March 23, EU: March 24
    Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
    Genre: Action role-playing
    Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3


    GT Review

  • Gears of War was my first ever Xbox 360 game. It blew my mind how great it looked at the time and how fun it was to play. Even after this many years, charging at enemies with a chainsaw is still enjoyable.

    Rockstar was killing it in the 2000s and Bully was another banger from them. It was such a great a game and I'm hopeful that we can get a sequel to Bully some day.

    Oblivion is one of the greats. Full stop.

    My 2006 GOTY list:

    1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    2. Medieval II: Total War
    3. Bully
    4. Gears of War
    5. New Super Mario Bros.
    6. Age of Empires: The Age of Kings
    7. Fight Night Round 3
    8. Wii Sports
    9. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
    10. Saints Row
    11. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    12. Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
    13. Resistance: Fall of Man
    14. Kingdom Hearts II
    15. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
    16. LocoRoco
    17. The Godfather
    18. The History Channel: Civil War – A Nation Divided
    19. Metroid Prime Hunters
    20. Yoshi's Island DS
    21. Pokémon Ranger
    22. 25 To Life

    I'll post the recap in a few days, which will include all the games that received votes but missed the top 20.

    1. Twilight Princess
    2. Final Fantasy XII
    3. Mother 3
    4. New Super Mario Bros

  • My personal list.

    Xenosaga: Episode III
    Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
    Forbidden Siren 2
    Rule of Rose

    Kingdom Hearts 2
    Final Fantasy XII
    Grandia III
    Suikoden V

    My list. Thanks for the time and effort in the countdown once again OP. I'm still awaiting a year where the number one isn't quite so predictable though ^,^