The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2003!



  • Hello everyone and welcome to the Easy Allies Community GOTY top 20 countdown of the best games of 2003!

    16 people voted in this election and nominated a total of 56 different games.

    Here are the results!





  • 0_1659986635935_Xenosaga Episode I.png

    #19: Xenosaga Episode I - 4 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (Sheria)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 0

    Information

    Release date: NA: February 25
    Developer: Monolith Soft
    Publisher: Namco
    Genre: Role-playing
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia


    0_1659986653519_Otogi Myth of Demons.png

    #19: Otogi: Myth of Demons - 4 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 0 (Axel)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 0

    Information

    Release date: NA: August 27, EU: September 5
    Developer: FromSoftware
    Publisher: Sega
    Genre: Hack and slash, Action
    Platform(s): Xbox

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia


    0_1659986678126_SOCOM II US Navy SEALs.png

    #19: SOCOM II U.S. Navy SEALs - 4 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (DIPSET)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 0

    Information

    Release date: NA: November 4
    Developer: Zipper Interactive
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Genre: Tactical shooter
    Platform(s): PlayStation 2

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • Socom II - note on the series as a whole: Socom 1 was the first online game my friends really got into and I was marvelously terrible at it. It used every button on the controller and controller passing and waiting 10 minutes between turns didn't help me learn but the bigger problem was that this was one of the first dual stick games I played. I remain terrible at them but the contorls definitly put me off SOCOM long term.

    Xenosaga 1 - There's some kind of collecting quest in this game that gets you the best weapon or something. One of the rooms you have to enter to get one of the pieces soft locks the game on the 80gb backwards compatible PS3. Getting the best stuff is a big part of RPGs for me so I hard quit after hitting that soft lock. It's too bad because I remember I was really enjoying it but no way I go back now.



  • Xenosaga and Otogi I still really want to play.

    Socom II is my least favorite in the trilogy. I play these games for the single player and Socom II is just way too hard and annoying. The missions are a lot longer than the first and it doesn't have checkpoints like the third. You could be playing for half an hour, make one small mistake and die or don't understand the objective so good or an NPC dies that should have stayed alive and have to do everything over again.



  • I've never played Otogi or Xenogears, so I can't comment on them beyond the fact they've got pretty sweet names.

    As far as SOCOM, I can't remember which SOCOM it was, so I'll talk about the lone memory I have here. The game was my dad's on PS2, and all I remember was a level where his squad was in a small boat where he had to travel up a river I think? And he wasn't doing well because I kept seeing the waypoints constantly go through the military callsigns (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc...)

    For being a third person shooter, I think (again, my memory is super fuzzy. It's been like, 15 years since I've seen it) it was fun to watch, but it's not something I ever feel the need to go through, for multiple reasons both in game and out.

    Also, since this is a top 20, shouldn't these three all be 18th?



  • Fuck I forgot to vote.



  • @brannox said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2003!:

    Also, since this is a top 20, shouldn't these three all be 18th?

    I guess, it's top 21 due to a tie.



  • Seeing that these games are all 4 points, I definitely got my number 1 and 2 in this list, lol. I never played any of these games sadly. Omogi looks pretty cool tho. Seeing From Soft made it, it reminds me that their lineup of games so far is kinda like a nutshell for how the games industry the game industry has progrsssed over the years, moving away from more experimental stuff and finding comfort in more defined trends. I feel like I should try their old stuff someday, never played any of their stuff before Demon's Souls.



  • 2003 had so many buried treasures.



  • 0_1660074460186_Ikaruga.png

    #18: Ikaruga - 5 points

    Votes

    #1: 0
    #2: 1 (NeoCweeny)
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 1 (Oscillator)

    Information

    Release date: NA: April 15, PAL: May 9
    Developer: Treasure
    Publisher: Treasure
    Genre: Shoot 'em up
    Platform(s): Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • @ffff0 said in The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2003!:

    I guess, it's top 21 due to a tie.

    Yeah, this top 20 list has one extra game because of the tie.



  • Ikaruga is so good and such a neat idea. I haven't played it in years but do remember thinking the colour switching mechanic would break the game and make it impossible to die. Anybody who has played this game knows how that ended. An awesome game I would have voted for had I only played it more.



  • Haven't played Ikaruga, but I know it has a reputation as the definitive "bullet hell" shooter, and it looks very well constructed from all I've seen of it.



  • Shmups is one of the few genres that I don't ever really want to play, so while it's a pass on Ikaruga for me, it's not because of the game, but genre.



  • I've been busy but I wanted to share a short post about SOCOM II

    This is up there as my favourite video game of all time. This is what video games are all about. This is the kind of game I never would've been introduced to without my best friend having a teenaged older brother.

    Him and his friends played SOCOM and SOCOM II online. I didn't even know what online multiplayer was around 2003-2004. Neither did the people at Best Buy! I went there with my step dad to buy a router and an ethernet cord. They looked at me like I had 10 heads. It was new to me too, but I knew I wasn't crazy. We found the router ourselves. Step dad helped me set it up. Fun fact - that same blue ethernet cord from 2004 is plugged into my PC right now. The memories of SOCOM II fuel my internet to this day.

    Once I clicked on the Online button in the main menu, I felt like I unlocked a whole new world. So many servers and maps and game modes. It was all overwhelming. But it was unbelievably cool to play with people online.

    Toxic gaming is a huge problem right now, but I swear to you SOCOM II had a fantastic community. My voice was squeaky like a 10 year old sounds and you'd get the occasional "come back when your balls drop" shit talking, but most people were so nice and all about just playing the objective.

    This game brought friends together like never before in my life. But in terms of quality, this was top tier. The holy trinity of online PvP back then was SOCOM II on PS2, Halo 2 on Xbox, and Counter Strike on PC. All have their merits but I feel like people forget about how high quality SOCOM II was.

    I dearly hope the series returns one day. Unfortunately, my best friend who introduced me to the series has since passed away. He completely outgrew gaming as he got older, but he'd always ask me "Are they making a new SOCOM?! I'll buy a system for SOCOM!" It's just one of those series that those who know, know.



  • @dipset thanks for sharing that.



  • @oscillator Thank you for voting XD

    It is a really well made game. The polarity system, the scoring system, the level design, the boss design,... everything is very well thought-out.

    The soundtrack is excellent also.



  • 0_1660159727172_Project Gotham Racing 2.png

    #16: Project Gotham Racing 2 - 5 points

    Votes

    #1: 1 (Oscillator)
    #2: 0
    #3: 0
    #4: 0
    HM: 0

    Information

    Release date: NA: November 18, EU: November 28
    Developer: Bizarre Creations
    Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
    Genre: Racing
    Platform(s): Xbox

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia


    0_1660159740027_Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb.png

    #16: Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb - 5 points

    Votes

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

    Information

    Release date: NA: February 25, EU: March 28
    Developer: The Collective
    Publisher: LucasArts
    Genre: Action-adventure
    Platform(s): Xbox, PC, PlayStation 2, OS X

    Links

    Trailer
    Wikipedia



  • Didn't expect Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb to be here. That's a nice surprise =D