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Submitted by TheMrFraz 1273d ago | opinion piece

The Most Overrated Games of This Generation

Thinking back throughout the past six years, three editors at considered their personal experiences to bring you what they believe to be the most overrated titles released this generation. What are your picks? (Culture, Dead Space, Dragon Age: Origins, God of War 3)

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Whitefeather  +   1273d ago
I wholeheartedly disagree about God of War being over rated. It's not the best game series in the world but it is one of the best. Sure Kratos isn't a deep sophisticated gentleman but it gives us a chance to feel the inner most animal instincts a human can have.

As a child I was always interested in history and the greek mythology stuck out to me the most, so getting to see Zues, Hermes, Helios, etc. in HD and get to kill them.....simply amazing to me. I think it's not your kind of game but it isn't a bad one nor is it badly made. Just not to your liking.
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Daver  +   1273d ago
That list suck, its not even most overrated games its games that he didnt like...
guitarded77  +   1272d ago

If anything, the first Dead Space was underrated... at least initial sales would suggest. Dead Space grew more out of a cult/underground love of the game, and EA took that passion from players of the first and put marketing behind Dead Space 2 to make it a huge franchise.

God of War III is also not overrated. The game was everything GoW fans wanted, with what is arguably the greatest opening in video games. The game performed beautifully on a technical level, the story was epic and the gameplay was smooth. With those qualities, the game is not overrated.

I'll leave Dragon Age alone... it's hard to justify some of the technical glitches throughout the game, and an argument could be made about DA... although, I don't think it was overrated either.
thorstein  +   1272d ago
If there is one thing we can count on to make it to the top of N4G it is flamebait articles like this one. There are generally two types:
1) [Insert game title that sold millions, is universally adored by critics and fans, and is an all around masterpiece of a game] is overrated.
2) Why The [Insert console name that has an install base in the 10s of Millions and is incredibly successful] has failed.

Both should be reported and taken down regularly.
Anon1974  +   1272d ago
I couldn't agree more that Dead Space didn't receive enough praise. That game was an absolute masterpiece and one of the best survival horror games I've ever played. I also couldn't get enough of Dragon Age. Playing through this game reminded me of all the things I loved about Baldur's Gate back in the day. God of War 3 was fantastic as well. Bitching about fixed camera angles? Please. And I found the story the most interesting in the series, and Kratos' development as well. I love how they took his character completely over the edge and yet were still able to draw him back to his humanity by the end. Well done.

You want overrated games this gen? How about Halo Retch? Halo 3 was fantastic, but Reach was the blandest, least thought-out entry in the series with boring, repetitive missions, zero characters, no story and cookie cutter weapons. For the first time in the series I found myself struggling to finish that forgettable campaign, only to be kicked in the nuts at the end. It was clear Bungie just phoned in this last entry and hurried to move onto the next project, and yet reviewers threw roses at it's feet. Ridiculous.

And I've never understood the fascination with Far Cry games. "Oooh! It's pretty! You can go anywhere." Yeah..except you can't. I tried again and again to get into the first one, got lost in the jungle, stuck against the side of a mountain with no clue what the hell I was even supposed to be doing and that's usually when I called it quits and went onto something decent. Blech!

And Perfect Dark Zero. Don't get me started on that irritating game. Again, I bought into all the reviewers praise only to sit back in my chair after a couple of hours and ask why I'd just wasting my time on this generic, shooter crap.

And Minecraft. Holy crap, I don't even know where to start on that one. Is it even a game? I can sit and build a castle out of legos, but I wouldn't call that a game.

And as for people always harping on GTA4, you just don't get it. That game was an absolute masterpiece from it's huge scale, varied missions to the absolutely superb voice acting and story. The only thing that hurt that game for me was answering your damn phone all the time. Once I just started ignoring the "let's hang out!" calls the game was fantastic. There was even talk for awhile that GTA4 might be the first game to be nominated for an Oscar in the animated movie category on the strength of it's story telling. Now San Andreas, there's an overrated game, but a little off topic as it wasn't this gen. Compared to GTA3 or Vice city, what a step backwards in terms of missions, story and characters. That's the only Grand Theft Auto I couldn't finish. Right around the time you had to start running all over hell to protect your territory the game just got irritating as hell.
chad22hkd  +   1272d ago
I don't know why this author thinks that we care what games he feels is overrated. I mean maybe if so many people felt that way. Like killzone 3 or halo,

It seems a lame attempt at getting hits for his site, or just a very ugly kind of article to write, where he thinks we actually care if doesn't like those 2 games.

