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Top 11 Most Overly Hyped Games

Baxy-z takes a plunge into the world of money hats and over-rating, as they spell out the top eleven worst cases of hyperbole in video games and why. From Grand Theft Auto to Super Smash Bros., this comprehensive list from Baxy-z explains in detail the phenomena of hype and how it effects its victims: the gamers. (Blue Dragon, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Culture, Fable 2, Gears of War 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 3, Killzone 2, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Nintendo DS, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, PS3, Red Steel 2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii, Wii Sports, Xbox 360)

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DasBunker  +   2255d ago
IMO the top 3 winners should be like this

3-GTA 4
1-Halo 3

also this image is awesome lol

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mal_tez92  +   2255d ago
Yes I agree
But the actual list was not so bad either. The only games that actually lived up to the hype were MGS4, Pokemon and Killzone 2
aliens  +   2255d ago
Yeah, offcourse every PS3 game live up to the hype -.-

Killzone 2 was hyped from 2005, and it sold poorly. Talk about living up to the hype.

You can't deny that some PS3 games are over-hyped. Killzone 2 is the biggest of them. Everybody was saying that it was going to be the best FPS and that it would be a Halo-Killer.

Well. That is wrong.

I have two arguments that back up my statement.

1. It sold very poor for a game that was hyped up since 2005.

2. Look, almost nobody is playing multiplayer anymore. That is because everybody got bored of the game. What how many people do play it daily? 15.000-25.000 or something? That is little.
Immortal321  +   2255d ago
whao that's your definition of not living up to the hype
A game not selling well?

My definition of living up to the hype is when a game delivers, most games don't appeal to others, and most games are just to hard for others.
aliens  +   2255d ago
Read my post AGAIN!

I had another argument for it also. Only 15.000 - 25.000 people play multiplayer daily nowadays. You think with 2+ million copies sold, more people would play it daily... but nooo.

So your statement remains invalid. I have facts. You may think that the game was awesome. But wouldn't many people play online if it was so awesome? No, because the multiplayer is boring and not interesting.

Yeah, yeah, try again bud.
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ico92  +   2255d ago
actually killzone 2 sold pretrty well for an fps released on playstation platform (fps are never huge sellers on sony platforms) its sold what like 2million now, the marketing was very poor , also did it ever occur to you tha the people that hyped killzone 2 were the people that bought it?

also mgs4" lukewarm public reception" 1st of all anyone buying a mgs game is going to expect lengthy cutscenes is this a problem to the fans NO why? because its the end of one of the greatest video game franchise why should the story be underwhelming ,mgs 4 isnt trying to win over new fans because its the last game in the series so naturaly the story is going to appeal the mgs fans and excuse me but didnt mgs 4 win over 30 GOTY awards? MGS4 was a game to end an incredible story driven franchise and i could not have thought of a better way of ending it also isnt it the best selling game on the ps3? mgs4 lived up to ther hype if not surpassed it it was the reason i bought a ps3 and im happy because of it
Smash Daddy  +   2255d ago
That may be true, but...
Not everyone who buys games plays multiplayer.
Major_Tom  +   2255d ago
It's easy to spot an Xbox fanboy, they start talking about sale numbers and how useless all the games are on PS3.
aliens  +   2255d ago
Wow. So your now going to call me for a Xbox 360 fanboy, just because I was trying to explain to you guys that Killzone 2 was over-hyped and did not live up by its hype.

And sales, and how many people play it daily is facts, that helps to tell if the game lived up to it's hype or not.

Sales = If people were interested, they would have bought it. That tells me that Killzone 2 failed to gain attention of the PS3 owners. And Modern Warfare 1+2 suceeded on that.

How many people play it daily = That tells us if the game is giving entertainment to those that bought it. 2 millions bought it. Only 15.000 - 25.000 play it online. That tells me that the game failed to entertain the audience, and was starting to get boring.

CMRB BELOW response:

15.000 - 25.000 people play online daily. You talk about how good the game is. SO WHY IS NOT PEOPLE PLAYING IT? Only 15.000 - 25.000 of 2 millions? If the game was good, then many people that bought the game would have been playing online. Maybe your the child here that can't understand that logic.
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cmrbe  +   2255d ago
lol Aliens
The mind of a child.

