Worst game(s) of 2012?

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l3o2828:
Just how on EARTH are the games being listed here WORSE than AMY?!
That's insane guys.

They...didn't play Amy? That's not so hard to understand.

Mine: Amalur. I liked it at the start, but it was easy and just got easier and easier. And the world, while quite colorful, was really bland. But it was really disappointing because it had decent combat mechanics and some cool weapons (like the chakrams), but it just was so ridiculously easy even on the hardest difficulty.

Murmillos:
Oh look, very popular high scoring games that people didn't like?.. I did not expect to see that....

damnit i was gonna say that.
everything up to your post was Decent AAA titles that have been reskinned and shipped off. Not good, but not the worst game.

you know what, since everyone seems to think naming big names is cool and it did officially come out this year. Minecraft.
blamo!

Orcs Must Die 2. It wasn't exactly bad, the huge focus on coop really ruined the single player though, which is why I quit somewhere from 2/3 - 3/4 of the way through after being sick of having to look up the exactly way you had to place everything and get the planets to align to make it through a level by yourself. Besides that, I can't think of any bad games I've played that came out this year since I generally like most games and avoid the ones I know will suck (for example, anything made by BioWare).

NeverDead. I had high hopes for it, it's a shame that it was the the Sonic 06 of Konami. It had a lot of potential but nothing was utilized correctly.

Though after looking at this thread. A lot of the results look like very hipster "this game was popular so it's the worst game". I know some people might not like some games, however I think for a game to be the 'worst game', it should be something that looks like it's designed to be unfun. It's like how I dislike Borderlands 2 because I'm not too keen on the gameplay, however I think that Borderlands 2 is a good game and I can see why other people like it. It just isn't for me.

To diverge from the "Billion seller bashing" a bit.

Blades of Time - Spiritual successor to X-Blades and ungodly poor Devil May Cry ripoff. Bad combat, bad camera, and it makes no sense at all.

Armored Core 5 - While not "bad" it was profoundly disappointing. They made the mechs smaller and took away alot of the grandeur of mech combat that was in For Answer. They also went for a much more bulky and "realistic" design rather than the more anime-ish style of the previous entries and it made the game feel a lot duller.

Guild Wars 2 - Just.. uninteresting in almost every way an MMO can be compounded by a skill system that railroaded you in to using skills you didn't need or want.

WoW Mists of Pandaria - Same game its been for years just with even less freedom to build your character how you want.

SWTOR - WoW in Sppppppppppppaaaaaaaaaaaaceeeeeeeeee. Now with one of the most restrictive free-2-play models ever conceived to make the game nearly unplayble for anyone who isn't going to shell out the money for it.

TERA - God I wanted to love this. The combat is fast, fun, and skill based. Unfortunately, leveling in the game becomes the typical KMMO grindfest and certain classes are heavily handicapped.

Guess that's not much as far as actual games. This year was pretty dull for me as far as console stuff. Lots of MMOs that vastly underwhelmed though. If I had played Amy, I'd prolly mark that as worst but I wasn't touching that with a 10-foot pole with a flaming spike on the end.

I feel intimidated. some of the most frequent nominees for worst game of the year are games that I immensely enjoyed o.O
I'll go with Planetside 2: they got the design right, large levels are great, but the shooting is shit. Now, considering that the game is indeed a shooter, that's quite the flaw you got there.
Overall i think 2012 was a great year for games.

rekabdarb:

Murmillos:
Oh look, very popular high scoring games that people didn't like?.. I did not expect to see that....

damnit i was gonna say that.
everything up to your post was Decent AAA titles that have been reskinned and shipped off. Not good, but not the worst game.

you know what, since everyone seems to think naming big names is cool and it did officially come out this year. Minecraft.
blamo!

