I think most gamers have at least one game they genuinely love to play. A game that they really enjoy, but for whatever reason the vast majority of gamers seem to hate or dismiss that same game.
Maybe it’s a sequel, a sequel that didn't end the story the way the community was hoping for. Or maybe the controls were really weird or complex, but for you it just clicked. It could be the graphic style or quality. It could be any number of reasons that most of the gaming community have decided that the game you love is bad.
For me I have one that usually makes people look at me funny. Manhunt 2.
I know, I know. People seem to just generally hate this game. When people talk about Rockstar and the games they have released this is usually the one they single out as “The bad one.” The one real blemish on an otherwise perfect, or damn good track record. Like Ricochet for Valve, Manhunt 2 is usually seen as a misfire for Rockstar.
But..I actually enjoyed Manhunt 2. Now don’t get me wrong, Manhunt 2 is not Rockstar’s best game. Not even close. And overall I think Manhunt 2 is far from a great game. But I actually really enjoy it.
There is a reason though. I’m not completely crazy. I’m a huge fan of horror movies, particularly the slasher genre. The wacky and usually campy nature of those films, mixed with the practical effects and low budget feel they all seemed to have, I just love those movies. Movies like Friday the 13th VIII Jason Takes Manhattan. Movies that at one point have a man getting hot rocks shoved into his stomach and then have a scene like this.
There are not a lot of games that let you play a knife wielding murderer. Manhunt feels a lot like an old 80s slasher. And Manhunt 2 feels like a mid 90s slasher, with its weird “Brainwash/computers/evil corporation storyline.From the over the top locations you visit to the weird and disturbing characters you meet, like Piggsy, both games feel like schlock-y slasher films. Looking at some of the character designs in Manhunt its clear that Rockstar were watching some slasher movies. So maybe this was their goal from the start.
And I guess if were talking about horror/slasher games that I enjoy then I have to make a quick mention of the Saw games. Which I enjoyed much less but still liked…I don’t know maybe I am a bit crazy..
Anyways, that’s my game that I enjoy, that everyone else seems to hate. What’s your guilty pleasure, what game do you enjoy but are clearly in the minority on.