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My Gaming in Review - Biggest Disappointments of 2013

Posted by tylerh1701, in PlayStation 3 24 January 2014 · 1087 views

Like my previous blog, Biggest Surprises of 2013, this list of disappointing games were games that I played in 2013, but they were not necessarily released in 2013.

Disappointment can be a hard thing to classify. Some games can be disappointing, some games can be bad, and some games can even be both. This list consists of the three games that most failed to live up to my personal expectations, though I may actually still recommend that some of them are worth a playthrough.

#3 Biggest Disappointment - Anarchy Reigns

I'm a huge fan of Platinum Games. Bayonetta is my favorite game of the entire generation and Vanquish was a jaw-dropping followup. Maybe I should have tempered my expectations when it was announced the game would launch as a budget title ($30) and due to its lukewarm reviews, but I was sure I would still love the game.

Unfortunately, I didn't. The combat was still enjoyable and some of the boss enemies were fun, but the game was designed to be grindy and repetitive and for large parts of the game it was just plain dull. The locations were bland and the player is forced to spend far too long accomplishing similarly styled challenges before they're finally able to move on. And once you finally beat the campaigns four main levels, you get to revisit them all again This design really stifled any opportunity the game had to shine. If you're a major action or brawler fan the game may be worth a playthrough, but the masses can skip it knowing they're not missing much.

#2 Biggest Disappointment - Catherine

I had heard many good things about Catherine, though I also had some hesitations. Quality gameplay is what I look for most in my video games and I don't care nearly as much about story. I knew Catherine had a strong interactive story element going in, but I figured I would be able to endure it (and maybe even enjoy it since it sounded so off the wall). What I didn't expect was to hate the gameplay portion of th egame (the block puzzles) even worse.

Those block puzzles were a disastrous mix of boring and overly challenging. They were terrible. Add to that the numbing repetitiveness of the bar gameplay in the evenings and it made for one awful experience for me. I wouldn't be surprised to see Catherine pop up again on my next installment, my least favorite games of the year list.

#1 Biggest Disappointment - Darksiders 2

After loving the Zelda/God of War vibe of the original Darksiders, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel. Unfortunately, Darksiders 2 just couldn't live up to my expectations. And while I didn't hate the game, for me it was just a huge letdown. One of my biggest gripes was the looting-system, which was the blandest I'd ever seen and felt completely tacked on. None of the weapons or armor you got via the loot system were actually cool, they were mostly just all the same with slightly different stats. A huge downgrade from the dedicated weapon system in the original. On top of that, the game has to load every time you want to access the pause menu to check out your new loot. All in all it made for one terrible looting experience.

The game was also quite buggy and I even had one of the side quests glitch on me early in the game resulting in me being unable to 100% the game. I felt like the pacing was off because you were constantly in a dungeon, there were dungeons everywhere! There was also an extremely miserable 3rd person shooting sequence tacked on near the end of the game that drove me insane.

Now I should make it clear that I did enjoy Darksiders 2 more than either of the other 2 games on my list, but my expectations for the game (based on the original) made it my most disappointing game of 2013.




Darksiders II was a huge disappointment for me, too.  It's been a while since I played it (this was one of those rare games I actually pre-ordered and paid full price for) so it's hard to remember all the specifics of why I felt let down, but after absolutely loving the original, this one quickly started feeling like a chore to play.  I made myself finish it, but it was a struggle because I was not enjoying it.

My #1 Disappointment is Aliens: Colonial Marines. Enough said.

are u buying Darksiders 3? lol

 

Damn, Anarchy Reign sounds terrible.Can i use Bayonetta for story mode?

 

Good list.

Darksiders II was a huge disappointment for me, too.  It's been a while since I played it (this was one of those rare games I actually pre-ordered and paid full price for) so it's hard to remember all the specifics of why I felt let down, but after absolutely loving the original, this one quickly started feeling like a chore to play.  I made myself finish it, but it was a struggle because I was not enjoying it.

Wow, I would have regretted it even more if I had preordered it.  I paid $15-$20 for it and sold it right after I beat it.  The only great thing about the sequel is that it made me realize how awesome the original was.

 

 

My #1 Disappointment is Aliens: Colonial Marines. Enough said.

Understandable.  I don't really like FPS games, espeically military FPS games with linear campaigns, so there was no way I would even give a crap about Colonial Marines.  But for those that had interest in the canon or genre, I can understand how much of a disappointment it would have been.

 

 

are u buying Darksiders 3? lol

 

Damn, Anarchy Reign sounds terrible.Can i use Bayonetta for story mode?

 

Good list.

Yes I would buy Darksiders 3 at the same price I pay for all my games. (<$15, usually <$10).

 

No Bayonetta in single player mode.  That would have made the game infinitely more awesome.  

Not to say you're wrong about the campaign of Anarchy Reigns, but did you try the multiplayer? That's where the meat of the game is and it's fantastic.

 

OT:

Bioshock Infinite and Dead Space 3 are my biggest disappointments of last year.

Not to say you're wrong about the campaign of Anarchy Reigns, but did you try the multiplayer? That's where the meat of the game is and it's fantastic.

 

OT:

Bioshock Infinite and Dead Space 3 are my biggest disappointments of last year.

Only tried a little bit, and yeah, it's my fault I focused on the single player in what was mainly an MP title.  By the time I was done with the two main stories I was just so burnt out on the game I didn't feel like getting involved in the MP.  Also kind of stupid that you basically have to play the single player to unlock most the MP characters.

