Can you think of a game that critics love, but fans hate?
Do you trust critics? I’ll be honest, I don’t; because what they say they like might not be total honesty. In fact, there are some games, reviewed by critics, that are apparently the best games in the world – but when you come to play them yourself, they’re just, you know, okay…
Well, today we’re looking at games that critics loved but fans, not so much.
IGN gave this game a 9/10 and PC Gamer gave it 83/100…
High scores for a game that you may know was pretty much dead after a few months. I can see that when it first came out it looked to be a really decent title, but come on – 9/10?! Then came the DLC nonsense which made it incredibly pay-to-win, before it basically died with players leaving in droves.
For $60, there was no real content for the game so gamers really, REALLY hit back against it.
2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Polygon gave this 8.5/10, and I’m pretty sure they hate everything. Saying that though, Call of Duty titles are usually well received by critics, however, fans are a different kettle of fish. Players hated the jetpacks, and they hated that it felt just like every other game in the franchise they’d played.
Fans were also very disgruntled that they couldn’t play Modern Warfare remastered, without splashing out on a special edition of Infinite Warfare.
3. Destiny 2
The lowest rating for this game that I can find is 75/100. It has been nominated for more than 50 awards, winning numerous of them, and selling more copies than Destiny 1.
All of that makes it seem like it is a beloved game within the community, except fans were (and still are) furious about the content. Despite paying $60, fans had to pay for DLC which should have been in the base game (such as extra difficulty settings).
Bungie has taken measures to make players fall back in love with the game, but the damage has been done.
4. Watch Dogs
Another game beloved by critics, even PC Gamer gave it an 8.7/10 – while IGN gave it 8.4. That was after a misleading trailer, and a launch that, we’ll be honest, bored us to death. There was no real content for the game, everything felt the same, and the amount of fun you could have was very much minimal.
Fans hated the incoherent plot and general lack of much meaning within the game.
5. Halo 4
Of the reviews I could find, basically, all of them were 9/10. IGN gave a whopping 9.8/10, ranking it as one of the highest rated games of all time. It was another game that was very well performing at award shows, so you would expect it to be a great game for the fans.
Fans didn’t like the storyline and the majority of them hated the multiplayer, with it being unable to really keep anyone but die-hard Halo fans playing. Even then, die-hard fans felt betrayed by 343, who decided to push the game towards the casual audience, making it more fast-paced and much more random.
This might be one of the best examples of a game critics love, but fans hate.