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By Jessica Brister On 18 Apr, 2015 At 09:49 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWith all of the amazing games that have come out over the last couple of generations of consoles, it’s easy to list all of the excellent games.  But what about the worst games?  What about the disappointments?  What about the games that I regretted even spending an hour of my time on?  I guess looking at the best of the best also got me thinking of the disappointments, so here it is: The 10 Most Disappointing Games that I’ve Played in the Last 10 Years.

Note: These are not the worst games ever.  Well, some of them might be.  These are also not a complete list of the worst games because I am only including games that I have played.  I’m sure that there are some really bad ones not included.  These just happen to be a list that I’ve played that I was very disappointed with.

Titanfall

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In theory, Titanfall could have been a good game.  The online game play is actually pretty fun.  It even introduced some interesting concepts to player versus player, including the use of the Titans and running along the sides of the walls.  The problem with this game is that it only half complete.  With no single player mode and virtually no story, playing the game felt a bit pointless at times.  Hopefully, this will get corrected with a Titanfall 2.

BioShock 2

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Although BioShock 2 is not necessarily a bad game, it was very much a let-down when compared to the original game.  The story in no way could be compared to BioShock, which is one of my favorite games ever.  It was mediocre at best.  Even though it was still set in Rapture, the whole feel seemed different to me and not in a good way, either.  The only improvement to the game was the ability to use plasmids and a weapon at the same time, but unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to give this game any replay value.  It’s definitely the “skipped over” one of the franchise.

Assassin’s Creed

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Although the franchise got much, much better, the original Assassin’s Creed was quite a disappointment.  It’s extremely repetitive and can be downright boring at times.  You really only need to play for a couple of hours to experience all that the game has to offer.  In fact, just play a few hours and then watch the ending on YouTube.  There.  You’ve gotten the whole game.  Luckily, Ubisoft really got their act together and created a great franchise.  Everyone loves the later games, but I never hear anyone talk about the original.

Infamous: Second Son

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The original Infamous was an amazing game, so I was really excited for Second Son.  Unfortunately, Second Son ended up being really repetitive.  The story was so-so.  And the ’90s-style boss battles were the last straw.  The graphics were awesome, but that wasn’t enough to save the whole game.  What should have been a great game ended up being a beautiful disaster.

Sims 4

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Sims 3 is one of my favorite games, but with all of the expansions, the game engine has been struggling for awhile.  I was so excited for a new Sims game, but it didn’t take me that long to realize how poorly Sims 4 was done.  With no open world, limited color choices for clothing and housing, and loading screens galore, I actually went back to Sims 3.  All Sims 4 ended up being was Sims 2.5.

Mass Effect 3

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For a franchise where supposedly every choice matter, it really didn’t in the end.  With probably THE worst ending in gaming history, Mass Effect 3 could have killed the whole series.  Mass Effect 2 is one of my favorite games, so it was so frustrating to see a world so amazingly crafted go up in smoke.  It’s like the developers “called it in” for the ending.  Sadly, the rest of the game is actually pretty good.  I hope that BioWare can recover with Mass Effect 4.

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Duke Nukem Forever

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In theory, this could have been a good game.  I played the original Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem 2 side-scrollers.  I spent much of my middle school days playing Duke Nukem 3D.  However, whether it be the so-so game play or the fact that Duke Nukem is a bit dated at this point, Duke Nukem Forever ended up being a complete mess.  Something just didn’t click with the game.  It could have been the overly crude sexual puns or the ’90s-style game play, but the game just didn’t work.

Resistance 3

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After how awesome Resistance 1 and 2 were, I was so excited for Resistance 3.  Resistance 2 had some of the most fun cooperative game play that I have ever experienced.  I played that game TO DEATH.  Sadly, R3 ended up being horrible.  The online game play was a disaster.  Insomniac decided NOT to have cooperative, which was incredibly popular in R2, and the competitive play was poor.  The single player story mode was not very good either.  Capelli had been such a cool character in R2 that I had figured that R3 was going to be awesome.  Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.  Capelli turned into something completely different, which turned me off completely to the game.

Destiny

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If there ever was the greatest bait and switch in gaming, Destiny would be it.  We were promised awesome open world online cooperative game play and an amazing story.  What we got was a story that seemed like a ten year old boy wrote, a very linear closed-world, the worst loot drop system ever created, and an elastic leveling system.  I know some people absolutely love the game, but at this point, I refuse to play it anymore.

Final Fantasy

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Even with the disaster that was Destiny, there is still one game that is actually even worse.  Final Fantasy XIII may actually be worst game that I have played in the last ten years.  The story is confusing.  The characters are cheesy.  The maps are claustrophobic.  The game play is simplistic.  Nothing good came from this game.  At all.

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 2 Jan, 2011 At 06:30 PM | Categorized As Editorials, PC Games, PlayStation | With 1 Comment

No GravatarWhoa, 2010 just flew right by. I don’t even remember what I was doing in January. Actually, I was probably playing games all night as usual. Ahh, good times. My top 10 is quite different as I don’t usually go for AAA titles, but here’s my list.

