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6 EXTREMEly overused game titles

What’s in a name? Not a lot of thought judging by the looks of things. Given how much creativity goes into even the worst game, it’s beyond perplexing why game makers seem to just give up on picking an original and distinctive title. Not only have “Those That Title” lazily fallen back on a handful of tired buzzwords, they’ve also managed to completely bastardize their original definitions in the process.

Here’s what we’re proposing.  All six words presented here should be retired from use on any and all covers. As in, permanently. Let’s chuck these clichés back into literal prose where they belong, or at least give them back to their originators: Energy drinks and sour Blo-Pops. Either way, there’s one thing you can’t disagree with: We posted every single occurrence of the following title words, so you should find no need to post anything we missed in the comments below.


If game titles are to be believed anything with anything with a dash of plot or protagonist should be considered a “chronicle.” But since just about every game besides Tetris contain both, it feels more than a little redundant.

Technically, one could get away with a title like “The Chronicles of Gears of War” or “Katamari Chronicles.” But why bother? And what exactly is wrong with a name like “Valkyria” or “Sonic: The Dark Brotherhood” especially if that’s how most people are going to refer to it anyway?

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67 comments

  • ScorpioMaurus - March 23, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    Don't know why the the Flatout Ultimate Carnage comment made me lol thinking of the Marilyn Manson song Saint where he says " I got an F and a C and I got a K too and the only thing that's missing is a b*tch like you"
  • t3rry747 - February 9, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    ok really no dark? dark void , dark sector ,darksiders ect ect
  • LikaLaruku - January 31, 2010 9 a.m.

    Super extere ultimate party chronicals unleashed: comming to a console near you!
  • majormoses117 - December 9, 2008 1:27 a.m.

    I'm Surprised they didnt make this a list with 7 cliches. In fact, I am a little upset that they didn't,
  • sprog - December 8, 2008 11:06 p.m.

    That's why we have these features - they're funny and educational
  • Teamkiller555 - December 8, 2008 10:25 p.m.

    This is so tru. lol
  • And_ROOS - December 8, 2008 8:36 p.m.

    No offense but your incorrect about RE: Umbrella Chronicles, as it actually IS a Chronicle of the RE Storyline and therefore isn't cliched in its use. The title is actually apt in its use there.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 8, 2008 6:05 p.m.

    To be fair, ultimate spider-man got the word "ultimate" from the comic book it was based on (the "ultimate" series, where all the characters went off on yet another alternate reality)
  • Metallica - December 8, 2008 3:34 p.m.

    OMG!! This article has 666 diggs!!! METHUL!!
  • stuzimuzipuzi - December 8, 2008 2:59 p.m.

    how come ther all crap games
  • Mystery514 - December 7, 2008 6:06 p.m.

    They forgot Mario Party.......
  • Musicgeek4 - December 7, 2008 2:59 p.m.

    Damn nintendo, could you use super and party any more times
  • CarToons - December 6, 2008 4:57 p.m.

    The Chronicles of Ultimate Xtreme Unleashed: The Super Party Now that's a game title.
  • msg - December 6, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    LOL "F: UC 'K "Isn't Wakeboarding one of the only sports that requires a leash to work?"
  • ablebobby - December 6, 2008 12:34 p.m.

    LOL, speaking of Chronicles, Its about time for a Chronicles of Zelda to come out! jess www.anonymize.us.tc
  • Major_Wuss - December 6, 2008 8:54 a.m.

    I almost spat root beer on my computer after seeing super Man Hugging.
  • WonsAuto - December 6, 2008 2:50 a.m.

    LMAO at Kurt Warner's Arena Football Unleashed being retail kryptonite.
  • Cwf2008 - December 6, 2008 2:45 a.m.

    I think you forgot Mario Party 1-Who knows how many they've flushed out in the last couple of months
  • Spybreak8 - December 6, 2008 2:35 a.m.

    Haha, hillarious, Super is an easy one but Unleashed is a funny realization.
  • Hurricrane - December 6, 2008 2:17 a.m.

    rofls, I agree with Tasty, you should've saved this for a top 7

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