Most Overrated Video Game Franchises

The Top Ten

1 Call of Duty

People just like this because they think they are too old for Mario, sonic, Zelda, Pokemon, and donkey Kong! They are just looking for the most violent M-rated game on the planet! Call of Duty! They just want to be cool! People who play Call of Duty get influenced with drugs, cursing, murder, and alcohol. And they don't like Nintendo just because it doesn't have all that! I don't even like Call of Duty! Its boring! I bet Call of Duty fans don't like it either! The probably just play so they can brag to their friends and judge people who like Nintendo! This is all messed up!

Most Violent game doesn't mean the best game on the planet. The best game on the planet is something with a lot of creativity and originality put during development. - recaller

Call of duty never created something new, it just took stuff from other games

People at my school say that Call of Duty is best game ever and that they are too young for Mario, Zelda, Kirby, and Donkey Kong! All the Nintendo franchises I listed all rock and are way better the Call of Duty! It is basically the same game every year with different maps. Just shoot, reload. Shoot, reload. How original!

Because its always the same thing every year - dinosaur

2 Minecraft

Um... This isn't a franchise. Why is Minecraft here? Yes, I think it's extremely overrated that deserves to be in a Top 10 most overrated games of all time list, but this is a list of overrated game franchises and not overrated games. So why is Minecraft the exception?

People are saying that this isn't a franchise. Okay, so why does it have a story mode game? I count it as a franchise and it is more overrated than Call of Duty. At least Call of Duty has a story and good graphics. This has neither of those things. There's no story, no characters, outdated graphics, and mods that take 12 years to install. If I wanted a sandbox game that revolved around mods and skins, I would get Garry's Mod instead. - DCfnaf

Mods don't take that long. You probably have slow internet or something. - PeeledBanana

To say the least the game can get a little boring, that is unless you start play online multiplayer. Either that's were mods should come in. Helps make the game much more interesting (depending on what mods you use).

It's somewhat good however the graphics could WAY better. It's definitely overrated. I Like the game but before 2013. Now it's a big mess. It really needs more polishing and its ungodly bugs everywhere to be patched.

3 Grand Theft Auto

First off, I'd like to point out that Grand Theft Auto I didn't pioneer the concept of a huge open 3d world. That honor goes to an underrated gem called Outcast. Go and see for yourself.

Second, the reason why this series is overrated is because it has become stagnant. Here's why:

In Grand Theft Auto I you couldn't swim, there were no checkpoints and no manual save option. If you died or got busted, you'd lose all your weapons.

In Grand Theft Auto Vice City you couldn't swim, there were no checkpoints and no manual save option. Again, die or get busted and you lose your weapons.

In San Andreas, the most complete and definitive game in the series, there were still no checkpoints and you still couldn't manually save the game. Also, die or get busted and bye-bye weapons. But at least you could swim and customize your characters and vehicles.

In Liberty City stories you had NONE of the customization options in San Andreas. Plus, you couldn't swim and of ...more

You could of mentioned that the game was turning children into violent children. I wouldn't give this if I had children. - Mumbizz01

Grand Theft Auto is basically the Family Guy of video games. It's only popular because of the countless controversies the series has garnered over the years. This is why it should be number 1 on this list. - PerfectImpulseX

The game is rated 18+ for a reason and it's way more than what you mentioned this franchise in the other hand has a great story, graphics, characters and gameplay you can play it for years without getting bored, I understand your opinion but if you hate something for being for violent just don't play it and no need to ruin it for the people who like it. - Votebotingsucks

I hate Grand Theft Auto. Sexist, bloody, violent, ugly, and just straight up disgusting. Steven Ogg deserves better than this. - 445956

This game is so violent and offensive! Its ruining our next generation! Australia did the right think and I sincerely hope they will not be making more...its sad really.

4 Super Smash Bros.

Not as good as the fanbase makes it look like. Overall, it's just a lame fighting game (and I really can't believe there are actually competitions for this...) Ultimate especially is incredibly overhyped and overrated.

I love SSB. Especially SSBB (unpopular opinion alert,) and SSBU, but SSBM is SUPER overrated. Come on, people. It isn't even that good! In fact it PAILS in comparison to some of the others!

