If anyone saw the Community Showcase, or missed it. I made a website for the Hall of Greats! Here is the link if you care at all. https://hall-of-greats.herokuapp.com/
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RE: The EZA Forum Hall of Greats (May 2022)
Hello fellow allies!
Sports games have held a special place in my heart. Specifically the mid-2000’s era while I was in middle school and high school. I loved building teams and just making NFL Network-like stories about them in my head. One of the first games that brought out this imagination of mine is Madden 07. Not the 360 or PS3 versions, but the PS2-era version.
Now, I know. Madden in the Hall of Greats. Yuck. Sports games. Yuck. I get it. Do I expect this to get in? No, but I would feel remiss if I didn’t mention this game at least once.
When you start up the game, you are asked what your favorite team is. Given the answer, different players from that team will be on your menu from here on out! You get to hear a soundtrack that features a good variety of songs with the likes of Taking Back Sunday, 30 Seconds to Mars, Lupe Fiasco, and Underoath.
Gameplay is a strong facet of Madden 07. It introduced Lead Blocking where you can choose to play as any player on the Offensive Line or be the Fullback to open up holes for your Running Back. To off-set the QB Cone they introduced in Madden 06, you get the Style stick for any positional player where if you push the right stick to the left, you Juke a defender. If you have a Power Running Back, like Brandon Jacobs, you feel them breaking tackles. You feel their slowness compared to the speedy Running Backs, like Reggie Bush.
Before I get into Franchise Mode, Superstar Mode is Madden 07’s Career Mode where your goal is to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You are not restricted to just offense or defense though, you can be a Kicker or a Punter. Just to embrace all facets of the NFL! As for day-to-day, you start out with interviews with three or four teams and you eventually get drafted along with the 2006 NFL Draft class. No important picks are changed as you’ll likely get picked around the third round or even later. From that point on, you practice with the team and play the games. You can sign an agent and have interviews with Rich Eisen from NFL Network which is awesome, even if it’s just text based.
Other modes that are enjoyable are: Tournament Mode where you can just include different teams from different eras and see who would win and Situation Mode where you can set up a game if you want to replicate the 28-3 triumph of the Patriots in 2016, this is the mode for you! These two modes are fun, but nothing substantial. Just thought they should be brought up!
Now, my favorite mode is Franchise Mode. When you pick your team, and if you want to do a Fantasy Draft, you are immediately put into training camp drills. Here you get ten mini-games where your goal is to develop certain players with each mini-game. You can run a Pocket Drill for your newly drafted Quarterback or you can do the Swat Ball Drill for your Cornerback who needs to develop some more. After each of these, you’ll get points to put into certain skills depending on the mini-game and how well you did.
As Training Camp gets started, you are greeted by the voice of Tony Bruno. Who has a weekly radio show that covers the NFL. One week you get to hear him talk to NFL players and another week you might hear him talk to a Head Coach. These chats can be strangely put together, yes, but this is still an immersive experience each week. Another way to know what is going on around the NFL is the Newspaper section. Here you can see the Nationally viewed biggest stories presented by USA Today, or you can go team-by-team and see every locally owned newspaper’s topics. And this isn’t a fake local newspaper, these are all real newspapers that you can read outside of this game if you so desire.
In the Pre-Season, you have Position Battles. Each week through the Pre-Season these battles get updated with key stats and the game will choose who to play based on those stats. Now, sometimes the game is wrong, yes. But, this is still a much better system than what Madden today has in place. Where you see no position battles and you keep track of them yourself.
Each week you get the Weekly Gameplan where you see three focus plays to prepare for and practice. Also, you get a paragraph for each opponent’s starting player to add another layer of depth. Even your own team has this feature so you can see what the opponent thinks of your starters.
My last key point of the Franchise Mode is the off-season. After the Pro-Bowl, you have a period of time to get your coaching staff in order. If you have to fill in a spot at Offensive Coordinator, now is the time to do it. After this phase though, the first checklist item you have is Retired Players. You get to see who all retired and sort them by team or by the position. After Re-Signing players, which you can even do during the season, you have Restricted Free Agents to look for around the league and your team. Lots of other great off-season stuff, but these two take precedent to me.
While I can talk about how great Owner Mode is or the implementations with NCAA Football 07 and NFL Head Coach, that would make this longer than expected. I believe that Madden 07 is the peak of this franchise with the amount of immersion that Franchise Mode offers and the Creative Suite it offers that I couldn’t get into. Thank you all for your time. Lastly Go Jets and Love and Respect!
RE: The EZA Forum Hall of Greats (January 2022)
Hello Allies! As I left Pokemon Brilliant Diamond recently, I yearned for a remake that was striving to challenge itself and innovate from its original games. Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver might not only be a great remake in the series, it might be one of the best games in the series. You can say that Gold & SIlver could be considered as some of the greatest games in the series, but you do not have things that stand HeartGold & SoulSilver (HGSS) above its original counterpart.