Man use your time to write something positive
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knowyourstuff  +   1272d ago
Sounds like this douchebag author is just butthurt that he sucks at games.

People who hate God of War hate it for this reason - they're pussies and they suck at it.

People who hated Dead Space? They're pussies and they suck at it (and they're too stupid to know how to adjust brightness settings apparently lol).

People who hated Grand Theft Auto? They suck at it, and they have ADD so they can't get anything done in the story, they're too distracted by all the moving cars and walking pedestrians.

People who hate Metal Gear Solid? Overwhelmingly it's because they're stupid, they suck at it, and they're too used to playing mindless point-gun-shooty games that require little to no thinking or strategy whatsoever. It's called look before you leap, as opposed to mindlessly run around thinking you won't get spotted and strategically gunned down.

Get a life you pussies, and stop hating on things you suck at.

Except motion controls, those are balls.
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hazardman  +   1272d ago
I have to disagree, Halo Reach is a very good game, better than Halo 3! Your most overrated list consist of Xbox exclusive and a PC/Xbox Live game, why? I smell f....y!
snipes101  +   1272d ago
Why are people bitching about these articles getting so much attention? You click on the fucking thing and give it all the hits - thereby sending it to the front page.

This stuff gets on N4G and becomes popular because you allow it to.

Also - why is everyone so mad?
MaxXAttaxX  +   1272d ago
Title reads: "Most Overrated Games"
Articles reads: "Subjective Rant About Popular Games I Didn't Like"

The GOW3 rant was laughable. "Kratos is angry. Camera is fixed".
There's a bigger leap in gameplay, graphics and overall design from GOW1 to GOW2 than the last 4 COD games, Halo 2 and 3... which by the way, where are the on the list?
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Eyeco  +   1273d ago
God Of War 3 overrated ....really?

More overrated than EVERY single COD game thats been released this gen ?
More overrated than Halo 3 (the month before that games release was like the media covering the 2nd coming)?
More overrated than GTA 4 ?

The most overrated game i've played this gen was easily Mass Effect 2, seriously what was the big deal with that game ? i thought it was incredibly boring, the emphasis of shooting didn't fit imo the game should have focused on the rpg aspect more than the action.

And im gonna get allot of flak for this but i thought some of the voice acting and parts of the story was incredibly CORNY, my god i thought i was watching a Star Trek parody at one point, i was like..really?
adamant715  +   1272d ago
What would you consider a good game then? Cause Halo 3 and GTA 4 deserved all the praise given to them pre-release and post-release..

And please, popularity ≠ overrated. Get it right sir
TKCMuzzer  +   1272d ago
You must have played a different Halo 3 to me. You are talking about the average graphics, very short story, uninspiring game play and generally no where near as good as the original Halo game? or is there another version your thinking of.
Eyeco  +   1272d ago
i thought Halo 3 was a good game not an amazing one, especially when you go back to the game now its a little dusty, loved Halo 1 and 2 imo those are arguably the best console shooters of all time Halo 3 minus all the robust features hasn't got allot going for it ,the level design is pretty bland you just walk through an empty world at a a snails pace fighting a handfull of enemies its supposed to be a WAR!!

And thats another thing thats always bugged me about the Halo franchise in general is that its supposed to be this epic huge galactic war yet there are like 5-6 enemies on screen, the levels are huge but empty its embarrassing those are a few of my issues with Halo 3 as game.

And now for GTA 4 i'll keep it short and sweet

* Repetitive mission structure, becomes obvious in the 1st 2 hours of the game
*Forgettable characters
*Annoying Characters
*Driving physics suck
*Compared to San Andreas it feels stripped down
*Doesn't expand or refine allot of the gameplay elements that were present in SA, see point above
*Shorter length compared to previous titles but feels longer because of the repetitive missions
*lack of variety
*Soundtrack is pretty bad compared to previous titles

On Metacritic this its the highest rated game of all time, many reviewers gave it a 10 across the board the game felt allot more like a 6-8 bottomline it was overrated.
2pacalypsenow  +   1272d ago
COD 4 was Hyped but for good reason its the best COD game made , after that they went downhill
AzaziL  +   1272d ago

that's the reason why people are pissed with every release from MW2 through BO2, there hasn't been a major leap for CoD since 4.
stonecold3  +   1273d ago
cod halo wwe halo gears ff games wwe games asc series need for speed
camel_toad  +   1273d ago
I can understand the casual and other players enjoying cod but not people that have been playing fps for over a decade. The massive love for Gears of War though I just don't get. The first one was cool enough but honestly after that it was just more of the same - imo very undeserving of the massive fanbase.
TooTall19  +   1273d ago
I really like Gears of War. That and Project Gotham Racing were my favorite games to play when I had a 360.
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1273d ago
I think its due to multiplayer that people love gears... my problem with the franchise is it has potential to have a great story... I mean, a band of brothers surviving together, in the wake of civilization being ruined

Instead we get jokes, over the top violence, daddy issues etc...

