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Submitted by MattS 1334d ago | opinion piece

The ten most disappointing games this generation

Digitally Downloaded writes: "This generation has put up some truly amazing games – both high profile and niche. But, of course, it has also put up some real disappointments. Games that should have been great, or looked great in the promos, but didn’t follow through with the promise." (Alice: Madness Returns, Amy, Culture, Dragon Age 2, Dragon's Dogma, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, PC, PS3, Resonance of Fate, Shadows of the Damned, The Cursed Crusade, Xbox 360)

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Al80  +   1334d ago
Terrible list.
WildArmed  +   1334d ago
Aye, some of these games are actually pretty good. When I saw Kingdoms of Amalur and Dragon's Dogma on there, I was like O.O? THESE are your biggest disappointment? new IPs that are actually pretty good games?

Never mind the fact that Duke Nukem didn't make the list, there are still tons of games that were sold to be something, but delivered nothing.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1334d ago
judging from his list(which I don't agree with)...
Is it okay to assume that he is a FPS fanboy??
Oh_Yeah  +   1334d ago
ddogma, kingdoms of amular, alice, shadows of the damned....shouldnt be on this list, they werent even hyped games, they were must plays imo this gen. the others were pretty bad games though.
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TheLeapist  +   1334d ago
Honestly, how could anyone list Dragon's Dogma as a disappointment? First of all there was zero hype for it, so how could you have such high expectations to allow such a huge disappointment?

And more importantly it's my favorite game of the year so far. It's really amazing. Most of the negative reviews I've read all seem to not understand how to play.

EX: "The pawns talk way too much!" That's funny because if you sit down at an INN with a pawn you can tell him to talk less.
"The pawns are always running far ahead even when I tell them to come close" Well that's because you set them up that way and that can be changed as well.
The list goes on but you get the idea

It's seriously so great.
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CommonSense  +   1334d ago
kingdoms of amalur has no business being on this list.
in fact, a lot of this list is just lame.
in order for something to be disappointing, there has to be some hype/buzz about it in the first place.

how about La Noire? how about Lair? Too Human? Brink? FF13? FF14? Force Unleashed?

i have a question. why do idiot "articles" like this even make it to the front page? any moron with a blog can churn out junk like this on a daily basis.
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ThanatosDMC  +   1334d ago
Dragon's Dogma is damn good. This guy must be blind or Petarded. (family guy, fyi)
milohighclub  +   1334d ago
Lol I agree that some of these games shouldn't be on the list but some of the above games make no sense at all. There doesn't have to hype for a game for an individual to have high expectations.

Also some of the Gamen's listed below I.e crackdown I can't believe people actually had expectations for. Crackdown 2 looked scrap from the day it was announced.
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Mounce  +   1333d ago
Yea, this guy has horrible taste, he seems to have a gear to grind against Fantasy-adventure type games or something. Most games listed involve swordplay, him adding Resonance of Fate just cuts the cake though, he either is craving for traffic attention or whoever this person is, has the shittiest taste and sense of judgmental and self-glorified opinion in the world for this very moment.

I'm hooked on DDogma, it's a damn solid game, I had anti-Capcom fanboys heckle at me enough for not bashing the game simply because Capcom made it, let alone I have over 40 hours put into it and it's like SoTC + freaking Dark Souls + Monster Hunter, how can anyone say No?!
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pixelsword  +   1333d ago
Game Article Law #20:

Any article with "Disappointing" in the title sucks.

The pixel has spoken.
StraightPath  +   1334d ago
Gran Turismo 5
Final Fantasy 13

there are were alot more dissapointing games this gen. Some of those games are terrible i wudnt even say they dissapointed gamers.

terribles games are terrible but those games that dissapoint when expectations and hype are so high and the game seems really good turns out to be average dissapointing game.
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SuperLupe  +   1334d ago
Too Human, Haze, Crackdown 2, GT5 and FF13 definatly.
Trebius51  +   1334d ago
GT5 HYPED???? lmao!!!