10- Bioshock 2

I freaking love the Bioshock series ever since I played the first one (when it finally released on the PlayStation 3) and I’ve been hooked on Plasmids ever since. It’s a bit different than the first, but it does have its charm with the whole Big Sister thing and I definitely can’t wait for Bioshock: Infinite.

9- Heavy Rain

I love movies and I love video games. Why not mix the two? This game has a lot going for it because I’m sure a lot of people can appreciate a good mystery and Heavy Rain definitely will keep you guessing until the very last moment. It’s a great game and I would love to see a sequel from Quantic Dream if they ever decide to do such thing. (They better)

8- Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition

Who doesn’t like going on a killing spree with a wide variety of weapons? You should because it’s a lot of fun especially when you’re playing with someone else (not AI controlled) so you can actually complete objectives. Oh, and amazing boss battles. That’s always a plus.

7- Super Scribblenauts

I simply loved this game because it’s so simple and that the gameplay is really fun and will keep you occupied for a long time. You can even come out with crazy outcomes. For example I summoned god and tried to give him a cupcake, but I accidentally threw it at him and he killed me. It was hilarious!

6- Sonic the Hedgehog 4

I’m not sure why I’m including this game, but it’s Sonic and it’s highly addictive even though lately I tend to think that Sega doesn’t really know what their fans want, but whatever. I like collecting rings and chaos emeralds all the same, besides, Sonic has green eyes now. How futuristic.

5- Pokémon Black

I’ll say it now that I’ll love Pokémon until the day I die no matter how much new Pokémon they add. They always find a way to change a few things and add new features that will have people who have played the first games back to ‘catch em’ all’ Although there are well over 500 Pokémon, I can honestly say that I can name at least 90% of them and I’m proud of it.

4- Bejeweled 3

I can really appreciate a good puzzle game and Pop Cap has done it again with Bejeweled 3. It’s a great time waster that literally anyone can pick up and play. They’ve added a few new interesting modes that are frustratingly fun and I’ll always come back to it for more!

3- God of War III

Oh my god. So much blood! Kratos is meaner than ever. It’s funny, I’m able to complete God of War III on normal, yet I can’t even finish God of war I & II on easy. They’re still on my list of games to finish, but anyway I know the whole story and the game was action packed from beginning to end. I hope there will be some kind of interesting spin-off that I could play as well.

2- Super Meat Boy

At first I was like “Oh another platformer, how nice.” But then I bought it and my eyes bled sitting at my computer trying to get an A+ on ever level. This game is so awesome! I love playing as Meat Boy, Commander Video and Jill. I can’t wait to unlock Steve (Mr. Minecraft) it’ll just get better and better! The Mac version as well as level editor is going to be coming out soon so I’ll be on the lookout since I do most of my gaming on my MacBook Pro until I can get my PC setup.

1-.Super Street Fighter IV

This game has literally taken all my time. I remember when I was like “how do you do a hadouken?” But now I think it’s safe to call myself a pretty good player of the game. It’ll never get old. I can’t wait for the Arcade Edition to be sent as DLC to the console version. Oh, and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online edition! I’m a huge Capcom fan!

My top characters in the game would be Dan, Blanka, Seth, and sometimes Vega. Some say they are hard to use characters, but I try my best and sometimes the turnout is great! They just need to put Hugo on Street Fighter IV and I’ll be happy for the rest of my life!

These are my top 10 games of 2010. 2011 is just a few days away and it’s only going to get better from here on out! Happy gaming and happy holidays to all you gamers out there!

By otakuman5000 On 21 Dec, 2010 At 04:35 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No Gravatar2010 has been a very busy year for video games and a lot of great titles have appeared on the shelves this year as well as a few great titles picked up a little late. Here is my top 10 played games of 2010 that include a few classics.

10 – Monday Night Combat

Monday Night Combat is a XBLA game that was released in 2010 and is almost entirely online. It has a cartoon  look to it and offers competitive and cooperative modes with 5 unique classes to choose from. This game definitely is over the top and just fun to play and for anyone that likes to play Team Fortress 2 will seem vaguely familiar.

9 – Medal of Honor

This is the game that rebooted the Medal of Honor franchise and finally took it to the modern combat that many have grown to love because of games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare. With a completely separate online and offline component this felt like two games rolled into one. The single player story is compelling and feels very natural with squad mates backing you up and an online that allows for light vehicle combat and an upgrade system that keeps the game competitive. However the short story is what really keeps this game so low on my list.

8 – Bioshock 2

Released in early 2010 this game has received some complaints from people that have played Bioshock 1 however this game offers a great online and offline experience while expanding the Bioshock universe. The single player takes you through the game as the big daddy from the start and offers another walk through Rapture, visiting new locals from the first game. As familiar as this game feels it is a totally new experience with great visuals. The only problem with this game is the lacking online community, less than a year later and it’s difficult to find a match online and even more difficult to jump into the DLC maps.

7 – DJ Hero 2

By far my favorite music game ever created with great mixes and taking the Gameplay a step above its predecessor. With freestyle cross-fading, freestyle scratching, and all DJ Hero1 DLC working in this game, it really gives a much more immersive DJ experience but the most impressive part is the amount of mixes available on this disk and nowhere else.

