What are some games that you think are underrated due to their association with a series/franchise?
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Mass Effect 3 got some serious critical backlash for having a phoned-in ending after all the build up of the previous 2 games, but I liked the follow-up and closure on the individual character development arcs.
This is from the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare campaign. IMO this is one of the best COD campaigns and also a great game if you’re into space/sci-fi as well. I’m only referring to the campaign however, didn’t touch the multiplayer.
X-Men Origins Wolverine. The game was instantly dismisses by the mass majority due to it being a movie tie-in for a poor movie (tie-in games usually being terrible anyway) but it was actually an incredibly fun hack n slash game.
Borderlands The Pre-Sequel! & Batman Arkham Origins, both are some of my personal favorites. I know most of it was very similar to their other titles but maybe the stories and dialogue/interactions that appealed most to me.
Although Kingdom Hearts is pretty popular, I definitely think it gets a lot of flack for being a Disney/kids game, I love that game to death. It’s the only game I still play to this day from my childhood and yeah the Disney stuff is a bit more cringey now lol, but the combat, story, difficulty, and music are just so perfect to me.
Splinter cell Convinction
Solid game , nuff said
Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts. It’s actually a really fun game, but people don’t even give it a chance because *”oh, it’s different! It’s not a REAL Banjo game!”*
Mass Effect Andromeda. Memes aside, the game is enjoyable and different to the main series, but I think it struggled because of the constant comparisons to a lot of people’s favourite game series. Had it been released on it’s own though, it wouldn’t have had the advertising, so who knows.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
I really enjoyed the game and if it wasn’t called Mass Effect it still would have had its problems but would have never ever flopped this hard.
Enter The Matrix – that game was incredible and laid the groundwork for the combat system most people associate with the Batman Arkham series. Most people at the time wrote it off as just a cash grab by the studios in the wake of the Matrix craze but I couldn’t fault any part of it.
The lego games, I think they are one of the best franchise of games but they aren’t taken seriously most of the time, but the last one skywalker saga was very popular so I am happy
Halo ODST gets some flak for being short but it was honestly the most immersive Halo experience I’ve had and I enjoyed the focus on the characters over the events around them for a change
Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare
Far Cry 5 suffers because of the success of Far Cry 3.
Darksiders 3. I understand some of the criticism, but there’s still so much of what makes Darksiders fun there. I’m surprised it’s so disliked by many.
I struggle to understand how you could love the franchise and hate the 3rd. I almost didn’t play it because of poor reception and I really liked it
Darksiders games. The three main entries were all derided as cheap immitations of better games. While I can’t deny the games taking inspiration from other games, having played through them all, I can safely say that the “blatant copying” is actually an endearing homage to games that came before.
Are they all AAA masterpieces? No, but they are a fun time and the stories are fun too.
I even played through 3 with the original controlls to see if they were as bad as people said. Beat the game with them that way, it was pretty great.
Descent 3 is a decent game with a lot of love in it. They cared to expand the universe carefully, the PXO multiplayer was good, and there were a lot of creative twists on the classic set up. You had some “outdoor” environments for the first time.
It just didn’t have the visceral dark feel of Descent and Descent II, it didn’t exactly feel like a follow up, and it was cartoony. It didn’t do great.