Its only the best car simulation game ever made ... yeah hyped ... *cough*
ALLWRONG  +   1334d ago
"Too Human, Haze, Crackdown 2, GT5 and FF13 definatly."

Agree those are crap games.
aaron5829  +   1334d ago
gt5 disappointing ? lol.. ok
nukeitall  +   1334d ago
I think FF 13 and GT5 was disappointing relative to the hype (or expectation of gamers). Neither were or are terrible games by any means.

Terrible is like Ninja Gaiden 3! Went from highly anticipated to not worth buying in the bargain bin.
kikizoo  +   1334d ago

don't worry, gt5 was only disapointing for people who can't play it (like the 2 xfanboyz here).
morkendo23  +   1334d ago
@ superlupe

GT5, REALLY??? i mean REALLY!!!!! CRAPPY game REALLY??? compare to forza,Need for Speed "The RUN", NFS Shift 1,2,NFS PROSTREETS,NFS UNDERCOVER GT5 crappy? REALLY!!!
brodychet  +   1334d ago
Horrible list. I'm hoping this was a misunderstood joke? Lol shame on you MattS.
dubt72  +   1334d ago
How could they not have Too Human, Duke Nukem Forever and Homefront on this list?
MiloGarret  +   1334d ago
Story quality: WTF?
Liked this website: No
scotchmouth  +   1333d ago
Not enough people utilize that function
TENTONGUN  +   1334d ago
god man dragons dogma is a dissapointment? what the fuck is dude smokin some ready's. seriously one of the best games ive played.
joab777  +   1334d ago
Near insanity...unless he simple meant that each looked to b a possible game of the year and fell a bit short for one reason or another. He did not say this though. For some he simple tire them apart. I dunno, I can say Sky rim was a disappointment to me for various reasons. There are many aspects of dragons dogma and kingdoms that I love a lot more than sky rim, like their old school RPG elements that deliver satisfaction instead of a simple epic journey.

Now, I would love to see DD, KoA (which won't happen and I am sad) and DA look at some other games and try to make some improvements but not at the expense of all the wonderful things they did do. I love DD.
Liqvid  +   1334d ago
War in the North wasn't an amazing game, but I definitely had lots of fun playing spltscreen with my girlfriend. There were way worse disappointing games.
gedapeleda  +   1334d ago
I agree Alice was the ****
That CANDY ASS is probably 13...
MrMister  +   1334d ago
How did this article ever pass? Multiple accounts, maybe?
Venox2008  +   1334d ago
say what you want, but Shadows of the Damned is a GREAT GAME!


This list needs:

Perfect Dark: zero
Golden axe: beast rider
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Mutant-Spud  +   1334d ago
Dragon's Dogma is everything it claimed to be and more, it's one of the most unique and complex action RPG's on the market, I really liked Amalur too but I thought it was way too easy. This is a dumb list, they've put great games on there for stupid reasons, Resonance of Fate was fantastic but the author has included it because of it's release date?
Innovative RPG's and quirky action games like Shadows of the Damned are a niche market, it's like comparing fans of Black Metal to fans of R'nB, some people are willing to expand their minds and be challenged, others aren't.
WildArmed  +   1334d ago
Resonance of Fate was indeed a fantastic game. Loved the combat system and soo many side-quests! Probably one of my fav. JRPGs this gen. The story was a lil' weak -- not very driven, but I think they wanted it that way. To let the player fit in the pieces together, but it's def. one of the most stragetic combat mechanics I've played this gen.

It def. was in no way a disappointment.
Hicken  +   1334d ago
I tried to give the article some credit, but saying tri-Ace is a small time developer kinda destroyed that. They're not the biggest of the big, but between Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile, they're more than a little well known by JRPG fans.
madjedi  +   1334d ago
Funny because resonance of fate was a hell of alot better jrpg than ff13 by a long shot.