Most people don't play the actual "bad" games. For instance no one is going to say Postal 3 on here cause only about 3 people on the planet were suckers enough to buy it. In an environment like this where people can only judge what they've played and most people only buy the big hype AAA releases, and are then underwhelmed or worse, that's what was bad for them. Is Mass Effect 3 worse than Postal 3, Amy, It Will Burn, or some of the stupid shit that shows up on XBLA? Of course not, but a lot of people played it and hated the experience, thus it is subjectively bad to them.

Get some perspective before you start dumping on people's opinions.

SkarKrow:
Kingdom Hearts 3D; got into it a bit, it's okay, don't like the constant switching between the two characters, not as good as Birth By Sleep, when do we get Kingdom Hearts 3?.

So yeah. 3DS. Mine's gathering a bit of dust sadly.

Apparently most of the Kingdom Hearts team is working on Versus XIII which is why we've not seen it. I'll have to agree with you that it's not as good as Birth by Sleep but I have to say that I'm glad that they kept the same comb at style as Birth by Sleep because I liked it more than 2's. However 1's combat is still my favorite because KH 1 was more of a platformer as well which I love. I realize this now as I'm doing an LP of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and I can see the huge differences in where the KH series has gone.

OT: Fable: The Journey gets the vote from me for worst game of 2012. I mean it had so much potential and while I don't like the idea it was a Kinect game it would've still been good. But what does Peter do, he puts the entire game on rails when he himself said it wouldn't be. I loved the first Fable and the second one was okay, but it has just gone downhill from there.

kman123:
Ghost Recon FS: it was ok...but it really wasn't what I was expecting. Like...I wanted Ghost Recon. I got if Ghost Recon went through the CoD syndrome.

Pretty much this. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is my worst game of 2012 for Kman123's reason.

It's not Ghost Recon so much as it's "Ghost of Duty". I know it's cool to say a game's shit because it's like CoD, but this really is the one instance where the game literally feels like it was dragged through the CoD hedge. Stupidly linear story that practically plays itself out with gung-ho fights, where you can take a gazillion bullets and not get penalised for being a shit at the game, with a learning curve of a ruled-straight line and the excitement of not getting the present you wanted at Xmas. coolest features it has is invisibility, but that was in games for up to a decade beforehand.

Real-time rendered, b-class action movie... basically. Not what Ghost Recon was about at all. Their prized gunsmith was crap too. I had no incentive to customise my guns, and on my attempted second playthrough on the hardest difficulty (about 7 hours total gametime, it really is that short) I stopped using the gunsmith and hardly noticed a difference in gameplay, for better or worse.

Crap game. I gave up after only my 3rd or so death halfway though the hardest difficulty because the game was so damn repetitively boring. Ubisoft, you suck ass for ruining what were gems of game series'.

BroJing:
Battlefield 3 all the way, not only a fairly bland game overall but it had the call to take up Gig after Gig of storage for updates that you needed to pay to use! My friends still play this weekly but I've long since abandoned it and freed my harddrive.

Not sure why two people have mentioned this now. I feel a lot of "Hate EA because it's cool" syndrome. This game came out in 2011 by the way, thereby making it a null point in the discussion at hand.

Diablo 3. I consider this the worst $60 I have ever spent on a video game in my life. Beyond disappointing, the launch week woes killed it. The gameplay itself was pretty ok, but the skill tree was another stab in it's gut. I didn't even finish the campaign once. Let alone the 50 times Blizzard intended for players to finish it.

Mass Effect 3

To me, a game IS not the sum of its parts, but the value of the entire experience. Even though i had a blast until more or less

after that i couldn't shake the feeling of Bioware not giving a shit.

The lack of quality in the writing single handedly prevented me from enjoying the game (or any of its predecessors) any further.

Because it turned gaming's latest sci-fi epic into a sad clusterfuck, ME3 is my worst game of the year.

