I'm certain a lot of people know what I'm talking about right away, but I'll elaborate. Is there something that you've watched/played lately, whether it's a movie, video game, book, TV show, or anything else, that you wish could have been good but in reality you know it's bad?
I'll go ahead and list mine (and to be honest I'm probably going to lose a lot of credibility on these topics but whatever)
The Big Bang Theory - I only see nerds on television as token characters in most sitcoms or dramas, like Steve Urkel in Family Matters, but I never really saw a show that encompassed the truth behind being a nerd and being funny. I then saw previews for this show, and I thought it could turn out alright. If Chuck Lorre and his band of co-writers do their research and manage to avoid the schlock we've been used to seeing up until now, it could be funny. But dammit, I was wrong.
Instead, I get a show about a Playa disguised as a nerd with glasses, a genius jerk (who happens to be the funniest character, according to everyone who watches the show), a jewish momma's boy who often undermines himself and the token Indian. Oh, and some hot chick. Of course. Every sitcom has to have a hot chick.
A couple of moments of the Big Bang Theory are somewhat funny, but most of it repeats the same pattern: "Sheldon undermines the rest of the cast, says something scientific which confuses Penny and someone makes a joke about a colonoscopy." Sure, other things can go on in the show, but most if it is boring clutter and the nerd stereotypes presented aren't humorous. For people who don't play video games that enjoy the "OH MY GOODNESS HE'S PLAYING A NES HAHAHAHA" humor, it's right up their alley, but it bores the hell out of me, and evidently my parents always drag me downstairs to watch it. Hell, someone even took out the laugh track on one of the scenes and, as it turns out, none of the dialogue is that funny. Way to dash my hopes, Chuck Lorre.
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts - I loved the first two Banjo games with all of my heart, and to be honest, the third one isn't even that bad, but I can't call it a Banjo game, no matter how hard I try. The vehicle creation is really detailed and fun, but I can't imagine Banjo driving around in a vehicle when he didn't even spend any time in vehicles in the first game, and very little in the second. If Rare called this game Bumper: Nuts and Bolts (after the badger from Diddy Kong Racing), I would have liked it a lot more, but it wasn't at all what I thought of when I thought of Banjo-Kazooie.
Saints Row The Third - Here I go again, dumping my gaming credibility out the window.
Anyways, Saints Row had plenty of wacky and hilarious fun to go around, and the sequel has even more stuff to do. The third sequel was pretty great, but in my humble opinion, didn't capture the same essence that I got when I picked up Saints Row 2. You start the game gunning down guards in a bank robbery, but now that you're famous, even some of the guards ask for your autograph. You eventually get dumped into prison, where you meet the Syndicate, a gang of villains who demand tribute from the Saints. Of course, the Saints tell them to fuck off, only to be captured and held hostage high above Steelport, the game's new location. Sadly, while you're completing the intense mission, Johnny Gat gets killed offscreen, and you have to skydive into Steelport.
But why am I so distasteful towards this game? It seems to have started off pretty well. Well, for one, the story is incredibly short compared to the first two. (that might have something to do with how Respect now levels your character up instead of unlocking missions) In the first two games, it took me about 16 hours of playtime to finish the story, and I didn't even complete the game one hundred percent. As you can probably tell, I fully completed all of Saints Row The Third's missions in about six hours less of playtime.
I feel like THQ tried a little too hard when trying to make Saints Row The Third a wacky and engrossing game. It's kind of like Portal 2 to me; it's a game I don't play as much of, but enjoy more of it than most games on the market. It might also have something to do with the fact that I really didn't want to buy a DLC pack, but in any case, I don't think Saints Row The Third lived up to the hype of its predecessors.