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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  • Unoriginal - March 16, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    For almost every game here I can say that it is ectremely overrated or underrated. The point made in the beginning of the article perfectly sums up the internet. Everything is either the best thing ever or the worst. Great list
  • The_Lurcher - March 16, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    For god sake people, get over being first! and dont think cause you wrote "nice article" after your 'magic number' means people wont report you cause even if this article was the biggest pile of shit in all the universe you would still say nice article cause you haven't fucking read it! Now ive got that out of my system... i loled so hard when i was reading that article about guitar hero and rockband being evil. (dont get me wrong i see what their trying to get at) im a strong christian but i dont see whats wrong with becoming a phenominom for an hour or so cause the last time i looked the bible didnt say 'thou shalt not enjoyeth self'. Also i did'nt reaslise so many people hated assasins creed i thought it was awesome! but yes im sorry but HALO IS SHIT (sorry people but im entitled to an opinion) want to play an online shooter? buy cod 4 or cod waw.
  • theturbolemming - March 16, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    Man, even as an unshamed "X-Bot" I never really found a part of the Halo hype... I'm quite content with my CoD4 and Fallout3, thanks much.
  • Heavymetalshinobi - March 16, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    Wow, did anyone read the uber christian reviews for Guitar hero and Pokemon? I was laughing the whole time I was reading them!
  • lava_lamp - March 16, 2009 10:03 p.m.

    @heavymetalshinobi- got to the GR forums then Archive then the thread "most biased reviewer ever" and then click the link it will take you to a website full of riduclus Christian reviews
  • Montag - March 16, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    Dead Rising just does it for me. I can see why it could be stunning, but the little niggles move it from near perfect to near shite for me. I really hate it when a game so good makes itself unplayable. Oh and people who say first really need to get a real girlfriend
  • Corsair89 - March 16, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    I didn't like Dead Rising at all. The damn save system was the worst I have ever encountered. It literally killed the game for me. The tiny text really pissed me off too. And the people I had to save were horribly annoying. It's zombies in a mall, how the hell could you mess that up?
  • Z-man427 - March 16, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    Assassin's Creed - I thought it was great, but i did see the flaws. GH/RB -UGH! Killzone 2 - Haven't played it, but i really want to Space Giraffe - huh? Pokemon - used to love it. then i hated it. then i enjoyed it again. now i'm indifferent Dead Rising - Fun for about 20 minutes. but those are really fun 20 minutes. Halo - Kinda fun and stuff, but it just doesn't keep me coming back
  • TheNinja - March 16, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    christian a&r ministry reviews games, and exists?
  • FrozenImplosion - March 16, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    i thought that most magazines hated on space giraffe... not just oxm
  • lucashintz - March 16, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    hmm nice article. Is it bad if I hate most of them?
  • Hobojedi - March 16, 2009 10:52 p.m.

    Oh wow, those Christian reviews were really funny..
  • Heyexclamationpoint - March 16, 2009 11:08 p.m.

    Wow, I thought I was the only one who didn't like Dead Rising. I found that game more infuriating than anything else.
  • ToughGuy - March 16, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    All of these I like except Pokemon, I guess the "Pokemadness" never affected me.
  • Kerfluffle - March 16, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    In all honesty, judging by people who post on this website, it seems that you either love or hate the Gabriel Knight series. Really I'm not making fun of it honestly I promise :D
  • Kerfluffle - March 16, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    Oh, and I've played Pokemon, AND watched the anime, AND bought those shitty Pokemon Stadium games for N64 since age SIX and I haven't become a devil-worshiping occultist like that dumbass pastor/priest/ whateverthehellrankidontgiveashitabout said I would. So there...
  • McSpermie - March 16, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    The Lurcher has a point, though I really doubt that he has read it seeing as how he was the 6th to post. Assassin's Creed-fantastic Guitar Hero/Rock Band-Mainstream but very fun KZ 2-all that has going for it are it's graphics, brought nothing new to the table. Space Giraffe-? Pokemon- Very fun, can't really see how people couldn't enjoy it at some point in their life. Dead Rising-I'm really in the middle about this game, though I like it more then hate it. Halo-The first was the best but they are all good games, and by saying that you think that it's shit and back that up by saying it's your opinion is retarded. That's like saying air doesn't exist in my opinion. Who's actually going to read this?
  • ToughGuy - March 16, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    ^ Not me
  • SuperGoomba64 - March 16, 2009 11:25 p.m.

    That Pikachu pic scared the hell out of me... Anyway, great article.
  • flare149 - March 17, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    Yeah most of these are just overated or underated. For example, Halo is good, but it's in no way amazing. Really glad GH/ RB was mentioned because that's been a hot topic in forums

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