most overrated video game | Undertale

Just like there are some games we love that the critics hated, there are games everybody else loves that we hate. It’s just an inevitability when there are different people with different tastes. And it’s true of all art forms. For instance, the new Star Wars movies have been extremely divisive. But when it comes to video games, for me there is one overrated video game that pushes out all others: Undertale.

I’m sure the developer worked very hard to craft that game, and it’s sold oodles of copies. So I don’t mean to disparage any of those people or attempt to discredit their success in any way. I’m just saying that — when it comes to strictly my perspective — I thought Undertale was an enormous train wreck of a bad time.

I hated the characters. I didn’t think the writing was funny or charming. I hated the hideous art style. (I love pixel art and Earthbound, FYI.) I can’t remember the soundtrack at all, so I can’t honestly say if I hated that. But I can say definitively that the only thing I enjoyed about Undertale was the “shooter” sections to dodge enemy attacks. I despised almost the entire game aside from that. And I got the pacifist ending, so I can say for sure I received a “full helping” of the game.

It regularly blows my mind not only that the game was successful, but that there are people who are rabid for it and that it has somehow appeared on the cover of Japanese gaming publication Famitsu.

most overrated video game | Frank Grimes | Undertale

Me, thinking about Undertale’s success

What about you? What is the most overrated video game you ever played? Tell us in the comments below!

John Friscia
Proofs Editor for Enthusiast Gaming. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I have recently returned from living in South Korea.

24 Comments

  1. Red Dead Redemption. The characters are all wood, the world is empty and lifeless, the story is the most cliche Western you can possibly tell (I predicted the entire story and ending before the intro cutscene was over) and the over-emphasis on physics made the game a chore to control. Ive seen countless perfect scores and not a single bad one, yet I found myself completely bored throughout the entire thing. I just don’t understand why everyone loved it so much. I’m disappointed, I wanted to love it too, but I just couldn’t..

    1. I’ve never played the series because, well, yeah, it looks boring to me. So I do understand where you’re coming from!

      1. To be fair, it looks like RDR2 might have fixed some of the issues I had but I just can’t be bothered for personal reasons. I own rabbits as pets so skinning them in real time in graphic detail isn’t something I’m down to watch in RDR2.

        1. Yyyyyeeeeeah can’t fault you for that. :

  2. Originally I was gonna pick Ocarina of Time, because despite it being a good game, it certainly isn’t the best game ever made (at least anymore), but honestly it’s Sonic Adventure 2. A game most people say is the best sonic game ever is riddled with bugs and an awful AWFUL camera. I was super disappointed when I played it

    1. Bad camera has definitely been a problem of 3D Sonic since its inception. I remember that frustration. I did enjoy SA2 a lot, but I preferred the original.

      1. Right but that doesn’t mean it’s good. I don’t have any nostalgic connection with any sonic game besides Rush, and I’ve played most of the 3D Sonic games objectively. The Adventure games were ok experiments but honestly Colors and Generations are so much better with controls and camera. I don’t HATE SA2 but I absolutely disagree when people say it’s the pinnacle of Sonic

  3. Uncharted 1 & 2 for me. Maybe 3 and up were better, but I haven’t tried them (yet).
    After playing the newer Tomb Raider games, it just felt like a more boring version of that, but with a lot of shoot out segments.

    Also can’t stand Fortnite.

  4. Call of Duty(overall) and Amnesia : Dark Descent are tied in the overrated scale. Stardew Valley not so much because the fps and horror genre are a lot more mainstream.

  5. Oh, here we go.
    Metroid Prime. I’ve tried to play this game on 3 separate ocassion, but the control scheme drives me insane. I need a port that supports a dual stick control scheme. Gamecube and Wii motion controls are both bad.

  6. Judging from the comments I see quality comments and games people just don’t understand. Agreed though: Undertake, Stardew Valley, Final Fantasy VII, Kanto, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time( Massive Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask fan instead) are games I feel like people say they like because it’s cool to say it. I’m gonna go and say much as I LOVE Kirby I much rather Kirby Dreamland 3 got thar remake along with/instead of Kirby Super Star did.

  7. Stardew Valley is very, very overrated. There are people all over telling me it’s this amazing time sink and that they can’t stop playing, but it never clicked with me. I don’t doubt it’s good, but I don’t think it’s the fantastic, gripping time waster everyone is trying to tell me it is.

    Honorable mentions: Rocket League and Hollow Knight, Fortnite, the FPS genre

    1. Stardew Valley is basically a zen meditation app, people like it because it’s relaxing and they can switch off their anxiety for a few hours.

    2. I haven’t played Stardew Valley, but I have a hunch I’d agree with you if I did. Farm sims just don’t do it for me, typically. I did buy Hollow Knight though, and after a couple hours of play, I felt overwhelming disdain for the game and never touched it again.

  8. I guess I might as well throw in my hat and say The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

    Granted, you could probably throw in the entire Zelda franchise, since none of the games I’ve played rank higher than an 8 out of 10 (at BEST), but that one in particular bugs me to no end because of its time gimmick. I’ve heard every defence out there, but none of them have made the experience any better for me.

  9. Kid Icarus Uprising. It got really good reviews (I think it got a perfect 40/40 from Famitsu) and I really wanted to like it… but I just didn’t. Flying sections were good, but mostly just made me want more Star Fox. Controls felt terrible to me. And the visuals were really boxy. Obviously you’re working with 3DS hardware, but it still looked ugly to me. I felt like they should have gone with a simpler look they could have gotten smoother.

    1. To this day, I’m not sure if I like the game or not. I’m left-handed, so trying to figure out those already quirky controls was twice as difficult for me. I finally just gave up. I guess I could try the game again with the extra nub on the 3DS XL, but I don’t really care at this point.

    2. You hurt me, Ben.

  10. Super Mario 64.
    Controls suck and it feels like a gimmicky game.

    1. I’m curious, what’s the gimmick?

  11. For me, the first one that comes to mind is Amnesia: The Dark Descent. You practically trudge around, hearing spooky sounds for the first hour or so. Then you have regular encounters with the same monsters over and over again. One chase scene is the only memorable thing about that game, but of course people hail it as one of the scariest games ever made. (It isn’t.) The puzzles are also a total bore. If you’re not being chased, you’re trying to solve an inane puzzle. It’s like other horror games, but much less fun.

  12. I think Undertale legitimately fantastic, I’d even go so far as to say it’s one of the best examples as games as art in recent memory. But Iguess by this point, you either like Undertale or you don’t, and Iwon’t hold it against anyone who didn’t connect with it.

    …Saying it’s “an enormous trainwreck of a bad time” is going to far, though. I mean, really?

    I can’t really think of any games I think are “overrated”, since I’m more open to the idea that people have different tastes and just because something isn’t for me, that doesn’t mean there isn’t an appeal there that I’m not getting. Once upon a time, I would have said Super Metroid is overrated, but looking at how Nintendo treats the Metroid franchise now, and also how the game uses ambiance and subtlety to extremely effective use, especially for the SNES, I’ve come completely around on it, even if I still prefer other Metroid games to it

  13. Agreed

  14. Phantasy Star Online. Never clicked for me. I bought it on the original Xbox and I still remember letting the service charge my credit card for over a year before I caught it and stopped it. My forgetfulness worked out for Sega that year.

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