One of those main things being the Physical/Special split that was implemented into the fourth generation of Pokemon. This means that Pokemon moves, prior to Generation Four, were divided into two groups depending on the type of the Pokemon; Physical and Special. Each Pokemon type was assigned to one of these groups, other than moves being Physical or Special and basing it around that. Calculations then go into the Pokemon’s Attack or Special Attack then go into the opponent’s Defense or Special Defense.
Thankfully, Generation Four fixed this, allowing Pokemon to have more diverse movesets and some even being able to utilize their Types better, like Sneasel. Sneasel is a Dark/Ice type who prior to Generation Four, had higher Attack than Special Attack, but had two Special Attack types in Dark and Ice types, so it wasn’t really a viable Pokemon to use for Same Type Attack Bonus. Overall, this helped Pokemon get more moves, but also make some Pokemon better than their previous iterations.
HGSS are the perfect blends of Pokemon games. They incorporate, subjectively, my favorite art style in the series as the sprites aren’t too small, but they aren’t too 2.5D like how I feel they are in Generation 5. Right now, I am not a fan of the 3D introduction in Generation 6 compared to the art style of the 2D games. The colors are bright and bring life to a lot of the areas that weren’t able to have that much color on the limited hardware of the Game Boy Color. While also incorporating great, memorable areas and music.
Now, areas in HGSS are great and as you have various places to visit on your journey like Olivine City, a port city that exceeds Vermillion City in Red & Blue just on the scale of volume of liveliness, which could be just technical limitations, sure. Another memorable and grand area is Ecruteak City, which is an homage to Japanese architecture with the Bell Tower, the Burned Tower, and the Dance Theater. Ecruteak introduces the Legendary Beasts in the Burned Tower which does turn into a fetch quest for two of them, yes but it is still one of my favorite Pokemon-esque cutscenes of the games.
Some of the most memorable quests of the series are in this game like the Red Gyrados, being tasked by a Gym Leader to get an antidote for her sick Ampharos across the sea, and the Bug Catching Contest! Which is something that Game Freak has only really done Contests of Beauty, Coolness, and other attributes for already owned Pokemon. Nothing on the lines of catching Pokemon and earning a better score based on various factors of what Pokemon you caught. Catching the legendaries is also a spectacle. You either go deep beneath the ocean to obtain Lugia, or go up various levels of this gigantic tower to eventually get to the roof to find Ho-Oh there as they both wait for your arrival.
Another grand quest is Mt. Silver. Here you are facing some of the toughest wild Pokemon that you’ve encountered in the game. This along with the final battle here bring this mountain to a memorable level of value to the series. The final battle you face Red who is the personification of elite boss fights. If you are not prepared for this fight with items and high-level Pokemon, you will get your money taken from you and Red will say nothing, but know inside that this trainer is not good enough to be taken seriously yet. The game does not explicitly say that, but it works.
Another point I love about this game is the music. Whether it be unlocking the GB Sounds in the post-game to play songs from the original games, or just original songs in general. Ho-Oh’s battle music is a grandiose track that just speaks in volumes of the big epic battle you are currently having, while also incorporating the culture of Ecruteak City and the Dance Theater into it as well.
Game Freak added a Battle Frontier to this game which adds a lot of post-game enjoyment for people who enjoyed Pokemon Emerald’s Battle Frontier. This does add to the game once you finish the Elite Four which is a welcome introduction from Gold and Silver, which didn’t include a Battle Frontier.
One of the main points of contention for people is the reliance on the Kanto in this game. Which some can take as a blessing, while others can take that as a hindrance. For me though, that is a blessing. That just makes this game so vast and gives you the opportunity to try out Pokemon you didn’t want to use before, like Zubat. Who gets an extra evolution, Crobat, in this game and becomes a much better Pokemon because of this added evolution. Onix is another great example of this, I had no interest in using an Onix in Let’s Go Pikachu if you couldn’t evolve Onix into Steelix. This just makes Pokemon much more enjoyable to use if you neglected them before.
Overall, Pokemon HeartGoldSoulSilver is probably my favorite Pokemon remake that Game Freak has done, and probably will be. I love the art style, I love Espeon and Umbreon as new Eevee introductions, and the Physical/Special split helped Gold and Silver so much.
RE: Hall of Greats Compendium
Hey everyone! So I have decided to embrace some fun free time of mine and make an Excel sheet for the Hall of Greats because truly, why not. So here you go every one if you care deeply! If you have anything you see needs to be changed, or added just let me know!
RE: The EZA Forum Hall of Greats (January 2022)
For my first go around, I am pretty pleased with three votes and not getting banned! Grand presentations and answers all around everyone! Fun to be a part of this for the first time! Will definitely try and think of a game for May!