The expanded stuff has all the things the game should... its this jarring transition where the extended universe is more fit for adults... where as the actual game is fit for teenagers

But the mp is great, and I think thats where the following comes from
MYSTERIO360  +   1273d ago
Would have to agree with you camel_toad gears of war started to lose my interest after 2
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tee_bag242  +   1272d ago
Well said camel_toa(d) lol...

Nimblest-Assassin - really..really?? like the Gears story? It's like watching GI Joe from the 80's. How is the story any different or better from Quake or any other game with the tough guy hero talk and alien invasion story? I've seen better voice acting in porno's.

Gears has one of the most unbelievable, uninteresting and unoriginal stories of today.
Seriously, play some other games if you think that's a strong point.
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ALLWRONG  +   1273d ago
You should have just said "I hate whatever Xbox owners play"
Robochobo  +   1273d ago
Dragon Age: Origins? If he knew about how old school western RPG's on the PC's were before that, he might just understand Dragon Age: Origins is one of the best current gen oldschool RPG's to date. Heck, it's one of the best games I've ever had the pleasure of sinking 60 hours into.
Letros  +   1273d ago
lol he says Dragon Age's combat was slow, it's pretty obvious he's never played any old school WRPGs.
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coolbeans  +   1273d ago
I still think that's jumping the gun
It's within reason to question that portion, but he could simply be driving a point that (in his mind) "old school" to you or Robo ='s "archaic" to him.

Again, it's annoying to see him just give a vague-ish rant rather than going into detail explaining why this or that seems overrated. It's simply impossible for me to decipher what he means atm.
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coolbeans  +   1273d ago
I wish he went deeper with his explanation.
While he mentioned DA's 91 meta on PC, I personally couldn't discern if he played one of the console versions or the PC version. I haven't played the game, but I heard 360 version is pretty nasty in comparison to PC (vanilla).
Robochobo  +   1273d ago
The 360 version works amazingly well, I hadn't yet known that Dragon Age: Origins was out for the PC, because I had bought it a year or two after it was released with little insight into what it was. It might have had technical issues/bugs in the early run, but the fully patched game I got played without a hitch. It's going to be better on the PC, but they didn't skimp out at all when making the console version just as enjoyable. I personally recommend you to get the Complete Edition of the game, it's literally one of the best in depth games avaliable. 60+ hours of what reminded me of KotoR, although with even better character dialogue, a huge amount of world lore that almost puts Mass Effect to shame, and that Western Style RPG feel that really puts emphasis on you making the narration suit your style of game play.
coolbeans  +   1273d ago
It's rather funny to see your post already showed a bit more depth than the guy's rant in the article on DA. XD

Thank you for updating on what I had previously heard for the 360 version.
Robochobo  +   1273d ago
I think I should be the one getting paid to be a journalist eh?

Anyways, get *dat* DA Complete Editon for $20, and you can PM me later :D. Warning though, it's true to its roots, and is extremely difficult if not played by an RPG gamer that knows what he/she 's doing. Other than that the rest is a complete blast.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1273d ago
I would honestly rate Skyrim as one of the more overrated games this gen. Big Giant world you can fully explore in a matter of a day. fetch quest riddles missions with no real variety. And no matter what you did good or bad there were no real consequence or rewards in the world(excluding daedra quest) just, "Thank you, now here's some gold and a crappy weapon you get at the beginning of the game."
SolidDuck  +   1273d ago
Wait what? That's a horrible horrible list those are some of my favorite games this Gen.
bubblebeam  +   1273d ago
I thought dead space was underrated if anything. I have only played the 1st, and it give it above 9.

I like how he says God of war and every game in the series, that made me laugh. They are well deserving of their ratings. They perfected the hack n slash gameplay.

Dragon age looked good, havn't played it.

