Eight Games I’m Supposed To Love But I Hate
Amy | On 06, Mar 2013
There are certain video games you are not allowed to not like…or at least you’re not allowed to admit you don’t like.
Good example? Legend of Zelda.
You’re also not supposed to admit you’ve never played Legend of Zelda–I haven’t–since it diminishes your street cred. It’s not that I hate the game or anything. Did I mention I’ve never played it? It just never appealed to me. And I’ve always been a Sony girl, so I never had the correct hardware.
Just like there are games you’re NEVER supposed to admit you’ve never played, there’s a whole list of “perfect” games…”classic” games…games EVERYONE agrees are the pinnacle of gaming amazingness and don’t you dare NOT like them. I don’t like these one bit. Take that, gaming rule maker people!
Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
I was quite tempted to write repetitive over and over cause that would be funny since I would be repetitive with repetitive–recursive or something.
But doesn’t repetitive sum up Assassin’s Creed REALLY well? The first one was novel and such a damn pretty game. The story wasn’t half bad and the fight mechanics were fresh. But, BUT, after the firth-gazillionth time of searching for clues and then stalking your mark and then killing the dude and then trying to get the hell out there…repetitive. I finished the game but the thrill was gone.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations? It was like slogging through sh*t mixed with drying cement.
Final Fantasy 1 and 2
I want to explain away the rabid fanboyness over this series with the human urge to conform but I know there are folks out there who genuinely love all things Final Fantasy and not just because they’ve been told they should hump the franchise.
I’m not one of those people.
I can’t put my finger on why I hated these two games; I almost struck them from the list because I couldn’t come up with a list of reasons. All I have, is the games bored me. I was bored. I wanted to love them so I could dive into the franchise like I knew I was supposed to but they weren’t any fun and the main point of video games is to have fun, right?
God of War 2
God of War 2 suffered from mimicking the first God of War.
I know it’s the TWO of the series so it should have a lot in common with the first: people should expect similarity within a franchise. But God of War 2 felt like another God of War with a little bit better of a story. And it was short.
I hate quick-time-events. Man, I hate those things.
Remember how Killzone was going to be the “Halo killer?”
And then when that didn’t happen–though I really enjoyed the first Killzone–everyone was SURE Killzone 2 was going to whoop up on the Halo series and make it cry.
Do you hear that?
That’s all the Halo games, pointing, laughing. The thing about Killzone 2 that made me hate it, is it failed to live up to its potential. The characters felt slugish like they had major hangovers from partying too late. And I didn’t like the focus on multi-player since the squad system sucked.
Any of the LEGO series
I have two kids who both love all of the LEGO games.
Occasionally, I’m coerced into beating something for them. Every single time I curse under my breath because I can’t stand the way these games handle.
The cameras do weird things at the most inopportune times. The controls suck. Even though I’m willing to admit a couple of them are novel,
I just don’t like them.
This is the only game on this list I wonder if I should revisit.
I was 11 when I played this and hated it with a passion. A passion, I say! I had notes all over my room so I wouldn’t forget things. Half the time I couldn’t figure out the puzzles.
Maybe this is more self-hatred than game hatred?
Whatever it is, I still have such an aversion to the game I can’t imagine playing it again.
Shadow of the Colossus
I am the only person on the face of the ENTIRE Earth who has genuine dislike for Shadow of the Colossus.
Yahtzee loves it–and he doesn’t love much of anything–and Josh loves it–he and I routinely get into tiffs over this game. He wants to hump it; I want to bash it against a jagged rock.
I know why I should love this game. Hell, it embodies everything I love about video games; creativity, story, great music and great art direction. But somewhere along the way, the game lost me.
I wanted so much to be enveloped in the story and have fun. Yes, you can have fun with a game which has a story to tell you and it doesn’t have to be “happy” story to bring in the fun element. With Shadow of the Colossus, I didn’t have fun. I didn’t enjoy the game. I wanted to throw my controller at the wall more than a couple of handfuls of times.
Didn’t like it.
The Uncharted series is a movie wrapped in a game’s clothing.
The game looked great–much like a movie should–and even at the beginning, I couldn’t get past the idea I was just playing along to get to the cutscenes so I could see the movie play out without having to jump at something I thought was a ledge which ended up actually being a really nicely painted bit of wall.
Once I finished the game, I watched all of the cutscenes on YouTube and decided I should have just saved the money and watched YouTube since I felt the exact amount of fulfillment from watching those videos as I did from playing the whole damn game.
And then there was the ending. I’m not the only one who thought Indigo Prophecy, right? Right?! At least with Indigo Prophecy I was invested enough in the game I was almost able to ignore the Mayan-robot-alien bit or whatever.
Have I been too hard on these eight? Probably.
But each of these games all left a not so awesome taste in my mouth that has stuck with me for a very long time. And I’m not the ONLY person who doesn’t like them. I can’t be. I bet you’re just too scared to admit you’re not a fan either.