Games you consider overrated

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Something being overrated doesn't exist. It isn't a thing. You don't say that other peoples opinion are wrong.

krazykidd:
Bioshock . I mean really , people talk about story and atmosphere . I just don't see it , i must not be hipster enough ( yeah i went there).

Yes, you are if you are calling something overrated. Using the word "Overrated" means you're in fact being a hipster.

Beyond Good & Evil. Before you get out your pitchforks and whatnot, let me say that I did like the game, just not as much as everyone else. All the talk about how BG&E is amazing and deserves a sequel got me to buy it. I played it maybe 60-80% through, I'm not sure, and stopped, because:
1) I don't like sneaking
2) The combat was pretty easy
3) I didn't care for the story
As I said, the game isn't bad. It's just that I don't think it's as godly as so many say it is.

GTA San Andreas and IV
Halo series (How much that I like CE, 2, ODST and Reach, i still think that)
Half Life 2 (It's a great shooter which i actually played dozen of times but still)
CoD (after 2 minus BlOps)

To me it's Skyward Sword, never been more frustrated playing a Zelda game in my life, motion controls are from hell.

Zydrate:
Everyone putting Skyrim in this thread make me sad :/

Especially because this proves that Skyrim is not overrated... From all sites I saw criticism of Skyrim and I for one agree that this game is enjoyable but no second Psychonauts coming (yeah I went there).

And to be honest, I can find less threads where Skyrim is unreasonable praised than the opposite (on this board alone).

Modern Warfare 2: I played the PS3 campaign from start to finish on my brothers PS3 and oh dear god whats up with that difficulty curve. The favela level was the hardest level of the entire game in my opinion

Maplestory: Loads of people still like it but I will gladly smack the shit out of simply because the god-awful community in it are a bunch of mugs

Vindictus EU: Played it quite a bit then just decided to stop playing because of how bored I was after 15 minutes.

Sonic Generations: Good for a sonic game. Not good by any other standards. Music was nice though

Saints Row 2: The pc version ran incredibly badly on my PC and this thing can handle it perfectly well.
So yeah pc ports :<

Oh and of course I have to put this game on my list: Mabinogi. Mabinogi you fucking waste of time. Your gameplay is awful. Seriously Nexon, I would like you guys never to try this sort of combat system again.

Hm. I've got a bunch. Here goes:

GTA4: the vehicles are terribly unresponsive and Niko walks like a tank. Any kind of immersion or social satire the game would like me to think it has are lost underneath my trying to *operate* this clunky mess. Slap me GTA4 in my Xbox, give me a controller and voilŕ, you'll get me to comment on how I'm starting to feel like a forklift operator or some other joystick-wielding heavy machinery guy.

The Need for Speed series: yep, all of them. Rubberbanding AI wrapped up in increasing amounts of Homie G nonsense, then followed with a Dude-Bro aesthetic, then followed with the neutrality of the pro racing circuit. Even with cheats up the wazoo, I had the hardest time imaginable keeping my meager point-five seconds into second place. These aren't games, they're torture devices.

The Witcher 1 & 2: poorly optimized games that get unreal amounts of praise because they're not dull btown and have at least *some* level of soul and investment placed in the combat system. Otherwise? Yeah, Geralt of Rivia moves like a tank, and it feels like the only true purpose of the two games is to indulge in fan service.

If I want tits, I'll go buy a Playboy. I came here looking for a character I could somewhat identify with and what do I get? Some guy with an implausible haircut and the most droning voice imaginable.

Everything by ExoSyphen Studios: they make text-based hacking sims that come as close to the real deal as humanly possible - but this involves you developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome thanks to the utterly inhuman speeds you have to reach in order to get anything done. If you can't type so fast that your word processor's buffer can't keep up, don't bother playing anything like Hacker Evolution.

Modern Warfare in general: oh, look. Another military sim that glorifies the US, paints the UK forces out to be only good at sneaking around, and sets its sights on some sort of Middle-Eastern and/or Russian EEEEEVIL. How very contemporary. Good job, Activision, you've made yet another bland franchise turn even blander.

