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Kazman2007's Top Ten Biggest Letdowns

7/30/13 10:00am

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
 

10. Mass Effect

9. Fable II

8. Bioshock

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...

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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.

I hope you enjoyed my list, please let me know if you'd like to see more of this.  I know everyone does top tens, but I try to keep it unique by doing top tens that haven't been done.  Please subscribe and I'll hopefully have another blog out in the next few weeks.

Next up: Top Ten Critically Acclaimed Series that I Have Never Played.

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