The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2006!



  • 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

    Votes

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

    Information

    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

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    GT Review



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

    Votes

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

    Information

    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

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia
    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 ^,^



  • Bully's a neat game, played and platinumed it a few years back. The day cycle works as intended, the school has lots of buildings and places, and the nearby town gives some fresh air to it all. A sequel or a remaster would be welcome, but it still works fine as it is.

    Never played Oblivion, as Skyrim was my first TES game. And I never finished even that.



  • My own GOTY list for 2006 was like this:

    #1: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
    #2: The Godfather
    #3: Hitman: Blood Money
    #4: Okami
    HM: 24: The Game
    HM: Bully
    HM: Final Fantasy XII
    HM: Splinter Cell: Double Agent / PS2 version

    Jack Bauer and Sam Fisher didn't manage to get enough love to make the cut here, but other than those I was pleasantly surprised that my Top 2 made it in.



  • Here is my 2006 GOTY list:

    1. Bully
    2. Rainbow Six: Vegas
    3. Okami
    4. GTA: Vice City Stories
      HM: Scarface: The World Is Yours
      HM: TOCA Race Driver 3
      HM: Gears of War
      HM: Daxter


  • Do you guys think Bully holds up? A 42yo dude playing for the first time nowadays is going to enjoy it?

    Oblivion, honestly my HM was more out of respect because I personally don't like it. It's probably the game I've started more times and quit. Both Morrowind and Skyrim surpass it on their own ways imo, but people obviously love it.



  • My list -

    #1 - TES IV: Oblivion
    #2 - Hitman: Blood Money
    #3 - ​Bully​
    #4 - Dead Rising

    ​HM:
    ​Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas​
    ​Tony Hawk's Project 8​
    ​​LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy​​
    ​The Godfather: The Game​

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    Honestly, TES IV: Oblivion is one of the greats. Just isn't much more than I can say that. It's still the best in the series and one of my all time favourite gaming memories if not the best memory. My friends and I had a character called "Amico" who was a Khajit stealth assassin. I'd do the stealth stuff, my other friend would do combat, and my other friend liked reading quest logs and stuff out loud for us. We ran that profile from 2006-2008.

    I really look forward to Skyblivion when it releases. The lead developer said he's focused on creating the biomes in the same way Bethesda intended but weren't able to execute on. That's maybe my one main complaint in Oblivion—the world is huge but the weather and climate isn't too different so Skyblivion should be a welcome improvement.

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    Fight Night Round 3 was my hard cut. I loved the game for the time, but it doesn't hold up as well as FNR4 or Champion. I do think it needs to be shouted out. EA Canada made Knockout Kings and Fight Night 2004 and Fight Night Round 2.

    Then EA Chicago made Round 3 and completely reinvented the wheel and massively stepped up the graphical fidelity for a new generation. I actually think this game single handedly set the bar for EA / AAA games of that generation. Then for FNR4, EA Canada returned and got to kinda reap the rewards and improve on the design Chicago started but idk if EA Chicago gets enough credit for this game.



  • Oblivion is still my favorite Elder Scrolls game, probably because it was my first and, I think, my entry to the open-world genre. I finished it 3 times on PC and then one more time on PS3 just because I’ve bought PS3 and wanted to play something on it. Looking at it back now, it’s a very outdated game with numerous cut corners, but 15 years ago I knew no better and loved everything in it.



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

    Do you guys think Bully holds up? A 42yo dude playing for the first time nowadays is going to enjoy it?

    Yes. I got a nice wave of nostalgia listening to Jones discuss it on this episode of Frame Trap which I think will give you a really good idea of what Bully truly is:
    Youtube Video – [53:04..]

    I'd describe it as a video game John Hughes movie without the wholesome characters like Uncle Buck. But it has that lighthearted cozy world.



  • Thinking about it, 2006 was a funny list for me. This was a year when my head was fully in World of Warcraft, probably 100+ hours a week. I picked up games, but didn't really play them properly until later.

    Two of my games didn't release in the EU: Grandia III and Xenosaga EP III; Siren 2 didn't release OUTSIDE of the EU and then there was Rule of Rose which released in the EU but not in the bloody UK....



  • 1 Bully
    2 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
    3 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    4 Yakuza
    HM) NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
    HM) Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
    HM) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
    HM) Daxter

    I'm happy Bully made it this high. It is one of my all time favorites. I replayed it a few years ago and it has aged very good. Probably because there is really no game like it. It is still one of a kind.

    I was actually thinking Daxter would have atleast made the top 20 also, such a great game.



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

    then there was Rule of Rose which released in the EU but not in the bloody UK....

    What? I never knew this XD



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

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

    then there was Rule of Rose which released in the EU but not in the bloody UK....

    What? I never knew this XD

    Yeah, just look under controversy on Wikipedia, it's quite the mess with that game.
    I got a European copy about 2009 and it was 40 quid then. It goes for a lot today.



  • destroy all humans 2 was my number 2 but oblivion was an easy top choice as seems to be for most people this game was truly what made me the RPG fan i am today.



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

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

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

    then there was Rule of Rose which released in the EU but not in the bloody UK....

    What? I never knew this XD

    Yeah, just look under controversy on Wikipedia, it's quite the mess with that game.
    I got a European copy about 2009 and it was 40 quid then. It goes for a lot today.

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