Ok, so we’re heading into thorny issue territory now. Overrated is a term which constantly comes up and it’s almost guaranteed to start a war of words. I don’t think a war of words is necessarily a bad thing, provided people express their opinions in a reasonable manner. After all, it’s what debate is all about.
So first things first, please avoid just naming a game that’s overrated. Head down the comments section, let everyone know what game you think is overrated, but also explain why you think this. Apart from that, anything goes!
I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Firstly, I’d like to suggest Assassin’s Creed II. It’s alright. Good, perhaps. But I don’t think it’s this crowning achievement that plenty of others seem to think it is. The same repetitive gameplay exists as in the original, this time dragging on even longer. Unlike the original though, ACII doesn’t have that same wow factor of stepping into this incredibly vivid, historical world. It'd already been done before.
The story was a little bit better, yes, although I’d struggle to say it captivated me. Most of the time I’d forgotten what was even going on by the time I got around to another main mission. Don’t get me started on them dragging it out for two more games either. Unnecessary doesn't do it justice.
And for my second choice, well, I think I’ll be thrown under a burning bus for this one, but basically everything Blizzard has ever made. They’re usually high quality games, but I feel there’s always 10-20% added to scores as part of the Blizzard love-in. They take a proven concept and polish it to within an inch of its life. That’s fantastic for those who want to play extremely tight, well crafted games for years on end. For those looking for something new, or for a particular new mechanic or tech advance to really wow them, Blizzard games don’t really cut it. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun with WoW, Diablo, WarCraft, etc, but I just don’t think they’re quite as special as others perhaps think they are.
Over to you then, let us know your most overrated games, and don’t forget to explain why!