I saw Ryse: Son of Rome pop-up on Slickdeals (I guess the in-game currency is free now), and it reminded me that I really dug that game and no one else really seemed to.
It was FAR too easy on everything but the hardest difficulty levels, and the gameplay was simple, but I thought the game looked and sounded amazing. It rang in the new generation as a showpiece.
The combat was simple in a way I could enjoy casually. It wasn’t mashy, but it wasn’t a character action game either. It was helped with a finisher system that let you choose a buff if properly executed someone (health, damage, focus, etc.).
The story was solid and I cared about the adventure and stakes. It wasn’t high art, but it was a fun popcorn story in the tone of Gladiator.
Lots of memorable moments, like kicking ladders from the wall, your fleet being sunk, battling through the woods, and fighting in the colosseum, never mind the naked oracle coated in blood, because why not.
What games have we all shat on that you folks like?