Kazman2007's Top Ten Biggest Letdowns
There are a lot of reasons you can have high expectations for a game. Maybe you saw a trailer for it and it looked so amazing you preordered it and waited to get it at midnight on launch day. Maybe you didn't get it at launch, but you friends wouldn't stop talking about it, making you reconsider your decision to pass it up. Whatever the case, it really sucks to invest good money in a product, only to have it not live up to your expectations. It's even worse when the game doesn't even come close to as good as you are expecting. As such, I've listed my top ten biggest letdown games below. But first, a few rules.
1. These are MY letdowns, so there may be games that you enjoyed on the list.
2. I may not have beaten the game, but I did play it for a decent amount of time (more than 15 minutes).
3. One game per franchise.
10. Mass Effect (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Have I finished this game? No.
When Mass Effect first came out, it was all my friends would talk about. They talked of the immersive story, intuitive combat, and pretty much claimed it would redefine what makes a game "good." Well, they were right about one thing: it did redefine what made a good game as "Not this." The game started out promising enough, but the story did not pull me in, and I hardly cared about what was happening as I moved through the first level. I got to witness a betrayal, but I had no investment in what was happening, so it had no emotional resonance with me. I put this game at the top of the list because I've been meaning to give it another playthrough.
9. Fable II ( Xbox 360)
Have I finished this game? No.
This games is a bit hard for me to analyze, because I don't know what bothered me about it. I just really didn't find myself having fun playing it. It felt more like a chore. I was a big fan of the first game in the series, so I'm not sure if it was too much of a departure from the original, or if I just had higher expectations for the game than it could reach. In the end though I ended up selling back this game 2 days after I got it.
8. Bioshock (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac)
Have I finished this game? No.
Oh man, I know I'm going to get fanboys whining for this one, but before you rush to the comment section to tell me that I am a homosexual or to make derogatory comments about my mother, hear me out. I tried to like this game, I REALLY tried. I played through this game for a good hour on my Xbox before I realized I wasn't really enjoying it. The combat was really rough for me and I couldn't really get in to the story. I tried again after my friend lent me the PC version, only to reach the same conclusion. I really want to try it again, but I have some games that I am playing through before I get back to it.
7. Duke Nukem Forever (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, OSX)
Have I beaten this game? No
Here is one that I'm sure was a disappointment to many people, but moreso for me because Duke Nukem 3D was the first FPS that I ever played, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I don't know why I expected so much from a game that took ten years to be released, but I bought it with high hopes that it would help feed my nostalgic cravings. Unfortunately, the game was not good. It wasn't even adequate. It was a piece of shit that involved you playing with...pieces of shit. I now know better than to think that a game so plagued with delays might be good.
6. Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Have I finished this game? Yes.
Oh how I love the Assassin's Creed games. But I once almost turned my back on this series forever after playing through the first game in the series. The premise was great, and I was really anticipating all the freedom that you were supposed to have. Little did I know, this would be (relatively) linear game involving me doing the same activities throughout the whole game. This resulted in some painful repetition. I actually stopped playing this game halfway through, and was only spurred on by the promise that the second game was far superior (which it was). I would recommend anyone looking to get into this series skip this game and play the far superior sequels.
5. Sonic the Hedgehog (Xbox 360, PS3)
Have I beaten this game? No.
I think everyone that played this game probably found it to be a disappointment, but it really hurts when you pay for it and expect greatness. I was hoping this game would bring the blue blur back to the level of greatness that he had once been associated with, but this game dropped him lower than he had ever been. A crappy story, horrible gameplay and numerous glitches put this game as the 5th biggest disappointment I've ever played.
4. Bionic Commando (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Have I beaten this game? No.
I LOVED the original Bionic Commando, and as anyone who has read my Top Ten Remakes that are Better than the Original can attest, I love the remake even more (Shamless plugs FTW!). That helped build up my excitement for this sequel, and then I played the multiplayer demo, which got me even more excited. Unfortunately, the multiplayer was only fun when you had actual people to play against, and since the singleplayer of the game was such a let down from both a gameplay and story standpoint, no one was playing it. The singleplayer was plagued by boring AI, invisible barriers, and the dumbest plot twist this side of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. It's a shame, because this game had a lot of potential.
