The Overrated and Under-appreciated
As always there are many games, just simply judged incorrectly. Sometimes game's take longer to "Jump into the action" than that of others. A lot like books people think that all games should bring what they represent by the cover, most do, however if this game doesn't immediately let you start pummeling your opponents they're often brushed off into the "Play as last resort" pile. Some time's you have to get past the first few missions, or areas, depending on what you're playing, remember the first levels are often meant to teach aspects of the game and not show them off.
This is all in my own opinion of course which we're all entitled to as, I'm sure a lot of this will make people angry. I would like to start by saying which game "In my opinion" is the most overrated of all time.
Let the mother bashing flow...
Honestly, it was a good game, not the best game of all time like I've so often heard, but good, decent even. In an article with Bungie before the release of Halo3 they had said that Halo2 was a mistake, they had messed up badly and for halo3 they wanted to shoot more towards the general idea of Halo1 the game that started it all. Sure Halo has a great online multiplayer, if you play on xbox live, the game can be a lot of fun, but what was so great about the single player? The storyline in 1 and 2 was almost exactly the same, not many new adversaries and the difficulty wasn't any more extreme than that of Halo1. Lets talk about the graphics area, I myself wasn't impressed with the graphics, more less in the cut-scenes area. Try comparing them to that of Final Fantasy. Impressive? I don't think so, and lets compare the gameplay to something like Unreal, or Quake even. Sure dual wielding is cool, but why do you need 2 guns? Is the gameplay of halo so slow that you need 2 guns for the bullets to seem to fly as fast, seriously did they turn down the velocity that much? How about when you're running, there's no sprint so escaping a fight if need be is among one of the most difficult things about the game. In Unreal you carry 1 gun with 2 functions so whilst holding this single gun we can do twice as much at double the speed. Cool huh? In Quake the speed of your character and enemies is like the, matched to halo, it's like the tortoise and the hare, with the outcome we all know would have REALLY happened.
How often is it that we overrate games, and brush off ones that don't start that quickly, another overrated game is Guitar Hero, or Rockband, virtually the same anyway.
How long do you want to look at that? Since that's pretty much all you see during the game, for the entire time you'll be playing it. At least Rock Band provides us with some aesthetics. If you're good you get to mash the same 5 buttons, and if not maybe 4 or even 3, but hey look on the bright side you get to "Whammy". On top of having a cool plastic fake guitar, you're a real rocker now, you can jam, and your buddies will be impressed. Plus playing this is just the cool thing to do.
Lets go to one of the good, and very under-appreciated games, that just came out.
Come on, what's so bad about it? I'll tell you, it takes more than half an hour to really, really start, before it's more like Mercs 1 than that of some lame wannabe. Pandemic did a pretty good job I'd say, after those first 30 minutes or so you can do virtually whatever, fly helicopters, call air-strikes, steal vehicles. This game isn't meant to be Grand Theft Auto. Let's look at the good, Storyline is nice, at least we're not just working for cash this time, we have a personal agenda. Graphics are nice, has it's ups, and downs but for the most part it's clean and clear. Movement is a little glitch but you get used to it, it's not a big change from most Third person's. As always we like to blow things up, and if you want to blow something up, this is certainly the game to do it in. What's your pleasure sir? Maybe you who've been critics to this game should play it past the tutorial section of the game, and receive your first Real contract.
Let's under-appreciate one more, it's only fair.
At least of this one I hope people agree, Why do I hear so many bad things about such a good game? What's wrong with it? Few graphical glitches, a lot of opponents, fun online, and using the unreal 3 engine gives it a great dark Erie, type of play the environmental textures are outstanding, and the general aspect of the game is beautiful, the story line is good, and Gears 2 has a very promising story as well, since they've hired a novel writer for it. However I don't think they need to throw a love story in there, I don't believe this is meant to appeal to chicks, I just want to chainsaw people. What other game can you do that in, Doom aside? So is there really anything that wrong with this game?
Anyway, I'm sure that Under-appreciating, and overrating will go on for centuries, since game ratings are base on opinions by each player, it can never be an actually guide to go by. So your best bet is to play the game, and decide for yourself.