Sylveria:

rekabdarb:

Murmillos:
Oh look, very popular high scoring games that people didn't like?.. I did not expect to see that....

damnit i was gonna say that.
everything up to your post was Decent AAA titles that have been reskinned and shipped off. Not good, but not the worst game.

you know what, since everyone seems to think naming big names is cool and it did officially come out this year. Minecraft.
blamo!

Most people don't play the actual "bad" games. For instance no one is going to say Postal 3 on here cause only about 3 people on the planet were suckers enough to buy it. In an environment like this where people can only judge what they've played and most people only buy the big hype AAA releases, and are then underwhelmed or worse, that's what was bad for them. Is Mass Effect 3 worse than Postal 3, Amy, It Will Burn, or some of the stupid shit that shows up on XBLA? Of course not, but a lot of people played it and hated the experience, thus it is subjectively bad to them.
Get some perspective before you start dumping on people's opinions.

Sorry. I thought this was the worst game of 2012, not what was your most disappointing "bad" game of 2012.

edit: trying to post from a phone sucks...

Sylveria:

rekabdarb:

Murmillos:
Oh look, very popular high scoring games that people didn't like?.. I did not expect to see that....

damnit i was gonna say that.
everything up to your post was Decent AAA titles that have been reskinned and shipped off. Not good, but not the worst game.

you know what, since everyone seems to think naming big names is cool and it did officially come out this year. Minecraft.
blamo!

Most people don't play the actual "bad" games. For instance no one is going to say Postal 3 on here cause only about 3 people on the planet were suckers enough to buy it. In an environment like this where people can only judge what they've played and most people only buy the big hype AAA releases, and are then underwhelmed or worse, that's what was bad for them. Is Mass Effect 3 worse than Postal 3, Amy, It Will Burn, or some of the stupid shit that shows up on XBLA? Of course not, but a lot of people played it and hated the experience, thus it is subjectively bad to them.

Get some perspective before you start dumping on people's opinions.

Alright, well... still saying something like mass effect 3 is the WORST game of 2012 is still very much a stretch.

If this were a "Bad games of 2012" I'd have no fucking problem with it. Then it would be stuff people didn't like. But 100% worst, nothing can beat the levels of shit that this is emitting, I don't think any "AAA" title can truly get it. SO maybe you shouldn't act like a grungy little twat and be passive aggressive.

Although in 100% honesty, personally my "worst" game is 'I Am Alive.' It was an awesome concept, with an interesting story... but it just didn't pull it off that well. Had buyer's remorse after the second chapter.

or SWTOR... does that count? even though it came out last year. cause the new free to play version is total shite. Although they are gonna patch so that half the shit that was taken out is gonna be brought back in (For free to play)

Edit: Know what I'd like on 3DS? An old school Final Fantasy, not a remake, a brand new game with a brand new story, but done in the style of 3 through 6. ATB system + gorgeous sprites + gripping 40 hour plus non-angst-ridden tale = A day one buy.

Ever heard of Bravely Default?

Im realy looking forward to it, if it ever gets localised.

The Madman:

... Played a bit of this at a friends place
... I've barely even touched this one
... Haven't even played this one

Why the flip would anyone want to hear your opinion about a bunch of games that you've never actually played?

mass effect 3 Dont get me wrong its not bad it's just due to the ending its the worst game I have played this year I have had a great year for games funny without the ending it would be number one game of the year

edit I forgot swtor I paid for a three month subscribtion played it for a few hours and realized I wasn't enjoying it
This is the worst games I have played I will not comment on the stuff I havnt played

I steered clear of most new games this year, this year was one of getting into old classics and gamecube/Ps2 games I never got around to playing.
the worst Game I played this year was Mass Effect 3 which I know might be a bit of a cliché but fuck it the entire game is a bit of a cliché of current Bioware game that focus more on action and appealing to the Call of Duty audience and let me stress that I found the game Mediocre not a steaming pile of shit like Dragon Age 2 just so pathetically mediocre that I consider it a bad game.

