10 Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
Over the years The Witcher series has astronomically increased in popularity, and The Witcher 3 brought that to a head. After multiple strong E3 showings, countless impressive trailers, and a rising interest in fantasy were just a few of the reasons massive hype built up for The Witcher 3.<br><br>
Upon release, it was clear that The Witcher 3 more than lived up to those lofty expectations. The game garnered phenomenal reviews, with a 92 on Metacritic, and fan reception was exceptional. The Witcher 3 would go on to win an overwhelming amount of GOTY awards in 2015, and it’s more than quadrupled the sales of The Witcher 2.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
Rockstar has crafted some of the highest-rated and most beloved video games of all time, solidifying their place in the industry. Obviously, Red Dead Redemption 2 had hype behind it, and become one of the most hotly anticipated games of the generation.<br><br>
Luckily, on almost all fronts Red Dead Redemption 2 managed to deliver. It sits neatly at the top of the highest-rated games of this generation, with a whopping 97 on Metacritic. Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually quite different than the first, introducing survival elements and a huge emphasis on realism. It’s definitely one of the most impressive games of all time, not just this generation, no matter how you feel about its changed elements.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
After the failure of the Wii U all eyes were on Nintendo’s next move with the Switch. The company was launching their new system with a brand new Zelda game, one that built ridiculous amounts of hype over the time leading up to the Switch’s release. At E3 2017 fans lined up around the convention hall to play the game, and Nintendo devoted nearly their entire streaming time to it. <br><br>
Once again, Breath of the Wild would prove that Nintendo still knows how to change the game. A fantastically fresh take on the open world genre, Breath of the Wild shot up the charts to become the highest-rated Zelda game ever made, and even garnered a wealth of GOTY year awards in 2017. It remains one of the finest games on the Switch, and one of the finest open world games of all time.
Super Mario Odyssey – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
As if Breath of the Wild wasn’t enough in the Switch’s first year, Nintendo also dropped a brand new 3D Mario. The mustachioed plumber’s influence on gaming is well known, and fans were overjoyed to see a new full-fledged platforming experience coming to the Switch. <br><br>
On all accounts, Super Mario Odyssey pleased almost all fans. It brought the same fantastic quality platforming with an interesting new mechanic allowing him to jump on his sentient cap, Cappy, or use him to possess enemies. The mechanic completely changed the way Mario works, and its 97 on Metacritic only helps illustrate its success even more.
God of War – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
The God of War series had been dormant for a few years when the reimagining released in 2018. To say expectations were high would be an undertatement, as PlayStation fans expected the PS4’s very best exclusive yet.<br><br>
While some may disagree on that last point, pretty much everyone can agree that God of War was one of 2018’s very best game. Sony Santa Monica took great liberties to redefine the franchise with a more thoughtful, serious tone and a completely overhauled combat system. Both aspects worked exceptionally well, and the new Norse setting was the shot in the arm God of War ended up needing.
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
Truly exceptional superhero games are few and far between, which is why the Arkham series is usually thrust forward as the poster child. For this reason, superhero and gaming fans alike waited with bated breath for Insomniac’s Spider-Man, which they hoped would once again bring glory to Marvel games. <br><br>
The good news is that, for the most part, Spider-Man proved to be one of the best superhero games yet. Insomniac absolutely nailed web-swinging, and managed to even provide a truly engaging, emotional story. With an 87 on Metacritic, hopefully, Spider-Man is just an indication of things to come.
Persona 5 – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
JRPGs have fluctuated in populartity and relevance over the years, dying down a bit in teh PS3/360 era, and surging back in our current generation. One of the rising stars of the genre has been the Persona series, a brilliant combination of every day school life with demon killing JRPG stories. <br><br>
There was a lot of hype leading up to Persona 5’s release, especially because of its multiple delays, but after release the game only continued to build momentum. Plenty of reviews called it one of the greatest JRGs ever made, and its 93 on Metacritic was met by equally impressive fan praise.
Bloodborne – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
The Dark Souls series completely redefined the landscape of gaming, inspiring a number of copycats and new systems within games, even a sub-genre known as Souls-likes. This, along with the Lovecraftian design, is what made Bloodborne such a hotly anticipated title.<br><br>
In the end, the much more aggressive take on Souls gameplay worked wonders for Bloodborne. The game helped draw in tons of fans that found the Souls games inaccessible or had never tried them. Were it not for The Witcher 3, Bloodborne easily would have swept the GOTY awards in 2015.
Resident Evil VII – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
Resident Evil is the most influential horror game series of all time, but with the last couple entries, many fans felt like the franchise had started to lose its way. Capcom was hoping to change that with Resident Evil VII, directly trying to show fans that the series was going back to its roots. <br><br>
By adopting a first-person point of view and doubling down on horror helped Resident Evil VII hit heights the series hasn’t seen in years. With an 86 on Metacritic, and pretty stellar fan reception, this is one of the game’s that helped Capcom get back on track.
Uncharted 4 – Overhyped Games that Lived Up to Their Hype this Generation
The Uncharted series were finally those games that brought the rollicking adventures of Indiana Jones styles movies to the world of video games. With Uncharted 4 bringing a finale to the saga, hype was at a higher point than ever before. <br> <br>
Even though expectations were at critical mass, Uncharted 4 managed to bring a fitting and well-received ending to Nathan Drake’s story. It certainly had some differences like a much slower story focused on character development, but the heart of Uncharted 4 was still what fans knew and loved.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Upon release, it was clear that The Witcher 3 more than lived up to those lofty expectations. The game garnered phenomenal reviews, with a 92 on Metacritic, and fan reception was exceptional. The Witcher 3 would go on to win an overwhelming number of GOTY awards in 2015, and it's more than quadrupled the sales of The Witcher 2.