After I completed Final Fantasy X, I was so glad to have played such a wonderful game. I was a bit disappointed with the ending and by the ridiculous amount of cut scenes (the game has about 20 total hours worth of cut scenes) coupled with the fact that these cut scenes can’t be skipped. Still, it came to be one of the best rpgs I’ve ever played. So I thought to go online and see what other people thought about the game, to see if people hated the ending of the game as much as I did and if they had no problem with the unskippable cut scenes.
But I was not prepared for what I would discover from the user reviews on Gamespot, IGN, and on Gamefaqs. Hardly anyone talked about the disappointing ending because, to my surprise, some people couldn’t even beat the game because it was “unplayable.” It wasn’t just one user review either. I was shocked. FFX for me had an amazingly incredible storyline with dynamic characters, an easy-to-use battle system complemented by an innovative sphere grid level-up mechanics and monsters and bosses that required great strategy to beat. I expected disappointments with the ending, with the temple puzzles, with the long cut scenes. I had no idea people would be THAT turned off by the game’s voice acting that they would stop playing the game after being about 5 hours into the game.
FFX is the perfect example of how for some people, one flaw in the game can completely ruin the game. In the case of FFX for some people, it was the voice acting. Well, that and for some people, it was the “gay” look of Tidus who was the protagonist of that game. But this is just one example.
I know people who are immediately turned off by too much gore. Some people can’t stand bad translations. Some people don’t give “kiddy” games a chance. I talked on the forums with a lot of people who haven’t played but still bash games like Super Mario Galaxy or Viva Pinata because of the games’ cartoony looks and their juvenile appeals. For some other people, if the game does not get a 90+ rating on Metacritic, the game is automatically subpar and not worth the purchase. There are those who can’t handle unrealistic games, which is why those people think Metal Gear Solid is a shitty game and prefer Splinter Cell franchise instead. Some people hate easy games and like being challenged. These are the kinds of people who list Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask as one of their favorite games but will never talk about Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass in a favorable manner.
And there are the fanboys. For example, when Heavenly Sword was announced as an Xbox exclusive, Sony fanboys bashed the game and said things like, “who’d want to buy that piece of shit?” A few years later the game came out as a PS3 exclusive and those same people reviewed the game as 9/10 or 10/10. The game not being exclusive to their favorite console completely turned them off and that partly affected their opinion about the game. For some others, awkward controls will make them swear. Some of these people despise the Wii Remote and/or the Sixaxis and have never gotten used to the Gamecube controller.
It’s interesting to me to learn about the different things that may completely throw people off for hating the game. Everyone has different tastes and there is no one game that is liked by everyone. There are games I personally didn’t like that much that was praised by majority of the critics as one of the greatest games ever made. Beause I too am turned off by certain things in a big way.
Unless the gameplay is extremely phenomenal (i.e. Super Mario Galaxy), plotholes and abrupt story presentation will make me dislike a game. I didn’t like Gears of War and Final Fantasy XII mostly for this reason. More examples: XIII, Halo 2, Halo 3, Lair, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Black… When a game makes an effort to make a story, I pay attention to it and when things don’t fall into place, I won’t stop playing the game outright, but I will be extremely disappointed with the game, more so than average people probably. I’m the type of person who can actually work around terribly unresponsive controls but too many plotholes, too many stale characters, and I’m done. I’m still surprised that I was able to actually completely beat FFXII. I must have had fun torturing myself.
Anywho, is there anything with games that turn you off majorly? I gave extreme examples but yours doesn’t have to be that extreme. It could be anything from severe frame rate drops to terrible character animations to cartoony kiddish look. Everyone has different tastes and distates in games and I’m interested to know what yours are like.