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The Top 7... games that don't deserve nostalgia

You know that heartwarming sensation you get while remembering games of yesteryear? The one that makes you ponder, "Why aren't games this good nowadays?" It's a lie. It's a childhood veil that, once lifted, exposes how shitty some of your favorite games were all along. They didn't just sour with age - they were never that fun, you just put up with them because there was no better alternative.

Metroid, for example, is fairly crap by today's standards. But it was actually good for its day and therefore doesn't make the list. But plenty of other games that people cling to (GR editors included) were not the end-all be-all titles we built them up to be. We allowed them to attain levels of fame well beyond their capabilities, and now it's time to take 'em down a notch.

We covered this at great length in The Rise, Fall and Deafening Crash of Sonic the Hedgehog, but it most assuredly deserves repeating. This was the beginning of the end for Sonic, a harbinger of every awful addition to the series that people somehow mistook for "exciting gameplay!" back in 1999. The camera is out of control, the dialogue is hideous, the story reads like junior high fan fiction and worst of all, it's loaded with characters that a five-year-old would be embarrassed to like.

But people still seem to think this is the blueprint for a good Sonic game. It is not an exceptional game. It was slightly above average and adored solely because it looked worlds better than its competition, which was PSOne and N64, two consoles plagued with visual setbacks (would you like your games pixilated, jaggy or blurry?). Even the press, quick to love Sonic Adventure in 1999, understood how crap the game was upon its re-release just four years later.

Nothing changed from one release to the next, yet scores dipped dramatically, all complaining about core gameplay issues, not generational stuff like graphics. We know review scores aren't "proof" of anything, but it does illustrate the point that we're not the only ones who realize Adventure sucked and condemned the series to mediocrity.

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  • familiarrealms6 - February 4, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    FFvii is one of the single greatest games of all time. it was one of the first games i ever played on the ps1 and i stilled played it towards the end of the ps2 era even ocasionally nowadays.I'm now a 360 gamer to the core and i still find that alot of future gaming can learn alot from the deepness of the storylines used in ffvii. OK, the characters were a little stereotypical, and the gameplay was weak in some areas. But people, ffvii was revelutionary at its time,and 12 years onwards i would still say yes to it over anything.
  • RedOutlive10 - February 18, 2009 3:27 a.m.

    Oh my,... jackpot with FFVII. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game. But have any of the people ready to defend FFVII all the times even played Final Fantasy VI ? It's far more deep, the story is more involving, it doesn't revolve around some oddballs trying to figure what the hell he's supposed to be all the time. The combat is about the same as FFVII. The music is equal, even though the boss tune of FFVI was freaking epic. Even Kefka is more interesting than Sephiroth. FFVII is overrated compared to what Square has offered us before.
  • sepirothpk - March 17, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    To RedOutlive 10: Yes I played Final Fantasy VI. It was a great game. However, I find the stories both equal, though sometimes both annoy me slightly. And Celes is similar to Cloud in some aspects. However, I disagree with the Kefka thing. He was a good villain, but he was the type who was pathetic until he got the ultimate power. Sephiroth was always intimidating. It does deserve nolstagia, jut maybe not as much as everyone gives it. I don't have any for it, because I have only been playing it recently
  • IronicBob - March 17, 2009 5:28 p.m.

    I... Shall... Not... Clown...
  • Gsindahouse - March 17, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    I skipped the Love or Hate games article, cause I didn't feel like logging in, but maaan... I HAVE to comment this one Sonic Adventure, ESPECIALLY DX WAS TIGHT!!! of course the second one crushed it, but that's no reason to demean the first! And when the heck did 'Oregon Trail' get any nostalgia? People LOVED the Final Fantasy 7! and Ninja Turtles 4 for SNES was off the chain, see I aint feelin yall this time
  • killboo - March 18, 2009 6:35 a.m.

    Just get over it fanboy. What GR said about FFVII is quite true.
  • DabilahroNinja - March 20, 2009 11:34 p.m.

    Everyones commenting on FFVII, So shall I. I actually preferred FFVI, as they said, but I still think FFIX is the best in the series. I don't care what people say, and I think that what GR said about Aeris is right. I actually started laughing when she died...actually, waitaminute, I laugh when ANYONE dies in ANY game. Maybe I need a psychiatrist.
  • doolahee - March 21, 2009 6:37 a.m.

