The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2006!



  • Dead Rising and another game that hopefully makes the Top 20 are among 2-3 games that absolutely blew my mind when I played them for the first time. What's great about Dead Rising is that it's gimmick of anything being a weapon actually makes for an incredible gameplay loop. And the weapon durability always keeps you on your toes in a mall filled to the brim with zombies.

    The mall itself is a really great environment. Aesthetically, it's a pretty nostalgic mall. It reminds me of the malls from the late-90s and early-00s which are long gone or massively renovated by today's standards. There are little details like fruit juice stores in the food court or Muzak playing in the background of quieter areas.

    Best of all, the game holds up! I suggest people check out the PS4/XBO/PC Remastered version of Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2. The core gameplay loop of killing zombies to gain XP, collecting food for health, and frantically picking up and expending weapons made from household products is actually pretty ahead of it's time. What doesn't hold up are the controls for shooting guns. That is still brutal. But you only need to use gunplay on an early boss and an early psychopath who you can cheese. Otherwise, avoid guns.

    Honestly, Dead Rising is almost like a proto-BOTW in it's gameplay loop. Except you don't have to pause the game every 2 sec to eat food or potions (you can do it on the fly), and you come across weapons very quickly and naturally in gameplay except those weapons are made a bit more equal. Sooooo it's a proto (and better) BOTW. Sue me!



  • I tried out Dead Rising on PS4 in like maybe 2018-2019, forgot when exactly. It's a cool game that is just not for me. The mall environment is pretty neat, even as someone who's not living in the US, it invokes some sense of familiarity from the memories of old malls I used to frequent (and still do, albeit rarely). The tone of the game was very enjoyable, it's just cheesy enough to be fun but not annoying. Ultimately I stayed away from this because I'm not comfortable with the time limit (like other DR games) and there's something about the game that made me nauseous in the long run. Maybe it was the clunky gore of the zombies, or maybe it was some parts of the mall not really vibing with me, I dunno.



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    #18: Killzone: Liberation - 6 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 0
    #3: 2 (bam541, Scotty)
    #4: 0
    HM: 0

    Information

    Release date: NA: October 31, EU: November 3, AU: November 8
    Developer: Guerrilla Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Genre: Shoot 'em up
    Platform(s): PlayStation Portable

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • Oh wow, I didn't expect this to make it! It's been a while since I played this. It's actually the first Killzone game I played, and after playing the PS3 games, it's much clearer to me that Liberation is a very well made spinoff. Obviously with the PSP having no second analog stick, it's hard to make a good FPS on it so why not turn it into something a bit different? It's exactly what they did and it fits the PSP so well. It also manages to keep the heavy and grounded feel of the mainline Killzone games. The enemies react palpably when a shot hits, and the way their bodies fly or fall over after getting blown up is quite satisfying, not to mention the sound effects!>! It's a real neat game, definitely something worth trying out even if you're not a big fan of the mainline KZ games.



  • Killzone as a franchise never grabbed me when I first tried the first game on PS2, so I never felt the pull to try Liberation. Granted, because I'm a big Resistance fan, those two franchises are forever linked because of how often people confuse them for one another, so I respect Killzone especially when it's fan voice their love.



  • Killzone Liberation was a nice on-the-go isometric shooter for what it was. I can't remember much about it as the last time I played it was a good while ago but it was serviceable and enjoyable. I thought it would be easily forgotten but thankfully not because it's made this list.



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    #17: The Godfather - 6 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (Sentinel Beach)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 2 (Oscillator, DIPSET)

    Information

    Release date: NA: March 21, EU: March 24
    Developer: EA Redwood Shores
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • I know nothing about this game and now I feel bad. Looks awesome.



  • 2006 was a pretty good year for gangster videogame releases and The Godfather was a very enticing slice of pastrami indeed.



  • WOW! I put The Godfather in my HM's as a shot in the dark but I'm super happy it made the Top 20. TBH, I loved this game so much that the HD Director's Cut version on PS3 in 2007 was one of the first games I ever played on PS3. I was more excited for a port than I was for true next-gen.

