Top Ten Worst Video Game Cliches

We have all experienced this. You know, you are playing a game and you encounter something. Something you don't like and you hope to dear God that its not a reoccuring thing. But no it comes back not just in this game but in many games. So what better way to rant than to create a list about them, the top ten WORST video game cliches.

The Top Ten

1 Escort missions

In games like "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker" or "The Walking Dead", escort missions work quite well. This is because they actually give the other person a reason to follow you, and you care about them. In games like "Resident Evil 5" and "Amy" on the other hand, escort missions are ANNOYING! This is the 95% of games, with terrible AI partners who are just there to slow your progress.

I hate these. Usually, the person I'm escoerting is yelling at me to hurry up, when they themselves are barely moving at all. And if I decide to stop and reload, they will suddenly sprint ahead, and get mauled by zombies, Big Daddies, or whatever I happen to be protecting them from.

There was a chapter in Kid Icarus Uprising where you had to protect centurions on a small moving platform. Even Chuggaaconroy and his friends couldn't protect all of the centurions. Why can't they just get there themselves?

Escort missions are okay with something like Red Dead Redemption and Battlestations: Pacific. But it doesn't work as a whole game (ahem, Resident Evil 4) And the god awful Natayla from Goldeneye 007 oh my god. The A.I. is almost always useless and are magnets of danger.

2 Water levels

No one remembers the water levels in Blaster Master

I'm partial to ice levels, but this is a close second.

Water levels are fun, cool, and fresh. I love them.

They're only Zelda dungeons and a TMNT level...

3 Unoriginal villains

This is one of my most hated tropes in media and exactly why I don't want Karel from Fire Emblem to be a villain. He would be nothing but a Sephiroth ripoff if he was that role, and I will tell you what: Ripoffs suck and it would be more original for Karel to be a good guy all along (which he is, in both the games he's in), no matter how psychotic and violent he is.

Also; I would like to see a variety in both villains and good guys.

Any villain who wants to either take over the world or destroy it and rebuild it in their own image is unoriginal. Whats worse is of they're as boring as hell and don't seem to pose as a threat

If the villain really wanted to get the main character they would just get them instead of talking about it!

Somewhat like bad guys that do evil for no reason. Dis luring halo or rsv. Halo has religious reasons and rsv has terrorists

4 Unskippable tutorials

When I started playing Omega Ruby (Pokemon) I sped through the whole tutorial really quickly as I already played Y. Some of the new features (like sneaking up on a Pokemon) I needed to figure out how to do but for the most part I breezed through it.

Damn, every time I played the rapping level in rhythm tengoku and I make one small mistake and I have to do the tedious tutorial again.

The worst offender of this is most of the pokemon games! Now don't get me wrong I love Pokemon!

ESPECIALLY in kirby super star. God that was annoying (ultra fixed this, way better game).

5 Unskippable cutsences

I've always hated stories in video games because of the tedious text crawls and boring expositions, but turning them into fully-voiced, fully-animated TWO-HOUR cutscenes is pushing it! I never tried the Metal Gear series, but I know of 4's excruciating ending. I don't care if Snake wants to commit suicide or his issues with Big Lebowski. When I play games, I wanna press buttons. Move forward, beat down enemies, fire a gun. Not waste two minutes on story or exposition.

These are the worst, especially if you are constantly dying in a certain area. This applies in Bowser's Inside Story (BiS) since there is NO skip button at all. I had to watch going to Dr. Toadley at least 7 times, watch the battle intro for Bowser Memory ML at least 10 times. I wanted to throw the game system across the room!

Okay game, I get it. Max Payne is an alcoholic, now let me skip the damn cut scene so I can shoot some Commando Somber or whatever guys, or SOMETHING better than making me watch this guy get wasted! And not Grand Theft Auto wasted, but wasted wasted.

I like the cutscenes in games like Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time. But even in Skyward Sword, you can skip them if you've beaten the game once. Games like Metroid Other M on the other had... Those cutscenes I hated.

6 Main character has amnesia

Many times, there doesn't seem to a reason for the character's amnesia. It's more or less a case of "amnesia for plot convenience."

Well, sometimes it works, and if it works, it works really well. Check out Sonny and Sonny 2 for example.

7 Boring boss battles

Cliches are only done on a purpose, so unless a boss is meant to be boring, this really isn't a cliche, Just something annoying.

Egg dragon for example sonic unleshed is like 1-3 minutes sonic generations is 1- 9 minutes

Its at its worst when the boss looks AWESOME. Because you get a huge disappointement.

Yellow devil from megaman

8 Backtracking to old areas

Call of Duty ghosts is one big backtrack, you leave the house and go back. If I remember right you don't leave the state!

All I have to say Is a good game which used this cliche to death is "Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door"!

Who remembers the Purple Comet Missions? I certainly did. I HATED them!

Exactly. I don't care that I have to collect 50 coins in 30 seconds, if you wanted to give me a power star Nintendo, then make a new level.

Metro last light is basically one HUGE backtrack.

9 Quick time events

Quick time events aren't bad...unless it's how you defeat the final boss at the end of the game. Then I have a problem with them (just like how you kill Damien in Watch_Dogs).

Maybe this wouldn't be too bad if you at least had some TIME to react, but nope, this isn't the case, as some games like Resident Evil 4 give you a damn NANOSECOND to react!

