Bump for interesting discussion.
(One of my favorite franchises here)As much as I love the original Megaman X, I felt X2 was a far superior game that not only improved on the gameplay mechanics but had a better story as well. Yet for some reason, everyone forgets X2,X3,X4,and X5 even fucking exist because X1 is so amazing. I do love Megaman X1 but X2 is so overshadowed by it because of how much of an impact it made. The gameplay on Megaman X still remains flawless, but X2 improved upon that, yet nostalgic fools will always try to tell you X1 is superior. Considering Megaman X is one of my favorite series of all time, it's hard for me to call the first one in the series 'overrated', but it really is, at least in comparison to X2. X2 even had superior level design in my opinion, although I will say the intro stage from X1 is pretty great. In short I don't think X's endless amount of praise is not deserved, I'm saying basically that hardly anyone cared for X2 just because of how amazing X1 is. Which is really a shame.
Minecraft. I get you can make some really creative stuff on here but honestly? I'd prefer using legos. Minecrafts endless opportunities with blocks are just too much really, I won't doubt people have made some truly impressive stuff with it but honestly I don't see how some people have the attention span to work with making these huge creations. I'd rather spend my time doing this type of work else where, I'm just not into these "endless" type games anymore.
Basically the N64 in general. Honestly, I do think a lot of games on the 64 have REALLY shown there age. I'll never understand why the console got the praise it did for its library, aside from Nintendo exclusives, N64 had some of the WORST third party support I have ever seen. There were some awesome Nintendo exclusives, but other than the support of rare, a bit of minor support from Ubisoft, what good games was there worth owning on 64? I have around 40 games for the system and hardly any of those games are good outside of Nintendo exclusives are actually good. Sure, it was graphically, far better than PS1, but I think PS1 has aged way better, to throw in comparison, I think Crash Bandicoot, while yes, a linear game that has you moving forward, has far more color than any 64 game I've seen (not counting Majoras Mask since that's actually one of my favorite games of all time.) The games ran at a better framerate. The N64 was endlessly praised because people grew up with it. And Mario 64 did set the bar for what 3D platformers should be like. I still take out my N64 time from time to play some platformers, but the N64 was very dull in terms of a robust library, and the fact that you had to buy an expansion pack just to improve the performance of few games just shows there was clearly a problem with developing for the system. People endlessly praise it without realizing it really isn't as amazing as they make it out to be, your childhood does not equal everyone's. You can show any modern day kid Spyro and he'll understand what he's looking at, show him a game like Golden Eye or Mario 64 and it'll take him a while to properly configure what the fuck is going on.
Metal Gear Solid, the original. What's that, another one of my favorite game franchises here? I do think the original MGS was very overrated and people are so blindly attached to it. I love it to death still, but it clearly has its flaws. Story wise I think it was excellent, not a single plot hole detected, because of this people always ignore any of the flaws in the gameplay. The game is incredibly linear and there aren't many ways of being stealthy. Twin Snakes came around offering more options of being stealthy and improved all the flaws of the gameplay in MGS 1. Yet Twin Snakes was bashed to oblivion. I was ashamed they ruined some of the great lines, but I still think gameplay wise it was superior. And there's really NO reason to replay through the game other than the VR missions, replayability for me is an important factor in a videogame. I really have to question those who hold MGS 1 in higher regard than 3. MGS 3 is one of my favorite videogames of all time and it amazes me some people are so attached to one because of there nostalgia they won't accept the fact MGS 3 gameplay wise is flawless in every regard. I still love MGS 1 to death, I just can't stand the fans who make it out like it's the second coming of christ.
Pokemon. Don't get me wrong, I love Emerald to death. As you all know, I'm kind of big on RPG's now, ever since I played Earthbound it really just showed me how shallow Pokemon was in comparison. I was never exposed to other RPG's. Pokemon has always felt rather easy, the only difficult Pokemon game was Yellow. Games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and Earthbound I feel just have so much love put into them, as of recently you think Pokemon only exist for the sake of marketing really, instead of even trying to deliver a truly beautiful immersive experience. I think Blue/Red/and Yellow have aged terribly, still fun to pick up every now and then but there some of the worst looking games on the Gameboy. I can understand the appeal back then, but it's just so pointless to play now if you own Fire Red or Leaf Green. Those who are obsessed with Pokemon REALLY need to try out other RPG's, people really do act as if Pokemon is the BEST RPG franchise ever when it really lacks, there are certainly far better RPG's with so much more attention to detail. Pokemon Emerald use to be my favorite RPG but it grew on me a bit. They're still games I can pick up and enjoy but man do they feel so shallow in comparison to other RPG's. I do think Pokemon X was really great though. I might sound a tad blunt here but I'm not sure why people continue playing the series in such ways it was hardly intended for. Pokemon has seen such a steady decline lately, Black/White and its sequels are a great example of this. While X and Y made a good recovery, the Ruby and Sapphire remakes already had me looking down once again. To see one of my favorite regions lose a few of it's amazing features, is really a shame. Not only that but to see it casualized really worries me. The Pokemon franchise is already fairly easy, to see it becoming easier isn't a good sign.