SLIDESHOW

Most Overrated Video Games

None of these games are particularly bad, but all are relentlessly overhyped by games journalists and fanboys alike.

Way Overhyped

Okay, none of these video games are truly bad, but both journalists and fanboys continue to overhype them. (Even real life isn't worth 100 percent--why award it to a game?) In addition to sticking the boot into each game, we've included its GameRankings score, and what it should have averaged.

Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

GTA IV is not the revolutionary slice of perfection that many critics claimed it was. For every moment of sheer, unadulterated brilliance, GTA IV throws up something boring or boneheaded to counter it.

GameRankings score: 95%

What it actually deserves: 89%

The Sims 3 (PC)

As the first game in the series without original creator Will Wright on board, The Sims 3 kind of failed to deliver.

GameRankings score: 87%

What it actually deserves: 75%

Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii)

Like Will Wright's Spore, Call of Duty: World at War was a victim of hype-by-association.

GameRankings score: 87%

What it actually deserves: 70%

Braid (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)

Though we appreciate the herculean effort it took to get Braid made, we think some critics went a little overboard in their gushing praise for the game.

GameRankings score: 92%

What it actually deserves: 75%

LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

LittleBigPlanet's single-player campaign (if it can be called that) feels like something of an afterthought, with a handful of levels tied together by a trite storyline.

GameRankings score: 95%

What it actually deserves: 85%

Brutal Legend (PS3, Xbox 360)

Has Tim Schafer ever made a game that wasn't overrated? Brutal Legend is no different.

GameRankings score: 82%

What it actually deserves: 65%

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

The Metal Gear Solid series has always been contentious for gamers: You either love its silly formula or you loathe it.

GameRankings score: 94%

What it actually deserves: Depending on your taste, its score is either 6% too low or 92% too high!

Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360)

There's no getting past the fact that Halo 3: ODST is too short. Way too short. It should have been released as a midpriced expansion, as was Bungie's original intention.

GameRankings score: 86%

What it actually deserves: 78%

Resident Evil 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Resident Evil 4, with added racism.

GameRankings score: 82%

What it actually deserves: 75%

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

When it isn't throwing cool scripted sequences at you, the action in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves can be quite linear and one-note. The lack of environmental damage in the game is also disappointing.

GameRankings score: 96%

What it actually deserves: 89%

Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, Xbox 360)

And people complained that Halo 3: ODST was little more than an expansion pack? Pfft.

GameRankings score: 89%

What it actually deserves: 55%

Dragon Age: Origins (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

Dragon Age: Origins is arguably the most hackneyed RPG in the history of the genre. The plot is a creatively bankrupt mishmash of a hundred cheap fantasy novels, all churned into a flavorless paste.

GameRankings score: 90%

What it actually deserves: 65%

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

This is B-grade science fiction dressed up in military fatigues. Sure, the attack on the White House might be thrilling, but it’s also completely implausible.

GameRankings score: 94%

What it actually deserves: 85%