RE: The EZA Forum Hall of Greats (January 2022)
And since everyone else has done it basically and I have forgotten the past four hours, here are my votes!
3rd Vote (Top): Super Mario World. While I loved Super Mario World last year, I thought @Shoulderguy did a great job at answering questions and doing a great job presenting it how it compared to other Mario games, especially with the controls.
2nd Vote: The Sims. I loved @Capnbobamous and his presentation! It was awesome! I also appreciated the question about expansions. Did a great job as to why this game alone is great even without expansions. Makes me heavily wanna play it again!
1st Vote: Bully. @JDINCINERATOR I felt did a great job at explaining how well this game does an open world in a school setting! While helping me understand how it compares to the GTA and Red Dead Redemption games! Made me wanna play it quicker as it is in my backlog!
RE: Tackle the Backlog -12 in 12 for 2022
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS) +: This has been a big gaming blindspot for me that I would like to fill in! 2nd year its in my backlog goals!
- Fallout: New Vegas (PC/Series X) +: After playing The Outer Worlds in 2019, wanted to dive into another Obsidian game!
- Metroid Prime 2 (Wii) +: Would enjoy finally finishing this trilogy to lead into Prime 4!
- Metroid Prime 3 (Wii) +: Same as Prime 2!
- Banjo Kazooie (N64/NSO) +: One of the first games I got on the N64 recollection I've gone through over the past two years. At this point probably playing it on the NSO to play it with a N64 controller.
- Final Fantasy VI (GBA): This might be moved to the Pixel Remaster when that comes out, but its been in the backlog for quite a bit as a GBA game, but one day.
- Final Fantasy XV (PS4): I got this for Christmas in 2017. This year better be the year to actually prep for XVI.
Outer Wilds (Xbox One) +[Finished]: My PS4 copy is bugged, so thankfully Game Pass saved the day in this regard. But, this game is just as amazing as Isla said and I am glad I didn't skip it!
- Paper Mario (N64/NSO) +: Another early stalwart of my N64 recollection that I would like to finish. Probably will play it on the NSO at this point.
- Yakuza 0 (PS4): Paused it last summer and would like to return to it this year because I loved my time with it in those first few hours!
- God of War: Ascension (PS3): Part of my journey to attempt to Platinum the entire God of War series last year paused as I am getting my backwards compatible PS3 fixed. So hopefully one day this year that will return to me so I can go back to this series!
- Mega Man Legends (PS3/PS Vita): Kyle's love for it and constant Hall of Greats presentations piqued my interest enough to buy it a year or two ago!
Persona 5 Royal (PS4) +[Finished]: Finished my playthrough at hour 162. And I could've probably hit 200 and still loved it at the same level. This is one now easily one of my favorite games!
I am picking four games a month from my backlog. One usually being from this list. But I am trying to catch up from my January 12 in 12 lull by playing two games from this list in March and April.
March was Outer Wilds and Paper Mario. Still chugging along with Paper Mario so making progress! I'm still early in it, but if I don't finish it by the end of the month, but I'm in a groove, I might let it lapse into April.
Next month is Mega Man Legends and Ocarina of Time!
RE: Hall of Greats Compendium
Agreed @Brannox! Finished Shadow of the Colossus last year, but that was the only game I spent a real amount of time with this session. Highly enjoyed it the ceremony overall though! One day Silent Hill 2 will be added to the winners. Huber's first ban! Which is crazy.
RE: Hall of Greats Compendium
I think Alien Vs. Predator or Symphony of the Night has that distinction @Brannox! I wish AVP got it that day. But both other games were deserving. I want so many games on the list lol.
I can definitely see Don bringing a Metal Slug game! @bam541. I can see maybe Huber bringing Silent Hill 2 just to help out.
RE: Your Pop-Tarts & Toaster Strudels for Q2 2021
Poptart: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
This and Kingdom Hearts are my favorite two long running series of my life. But with all of that, Rift Apart has continually impressed me with its showings. I do love the haptic feedback talk they've done and the utilization of the weapons and ammo. The introduction of the new Lombax seems definitely intriguing! I'm very excited about playing a new Insomniac Ratchet & Clank game!
Toaster Strudel: New Pokemon Snap
Literally just for the price tag of $60. I haven't been convinced myself, it's worth that much yet. It looks beautiful and a great evolution of the first game, but looks like a game I'll finish in a week and not touch it in a few years.
RE: [Official] What are you playing?
Last week started to replay The Simpsons: Hit & Run to try and get through a bit of my Gamecube backlog. Somehow this game is still grand to play in 2021. Definitely not a 10 or anything, but it is a joyous time and maybe my favorite licensed game in that era. Probably forgetting a game, but still. Somehow it's still grand. Also playing the Donkey Kong Country trilogy games on the SNES online since I never played those before. Heavily needing the Rewind feature, because of how bad I am. Sorry purists.