1. 2 million sold and counting is a very big number. Most games in their lifetime don't manage to sell 1 million.

2. Game hype is not about how well a game will sell. Have you ever hear any one say they are hyped about how many copies a game will sell?. No, its about how good the game will be.

Edit: LMAO!!!. Man stop it. You are showing your age with your posts.

1. PS3 gamers != x360 gamers. PS3 != x360. Simply you cant compare them and make stupid assumptions.

2. A game played on-line dosen't mean it's the overall most popular game duh!!. So what about the millions that are playing wii sports offline?. What about millions of those that are playing SP games?. Are they not popular games because they are not played on-line?.

Look child. You can't just compare apples to oranges because they are not the same. What if X consoles only has half the installbase of Y console?. Is it fair to compare games popularity sold on each?. What if X consoles gamers like FPS more than Y console gamers?. What if X console gamers are kids that play online most of the time while Y console owners are adults that have to work most of the time?. Think about it.

Seriously, stay in school.
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bjornbear  +   2255d ago
i got GTAIV for €25 =) i love gta franchise and dispite all the hate i'm sure im going to enjoy the hell out of this game

to contrast i also got probably the most UNDER hyped masterpiece this gen:

valkyria chronicles =)

@ alien

your argument matches your display picture

a) over-hype =/= sales - this means, just because a game is over hyped, doesn't mean it won't sell well (Halo was so over hyped and was so lacking in relation to the hype, but it sold like hotcakes)

b) Have you played KZ2? It is a fantastically well put together game, extreemly entertaining, and VERY fun and challenging

maybe it was over hyped, but it did come very close to the hype in comparison to "other" games.

Don't be so butt hurt just because others have an opinion that shakes the foundations of your favotirism
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Immortal321  +   2255d ago
unlike halo3 kz2 is not the only High quality game on the system
if the xbox360 had exclusive like the ps3 halo3 would not sell that much.
edgeofblade  +   2255d ago
Good list, in that the author provides some flamebait for everyone.

Gears? Yeah, kinda overhyped. It had a lot of potential... and honestly met quite a bit of it. But Gears 2 just kinda sputtered off my radar.

Killzone? Definitely overhyped. Aside from the things the multiplayer did amazingly right, it got so many fundamental things wrong, like thinking people wanted "weighted" controls. And they didn't. Look a the mountain of complaints. They even patched in a "high-precision" mode.

Halo? Not that overhyped. Even the author gave props where due: the multiplayer. But I could totally grant that Halo is a bunch of decent set-pieces tied together with a second string writing effort.

Smash Bros? Pokemon? COD:MW? Those are awesome pictures.
xabmol  +   2255d ago
"unlike halo3 kz2 is not the only High quality game on the system
if the xbox360 had exclusive like the ps3 halo3 would not sell that much."

Exactly. PS Brand is known for being very diverse unlike the "ShooterBox."

MS was saved by Halo, and now survives on it and Gears. What are the other top sellers on the 360?

Sony has... Well to many. At least one game per genre. And even some for genres that don't even exist, yet. To expect them to all sell 8-10 million each is, well... LOL
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Jessewb  +   2255d ago
lol Aliens
By Aliens logic then we would all have to believe that farmville is best game in the world.
It's played online everyday by millions.
Come on man, Quality does not equal sales.
Both Killzone 2 and MGS 4 lived up to the hype.
Now this is a fact.
Cenobia  +   2255d ago
lol @ Aliens

That just sums you up. Yur so smert u shuld bee a schihentest.
xabmol  +   2255d ago
"Yur so smert u shuld bee a schihentest."

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Darkstorn  +   2255d ago
MGS4 should not be on there, as it delivered everything that was expected, and much more. Best game this gen, I might add.
darkmurder  +   2255d ago
What kind of idiot wrote this, Killzone 2? Pokemon ffs (who honestly looks forward to it like a GTA) and even bloody Smash Bros which was the best one yet.

