For every game like Slay The Spire or Mini Metro (both brilliant games) that I find thru Metacritic, there's another Fez and Gunman Clive. Which is to say, games that I understand why they might appeal to someone - but such high praises? Eh, they just don't really click with me. At all.
I downloaded Gunman Clive while perusing Metacritic last week and realizing the HD collection was only like $2 on the Switch eShop. But after playing for an hour or so, I just... stopped. Do you ever feel like you're playing a game because it's well regarded, but not because you actually want to play it? Maybe you don't. Maybe you're not insane like me. But that's where I was at.
Look, Gunman Clive is a good looking game and has some neat ambient music. It pulls from its inspirations for sure. But I don't know. Sometimes I get to a point where I'm like, how many of these kinds of retro throwbacks can I play before I stop enjoying them?
A good example is Shovel Knight. Or Shantae even. These are games that I KNOW where they came from. I get the DNA. And I do enjoy them. This one, though? I don't know. It's got that neat sepia tone thing going on. And it looks legit hand-drawn. I like that. But I started to feel like okay, here's the Mega Man part, here's the VVVVVV part, here's the Super Meat Boy part, and so on.
Nothing felt particularly unique to me. Just bits and pieces of games I already like. Mixed with bits and pieces of games I already don't like.