Video games are more important to the pop culture of today than they have ever been in history, so it stands to reason that there are going to be some of these game developers that just aren’t measuring up to their hype. Worse yet, there are plenty of game companies that simply aren’t as good as what they used to be, and aren’t evolving with the changing trends and improving their releases in kind. Below you will find a list of the 10 most overrated game companies right now.
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Here are the Top 10 Most Overrated Game Companies
Rocksteady is really best known for the Batman games that put the company on the map. With their first title, Batman: Arkham Asylum, players were finally given a game worthy of the iconic superhero. Soon thereafter, its sequel Arkham City would be another triumph for the rising game developer. This featured more of an open world feel, offering players the chance to go over an extensive play map, far less limited than they were at the asylum.
Pawning off another sequel to Warner Brothers game developers in Canada, Rock Steady planned their epic finale for the Batman series called Arkham Knight. This game really paled in comparison to the previous titles, even the sequel that they didn’t develop as much as the others (Arkham Origins). This led to the discussion that the developer as a whole might just be a little more overrated than they were oozing with talent.
9. Treyarch/ Infinity Ward
Both of these game developers are most known for their respective contributions to the Call of Duty franchise. While the series still seems to generate a lot of buzz around the release of each of its titles, the franchise as a whole has become nothing more than multiplayer death matches. Gone are the days in which single player campaigns were actually important, which ironically enough was the earliest foundations for the Call of Duty name.
Now instead of looking into the war patterns and historical battles of the past, the Call of Duty name has its sights permanently fixated on what they imagine future warfare is going to be like. While it certainly has a fan base, it is nothing quite like the hype these games used to have even 5-6 years ago. It seems more like the companies are trying to meet specific release patterns, and letting the games themselves fall by the wayside.
Valve at one time was considered to be one of the greatest game developers on the planet, but then again this was following the impressive gameplay of Half Life and Half Life 2. Since this time they have seen moderate success, but nothing to really suggest that they have earned a spot on the list of the best game developing companies out there. Considering that Half Life 2 dropped in 2004, they haven’t really done anything worth that same level of hype for over a decade.
Bungie is pretty much exclusively associated with the Xbox exclusive Halo franchise. The series began with raving reviews for the leaps and bounds that the developer made to really encapsulate a great first person shooter in a competitive market. Everything was ideal. Then came a sequel, and another, and another and so on. Now they are so many games deep into the franchise that most of us have lost count and seriously lost interest in the same character doing the same kind of missions over and over again.
Open world games are nothing new to the gaming industry. Rockstar Games have staked their entire company on open world game after another, most of which seemingly following the same patterns and rise to power. While this certainly has its place in the industry as one of the best ways to kill a lot of time, Rockstar as a game developer really isn’t going to have any lasting fame about game after game regarding taking over a city.
Their biggest sleeper success came from its open world reboot of the Red Dead franchise, Red Dead Redemption. Its sequel is slated for release later this year and it could show that there is some hope yet for this niche in gaming.
5. Square Enix
Square Enix has really spread itself out over a lot of RPGs throughout the years. Most commonly, the developer is known for their Final Fantasy series, which has just recently dropped its 15th installment. While this seems impressive from a franchise standpoint, this is another example of overdramatic RPGs and tired storylines playing out over and over again. There is something to be said when everyone thinks the developer and franchise both peaked with the seventh installment of the Final Fantasy series. But hey, if people keep buying it, just make that game over and over again.
4. Naughty Dog
Naughty Dog is best known for the Uncharted series. While these games are certainly good, there is rarely a lot of people that are going to line up and cheer about climbing and jumping games. Let’s be really specific here, the games are very difficult 3rd person shooters that entail jumping, climbing and swinging from ropes a solid 40% of the game.
No matter how good of a storyline the game has, there is really only so much variance you can put inside that same little box, and it kind of showed Naughty Dog as a one-trick pony. They strategically seemed to wait until better engines were being released to bolster graphics with each release, but the game was always essentially the same through each of its 4 titles.
Ubisoft has its hands in a lot of different genres of the video gaming world. Perhaps their most successful franchises are Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed. These are the two that have hyped the developer up to be deemed one of the greatest making games right now. While the Far Cry series is very acclaimed, the Assassin’s Creed brand is steadily failing with gamers due to lack of versatility from game to game.
There are only so many swan dives and hiding one person is able to take before they’ve just had enough, no matter what point in history they might find themselves. Even the Far Cry games started to get a little out of whack through their later installments, going far off track from the real reasons that they were successes. Still trying to beat a dead horse until it stops moving completely, Ubisoft will be expected to release both another Assassins Creed and Far Cry game within 2017.
At one point and time the hype of Kojima was legitimate. Their flagship has been and will always be Metal Gear Solid games. At a certain point these games featured some of the greatest gameplay, graphics and storylines. The more installments to this series that dropped, the worse and worse that these games would inevitably become.
By the time that consoles had started to be able to really develop movie level graphics, all of the good storylines that this series could have used were long since used and the stories that would be used instead felt tired and forced. While Kojima is still deemed among the best, it is most likely due to how much people used to really like the games that they made and nothing to do with the latest creations.
Nintendo is a great example of a developer that is going to keep milking their cash cows until they completely dry up. While they might branch out a little from time to time, the developer keeps the bulk of their original content starring its two main franchise characters Mario and Link (Zelda). With every new system or new advancements with their consoles, you can expect a game from both of these overly tired characters to make an appearance. But again, if people don’t ever stop buying them then Nintendo won’t ever actually have to develop games that are new, fresh and actually engaging ever again.
These are the ten most popular game developers that have really been letting their loyal fan base down in recent years in a big way. While at one time these particular companies might have been the very best in their respective fields, their refusal to update and bring out games that can thrive in this changing and evolving world of gaming is hurting the culture of video gaming as a whole.
These brands are getting a pass due to their accomplishments of the past, and being allowed to make sub-par submissions based on their known brand, instead of taking some time to fine tune their products and ensure that they can measure up to the reputations that they are rapidly losing.