Just another hit mongering site.
Shepherd 214  +   2255d ago
i dont care, im sick of reading these stupid lists. Ive played my games, hyped or not, and loved most, so im not reading these top over hyped lists anymore, they are written because some strange person has way too much time on their hands.

Hyped or not, i loved GTA4 and Halo 3, i enjoyed MW2 as well. I dont have to think they are the best ever, but i did enjoy them and the fact that they were hyped makes no difference, i just dont care anymore.
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chidori666  +   2255d ago
halo 3
"the campaign as anything but mediocre; the hyperbole behind this one was without doubt its worst enemy"

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Chubear  +   2255d ago
lol, the guy just listed a bunch of popular games to get hits.
Smash Daddy  +   2255d ago
Popular games are usually the most hyped and vice versa.
mint royale  +   2255d ago
What happened to your bubbles chubear? :(
edgeofblade  +   2255d ago
As Yahtzee once said, sometimes a game is popular because it's good. I know... novel idea.

In a related note, go play Culdcept Saga. It was my unsung hero of 2008.
Cenobia  +   2255d ago
@mint royale
God Dam ivory hunters is what happened.

Donate your bubbles to save the elephant!
Chubear  +   2255d ago

I said something about Alan Wake being a 8.5 type game that's being forced hyped as a 10 type game and they went bananas.

Right back at cha dude/dudette. Favor returned lol. Thanks.
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Mista T  +   2255d ago
if your lazy here it is
1. Grand Theft Auto 4
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4. Halo 3
5. Wii Sports
6. Pokémon
7. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
8. Fable II
9. Killzone 2
10. Blue Dragon
11. Gears of War 2

I disagree with 3 being on the list but the rest is fine, GTA4 was a overhyped POS
Perjoss  +   2255d ago
I find it very hard to read your posts without reading them in a Mr.T voice.
Hellsvacancy  +   2255d ago
NOt heard of Blue Dragon so it wasnt that hyped
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iceman06  +   2255d ago
I pity the fool that don't think this list is right!!!*LMAO* Mr. T is something that only happens like once in a million years...classic 80's pop phenomenon!!!
Parapraxis  +   2255d ago
Quote from the article about MGS4 "It was not a complete disaster and was the recipient of wide acclaim from critics, but was welcomed by a lukewarm public reception. "
Give me an effin break. The only people who were "lukewarm" about MGS4 were people who couldn't play it.
tehk1w1  +   2255d ago
I dunno. I quit playing after the tenth incredibly boring, pointless monologue about nano machines.

Gameplay was decent. Graphics were amazing. Cutscenes looked stunning.

Terrible writing and horrid story absolutely killed it for me, though.
EvilCackle  +   2255d ago
The fact-checking for "OMG DEEZ GAMES IS OVERRATED!" lists usually isn't very thorough. The writing process goes like this:

1. Jot down ten things people like.
2. Make headline using the words "Overrated" or "Overhyped"
3. Submit to N4G
bjornbear  +   2255d ago
I am playing MGS4 atm.
i stopped right at the last level (teh boat =D) because i got side tracked, but i do have the same critisism as many:

the cut scenes aaare a bit over whelming. However, i never stopped enjoying the game, and i appreciate the game for what it is:

easily one of the most stunningly designed video games ever. Kojima-san is a genius and I absolutly LOVE this game

and the story...well lets say it takes a certain level of "thinking" in order to appreciate, even understand the very deep and well written story.

As said before: if you don't get it, you won't like it. If you do get it, you'll love it.
tehk1w1  +   2255d ago
At first I thought, "hey, maybe Kojima is making a thinly veiled criticism about the United States selling out to military contractors and before long all we'll need to do is hire private armies to do our dirty work."

And then he starts throwing in monkeys and dudes taking craps in the middle of the street and I think, "Nah."

At best, Kojima is a smart man's Michael Bay. He has some good ideas, but at heart, he likes making stories about chicks with big boobs, fart jokes and giant robots killing things. The tons of melodramatic monologues about nano machines and stuff really can't disguise that.
edgeofblade  +   2255d ago
I was somewhere between lukewarm and hot on MGS4. Certainly worth playing. I won't argue that.

