This years biggest dissapointment?

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Looking to get an idea of what everyone believes to be this years most disappointing title?

Just to clarify, a disappointing game isn't exactly a BAD game. It may well be a very good game. A disappointing game (to me) is a game that you got very excited for, for whatever reason, but after playing it you were left underwhelmed.

Personally, L.A. Noire takes the cake this year. I was very excited to see how a detective game would play out, and how they would make use of the very advanced technology for facial expressions. I was disappointed with the game as a whole. The faces, while great, were never a challenge to figure out, the game became very repetitive, and the ending was just awful IMO. This game could have been so much more, but for me, fell short.

So what do you guys think? Which game left you most disappointed this year?

I try to do enough looking into a game before I buy it so that I don't have any major disappointments. I'm perfectly content with every game I've purchased this year.

MW3, personally. I've always enjoyed the CoD series, but if I'm being realistic, I've been enjoying the same game re-released with new guns and maps since CoD4. I really expected something new in MW3 to merit a 60$ purchase, and all I got was some change ups with kill streaks and another survival mode that we've seen in WaW and Black Ops, aside from the fact that the enemies now have firearms.

Returned it after a couple days and picked up BF3. Much happier with my results, aside from funding EA.

Honestly, MY biggest disappointment was Shadows of the Damned.

The game was good. Not great, but good. It was full of foul humor and ridiculous grindhouse themes, and I love that kind of stuff when done well. And it was.

However, it should have been done PHENOMENALLY. Look at the team behind this game. It should have taken the world by storm. Or at least, my world. I played it once and I don't feel compelled to play it again.

Uncharted 3 - Solid game, but completely fails to live up to the perfect 10 hype it had going in. 8/10 title at best a recommended purchase but a disappointment due to the expectations surrounding it.

I'd imagine most people will say Dragon Age 2 considering how much hate there is for that game.

Probably DXHR.

The game was brilliant, had almost everything I could of asked for.

The only reason I say it was my biggest disappointment of the year is because Deus Ex is probably my favourite game of all time. Still to this day I give it a playthrough every year or so, outdated graphics and shooting mechanics be damned!

Subconsciously, I wanted Human Revolution to lift (or at least equal) that bar set by the original, even though that's probably an impossible feat.

I thoroughly enjoyed DXHR, and it will definitely be up there as one of my favourite games of this year, definitely has the replay value that will keep me coming back for more, but because it didn't reach the dizzying heights set by the original, i'd have to chalk it up as a very small disappointment.

Probably the fact that MASS EFFECT 3 & DIABLO 3 are STILL NOT OUT YET!!

*rattles back and forth in agitation*

*falls over in chair*

...Ow...

I think Brink is one of the most dissapointing games i've ever played. Glad I got to check it out at a friend before buying it.

LA Noire is up there only because that game lacked replayiability unlike past Rockstar games.

However, despite the fact that I still think the game is pretty decent, my vote goes to Brink. That game was supposed to be the "Evolution of FPS" with great detailed customization, RPG type of mechanics, jump abilities from Mirror's Edge, etc. But instead, it lacked those things AND polish, along with the single player being non-existent with no system link multiplayer.

Battlefield 3 gets my vote. The trailers made it look like the single player campaign was going to be awesome. That sniper trailer from way back really had me excited, as did the take demo. All the talk about the single player had me going, "Great. I'll beat that just in time for Modern Warfare 3." My mistake.

Dead Space 2. Finally got my hand on it in October, played through it once and suffered major apathy towards it afterward. To compare, I played through Dead Space 1 around about half a dozen times. Go figure. Don't know why, but DS2 just wasn't as compelling a game as the first one. Not to say it's bad, it isn't, but I think the lack of anything really new in DS2 is what made it "meh" imo. I'll probably go back to it at some point though.

EDIT:

Sniper Team 4:
Battlefield 3 gets my vote. The trailers made it look like the single player campaign was going to be awesome. That sniper trailer from way back really had me excited, as did the take demo. All the talk about the single player had me going, "Great. I'll beat that just in time for Modern Warfare 3." My mistake.

This also. After memories of much lolz being had in BF2, I was excited for BF3. Played beta, was not impressed.

OF WHAT I PLAYED:

Portal 2.

I never played the Co-op, but the Single player was... trying, at best. 90% of the game's humor was "OMG Aren't I so funny? Aren't I? AREN'T I?! LAUGH DAMN YOU" I loved the first game but... eurgh..

