My Top 5 most overrated games (IMO)
Before I start, let me say three things. First is that THIS IS MY OPINION! I will keep saying that throughout this blog because I don't want people to come at me and say that I am wrong FOR MY OPINION! We all have our own opinions. Second is THAT THESE AREN'T THE WORST GAMES EVER! Overrated and bad is not the same thing. There are overrated games I enjoy as well. Lastly is that most of the time, the reason I will say the game is overrated is because of the fanboys which is what makes the games overrated so most of the time I will call out the fanboys and I won't apologize for it.
There is a difference between being a fan and being a fanboy. Being a fan means you enjoy the game but are willing to see what is wrong with the game. A fanboy ignores all aspects that are wrong and cannot accept that people hate their favorite game. If one of your favorite games makes it to this list, deal with it. One more fan won't make your favorite game even better so let it go. ScrewAttack has one of the best communities so please be respectful.
It's hard not to find someone online who doesn't have an opinion on the most popular FPS series and for good reason. The game is everywhere and not just online. But what makes this series overrated? Well despite the sales the series haven't done anything new recently. There are changes here and there but most of time it isn't enough. Is that the only reason? No of course not.
Given the short development time and the pressure from both the public and Activision, the end result is never right. Various glitches and poor design choices make the game unplayable to everyone except well, the fanboys. CoD fanboys are some of the worst out there. Whenever I do play a CoD game I have to mute everyone because of how annoying they are. However, they are everywhere. Forums, videos that have nothing to do with CoD and even in real life, there they are. Also, before any of you fanboys calls me out on hating the CoD series because it is popular all I have to say is what was the first CoD game you played? For me it was CoD1 back in 03. I saw this series rise and fall. Shut the hell up.
Okay I will be honest here, I do like Pokemon. Yes like the CoD games, each game is becoming much more the same, but each new game is a brand new adventure and I like adventures... but that doesn't excuse it for being overrated. I want something new and I want to venture out and that doesn't mean more spin offs. That doesn't even mean new gameplay features either like having three pokemon at one time on certain battles. The only reason I enjoyed the last game was because of how fast paced it was compared to the previous games. Seriously, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl played so fucking slow. Also, it was good because of how dark the final boss's theme was.
That is almost nightmare fuel right there. With that being said, I don't think that will save the future Pokemon games. Please Nintendo, do something new and bold that isn't a spin off.
These is overrated for one sole reason; THE FANBOYS! During the dark age of Sonic, these fanboys were like rats... I think. Whenever one of these bad games came out, they would lash out on anyone who knew that these games sucked. For starters you have Shadow the Hedgehog which had a terribad story and was glitchy as hell yet fanboys played it! Mario fanboys don't even defend Hotel Mario. Same goes for Sonic next gen. The game felt like a love letter to all of the creepy fanboys. Silver the Hedgehog? What did Sega go to deviantART and steal some little kid's drawing?
And that story...WHY? Was there something wrong with Amy? She's a hedgehog like Sonic so why replace her with a human? Furry romances are no good! But isn't the worst thing about these fanboys. What is worse is that they go against GOOD SONIC GAMES! Sonic the Hedgehog 4 episode 1 was good yet before the game was even released fanboys boycotted it. Why? I know this is more of a rant about the fanboys but what makes a game overrated? It's the fanboys.
This is the perfect example of fanboys ruining a game because if you look at this game objectively, there are a lot of good things about it. But the fanboys latch on to bad aspects of the game. Instead of Cid who is one of the best written Final Fantasy characters ever, they latch on to Cloud who is is the archetype of emo heroes and he wasn't even that emo. The fanboys wanted him that way so they made him that way. Instead of remembering sad scenes like the deaths of thousands when the sector 7 plate fell, they latch on to the death of Aeris, one of the most boring characters in any game.
The game is good but time and the fanboys have not been kind to this game. Maybe it's people with rose colored glasses because a lot of things have not aged well. For starters, Sephiroth is one of the worst game villains ever. Yes I said it. What is his goal? To bring down a comet to crash and kill everyone so he will become a god? Um okay but what led him to want to do that? Oh... because he found out he is a test tube baby. Seriously, one day he is fine and the moment he finds out his origins, he becomes a mad scientist cult guy. I would have accepted anger not insanity. Also the game's pre rendered backgrounds are a pain to get through. I am serious. I keep getting stuck on random crap. It is a good game but god it has not aged well.
Oh boy here we go. Okay first off MINECRAFT IS NOT A BAD GAME!!!! The idea of doing whatever and only being limited by your imagination is amazing. The choice this game gives you is amazing and everyone should at least try the game... but I don't like it. The reason I don't like it is because of me. The building aspect never interested me because I would rather play with Legos and the survival aspect makes me very bored. Yes I can do whatever, but the reason I like most games is the different goals it gives me and the story. Minecraft has neither. Either you survive and build or die, and that isn't enough for me.