I hate quick time events? I remember doing that while playing ben 10 protecter of the earth. Its so ANNOYING! GOOD LUCK TRYING TO DO THAT WITH A CONTROLLER THAT DOES NOT WORK!

Two miliseconds to press a button that will save your life. Fail and you die. How unfair is that? Come on game developers!

10 Bosses that heal themselves

YES, I hate this so much. Sometimes it's fine, like if your in an rpg fighting a group of people with only one healer, but if it's a really hard boss with a lot of hp, it's just not fun.

Dreamy Bowser Because of his healing attack He seems like he has the exact same amount of hp as Yiazmat from Final Fantasy XII!

After you work so hard to whoop a boss ‚they destroy your hard work by healing!

Max Potion

The Contenders

11 Luck based gameplay

*Cough* Mario party... *Cough* in Mario party a lot of it is based on luck like the dice blocks and chance time where you could get screwed up badly and the luck based battle mini games could send you from first to last since a certain amount of your coins get taken and wagered and if you get last you just lost all your coins and the worst thing is GAME GUY

Look at Mario Party 9, it just ruins the game.

Okay guys. Can't we just call this for what it really is? It's RNG, not luck!

To get 3 stars in Mario kart 7 you need luck.

12 Ability loss
13 Dying by one single hit

This is why I don't like games like Mario. Although easy, it doesn't really feel like I am growing while I am playing through the adventure. In my opinion, games like Zelda does it better because you start off with low hearts at the beginning (still not enough to die in one hit though). But after each boss, you gain an extra heart. If the game is too hard, you can find heart pieces hidden around the world and if the game is too easy, you don't have to get the heart after you beat the boss.

A cheap way for video game opposition to win against the main character. It's annoying as all hell.

A lot of 8-bit games do this like Transformers for the Famicom, Silver Surfer, Contra, most of Action 52, and Ugh... I wanna be the guy...

This happens during at the end of kirby mass attack like one hit from the hand crushing you all kirbys = dead

14 Having to repeat missions over and over
15 Cover art that features something the game doesn't

When you see a game, what's the first thing you see? The cover. The cover should represent the game, showing what the game is about, not something to make people buy the game.

Twilight Princess without a magic bar even though it's on the back...

Big Rigs: over the road racing

Megaman NES. Anyone?

16 Blatantly obvious weak spots

It's insulting to the gamer to have a boss to have a bright glowing weak spot, but it's even more insulting if the game flat out tells you that the only way to defeat the boss is to attack the obvious weak spot.

"There's a huge eye with fifty arrows pointing to it, and I can lock on to it. Better check my trusty little guide to see where I should hit the boss! "

Nintendo does this a lot especially in Mario and Zelda games.

Every single Zelda boss battle is like a reanactment of Alice In Wonderland (2011)

17 Forced to lose as part of the plot

So, you are thrown into an immensely difficult battle with a seemingly unbeatable boss. You give it your best, using up all of your best healing items, weapons, etc, until you inevitably die. Then, after watching a cutscene, you suddenly realize - you were intended to lose the battle. That, and you just wasted all of your best items for nothing.

This cliche is my worst one. It forces you to lose to the boss, which is really annoying. I'm looking at you, Beatrix from Final fantasy IX. And it makes you waste items just for nothing.

So many RPGs have this one. There's not often a telltale sign that you are gonna lose some of these either.

If you are a Call of Duty Fanboy,This is uncommon.It only happens once or twice(Call of Duty Ghosts and possibly Advanced Warfare)

18 Bad AI

This is ridiculous. You need you AI controlled companion to shoot at the enemies because you're reloading, and all they do is let themselves die by running into the wall. And enemy AI are just as bad; You run up to an enemy, and instead of trying to kill you it just runs about.

Its either the enemy AI is eagle eyed... Or your buddies never held a gun before...

Halo, Anyone?

19 Permanently missable items

Then I have to restart the game to get the fullexperience, and I have to go through all the boring parts again, and then at the end I find out I missed another item, and the process repeats until I'm so darn bored with the game that I just pushover it in the back of the closet and start a new one.

Tales of Vesperia is particularly bad for this. So many items and costumes can be missed because you forgot to go back and talk to x character in a short window of time.

I'm looking at you Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure for your ridiculous "don't miss a sound" in which I had to restart to get the missed sound recording -,-

The master ball in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire was the worst. You had to get it rather than getting it given to you.

20 Getting knocked back

One of the worst!

21 Lava levels

This is why I HATE Bowsers castle

22 Button mashing

"... Play for too long and you become one of those people; know every combo and special attack, but who needs to be one of those people when a regular battle can be perfectly reenacted by chucking your controllers down the stairs?! "
-"Yahtzee" Croshaw, Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Zero Punctuation)

Don't the dev's know this damages the controllers? T_T

Jeez I wanna play an action packed game not a "Keep pressing X to not die" Game

So many games I could name... Especially some RPGs like Dungeon Maker.

23 Everything hurts you

In the Mega Man games everything can kill you with one shot.

Silver surfer is a prime example

In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, everyone is trying to kill you.

SKYRIMS STUPIDEST GLITCH

24 Jungle levels

This has been done to death no more jungle levels.

25 Fake difficulty

Game: This is easy
Actual level: ok lemme make this impossible

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