The almost the entire list is stupid as hell cursed crusade, even a blind man could that was a budget title, alice was good and lengthy for action/platformer. War in the north was still a decent game not a champions of norrath, but still good. DD haven't played except the demo.

Da2 only played the demo was so so, shadows wasn't bad but all the innuendos put me off it, kingdoms was a shocker for how fun it actually was. I was expecting another casual heavy fable type game, it was actually real good. Amy never played it

The force unleashed wasn't not that bad, probably not as good as jk 3, but still an enjoyable game.

Another guy listed golden axe and i agree that was really bad. I don't care if it was hyped or not, and rogue warrior and legendary deserve to be on the list, just bad games.

I still laugh about brink, if it had released for $29 like it should of been instead $59 it wouldn't have been torn apart so badly.

Dead island i can't see the appeal, everything is subpar and poorly implemented, only the driving was done decently. I still think people who compare it to fallout 3 or borderlands are idiots.
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GillHarrison  +   1334d ago
Shadows of the Damned was rated very well. It is a fantastic game, idiots like the person who wrote this article didn't help move copies.
MrDead  +   1334d ago
Blue Toad Mystery Files, it's the worse piece of arse dribble that I've ever had the misfortune to play.
helghast102  +   1334d ago
The mention of Dragon's Dogma completely invalidates this list. Nice try.
Redempteur  +   1334d ago
DDogma is one amazing piece of work
WetN00dle69  +   1334d ago
Exactly! That guy must be on drugs!
Ducky  +   1334d ago
In recent memory, I'd add Brink.

I still kinda liked the game, but it just wasn't anywhere near what was portrayed in the previews/trailers.
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christheredhead  +   1334d ago
I fell for the trap that was Brink. The game looked absolutely incredible with the parkour, customization and objective based gameplay....but man, it was pretty bad. Still can't believe I wasted 64 dollars on that. It had so much potential, but didn't really follow through on any core element.
MysticStrummer  +   1334d ago
Yeah I'd take Dragon's Dogma and Amalur off and replace them with Brink and Dead Island. Both were games I was very excited about that ended up being less than stellar. The rest of the games I don't know about, but those two are actually the only disappointing games I've played this gen. I liked Amalur ok, but I had no expectations that it didn't live up to. I love me some Dragon's Dogma.
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Mutant-Spud  +   1334d ago
Dead Island wasn't too bad but the novelty wore off pretty quick for me because it was just constant combat and not much else, Brink was so broken on release that it never had a chance, if it was a $10 download and had been marketed the same way as Gotham City Impostors it would probably have been a minor hit.
Tomonobu Itagaki  +   1334d ago
Alice: Madness Returns was precisely what I was expecting from it. Same qualities, same flaws as American McGee's Alice: old school platform / action game with awesome level-design, good dubs but few bugs and rigid animations.

It's not the greatest game of all time, but it's still worth it. A really good experience and nothing like a disappointment for me.
BraveToaster  +   1334d ago
Battlefield 3, every Call of Duty game after 4, Skyrim, Bioshock 2, and Splinter Cell Convition. I'm sure I could think of more if I wanted.
strauser360  +   1334d ago
BraveToaster  +   1334d ago
That word has no meaning anymore.
scotchmouth  +   1333d ago
How can you call someone a hipster from a post? Was it the thickframe glasses and scraggly beard that gave it away?
WetN00dle69  +   1334d ago
You forgot Halo 3,ODST and Reach!
Conviction was pretty good and so was Battlefield 3 and BS2.
Blastoise  +   1334d ago
Take Bioshock 2 & maybe Battlefield 3 off this list and I agree with you :)
BraveToaster  +   1334d ago
Bioshock 2 wasn't bad, just disappointing after the first one. It couldn't live up to its name. Battlefield 3 definitely deserves to be up there because it's horribly unstable (crashed ~80 times for me in the first 3 months I owned it) and the hit detection is awful. The maps in vanilla BF3 are mostly crap. There's 4 decent maps in vanilla.
Blastoise  +   1334d ago
I thought Bioshock 2 was well better than the first one, and I played the first one first too. But fair enough. Iv never had that many problems with Battlefield 3 but i`ll be the first to admit its not a 100% stable game, and trying to squad up is a pain in the ass. Also, whats with these bullshit "unlock all unlockables for vehicles and weapons" things you can buy online? so lame.
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ReservoirDog316  +   1334d ago
..............Splinter Cell Chaos Theory???????

