The One Game Everyone Loved, But You Didn't
It's inevitable. Every generation, there's at least one game that everybody absolutely adored...everyone but me.
We all have our personal preferences, of course. But I'm not talking about games we acknowledge as being great, but just aren't our cup of tea. There are lots of those because we all enjoy different genres and styles. I'm talking about the titles that you not only didn't like, but couldn't figure out why it had received so much praise from critics and fellow gamers.
For me, I'd say it has to be Halo 4. And before all the assumptions begin, bear in mind that I've played every single Halo through to completion, including the subpar Halo 3: ODST. I'm no masochist; I played them 'cuz I liked 'em. I wanted to play Halo 4 because even though I wasn't quite on board with all the lofty praise the titles after Halo 2 received, I still enjoyed them. But long before Halo 4 screwed me over (auto-saved in an impossible location), I had to continue to force myself to keep playing.
Despite the new guns and enemies, it still felt...old. I couldn't quite put my finger on it for a while, until it finally hit me: Everything about it, from the story to even the way it moved, felt dated. Sure, the graphics were very impressive (especially for the 360), but I really wasn't enamored with the level design. It seemed uninspired and even haphazard at times, and even though it did have new stuff, I coudn't shake the "been there, done that" feeling. I could also add Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch to my list of games I just didn't get, but I know that would start a riot, so I won't.
So, what's the one game you just didn't "get" this past generation?
7/26/2013 Ben Dutka