3. Metroid: Other M (Wii)
Have I beaten this game? Yes, unforunately.
Team Ninja, what in God's name did you do to Samus? You took possibly the strongest female protagonist in video game history and made her into a whiny, helpless, stereotype of a woman who needs a man to come rescue her and sweep her off her feet. This game was a nightmare on so many levels, and it just goes to show that an awesome franchise, can be ruined even with a well-respected developer at the helm. Hopefully, Nintendo will take the series back to someone who can do the character and the game some justice.
2. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (GBA)
Have I beaten this game? No.
When Kingdom Hearts came out, I bought a Playstation 2 JUST to play that game. So when a sequel was announced on handheld that I already owned, I was more than pumped. I could now play the amazingness that was Kingdom Hearts from ANYWHERE. Unfortunately, what I got was a pseudo-sequel that featured some pretty lackluster graphics, even by Game Boy Advance standards. The thing that ultimately made this game flop for me was the gameplay. A needlessly overcomplicated card-based fighting system was implemented that made the game more of a game of luck, and organizing a deck before battle. If I wanted that, I'd play Magic: The Gathering. Unfortunately, I could never get over that, and this game now collects dust in my closet.
So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
10. Mass Effect
9. Fable II
7. Duke Nukem Forever
6. Assassin's Creed
5. Sonic the Hedgehog
4. Bionic Commando
3. Metroid: Other M
2. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
And the number one biggest disappointment in gaming for me is...
1. Goldeneye: Reloaded (Xbox 360
Have I beaten this game? No.
Ugh, words cannot express how much I hate this game. When I heard this game was coming back I was so excited. Ever since hearing that this game could not be released on Xbox Live or the Wii due to licensing rights, I prayed that a remake would happen. Well, it looks like my prayers were answered, but the best way that I can describe this game is if you went to a restaurant and saw the most delicious looking steak on the menu, but when they brought it out, it was just a microwaved plate of mystery meat. This game was a Call of Duty game with Bond's face slapped all over it. And the multiplayer took out everything that was likeable from the classic multiplayer. Loadouts limited to two weapons, boring levels, and the omission of most of the classic game modes made this game my biggest disappointment in gaming.
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Next up: Top Ten Critically Acclaimed Series that I Have Never Played.
Mass Effect, Bioshock, and Assassin's Creed? Come on....
I didn't say it was bad nor that I didn't like it (played through multiple times, pre-ordered ME2 and the collector's edition of ME3). I just feel that it's overrated for what it is. Even though the choices aspect was awesome, the gameplay and customisation was lacking. Then there's the damn elevator....
ME doesn't deserve the praise? Come on, dude, you are not even trying... ME is brilliant. and really showed the potential this generation of gaming could reach (remember, it's a 2007 game, with a huge set of planets to explore, just as well as the citadel), and it displays a really compelling story and intersting showcase of the morality/ambiguity of the decisions made (the need to let one of your teammates die is just tough). Hey, you may not like it, but say it's bad? There's a whole lot of difference. Wet is bad. The Walking Dead Survival Instintinct is terrible. Resident evil 6 is barely passable. But Mass Effect? That's a great game that spawned a great series (ME2 is the best game on this generation).
Honestly it took me a while to get into Bioshock at first. But once I did I loved it. So I get where you're coming from.
I enjoyed Mass Effect but does it live up to the praise given? I don't think so. Same goes for Bioshock. Sure, the world is good and I'm sure the story is decent but the gameplay leaves much to be desired.
I kinda liked Fable 2 despite how much of a chore parts of it felt like. But I'm glad I never paid for it (got it when the marketplace made a boo boo and gave the game away for free). Fable 3, on the other hand, WAS a complete chore but I still moved forward with the game and achievements.
In its defense DNF was a victim of the hype machine. Still, it was just so....meh that disappointment was understandable. Kind of surprised at Mass Effect, but hey to each their own.
I'm sure the story was wonderful, but I couldn't get into it with that stupid card system. It broke the game for me.
