The Harry Potter Series
Loved by: Xbox 360 Editor Charlie Barratt
Yeah yeah, games based on movies suck. Everyone knows that. But if you loved the movies, does it really matter? You've been given a chance to spend time in your favorite fictional universe with - or, better yet, as - your favorite fictional characters. No matter how uninspired the gameplay or how sloppy the adaptation, can you truly despise any game that gives you a virtual ticket to that world?
If the fact that EA keeps making mediocre Harry Potter games is any indication, the answer is no. It doesn't matter that the majority of quests ask you to wander back and forth across the same stuffy, never-changing series of rooms. Because those rooms make up Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry... and who doesn't want to hang out there? It doesn't matter that tasks consist of nothing more than collecting cards and jelly beans, because the cards are for folks named Gregory the Smarmy (ha!) and the jelly beans taste like curry and earwax (ha ha!) And so what if the flying missions are nothing more than a long and repetitive series of checkpoint rings? You're on a bloody broom...
Above: Next up is Order of the Phoenix. We already know it will be bad. We already know we will have to play it
Obviously, if you're not a rabid fan of the books or movies, you won't understand. You're able to evaluate the games objectively and see their many, many flaws. But don't judge us too harshly for stubbornly clinging to our make-believe magic. Chances are that you have your own franchise, your own precious set of stories and heroes for which you would do anything - even play a crappy game. Or seven crappy games in a row.
"Dark and difficult games lie ahead. Logic and good taste be damned, I will complete every last one of them." - Charlie