I was ice-cold on that piece of sh!t multiplayer, though.
Cenobia  +   2255d ago
While I don't think your points are outlandish, and do have some merit, all of your problems could have been avoided by pressing the fudgin SKIP button.

It was definitely a little melodramatic and some scenes lingered for a while, but I still thought it was a great game. I don't think I've ever played a game that ended so completely.

I liken it to the end of lord of the rings. It had the same lingering-ness to it, but at the end you felt the story was totally complete. That's all Kojima was going for, and he didn't sacrifice gameplay in any way (also the SKIP feature...). Nanomachines is actually a pretty believable (in a sci-fi kind of way, meaning it makes sense without making sense, if that makes sense...) answer to all the crazy sh!t that happened throughout all of his games.
Rocket Sauce  +   2255d ago
@ bjornbear
You're right, I don't get it.

I totally get why people like MGS 4. It's got ninjas, robots, explosions, fart jokes, boobs...all that good stuff. What I don't get is why people think it has a brilliant story.

This series has always been a little stupid, but fun (remember the bad guy in the first game thinking his recessive genes made him weak?)

But MGS 4 went full-retard.
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lolcatz  +   2255d ago
@Rocket Sauce

Hahahaha that part made me laugh so hard at the end of MGS1. It's like the extent of their knowledge of Mendelian genetics was learned in a middle school science class.
tehk1w1  +   2255d ago
It's worth noting that this list only encompasses this generation of games.

What about old-school over hyped games?
eagle21  +   2255d ago
MGS4 went #1 in every country including japan. :)
Lukewarm reception?

I understand stealth doesn't appeal to everybody, but it shouldn't be faulted when it does it the best. I would score it a 94. Which happens to be it's metacritic.
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Immortal321  +   2255d ago
people need to just play the game instead of claiming they did when they watch a bunch of reviews
when a game live up to the hype does it sell well?

when a game live up to the hype, is it because the game was that damn good?

kz2, and Mgs4 is the only one i didn't agree on.
eagle21  +   2255d ago
edit : wrong reply...
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monkey602  +   2255d ago
Well I give exception to MGS4 AND MW2 but I agree with every last one of the rest
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monkey602  +   2255d ago
Oh, I got excited for 2 games and actually really enjoyed them! That's fail? Fair enough!
RockmanII7  +   2255d ago
You fail for agreeing with the rest of the list. How can you tell me with a straight face that Brawl was more overhyped than Halo 3, Fable 2 and Killzone 2
monkey602  +   2255d ago
I didnt agree with the order, Just the titles on it. Also you dont undrestand my friends pure OBSESSION with Brawl. He tried to make us play it everytime we called around. Unfortunately for him, he was the only one who actually liked it.
I had never played Melee but I heard it was amazing. I was nothing but dissapointed when I played Brawl. Fun for an hour but it is extremely repetetive

And by the way: I liked Fable and KZ etc but I just dont believe they were as fantastic as everyone pegged them to be.
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kratos123  +   2255d ago
come on killzone diliverd and mgs4 is my favourite metal gear and i played all of them i know what im talking about
Pirateogta  +   2255d ago
GTA IV shouldn't be in the list. Yes, it was extremely hyped, but it met that hype and surpassed it as the greatest game of this generation so far. Actually, it is the second highest rated game of all-time, just under The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on MetaCritic.

