The most overrated video games of this generation

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

Little Big Planet (PS3)



Alongside the risible interactive advert known as PlayStation Home, Little Big Planet was Sony’s Big White Hope for 2008. Combining the cutesy-pie adorability of Nintendo’s Miis with the compulsive customisation of The Sims, it was supposed to be the next big thing in gaming. (Indeed, it was developed under the working title The Next Big Thing. Arrogant, much?)

While deserving of praise for its quirky originality, the game certainly isn’t without its flaws. For starters, the single player campaign (if it can be called that) feels like something of an afterthought, with a handful of levels tied together by a trite storyline. A fun diversion maybe, but in the face of something like Super Mario Galaxy it’s just plain embarrassing. The controls need some work too.

Then you have the Create mode, which allows you to custom-build your own levels from the ground up. Unfortunately, the user-interface is incredibly fiddly and time consuming, with even the game’s most avid devotees conceding it’s a pain to use. This leaves the Share section, which allows you to download other people’s user-created content — provided it gets past Sony’s draconian IP policy, that is. While we understand the legal necessity to ban copyright infringements, did Sony really have to be so brutal about it? On a daily basis, user-designed levels were cruelly culled from existence due to their slight resemblance to a film or video game. Hours of painstaking work were irretrievably flushed down the toilet, with zero warning.

Despite all these problems, the game was universally praised by critics as the best thing since sliced bread. Some even suggested it was the ‘future of video games’ (a phrase we thought went out of fashion with the 3DO). Some even cited its existence as reason enough to buy a PS3. Um, yeah. Okay.

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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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Tstop

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

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