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The Game You Were Convinced You'd Love But Ended Up Hating?

It happens every now and then:

You sit down to play a game you're convinced you'll love, only to find with shocking disappointment that you not only don't love it...you kinda hate it.

It doesn't happen as often these days, what with the abundance of previews and gameplay videos and all that. Typically, you know what you're getting yourself into even if you do just five minutes of research. But it's still possible and you're just never prepared when it happens. In my case, it was the PlayStation 4 remake of the PS2 classic Amplitude, which may sound like a weird choice but trust me, it's one of my biggest disappointments in recent memory.

It's not just because I loved the PS2 game and played it constantly. It's also because I had very high expectations for the PS4 iteration; I mean, how hard can it be to simply update the PS2 game? That's really all they needed to do. But I drastically underestimated the disappearance of most licensed music, and I didn't realize just how unbelievably repetitive that techno/electro garbage really is. Some of it is kind of cool but I'm sorry, I don't believe any of it takes an immense amount of skill to produce and in the end, it barely qualifies as "music" in my mind.

This directly impacted the gameplay because each track started to seem very similar to other tracks because...well, let's face it, there aren't a whole lot of distinct instruments on display in this genre. Hell, I wonder how they even managed to separate some of those tracks, as one would often sound virtually identical to another. Additionally, the visual style was really disconcerting, as if they tried too hard to make it slick and appealing. The whole thing just flopped big time in my eyes, and that sucks 'cuz I expected great things.

What about you?

Tags: best video games, favorite games, gaming culture

2/28/2016 9:43:35 PM Ben Dutka

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ethird1
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 9:59:46 PM
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The Uncharted Series.

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newchef
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:04:28 PM
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Dishonored...im still upset i didnt like it

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Beamboom
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 5:08:59 AM

That is a good candidate for me too.
I would not go as far as saying I directly DISLIKED it, I just never got involved in it. And it had everything that *should* make me love it.

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newchef
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 1:45:28 PM

i liked the story but the gameplay was definitely missing something for me, i didn't like how they handled the magic. I always felt severely limited with it

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BikerSaint
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:09:05 PM
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For me, it was the PS3's Rouge Warrior, about the Navy's Seal Team Six founder, Dick Marcinko, which I thought would make for a great story.

But instead, all I got was a typical ho-hum story that was so riddled with profanity, that it would make even Biker's like myself somewhat cringe-worthy while trying to play it(and I only played the SP mode).

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 9:39:57 PM

Oh, while I'm thinking of it, PS3's "Terminator: Salvation" was another game I expected to be so much more, but only let me down instead.

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bebestorm
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:39:55 PM
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DA Inquisition! Though I wouldn't say I hated it I stopped before it got there.

Bioware focused on gameplay and huge world but story took a back a seat.Im use to them having interesting storylines and characters. The characters were just bland after the terrible party mission I ditched it I no longer cared about my own character.

DA2 had its issues but the story and characters were great there was chemistry.

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FM23
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:18:44 AM

Hhhhmmmmm. I agree DA2's story was far more intriguing than the fantasy template they used in DAI, but to say the party was bland is kind of overkill. But again, I feel where you are coming from. The Trespasser dlc really made the story come full circle which I think made for a better overall story compared to base the base game DAI ending.

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Lone Wanderer
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:52:11 PM
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Well its not a game,but I can't think of anything else I ended up despising more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I'm not even going to go into it, I'm just done with anything Star Wars related permanently.

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 3:56:12 PM

Definitely was one of least favorite Star Wars movies.

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Lone Wanderer
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:59:20 PM
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Oh wait, thats right. Dragon Age:Inquisition. I despise that game so much, it completely turned me of the series that I sold all 3 Dragon Age games and am not ever going back. If Bioware goes the route with Mass Effect Andromeda the same way they went with DA you can be sure I'm done with ME too and Bioware as a whole as well. Not putting up with SJW/PC/Feminist bullcrap period! I will not tolerate that bs!

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FM23
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:24:01 AM

OMG DAI was trying so hard. It was beyond annoying, but I was still annoyed. I wish they could give you an option to choose your sexuality before the game begins because I hated it when my straight male rogue has the option to flirt with another male character. "My character" wouldn't think that so it shouldn't be an option in my dialogue wheel. Lol

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bigrailer19
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 11:02:09 PM
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I would say Dishonored but I don't remember ever really being super excited for it.

