8 Successful Video Games That Got A LOT of Hate From Gamers

Sometimes a video game can come out, sell a bunch of copies, and even get a ton of critical acclaim, and still it won’t be saved from a very hostile fan reaction. The reasons gamers end up hating a game can vary; sometimes it’s just too damned weird, but the legacy of disappointment can be a hard one to get rid of. Let’s investigate these games that were both successful and earned the ire of the gaming community!

Mass Effect 3

The most important part of a flight is the landing (I know that not because I am a pilot, but because I have never died in a fiery plane crash, and thus would rate all of my flying experiences as “above satisfactory”). That’s a lesson Mass Effect 3 would’ve done well to keep in mind, since there was a full scale revolt against this game after it was deemed too linear — an especially egregious mistake considering one of the franchise’s strengths was the different ways you could change its story through your actions.

Final Fantasy XIII

Another game that was obliterated for its ridiculous degree of linearity, Final Fantasy XIII didn’t have the big, sprawling overworlds the series was known for. In fact, this game was not only side-scrolling beat ‘em up-level linear, it also had a storyline that was absolutely nonsensical. Square spent two sequels trying to fix the game for fans, but I don’t think anyone will ever have particularly fond feelings towards this game.

Prince Of Persia: The Warrior Within

If you have friends who go through sudden and severe mood changes, you know how difficult they can be to deal with. So imagine everyone’s displeasure when they find out the sequel to an incredibly fun and lighthearted game like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time would be a brooding, violent endeavor, starring a prince who was suddenly a big ol’ dink. People didn’t like mad, whiny Harry in the fifth Harry Potter book, and that dude’s one of the most beloved literary characters ever. What chance did the Prince of Persia have?

Mighty No. 9

This was one of the most hyped up Kickstarters ever — “THE RETURN OF MEGAMAN!” screamed the lazy headline I just invented now for the purposes of this article. But Mighty No. 9 saw delay after delay, and then the developer funded ANOTHER game through Kickstarter before it even came out, leading customers to go “uuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh wut?!” By the time the game came out and was bad, people were already mad at it., meaning it would’ve had to have been VERY good for people to change their minds.

Metal Gear Solid 2

I like Metal Gear Solid 2, but man, a whole bunch of us were upset that you did not get to play as Snake and instead took on the role of Raiden. That said, the moment in the game when you’re running around naked, having a mental breakdown, is probably what eventually cooled people’s tempers off about the whole thing.

Star Fox Adventures

Like how people were mad because they just wanted to play as Snake, Star Fox Adventures could’ve been the best game of all time and people still would’ve been annoyed that it wasn’t the regular space combat Star Fox.

Dragon Age II

Let this be a warning to all developers — simplifying a game that people loved for its complexity, and then rushing its development so much that it feels like you’re just fighting in the exact same areas over and over again, is the not the best strategy for making a sequel. A lot like the Mass Effect series, fans of the original Dragon Age haven’t stopped complaining about either of the two sequels (though Dragon Age III was seen as something of a return to form).

No Man’s Sky

If we’ve learned anything from loathed game developer Peter Molyneux, it’s not to over-promise and under-deliver. I’m not saying No Man’s Sky is as bad as something Molyneux would promise, but people aren’t exactly thrilled with the lack of features they ended up getting…

Is there a game that really made you mad, even though it was technically good? Let us know on Twitter @Smosh!

Will Weldon
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