To be fair, though, I hate military shooters in general. It just feels like pointless historical dick-stroking to me. Especially when you consider that when and if the whole Modern Warfare psychosis will end, what will we see produced again? WORLD WAR II SHOOTERS, OF COURSE! Because we need to be constantly reminded that we were the good guys and that the Nazis were evil! Yes, always and forever!

The last two Final Fantasy titles: oh, wow. Here comes another round of implausibly-dressed not-Japanese supermodel people with contrived plots, murky philosophical discourses and the most cluttered interface I've ever seen. I just can't wrap my head around Paradigm shifts and battles that play out on their own. Not to mention that they're basically corridor-crawlers disguised with a lot of purdy lights.

Plus - *motherfucking* Vanille. When will the Japs understand that girly girls do *not* appeal to everyone?!

I know, I know. Misplaced fury and all that, but it's my opinion.

Most titles past 2000 with a score above a 7.
/curmudgeon

None.

I've never liked the term "overrated" or "underrated" as it is used with media. To me, it says that someone is wrong for liking or not liking something because you or I do or don't see the appeal. I will bash something for a day and a half straight if I hate it, but I'm never going to tell someone they are wrong for not liking something.

What are some games that I don't like that are popular?

Metal Gear Solid: I've played every entry in the main series to fruition with the exception of 4 ( couldn't take it anymore and turned it off), and I just can't stomach Hideo Kojima's love affair with exposition. There's complete narrative/gameplay breaks, and the story and gameplay are convoluted and extremely unfriendly.

Call of Duty: Black Ops onward: I just find the games to be a total slog. I enjoyed Call of Duty 4 (not as much as other people did), but afterward everything just became tedious for me to play. I stopped playing after Modern Warefar 2's terrible storyline.

You know what? No. I had previously written what I thought was overrated, But after reading other post and thinking about it I've changed my mind. I really do hate the word overrated, It pretty means getting upset because others really liked something. Can you dislike Skyrim? Sure. Go right ahead. But please, don't act superior because you have a different opinion. Meaning, please do not scream that everyone who adored skyrim is a "raving fanboy." Whether or not you enjoyed skyrim (I'm just using it as an example, works with pretty much any other game) does not somehow make you better than everyone else intellectually.

I really hate the term fanboy now to think of it. I have to agree with moviebob. Calling some one a fanboy is once again degrading and insulting someone simply because they enjoyed something.

Halo 3 and on, I don't think they're bad by any stretch of the word, on a good day I might even say I ENJOY Halo 3, but good god they're just so average.

Ocarina of Time STOP, WAIT, LISTEN, I love this game, easily in my top 10 of all time, but, listening to fellow fans go on, and on, and on, and on about this game as if it's some kind of gift directly form the hands of God get kinda irritating after 15 fucking years.

GTA4: Same thing as above, love the game, hate the tidal wave of overhyped praise it constantly gets.

Not sure if this was mentioned but Saint's Row the Third.

I was very disappointed in this game. The single player aspect had missions that were not as fun as the 2nd or first.

The music selection was poor. I really wanted to see some good oldies like you hear in Saint's row 2.

It is a fun game for the most part, just not up to the awesomeness of 2 from my perspective.

All halo games, all dragon age games, all calls of dutie, the list goes on and on.

Pretty much every game that costs 60 dollars.

CoD is #1 most unrated, pick a title and that is the one Im talking about. No one should pay 60 dollars for a map pack with a new name. :(

Gears of war - Mass Effect - Elder Scrolls - GTA - Final fantasy 11/13/13-2/14 - Halo -

Pretty much every game that had a good 1st game and is now on its 3+ sequel. Its been beat to death I just find them completely overpriced for nothing original and they are always getting shorter which doesnt help either.

There are quite a few, really, but the ones that come to mind first are:

Call of Duty - I mean, really? The best selling game franchise in history? That's just depressing.

Mass Effect - Might just be me, but I've always found the game-play to be a bit clunky and the narrative a bit pedantic.

Skyrim - I understand people wanting to like it, what with it being something different in a sea of rehashes and shooters that flooded the industry the past year or so, but come on people. This game is literally a mostly empty sandbox built on an engine seemingly designed to create bugs. Remember when we used to complain and despise games that were filled to the brim with game-breaking bugs instead of praising them as if they're some shining beacon of perfect game design?

