My Gaming in Review - Biggest Disappointments of 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.