Overall I'd say it was Brink. I haven't played it but I was pretty psyched and I know a lot of other people were too, and it seemed like a downer.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution for me. It wasn't bad, but it got a lot of credit for the amount of "player choice" it allowed which ultimately boiled down to "kill the gaurds or sneak in the fire escape". Even Invisible War had some interesting story branches, this one was almost completely linear. The big decision at the end was too little, too late.

Sniper Team 4:
Battlefield 3 gets my vote. The trailers made it look like the single player campaign was going to be awesome. That sniper trailer from way back really had me excited, as did the take demo. All the talk about the single player had me going, "Great. I'll beat that just in time for Modern Warfare 3." My mistake.

They made the mistake of hyping itself upto be the "CoD Killer" and completely failed. I knew it would, but I didn't expect it to be that bad, both Single and Multiplayer. With what little of MW3's campaign I did play, I still got a thrilling experience.

OT: For me, Dragon Age 2, for the fact that I'm having a hard to replaying it.

Skyrim, hurr hurr.

Kidding. Mostly. Although I have already got sick of it.

But the prize would have to go to Brink or Dead Island. Dishonorable mention goes to Duke Nukem Forever, which was terrible but not necessarily disappointing since I had a vague idea what I was letting myself in for.

Dragon Age 2. The game that follows DA:O should not simply be "meh".

Zhukov:
Skyrim, hurr hurr.

Kidding. Mostly. Although I have already got sick of it.

But the prize would have to go to Brink or Dead Island. Dishonorable mention goes to Duke Nukem Forever, which was terrible but not necessarily disappointing since I had a vague idea what I was letting myself in for.

I reckon most people knew what they were getting themselves into, but still had some hope.

As for Brink, how that ever was going to evolve FPS i do not know.

Dead Island. I ...you know...just Dead Island.

No Half-Life Episode 3.

*yanked off stage by cane*

None. I only really expected 2 games this year. Portal 2 (Co-op was awesome) and Blackwell Deception. Both delivered superbly.

deus ex...wasnt as pretty as everyone either says it is or was going to be and the gameplay coulda been so much better..just ended up above average but still a let down

Reishadowen:
Probably the fact that MASS EFFECT 3 & DIABLO 3 are STILL NOT OUT YET!!

*rattles back and forth in agitation*

*falls over in chair*

...Ow...

Ninja'd...Couldn't agree more, I was suppose to happily playing ME3 this holiday season. DAMNIT

I've played both L.A. Noire and Deus Ex: Human Revolution this year, neither of which were perfect (or even great), but they were both sort of risk taking games, and stepped (at least a bit) outside of what you'd expect from their genres. It's the Assassin's Creed syndrome, they're not as great as they could have been, but I can cut them some slack.

No, for me the biggest disappointment was Dragon Age II. It was kind of fun to play, and I'll be the first to admit there were some pretty damn interesting things in there, but coming from a studio who have their formula so nailed down they could produce games in their sleep, it's not even close to as solid as it should have been. It's also disappointing in the bigger picture, in the sense that it's a rushed, shallow product from a studio that normally takes a lot of care with their games. It made me lose just a little bit of faith in a studio that prior to that did very little wrong.

The Witcher 2, by large and by far. The game was good looking, and that's about the only positive thing I can say about it. Some of the moral choices were mildly interesting, but the story overall was really anticlimactic, and the gameplay, Jesus fucking Christ. If it's apparent in any game, it's apparent in The Witcher 2 that the development focus switched from PC to consoles half-way through. Bad list based menus, a huge step back in character development, sucky itemization, unintuitive controls... Only proves once more that no-one can be trusted.

Skyrim is my runner up. Although a good game, it's hugely lacking in at least 5 aspects. The saddest part is that despite the game being one of the most restrictively simple RPGs in recent time, it's also got the most spooge all over it.

Also, prediction for next year - Diablo 3. Not because I expect a lot of the game, but because we're going to see just how low Blizzard has fallen, in case Starcraft 2 didn't make it clear enough for anyone.

Strain42:
I try to do enough looking into a game before I buy it so that I don't have any major disappointments. I'm perfectly content with every game I've purchased this year.

This.

I don't listen to any marketing for anything, ever, and have played enough games to know what I will enjoy at a glance.

