A while back I got a PS3, and one of the first games I got was Uncharted because everyone was raving about the second game and how great it was. I wanted to play the first one first just so I wasn’t left out of the loop. I quickly found it extremely tedious and it was 90% “run a little bit, fight a buttload of guys from behind cover, kill them, run a little bit, fight a buttload of guys from behind cover, etc., etc.” To this day I can’t understand why people liked Uncharted 1 so much – it even won some Game of the Year awards and is highly rated. I guess I must’ve been playing it wrong or something. It just felt not very special. I haven’t tried the second game because I’m worried it’ll be just like the first – everyone raves about it but it winds up being meh.
Recently I played through Mass Effect because everyone kept talking about it. It was weird at first but I grew to really like it a lot, especially once I figured out the item system. I bought the sequel immediately after beating the first game – everyone was saying how much more awesome the second game is, but I can’t help but think the entirely exact opposite. It ripped out almost all of the RPG gameplay and turned into almost a pure shooter. It was very well-polished for sure, but felt otherwise lifeless. Again, I feel confused, like, “This is really what people like?”
It’s not the case with all games though – I love the God of War games, for example. It’s just so strange how these supposed ultra top-tier games nowadays feel lifeless to me. I guess I’m getting old or something. It also makes me want to start making games that would appeal to me, maybe there are other people out there in the same boat as me. But doubt I’ll have time anytime in the near future for that 😛