I have to disagree with KH CoM. It's not just a Pseudo sequel and I think the main reason why so many People struggle with the KH Timeline and make it complexer than it is. Yeah they recycled the world from Kingdom Hearts but CoM also laid the foundation for KH2 due to its end and is also and Castle Oblivion is a very important place anyone who has played Birth by Sleep will see that. The only mistake Square/the dev made was to stretch the whole Storyline across different plattforms so its hard for people to keep track. I played Chain of Memories Years after KH2 on my GBA and suddenly everything made a whole lot more sense.
In addition the Card System in Combination with the wonderful Sprite Graphics was a perfect System for an GBA Handheld Title which sadly didn't stand the Test of Time on the Remake for the PS2 which due to its late western (and even non European until the HD Edition) Release made it further complicated to fully understand Kingdom Hearts very deep Story. i admit I'm a KH Fanboy since my Childhood but I think many will agree that CoM is a very important Title and was far away from a letdown for fans.
Nice try Atlas! I dunno, maybe. Lots on my plate nowadays. I still have it though, in case I decide to give it another go.
Well, would you kindly give Bioshock another try? I admittedly played it for an hour or so from the beginning--twice--before stopping and being sucked into something else and forgetting about the game for a while. The combat and game mechanics aren't my favorite thing and I would prefer the game's predecessor, System Shock 2, from a gaming standpoint. But the story, in spite of a mostly silent protagonist, is really amazing as a whole. I aimed for the good ending and just watched the evil ending on YouTube.
I've heard that but the point of the list is that some games aren't for everyone. Thanks for the feedback!
Thanks, glad someone agrees!
PSap, the guns on the ground is the one thing that I would change. It would make this game so much better in my eyes.
15 minutes was just an example used for the sake of understanding. I played every game on this list for at least an hour. In fact, several hours for every game except for BioShock. In the case of Bioshock, I've played it for an hour but didn't get a chance to play it again, and I lost my save on it before I could resume, so I played it for another hour and made it to the same point, but never got back to it.
Your list is slightly invalidated by the sometimes minimal time put into almost all of these. 15 minutes as your minimal threshold isn't even enough time to finish most game demos. A more apt title would be Top Ten Games I Couldn't Get Into.
I agree with kreapah that Bioshock took its time to get good. The combat felt weird and your character moved around too slowly compared to the splicers and a lot of it felt repetitive, from hacking machines and doors to entering an area and being attacked by enemies (most of which respawn). But the story really kicks into gear by the time you meet Andrew Ryan and discover the mindfucking truth. That (and the pretty esthetics) made it worth it to me.
And despite Other M's weird and unsatisfying story, it was an alright game, although the combat was pretty dumbed down with the auto-aiming/targeting and total disregard for the Wii's pointer function outside missile lock. I wish it controlled more like Sin & Punishment: Star Successor.
From everything, I've read, the new Goldeneye is best on the Wii. It really is a great game, but people need to stop comparing it to the original. Everything you love about the original's multiplayer is still there: paintball, DK mode, slappers only, mines, You Only Live Twice. Hell, even the new modifiers can be pretty fun. Knick Knack mode, singularity, move your feet, and others are very fun to use. The multiplayer maps could have been better, but for the most part, they are still pretty good. Also, Oddjob is no longer a cheap little bastard, he's a slightly taller little bastard. Even the single player campaign is done really well. They did a great job modernizing the original story from the movie, and the missions are really good.
That being said, I was not a fan of the loadouts used in splitscreen. I liked being able to pick up guns scattered throughout the map in the original.
Well I agree that while DNF could be considered by alot as a bad game it's not the worst game out there. mainly because most had expectations higher than what it ended up being. I myself enjoyed more than sever of the other games on the list. I.e. AC1 and Goldeneye Reloaded. Also I found more enjoyment in it than most of games the CoD Franchise but that's my own personal opinion.
You are absolutely right about Goldeneye, dude. BTW great top ten!
Bioshock was really good, but it is kind of a slow burn to get into. Not every game is meant for everyone. I do agree with Assassins's Creed as it took me two consoles to beat it. by two consoles I mean from 360 to ps3 to beat it. While I do like the series I always recommend the seconds game to everyone as the first couple minutes gives a good recap of the first game. The redundancy took me forever to get over in the first one. I won't attack you for your opinion as I see it as a fair list. No one should attack you for hating on a game that you bought.
You win an internet for being a better objective reviewer than half the people I've seen out there.