Now I know I'll get attacked by all the PS3 fanboys who are still bitter about missing out on 30 hours of the GTA IV experience with The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Don't worry though, guys. 360 owners may get $20 exclusive downloads for the grestest game of the gen that each have higher presentation values and more gameplay than most full games, but you guys get some great exclusive DLC, too! Umm.... Hmm... The Joker! ...LOL
cereal_killa  +   2255d ago
but you guys get some great exclusive DLC, too! Umm.... Hmm... The Joker! ...LOL
ROFLMMFAO omg sooo funny you are my sides are splitting lets not forget that Sony received a full R* north exclusive which was funded by your precious $50 million DLC that all you 360 owners bought because of all those "M$ GTAV DLC sold 10 million copy's" thread pouring because we all know that Sales is all that matter to you Muppet's.
RockmanII7  +   2255d ago
Brawl, Wii Sports, and Blue dragon should not be on this list. Especially Brawl because it's number 3, seriously Brawl is not the most over hyped exclusive this gen.
Omega Zues  +   2255d ago
Wow pretty desperate for hits these days eh.
Matthew94  +   2255d ago
FFVII is waay overrated
Jamescagney  +   2255d ago
Blasphemy! Repent sinner, repent!

I loved FFVII, one of the best JRPGs I've ever played. I wouldn't say it's overrated, maybe not for everyones taste but definitely not overrated.
Wolfmoonstrike  +   2255d ago
Overrated for sure
I'm sorry all you FFVII fans but FF7 is not as good as everybody says but I still enjoyed it. Now FF8, that's where it's at :p I loved it's story, so many twists, and absolutely loved the characters. Also add FF12 to the list of overrated POS, that story was crap.
Jamescagney  +   2255d ago
I didn't like FFVIII really, it overcomplicated things imo. Although to be fair I didn't give it much of a chance, I got it cheap and played it for a few hours. But then that could be an indication of how much I didn't like it.

The only FF games I've ever enjoyed are FFVI,FFVII and FFX.

Horses for courses and all that.
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Smash Daddy  +   2255d ago
Personally, I've always been more a FFIX guy.
Lex Luthor  +   2255d ago
Agreed. FF7 is stupendously overrated.
It's not even the best final fantasy game.
riksweeney  +   2255d ago
Why didn't they just make 10 more over hyped?
ZBlacktt  +   2255d ago
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots?
Son, educate yourself before you make a fool out of yourself again on here. Over 1.4 million sold day one. Drove up PS3 sells 4003% at a time when the PS3 was still $499 and $599. Set the freakin bar for every other dev company on the planet. Put the PS3 in the spot light at a time when it looked like hard times head. This game was the start that turned the PS3 around. It's still the king of the PS3.
Eiffel  +   2255d ago
I'd agree if it wasn't for the foxhound avatar. That image just screams.

"Hey I'm dedicated to this title, all opinions crumble before me!"

Sorry man. I'm just telling you how I feel when I read that. My eyes just couldn't pull away from the image after sentence to sentence.
ZBlacktt  +   2255d ago
It wouldn't matter if I had Ronald McDonald as a avatar. Knowing the facts and just printing up BS in a story are two different things. But hey, if I wanted attention too. Then I would type up some BS like that and post up it as well huh?

born in 1991? Son, the game just might be over your head? You were 7 years old when I was playing MGS. With MGS4 getting so many prefect scores that it did. The mature rest of the world saw it right. Just like many have seen in UC2. Another just great great well put together game from start to finish.
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Eiffel  +   2255d ago
Okay..calm down...No need to get serious. It's a game.
Whoo de phucking doo. Although I guess I shouldn't expect much for commenting in the open zone.
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ZBlacktt  +   2255d ago
This is a gaming site. Maybe you are on the wrong site? We are not talking Wii games here. But the elite of the elite, best of the best. That is where the MGS series sits, along with the other "great" series in gaming history. Something the world also recognizes when Hideo Kojima received the Lifetime Achievement award last year.

Btw, just talking :) I understand there are all ages and intelligence levels, years of experience on here.

oh and nice edit. I post on the open zone often times when the gamer zone is just flooded with flame battles. It's not so busy over here at times.
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Eiffel  +   2255d ago
I started gaming on a title called Loderunner: The Legend Returns a classic DOS game that is rare as hell. I started gaming around the age of 3. I've been gaming since. I know my history of gaming. I'm no new gamer. Let me just make that point clear. I'm no MGS fan, shocking if that can get passed you. I never enjoyed the story, or gameplay. It's a franchise that has left it's mark in history. It's not one particular franchise I enjoy but respect.
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ZBlacktt  +   2255d ago
LOL, ok,,,ok. I'll just end it here. I mean all I can say is 32 years of gaming myself. Good luck on your goals :)
kingdavid  +   2255d ago
Zblack its an opinion piece mate. An opinion cant be wrong and you cant pick it apart.
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djfullshred  +   2255d ago
Most pointless articles listed here = people's personal list of most overhyped games...which I guess is the low hanging fruit of something to write about.