This is tough but I guess it's probably DA Inquisition and the bew Star Wars among others of course. I just couldn't play them.

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Bio
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 11:10:11 PM
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Vagrant Story. Square during their peak years, so it seemed like a sure bet, but I just cannot get into that game no matter how many times I try. I even bought it again on PSP this past summer to give it another try, hoping my changing tastes over the years would change my appreciation of the game but nope, I still kinda hate it.

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Hexen
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 11:12:30 PM
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Well I love the mass effect series so I went and purchase DA: Inquisition (never tried the first ones) just because of Bioware and was stunned at how bored I was, didn't think anything could match RE6 in pure boredom.I paid $35 for it and sold it for $10 the following day, the other option was to throw it in the garbage.

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Phoenix
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 12:04:48 AM
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FFX-2, man I remember skipping school that day, running out to the game store, getting my pre order, sitting down on the couch with a bag of chips and a coke, slapped that sob in the ps2, and wow... I was shocked.... it was just so bad... played about 30 mins and never went back.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 12:19:11 AM

Really gigantic mistake.

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johnld
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 2:39:08 AM

People just can't get past the jpop type part in it. Game came from Japan. I know it weird stuff, by US standards, but it comes with the territory. I kinda like the quirky stuff. I really like jrpgs over western rpgs any day. Hated dragons age inquisition and mass effect was just ok. I just found those kinds of games boring. Give me games like neptunia, omega quintet, old final fantasies, Dragon quest 8, tales games, star ocean gmaes, and I'll be happy for weeks even if I'm just grinding.

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Hexen
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 6:27:16 AM

I did have that sentiment in the beginning and though to my self what is this? And why isn't it like ffx but eventually the combat clicked and I changed some settings around like to wait mode.Is a solid game and very underrated because as soon as someone sees its Jpop they run for the hills.

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Underdog15
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 9:49:24 AM

Gotta get passed the girl power part. It's pretty fantastic otherwise. The greater story gets away from it anyways.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 12:38:14 AM

man the jpop was awful in that game, but the game was pretty darn solid, still my fave use of the atb system

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GreenHornytoad
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 12:22:43 AM
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Grand Theft Auto IV

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Beamboom
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 5:11:15 AM

Me too! After the fantastic trio GTA3-VC-SA my expectations were through the roof - and then this thing came, with the damp, depressive and grey atmosphere.

Man what a disappointment.

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FM23
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:24:52 AM

I loved the realistic cinematic vibe they pulled off.

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Gripheenix
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 2:26:47 AM
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Honestly, a lot of recent JRPGs. Grew up on JRPGs, still have a lot of good memories, and often go back to play some old PS1/PS2/SNES gems.

That's why, when NIS announced Hyperdimension Neptunia, I got super hyped for a current gen (at that time) JRPG. And then I bought it, and played maybe 3 hours, and literally could not care a single iota less.

The game was boring. It did nothing new, looked like a PS2 port, and was 90% watching character still do fan-service.

Honestly, since the story still intrigued me, I've since watched some HDN series play-throughs on Youtube, and I'm still pretty certain I could never play the games. They aren't JRPGs. They're visual novels with a combat system...

And, sadly, I've seen a lot of 'JRPGs' going this same route lately. Where I used to love the NIS/IF/CH camps, I've started to stray away from them lately because of this trend. Probably excluding myself from a lot of great 'games', but if I'm going to spend my time reading a book, I'll do it without the grind.

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johnld
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 2:42:08 AM

I loved all the gameplay in neptunia games. To be fair though, nis jrpgs were never about mind blowing graphics. They're basically low budget games.

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Hexen
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 6:34:10 AM

You only played the first one? That was a terrible game that looked bad,played bad, had technical issuies, etc.Now the games that followed were fantastic and all of the problems were fixed, each game improves dramatically in each iteration.Neptunia V is one of my favorite jrpgs of last gen, it was perfect to me and I will be getting megadimension very soon.

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tlpn99
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 2:38:29 AM
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Metal Gear Solid The Phantom Pain.