Zydrate:
Halo. I enjoyed the first, had some fun with ODST.

They're enjoyable, but not sure why they're so well regarded in their fandom.

Oh wow. Someone else who actually has the same opinion of the Halo series as I do. That's actually more rare than you think.

I loved Halo: CE as well as ODST. Both had their flaws, but they mixed things up and brought something interesting to the table. (not to mention having better stories that the others) But, 2, 3, and Reach were just underwhelming at best and down right mediocre at worst.

I also liked Wars. I know a lot of gamers bemoan the game because "hurr durr you can't do RTS on console". No, you can't do great RTS games on a console. But Halo Wars is about as close to a good RTS game you'll ever get on a console.

daveman247:

EDIT: Oh, and minecraft. Its cool you can build stuff but i just dont like playing aimless games... What do you do once you have finished your safe fortress of doom?

You realize you're playing the wrong game and go load up Terraria, spawn a goblin army, Snow Legion, blood moon, or one of the many bosses, and have WAY more fun than you ever will with Minecraft.

Just sayin'.

CarlMinez:
The most overrated game series of all times is Super Mario. It's not only that Nintendo hasn't been able to make a good Mario game since the 80s (with the possible exception of Galaxy), the game just wasn't all that innovative or special at the time of the NES either. How it became a cultural icon is beyond me.

bahumat42:
Half life 2 is the king of this. Its an average shooter with physics puzzles and an above average story, but somehow it has this rabid fanbase. Really annoying.

You obviously haven't spent enough time analyzing the historical metaphors in the in-game architecture or the soundfiles from every single combine dialog. Perhaps if you did you'd find a depth that makes Shakespeare seem like a Twilight fanfiction writer.

yeah woe on me for trying to enjoy an experience rather than analyse it. I noticed a lot of it and thats all fine and grand but the fervour in which fans are yelling about episode 3 (or hl3) is just downright sad.

Imbechile:

Don Savik:

xSKULLY:
all retro games the escapist community makes them out to be amazing and better than todays games and perfect in every way and they are shit as a younger gamer used to higher standard games (my first console was a PS2) retro games are terrible and many times worse than games of today

Yea, I think its called like The Golden Age Syndrome or something.

Care to explain how I think the older Fallouts are better that Fallout 3 despite playing Fallout 3 FIRST?
Care to explain how I think System shock 2 is better than Bioshock despite playing Bioshock FIRST?
Care to explain how I think Daggerfall is better than Skyrim despite playing Skyrim FIRST?
Care to explain how I think Planescape Torment has better writing then all the Bioware drivel despite playing the Bioware drivel FIRST?

You can keep yourself in denial with the whole "rose tinted nostalgic glasses" thing as much you like, but there is no denying that games are getting shorter and shallower.

PS: Try not to use the "well that's just your opinion" argument, nor the "many people don't agree with you".

"Try not to use the "well that's just your opinion" argument"?

That's like saying "Explain to me why drinking and driving is bad without using the argument it will cause you to crash your car and injure/kill multiple people." That IS the reason you enjoyed those games, because you enjoyed those early games more than others. What, am I suppose to say that you enjoy the early games because an alien spacecraft warped your mind into liking them?

I mean, I think your main problem is that your expecting the newer games to be good for the same reasons the older games are. Fallout 3 and the old fallouts are COMPLETELY different gameplay wise, you can't just blindly compare them. The old fallouts did somethings better than fallout 3, but fallout 3 did somethings better than the older fallouts (IMO). It's the exact same thing with System shock vs. Bioshock. They both did different things well. As for the daggerfall vs. skyrim, I have no Idea why you liked daggerfall better, as apparently I'm not allowed to say that you just like it more. And planescape was masterly crafted and written, probably the best writing in gaming to this day, it's better than games from it's time and present day. Just because it has better writing then bioware games doesn't mean that bioware games have bad writing. That's all I'm going to say.

These aren't really greatly "overrated" games, but these two games seem to be enjoyed by a lot of people, and I just can't really get engrossed in them.