6 – Gears of War 2

This is by far my favorite Xbox 360 exclusive franchise ever created but since this game was released in 2008 it has to reside low on the list. 2010 was the year I won the game of the year edition of this game from the folks over at Xbox Support on twitter and finally did a play through on Insane difficulty. The epic story combined with horde mode and comparative multilayer made this one of those games you never forget and definitely makes the wait for the third iteration worth it. With occasional online bonuses popping for during different occasions, this game is in my Xbox periodically throughout the year.

5 – Halo Reach

Halo Reach is the prequel to Halo Combat Evolved however technically superior to all Halo games before it. With you taking the role of the new guy amongst team Noble on a mission to save the world from the attacking covenant by delivering a package to the Pillar of Autumn where Master Chief is in cryogenic sleep. The graphics are beautiful, the AI is very smart and a lot of game modes to play. This game has many hours of play in it and a community that is very devoted so it is very easy to find people to play with in any game mode.

4 – Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

With the story beginning right as the second game ends, this lets you play as Enzio once again in the huge map that is Rome. The combat system is evolved, new game features, a new training program and online play it definitely gives our favorite assassin a second much deserved wind. The graphics are still great looking and the gameplay is familiar while adding new twists. The online offer what i can only say is the best version of Hide and Seek I ever played with great kills having high rewards so you know all that trouble is worth it as opposed to just running around and lunging at every target.

3 – Fable 3

At first Fable 3 seemed to be a step down from Fable 2 but quickly I realized that it was simply streamlined. Gone are the days of having a hundred weapons and is replaced with evolving weapons. The only downside I felt was there was the magic system was too dumbed down from the last game. The story itself was a great continuation from the previous game and the visuals look great. The battles are bigger and definitely a lot more enemies are swarming you as you play through this game. The multiplayer is finally fixed with Xbox Live allowing for easy jumping in and out of games without camera issues. Besides how many other games allow you to be a king?

2 – Call of Duty Black Ops

It was tough to not put this game at number one. With it’s great single player story, fun Gameplay mechanics and what I consider a fixed online system that lets me live longer then 10 seconds after spawning because of stacking kill streaks is one of the best games I played this year. The graphics look great offline and online with lots of customization available for the user and a lot of game modes packed it. Dead Ops is fun for sure and zombie mode is always enjoyable with a few buddies for hours on end. There is no reason not to play such a great and polished product.

1 – Red Dead Redemption

This was by far the best game I played this year, it was long, it had a very interesting story and about a hundred things to do if you didn’t feel like playing the missions. Even after the game is done there is still a lot to do because the world is living and continuing around you with fun random events. The game looks great and plays great for the most part, being that big there are bound to be a few issues here and there. The online is fun and definitely makes it rewarding to shoot the enemy and get those points with some larger maps allowing horses to be used. And if you just want to fool around with friends, the whole map is open for free roam with up to 15 other people with all the gang hideouts available. Now with the Undead Nightmare add-on, this game gets even better, I mean zombies in the wild west is pretty cool, and the horses you can get is even more cool. Overall this was my most enjoyable game of 2010.

Memorable mentions

-FF XIII

-Mass Effect 1 (still need to play Mass Effect 2)

-Dead Rising 2

So there you have it, my top 10 games played in 2010. However I have a feeling if I played Mass Effect 2 this list would be different because of how much I like first one but I am waiting for a few days to play it without interruption.

Please note all these games were played on the Xbox 360

By otakuman5000 On 26 Sep, 2010 At 05:44 AM | Categorized As PlayStation, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 2 Comments

No Gravatar*This Article was originally Written by Pamela Kelly*

Minerva’s Den is the new DLC for Bioshock 2. Unlike some DLC, this one is completely worth the ms points. Minerva’s den takes you back to Rapture to help out in the fight against the Adam hungry splicers. Once again Bridgid Tenenbaum implores you to help the little sisters, and put another dent in Andrew Ryan’s legacy of misguided advancement and terror.

The story starts after you wake up as a big daddy named Sigma, and you set out to undo more of the damage that has been done by the denizens of Rapture. Your ultimate goal is to get to Rapture’s supercomputer, the thinker. The thinker is the central processing computer that keeps Rapture on track. Don’t think it’s going to be easy to get there though. There is a new breed of big daddy, as well as a splicer army to blast your way through. The new type of daddy is called the lancer. They are stronger and faster. Lucky for you, there is a new laser gun with 3 types of ammo. This gun will help you out in a tight spot, and there are plenty of tight spots to get into.

The gameplay is as solid as ever, and you can tell it’s quality work right off the bat. The action is well paced, and there are 9 little sisters to deal with. After you harvest or save them, there is a big sister that will have no choice  but to deal with you.

The story has a twist to it, as all of the other Bioshock stories have. It is a little obvious if you are picking up and listening to all the auto diaries. You also have a crazy antagonist to contend with, and stop his villainous ways. There is plenty to enjoy about this addition to the Bioshock world.

If your a Bioshock fan like me, this is one DLC that is a must play. So suit up, and get out there, and make Rapture a little safer.