I was just watching a Rev3Games Casual Friday video that asked the question: What games do you suck at? It got me thinking about that question myself and the answer for me was obvious.
The genre of games I completely suck at are pretty much anything that's first person based, but mostly first person shooters. It's odd because I can play some games that allow for a toggling of first person to third person (i.e. Skyrim) and do many actions pretty well, and I can play Borderlands 2 with better success than a military based shooter, but for the life of me I can't do well playing most first person shooters. Part of the reason is that I personally find the first person view to be highly limiting and it doesn't add any immersion for me. Another reason is that my introduction to FPS games were the originals like Wolfenstein, and Doom (good games that I enjoy), Duke Nukem 3D (I like it) and then nothing until Medal of Honor 1 and 2 for the PS1.
Those games belonged to a friend of mine who didn't want to play anything but those games and so it really turned me off of the genre early on. What's odd also though is that I enjoy being a sniper in games that I can be. I can't say I'm excellent at the role, but I'm decent enough. I guess I don't mind shooters if I can take my time.
I'm also not so great at racing games, especially games like Gran Turismo. Doesn't help that I get bored of them pretty quickly.
Games that I'm not good at but enjoy would probably be fighters. I like super moves and that's been the sole reason I've bought fighters before despite being trounced in them easily (save for Soul Calibur, I seem to be pretty decent with Cervantes) and yet still enjoyed playing them.
Genres that I'm good at are RPGs, I'm fairly decent with Action games (God of War, Dynasty Warriors, DMC), great at puzzle games, for some reason I'm pretty good with third person shooters (Last of Us for the win), and I'm good with Metroidvania's and Platformers too. My favourite by far though are stealth games. If I can play stealth in a game, that's how I will play it for the whole game until I can't.
I haven't been able to figure out why I'm no good at shooters and I don't seem to get any better no matter what games I try. Guess it's just not in the cards for me, which is a shame because I don't want to not enjoy a game or genre, but it happens.
What's your Achilles Heel genre? Something you stay away from no matter what and probably could never enjoy?