It looks good, it sounds good. It's just too damn open. This is not Metal Gear we have grew up to love.

I have kept my copy of it as it is the one game I refuse to trade, whereas all my friends have as they got bored, like myself.

Also it's the only Metal Gear game I have not completed and it is a shame as I love the series. For me MGSV was the worst one out of them all.

Gorgeous looking graphics and being smooth loading and great sounding does not make a good game.

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FM23
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:28:56 AM

Honestly I have always been bored by MGS gameplay and the redundant codec messages. I played it for the core story. MGSV is the only MGS where I would say I loved the game play and open nature. But it is also the first MGS where I said "WTF happen the ending"

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xenris
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 11:59:28 PM

I agree MGS5 is the only MGS game I haven't finished.

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johnld
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 2:47:38 AM
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New metal gear online. Thought I was going to play a game like mgs4's online. Sneaky and all that.but no, I get in a game and there's a walker gear at the spawn.. Them everyone else just goes in guns blazing. Said f that game, im moving on. Annoying part is that connecting to those servers also did so with my single player. Basically lost a bunch of resource because I won't go near that base invasion crap. Just basically beaten game after that and never played again.

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Kevin555
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 3:00:03 AM
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Dark Angel for PS2.

Back when i was a youngster i enjoyed the T.V series so thought the game would be a given as well.

Took it home.

Played it.

........ :/

Absolute spew on a disc. Felt embarrassed returning it because someone knew i bought it in the first place.

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JackieBoy
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 5:00:59 AM
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MGS 5 Phantom Pain all the way. The open world is empty, repeatability got me bored to death and story was weak. This game didn't feel MGS at all. No epicness about it.
Ground Zeros, thought short, got more playtime from me then this. As a huge MGS fan, it was a big lettdown to me.

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slow and smart
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:20:17 AM

agree: 'MGS 5 Phantom Pain all the way. The open world is empty, repeatability got me bored to death and story was weak'

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Beamboom
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 5:15:56 AM
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Ah this is easy: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.

I loved the earlier ARPG titles, from X-men Legends 2 to Ultimate Alliance, and expected UA2 to build upon the earlier title and add MORE rpg goodies to the mix.

Instead they turned the exact opposite way and dumbed down everything to such an extent that it took away all fun with looting and skill decisions.
Oh man what a sad day that was. I had even been so optimistic that I convinced a buddy of mine to pre-order it as well so we could coop it. Stupid stupid me.


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bigrailer19
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 9:15:42 AM

Wow good choice... I was just thinking the other day that I want a new one.

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Snaaaake
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 6:42:58 AM
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Demon's Souls, never thought I would spend no more than one hour on one game then sell it.

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slow and smart
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:14:11 AM
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Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain
and assassins creed[thought that this is my cup of thee but how much i tried i just didn't like it.

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Corvo
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:55:47 AM
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The Witcher 3, and DA Inquisition. I do like the games, but the gameplay is lacking so severely that it scared me off. I do blame Bloodborne though. Next gen RPG gameplay vs whatever Witcher/Inquistion was.

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FM23
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:34:05 AM

W3 gameplay wasn't that bad, but DAI's R2 spam can get old until you unlock abilities. Bloodborne isn't new gen by any means. It's just faster DS mechanics. Witcher 3 might be the most next gen because it's the most realistic.

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FM23
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:38:20 AM
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Shift 2 for me. I was expecting something great, but instead got a slippery no grip steering delay over dramatic "sim" racer. NFS has been garbage for some time now but that game was the turning point.

NFS 2015 is also on the same level of disappointment.

Let's just say every NFS after Most Wanted (2005)!!! lol

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 3:57:40 PM

We tried to love it man. We tried!!

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FM23
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:38:13 PM

Max, you still play NFS 2015? I sold away that online only piece of junk a long time ago.

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Underdog15
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 9:50:15 AM
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles.

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gumbi
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 10:25:25 AM
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Star Wars: Battlefront.

I'm a huge Star Wars fan and that couldn't even save it. It's just not fun. It's beyond not fun, it's rage inducingly unfun. What a complete waste of amazing assets on a crappy, campy multiplayer deathmatch game. So much potential for an amazing SP experience down the drain.