I've been playing these games since Melee when I was really little. I don't care if you don't care about it, just understand it is a good franchise. And just because it is popular doesn't mean it doesn't deserve it. It's popular for a reason: it's good!

This Just Proves Dinosaur Is Hypocritical, He Accused Halo, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Sonic, Grand Theft Auto, Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Earthbound, And Mario For Being Overrated, Yet He's In Love With Smash Bros Yet It's Also Overrated - VideoGamefan5

5 Halo

Halo used to be good, until halo 4 came out. Ever since halo 4 and beyond, this franchise really started sucking! - UltraLunalaX

Halo is not 1 because they push games limits while Call of Duty is nearly the same - dinosaur

And at least they change stuff like new modes - ikerevievs

Good franchise, terrible fanbase

6 Five Nights At Freddy's

Not only is it overrated because too many people like it, but it is also by far the worst video game franchise ever. It's only scary the first 5 deaths, and it has the most tedious gameplay ever. It shouldn't be called "5 nights at freddy's", it should be called "5 nights with a paraplegic". Seriously, the entire game is just you using the force to turn the lights on and off and close the doors and only being able to look in 4 directions.

It should be called "Five nights with a telekinectic paraplegic". You can only look in four directions, and you can somehow press buttons without pressing it. This is the worst franchise of all time. This couldn't give a two year old nightmares. The biggest insult isn't the fact that the first game sucked. The biggest insult is the fact that they made three of these monstrosities.

I seriously hate this game, it's so overrated and I see it everywhere. To be honest I hate because of how its everywhere and that gets annoying. Why isn't this number 1?

I used to like it but now it's boring, I like it because of the characters only. Like, I don't even play the game, I just like to look at videos of the characters. - venomouskillingmachine

7 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by SEGA, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.

If this list was based solely on how many overrated games a franchise has and not the franchise as a whole, then this would probably be in the right spot, but as a whole, this franchise has no business even being in the top 20, not because of how much hate this series has gotten from the likes of 06, Shadow the Hedgehog (who's game has surprisingly aged in a positive direction), Secret Rings, and Boom. I will admit that the Adventure titles are extremely overrated and the classic games are slightly overrated, but even so, Sonic still doesn't belong this high after getting hated so much. It's like saying if you take away all of Sonic's bad games, then he would definitely be number 1, but I'm sure we can say that is a big exaggeration,

Man, this series gets way too much hate to deserve to be on this list even if the Adventure and classic games are overrated. But what really embarrasses me is that people only say Sonic has bad games like 06 that barely even get any praise from anyone; I mean seriously, how does 06 even relate to this franchise being overrated when the game wasn't praised to begin with. Seriously, who exactly is making comments in this list?

Seriously, this franchise has been overrated since it started. The only reason why it became popular was because it came out to compete with Mario.

The quality in its games were good sometime, but mostly deteriorated over time. I was a huge fan of Sonic during my youth, but the games got worse with each new installment.

8 The Legend of Zelda

This series is great. Yes the fanbase might be annoying to people or whatever, but with good reason. There is no bad Zelda game!

Technically not part of zelda because they were made by a different company that was never in part with nintendo. - poopmckenzie

It's a great game, but probably Nintendo's most overrated franchise. - KalloFox34

I think that the franchise is great, but the fanbase is another story

Ocarina of time may be overrated, but its stil amazing... why is Zelda on this list? - HeavyDonkeyKong

Just because a game is good doesn't mean it's not overrated, just look at the fanbase, Zelda IS overrated. - DaisyandRosalina

9 Bendy and the Ink Machine
10 Pokemon

It used to be good but now it's gone downhill except for let's go - myusernameisthis

Nope. It probably deserves more praise. Best game series, period. Call of Duty and Undertale are the overrated ones. - KalloFox34

It's more overrated than call of duty franchise, grand theft auto, halo, and even super smash bros series by you can capturing every pocket monster, and mewtwo is not one of the pokemon franchise? he is the best pokemon of all time!

