Games you like that critics hate

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The topic here is pretty clear, I wanna know what games you like that were bashed by critics. When I say bashed, I mean below a 70 or so on Metacritic.

I have two personal examples: Dynasty Warriors and Dance Dance Revolution.

I think Dynasty Warrior games are more fun to play than they're given credit for, and there's a charm in its ridiculousness. Not exactly a buy for everyone, and the series does get a bit sequel happy, but at the least, it's a good rental if you've got a buddy in town.

Objectively speaking, DDR games nowadays deserve the low scores they get due to long loading times, lack of features, meaningless crap, and a general lack of innovation, but despite all that, I think it's a great, fun way to exercise, and I still buy games when I want more songs to choose from.

So what games do you like that critics give bad scores to?

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I had a lot of fun playing this game, and it wasn't until years after it got old that I found out it is one of the most notoriously shitty fighter games ever.

I have fond memories of the game, though after reading reviews of it, I can agree with it's faults. If you didn't have a lightsaber or Arden Lynn, you were going to get your ass kicked by the other player.

Poker Night at the Inventory

I still dont know why this game was so underrated, sure people only bought it for the TF2 items. But I really loved it's voice acting and it's AI.

Magicka

Sure it was buggy but it was a hilarious co-op game

Shank 1 and 2

I dont know why people dislike those two games.

Y'know, I don't think I've ever been in that position.

The closest example I can think of is Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. It got a very lukewarm critical reception. (Metascore of 75, which is low when you remember that hardly anything scores under 70.)

Even then though, I can see why it got reviewed poorly. It had some severe issues. I just love it for the ending and epilogue.

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PS. In before, "All critics are hacks who take bribes".

Sword of the Stars

Alpha Protocol

Temple of Elemental Evil

Star Trek: Klingon Academy

Alpha Protocol! Fantastic game.

Not sure how The Saboteur fared, but I get the sense it's also intensely underrated.

Yeah, Alpha Protocol is the obvious one for me.

Maybe Deus Ex Invisible War - I didn't think it was anywhere near as bad as critics and fans made out. Nowhere near as good as the original - but not many games have been.

God Hand - This game got HAMMERED by reviewers but I LOVE(D) it.

All the Harry Potter games before Goblet of Fire.

Being movie tie-ins, I imagine they got bad reviews but I fucking loved them!

Nier got pretty dire reviews and is easily one of the better games out there.
Dynasty Warriors series always gets poor reviews. Love that one tho.

Minority Report Everybody Runs on the PS2. Dude, the game was my first experience with destruction and ragdoll physics, plus it has puke grenades. Puke grenades. Not to mention there were lots of nice high areas to throw people off of or deathtraps to throw them into. They have a jetpack training level that has a bunch of tall towers with respawning target practice officers that you can knock off of the towers, and they'll scream wildly when you do so. It's just plain fun. I don't care what anyone says.

Regnes:
image I had a lot of fun playing this game, and it wasn't until years after it got old that I found out it is one of the most notoriously shitty fighter games ever. I have fond memories of the game, though after reading reviews of it, I can agree with it's faults. If you didn't have a lightsaber or Arden Lynn, you were going to get your ass kicked by the other player.

I STILL love this game.

Sure, lightsaders are basically baseball bats...but it's still fun.

I never had an issue with playing as non-lightsaber types.

Tanis:

I never had an issue with playing as non-lightsaber types.

Eh, it was mostly that they just didn't have the offensive ability as somebody with a lightsaber, their sweeping strikes were particularly overpowered. I remember when we had group sleepovers and we played this game, we had to have a special rule that you're not allowed to play as Darth Vader, Vader's striking range is absurdly high.

I loved Alpha Protocol, I guess I'm just very forgiving when it comes to buggy AI if I'm given an interesting conversation mechanic.

Seriously Obsidian outdid everyone with how well the did the conversations. Actually meaningful effect from how you talk to someone. Absolutely brilliant. If only someone ha reminded them that they actually needed half-decent gameplay in their game.

Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare.

Assassin's Creed 1 and Mass Effect 1. Love these games. Both slower and less 'epic' than their sequels, but much better written. (I can not understand how anyone can stand the over the top stereotype characters in AC2. Fucking nerd girl pisses me off.)

And I like Hellgate: London.

I liked Star Wars: the force unleased, the first one, but it was too short because half the levels were only on xbox or PS3. It was a good game though.

Naughty Bear apparently, I didn't think it was that bad but it received some pretty harsh words.

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days is up there as one of my all time favorite games, it's just so much mindless fun, that I will agree is very short but hell I still like the game-play and the lack of a better term "dark" story line you follow them through.

Duke Nukem Forever.

That game was brilliant, behind the good humour and well-written characters, there is a joy that cannot be found anywhere today. The game truly is from an age long gone and shines as a great example of the good ol' times, but still holds up today as one of the greatest games of this generation.

The gameplay is fantastic, and of course, it requires much more tactic and strategy unlike todays games where you just shoot and hope for the best (I am looking at you MW3 and BF3). You need to think before you act but do it fast, otherwise you will not survive.

I cannot fathom why anyone would think it is bad but... Everyone has different tastes in games.