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 3:59:06 PM

Same here. I played the game for one night with a bunch of family members and after that, all but one person gave up on it. I can't put my finger on "what" exactly it was, but I didn't have the fun I was expecting.

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Jbumi
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 12:34:39 PM
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FFX. I'd started with VII then played all the FFs as they came out for PS1, & this was the first one for PS2! I was so psyched! While I waited for it to come in the mail (to this day I use the free shipping option at Amazon), I saw a bunch of fantastic reviews for it. Hadn't played long (maybe 10 - 15 hours) before my heart sank. It just felt so phoned in to me (as if they had a check list of things that should be in the game whether they were fun/interesting or not). Dodging lightning bolts indeed! The story was terrible. I even found the "heavy metal" music uninspired. I finished it (kept hoping at some point I'd start to enjoy it) then traded it off because I never wanted to play it again.

It was so bad I completely ignored XII when it came out. Picked it up really cheap years later. Turns out it's my favorite, thus far, of the series!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 3:37:52 PM

If X wasn't just your least fave, but was also a game you hated, I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable recommending a game to you.

By all rights, if you liked the other FF's, you should have loved X I would have thought.

I certainly did!

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Godslim
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 2:35:18 PM
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MGS5 and star wars battlefront.
MGS5: Terrible story, repeative missions and literally no need to have an open world. Didnt feel like an mgs game at all, the only good thing was the gameplay.
SWBF: While the game looks great it just doesnt keep you wanted to play it, just becomes boring very very quickly. The old ones were way way better.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 5:53:37 PM
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Psychonauts and Shadow of the Colossus.

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TheOldOne
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 6:57:18 PM
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Demon Souls. I finished it, but it was so difficult to play that I decided not to buy any more of those games because Im not a masochist. I also hated FFXII (which I also finished) because of the story and characters. I would probably prefer to play a sequel to FFVIII instead of any game from FFX and above. Still Im looking forward to FFXV....still hopeful.

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Drodin
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:12:11 PM
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For me it was Twisted Metal and I'm not even sure I can explain why I don't like it. I loved the ps1/2 games, but the Ps3 reboot just didn't click for me.

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Mortae3
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:31:19 PM
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Hmm, I don't have anything recent but I would say Chaos Legion. That game came out shortly after Devil May Cry, which I loved, and I had high expectations for it. I couldn't get into it. I even went back again later and tried to give it a second chance and I just couldn't do it.

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Breadlover
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:23:15 PM
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MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame ... no other game broke my heart than this :(

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bigrailer19
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:39:22 PM

Sad to hear... I watched a couple videos out of interest but passed.

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xenris
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 12:01:51 AM
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MGS5, that game made me so sad. It didn't feel like a metal gear game to me. Story felt rushed and incomplete, there was no reason to get rid of David Hayter, and yeah the world and gameplay felt boring after a while. It was too repetitive.

Mass Effect 2 and 3 both let me down huge too. ME2 compared to ME1 is small, the worlds are smaller, the cities are smaller and everything except the characters felt rushed.

Was hyped for ME3 and while it improved the combat a bit, I was so so SOOO upset with the cop out of an ending they went with. Especially when you can find what the original writer had planned if you look online.

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Hexen
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 7:40:32 AM

Mass Effect 2 is universially accepted as the best of the bunch.It did everything great and fantastic story.In ME1 you spend half the game on a freaking elevator and the other half driving around empty planets.Did we play the same game?

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xenris
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 10:01:57 PM

The story was way better in ME1, hands down. The character stories were good in ME2 but the over arching story was garbage and they retconned so much of the ME1 lore. The collectors arch was a joke, and by the end of the game NOTHING had changed. The only bit of ME2s story that mattered was the Arrival DLC which was then made canon in ME3 which they Bioware, said they would never do.

I actually cared about Sarren in ME1, he was a good villain and not 1 dimensional, at the end of the game he realized what he did if you paragoned him.

Ill give you gameplay, the minute to minute combat was more refined in ME2, but did you for example know that if you didn't level up your class once the game in veteran difficulty was a complete joke? They didn't balance it very well but it was fun to play.

It is not universally accepted as the best of the bunch so so SO many people like ME1 more, not just myself.

