Kotaku: 2009 In Review: The Disappointments

There were plenty of things to be happy about in 2009! Uncharted 2, Batman, the return of E3 and a PS3 resurgence to name but a few. But you know what? 2009 also had its fair share of crushing disappointments.

Things that should have been great, but were average. Things that should have been good, but were awful. Whether through accident, misstep or a good old-fashioned cock-up, here are what Kotaku thinks are the biggest disappointments in video gaming of 2009.

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rucky2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

Do we really expect anything less from Kotaku?

And since I already started posting, the only reason KZ2 was a disappointment to sites like kotaku is the fact that it's a really good game.

I am willing to bet that they already have their "Killzone 2 another overhyped title from Sony" article saved up months before the game is released. And like what everyone here is saying, now they're just trying hard to deny KZ2's existence.

Oh and speaking of disappointment, where's ODST?

Darkeyes2797d ago

This is what I hate about the media.. If KZ2 was a disappointment, then what was ODST???? A disaster? Cause last time I checked, KZ2 got the award from reputed sites like Gamespot and IGN as the best shooter. If you are creating a '2009 disappointment list', then why not include the 360 line up? Cause as far as my knowledge goes, none of the title even came close to KZ2 in terms of quality. Where is ODST and Halo Wars in the list???? Both sucked more than KZ2.... Way to show your bias Kotuka.

Kevin ButIer2797d ago

Uh Oh... Kotaku?

Again... not a bad site, Just disappointing ¬¬

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Bungie2797d ago

KZ2 is not a bad game at all

maybe it was a little overhyped

they shouldn't compare it with the best just to make it look bad

Damn kotaku

Saaking2797d ago

Kotaku, what a joke. The media bashed KZ2 constantly and when it came out it not only achieved what it set out to do, but SURPASSED it. Now all the naysayers have to eat their own crap and they handle it by calling KZ2 a disappointment. Kotaku is a joke.

Dragun6192797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

Killzone 2 was awesome, wasn't expect much really, but I can understand Kotaku's Luke Plunkett opinion. But to counter his argument that this game is

"parts forgettable and offensive, poor characters propelling you through a dreary wasteland of a game, populated solely by clichés and a world so depressing you wish Rainbow Brite would pop in and make a cameo."

This game wasn't intended to create some epic hero like master chief or Nathan Drake nor was it supposed to be a Halo Killer. No, Guerrilla wanted to create a game with the theme War in mind along with putting the player in a view of an ordinary soldier with his unit out for some mad revenge Cough Rico. That is why its so dark and gritty and that's why Guerrilla focused on getting that immersion feeling Ex the Cover System.

I mean come on, what the hell were you expecting from watching all those killzone 2 trailers? A sunshine color game with some hero coming to save the day? This is KILL ZONE.

My disappointments for 2009
Resident Evil 5
It wasn't a resident evil game that I was expecting :(

King of Fighters XII
Online was just horrible, with limited levels, and small cast of characters.

Really Short campaign mode like seriously especially since the game cost $60 but everything else was good but seriously what the hell, $60?

MagnaCarta 2
It was pretty forgettable story with terrible AI, other than that the art was awesome.

Only problem was that Sony doesn't have a UMD soultion and the fact that it costs $250 for a revised slimmer psp with no UMD drive while the original psp with a UMD drive costs around $150.

nix2797d ago

you forgot MW2.

short campaign. glitchiest MP.

Megaton2797d ago

Seriously guys, it's Bukaku, it's what they do. Would you have honestly expected anything else? It's like asking the open zone brigade what they think.

Maddens Raiders2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

am sick & tired of all these noobs ^^^ (you know who you are) posting stupid [email protected] nonsense in the first comment of all these N4G threads as if this were some run-of-the-mill shyt game site!!!!

Where has community housekeeping gone guys? Let's get this crap in check, eh?

