Readers, I was thinking about some of the games that I liked and did not like, and realized that there are some oddities in my game tastes. So, I decided to share with you some of the commonly loved games that I do not like and some of the often-reviled titles that I enjoyed. So, without further ado, I would like to start with games that are or were very popular but that I did not enjoy.
Secret of Mana
I cannot for the life of me understand why people like Secret of Mana. The game is awkward, clunky, slow, and boring. It could be argued that for its time, Secret of Mana was a good game, but the SNES and even the NES had action-RPGs that were far better than the clunky Squaresoft game. Crystalis and even Soul Blazer were far better than Secret of Mana, but for some reason SoM was a much more popular game. The menus are bad, the combat is bad, the story is bland; Secret of Mana is just all around a mediocre title.
The only thing I really liked about LBP was the potential for user-created content. The level design in the main game is okay but not particularly great, and I did not enjoy the gameplay at all. The weird, floaty controls and the game’s extremely annoying tendency to automatically adjust the player’s location depth-wise led to an experience that I simply did not like. I can understand why people liked LittleBigPlanet, but I really did not enjoy the game at all.
The Sega Genesis
Sega does what Nintendon’t…which is apparently bore the hell out of me. I bought the forty-game Sega Genesis Collection on Steam…and wound up hating every single game I played. While I admittedly did not try every single game in the collection, the many games that I did try soured my perception enough that I lost interest not only in the collection but in the Genesis as a whole. The only Genesis games I remember fondly are the Sonic games, and even they were not really exceptionally good. I definitely am a SNES person rather than a Genesis person.
Enough negativity! Now, I would like to discuss some games that are unpopular that I liked or at least did not hate.
Final Fantasy X-2
Now, I have talked quite a lot about this game in the past, but I really like FFX-2. Sure, the story is…a complete and utter mess, and the music is forgettable, but the gameplay is a blast; X-2 definitely has my favorite take on the Final Fantasy job system. I have always put gameplay above story when I consider a game’s qualities, and Final Fantasy X-2 is a game that I feel gets a lot more hate than it deserves. Sure, the game is cheesy and campy, but the gameplay is solid and I personally love the campy atmosphere. Many people love to hate FFX-2, but I found the game as a whole to be uplifting.
Shadow the Hedgehog
Wait, what? This one is more of a “the game is entertainingly bad” kind of enjoyment than an actual thinking it is good kind of enjoyment. I do feel that the gameplay is solid enough to be decent, and the story is so hilariously poorly written that I could not help but enjoy myself while playing. There is something to be said for entertainment that is so bad it is hilarious, and Shadow the Hedgehog is in my opinion the only bad 3D Sonic game to reach that level of entertainingly bad gaming. I certainly will not defend Shadow, because it is definitely not a good game, but I did still enjoy myself while playing it.
There are other games which I liked that get a fair bit of hate, but I will only casually mention them because they are games that also get a fair bit of love. These games include Final Fantasy VIII, Legend of Legaia, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. All three of these are titles for which I have seen both a great deal of hate and a good amount of love from the gamers I have spoken to, and all three are games that I enjoyed.
What of your tastes, readers? Are there any unpopular games that you loved? Or perhaps big hits that you thought were just big shits? Am I crazy for liking Final Fantasy X-2? What do you think, readers? Comment on and let me know how crazy (or right) I am!