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The Popular Game 54% Of People Think Is Overhyped

Hype is simply a part of video game culture. High-profile games are created by teams of passionate developers with deep marketing resources, which are then consumed by players who may care just as much about the product as the people who created it.

So when new features, improved visuals, and exciting new updates are teased for a sequel or a pre-existing game, fans can find themselves whipped into a frenzy that can last for months. Even gamers who may not have been interested in a particular title might find themselves caught up in all the activity. Beyond that, the seasonal model adopted by many popular online games like "Apex Legends" means that every few months, new content drops — and the hype machine fires up all over again.

The never-ending barrage of ads, tweets and streamer coverage of certain games also means that some fans can get burned out. SVG asked over 4,000 gamers from around the world which game they thought was the most overhyped in recent memory.

The majority of gamers think Cyberpunk 2077 is overhyped

With 54% of the vote, the infamous "Cyberpunk 2077" is the title that most gamers think is overhyped. "Cyberpunk 2077" was a long-awaited original IP from the respected developer CD Projekt Red. The game arrived just in time for the holidays in 2020 and was, on certain platforms, an unplayable mess.

The game had major problems on every version that shipped, but things were especially bad on PS4 and Xbox One. Once Sony began offering refunds, "Cyberpunk 2077" quickly became one the highest-profile examples of a game that overpromised and underdelivered.

The next game that fans felt was overhyped, "Fortnite," didn't arrive on the scene with an exceptional amount of prerelease fanfare. However, it uses a seasonal model to keep the game trending. The game offers a ton of new content every few months, including new skins, map layouts, and challenges that the game fresh and worth playing. However, not everyone buys into what "Fortnite" has to offer, and 26% of gamers surveyed said they found the game to be overhyped.

Even smaller games can feel overhyped

One of the other most popular battle royale games on the market, "Call of Duty: Warzone," also depends on a fairly aggressive seasonal structure to keep the game relevant. While "Warzone" doesn't usually attract the same amount of attention that "Fortnite" does with its licensed crossovers, the franchise itself is pretty hard to ignore, and 11% of survey respondent felt "Warzone" was overhyped.

In last place was one of 2020's surprise hits, "Fall Guys," another battle royale title that set some crazy records when it arrived in and became one of the most-watched games on Twitch. However, 7% of the gamers surveyed thought it was all a bit much.

Some fans felt that the most overhyped game in recent memory hadn't made the list, and wrote in what they felt didn't quite deserve the level of attention they got. Gamers cited long-running online experiences like "Grand Theft Auto Online," "Minecraft," and "Apex Legends" as titles that they thought didn't live up to their promises. However, the most common write-in candidate was "Among Us," another sleeper hit from 2020 which has set some surprising records on Twitch.