DeadYorick:
Poker Night at the Inventory

I still dont know why this game was so underrated, sure people only bought it for the TF2 items. But I really loved it's voice acting and it's AI.

Magicka

Sure it was buggy but it was a hilarious co-op game

Shank 1 and 2

I dont know why people dislike those two games.

I've never heard a bad word said about any of those games.

Mine would be Alpha Protocol. One of the best games I've ever played.

My big 3 were Bladestorm, Duke nukem forever and anything Dynasty warriors. Critic's can bite me! Oh yeah, and Bullet Witch.

I doubt there's any such thing. Critics usually gobble the balls of everything that's worth mentioning in a conversation.

DeadYorick:
Magicka

Sure it was buggy but it was a hilarious co-op game

Magicka is an example of why reviewers need to occasionally revisit games to update the reviews. Many of the bugs in it's early days were patched out within a month or two and most reviewers didn't bother to take this into account.

Hmm, well I don't think it is really hated as much as it is seen as mediocre. But I really enjoy the first Two Worlds (I like the second as well, but that received a much warmer reaction). I've seen so much trashing for the game, it's unbelievable almost. I can understand why people don't like it though.

Well I had just check Gotcha Force on Metacritic which had gotten 56 (althought user score is 8.7).
Sure the voicing was terrible and the grahpic were bad on the background wise however the graphic on the borgs were great and it was a fun little game espically when played with friends.

Dynasty Warriors as a whole gets mediocre reviews, but 3 and 7 were amazing. Heck, Dynasty Warriors 7 was my game of the year for 2011.

Hazzard:
I liked Star Wars: the force unleased, the first one, but it was too short because half the levels were only on xbox or PS3. It was a good game though.

I agree, I rather enjoyed playing that game, not saying it was superb or anything, but I still think it didn't deserve the abuse it got either.

Regnes:

I had a lot of fun playing this game, and it wasn't until years after it got old that I found out it is one of the most notoriously shitty fighter games ever.

I have fond memories of the game, though after reading reviews of it, I can agree with it's faults. If you didn't have a lightsaber or Arden Lynn, you were going to get your ass kicked by the other player.

That game has one of the most ridiculously awesome titles ever. I can't help but smile whenever I see it. (Even though "teräskäsi" is a compound word so there shouldn't be a space there. Or maybe that makes it more funny, I don't know.)

For me the first one that comes to mind is Duke Nukem Forever. The almost religious bashing it got was just incredible, and I don't think I've ever seen as much pure hate and extreme overreacting towards a game. It would have been kind of funny, but it just kept (and keeps) going on, so it got old really fast. I have only seen one mostly positive professional review for it.

Alpha Protocol and Bullet Witch. Admittedly I don't remember much of Bullet Witch now but I remember enjoying it when I played through it.

I don't usually disagree with game critics when it comes to bad games, but I had to disagree with them when it came to Two Worlds, probably best known as "that-one-game-that-tries-to-be-Oblivion-and-fails."

I'll admit, the game has zero originality, boring visuals, broken mechanics, and one of the worst user-interfaces ever to grace a video game; but I'll be darned if it wasn't really fun to play. I found that what it lacked in polish, it made up with it's vast amount of content and the freedom it gave players; it pretty much let you do anything you wanted to.

If I had to summarize it, Two Worlds is essentially the video game equivalent of a B-Movie, a shameless imitation that can occasionally end up being more fun than the thing it's trying to emulate. And, like most B-Movies, it got a sequel, and from what I've heard from friends, it's just as fun as the first game.

This is turning into an Alpha Protocol love thread. That's a VERY good thing. It definitely did not deserve the bashing it got upon release. WAY better than Deus Ex: Human Revolutions in my opinion.

Obsidian just gets no love from the mainstream, it's such a damn shame. I really hope they have a Kickstarter and make it a huge success. Obsidian both needs and deserves it.

Glass Joe the Champ:
I think Dynasty Warrior games are more fun to play than they're given credit for, and there's a charm in its ridiculousness. Not exactly a buy for everyone, and the series does get a bit sequel happy, but at the least, it's a good rental if you've got a buddy in town.

I know one critic who actually LOVES Dynasty Warrior: Jim Sterling from Destructoid, or the Jimquisition here on the Escapist. You might want to see what he thinks about future DW releases, since he's more likely to give the opinion of an actual DW fan on a new game, which would probably be more useful to you than the opinion of someone who never liked the games much anyway.

There's a couple of games I liked that probably nobody heard about.

Pilot Down: Behind Enemy Lines
Cold Fear.

Regnes:
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Haha, I still have that game floating around somewhere. I remember unlocking Darth Vader in it, awesomesauce. That and the pig guard whose special move was to grow huge then shoot out flames.

While it wasn't "shunned" by critics to say, Metro 2033 is still underrated in my book. The game was so bloody peculiar and fascinating to me, that I tried to track down the book for 3 weeks. After finding out that the Metro 2033 book simply is not held in most book stores shelves, I managed to track down a translated english version from Germany. Ordered it straight off Amazon, and it's now one my favorite books I've ever read. Thanks underrated video game!

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