Spiderduck Network's Mike Hewitt gives his list of 10 of the most disappointing games of the generation.
Good for him.
10: Assasins Creed 9: Dead Island 8: GTA 4 7: LA Noire 6: Most of wiis library 5: Lair 4: Mass Effect 3 3: Sim City 2: Dragon Age 2 1: Haze THis is the list on the site now you dont have to click out :) personally i loved the first assasins game. GTA and LA Noire were fine wouldnt be in my personal list and i didn't play most of the others or have enough of an opinion to put them on such a list.
This article is dumb it basically bashes AC1 because it wasn't as good as AC II?
What the hell were people expecting with Mass Effect 3? There was always an overarching story that had little influence from the choices you made in the game. The choices were almost always self-contained, mattering only in that level or towards the end of the game. They were almost exclusively oriented towards certain characters and not much else. Yes, it sucked that the Rachnii Queen's story game back so limp. But most of the choices you made throughout the game were satisfactorily closed by the end of that game. My only complaint is that the ending was almost an afterthought. I think if it had a longer, more satisfactory ending people wouldn't have cared so much about the small differences between them.
Assassin creed 1!!? Wnats was wrong with that at the time of release.... it's come pretty far since then. Oh and you missed resident evil 6 and operation racoon city.
If only I had a gif of Leon giving you a thumbs up. http://www.abload.de/img/01... There we go.
With his comment on Haze he mentioned "Maybe this game was overhyped because, at the time, Sony was getting decimated in sales by the 360" A little fact checking never hurts. Haze released in May 2008. Prior to that, for the calendar year of 2007, the PS3 handily outsold the 360 by almost 1.5 million units despite it's high price point. How on earth does he figure the PS3 was being "decimated" by the 360 at the time? It's odd that people still parrot this idea that the PS3 was somehow slower selling then the 360 despite how readily available sales data is. As for GTA4 having the "least inspired story" of the GTA games, yeah..I'm going to have to cry foul on that one. GTA4 had without a doubt the most complex and compelling group of characters and overall plot I've had the pleasure of experiencing in a video game...ever. IGN, giving out one of their few perfect scores commented that the story was "Oscar quality". I tend to agree. This was perfect, adult entertainment mirroring some of the best writing from shows like the Sopranos and the Wire. I understand it wasn't for everyone but to me it was a masterpiece. I also don't think Dragon Age II was that bad of a game. It was a disappointment for sure compared to the first title, but if it existed in a vacuum without the first to compare it to, Dragon Age II was a perfectly serviceable, action rpg. It just wasn't Dragon Age Origins, and I think it was unfairly bashed because of that. Of course, how could we not compare it to its predecessor?
I disagree about assassin creed, it was awesome and unexpected and a breath of fresh air, it had repetitive side missions yes, but it's main story missions were cool and even more focused on being an assassin than it's later sequels, and it looked glorious , they managed to top it all off with AC2 no doubt but that doesn't mean the first was a disappointment, it was just a pretty good game with room for improvement , i'd give it something between a 7 and an 8 out of 10
I loved Assassins Creed 1. I included it because it felt primarily like groundwork for future games rather than a fully realized game itself (not a bad thing). I expected so much from this game but it turned kind of boring half-way through. It's not a bad game by any means, only disappointing.
Skyrim and GTA4 would be on the top of my list. GTA tried taking the game in a more serious direcion, but it dosn`t work with bad AI, sloppy shooting system, horrific controls (especially with the cars), and the most boring story and lack of variation in the missions in the series. Skyrim was a huge game, but i`ve never seen so many bugs in one game before and i`ve played Fallout New Vegas which crashed i don`t know how many times. I`ve never had several quests being impossible to complete, because the games is so buggy before either. The quests are unfortunately extremely repetative too, with almost every one involving: go here-kill dude, or pick up item and not much more. With the fun quests in Oblivion where you could go to kill some rats in the basement and end of with something entirely else, this is a step back. For all the different locations in the game it lacks more story within them too. When i visit different, abandon dwarf dungeons, i expect something in them to tie them together in a way. Some hint of a greather civilization when you visit several which leads to something new. Like the rat quest. Or at lest more variation in the different locations. But no. It`s just a copy-paste job unfortunately. I`ve had some discussions with a guy i know that said that: "But in Skyrim you just make your own story from the locations. It`s just that the developers don`t want to force the story on you". Yeah, but they at least have to give you a better atmosphere and some hint of a story to have you visit dungeon number 45 nand kill the same creature 892. Seeing how badly the main story is in both Skyrim and Oblivion, i think it`s safe to say Bethesda isn`t the greatest in storytelling. And probably why they "let it be up to the player" to create their own story. For me it`s just an excuse for a lazy copy-paste job and i would`ve prefered a smaller but more interesting game world.