Saints Row the Third: A lot of my friends seem to praise this game as the most quirky and fun sandbox game this generation, although I personally do not think much of it. One of the game's main premises is to simply mess around and cause havoc and mayhem for little reason excluding your own entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I often love messing around in games, but most instances in which I get a rush from messing around in a game is caused by the fact that I'm not going by the objectives of the game, and I'm creating my own means of entertainment. Because of this, when Saints Row the Third gives me a load of crazy weapons and taunts and tells me to mess around to my heart's content, I get bored fairly quickly.

Battlefield 3: To be completely honest, I don't really see how this game excels so much over the recent installments of the Call of Duty franchise, as many of the game's fans seem to claim in my experience. Although I consider it to be superior over the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare titles, I just think of Battlefield 3 as another modern military shooter, with an average online multiplayer component and a lackluster single player campaign.

Gears of Mass Effect's Creed 2: Among Thieves.

Any overadvertised and overhyped game is instantly overrated in my book.

Final Fantasy 7

I still say that the only reason people worship it so damn much is because it was the first game in the series with modern graphics. The story was pretty much a direct copy of Final Fantasy 6. :/

Modern Warfare 2 and 3: You know exactly why. Do I really need to explain this?

FF XIII: Or for that matter, pretty much every FF game. It is possibly the worst kind of JRPG when it comes to combat. Everything is so samey and tedious it feels more like grinding in a MMO. It feels like the whole game was made from cutscenes anyways.

Minecraft: I love Minecraft. I have probably spent over 55 hours since the I got it at the 1.3 stage. However seeing it win the March Madness last year on The Escapist was the most ridiculous thing ever. Its just a really good creativity toy. Nothing more.

The Witcher 1 and 2: Nope. Not stating why again. I have done so about ten times now and I don't want to go copy pasting it any more. Its simply not very good.

Vigormortis:

Zydrate:
Halo. I enjoyed the first, had some fun with ODST.

They're enjoyable, but not sure why they're so well regarded in their fandom.

Oh wow. Someone else who actually has the same opinion of the Halo series as I do. That's actually more rare than you think.

I loved Halo: CE as well as ODST. Both had their flaws, but they mixed things up and brought something interesting to the table. (not to mention having better stories that the others) But, 2, 3, and Reach were just underwhelming at best and down right mediocre at worst.

I also liked Wars. I know a lot of gamers bemoan the game because "hurr durr you can't do RTS on console". No, you can't do great RTS games on a console. But Halo Wars is about as close to a good RTS game you'll ever get on a console.

I also meant Reach, not ODST. Still, the series is functional but the Fandom are out of their minds.

Modern Warfare, which I quit recently upon realizing that I was playing more out of force of habit than anything else.

Most of my reasons are personal though. I do realize the series has it's strengths, but I feel some are overstated, and others I just don't like.

For example, I don't get the point of having dozens of perks, killstreaks, and weapons, if 90% of the player base is going to use the same combination. I certainly wouldn't tolerate a single-player game where every single enemy is exactly the same, so why would I put up with it in multiplayer?

That, and, mechanically speaking, MW3 seems to have taken a step down. My console actually stutters a bit whenever I go through the Challenges, and I've had a number of times where the game drops to slide-show speeds. They're using the same engine, last I heard, but the spawns, the hit detection, and the lag seemed to have all gotten worse, and I can't understand why.

Melopahn:
Pretty much every game that costs 60 dollars.

CoD is #1 most unrated, pick a title and that is the one Im talking about. No one should pay 60 dollars for a map pack with a new name. :(

Gears of war - Mass Effect - Elder Scrolls - GTA - Final fantasy 11/13/13-2/14 - Halo -

Pretty much every game that had a good 1st game and is now on its 3+ sequel. Its been beat to death I just find them completely overpriced for nothing original and they are always getting shorter which doesnt help either.

Always end up getting shorter, yet you put Mass effect and Elder scrolls in your list? Doesn't make any sense .... does it ?

Half-life 2. Its an average shooter with an average story, above average physics and game engine, but below average characters and AI. Add in it's rabid fan base that doesn't shut up about it and I moved beyond being disappointed in it and finding it overrated, to it being my most hated game.

Both the Witcher games, BORING AS FUCK WITH SHIT COMBAT! I DONT EVEN!!!!!

And Deus ex HR, I just saw a Generic shooter with little replay value?