Actually, it isn't overrated, just excessively advertised. - xandermartin98

The Contenders

11 Final Fantasy

Final fantasy franchise has awfully too many game with awfully too many similar game plot,boring game twist, where you probably join a group of overly dressed children who tries to save the world travelling around a small earth-like map or either play as a bimbo faced-male guy from a barbie movie with a big sword

Good god, the fandom for this crap is EVERYWHERE and they just won't shut up!

Sorry, not the best rpg series. - Skullkid755

It's actually pretty good...again with you Nintendo Fanboys... - DCfnaf

12 Flappy Bird

Wow, what a stupid game. It's probably the worst game I have ever played. I have never seen people go berserk over a garbage free mobile game. Plus, so many spinoff games... - DCfnaf

This is a franchise? - Userguy44

13 Skylanders

I played some of them and then I realized it was another one of Activision's cash cows. $12 of each character! ARE YOU SERIOUS? - DCfnaf

Why does this game receive any popularity at all? It's just a way for Activision to make double the money per game.

Nah, this franchise is great

How is it overrated? - KalloFox34

14 EA Sports

At least Call of Duty tries something that distinct the other games from each other and its gameplay is serviceable, in addition to FPS classics that are Modern Warfare 1 and 2, World at War and Black Ops. Meanwhile, EA Sports regurgitates the same game over and over and yet it still profits a ton. I've never grasped on how people tend to enjoy this and there's nothing interesting for me to find in it. I personally find FIFA to be arguably the most overrated video game series ever made (Yes, even more than Call of Duty). - CrimsonShark

Ea sports has been voted the worst company of all time 2 years in a row. These guys buy out awesome game franchises, ruin them, and make you by a bajillion dlc. Thank you ea.

15 Angry Birds

How the hell did this series get a MOVIE?!? Its just birds suicide-bombing pigs, whats the plot?

Wow, who even cares about this franchise anymore? I think people stopped caring in 2012. This game got theme park attractions and a MOVIE? There's no plot! - DCfnaf

The original game was decent and addictive but after that it got like 20 remakes a damn theme park and a movie! And the plot is just as cliche and basic as Bowser kidnapping Peach and Mario saves her - Randomator

Do people still play this game? - KalloFox34

16 Half Life

Have you even played the games? They're great! - Dominicmgm


17 Conker Series
18 Madden
19 Banjo and Kazooie

Let's be honest, it's not that great. - myusernameisthis

20 Fortnite

Should be 1 its not a franchise but its extremely overrated it had spread its self to every console like minecraft witch is on the list - Dvafan2

Minecraft has 2 story mode games and it's own game, that's 3 games, fortnite is one game with ports - B1ueNew

THE most overrated video game franchise - railfan99

Oh my god I hate this game so much! It's so overrated because everyone at school talks about it. Even you tubers play it! whenever I watch videos all I see is Fortnite, Fortnite, Fortnite! This needs to be number one.

It may be very overrated, but it's not really a franchise. - KalloFox34

21 Overwatch

Overwatch is just one game not a franchise

I hate this stupid ugly game! I’m not sure whether or not to call it as overrated as it is bad, but I guess it doesn’t really deserve the love it gets. Anyways as for my 2 cents, the characters in this game are a pain to look at and most of them have terrible names. - PageEmperor

22 Metal Gear Solid

Over the top melodramatic cheese so goofy and cartoony only a child would think this game has any depth. Want a stealth game? Go play Splinter Cell. Want a deep rewarding story? Go play Mass Effect. Want fourth wall breaking goodness? Go play the Deadpool game. Want a cover based system? Go play Gears of War. Want over zealous anime characters voiced by actors who ham it up and story lines that always end with the Japanese go to of "giant robots? " Look no further than Metal Gear. A Tom Clancy game for kids and nerds who are still too young for anything with a giant "M" on the box.

How? Name one bad or sub-par game. 123 and 4 have all affected the genre in one way or another, and are all 9/10 games.

To the point Super Smash Bros has been reduced to a star vehicle for Snake, WHICH IT NEVER WAS MEAT TO BE AT ALL!