I played it on the computer so the elevator rides were short, and you know why they were long? Because the world as a whole was 3 times as big as ME2s.

I would much rather ride around a lifeless planet in the mako than look at a grid and mine for resources.

Me1 over ME2 and ME3 for me.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 12:40:13 AM
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Dark Souls. figured id love it since i was a huge demon souls fan but man was it a snore fest for me.

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ProfPlayStation
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 1:23:43 AM
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I'm with you on Amplitude. Without mentioning my old handle, I was one of the biggest FreQs online, creator of one of the more popular remixes from the first group of curated picks available after launch on PS2.

Not only does this new Amplitude have--let's face it--garbage music (and I like electronica). The axing of BOTH the Remix and Online modes is like receiving 1/3 of the game. I find that particularly gruesome, considering Frequency was one of the very first online PS2 games. This series had a legacy!

On top of that there's lots of little things, like the freestyle power-ups that just make a drone of noise, rather than player-controlled instrumentality. And.. seriously, where's the Remix mode?!

The worst crime isn't really their fault. The Dual Shock 4 is not an ideal controller for Amplitude, which I feared even while backing the project. The squishy triggers wreak havoc on expert-level songs. I've even attempted to mitigate this by purchasing a PS2-to-PS4 controller adapter which has..moderate success. Sigh..

The whole experience is not what I wanted from a reboot of one of my favorite PS2 experiences. The heart of the game was lost.

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wiiplay [Administrator]
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 5:35:48 AM
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I'm a little late to the party here, but Grand Theft Auto 5 gets my vote on this. Well, perhaps not so much the singleplayer, but definitely the multiplayer.

To me, GTA has always been an arcade-like experience. There was no pay to win crap, and you didn't have to rank up your character to get a super cool weapon, since everything was scattered around the map as item pickups. Want an SMG? Go to where the SMG is. Need health? Walk or drive over the health pickup. It was mindless, arcade action, and it worked.

Now, GTA 5 doesn't have any of that. If you want an SMG, you gotta buy it with in-game currency, which you can also buy with real money for a shortcut. Though, that's of course assuming your character is at a high enough level to even buy the SMG. To rank up, you can grind the online missions, which you'll probably never win, because everyone else is a higher level, and thus has significantly better equipment. That is made all the more obvious in the core GTA Online lobby. You are at a massive disadvantage, and will run out of ammo before you can even put a dent in that one supercar that keeps trying to run you over for no particular reason.

Don't get me wrong, GTA 5 isn't a bad game. It's just not what I consider 'GTA'. I had my expectations so high on this, only for it all to come crashing down. GTA isn't meant to be an MMORPG, so why the heck did they turn it into one? Just give me classic GTA, even if it's some form of DLC. Grand Theft Auto 5: Arcade Edition. I'd play the crap out of that.
I don't want to run a virtual life, or deal with ranking up my thug with new loot. I want the whole deal to be available day one, just like with every GTA prior to 5. I don't care about my car, or my virtual apartment, or any of that crap! I just want to drive around, collect weapon pickups, and cause chaos. Really, is that too much to ask? Is it wrong of me to want a Grand Theft Auto that actually feels like Grand Theft Auto? And on that note, what the heck happened to cheat codes? Why does the invulnerability cheat come with a time limit? What happened to classic cheats like flying cars, or cars that can become boats, or vehicle spawning, or any of that classic stuff? Sure, GTA 5 has *some* vehicle cheats, but it's nowhere near enough. I don't want to break into the military base, just to steal a tank. I want to spawn a tank 5 feet from where I'm standing, get in, and proceed to blow everything up.


So yeah, GTA 5 gets my vote, even though it's likely going to be an unpopular one.

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Jbumi
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 @ 1:17:13 PM
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@Underdog15: Just shows how everyone's taste is different. X just felt too cookie-cutter to me. Not because it was a FF game - it could've been titled anything, I'd've felt the same way.

It's (sort of) like the X-Files. By rights it should be right in my wheelhouse, but I never could get into it (neither the original series or the recent revival).

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Nathan Drake
Master Chief
Sonic
Sackboy
Kratos
Donkey Kong
Solid Snake
Lara Croft
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