Mass Effect games, I just don't like them, I found them boring, oh and when you died on ME1 I was like "OH MY GOD! THATS THE DEATH SEQUENCE?!" That music annoyed the hell outta me >.<

Halo aswell.

Most Rockstar Games titles in general. The indisputable king of overrated Rockstar games is Red Dead Redeption. Simply horrible controls.
Second Place: Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Just a decent FPS, I don't understand what's all the fuss about it.
Third place: Metal Gear Solid 4. I don't count it as a video-game anyway. It belongs in the CGI films genre.

Hmmm, I think I'll go with... Pokémon.

Re-releasing the same game every few years, sometimes in twofold, sometimes in threefold. Also, it really bothers me that the game they copy/pasted the gameplay from (and sprinkled it with obnoxious and illogical child friendliness) always remained the underdog. In case you don't know, I'm talking about Megami Tensei (and at least they actually brought changes to the gameplay mechanisms.

Treblaine:

Launcelot111:
Red Dead... I hated that killing your horse was a crime (this is my biggest complaint).

Wouldn't have been such a problem but for the parallax aiming problems from the first Third-person perspective, you could clearly aim past the horses head but the actual path of the "bullet" (actually a hitscan line) is to the left or right and down. They could have fixed this, made the bullets clip through your horse head as who ever wants to shoot their horse in the head WHILE RIDING IT!

Honestly, I had never even thought about shooting your horse while riding it, but now that I know I can't do that, I'm mad. Whenever I got frustrated with my horse, I got off and shot it in the head on the spot, so I really didn't appreciate that this was a five dollar fine. In all honesty, my favorite thing to do in the entire game was to find where the cougars lived and laugh as they came out of nowhere and killed my horse in one swipe. One random touch about Gun (Gun was better than RDR) that I loved was that if you spurred your horse too much, it would die on the spot. I don't like horses.

Anyway, Rockstar's last three games have had such wildly uncharacterized characters, it's painful. They give them decent backstories, but in game they find one note and stick to it for the whole game.

GTA IV- Someone: "Hey Niko, come on, we're going to (insert crime here)!" Niko: "OK. I need money for to be living American dream."

RDR- Someone: "Hey John, how about (insert topic here)." John: "Well, I can't rightly say one way or another on that, sir/ma'am. I just want my family."

LA Noire- "Hey Cole, let's do (insert things that might be slightly morally questionable but are generally accepted by society at large)." Cole: (Loudly and stiffly) "I do not think that this is conduct befitting of a Los Angeles police officer."

Add to that the fact that every sandbox has been progressively less interesting than the last and their trend that new mission ideas are a thing of the past by the start of the second act and I don't understand why GTA V or any other Rockstar game is highly anticipated

Animal Crossing. I bought it thinking it was going to be a fun relaxing sim sort of game. It wasn't. I was stuck in the same field picking apples for all eternity. Awful game and overrated as hell, what with all the features magazines did about it.

Bethesda RPGs. [1]

They throw in whatever they can think of without regard to how well it will work or, hell, whether it will work at all. Quantity over quality.

Some people say they like the freedom. Ha. The freedom to choose from various set of poor tuned content you mean.

The amount of praise these games get confounds me.

[1] Although, granted, I have only played Morrowind. But from reviews and "watch me play" videos on Youtube, it appears nothing much has changed. Hence I believe my overall assessment of them is reasonably accurate.

For the 100th reincarnation of this thread, I will throw in Psychonauts this time. Yes it was interesting, yes it was different, but it was not engaging or fun. It had its quirky moments but the core gameplay was mundane and boring. I forced myself to play until halfway thru until I couldn't muster any more fucks to give about the game.

deus ex hr was an alright game but it ruined stealth you could just easily rush in guns blazing gears of war style

Any 'old-school' MMORPG ever created that MMORPG-fans seem to love.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The developer is incompetent and has created the most bland, pathetic fantasy setting I've ever had to suffer.

Tomb Raider - I see no appeal in this series other than BOOBS! Of course I gave it a change, and I still didn't like it. It was dull.

GTA IV - The multiplayer in it is very good, but the single player was just dull.

Call of Duty - (Holds up beaten dead horse as a shield) I'm sorry but I still hate how theres a new one EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Its getting dull.

I don't care for dull games.

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