That's one of the best stealth games of all time!
MariaHelFutura  +   1334d ago
Yep. Chaos Theory is amazing. Plus it did come out this gen....
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FinaLXiii  +   1334d ago
you mean conviction.
attilayavuzer  +   1334d ago
Jesus, try the 10 most obscure and irrelevant games of this generation
alessandro10  +   1334d ago
DRAGON DOGMA?????????? this guy is fokin crazy or doesn't know anything about gaming... what this game needs its more exposure not this broken stupid list that does not help this fantastic game that i hope becomes a franchise

What a stupid article
Bloodraid  +   1334d ago
Wahh! This guy thinks a game that I think is fun is disappointing! He's not a real gamer for disagreeing with me!

Grow up.
easthastings  +   1334d ago
Might want to choose a mature reply before saying grow up, doesn't mean much otherwise.
Bloodraid  +   1334d ago
Because people who whine about stupid pointless shit like this need to be talked to in a nice kind and mature manner...
WetN00dle69  +   1334d ago
Must be the Hemorrhoids acting up!

Anyways i highly agree with you alessandro10!
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corrupted_sharingan  +   1334d ago
seriously Dragon's Dogma??Have you even played it?? It's one of the best games I've played this generation.I don't understand why these type of articles gets approved cause I'm pretty sure that this list did not came from a proper gamer.
rdgneoz3  +   1334d ago
Yah, DD might not have the best story line of this gen, but the amount of control over customizing your play style is damn nice. You can switch between the roles at any time (in town) and not have to start a new character. You can mix and match abilities and augments. The amount of choices during quests you have is nice as well.

Though one thing to note: for the love of god, do not get the inn keeper to fall in love with you...
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Colonel_Dante  +   1334d ago
Dragons Dogma is on the list..
are you mad?
There are many many games that couldve been there. This gen has had many stinkers. Hell, I'd throw a few sequels in there, cuz after this gen I want some new damn I.P's !!
KrimsonKody  +   1334d ago

Although a few of those games on the list genuinely did not live up to expectations & exercise its potential, I think @ least 8 of those games were fairly decent, no less than good.
But definitely not the MOST disappointing. & definitely not the most disappointing of this gen.

The only game I can agree with, mostly, is Dragon Age 2.
THAT, was disappointing!
kagon01  +   1334d ago
Resonance of Fate... (This list has lost its credibility)

Where is Diablo III?
GameOn  +   1334d ago
I hated resonance of fate. 60 hours in and the story was barely gatting started. Got sick of looking at hexagons.
scotchmouth  +   1333d ago
I will be your sole agree vote.
sonicsidewinder  +   1334d ago
"Dragos Age: Origins is one of the finest RPGs ever made. Epic in scope, it delivered a hugely interesting world, some amazing characters and a combat intensity that managed to still be highly strategic."

'Dragos Age: Origins'? never heard of it.

Guy's probs never played any infinity engine game.
StarFox  +   1334d ago
crysis 2 should be on this list, it was a pile of garbage.
TENTONGUN  +   1334d ago
i liked crysis , youre nuts. biggest disapointment for me was resident evil 5
Y_5150  +   1334d ago
I liked Crysis 2 and Resident Evil 5. RE5 brought me into the RE series so laugh it up. :P
madjedi  +   1334d ago
If re 5 brought you into the re series you need to play the originals re 1-3, completely different.
Y_5150  +   1333d ago
@madjedi I tried all three and I didn't enjoyed the first three. It was the co-op that made me consider buying RE5 and I thought the co-op in that game was pretty good.
SageHonor  +   1334d ago
Terrible list. Looks like i will be on the lookout not to go to this website again..
Servbot41  +   1334d ago
The Third Birthday. Biggest disappointment in my life.
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   1334d ago
My 3 have to be :
2. Lair
3. GTA4 (sorry guys it was a real letdown)
4. Twisted Metal
5. Warhawk
GillHarrison  +   1334d ago
I agree with most, but the whole "GTA IV sucks because it's not San Andreas" thing is getting old.
wildcat  +   1334d ago
Really, Warhawk? GTFO!

