Top 10 Overrated Games [Best Recommendations]

Here we go again, the controversial topic of what is overrated. While this doesn’t go to the realm of politics or any other serious social issues that generate heated discussion, today’s list will cover something that creates something just as hot, games that are considered overrated. Many games do deserve their praise and their place in history, but at what point does the hype and reality no longer meet? That is what we are going to explore with today’s list, so please give our list a read.

10. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

  • System: Nintendo 3DS
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Release Dates: Nov 17, 2017

We all want to be the very best like no one ever was and the latest release of Pokemon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, gives us that chance once again. While the game is fun and has been met with overwhelming positivity, its main praises (and controversies) is that it makes some improvements to its predecessor. While the game does improve Lillie’s story towards the end, some of the other improvements aren’t that significant to distinct its Ultra label.

As an “upgrade” game, it’s not really as novel as Pokemon Yellow was to Red and Blue. Idealistically, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon should have been a free downloadable upgrade for the standard Sun and Moon release. Trying to sell it full price as a separate game is otherwise a rip-off.

9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

  • System: Xbox, PC
  • Publisher: BioWare
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Release Dates: July 17, 2003

The legendary Star Wars franchise has had its share of video games in just about almost every genre you can think of. It has racing, dog fighting, action, adventure, and arcade games. But some people think it is a series that can be best represented as an RPG, and Knights of the Old Republic is that game. The story takes places 4 millennia before any of the movies, and players assume the role of a Jedi Knight to stop the rise of Darth Malak, a Jedi traitor turned Sith Master. While the game takes place 4,000 years before the trilogy, many of what is featured are more or less consistent with what is featured in the movies with its design and mythos so it’s easy for fans to ease into it. So what are some issues with the game?

Its PC release is loaded with bugs and the pace at the beginning is rather slow. While the whole appeal is being able to play as a Jedi, you don’t get to use any Jedi abilities until you play the game for a few hours. Considering how easy the learning curve is an old school RPG, it is inexcusable that the beginning has to be slow and you have to wait to use its best features. As an RPG where other games ease its players into in the first 30 minutes, nearly 30 hours is just ridiculous!

8. Resident Evil 6 (Biohazard 6)

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Dates: Oct 2, 2012

Resident Evil is considered the originator and thus the standard of the survival horror genre. For children of the nineties who played the original PlayStation releases, they were frightening considering you had limited ammo with your firearms, but its unique puzzles made you use your head to get out of the mansion or town. Probably no thanks to its movie series where it’s more action-oriented, the games between 4 and 6 lost its value as a survival horror series and became more of a generic action series, with 6 being the number one violator.

This game got a 39/40 in the highly reputable Famitsu magazine and averaged 4/5 and 8.5/10 on other well-known gaming media outlets. While 6 was highly successful, a good number of longtime fans still call the media reaction overrated because it was praised as something it was truly not. Give it another name, and it’s just your typical action adventure shooting game but with zombies.

Resident Evil is supposed to be survival horror, and 6 was nowhere near being a representation of that. Thankfully, Capcom caught wind of this and brought Resident Evil 7 back to its true roots with a new twist.

7. Five Nights at Freddy’s

  • System: PC
  • Publisher: animdude
  • Developer: animdude
  • Release Dates: Aug 8, 2014

Did the animatronics at your local Chuck E. Cheese’s freak you out as a kid? Well, you get to live those nightmares through Five Nights at Freddy’s as you work night security at such a place, and the animatronics come to life to scare you! It’s a point and click game like Myst but it is mostly a game that is meant to jump scare players. While its concept is great, the game gets old really quick and there is no variety in the design of the enemies or levels.

Plus, with all the videos on YouTube where people play and react to it, the unpredictability is more or less ruined once you get to play it yourself because you know what’s going to happen. Unfortunately, its hype and reception consequently ruin the appeal of the game when it has already been played for you if you have ever seen these videos. While it is great when it first comes out, after a week, just delete it from your hard drive.

6. Minecraft

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Mojang AB
  • Developer: Mojang AB
  • Release Dates: May 10, 2009

Though some critics and other gamers have bashed Minecraft’s graphics, we at Honey’s are not superficial enough to stoop to that level, but we do have some issues with why we think Minecraft is overrated. Ever thoughts of something like legos being a video game? You pretty much have that with Minecraft (and a bit more), which gained popularity through vlogging.

While people have done some really creative things within the game, can you really call it one of the best games ever? That’s where the controversy lies. People try to present it as the first of its kind when that is far from the truth. What about Sim City or Civilization, where you can also create your own worlds in your vision? Granted the game is awesome when you play multiplayer, it is by no means original, its most overrated quality.

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Release Dates: Nov 10, 2011

In Skyrim, you must stop a dragon from devouring the world. While the story isn’t the most original in context to the fantasy genre in all of media, its open world largely contributes to its overwhelming praise. Besides its rather generic story, what’s overrated about Skyrim? For starters, its combat system has no distinctions compared to its predecessors or to the RPG genre in general. If you’re new to RPGs, this is forgivable, but if you are a veteran and wants something distinct compared to your cup of tea, Skyrim might not be it.