Sticking to what I actually played (which is probably nowhere near the true depths of "worst", and may not actually be straight in 2012)

Twisted Metal;
An inconsistent and shoddy story mode with some sort of pretension to being gritty. A skirmish mode that didn't even work properly (All the bots just go after you. TM2 back on the Playstation could do the AI fighting each other, so what is this ones excuse). Awkward controls (including Sixxis Tilt boosting! Ugh). My MP was limited, but it typically just seemed a spammy mess and wore thin rapidly.

SoulCalibur V;
Besides obvious cuts in story mode, I just couldn't get any sort of click-in with this at all. While even SC4 I could get a reasonable handle on without investing days upon days of my time in the vein of professional fighter-players, this one just didn't work. The new characters are terrible, half are copy-paste jobs, and even returning characters are inexplicably altered.

NaughtyBear: Panici n PAradise;
Repetitive (and overly easy) gameplay, silly AI. Oh and game breaking freeze up glitches that make it uncompletable.

Honorable Mentions
AC : Revelations;
While not necessarily bland, it certainly didn't add anything or even tweak things to distinguish itself from the other Ezio entries. Bomb crafting, but that was basically an elaborate boring tedious way to do what you already could without.

Assassins Creed 3;
Another not strictly bad, but very wayward game. An open-world that tells you exactly what to do and how to do it most of the time. And an assassination game that really only features 3 or so proper assassinations.

Baldur's Gate : Enhanced Edition;
Laudable at the time for dragging D&D into the real time era, Baldurs Gate the first nonetheless gives us a fairly common storyline, with a series of completely non-characterized villains., and the basic dynamic of the three principal characters lifted straight out of Star Wars. Dialogue options are most commonly the "moral choice" system in its infancy, ranging from baby eating evil to virtuous paladin with little in between. New characters that probably won't even see use aren't much of an upgrade either, given how many people will have formed their party well in advance of them.

Mass Effect 3
A boring,generic third person shooting gallery with dreadful animations,a crappy tacked on Multiplayer and 'RPG' elements,the big decision making and dialogue was hanged drawn and quartered and grounded up into a fine powder and too much content cut.Barring a few good moments it was mediocre at best.But hey,it made me realize the Greatness that is Mass Effect 1 and encouraged me to replay it.

Planetside 2
Really disappointed,was looking forward to this as I was a big fan of the first game,but it became a standard First person shooty game with a rather large map.Even so,the whole battles took place in an area the size of a standard Battlefield 3 map,most of the land was deserted.

Medal of Honor Doorfighter...
Glad I was able to return the game before the shops closed.Why did I blow my money like that...gawd.

Didn't play much games,missed out on Guild wars 2 because I don't like MMOs,Thought Max Payne 3 was okay,and CoD Blops 2 Campaign is pretty fun(It's batshit crazy and cheesy,but fun)but I'm gonna sell the game soon enough.

SIXVI06-M:

Worstest game evar in 2012: Diablo III. Please don't even bother defending the game. I agree with a comment I saw above - "It's like a complicated slot machine" I can't agree more. If anything, I feel like this game was entirely designed around the marketplace, and the game and story itself took a backseat on a carriage where the actual engine of the train had taken off without it. I swear - not allowed to choose a class specialisation and build your character stats your own way? do you know how BLAND that makes the gameplay? Blizzard ended up making a totally pedestrian game made for pedestrians where grinding > gameplay and dynamics.
And I think this game is so bad, that I'm going to spoil it for anyone else still yet to decide to get it or not - because the story was so poorly thought out, paced, and once again - becomes a bitch to the marketplace and grinding, that the story should be its own warning to people away from this game: DECKARD CAIN DIES IN ACT 1 - ALL HE WILL AMOUNT TO IS SIMPLY THAT HE IS AN OLD MAN WHO DIES LIKE A COCKROACH UNDER MY FOOT, NO MYSTERY, NO STORY ARC ABOUT HOW HE IS PART OF THE HORADRIM, NO SECRETS OR EVEN ANY EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WHEN HE DIES. HE JUST GETS BITCHSLAPPED BY A BOSS THAT DIES WHEN YOU SNEEZE ON IT. GOODBYE STORY. STAY A WHILE AND F--- YOU.