 

Sorry to hear Infinite let you down.  I don't love it as much as most (it's my 3rd favorite Bioshock game) but I still have a great time with it.  I did dislike how linear they made the game and how little the vigors mattered in the game compared to the previous two games.  So I was disappointed in certain areas, but not enough for it to make this list.

I was hoping for splashier titles being in the disappointment list. Polygon, you are not sir.

I was hoping for splashier titles being in the disappointment list. Polygon, you are not sir.

Best compliment I've had in a long time.

Seriously though, good post as usual. Sucks to hear about DS2. I was looking forward to getting to that series eventually.

Should I just pass on Darksiders 2?  I liked the original just fine, but I don't want to take it behind the bleachers and get it pregnant.

Should I just pass on Darksiders 2?  I liked the original just fine, but I don't want to take it behind the bleachers and get it pregnant.

Yeah, if you weren't looking to impregnate the first Darksiders, I'm not sure you need to bother with the sequel.  But who knows, maybe you'd like it more.  I don't think you will, but anything is possible.

Nice list, can't argue with any of that. Shame because I was looking forward to Catherine and Darksiders 2 when I got to them.

 

So my 3 and 4 aren't games, but I do feel more disappointed by them. Don't worry 1 and 2 are games. My disappointments were:

 

#4 Pre-order bonuses exclusions. I know this was in previous years, but it just keeps getting worse and worse. They keep taking things out of games and making you pay extra (Mass Effect 3) or only including them with a code (Metro Last Light). Oh, even if you pay the $60 up front you still don't get it all. Because now games have Target versions, Walmart versions, Gamestop versions, and Best Buy versions. Go buy the game 4 times to get all the content or wait 2 months for it to be sold on the store, which is a rip off and you'd be finished with the game already anyway. Just buy the Collectors Edition you say? Nope! Even those don't have it all, just look at the recent Lightning Returns CE, where is the steelbook/etc?

 

#3 Online modes being added to single player games. This is a big pet peeve of mine. To the people that say "just don't play the mutli and enjoy the single", well Fuck you. They wasted time, energy, and money on creating that mutli player mode to "stop people from selling back the game used too soon", or whatever, and now the single player experience may suffer, not always, but it's possible. Competitive mutli just isn't that fun to me (well sure it's fun during LAN sessions with actual friends playing Counterstrike and Starcraft, those were the days. But not with some random 12 y/o online I don't even know), and while co-op is great, they keep taking couch co-op out. Uncharted had co-op online only, when I found that out I was so pissed. I'll give 2 examples of online being added to a game, one bad, one not really bad. Bad: God of War Ascension, clearly the single player adventure suffered from this waste of money mode, and the reviews/impressions reflected that. Ok: Tomb Raider, the single player game was still engaging and fun. I still can't help but think if they devoted that time, effort, and money to single player, it could have been just that much better or more features added. This will always be in the back of my mind. Yes I realize they put separate teams on different modes, but that team can be put to better use by maybe say creating more, you know, tombs to explore and making them more elaborate and taking longer than a measly 15 minutes to complete.

 

#2 Malicious. Was free with PS+, but I can still be disappointed. The concept looked so appealing to me and the game had style. I was disappointed in the game controls and mechanics. They were not intuitive, yes I read the tutorial first. Each battle is just a not fun grind to get enough points/power to unleash special attacks that actually damage the boss. All the while the boss whips your ass and you can't do much about it. You (very) slowly gain abilities that make the next boss(es) easier, but starting out you are 'gimp'. Often times I went to unload special attacks and the boss just laughs barely taking any damage. Really? I just spent 15 minutes building up power and only 8% of its health bar dropped? Fuck that. I think the battles were timed in some way, I want to say a 20 minute time limit, so that's just a fail.

 

#1 Borderlands 2 DLC. I actually liked Borderlands 1 DLC, sure I bought the GOTY for under $20 and it came with all DLC so it was a good value and fun. But I expected BL2 to follow suit...nope. They turned into mobile, fighting game, CoD, like DLC. Costume packs (just color reskins or new heads/hairstyles), gun skins, short quest DLC, having to pay to unlock your level ups, disappointing "main" story DLCs that lasted 1-2 hours with not much new (good) loot or interesting areas/characters. Overpriced even at $5 a pop, which they wanted $10 a pop not counting skins that were $1.99 each. Also the GOTY didn't include everything, just a few things so they could gouge if you wanted the complete edition. This coupled with the whole Aliens debacle, I've lost my faith in Gearbox. They flat out deceived people at E3 and other trade shows. They had a person with a controller "playing" the (fake) game, it was later found out to be just a movie and it wasn't even in the game. I didn't preorder the game, I didn't buy the game, but I was still upset with how they handled it.

 

I still like the base BL2 game, and would recommend it highly. Was really fun and I had hours of enjoyment and now it's so cheap the value is great, almost like Skyrim.

I thought Malicious sounded awesome when I first heard about it, but even though I have it free from PS+ I haven't played it yet.  Everyone I've heard from was disappointed in it or straight up say it sucks.  I'll play it eventually, but my expectations will be quite low.

 

Only BL2 DLC I played was Mr. Torgue.  It was pretty boring for the most part.  And yeah they have tons of other crappy DLC as well.

 

You should turn your comment into a blog post.

I do make long posts about things I'm passionate about, but I never thought of making a blog, heh.