I'd say GTA4 definitely, and mass effect 2 and 3.
Roccetarius  +   1273d ago
Perfected Hack & Slash gameplay? I hope you're kidding about that.
bubblebeam  +   1273d ago
no, i thought God Of War did gameplay brilliantly. The boss battles were epic. why would I be kidding? it is MY opinion afterall.
you should instead say what you think, rather than try and make me sound stupid :)
Lord_Sloth  +   1272d ago
Personally I believe the DMC franchise perfected the Hack'n'Slash gameplay.
jdktech2010  +   1273d ago
Dragon Age: Origins was an awesome experience and so was God of War III.

I never played Dead Space as I'm not a survival horror junkie but a lot of people seemed to like it so basically.....this guy is completely wrong about everything in my opinion.

More power to him though
GREW50ME  +   1273d ago
The guys who wrote this ahit are straight up crack heads. Call of Duty & Halo FFS!
ExCest  +   1273d ago
I will say only COD is over-rated. Halo is actually fun.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1273d ago
So were Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, and Call of Duty 4...
majiebeast  +   1273d ago
Read till godofwar and DA then i closed the website. Probably written by tween cod head if it has dialogue or doesnt have guns i hate it more cod please.
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Tokyo_reject  +   1273d ago
I have one word to say to this writer.........HIPSTER!!!!!
jjb1981  +   1273d ago
Any Wii game
Nocturne147  +   1273d ago
Dragon Age Origins overrated ? I think DA:O is one of the best games this gen! Atmosphere, music, gameplay is brilliant in DA:O!

Dead Space is overrated ? No it isnt ! Game was good, very good. Scary mutants, awesome atmosphere, when i first tried this game i got heart attack! Good game.

Sorry for my bad English.
Rockefellow  +   1272d ago
What are you apologizing for? You write better than 90% of the people on N4G. Including the writer of this article.
Nocturne147  +   1272d ago
Ow, nice to hear that. XD
GREW50ME  +   1273d ago
Disagree without comment? LoL.. must be the crack head author. COD + Halo... definitely the most over rated POS games ever.
DanielBryan  +   1273d ago
Nobody messes with my Dead Space!
*Smacks the author down the head with a steel chair*
Hicken  +   1273d ago
You're gonna give somebody brain damage one of these days.

And lol @OVOXO_Mike up there, trolling as usual.
ConstipatedGorilla  +   1272d ago
Hahaahaha Good one, Hicken!
optimus  +   1273d ago
1. without question for me it has to be Fallout 3
2. battlefield 3
3. red dead redemption
4. grand theft auto 4
Perjoss  +   1273d ago
The title reads overrated, not underrated.
optimus  +   1272d ago
I stand by my comment.
Phil32  +   1273d ago
I'm not touching this with a 10 foot pole. This is just too subjective of a topic. One person thinks one thing is overrated while the next thinks it gets the appropriate amount of admiration.
NeoBasch  +   1273d ago
This must be one of the only lists where I disagree with everything. Well, okay, I did think God of War II was overrated, but the first and third were nigh on perfect as far as I'm concerned. And I loved Dead Space and Dragon Age: Origins. Two of my favorite games this gen, actually. Weird list, guys.
StreetsofRage  +   1273d ago
Nope, Nope and Nope! These opinion pieces are always a head scratcher.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1273d ago
God of War III is the most epic experience available from the entertainment industry.

Overrated? No. They perfected the balance of weapons (so that we used more than the blades of chaos), gave us a straight-forward story (without crap like walking across wooden beams), and penned an epic worthy of the Greek god mythology. Not only do we experience a brutal epic, but we get to, for the first time in the series, have an emotional tie to Kratos. You actually FEEL something for him this time.
Tsukuyomi  +   1273d ago
Overrated Overhyped Underrated plz nobody wants to hear cry baby opinions just play the games the world would be in order so much more if people like this guy in the article shut the hell up nobody needs your two cents in anything its annoying and degrading theyre great games but do you want criticsm to be articles No.1 topic?
Zha1tan  +   1273d ago
Battlefield 3 was way overated and overhyped, they used the PCs pretty graphics to sucker lots of people into buying it for the console and even then it sold 500,000 on PC which for a big blockbuster series like that is pretty bad.

EA thinks the key to PC gamers is pumping out pretty graphics with games like Crysis 2 + 3 and BF3.

