I recently finished BioShock: Infinite last night, and looking back at its release, it’s quite marvelous how the game has received universal acclaim from both players and critics. I initially had no plans on buying the game because it wasn’t really the type or genre I’m usually interested in. Yet, the game came out and everyone was literally going crazy about it. I bought the game after realizing that the buzz was indeed real instead of some promotional hype. I loved it and it really blew my mind to pieces so bad, I’m still in the process of piecing my brain together as I am writing this. I’m not a huge fan of FPS games (one reason why I didn’t want to get it), but its awesomeness made up for my bouts of nausea while playing.
BioShock: Infinite is the type of game that almost everyone can love. I can already imagine myself asking people who wouldn’t like the game: “How could you not like the game?” Truly, it’s hard to comprehend why some gamers might not love a gem or would be classic as this game. Consequently, I remember myself being at the receiving end of that question several times. I’ve often been criticized in real life and on Twitter by fellow gamers for not liking a couple of video game’s classic titles. Apparently, we don’t have the right to have our own preferences online but I’m used to the Internet. It’s not that these games are bad, they’re ‘good’ games but it just couldn’t blossom to fangirl love. Most of the time it’s just not my genre, or sometimes it’s because I’ve played its massively improved sequel first. Here’s a look back at some of the popular video game titles I just can’t seem to fall in love with. If you have one to share to or have a similar experience, let me know in the comments!
1. Fallout 3
I think I’ve already lost count on how may times I’ve been asked: “How can you not like Fallout 3?” I guess it’s always been my fault for making people believe that I was interested in role-playing games. However, Fallout 3 was the catalyst that made me realize that this was not the case. I realized I was mainly interested in the narrative aspects like Mass Effect 2 and Quantic Dream’s games, more than ones that favor in depth customization and open world elements. I acknowledge this game was good, but it just wasn’t for me. Two of the things that turned me off was the fact that I felt like the protagonist was a silent dummy and that I couldn’t forge an emotional bond with the characters. It’s funny how my experience with this game made me put off Skyrim for so long. I ended up liking Skyrim for some bizarre reason, but that deserves another post.
2. Mass Effect
If you guys have known me long enough, you’re probably messaging Paul right now telling him that I’m indoctrinated. How can Benny (Unreality’s resident Mass Effect addict) not like Mass Effect? Quite weird right? Especially for someone who is a big fan like me. I’d like to emphasize the fact that I’m talking about the first game, not the series as a whole. Well, as I’ve said many times: I was introduced to the series through Mass Effect 2. It’s no doubt that the second game went through a major makeover in it’s aesthetic and gameplay. ME2 was criticized for being oversimplified, but it appealed to action oriented players like myself to the franchise. It’s hard for me to love the first Mass Effect, mostly because I was already used to the improvements in the second game. Like Fallout 3, I was not a fan of the complex inventory system among many other hardcore RPG elements. I only play the first game to create an import for my games in the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3. It was more of a chore, than something I would do leisurely. Perhaps if I met Mass Effect first, things would have been different.
3. Final Fantasy VII
The first role-playing game I ever played was Final Fantasy VIII and I was still a child back then. Sometimes I consider Final Fantasy X as my first too since I was already at an age wherein I could fully comprehend the story and themes. I have the most recent Final Fantasy games at present, and I remember people were always telling me to play FFVII. They called it a classic and a ‘must play’ for Final Fantasy fans. Luckily for me, Square Enix had a massive sale for all their Final Fantasy titles in the PlayStation Store. I quickly picked up FFVII to try the game for myself and as much as I tried to love the game, it was challenging. One thing that really annoyed me was the fact that I had to run by pressing the directional button and ‘x’ at the same time. Like Mass Effect, if only I played FFVII first then I might have appreciated the game more. It also doesn’t help that people kept telling me the story before I played it.
We all know that BioWare is pretty much known for their storytelling and character development. It really doesn’t help when people have outed the major twist in the game like who Revan really is. In addition, I seem to have a curse with playing sequels first since I played Obsidian’s KOTOR II before BioWare’s. Don’t blame me, I was only a child and I was gullible to believe anything the retailer lady would tell me. Unlike my experience with Mass Effect, I wouldn’t say that the sequel was better because I know a lot of things were cut in the game. I would say that I enjoyed KOTOR II more since I went into that blind. Knowing the plot ruined the experience for me. It reminded me of the time I watched the Sixth Sense and the reveal didn’t feel as awesome as it should have been since I knew the twist before I watched the film.