Hiding in a card board box? Check. Worst f@&$ing game ever. Check. Fat guys on roller blades throwing bombs? Check. But the kids love it because of giant robots, swords, guns, and eye patches. Snake is the most cliche cookie cutter anti-hero ever. A straight rip off of Snake Pliskon. "I have to plug my controller in the other socket to win! This game is brilliant! "

23 Battlefield

Everyone here likes battlefield and hates call of duty, the campaigns aren't even that fun in battlefield - B1ueNew

For an fps series that calls itself a mature community war simulator, they sure like losing their minds over someone likening Call of Duty more.

It's not a simulator, get over yourselves.

It really depends on which game.If I had a choice with Verdun and Battlefield 1, I would rather choose Verdun.

24 Undertale

The game is great, but the fanbase is just...

This game is so overrated, I love this game, don't judge me, but the fan base is horrible and there's too much hype.

Horrible and EXTREMELY overrated game, but not a franchise. - KalloFox34

It's one game, that is very overrated... - B1ueNew

25 Kingdom Hearts

Too much love for the series - dinosaur

I tried this game with an open mind, and it was one of the worst games I've ever played in my entire life. - MoldySock

This series sucks anyway, so it does not deserve any praise, whatsoever.

No. - Crab

26 The Elder Scrolls

This series doesn't get enough love for the amount of work the developers put into this with a team of a little more than 100 people

Grand Theft Auto sucks but elder scrolls...come on man!

Overrated but still a great franchise! :P - IcetailofWishClan

Elder Scrolls isn't overrated :p

Serves a lot to the table
It's NEVER the same game over. Hard to adjust sometimes :P
Good stories, good actors, etc.

27 Earthbound

Really people this is an underrated franchise The only reason people know about it is super smash bros

People get this game and fall in love with it - dinosaur

All you do at the beginning is kill some people in shark outfits and then beat up some guy named Frank and... why? "Onett's police are infamous for blocking roads" is a dumb excuse to restrict the player. At the very beginning, you get excited fro this brand new adventure. But then you have to do so many chores which reduces the fun factor of the game. I'm just going to say it.

It's flat out boring.

Horrible sales! It's so boring... - Pokemongamer

28 Roblox

There is literally only 1 game - Maddox121

Overrated, but not a franchise. - KalloFox34

29 Crash Bandicoot

Pretty obscure nowadays - purpleyoshi98

30 Assassin's Creed

This should be WAAY at top 10

"10/10 Would sweat again..."

Lewis Peart

This game is doesn't have any stealth mechanics and say himself *ASSassin*'s Creed
where is the assassin's I can't find it anywhere
i see only 1 guy with a cap and he is killing 1 billion people only himself.
and game mechanics are just same... all games are use same mechanics its really bad because technology is growed up but in this game only graphics can be growing up.
i need to say story is pretty good but this game is not a visual novel

31 Doki Doki Literature Club!
32 Fable
33 Fallout

Wasn't as good as I thought it was.


Seriously people? Why does every1 like FIFA so much all you do is play football nothing else. Same thing every time! Honestly I'd rather play somethin like wii sports because at least they have 6 sports but this is just football.

Even more milked than call of duty, why do fans keep buying a fifa game every year thinking its completely different from other previous fifa games, because its not. The game itself is atrocious with pathetic graphics, boring gameplay and terribel controls. EA should end the series and stick to making more battlefield games rather than wasting their money on this crappy excuse for a game.

Nobody even talks about this series anymore. - KalloFox34

35 Bioshock
36 Cuphead
37 Mega Man

Mega Man Overrated? Are you serious?

38 Touhou Project
39 Portal
40 World of Warcraft

NOne of those games are recieved negatively. This game is confusing!

41 Duke Nukem
42 Team Fortress

How can it's be overrated?
It's the best free game in steam

43 Puzzle Saga

All the puzzle games by king - ikerevievs

44 Metroid

Its fangames are basically the only thing keeping it alive at this point, enough said - xandermartin98


THE FANBASE IS AT PEACE... - xandermartin98

45 Shantae
46 Xenoblade
47 The Witcher
48 The Last of Us

Amazing game but I wouldn't say that this is Naughty Dog's best work I don't know I just think that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is better. That is all. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Sony fanboys use this to defend their precious PS3/4 consoles from what they call "Xbots" and "WiiTards", but this was nothing special to me. - noo7na7

49 Clash of Clans

It's not even a franchise! It's one game!

50 Borderlands
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