No EA PC gamers like myself value gameplay ALOT more than graphics, if its not engaging, immersive, fun, intellectual or a combination of all these things a majority of us dont want to know and if there is no mod support, then please dont even release it on this platform.
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palaeomerus  +   1273d ago
Yay! Somebody made a list nobody agrees with and N4G posted it like it was news or something!
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omarzy  +   1273d ago
GTA 4. That game is so plain. Should have stuck with the over the top formula of the others.
YodaCracker  +   1273d ago
Plain? Liberty City is so drenched with meticulous detail that it comes to life unlike any other video game city. I could spend hours aimlessly driving around just to admire the detail. Sadly, I appear to be one of the few that can appreciate things like this. Others seem like they would prefer a bunch of shallow over-the-top crap and don't mind having a bland city devoid of any character, with dozens of the same building (with no more detail than a cardboard box) lining the streets. Saints Row fans, eat your hearts out! I'll take a deep and meaningful, high quality experience like GTA IV or RDR over that any day.
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doogiebear  +   1273d ago
I just played gta 4 and lost and damned dlc last night and I immdiately stopped playing after about 30 minutes. It was slow, boring, cars handled too realistically (meaning slow and less fun), the controls are horrible (using a face button to run instead of shoulder button), combat is weak, and still relient on archaic lock on aiming. Saints Row 2 (not the horrible 3rd game) was way better than gta 4 and many have agreed to that statement (look it up online). Gta 4 was a step backwards from San Andreas and Vice City. With little reason to replay it once finished.
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Persistantthug  +   1272d ago
@YodaCracker......I'm with you on this
In my eyes, no other game comes close to the attention to detail that GTA4 has. From the ads, the radio, the TV shows, the people on the streets. The characters and story are also very well-done. There is no game that captures what GTA4 does. It's as if the game is ALIVE & it still amazes me.

Also, I Still play GTA RACING Online, I just can't get enough of it. Picture Genesis ROAD RASH with cars (bikes too sometimes).

I've heard lots of people complain about GTA4, but I never understood
SlapHappyJesus  +   1272d ago
I agree with you. GTA 4's cityscape is almost awe-inspiring in its detail. The only other game I can think of that pulled off realizing a living city so well was Mafia 2.

As far as the game goes, it's definitely my favorite of the GTA series.
Stallion  +   1273d ago
The Uncharted series in general… especially Uncharted 2. Dull, straightforward characters, decent story, standard 3rd person cover shooter gameplay, parkour is probably the best part, 0 emotional value. Nothing is spectacular about it.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1273d ago
uncharted craps on anything out this gen. its the highest most awarded game ever made.
DasTier  +   1273d ago
Proof to back up that statement?

Someone above you just claimed that the honour goes to MGS4 (MGS4 sucks IMO).
Perjoss  +   1273d ago
The story telling and characters in Uncharted series certainly blur the lines between gaming and good cinema, the graphics are also quite an accomplishment for a console game. But the climbing/platforming requires very little skill and the combat is basically cut and pasted from most other cover based shooters.

Also, I don't think MGS4 sucks, its just not for everyone.
omarzy  +   1273d ago
It is a fantastic fantastic series, but not the highest rated game ever made. The highest rated game of all time is Ocarina of Time. Pretty fun list to look through.
deletingthis34675334  +   1272d ago
Just like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber? Means nothing to me. Uncharted is the Lady Gaga of video games.
BlaqMagiq24  +   1273d ago
The guy in the article didn't even give good reasons as to why God of War III was overrated. I mean, the camera, really? And the story not spectacular? The dude was just trying to bash the series. I'm pretty sure he didn't finish any of them.
GaryOak  +   1273d ago
I think this guy just sucks at Dead Space.
OldSnakePS3  +   1273d ago
dont click on the troll article
Ganzi  +   1273d ago
This will probably be pretty controversial, but I think Bioshock is the most overrated game this gen. It was pretty great until immediately after Andrew Ryan's office. After that it was just filler and totally killed the experience.

As for God of War 3, I kind of agree. However, I really enjoyed God of War 2 because in spite of its simple gameplay and ultra violence, it was pretty and had kind of an interesting mythology to it (That was when I was under the impression that Kratos was going to kill off all mythology). Idk that is why I am looking forward to God of War: Ascension.

Never really cared for Dragon Age, and I enjoyed Dead Space. Not my favorite, but I would say I definitely enjoyed it.
ame22  +   1273d ago
They hatin on ma Dead Space and GOW.
_LarZen_  +   1273d ago
As I expected..a bullshit list just to get web hits.
DirtyLary  +   1272d ago
People actually still click these.
Wulfstan  +   1272d ago
guy looking for hits move along
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