On the one hand, there’s nothing worse than playing a game that obviously had no effort put in. Then again, there’s also the other extreme, where a game is meant to be taken so seriously that it sort of ruins the fun of it all. Whatever good intentions the developers may have had, these ten titles would have most certainly have benefited from a more lighthearted approach.
#10: “Call of Duty: Ghosts” (2013)
When you are engaging an evil syndicate in a firefight while floating through space, you have to at least acknowledge this isn’t a modern military FPS anymore.
#9: “Assassin’s Creed III” (2012)
The sailing segments were awesome for sure, but by this point the time-travel elements had gotten so convoluted that it was impossible to consider this game gritty.
#8: “The Witness” (2016)
Its beautiful to behold, but when the actual narrative is hidden in vague audio logs, the whole thing comes across as a bit pretentious.
#7: “The Darkness” (2007)
There are certainly seedy elements that reflect a typical mob story, but there also giant demon tendrils growing from out back that let us pull our enemies’ spines out of their backsides. Not exactly neo noir.
#6: “Watch_Dogs” (2014)
In their attempt to give us a tortured protagonist with immense hacking skills, the game gave us a rather boring lead whose exploits ultimately felt like trolling.
#5: “Max Payne 3” (2012)
Even in old age Max retains his badassery…but will you please stop with all those depressing inner monologues!
#4: “Fez” (2012)
The hype surrounding its release as well as the developer’s mental breakdown drowned this game in so much controversy that it lost its original charm.
#3: “Homefront” (2011)
Imagine if Red Dawn was meshed together with Call of Duty, now give it an inconsistent tone and you are good to go.
#2: “Beyond: Two Souls” (2013)
David Cage might have gone a little overboard with this one. Our heroine not only has a spiritual entity acting as a personal shield, but she also becomes a secret agent and helps defeat an ancient Navajo demon all in the same game!
#1: “Shadow the Hedgehog” (2005)
It’s. A. Talking. HEDGEHOG! What part of that conjures up images of edginess?!