The Top 7… games you either love or hate

Like petty school children bickering in a playground fight, gamers are obsessed with choosing sides. Never content to rate a game as simply “above average” or “slightly disappointing,” we allow internet hearsay, magazine previews, fanboy feuds and console preferences to push our views to ridiculous extremes.

We can’t just like something… we have to deem it BEST EVER.
We can’t just dislike something… we have to declare it EPIC FAIL.

The following seven games have divided players more than any other in recent memory. Middle ground exists for all of them, of course, and the majority of us reside there. Unfortunately, the lovers and the haters are so loud, we often forget to listen to anyone else.

What lovers see: A visually stunning, thematically sweeping epic that offers something for everyone. History and science fiction? Check. Stealth, assassination and blood-soaked, action-packed swordplay? Yes. A hero capable of free climbing cathedrals, swan diving off rooftops, stealing horses, interrogating suspects, pick-pocketing strangers and looking ridiculously stylish? Altair, and Assassin’s Creed, can do it all.

What haters see: A repetitive, mind- and thumb-numbing chore. A glorified and artificially expanded tech demo that is far more fun to watch than to actually play. A sense of freedom that is only surface deep, as every city is a xerox of the last, every assassination plays out the same way and every action is controlled by simply holding down the “run / climb / jump / ride / blend / play game” button.

Notable battles:
Assassin’s Creed: As Good As We Imagined (GamePro)
Assassin’s Creed: “more wholly bland than Holy Land?” (IGN UK)
Assassin’s Creed: Perfect 10/10 (GamesRadar)
Why Assassin’s Creed fails (Game | Life)
Criticism of Assassin’s Creed criticism (Penny Arcade)

What lovers see: Escapism so thrilling, you can’t stop with just one song or even just one tour. Make-believe so visceral, you forget you’re holding nothing but a custom controller. Wish fulfillment so convincing, you might actually decide to take music lessons, form a band and give the real thing a try. Guitar Hero and Rock Band transport you and transform you like no other games.

What haters see: A flimsy plastic gimmick that fools people into thinking they can create music when all they’re really producing is a cacophony of irritating clicks and clacks. A lazy and dangerous substitute for the real thing, one that reduces true art into a timed button-mashing exercise for clumsy parents and hyperactive children. Basically, the “rock god” version of Mario Teaches Typing.

Notable battles:
Guitar Hero “A” review (The Onion)
Why Guitar Hero Sucks (music, etc.)
Rock Band: The Greatest Game of All Time (College Candy)
Guitar Hero and Other Anti-Music Video Games (Piano World forums)
People I Hate: “Why don’t you play a real instrument?” (Game | Life)
Guitar Hero is Evil / Rock Band is of the Devil (


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  • MidianGTX - September 5, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    Halo is the definition of an average game if you ask me. Give a character a gun and some aliens and there you have it, Doom-point-5.
  • nosaints9 - July 19, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    Kinda late to this article, but here's my opinion anyways haha. Assassin's Creed- Great game that was a little on the repetitive side. Guitar Hero/Rock Band - Always hated them, but I sucked at them so that may have been part of it. Killzone 2 - It was a good game, but it wasn't amazing and wasn't unique enough to keep me coming back to it. Space Giraffe - Never Played Pokemon - Awesome, all I got to say is "Haters gonna hate" Dead Rising - Was fun but flaws kept it from being great Halo - Halo 3 and now Halo Reach (which wasn't out when this article was written) are probably my favorite shooters of this generation. I honestly don't understand how people can hate this game, but numerous people who aren't fanboys have said they don't like it so I guess it's possible. I love them games though.
  • eyeKARUMBA - April 21, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    GREAT article. This perfectly demonstrates why people need to stop taking reviews as gospel and try games out before forming opinions on them. Except GamesRadar's reviews. They're always right. :)
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 3, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    I love both Assassin's Creed and Halo, although I have friends who don't...
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    Assassin's Creed = Pretty doesn't equal brilliant. Killzone = Uniquely mediocre.
  • Vergennes - March 27, 2010 2 a.m.

    Am I the only gamer who hates horror-movie games, from Silent Hill to all those games with zombies ?? You can indeed logically infer that I am also no fan of horror movies, Stephen King, or vampires either....
  • TrollMan - March 23, 2010 3 a.m.

    other then space graffiti, new Pokemon games i love all of these the only one I'm in the middle for is assassin's creed (only the first one not the second)
  • Zeb364 - March 23, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    I can't believe you actually managed to find an article connecting a site call to freakin Rock Band/Guitar Hero. That's Hilarious!
  • GibsonSG - January 3, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Who in the hell said halo sucks!? One word: NOOB! One good idea though is to release halo 1 2 and 3 again, except you play as the covenent!!!!
  • onyxfyre1 - January 3, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    havnt played most of those games. rockband/ guitar hero I think was fun at first then gets boring, and you look at the fake guitar and say, "why isnt this a real guitar in my hand?". I had assasins creed:bloodline. I thought it was really fun but i was basicly doing the same thing the whole time. infact it took me 5 hours to beat that game. maybe even less. although assasins creed 2 look really fun.
  • dannage805 - October 21, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    did any1 read the religious arguement against GH? lol also i nt a huge halo fan (cause i suck ASS online!) bu leavin all da console war shit behind u really have 2 admit halo 1-3 were epic games through an through. halo wars an ODST? yea basically cheap, heartless cash-ins
  • Thanatism - July 8, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    I personally like this acticle, NICE JOB!
  • Remake - July 7, 2009 7:25 a.m.

    I'm rofling all my copters at Halo. Dead Rising was good, but Halo just couldn't be beaten. The quotes... The link to VG Cats... it was all so perfect. (Common sense ends here) Also, u pplz may haz commntd 1st, but i r 1337 n commntd on 2:24 on tuesday cuz i r pro forum user. (Common sense resumes) I just read the article on people that comment 'first'.
  • Murcielago - June 1, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    I'm admittedly a PlayStation fanboy and yet I can't put down Halo...on the right system that is. Why the heck hasn't Halo 3 on PC happened yet? Halo PC/CE and Halo 2 for Vista are two of my absolute favourite games ever, but I can't get used to the 360's right/bottom 'log stick for Halo. Also with Pokemon I used to absolutely love it....but now I absolutely hate it. Me and my lvl 100 Primeape absolutely pwned all in Yellow Version but now it's just boring and way too long to me.
  • GG Gabby - May 6, 2009 2:53 p.m.

    I both loled and was insulted what that guy had to comment about not just GH and RB but also about Rock n' Roll........Seriously!? Rock is communism!? Get a Life!!! Rock n' Roll is just Rock n' Roll! -AC/DC-
  • woot117 - May 5, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    where was call of duty i hate that game
  • noofer7 - April 30, 2009 4:14 p.m.

    The Christian article on Pokemon teaching kids "occult and evolutionary" stuff was the dumbest piece of bullshit I have ever seen. It was kind of funny how stupid it was, but it was really more sad that there are really people in the world who actually think like that.
  • Assassin4than - April 28, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    i love halo and keep coming back but i definately agree with potty mouthed children perverted frat boys those little kids with the squeaky voices always get laughed at by the frat boys so the kids swear and they just keep going
  • AuthorityFigure - April 24, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    Yep. Halo is the Coca-Cola of FPSs.
  • 88Meters - April 19, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    Truly, Halo was kinda crap. Not to make the fanboys mad. I said kinda.