    The game design was really fun for the time. I feel like it's a perfect tie-in game. The main character is the guy who did all of the off camera stuff in the films. You put the horses head in the movie Producers bed. You plant the gun in the restaurant. And I loved intimidating local businesses and all of that and slowly building your racket. It just had this really solid open world slow growth, but it taking place in The Godfather's universe increases the atmosphere to such a high degree.

    I didn't love the sequel The Godfather II. That game took too many plot liberties and was pretty half assed in it's design of Havana, Cuba. It just felt like a PS2 game with a cheap "HD filter". I really wouldn't recommend it, but the original The Godfather on PS2 or the PS3 port is still pretty awesome.



  • Excellent! It made it! DIPSET wrote well about the game, this one feels like a real hidden gem. I loved taking over the city little by little, it felt earned. And the gun fights were lethal as hell, I still sometimes think about that ordinary revolver, for instance, which took guys down in one shot like it should. And that famous theme by Nino Rota... Simply wonderful whenever it started playing while driving in the city.

    I played the PS2 version, I remember that I found it on some game sale by accident in a big supermarket in the city and had this vivid memory of a review praising the game in a game magazine I still subscribe to. Those were the best surprises back then when you got something like this out of a shopping trip with your parents.



  • I wanted to play this back in the day (along with Scarface). I didn't think people would still remember it all these years later, now I'm again thinking about playing it.



  • @neocweeny

    Scarface is a solid GTA clone but the dialogue, plot, and overall gameplay is kinda meh...

    I think there is a button for Tony Montana to just yell obscenities which is hilarious.

    The Godfather is much better.



  • The Godfather has solid gameplay, a nicely sized world, and good period atmosphere. However, the references to The Godfather feel hollow. Instead of getting the politics and character moments of the movie, it's all just violence. Destroying businesses, destroying gambling parlors, and guns, guns, guns. Francis Ford Coppola really disliked the game for this.



  • To those who have played The Godfather, how enjoyable is it for people who haven't watched the movie yet? Might be time for hunting used PS3 games again for me.



  • I've barely been aware The Godfather had a game, and when I think of mafia games, I think of... well... Mafia. Still, it seems to be one of those licensed games that bucks the trend and reputation how most are terrible.



  • @bam541 Just looked it up myself. It's not cheap on ebay.



  • Sadly is not backwards compatible on Xbox, I could get the 360 version for 10€ here in Portugal. There's a psp version too for the same price.
    https://pt.webuy.com/product-detail?id=5030930047856&categoryName=psp-jogos&superCatName=jogos&title=godfather-the&referredFrom=boxsearch



  • I'd really like it if a certain other open-world gangster videogame based on a film made it onto this list. I'm sure you guys know which game I'm referring to...



  • @bam541 said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2006!:

    To those who have played The Godfather, how enjoyable is it for people who haven't watched the movie yet? Might be time for hunting used PS3 games again for me.

    First of all… watch The Godfather. Then watch Part II. Then do what I’ve done and watch both about 50 times and still never watch Part III based on its reputation.

    But in all seriousness, when I watched Godfather as a kid, it was life changing. Probably the best movie I had ever seen. It really opened my eyes to the art of filmmaking in a way I never saw before. Even as a kid, I could appreciate the fact that The Godfather was on a heightened level of artistry than what I was unused to consuming.

    So with all that said, I HOPE somebody watching it in 2022 for the first time in their life can also appreciate what we all saw in The Godfather for the first time. Whether than be in the 70s, 90s, 00s, or 20s.

    And if you do end up appreciating the movie on that heightened level, I don’t see a world where you don’t find this game really fun. Now, keep in mind, this released before PS3/360 was a household item. BUT, it was still a great time. I’ll let you make up your own mind, but definitely watch the movie. You owe it to yourself to digest this classic.