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

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

Pretentious games all the way gameplay not deep at all. avoid this streak.

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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 There's no story, no characters, outdated graphics, and mods that take 12 years to install.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).

Its fans are annoying. - DaisyandRosalina

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3 Grand Theft Auto

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

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.

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

So you are comparing a franchise that gets high 90s average to a game series that gets below 50% average - ikerevievs

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4 Halo

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

I just don't see what's so special about Halo, it has average gameplay, a crappy story and bland characters. At least Call of Duty & Zelda have either good story, gameplay and/or characters, Halo just sucks.

Halo is kinda boring in the character department and story. It's FINE, but I'm not a FPS fan to be honest. - DCfnaf

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5 Super Smash Bros.

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

Number 4? , Awesome, Now We Just Need To Get This 3 Spots Higher Up - VideoGamefan5

Wow, the first comment proves that this site is 100% Nintendo Fanboys. This franchise is very overrated. It's not BAD, it just gets too much praise. Every time a new installment comes out, everyone starts fangirling and overhyping it. Super Smash Bros Brawl is awesome, but overrated. Actually, they are all overrated. - DCfnaf

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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

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7 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

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


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8 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

Sorry, not the best rpg series. - Skullkid755

The only final fantasy I loved was final fantasy tactics and crisis core,dissidia and final fantasy 7,i hated the others

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

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9 EA Sports 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.

10 Angry Birds

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

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

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

Please. Go back to your 2009 era...

From:the dude who hated undertale
To:whoever listed angry birds

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The Contenders

11 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

12 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

Skylanders is extremely overrated,don't deserve any praise,force you buy characters and took a old franchise(Spyro) and crap all over it to make this cash grab.So yes it deserve to be in the top and burn forever in the nine degree of hell forever for what it has done to the original franchise.And yet people seem to love it...are the new generation dumber or what?

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13 Sonic the Hedgehog 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.

Someone said that no one, even the most loyal fans, praise Rise of Lyric. Heheheheheh, speak for yourself, not for me.

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14 Pokemon

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 games are decent but it's way over advertised - Randomator

Yeah, this is slightly overrated, but I wouldn't have this on the list at all. - DCfnaf

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15 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.

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! "

16 Banjo and Kazooie
17 Half Life

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


18 Madden
19 Puzzle Saga

All the puzzle games by king - ikerevievs

20 Battlefield

It's not a simulator, get over yourselves.

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.

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