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A lot of people are outraged when they see the word overrated, especially when it relates to a product they own. I have come under the most attack on the internet whenever I attempt to make a case in respect to the usage of the word; overrated.
It wouldn’t matter anymore if the same thing happens. One thing however is established; that a vast majority of people are not able to take criticism on something as trivial as video games.
5. MGS4: Guns of the Patriots
Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid has always been a massive title. I have never lost faith on the ideas and vision of Mr. Kojima, but I had to think again once Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots hit the store-shelves.
The embarrassing shift from the conventional overhead view to third person over-the-shoulder dramatically reduced MGS4 from that envied “Stealth Action Game” to a ridiculous and deprioritized game where you have various camouflage cloaking in unending proportion.
MGS4 lacked that feelings that placed you right in the middle of game, I can’t remember how many times I slept off just because one long and boring cut-scene mixed with embarrassing dialogue won’t leave my screen. The emotions aren’t just there, something like the emotional ending of Metal Gear Sold 3: Snake Eater was obviously missing. MGS4 did a lot of things wrong, most importantly the idea of an aging snake and making him suffer back pain was a ridiculous attempt to make an already bad game worse.
4. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
One of the few games that hoped to leave a mark in the RPG genre, it did offer a world that is truly immense in size, and that’s all it had to offer in reality. I shouldn’t have bothered writing about this game after seeing how bad Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was. Unfortunately, I was caught up in the hype train and I had a good measure of faith that things could have changed, obviously I was entirely wrong.
The combat system is exceptionally bad and quest repetitive. How about the boring story, the bugs and glitches? I came close to enjoying this game. Close, wasn’t good enough though. It was a nightmare being unable to access quest and it wasn’t funny either since the main questline was broken.
3. Assassins Creed
Activision has that crown of milking gaming franchise; Ubisoft is just a few steps away from being awarded the same crown. 8 Prince of Persia in 10-years should give you a concrete clue of what I mean. Assassins Creed is doing perfectly what it learnt from the aged Prince of Persia franchise. Under 7-years we have already seen 6-Assasins Creed games.
The first Assassin’s Creed game was incredibly overhyped, so when it turned out to be an ordinary game, with repetitive action, it left a good amount of people understandably disappointed. The sequel was released and amended the ridiculous repetitive action that characterized the entire first version of Assassins Creed.
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Every other Assassins Creed has been nothing but the same characters, timeline, movies, combat system, etc. The only few changes has been a little improvement in visuals and maybe the addition of silly minigames. Despite this, Assassins Creed keeps getting incredible reviews when it’s the same old game with a different art cover.
2. GTA IV
I think the core purpose of gaming is fun and more fun, when a game lacks that factor, it becomes a mere collection of characters and weapons. Grand Theft Auto is a universal acclaimed franchise and know for it’s 100% fun factor. You can’t ever get bored playing Grand Theft Auto. GTA: SanAndreas was the ultimate game that carefully mixed fun and incredible mission perfectly. Despite average graphics, it stands tall above numerous games. Infact, the GTA franchise is one of the biggest gaming franchise in gaming history.
However, last-gen, the whole situation changed. In an attempt to make GTA IV more realistic, the fun factor was greatly tempered, it just doesn’t feel like the GTA we all know. Some of the cutscenes are hilarious and whacky, while others completely contradicted the tone. The entire mission is more than half-the-time centered on delivery stuffs and when you finally have a fun mission, your retarded cousin calls to ask if you are interested in playing darts.
1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Your guess is as good as mine, the crown for the most overrated game has always been unopposed and it is thanks to Activision and Call of Duty. Making the same game over and over again is unreasonable, and the business ethics of Activision are cruel, like Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed.
I won’t say much about the game because I love it and it’s one of the best shooters out there but that won’t stop me from acknowledging the fact that it is highly overrated and has given Activison the automatic authority to keep ripping off innocent gamers. I would rather target the blame on all other shooters which play like crap for not doing enough to give Activion a reason to consider changing the ridiculous desire to sell to gamers the same game every other year.