Everyone has a a different opinion of what this list should be, and no one cares what everyone else's opinion is.
DuneBuggy  +   2255d ago
1. Grand Theft Auto 4
I enjoyed it alot and it sold very well,had DLC spinoffs that did/do well. I wouldnt put it on my personal overhype list.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Its popular and reviews ive read put it above MW. Guess its worth the money to those that want it. No hype there.

3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
See MW2

4. Halo 3
Over 2 years old and still demands a higher price tag on the shelves than 2 month old games in some cases. Didnt like it myself very much.
New nothing of the story and had no broadband untill very recently which put it at a disadvantage to me.

5. Wii Sports
Ehh..Its easy to pick up and fits the demographic of Wii buyers. Match made in heaven. No hype IMO.

6. Pokémon
I was too old to get into the Pokemon craze when it started years ago and have no regrets. Hype?? Nope. Complete indifference to whoever would enjoy a game like that?? Yes.

7. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
No comment. Never got into Metal gear games.

8. Fable II
Im actually planning on picking this up one of these days.

9. Killzone 2
No comment.Never played it.

10. Blue Dragon
No comment,Never played it.

11. Gears of War 2
I have the first one. Its OK,but I have other games I enjoyed more.Im not sure if I would like the UC games either. The best 3rd person game ive played this gen in Dead Rising followed closely by Dead Space (Games with "dead in the title oddly end up in my collection)...
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SportsFan  +   2255d ago
Man, I got me a PS3, BUT....Halo 3, and Fable 2 were great. Also, Killzone 2, and MGS4 are not over rated either. The other games argument can be made.
Omega Archetype  +   2255d ago
That list is terrible. Each of those games did well in both reception and sales.

Games such as Haze, Too Human etc. deserve to not deserve the hype they got. They deserve to be on the list, not games that are good. MGS4, Gears, MW2, Killzone 2 etc., met the hype. They all turned out to be really great games and as according to the industry as a whole, it's a fact.
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tiamat5  +   2255d ago
I personally ignore all hype. I never let it dictate what i want to buy.The only time I ended up with games I regretted buying or playing was when I listened to the hype. Halo, Gears of War,Call of Duty,Burnout Paradise, GTA4, Oblivion,Pokemon games,SSBB Wii.All overhyped garbage that either just won't die or messed up a perfectly good series.But wasted my time writing this because people will still buy these games no matter what
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W-k  +   2255d ago
is it bad i liked 3 of those games on that list rofl, some pretty big tittles on that list.kz2,gta4,mgs4 loved all 3 of them and i don't care if you hated them , if you don't want them ill take your copy of mgs4 and kz2 only rented them,i have gta4 so i don't need that,still playing the mp on gta4 with friends not every day but maybe once a month.
kraze07  +   2255d ago
Fail list. MGS4, KZ2, SSBB, and Pokemon weren't over hyped. Hell imo MGS4 was underhyped. That game doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
Darkfiber  +   2255d ago
You left off Uncharted 2 :(
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borgome  +   2254d ago
1. Killzone 2

2. Uncharted 2

3. Metal Gear Solid

4. God of War

5. Resistance

6. MAG

7. LBP

8. Final Fantasy

9. Grand Turismo

10. Ratchet & Clank

11. Motor Storm
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taylork37  +   2254d ago
1.KZ2 is still somehow being overhyped...

2.MGS4 was just an awesome game.

If I had to add one or two games,they would have to be ODST and UC2.

ODST was an ok game, but for as much hype that it got, you would think it was the best game of the year. UC2 is very good, but the amount of hype that game received was not equal to how good the game actually was.
FwanK  +   2254d ago

MGS4 is the best game i have ever played in 20 years of gaming
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