Ten Ridiculously Overrated and Overhyped Franchises

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First things first, I am not claiming any of these series are bad (except one or two maybe), merely overrated and overhyped. Secondly, I am not singling out individual games or this slideshow would never end; instead, I am giving you ten of the most overrated franchises in gaming. With that out of the way, let's proceed!

Oh hype, where would the game industry be without you? Without those exclusive cover stories, in-depth previews, and bold, attention-grabbing headlines, which games would we know to build our hopes up for? The hype industry is a key part of the game industry, but sometimes the hype and overrating stays around long after the game’s release. Long after. Sometimes the hype and overrating follows each entry in a series, like a faithful puppy.  These ten franchises have the most loyal of puppies. 

Published Mar. 19th 2015
  • Caranthir_7404
    Thanks for the article,i totally agree.
  • Nunya biz
    Wow, where to begin with this opinion piece?
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    By telling me my opinion is wrong, or something along those lines?
  • Kye S.
    When thinking of series to contribute, I realized that, aside from the ones already mentioned, all the overhyped games I could think of were not actually franchises... It's somewhat sad that you don't even have to release one good game before it gets blown out of proportion, then dies inside a year. (I'm looking at you, Respawn)

    On a more personal note, I do have to partially disagree with you on one entry, and that is the elder scrolls. Partially. I find that the games are really lacking on their own, just as you say, but they have one good thing going for them that does deserve a great deal of hype in my opinion: the ease at which they can be modded.

    But then, throwing in mods just complicates everything, don't it? But wait! Before you call me out on that fact, consider that no other franchise on the list has a reputation for being a modder's paradise like the elder scrolls games do.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    The games are a modder's paradise, but what fans do on their own time doesn't excuse the lack of depth in the game as Bethesda ships them.
  • Jage_4215
    I'm surprised this article has no hate comments.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Don't jinx me please!
  • Durinn McFurren
    May I add one more to the list? World of Warcraft.

    For its time, a groundbreaking MMO, one that really appealed to the masses. For many years it advanced great new content for all. But for the past couple of years... well, one gets the feeling this game is just riding on its own coattails. There's many better MMOs out there (case in point: Wildstar, a far superior game in my opinion, except that its launch troubles made its population die), except that they lack the player base, which WoW only has because it is so well-established, which is only because of its previous successes.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's a bad game. I'm saying there's far better out there. Maybe if they reworked things to get rid of the dated tab targetting, added in teleportation (what MMO makes you take flight paths in this day and age?), and worked on getting more frequent releases of more content, both world content and instanced, they could get back into the running, but for now, I am out.
  • McSleaz
    WOW, Did you play GTA 5 for more than five minutes??? It's a masterpiece.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Thank you for proving my point. :)
  • Farrel Nobel
    Oh my god, couldn't agree more on Skyrim. Everyone says it's the best ever but it's not. I found it to be really REALLY boring. "make your own story" smh.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Skyrim should be renamed, "Excessive Hoarding and Organizing Your Home Simulator."
  • Jilliz
    I was rather surprised to not see battlefield series on this list...
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Because COD beats Battlefield in the hype field hands down. Battlefield 4's launch also dampened many player's expectations and people have been skeptical of the series, and Hardline as a result.
  • Pip Simon
    Featured Contributor
    I have to agree with most of these, even though I love playing them myself. I think Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts should be on here somewhere. I am always so excited for those games to come out and am continually disappointed.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Having never played a Kingdom Hearts, I could not in good conscience place the series on here. While Final Fantasy is subject to massive hype, it has a massive and well-earned pedigree. Also, since the release of FF 13, the Lighting games, and the launch of FF 14, players have been more skeptical and of the series .
  • Si_W
    Everything is overhyped, the question to ask is why do so many people fall for it in such a big way every time?

    I enjoy AC, GTA, Elder Scrolls and Borderlands but I've never believed they were going to be more than a couple of hours entertainment here or there. The hype seems to make some gamers believe that their life will change forever. It never does.

    Other worthy contenders (all of which I like playing):

    Far Cry
    Batman Arkham series
    Saints Row
    The Witcher series
    Dragon Age series

    Take your pick. All good solid games in my view but all hyped out of all proportion. Watch Dogs is not yet a franchise, but look at the mass disappointment by all but those who just liked to play the game.

    Sadly hype is just the way of the world and this site is as guilty of it sometimes as everyone else. Witness the article just the other day "10 reasons why Star Citizen will blow you away". It'll be good, but will it blow us away? I doubt it. After the hype of Elite: Dangerous, the response appears to be a bit "meh" but I'm sure it's an enjoyable game for those who play it.

    We should all just focus on boring facts and less on generating hype.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    As I mentioned, hype is an integral part of the gaming industry, for better or worse. While there are hype pieces on here, the majority of the articles here are written by fans and not "professional." The issue I have is when a site like IGN runs an overt hype generation piece. For instance, when they claimed Dungeons was "The Successor to Dungeon Keeper." (I paraphrased a tad.)

    If players want to hype, and they will, then fine. Like you said, they should look at facts instead of generating hype. Most releases now are hyped way more than they deserve, but until people stop this self-perpetuating cycle, expect this to never end.
  • marytza
    well said. and the damm the truth.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Why thank you!
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    So I think that Uncharted is pretty silly and bombastic, but I honestly do find it kind of fun. I've never personally claimed it to be great, but it's like a Jason Statham action film -- pure popcorn goodness.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    In some ways, it is. The amount of flaws and insults to me kept me from enjoying it.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Ahh, the comments for this one are going to be SO MUCH FUN! XD
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Don't you jinx me now!

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