I’m seeing a pattern with many games in the past year where I’m initially enthralled and really enjoy. I love it & tell all my friends it’s great, but then the game just makes some horrendous decisions that make the end-game so unpalatable, that I will turn so violent against it, putting up negative reviews and telling people to stay away. This can happen with games I’ve played over a 100 hours with. Some examples:
The Division - great, awesome game with friends and even solo - but then I hit level 22/23 and couldn’t progress. Hit a brick wall. Uninstalled, came back when they promised big changes to solo play but it was even worse than before.
FallOut 4 - fantastic world, great gameplay, even loved spreading & building my settlements but then I hit a part of the story that just killed it for me (found out my son is an evil bastard) . Haven’t been back since. (although I’m not as violent against it - telling people of the mod they must play with to avoid this part of the story)
Radiant Defense - this was a really promising TD game that got so difficult in the final levels that it required you to abandon any semblance of variety & only had a limited set of solutions. Ugh.
Divinity Original Sin 2 - this probably hits me more than any other game because so much of this was so much fun & it was great, but you get to the 4th act and there are a few battles that are just stupid hard / gamey where the developer just doesn’t value my time. It’s a great game with so many flaws that can be overlooked, but then these flaws accumulate and it felt like the developer is trying to say “only the best can finish our game” where the difficulty and/or frustration just goes through the roof.
For games that I start out loving so much, I’m finding that my venom is 2-3x over games where I dismiss early on and abandon. I will speak out so much loudly against the above games than middling or otherwise weak games that I routinely dismiss. Perhaps it’s because I have invested so much that it’s like a relationship that goes sour.
Is this normal? Do other people feel this way or had games they turned against in the final act?