Now does this make it the most overrated game ever? Hell no, because these are my opinions. What makes it overrated? Well, the fanboys. While they aren't as bad as CoD or Sonic fanboys, are they still bad. For starters, when the endermen came out, I mentioned they are very similar to the weeping angels from Doctor Who and I was flamed at even though the weeping angels did inspire the endermen in some way. There is nothing wrong with that. Second, when I saw Minecraft, I said to a fanboy as a joke "this looks like Lego the Game." and I again I got flamed at. Lastly, I was playing Team Fortress 2 and there was this server I was on where they started to talk about Minecraft and just because I wanted to talk, I said I wasn't a fan of Minecraft and what happened? If you guess I got flamed at then you are half right because one of those who flamed me was a admin I got banned. I am dead serious.
Another reason I hate Minecraft is Notch. Yes the creator. For the many years Shigeru Miyamoto has been making games, he has always been humble. His popularity has never gone to his head and he has never treated himself as a rockstar. Notch has made fewer games and he treats himself like a rockstar. Because of his popularity, he tends to say shit that many forgive when they shouldn't. Sometime last year Notch made a racist tweet. If many other developers made that tweet they would rip that developer apart. However, many defeated Notch by saying it was just a joke and that it wasn't him. He called out Fortress Craft on the 360 for being a rip-off, when his game is a rip-off (Yes, I went there because he went there). The man is a douchebag and I hate him.
Okay I know most of the reasons I think the games are overrated are because of not the game itself but the community like I said before, there is a difference between overrated and bad if you disagree with what I said here, remember these are my opinions. I am constatly reminded that Team Fortress 2 is overrated but what can I do?
5: I like Call of Duty so I disagree. 4: Good, but extremely overrated. 3: Sonic has always been overrated. 2: I have never played this one so idk. 1: I could not agree more, I am just so sick of the praise this game has gotten. And I also find it annoying when fans give the graphics a 10/10.
Well... there's the small detail that Sonic hates Amy.
My brain is imploding. Linebeck is a Zelda character yet someone named Linebeck is calling a couple of Zelda games overrated? Is this one of the signs of the end times?
It's that one scene where one night he is fine and the next morning he is coo-coo for co-co puffs. I might be thinking about this too much but what ever happen to the simple of origins of a villain like Exdeath. He might be a monster but for what he was, it was amazing. They tried for Sephiroth and in my opinion they failed. I will say though that he isn't the worst Final Fantasy villain ever. That honor goes to Seymour. Worst villain name ever.
Wow, actually stunned by all these direct replies, I might have to start posting here more often ;)
You are right, it doesn't make sense for a human to go batshit in a night. However...
1) Sephiroth is not human
2) It's not actually insanity.
3) "Cloud's Story" is in media res, Sephiroth's humanity has been deteriorating for some time, his phrasing when he walks into the Shinra Reactor suggests that he is both unsurprised by what he finds, and is merely confirming long held suspicions.
Maybe I am somewhat over zealously defending this game, but it has been a part of my life since childhood, and I can still play it today and enjoy it. I have hated nearly every JRPG i have played in the past 5 years or so, mostly due to the sloppy storytelling, bad VO, and completely uninteresting characters.
What makes Sephiroth so interesting is his mystique. Everyone in the game has their own idea of what he is. (A near mythic hero) Cloud has his own perception of him. (Due to Cloud's Jenova cells, Sephiroth can exert a huge influence on his mind) Viewing events with more objectivity we have a completely different perspective. Even the *optional* character, Vincent, reveals quite a bit more about Sephiroth's origins and changes our idea of who he is again.
Am I going to compare him to Kefka right now? No way. That's a million nerd conversations rolled into one, and believe it or not I may actually have things to do today ;)
My thoughts on each:
5. I couldn't have said any of it better myself. Great job!
4. I don't think the massive competitive community would really approve of any changes to the main series. Still, a departure that, like you said, isn't a spin-off would be nice.
3. Okay, this one I have to disagree with, simply because you pictured Sonic '06. I genuinely LOVE that game...but NOT because I think it's a good game. Actually, I think it's a fucking horrible game, and possibly one of the worst ever made....but...that's the reason why I like it. You know how there are some games that are "so bad, they're good?" Well, to me Sonic '06 is so awful that it's fucking perfect! There's just something about being able to spend hours in the first level finding game-breaking glitches that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and I can say with honesty that no game has ever made me laugh as hard as this one did.
It was very clear that half-way through development, Sonic Team said, "Holy shit...we fucked up. There's no point in even finishing this, is there?" Of course, the other guy said, "Sure there is, if we're going to make a bad game we may as well do a good job making it awful!" I mean, let's be honest: You HAVE to be trying in order to make a game THAT bad!
The game is a horrible atrocity, and everything about it reeks of ass -- and I wouldn't have it any other way!
2. I played it almost ten years ago, and I lost interest in only a few hours. After having FFVI engraved into my childhood, VII was a massive disappointment in terms of story (though the gameplay was cool, if not a little intimidating to my then-fragile young mind). After playing through V later on, my desire to play through FFVII was lessened further. I do still want to finish it, but eh...
