Thanks to a bevy of trailers, previews, gameplay videos, and major press events like E3, games are heavily scrutinized before launch. Moreover, games that are part of established franchises are scrutinized even more than others, with any change seen as a betrayal of the series’ core tenants. However, many of these criticisms are raised before players have even had a chance to experience said game for themselves.
The fives games on this list, for example, drew harsh criticism before launch, but actually turned out better than most could have hoped. In fact, a few of these games have become beloved classics, proving that sometimes it’s best not to judge a book by its cover.