Disclaimer: This article is solely my opinion and does not reflect the opinions of the rest of the members of The Vault Publication.
We all have those games. Everybody discusses how they are amazing and how thoroughly they enjoy them. Hearing all these great things, you become excited to play the game and eventually buy a copy. Upon starting, you feel like something is off about the game yet you still remain optimistic. However, you eventually realize that you hate the game, and ask yourself, “Why does everybody else like this?”
I decided to compile a list of games that I hate that everybody else loves. Without further ado, here is my list. So please, try not to get too offended!
10. Shadow of the Colossus
I have tried incredibly hard to love this game like everybody else does. I must admit, the music is wonderful and the art style is gorgeous. Yet every time I pick the game up, which has been around 5 times now, I become incredibly bored very quickly. There’s something about the game that makes me want to stop playing it. I find the boss battles to be boring and repetitive. To make matters worse, the controls are inconsistent which makes fighting these bosses incredibly frustrating. I also find the world to be vast yet empty – a huge map of nothing. Nevertheless, I have a feeling that I will get the urge to pick it up again at some point. Hopefully, next time I do, I will see what everybody else loves about this game.
9. Diablo III
This was a game I was really excited for pre-release. It was finally my opportunity to play a game in the Diablo series, which many people rave about. Unfortunately, the game just was not for me. I found it to be incredibly repetitive and senseless. It was all about killing enemies, picking up loot, leveling up and repeating the process. I understand that some people do enjoy this, but I certainly did not. Nonetheless, it seems as if Diablo III is the weakest of the series and I am willing to give Diablo II a chance, eventually.
8. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
As a huge fan of handheld gaming and SRPGs, I was really looking forward to playing this game. It was very well received, and many considered it to be the best SRPG on the PSP. It is constantly compared to Final Fantasy Tactics, and many believe that Tactics Ogre: LUCT is the superior game. However, I was disappointed when I started playing this game. I found the gameplay to be really shallow, many of the battles consisted of a huge cluster of soldiers in one spot attacking each other; there was barely any strategy. I also found it absolutely ridiculous that classes level up instead of characters. Whenever I unlocked a new class, I had to spend hours grinding it up. In many instances, the classes were not even viable in the game. This was a frustrating process that ultimately led me to quit playing
7. Mario Kart (series)
This is one of the most polarizing series out there for me. I have a huge love/hate relationship with all of its games. I must admit, it’s entertaining to play with your friends. However, the RNG in this game is what completely breaks it for me. That feeling when you are winning a race simply to get hit by a blue shell is incredibly rage inducing. You might as well be flipping a coin to see who wins.
6. Mario Party (series)
Now this series can be fun if you do not take it seriously and play with some friends. But at its core, it is a terrible series. In fact, my friends and I enjoy playing various games in this series because they are so bad. Some of the things that occur are absolutely ridiculous and make no sense. The mini games are not fun at all and the rest of it is pure RNG.
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
I was quite the Call of Duty fan back in the day. Games like Black Ops, Modern Warfare and World at War are some of my favourites. However, I absolutely hate Modern Warfare 2. The game can barely be called a first person shooter. The best weapons in the game are grenade launchers, with their huge blast radii, and the knife, which allows the individual to teleport across the screen to instantly kill someone when using commando. The guns have zero recoil, which makes the game incredibly easy. Overall, this game rewards individuals for poor play and abusing some ridiculous flaws that were never addressed during its prime.
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
I consider myself a casual Battlefield fan. I occasionally play Battlefield 3 and 4 and enjoy them when I play. However, I cannot play Bad Company 2 without getting incredibly bored. I can never seem to find an enemy in this game. When I am playing, I am constantly walking looking for an adversary. I admit that I have not given this game enough of a chance, but every time I want to play, I just want to sleep.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
The Happy Mask Salesman was correct; I have met with a terrible fate. However, it is not because my character transformed, but because I had to play this game. Zelda is my favourite series, yet this game is my least favourite by far. The game consisted of a ridiculous amount of fetch quests in between boring dungeons with questionable designs, especially the Woodfall Temple and the Great Bay Temple. To top it all off, the save system was absolute garbage. At certain points, multiple hours of play are required in a session before an individual is able to save. A small mistake signifies that the player must repeat hours of fetch quests to return to the point they were at originally. The quicksave option was not sufficient, and there was really no reason to remove the option to fully save the game for prolonged periods of time.
2. The Last of Us
I must admit, the game had an interesting, well written plot. However, the gameplay itself was incredibly boring. The combat was not rewarding at all, and almost felt like an afterthought compared to its story. I felt like I was watching a movie half the time, and not playing a video game. Above all, video games must have good gameplay to be considered one of the best. The Last of Us, in my opinion, is a glorified movie with a shallow, interactive component.
1. Bravely Default
This game is unique on this list in a few ways. It was one of the most hyped games of all time, in my eyes, and I expected it to become my favourite 3DS game upon release. This is my least favourite game on the list and I truly believe this to be a bad game. Despite disliking the other games in this list, I do understand why certain people would like those games. For Bravely Default, I cannot see a reason why anybody would like it.
I can write an entire article on how bad I believe this game is, but I will try to keep it short. The story is absolutely horrendous. The plot revolves around a typical small town boy who goes on a quest to restore his lost hometown and save the world in the process. Now, I believe that a bad story does not necessarily mean that the game is bad. However, this game has an emphasis on story. There is a ridiculous amount of boring, repetitive dialogue regarding this nightmare of a plot. In addition, the final plot twist is so predictable that it can be seen at least 10 hours before the game is over.
The characters in this game are some of the most boring and one-dimensional you will ever find. I personally consider Tiz, Agnes and Edea to be among my least favourite characters of all time. Tiz blindly follows Agnes and does whatever she likes. Agnes is only interested in getting to the crystal and rarely provides a rational reason for her actions. Finally, Edea has a black and white sense of justice that tends to get increasingly annoying as the game progresses.
There is also the second half of the game, which is truly an abomination. It may be the worst section of a game that I have ever played and involves repeating the first half of the game four times. That is correct: the player must read through the same dialogue and enter the same dungeons to fight the same bosses. It is the laziest excuse for an endgame that I have ever seen.