Every now and then we read articles which just need mentioning, recently an article showed up over at SFLChronicle which listed what an author called Kharlo regards as the top five most overrated games of all time, before continuing we must point out that being overrated doesn’t make it bad, just either sold a lot more than it should have or received better reviews than expected. Remember SFLChronicle’s post is an opinionated post, so don’t worry if you don’t agree.
Kharlo’s article can be seen in full here, he claims that his fifth most overrated game is Metroid Prime, followed by Sonic Adventure, then Half-Life 2, in second place was Grand Theft Auto III and finally Kharlo rates Grand Theft Auto IV as the most overrated game of all time – this has caused quite a stir.
In the article Kharlo also listed similar games which he felt deserved better reviews and sales figures than the titles mentioned in the previous paragraph – he thought that both Metroid: Other M and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption were better than Metroid Prime, whilst Sonic Colors was a better game than Sonic Adventure, as for Half-Life 2 he thought that both Bioshock and Bioshock 2 were better. When talking about GTA III Kharlo felt that both Shenmue and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind were superior and as for GTA IV Kharlo thought that both Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire deserved higher review scores and sales.
According to Wikipedia Grand Theft Auto IV has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide, 3.7 of which occurred on its first day. In terms of reviews the game received full marks from plenty of critics, in fact it would be fair to say that any review which equates to less than 9/10 would look out of place. When critics such as IGN, GameSpot and EuroGamer give a game 10/10 you know it must be good – so why does Kharlo regard this game as the most overrated game ever?
Khalro believes that GTA IV “bathes in the stagnant waters of its predecessors”, with a poor shooting system and lower than average animations Kharlo doesn’t understand how a perfect score can be given, he also points out that at least Vice City and San Andreas “tweaked gameplay mechanics” and added different settings.
We must admit that GTA IV seemed great at the time, but now when we look back we have to admit that there is a lot of room for improvement – what do you think?
What do you think is the most overrated game ever?