You just summed up every single game Bethesda has ever released, with Morrowind being the only exception. They're an extremely lazy developer, their level design is never more complex than a maze, and they have a very generic art style. I keep checking out their Elder Scrolls games though, because I'm hopeful that one day they have the brilliant idea to mash The Witcher with Legend of Grimrock.
AshKetchum, so voicing your opinion is spaming?? This is an article of which game`s disappoint the most. I think it`s ok to give the reasons why i think Skyrim wasn`t all that great. If you liked the game, fine disagree all you want. This isn`t spam or off-topic. ifritAlkhemyst, i liked Oblivion actually, even though the level system was really broken on consoles. Haven`t tried Morrowind, but i`ve heared it`s really good :) I think the story is a lot better and the world is much more interesting in Fallout. Which is probably why i forgive them more there ;)
I personally liked Skyrim, but I agree with pretty much everything you said. There weren't any memorable quests, and thinking about it almost a few years later I don't recall any. However, there were a bunch of Fallout 3 quests I remember fondly. So, I think Bethesda did a good job with Fallout, but not with Skyrim in that aspect.
trevorosz, yeah for some reason it works better in Fallout. I think the universe there allows them go a bit more crazy and be more creative in their quests too. The weapons and the vats system is also cool :) I liked Skyrim too actually. But disappointed in it being less than Oblivion, except for a better level system ;)
I know that was a "personal choice" article, but I am going to have to disagree on about half of those games being on that list. Sure, most of them were not perfect games, but they were far from being the disasters he makes them out to be.
I really enjoyed Dragon Age 2 and LA Noire and Mass Effect 3 was my favorite game this gen.
Brink and Dead Island were the two biggest letdowns for me. Brink because the previews made it seem so much better, and Dead Island because it was hands down the buggiest game I've ever played in my life. I've played every Elder Scrolls game, including the PS3 version of Skyrim, and they were relatively bug free compared to my experience with Dead Island.
Dragon Age 2 is my most disappointing. They worked on the engine for DAO for years and the actual game for 3. They pumped out DA2 in 16 months. horrible combat on consoles awful cast cannot play as other races Cannot switch companion armor spell trees ruined Healing line ruined Warrior line ruined The same 5 recycled environments Who fives a guck about Kirkwall? Dialog tree dumbed down You can no long speak with companions any time Every fight consists of major group followed by 2 more groups The game was just awful and what's crazy is how they could have simply copy and pasted DAO and it would have be awesome. DA2 is not only my most disappointing, I think it's the worst game this gen or at least tied with Aliens. Yeah there's games like Ride to Hell or thor or any of the movie tie in games, but the expectation is that those game were destined to be crap. We EXPECTED DA2 to be amazing or even decent. Bioware was on a roll at that point and DA2 will be forever remembered as the game that killed bioware's rep for good...
He says GTA IV is disappointing and yet it's STILL the highest rated video game of all time according to Metacritic. Also, I actually kinda liked Dead Island, Lair, and Dragon Age II. Now of course I liked the first Dragon Age a lot more, and Lair was only really playable after the very late patch that allowed proper controls, but I still don't consider them disappointing.
I'm amazed at how split people are on GTAIV, I actually thought I was more in the minority of my annoyance for the game. I couldn't have been more unsatisfied with the game when I completed it and I was only going through the motions of the story after a while. If it wasn't for all the stellar GTA games that preceded it GTAIV would be amazing, but it is a major let down, for me, in comparison to the others.
I agree with the list apart from Haze and Assassin's Creed, I loved those games.
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