Skyrim, that shit generated more hype than a fukken genetically enhanced Peter Molyneux clone injected with adrenaline and methamphetamines while hyping up the video game version of the cold war along with his cohort the holographic ghost of McCarthy. And what we got was Oblivion in the winter, but y'know with like 3 new enemy types, and a recolor of everything else. Oh and in true 'thesda fashion it was buggier than a junkyard couch filled with millipedes. And yet... People still ate that shit up like fat bastard and Augustus Gloop's overgrown lovechild at a Denny's.

Dragon Age 2.

God damn that was disappointing.

Instant K4rma:
MW3, personally. I've always enjoyed the CoD series, but if I'm being realistic, I've been enjoying the same game re-released with new guns and maps since CoD4. I really expected something new in MW3 to merit a 60$ purchase, and all I got was some change ups with kill streaks and another survival mode that we've seen in WaW and Black Ops, aside from the fact that the enemies now have firearms.

Returned it after a couple days and picked up BF3. Much happier with my results, aside from funding EA.

Now that's interesting, because I was gonna say Battlefield 3. I've never played a Battlefield title before but was drawn in by the comments from users and teaser trailers and bought Battlefield 3 only to be extremely disappointed. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't a rail-shooter with irrelevant weapons (as in the guns don't really differ from one another, each and every assault rifle is pretty much identical in terms of accuracy, ROF and so on) scattered seemingly every 10 seconds with QTEs and overly long cutscenes. Half of the time it felt like the game was playing itself, and to be honest I very quickly lost patience and interest.

So my vote for most underwhelming game of the year goes to Battlefi ... ... oh no, wait. Duke Nukem Forever. Good God, what a crock of shit.

This'll probably get me tarred and feathered, but my most-disappointing-game-of-the-year award has to go to Skyrim.

For all the hype and promises, it just failed to live up to any of it. That's just my subjective personal opinion, so please don't stab me in my sleep or anything. And disappointing is not to say that the game is bad.

The worst-game-of-the-year award easily goes to Dragon Age II... or Bulletstorm. Hell, they can have one each!

LA Noire. It's got an eh beginning, fantastic middle, and then gets downright awful towards the end. I do not appreciate being made to twiddle knobs to calculate longitude, nor randomly poking at address books until Phelps comments on something, nor not having a CLUE what piece of evidence is supposed to prove what.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
I don't know what it is with that game, but I am currently forcing my way through it because it's "a Zelda game". I feel dirty inside.

Dead Island and LA Noir. LA Noir I just borrow from a friend, but I payed my own money on Dead Island and later on sold it a week later for Batman. Better purchase.

Killzone 3 had greatly improved multiplayer from KZ2 and it was actually fun which is something I can't say for most other multiplayer heavy games out now. But the story was just a waste of time. It doesn't end as much as it just stops.

Dragon Age 2 (yeah, let's beat this dead horse some more). Maybe it was the realization that your carry over save from Origins didn't have that much of an impact on the story. The day one DLC. Or the complete lack of empathy I had with ANY of the characters.

TheFathomlessMaster:
I think Brink is one of the most dissapointing games i've ever played. Glad I got to check it out at a friend before buying it.

This.

But also, another game I found extremely disappointing and disrespectful was Call of Juarez: The Cartel. I loved Bound in Blood, and I really wanted The Cartel to actually do good. But no, it didn't. In fact, I would have to say The Cartel is the most disappointing game for me, as well as my most hated. I hate it more than I hate God of War 2 and 3's stories, I hate it more than Fable 2, I just hate it.

I'd too say Brink.

After i saw its debut on the Gamescom three years ago (back before there were even Press Previews or something), i was hyped to no end since the game striked me as innovative, slick and overall kinda awesome.

But over the years it seems the game lost a lot of ambition, and when i played it on the free-play-weekend on Steam, it disappointingly was "nothing that special"

And maybe, possibly RAGE (grr!)

Even though i wasn't that interested in the game thanks to me being fed up with postapocalyptic deserts, i was always kinda certain that the Game would still be pretty good, amazing even. Then i was surprised that, for an id Game, the Reviews lacked praise.

And then i was shocked once i played the actual game in form of the demo two days ago.
While it is marvelous on a technical side and plays decent enough...but....it's just not fun. And that makes it kind of awful.
(P.S. I mostly blame the Level Design and the weapons being kinda disappointing)

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