That was easily the most fun I've had in multiplayer on the PS3, complete with dedicated servers. An overall masterpiece of online fun, chaos, and teamwork.
Drabent  +   1334d ago
spunnups  +   1334d ago
Lair, all the Maddens
Gran Touring  +   1334d ago
why is Lair so disappointing?
ThatOneGuyThere  +   1334d ago
because the people that didnt play it didnt like it. I had a blast with it.
The_Devil_Hunter  +   1334d ago
Oh man Lair was a fantastic game. I loved it soooo much. I didnt even realized it was getting bad reviews until my friend let me know. I thought the controls werent that bad. And the story was decent. Then again to each Their own.
momthemeatloaf  +   1334d ago
With a list like that this guy probably has his bangs pasted to his forehead and his jeans so tight he has to cut them at the ankles just to get them off.
StreetsofRage  +   1334d ago
All subjective. And Shadows of the Damned is AWESOME!
The_Devil_Hunter  +   1334d ago
Off topic. Growing up in the ninetys Axel was my fqvorite character for a while and I remember writing stories about him in my free writes in 3rd grade. lol.
HacSawJimThugin  +   1334d ago
This list a joke. The author must be mistaken...he/she must of added random games to the list in order to meet a deadline. Fail sir!!
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InTheLab  +   1334d ago
Dragon Age 2 is the biggest disappointment in any gen. It signified the end of Bioware and the beginning of EA Bioware. Dragon Age 2 also marked the beginning of the "dumb it down" era.


Medal of Honor- was once a unique franchise. Now, it's a big old shit sandwich and basically another excuse to pump out Battlefield Lite.

Fable 2 and 3- both terrible, although 3 was expected to be terrible.

Crackdown 2- Man, are you kidding me?

Sorcery- For a game that disappeared for 2 years...they sure as hell cut every possible corner to get this garbage out. This game should have been Epic...but I'd settle for good.

Author's list is pretty bad. Shadows was a solid game and Amalur kicked ass for 35 levels...
Knushwood Butt  +   1334d ago
Sorcery was NEVER going to be epic. I've been saying that for years. It was just a tech demo that a bunch of E3 followers got way too excited over...
InTheLab  +   1334d ago
So you guessed that the demo we saw 2 years ago looks exactly like the final product? You expected them to use UE3?

Sure you did...
Knushwood Butt  +   1333d ago
No: we saw a tech demo, not a game. It's as simple as that.

Some people got way too excited and then had unreasonable expectations.

As for the game itself, I've been playing it today for the first time and it's better than I thought it would be. Enjoying it. Could definitely have done with a bit more polish though.
RyuDrinksTheDew  +   1334d ago
wow, troll list is a troll list.

Amalur and Dragon's Dogma are amazing games.

i know its based off opinion, but he chose legit good games.
tuglu_pati  +   1334d ago
Too Human, Haze, Crackdown 2, GT5, FF13, Twisted Metal and Ninja Gaiden 3 to name a few.
GillHarrison  +   1334d ago
This is an incredible list right here.
Gamer-Z  +   1334d ago
Can i add Dead Space 3 to this list?
GillHarrison  +   1334d ago
It's hard to say a lot about a game you haven't played, let alone seen more than 5 minutes of gameplay.
Kratoscar2008  +   1334d ago
resident evil 5 and soon Resident Evil 6, along FF XIII and XIII-2, both franchises dead to me.
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