To this day, I know when gamers discuss playing the most overrated titles this generation, Grand Theft Auto IV is always in the pipeline. It’s inevitable and I wonder if it effects Rockstar as much as it effects the loyal followers who are still excited and anticipating every little Grand Theft Auto V detail that leaks out.
Square Enix as a Company
I understand that Square Enix doesn’t qualify as a “franchise,” but has any famous developer/publisher released more garbage franchises this generation than they have? Let’s be honest — anyone who grew up playing Final Fantasy, Star Ocean, and a laundry list of other titles will agree that Square Enix was the pinnacle of the industry and the source of endless entertainment. Can you think of any other company’s titles that you have put over 100 hours into? I can’t. However, Square Enix took a dive this generation of epic proportions. In fact, I’d even say that Tiger Woods took less of a dive in his career than Square Enix has with its recent run of garbage titles.
The problem with SE is that its issue isn’t going to fall back on the media or retail stores. Sadly, it falls back on all of the loyalists who were willing to turn a blind eye to the company they adored to check out its next offering regardless of how many flies were flying around it. It’s almost embarrassing to think that Square Enix put its label not only on Infinite Undiscovery, but The Last Remnant, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Nier and Final Fantasy XIII all in the span of three to four years.
I’d like to go ahead and state that these games were overrated hardcore (none were outside of FFXIII), but I obviously can’t. The fact remains that the only reason these games got even a minor look in their direction was due to the company on the box — Square Enix. So, how do I justify putting them into this article? Well — Square Enix has certainly become and is deserving of being known as easily the most overrated producer, publisher, and developer of franchises during this stretch of the generation.
Thankfully enough, for us RPG fans anyways, we were blessed with hidden gems like Resonance of Fate, Tales of Vesperia, Valkyria Chronicles and many others to the point where we no longer have to blindly follow the company we once swore complete allegiance to in the field of roleplaying games. How people can be remotely excited for Versus XIII baffles me.
So, now that you have my list — what games or franchises would you add onto it?