Loresworn Games of the Year: Most Overrated and Underrated Games of 2015 - The Loresworn Order

Dec
22

Loresworn Games of the Year: Most Overrated and Underrated Games of 2015

It’s Loresworn Games of the Year Week! Today, T.J. calls out one game from 2015 he felt got a little too much credit, and one he felt got far, far too little.

In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s Most Improved Games of the Year!

Wednesday: Games We Didn’t Get To (But Wish We Had)

Thursday: GAME OF THE YEAR

Friday: Most Anticipated Games of 2016

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Most Overrated Game – Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition

Metacritic: 93
T.J. Thinks: High 70s/Low 80s

I’m a huge RPG nut, as you probably know. So I thought something as universally lauded as Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced would be a slam dunk for my game palette. Alas, it was not so. 10 hours in, I found the combat frustrating and fiddly, the player characters annoyingly underpowered, and the story only mildly interesting at best. I wasn’t sucked in by the world, and the voice acting tended to be over-the-top and Disneyish. The characterization was similarly lacking in nuance and believability.

I can’t argue that it’s bad by any stretch of the imagination. But it wouldn’t breach my favorite games of the year, nor my favorite RPGs of the year. I was a bit baffled, after all the positive buzz I’d heard about it. I felt like I was playing a different game from everybody else. It was forgettable, if it was anything. I’m glad so many people enjoyed it as much as they did (D.M. adored it), and I’m thrilled Larian is making more Divinity to feed that crowd. Maybe the next one will actually sink its hooks into me.

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Most Underrated Game – Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series

Metacritic: 69
T.J. Thinks: At least 15 points higher

I’m a huge George R.R. Martin fan, and Telltale’s episodic Game of Thrones adventure fed my Westeros craving more than anything else this year—including the TV show. As a matter of fact, I think it’s Telltale’s best work to date. And that’s high praise coming from me, as I was enthralled by their Walking Dead series and The Wolf Among Us.

A lot of the criticisms I’ve seen of it, I either just didn’t understand or flatly didn’t agree with. I loved almost every character, the hard choices I was forced to make, the emotional beats, and the unexpected twists. I bonded deeply with House Forrester and wanted so badly to do what was right for its ruling family and subjects. Some episodes were better than others, but there wasn’t a single one I didn’t like. This was one of the most criminally underrated PC releases in years.

Check back tomorrow as we count down the games of 2015 we most wish we had gotten around to playing, but didn’t have the time. Follow @LoreswornOrder on Twitter to get a reminder when it goes up!

Thursday: GAME OF THE YEAR

Friday: Most Anticipated Games of 2016

About T.J. Hafer

T.J. (@AsaTJ on Twitter) is a co-founder of The Order and co-developer of the Beyond setting, story, and characters. He is probably best known for his work at IGN and PC Gamer, including the Crusader Kings Chronicles, and rewriting EU4 patch notes to address their *real* meaning on Reddit.

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