So, imagine this scenario: All of your friends are enjoying this popular game and talking about this game like its the best game ever, so you tried it out and it did not click for you.
Or this scenario: Almost all of the gaming critics gave this game near perfect scores for its awesomeness. However when you tried it, you thought it was good but not great.
I have two big ones on this list: The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Bioshock.
I completely understand and agree with the praises that people gave them. Oblivion had a huge open world to explore in, incredibly deep leveling and RPG system, tons of quests, etc. And Bioshock created this underwater 1960's city that had a great atmosphere and visual design. It had a great story. The gameplay had variety with different combinations of weapons and plasmids.
However unlike many people, I did not love Oblivion and Bioshock. I only liked them.
For Oblivion, the combat felt incredibly dull with no impact, the voice acting was pretty stale, and the lack of focus made me wander around until I was bored. Maybe the lack of focus could be a compliment to the openness of the game, but it certainly did not help make me stay in the game.
And as for Bioshock, the combat was a little too easy, especially when there's no death penalty. The moral choices of saving Little Sisters seems a little empty for me, since you would ultimately get the same (or more ADAM, I can't quite remember) amount of ADAM when you rescue them. And I thought the ending was super anti-climatic, which made the twist in the story less memorable in the end.
So the question: Are there any popular or well-received games that you just could not get into?