The most overrated video games of this generation

Hype: to intensify (advertising, promotion, or publicity) by ingenious or questionable claims

Dragon Age: Origins (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)



Dragon Age: Origins is arguably the most hackneyed RPG in the history of the genre. The plot is a creatively-bankrupt mishmash of a hundred cheap fantasy novels, all churned into a flavourless paste. Every character you meet in the game speaks reams of Ye Olde Fantasy pap that seems to go on forever and ever. (Even your dog gets its own cut scenes!)

The combat mechanics in Dragon Age: Origins are pretty much identical to Baldur's Gate from 12 years ago. You select some spells, click on some enemies, and then watch the computer have all the fun while you sit back and twiddle your thumbs. Correct us if we're wrong, but hasn't the RPG genre sort of moved on since then? Just look at the action in Mass Effect and Fallout 3 — despite being RPG games, they still managed to give your pulse rate a workout. In Dragon Age: Origins, the only thing getting a workout is your mouse finger.

Despite the 'Origins' subtitle, there's almost nothing new to be found in Dragon Age. It's like every D&D game you've ever played.

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Micha

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Its blasphemy calling Dragon Age: Origins overrated. RPGs aren´t about getting a high pulse rate.There is nothing new in the game?
It is perhabs ne of the darkest RPGs ever made,Also there is no alignment system, instead we have got a very analog system in which good and evil is far more complicated.

In my opinion you just have epic failed.

Tstop

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I'm offended by this...and very sad. A little thirsty too.

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  • Leroy

    Haven't played this game but it looks like another retro 2D platformer like Braid, but on steroids. These blurbs are interesting but would be helped by a brief description of the games for those who haven't played them. Plus it would help make the case why they are overrated. Platformers are not the future of video games.

  • Leroy

    Guess you can't include them all, and you just wanted to give a sample. So I only include this suggestion because it is arguably the most overrated game of all time: "Prince of Persia" for PS3. I mean it took all of the fun out of the previous games, which was the difficulty in platforming. Figuring out how to climb up somewhere. That's why the second one will always be my personal favorite. But the last one took out the challenge altogether, then reviewers gloated over it like it was the perfect game.

    Kissmaazz

    How isn't Halo 3, Halo Reach or Halo 4 in here? Fanboy.

  • Bob saget

    Screw you

  • Leroy

    "Games journalist." Right. There is no real video game criticism on the Net. It's all writers who are either too much fans themselves to see clearly (and also too used to getting games for free to see why spending $50 on them might lower their score) or writers who play it safe by coddling prestige titles, like you point out.

  • F

    Story deserves 90%.
    Combat deserves 50%.

  • Idealistic.

    Also where is gears of war 1, 2 3 and judgement? those games sucked so much, along with any Halo game to date. Not to mention Alan Wake was just horrible

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