Im going to make the assumption that you never played the other two Diablo games because everyone of my friends,including myself, who played the other two games wept tears of anger and sorrow when Deckard died. Hell I personally had more of a connection with him than any other character in the entire franchise.

As for worst game that I have played this year I'd have to say something like Frobisher Says. The mini games were pretty fun but the lack of instructions, short time limits, and its reliance on the fact that I will have in item of a certain colour immediately at my disposal was frustrating as hell. Plus I hated Frobishers voice and the fact that he kept insulting me as I played was not a point in its favour.

spwatkins:

The Madman:

... Played a bit of this at a friends place
... I've barely even touched this one
... Haven't even played this one

Why the flip would anyone want to hear your opinion about a bunch of games that you've never actually played?

I was wondering if someone out there would take me seriously, but then I thought 'nah, the rating system alone must be enough to give my blatant sarcasm away, nevermind the repeated use of the word sarcasm'. But no, you did it. Somehow you managed to take four out of twelve hitler as a serious comment. You're not even the first one either, though the other person edited their post so I wont name names. That would be mean spirited of me!

Anyway congrats. You must be a ton of fun at parties!

Bvenged:

kman123:
Ghost Recon FS: it was ok...but it really wasn't what I was expecting. Like...I wanted Ghost Recon. I got if Ghost Recon went through the CoD syndrome.

Pretty much this. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is my worst game of 2012 for Kman123's reason.

It's not Ghost Recon so much as it's "Ghost of Duty". I know it's cool to say a game's shit because it's like CoD, but this really is the one instance where the game literally feels like it was dragged through the CoD hedge. Stupidly linear story that practically plays itself out with gung-ho fights, where you can take a gazillion bullets and not get penalised for being a shit at the game, with a learning curve of a ruled-straight line and the excitement of not getting the present you wanted at Xmas. coolest features it has is invisibility, but that was in games for up to a decade beforehand.

Real-time rendered, b-class action movie... basically. Not what Ghost Recon was about at all. Their prized gunsmith was crap too. I had no incentive to customise my guns, and on my attempted second playthrough on the hardest difficulty (about 7 hours total gametime, it really is that short) I stopped using the gunsmith and hardly noticed a difference in gameplay, for better or worse.

Crap game. I gave up after only my 3rd or so death halfway though the hardest difficulty because the game was so damn repetitively boring. Ubisoft, you suck ass for ruining what were gems of game series'.

So, basically it went the way of Rainbow Six. I know most people gush over the R6: Vegas games, but they're a far cry from Rogue Spear or Raven Shield, and I was afraid Ghost Recon would follow suit.

Glad I didn't pick this one up, then.

What we need is a new SWAT game.

Hitman: Absolution.

Not only is it a terrible Hitman game in every regard, it's a pretty bloody shit game in its own right.

I see a few people on here saying games like Max Payne 3, Hitman Absolution, Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, Kingdoms of Amalur or Dragons Dogma. Personally I loved them, how anyone can say they were the WORST of this year is beyond me.

My worst is probably Medal of Honor Warfighter. I didn't really play any bad games but I played the demo for this and it just felt broken and pointless. My GOTY is either Borderlands 2 or The Walking Dead :D

The best game of 2012, to me, would have to be The Walking Dead. A close runner-up would be Far Cry 3. I love getting immersed in narratives and meeting colourful types, and both games fill that need pretty well for me.

An honourable mention goes out to Borderlands 2. If Far Cry 3 has one of the most memorable antagonists in recent memory (Vaas), then Handsome Jack at least walks home with the Funniest Antagonist award. It helps that BL2 was also colourful and carried us to various distinct and visually interesting locales.

