With 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.