On topic

First, Kotaku has been wrong on nearly every skewed/biased/anti PS article that has come out of that office since 2006 - so WHO cares?

secondly, all normal people know Killzone 2 rocks.

silvacrest2797d ago

so according to kotaku, killzone 2 is dissapointing because it has grey buildings and forgettable characters

i'll agree with the characters thing but i dont think that makes it a dissapointment, i have played plenty of games where i forgot about the characters soon after playing the game and that didnt make it a bad game

as for the colour, it suits the atmosphere/wasteland GG was going for cliche or not, did kotaku really not try at all? ODST is pretty dissapointing for a $60 game, im sure there are others more disserving that have not mentioned

Digitaldude2797d ago

Man its December, mocking Killzone 2 was so February/March.

Kratos Spartan2797d ago

bubs to you. your opinion has my respect. great post.

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TheBest2797d ago

It's not Kotaku as a whole that is biased against the PS3/Sony, it's just the one writer, named Luke Plunkett. He's the one who wrote this article, and he always feels the need to take stabs at Sony and Nintendo in every Sony/Nintendo related article. He also glorifies the 360 in every MS related article (maybe he only owns a 360?).

The rest of the Kotaku writers are pretty non-biased at all. And I should know, I'm a Kotaku regular.

sikbeta2797d ago

Kotaku: 2009, The Disappointments


That's it

itisa2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

I can't believe this.

Is it possible to put a list of this year disappointments without including Halo:"DLC 60$ price tag"ODST?

It is according to Kotaku,in fact throw in Killzone 2 and PspGo while you're at it.

Seriously though,I was scrolling down for ODST in the article and the comments in that site,and guess what?I found nothing.How can we let someone approve this article is beyond me.

Game13a13y2797d ago

wow, i guess everyone should take what Kotaku has to say about the PS3 (and the 360 as a matter of fact) as jokes by now.

morganfell2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

And who overhyped Killzone 2? Was it Sony? Guerrilla Games? Fans? The opposition? Or was it slimy journalists like Brian Crecente talking how they will never achieve the target render? (Which in many ways they surpassed)

And who attacked Killzone 2 for no Co-op yet gives games such as Assassin's Creed 2 a pass?

Crecente and his herd of sheep have egg on their face and this is just another attempt to recover their wounded egos. It is even more laughable in the light of recent awards. But most off all it is the fans that make liars out of ever single staff member of that worthless site.

zeeshan2797d ago

Yeah Killzone 2 was a HUGE disappointment for Kotaku because it surpassed everyone's expectation. It was THAT good a game! This is lame journalism indeed.

morganfell2796d ago


Most people still do not get the Killzone 2 locational damage as the most advanced game many play still utilizes older type hitboxes.

frostypants2796d ago

I like Kotaku, but Luke Plunkett is a f***ing hack. No mention of ODST? Sorry, that is indefensible. One can only take the "it's just his opinion" card so cannot sweep 2 tons of BS under a throw-rug. For example, one could post an article arguing that the most well known character in video game history was Bubsy the Bobcat, and while it may be that person's opinion, it doesn't make it any less stupid. This is the same situation here.

DatNJDom812796d ago (Edited 2796d ago )

Killzone 2 a disappointment? Really? Complaining cause everything is gray? Im pretty sure its because of the planets environment. Helghan is a industrial world. Of course it's going to look like that. I guess Mars must have green lands and tropical weather...... kotaku sucks.....

edhe2796d ago

Not sure I understand why people are comparing a 4-5 year long development lifecycle flagship title with a 1-year side project.

But I guess that must be the state of things if Sony fanbois are comparing their premier hype targets to Bungie's side projects...

morganfell2796d ago

Everything is grey? What did they say about Gears of War? Did they say everything in HALO has circus colors?

travelguy2k2796d ago

What i am referencing is the negativity about the color pallet in Killzone 2. Really, lets compare it to a movie like "Saving Private Ryan", what was the color pallet in that Academy nominated film (11 nominations). It was depressing dark and devoid of color. So, why should a war game that is trying to immerse you in the action not be similar. Why must it have Halo neon colors to be deemed AAA by the critics.

Sorry for the rant, but i never understood that argument.

JeffGUNZ2796d ago

Remove Killzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2. I personally enjoy IW's style of single player. It's an action packed sequence of events, like a movie, it's not designed to be long. The plot just plays out and however long it takes, it takes. No one complains when they see a movie that's 70 minutes over a movie that is 3 hours. It's about the content and the experience. I was pleased with the single player. Again, I believe most people who purchase this game are in it for the multi-player.

solidjun52796d ago

Hmmmm...I guess a sucker like you (a huge 360 fanbaby) got suckered with a 60 dollar exp...err..."side project".

