These days the glut of games is staggering, pretty much every genre is littered with variety aplenty . With so much choice at hand it is inevitable that you will pick up a dud eventually, just because a game is critically acclaimed does mean you will not find some fault or game ending complaint that robs you of the joy of a new purchase.

With that in hand here are five titles that you might struggle in get into.

1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

There are a large number of players that will assure you that Oblivion is better than Skyrim, however if you played the sequel first you are probably going to disagree with them. While they are basically the same game there a few minor differences that are enough to put you off even bothering to deliver the Amulet of Kings to Jauffre in the first place.

Firstly the introduction is bland and uninspired, something about a dying Emperor blah, blah, no heir blah, blah, causes gates to Oblivion open, blah, blah need to find previously unknown child, blah blah save world. All very formulaic all very meh, though an always pleasing appearance by Patrick Stewart does ease the malaise.

Secondly the aforementioned Oblivion gates can be jumped through to transport the player to Oblivion itself. Here you can traverse two parallel towers interconnected by bridges. Helpfully both towers look a lot alike and with the spiralling nature of ascent it can cause players to loose their bearings become frustrated with proceedings and switch the game off to continue later. Only to restart with even less clue which towers exit you are trying to find…

2. Halo Wars

Age of Empires with Halo troops and combat vehicles sounds like just the ticket. Unfortunately this is not the outcome. The basic premises is there; build a base, garner supplies, create large force, storm the enemy.

However a few problems present themselves. Not only do you just gain experience points every couple of minutes; no woodcutters, hunters or miners not EVEN a blasted tiberium harvester are present. There is also the fact that this game is readily available on the X-Box 360, without the use of a mouse and keyboard the controls just feel stunted.

Try as you might the second problem pretty much scuppers any real enjoyment you might think you are having.

3. L.A. Noire

A truly ambitious project L.A. Noire might be but that doesn’t stop it from having some shortcomings. Driving around looking for street names in picturesque settings is still driving around looking for street names… albeit in lovely surroundings! This is a common occurrence, as is trying to guess the meaning of the suspects facial twitch.

Clues will only get you so far, you need to make deductions, hunt for leads and become an expert in body language… You start with trepidation in heart as many predictions miss their mark, then you notice it doesn’t really seem to have any outcome as you continue with your case regardless.

The story might become involving, it really might but to begin it in earnest requires plenty of driving mundanely about, pointing at notebooks and admiring the scenery.

4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A cracking cyberpunk setting caught many an eye. A blend of stealth mixed with action got everyone excited and the in-depth story won widespread acclaim. Unfortunately the boss battles derailed the pleasure and made your sneaking seem unproductive at best, purposeless at worst.

And there is a step learning curve, especially if you are trying for the non-lethal approach, that will require multiple attempts at certain sections. If this happens early on the game could easily shelved for one with an easier accessibility level with fabled words “I’ll get back to it one day” ringing hollow about the room.

5. Dark Souls 2

You die, then you die, then you die, then you die, then you die, then you die, then you die, then you…

So there you go, five allegedly great games that you might have had trouble starting. Any of these bring back disappointed memories? Feel free to comment below.


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