10 Critically Hated Video Games That Are Actually Amazing


DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH. For every handful of awful games that gets released, an unnoticed gem squeaks through the machinery. Sometimes, critics and fans alike miss out on some of the best games on the market.

This is TheGamer's list of Critically Hated Video Games That Are Actually Amazing. What overlooked games are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below!


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Alien Isolation got largely ho-hum reviews, even though it’s a phenomenal game for fans of horror, stealth, and, well, Alien movies. Hardly anyone gave Hitman (2016) a chance, probably thanks to its episodic release schedule. They missed out on one of the best games of the year. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was a sleeper masterpiece in the Xbox 360 era, aided by the writer of Ex Machina and Andy Serkis, the actor who played Golum (and most other CGI characters you remember). Then there are Mass Effect: Andromeda and The Order: 1886, games that fell victim to their own hype.

It was a misstep to release Mad Max on the same day as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s also easy, with a little effort, to overlook the flaws of Skyrim VR to see its open-world majesty. Who could forget the whole No Man’s Sky debacle, despite that it’s a pretty chill universe exploration simulator? And people scoffed at 1-2 Switch, even though it’s a killer party game for non-gamers. If you’re going to pick a game to hate on, New Super Mario Bros. 2 seems like an odd choice.