The most overrated video games of this generation

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

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

For all its unadulterated brilliance, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a long way from perfect. There are flaws in this game that threaten to derail the player’s enjoyment — and we're not just talking about the javelin glitch.

Firstly there’s the single-player campaign: not only is it short; it’s messier than a post-nuke Sergeant Jackson. Roach and Ramirez’s globe-trotting missions feel like soulless roller-coaster rides that hurl the player from one incomprehensible set piece to another. The character beats are all-too brief, and the plot — with its rapid-fire cross cutting and frequent betrayals — is often difficult to follow. There are several big plot twists in the game that are poorly foreshadowed; you simply don’t get the emotional payoff that you should.

The decision to unleash hell on American soil also cheapens the game tonally. This is B-grade science-fiction dressed up in military fatigues. Sure, the attack on the White House might be thrilling, but it’s also completely implausible. By dialling the spectacle up to 11, Infinity Ward has robbed the franchise of its gritty authenticity — it feels more like Starship Troopers than Black Hawk Down and the game suffers as a result.

And then there's the online multiplayer. No dedicated server support for PC gamers? No matchmaking for novice players? No local search options? Compulsory Steam account shenanigans? Rampant online cheating? Clearly, Infinity Ward fumbled the ball here. Don’t get us wrong, Modern Warfare 2 provided some fine entertainment in 2009 — but did it really deserve a free pass for all of those flaws?

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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.

  • Kissmaazz

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


    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.

  • 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

  • Micha

    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.


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

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