While the open world has progressed since Shenmue, Skyrim shares many of the same issues as other modern open world games such as Grand Theft Auto V. They feel too much like a playground as opposed to a world that you can truly live in by focusing on doing the crazy over the top stuff. It’s style over substance by concentrating on the scale and not the small things such as interacting with what is in that world in order to feel like you’re a part of it.

For example, character interaction feels almost non-existent and some gamers feel it should be part of the open world and RPG experience so players can feel they can exist in it. Skyrim is a good game in its own ways but is by no means the pinnacle of open world and/or RPGs.

4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Release Dates: Oct 29, 2013

With previous releases of Assassin’s Creed taking place in biblical towns, Black Flag takes it to a different world by having it take place in the Caribbean. Heck, you get to fight on pirate ships and engage in sea warfare! While these new environments and features are great, they get old rather quickly and some of the remaining staple features just feel very limiting in terms of control, and they’re more for a show as opposed to function.

Despite being an open world game, exploration is limited to a linear story. Plus, its combat system really has no changes from previous installments. We can admit it does allow first time players to easily familiarize themselves with the series, but it could be a bit more fluid with control and movement. Last, its parkour is too automatic and doesn’t give the player more direct control with the game playing itself for you.

Despite its high praise, it can be a good game for beginners, but for more dedicated gamers, it can be a little frustrating. While it has its qualities, the game is capable of demonstrating more flexibility with what players can do with the assassin and the world he explores.

3. Bioshock Infinite

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Irrational Games
  • Release Dates: Mar 26, 2013

In the third edition to Bioshock, you assume the role of Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton detective who fought in the Battle of Wounded Knee. Desperate for money, he goes to the city of Columbia to rescue a girl who can open portals to alternate universes. The game has been met with overwhelming success, reviews, and won Game of the Year in numerous gaming and non-gaming outlets alike from IGN to CNN. While it can be agreed it is superior to its predecessors, the game is labeled overrated for reasons that can also be its own article, but we’ll give you the barebones. The game feels more like a movie as opposed to a game like Metal Gear Solid 4, and has a really big plot hole (which we won’t share due to spoilers).

As an FPS, it really adds nothing to advance the genre, let alone distinct itself. There is really no strategy needed to play this game while in other FPS games, you have to set traps to lure enemies and massacre them to shreds. Though some people don’t mind games that are straight to the point, this quality just makes the game way too easy even on its most difficult level offering little to challenges. In comparison to other groundbreaking FPS games such as the original Doom, Wolfenstein, and GoldenEye, BioShock Infinite really has nothing that stands apart from them, which is why gamers call it overrated.

2. Overwatch

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Blizzard
  • Developer: Blizzard
  • Release Dates: May 23, 2016

Brought to you by the same company that made the legendary Warcraft franchise, they enter the world of first-person shooters by giving us Overwatch, which has been met with overwhelming positivity. Compared to other mainstream first-person shooters such as Call of Duty, the game is much simpler to get into and has a unique design with an appealing cast of characters who may not be into generic first-person shooters that are more military oriented.

For casual gamers or gamers in general who aren’t into first-person shooters, it might be for you. It does have its high points but it certainly has its flaws. For starters, despite its praise, just like Bioshock Infinite, it is nowhere considered revolutionary for the genre since it doesn’t really introduce anything new or unique. Plus, the game has some serious balance issues with the characters and their firearms that can qualify as its own article.

In other words, the game itself tries not to balance itself by simply making everyone overpowered. Last, if you paid full price, you’re getting ripped off since the game still has microtransactions.

1. Call of Duty: Ghosts

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Release Dates: Nov 4, 2013

Debuting as a World War II game, you could take out the Axis powers and the feeling of killing such evil people brought players a sense of satisfaction. After the series ran out of WWII conflicts, it finally evolved into the modern world and the future where you can participate in other kinds of special operations. All of this is great for a time, but by the time Ghosts came out, there was nothing to distinct to the point it easily got stale.

Going from M-1 rifles to M-16’s, Ghost became proof that there is really nothing to do to advance the series if they are going to release new games on an annual basis. However, nobody can deny that it is still fun to play multiplayer (as long as you’re not swatted). However, with the way Ghosts was released with its lack of change in design and gameplay, it might as well been FREE additional downloadable content to one of the previous releases as opposed to selling it as a separate game.

Final Thoughts

It is understandable that you may not like our list, and we’re fine with that. Nobody can write articles like this without backing up one’s claims and know that you’re going to be subjected to flaming. In some instances, overrated doesn’t mean it’s entirely bad, it’s just that it can be good but notably flawed. In other instances, maybe a popular game is just bad after all.

If you disagree with us, share why you think these games live up to their hype. If any of you readers have a different idea of what games are overrated, please feel free to give your thoughts in the comments.



Author: Justin "ParaParaJMo" Moriarty

Hello, I am originally from the states and have lived in Japan since 2009. Though I watched Robotech and Voltron as a child, I officially became an anime fan in 1994 through Dragon Ball Z during a trip to the Philippines. In addition to anime, I also love tokusatsu, video games, music, and martial arts. よろしくお願いします

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