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8 Shockingly Excellent Games That Surpassed All The Hype

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Next week Tuesday E3 2015 kicks off and the gates of "hype hell" opens. We've all been burned by hype, and we all fall for the hype again and again. However, sometimes a game comes along, we see the trailers, read the news, and we think, the finished product won't be this good. And then it is.

1. Mass Effect 2

  • Developer: Bioware
  • Released: January 2010

I enjoyed Mass Effect so much I played it three times. Then came Mass Affect 2 and I expected it to look better than the first game, but I didn't think Bioware could improve much else. How wrong I was. Not only was the graphics mind-blowing, but also every other feature. It was a space opera unlike anything we've ever played. The detail that went into each crew member; look (race), back story, side-quest and oh the conversations we had. There was just so much depth to Mass Effect 2. I felt like the Normandy crew was my e-family ( I played with the same Shepard for all three games), crazy, I know. The choices Mass Effect 2 threw at me sometimes had me in tears. It was simply the perfect video game. At E3 we'll get our first proper look at the next Mass Effect. Please don't disappoint.


Our favourite gaming team, PlayStation Access compiled a list of seven games they think surpassed the hype. As always, I've added my opinion to their selection. Let's take a look.

2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Developer: Monolith Productions
  • Released: December 2014

Could a video game capture the genius of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and display the visual grandeur of Peter Jackson's film adaptations? The per-launch trailers certainly hinted at the possibility. As a huge LotR fan I was extremely skeptical, but the more I saw of Shadow of Mordor, the more interested I got. When the game finally launched we were treated to an unparalleled action-adventure. It was a masterpiece. In Shadow of Mordor gamers experienced Tolkien's Middle-earth legend in the form of a warden from Gondor. And what an experience it was.


3. BioShock

  • Developer: 2K Boston
  • Released: August 2007

In the words of PlayStation Access, "A rare diamond of originality." Remember when we saw the first BioShock trailer? It looked fascinating, but it was nothing compared to the actual experience. BioShock is one of the most entertaining games I've ever played. I loved the madness, the music, the bizarre landscape, the action, and the quirky characters. The Little Sisters, big Daddy's and the Splicers. The game concept was so original that I dare say we've not seen its equal in years. It was one of the best, if not the best game that released in 2007.


4. Alien: Isolation

  • Developer: The Creative Assembly
  • Released: October 2014

There have been so many disappointing "Alien" games that I'm sure gamers thought they'd never get a proper Alien game, ever. Then Alien: Isolation came along, and we got the game we deserved. There are two things I'll always associate with the Alien movies, Sigourney Weaver and being scared sh1tless of the Xenomorph. Alien: Isolation brought back both those two iconic Alien characters. Although Alien: Isolation is the story about Ripley's daughter, Amanda, in the Nostromo Edition you could play as Ripley and as two of her original crew members.  As far as capturing the fear from Alien, our reviewer stated, "Alien: Isolation recognises the roots of the franchise as precisely based on fear." 


5. Dragon's Dogma

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Released: May 2012

Dragon's Dogma is not a game I can talk about, but according to PLayStation Acces it was "One of the most fascinating role-playing games in years." It was one of the best-selling games in Japan and broke the record for fastest-selling new IP of the previous-generation consoles.

6. Spec Ops: The Line

  • Developer: Yager Development
  • Released: June 2012

I've not played Spec Ops: The Line, but I wish I did. I've read a lot about it and what strikes me is how it tries to be unlike the usual military type first-person shooter. According to PlayStation Access, the most outstanding thing about Spec Ops: The Line is how it forces self-awareness on the player. You do a lot of killing, as is expected of a soldier, but the game brilliantly makes you reflect on your actions. If a first-person shooter could ever portray the horror and turmoil of war, then this is it. Although the game was criticised for its gameplay, critics praised it for its narrative.

7. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

  • Developer: Mercury Steam
  • Released: August 2013

Epic boss battles, refined combat and visuals that were right up there with the best PlayStation 3 had to offer. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a pleasant surprise with its fantastic music score, and brilliant performance by Robert Carlyle. PlayStation Access. Too bad Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was such a letdown.

8. Batman: Arkham Asylum

  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Released: August 2009

Arkham Asylum is my favourite out of the three Batman Arkham games. It was such an accurate representation of DC Comics Batman universe that it wasn't difficult to imagine myself as Bats trying to escape Arkham Asylum. I also loved Mark Hamill's brilliant portrayal of Joker. It was also a lot better than the trailers we saw. Like BioShock, it's one of the most entertaining games I've ever played, although it was thrilling in different aspects. I loved Arkham Asylum for its challenging combat. It was like a dance I had to master. There is no deep plot or hidden lessons; it's just an incredibly fun experience. Batman: Arkham Knight releases on June 23, and will bring the series to a close. I hope it's better than Origins and Arkham City.


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