What are some critically acclaimed/widely loved games that you kinda hate, or maybe just not a fan of, since “hate” seems a bit much? And what games are generally known to be stinkers, but you love ‘em?
Here are a few of mine to start —
Critically acclaimed but I don’t like at all:
Sonic the Hedgehog. The whole damn franchise, it seems. I’ve given it dozens of chances over the years, most recently with Sonic Mania, got the “true ending” back in the day on the original, but never really like it. Platforming always felt sloppy to me, and I’m still not sure if I’m supposed to go fast, or take my time to collect rings.
Diablo. Beat the first one at launch, and was bored silly. Tried part 2 but it seems like I was just clicking a lot and waiting for some random loot to pop up; no real point to the gameplay. Tried part 3 with a couple of friends, but the whole bit was just “follow the leader” since they’ve beaten it so many times. Never fun for me.
Breath of the Wild. I’ll come back to this one and hope it wins me over, but my attempts at playing it to date have been some of the most boring gaming moments I’ve ever had. Weapon breaking ruined the combat. And something about gathering/cooking (I don’t remember what it was) made me prefer to just go do chores in real life instead.
God of War. The newest one on PS4. The combat was just button mashing to me. Finished the game and never really had a reason to “try” anything more than that. And the bulk of the game should have just autoplayed. They didn’t need me to press the joystick to walk and listen to dialog.
Generally disliked games that I loved:
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. The EDF games are generally “so bad it’s good” to most folks, but even the fans seem to hate this one because of the focus on longer levels and a “story” in the campaign. Even still, I played the crap out of this thing with some friends and we had a blast from front to end.
Resident Evil 6. Another that’s usually hated by the franchise’s fans, but some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a co-op action shooter type of thang. I get why it’s disliked, and yep, it’s a pretty big departure from RE, but I loved it anyways. I’m indifferent to the franchise as a whole, though.
Prince of Persia. The one on 360 that didn’t have “the real prince.” The one where people complained because “you can’t die" because the girl catches you instead of forcing you to watch a load screen. I dunno, I’ve heard so much hate for this one, but looking at reviews, the scores seem solid, so maybe my memory is off.
Tomcat Alley, Sherlock Holmes, Prize Fighter, Dracula Unleashed, Sewer Shark (Sega CD). Yeah, I know… FMV… but I loved these! Well, still do…
Friday the 13th on NES. One of my favorites as a kid, and one of my favorites now. There was a certain sense of exploration and adventure about it that appealed to me
Karateka. I didn’t know this was considered a stinker until recent years. It was always one of my favorites on Atari 7800.