    I think everyone is sort of missing the point of the actual meaning of nostalgia. To be nostalgic means to have a sentimental yearning for something that is past or a longing for the happiness of a former time. Just because someone is nostalgic about something doesn't mean that that thing had to be the best or even good. It just had to mean something. I loved Oregon Trail, not because it was good (in fact it sucked), but it was one of my first video game experiences. But I guess I should forget about that because GR doesn't like it and so no one else should either. "You aren't allowed to like something for no reason. We tell you what to think!" The thing that is sad is that kids today won't have the same nostalgic memories for games. Like spending hours (and way too many quarters) playing a really stupid button-mashing arcade with your friends. Even splitscreen multiplayer is being replaced by online gaming and everyone knows it's more fun to play a game with your friend when they're actually in the room. Sorry, this one kind of struck a nerve. All I really wanted to say is that FFVII is awesome.
  • melloe - March 21, 2009 5:46 p.m.

    you're right — Treasure Mountain was much better to play as a kid than Oregon Trail. but dysentery is too funny...
  • NottaFanboY - May 8, 2009 8:34 p.m.

    Lol! FFVII ! I know so many fanboys that would hunt you down for that! The truth hurts and it was long overdue.Don't get me wrong though I love the Final Fantasy franchise
  • YoshiFtJ - May 12, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    VII doesn't deserve this. VI does. Also make a Top 7 Underrated Games with VIII being number 1. ...maybe Beyond Good and Evil.
  • Kittfox - May 25, 2009 7:15 a.m.

    THANK YOU!! I'm sorry, but I've been waiting over a DECADE for someone to say something bad about Final Fantasy 7. All honesty, probably my least favourite of the entire series; angty characters (few of whom were particularly likable), an unnecessarily dark storyline, and the worst villain I've seen in a game since Drakkan in Uninvited. Thank you for finally knocking FFVII down off its high horse a little bit. Thank you also for reading.
  • BattleBuddy - June 22, 2009 7:17 a.m.

    FFVII was a good game period. But! I my favorite of the series will always be FFII. Best rpg of all time for me, well that and Chrono Trigger.
  • Danomeon - July 8, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Argh. I love how many Final Fantasy fanboys have ravaged these commenting boards, too stupid to realise that gaming is a complete opinion and that GR is entitled to their own opinion. There is no official "These games are better" meter, and it is complete opinion. GR is only sharing their humble opinion, and yet some people are obviously too stupid to accept the fact that just because people's opinions differentiate from theirs, doesn't mean that said people are idiots. Seriously, angry ranters, grow up, and learn to respect one's opinions rather than screaming your own at these people like they are facts. Then you will look less like a fanboy, and more like a human being capable of compassion and understanding.
  • Frostfire - July 20, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    Ya know this really made me see the light, I love ff7 and still do but now that i think about it ff6 was much better. Almost every ff7 character adheres to some stereo type(with the exception of Cid who can be quite interesting), and while the materia system is awesome I'd pick espers any day.
  • Kotsu - July 24, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    I finally found FFVII earlier this year in a random game store. I think I payed about $30 for it (along with the strategy guide. It was worth every penny. I made it halfway through the game when I finally got my PS3. So I restarted and I don't care re-seeing the story. I am glad that I played Crisis Core beforehand though. Sucks that you can buy it on PlayStation Network now for only $10 now though.
  • RickyV300 - July 24, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    FF7 was good, sorta... i did think that Aerith was nothing but a odd character though...
  • PlatypusFan - July 24, 2009 1:07 p.m.

    i might not have any room to tak because ive never played FFVII but i did look up aeris dying and i thought it was pretty funny then i see all the comments about how it was so suprising and shocking but i mean get over it its just a video game also the graphics for it werent even that good
  • Cyberninja - July 24, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    i love Sonic advanture if you dont like it dont talk about it but to me it was a great for Dreamcast period.
  • leftnostril - July 27, 2009 3:11 p.m.

    i can see that most of the people here played final fantasy and forgot how bad it was...

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