Too bad.

vickers5002796d ago

Killzone 2 could have been the best shooter of the next gen. Hell, when I first saw the actual in game gameplay, my jaw dropped for the first time of any game. It looked beautiful, I was so excited, the moment the trailer finished, I said f*ck crysis, this is the best looking game of all time.

Then I played the demo, with its second long delayed unresponsive controls. I even customized the sensitivity and waited for the control fix patch to come out. The patch made it slightly better, but sadly, there is nothing that can be done about the controls. Most fanboys will defend the controls as "weighty" or "realistic", but the fact is, that is complete bullsh*t. Realistic my a$$. Maybe realistic in the sense that you are on a planet with gravity 5x that of Earths, but definitely not what is realistic today.

I was incredibly let down by Killzone 2, mainly because I was so hyped up for it. The laggy controls might have had to do with GGames maxing out the hardware for the ps3, and that it wasn't possible to have smooth controls, so I hope the next playstation is able to handle the load of the next game and deliver smooth controls.

mal_tez922796d ago

The most immersive FPS ever with the best shooting gameplay, graphics, sound, animation and effects; complete with an awesome campaign, brilliant multiplayer and the introduction of the first person cover system.

Where was the dissappointment?

rezenu2796d ago

The same ol' crap from the same ol' Kotaku.

I've learn not to take these guys seriously.

Tiberium2796d ago

the main thing disappointing about killzone 2 was the controls. The turning speed and aiming down the sights speed was horrendous. I'm not going to get into "realism", but that was a big problem.

SilentNegotiator2796d ago

"WAAAA, Killzone 2 didn't meet the impossible standards I made for it, since I soaked up the hype like a sponge!"

mastiffchild2796d ago

Edhe-it's completely fair to compare KZ2 and ODST, isn't it? Last I checked your "side project"(which bungie and MS went OUT OF THEIR WAY to say it wasn't)cost just as much at release as KZ2 and as such is a full scale retail release with the price to match. Why shopuldn't they be compared on an equal footing if their makers think they're worth the same outlay? Dev cycle time has nothing to do with it, nothing.

Fact is the guy at Kotaku just didn't enjoy KZ2 which is very different from it being one of the years biggest disappointments-KZ2 annoyed a lot of games journos who stupidly decided it wouldn't get near THAT target render and said so countless times so when it did match it they, like spolit kids, searched for anything to hang their annoyance on rather than being men and saying "well done" to GG. ~Sure, it's not perfect but it's a great shooter that picks up plaudits to this day despite what we read here tonight. ODST disappointed me much more,tbh, as it was crap value and the reason it upset me is the same it did it for others-they justified the price by selling us stuff we already bought before!

So, overhyped? Certainly. One of the years biggest disappointments? nowhere close. Ninja Blade, Resi5,ODST, Madworld and the Fallout DLC? Yes, definitely, yes. Plus, if you can't appreciate the best FPS multiplayer action of the year(this gen for me) then you shouldn't be disappointed by just one FPS this year but all of them. It smacks to me of someone hurting that GG did their job a lot better than he did-plus, I'm no fanboy and feel the ODST comparison is just a natural one to make having felt very let down by both the lack of value(because of MS and Bungie's short sighted packaging and pricing ideas)AND the in game issues it has(short campaign where even the good ideas were left uninvestigated, the worst acting all year, the only new MP being the boring, "me too" Horde mode type Firefight effort among other annoyances forgivable in DLC but NOT in a FULL PRICED retail game)though allthat said it pales next to Resi5 in terms of this terms disappointments-Capcom killed my favourite franchise because of some overbearing desire to be fashionable, include co-op and all at the expense of the all important SP that made the games name in the first place!

But, whatever, you don't need to be a PS3 fanboy to think comparing the respective merits of KZ2 and ODST is fair enough-had it been sold as premium DLC and not as a full game padded out with content we'd paid for the first time I might have said you have a point but as two full cost releases? They're both fair game.