1. I honestly can't comment because I've never played it at great enough length to have a valid opinion of it, but I am rather sick of hearing people talk about it. I'd put CoD here, but that's just me.
Another couple of franchises whose luster (I feel) have dulled, but are constantly polished by zealous fans are Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect. I can understand why the former has its reputation, but ever since the first ME I've been wondering what the big deal is. I found the story to be that of any generic sci-fi, the characters were blank slates, and the gameplay (while cool) was made boring by being drowned in an ocean of dialogue and cutscenes. 2 did even less for me...
Great list, though, and a pretty good read. Kudos!
I kinda agree with the guy above. He's not saying that the games are good or bad, It's just that I don't think having many fanboys is something that you can use to call a game "overrated". That's not really fair for the game or it's creators. As you said, this is just my opinion, I'm not saying that what you wrote is wrong or anything like that, so don't take it personal. peace.
It still doesn't make sense. The process from normal to batshit insane doesn't take a night.
It's why I love Nintendo. If any game company deserves to be on top of the world, it's Nintendo but that ain't them.
Worst part is I can't fix it
Why is that? There is the influence of an Alien life form inside of him. It's probably been affecting his behavior his entire life, even though he didn't realize it. Is it too much of a stretch to think that someone who has been given very good reasons to doubt his own humanity could be irrevocably changed? (which happened pretty gradually, It's implied that he has been suffering some doubts for a while now, maybe even since his childhood.) How much connection to humanity did he even have to begin with? He certainly comes off as pretty cold in the prologue. His *real* mother died during childbirth, his father is certifiably evil, and was he raised by a damn corporation.
Is it too hard to believe that his humanity would be crushed under the weight of understanding his own nature? That the alien, malevolent influence would take over?
Sephiroth isn't insane. He is under the influence of a life form hostile to the planet and all of it's life. Humanity, it is implied, has been under the influence of Jenova for millennia, which would explain their disconnect from the planet, and makes the decision of the main characters to fight *for* the planet meaningful.
Sephiroth as he emerges from the lifestream is something different from what went in. Is he some hybrid of his own will and Jenova's advanced into something new, more powerful, and terrifying? Is he entirely the Avatar of Jenova now, his own will having been completely subsumed? Or has he mastered Jenova, and is just using her power and influence for himself? It's left completely open. It's a strength of his characterization, IMO, not a weakness. Sometimes mystery is more powerful than exposition. This is something FF7, and not some of the more recent installments in the series, seems to understand.
I dunno, that's my 2 gil at least.
It depends on how big the series is as well. Some end up huge and are destroyed by their ego's, others dwindle cause the fanbase says they are dedicated, but in reality, don't give a damn if it stays or goes.
I never even heard of Minecraft, but the others I do agree on. And sorry but I noticed this typo: "However, many *defeated* Notch by saying it was just a joke and that it wasn't him." Don't you me defended? Sorry I just had to point that out. It was obvious you were so emotional while typing you probably didn't realized you made an error. Overall I enjoyed reading this.
i agree with all of them. quite literallly every single one. however i would order it
4. bad sonic games
Which is exactly my point. Ever since Call of Duty became mainstream, reviewers have developed double standards for these games.
Couldn't agree more with Pokemon and COD. I'm not sure about the bad Sonic games though. Everyone I ever talked to automatically canned them even if they had never played them.
Good list though. Not too long.
To sum it yeah that is why I hate him. He gets a free pass for his bullshit where others lose their careers.
i'd have to agree with ur list except for the sonic and pokemon ones since i dont really play those games, i like FF7 and i saw the appeal of Cloud since back then we really didnt have a character like him and the whole emo schtick is pretty much a 2000 term where a bunch of people beat the it to death, but whenever someone discusses something about FF7 or final fantasy in general it usually revolves around Cloud or Sephiroth. I admit they look cool (not really for Sephiroth) but they are pretty much 2 dimensional characters, same goes for Aerith.
CoD series is one of the most overrated series, still a fun game but not fun enough to justify a yearly release, we can ridicule sports games but CoD gets a pass? i think not.
As for Notch, i really didn't know anything about him until i read a tweet from him on ign which made him sound like an arrogant jerk. I guess the only reason why people like him is because of minecraft but to be honest he got lucky and someone can easily piggyback off minecraft by essentially making the same thing but with better graphics and gameplay. it's not that hard to make minecraft obsolete and seriously minecraft is essentially virtual legos with some extra gameplay
Most of these games ARE NOT BAD!
oh god i hate the word overrated, its been used so much that it has lost a lot of its meaning . Why because if some one likes a game and some one does not, that game is overrated in the eyes the person who does not like it . Plus saying a game is overrated due to its fans, please thats not the games fault. That is a totally different reason to dislike a game for it community and shouldn't go under the word overrated , making the specifics even more confusing.