Games that don't make my personal cut but deserve a thumbs-up are Torchlight 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Firaxis missed it because of the fact that they shamelessly cut out a segment of the game that should have been part of the final product. I can understand Slingshot being released on its own, but the Elite Soldier Pack is really pushing it. Did I really need to pay five bucks to be able to colour-coordinate my guys?

Sleeping Dogs deserves a pat on the back and a free lunch.

My personal Razzie of the Year would have to be awarded to both Battlefield 3 and Black Ops 2. Zero innovation, zero research, zero passion. This is design-by-committee at its worst, and a very worrying sign of the times for gaming as a whole. If BF and BlOps subsist in their current forms five years from now, then I'll be severely worried. It's the kind of stuff that makes you pray for a new video game industry crash. Maybe we're actually due for a few decades stuck with the occasional Facebook app or iOS offering. Maybe we could stand to benefit from the Big Three crashing and burning, at this point.

Other shameful cankers upon the fair skin of the gaming culture include Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Resident Evil 6 and Operation Raccoon City.

The Bipolar Award goes out to Mass Effect 3. An excellent opening and highly enjoyable first act, which leads into a monotonous grind for its second act and finally collapses into sheer disappointment for the ending. I don't so much hate the way in which it was handled so much as I do the fact that you could honestly feel Casey Hudson, Jen Hepler and everyone else involved in the writing process rushing through that segment. You could tell this was all the result of sleepless nights, lots of Red Bull and last-minute attempts at retconning or retrofitting various lore points.

An apt comparison would be 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution. A highly satisfactory opening, a very competent midpoint, followed by a sort of panicked rush to compress and complete plot lines as fast as humanly possible for lack of time and money.

These are the kinds of games that should benefit from the nineties' standard dev schedules, which could be measured in five years or more. Unfortunately, both games are or were flagship titles for their publisher, so there obviously was some pressure for them to start making some of the spent money back. Anything as big and ambitious as the last ME could've been stuck on Valve Time that nobody would've complained. BioWare being an EA subsidiary, however, we all know how things turned out.

That I played? AC3. Certainly. Just so fucking boring, lost what made the previous entries enjoyable, and the actual "important" gets buttfucked so Ubisoft can inevitable sell some more shiity games.
Though the Resident Evil 6 demo did not impress.

EDIT: Holy fuck, what? 'The actual "important"?' What?
Protip guys, get sleep before posting stuff on forums.

But AC3 was still shit.

That's a pretty damn tough one for me because I haven't bought a bad game this year.

Out of all the ones I have bought though I've had the least amount of enjoyment out of Torchlight 2, so that's my "worst" one.

It took me about 10 minutes to decide on that one by the way.

Yeah, nothing beats Amy

Mine would be ACIII. Now let me say that this is just definitely not a bad game. It's just got some major problems with it, stealth is essentially impossible because of enemies with insane great eye-sight, the game just flat out doesn't tell you stuff, did you know that you can choke out guards without killing them, I didn't. And the game is just boring, levels that tell you to use stealth when it's really hard to do so, and a really unlikable protagonist. I would like to say that the ship missions were the best ever, I would love to see a sid meyers pirates game using this engine and combat mechanics.

prophecy2514:
There are worse games out there, but since I haven't experienced them myself it would be wrong to judge, but for me this years most disappointing and worst game was assassin's creed 3. To summarise it was a Buggy mess, had very dull side quests, a wtf ending and shit stealth mechanics made this game an instant return to the store

This.

AC3 was one of the biggest dissapointments of this year. The ending literally ruined the entire game. This was either done as a purposeful plot hole to fill in with pricey DLC later or a sequel game. Complete bullshit. Also the fact that after you liberate each fort it is almost impossible to battle any redcoats on the same scale, without doing any of the missions. Is it just me or do the weapons in this game favor min/maxing over balancing the usefulness of each weapon? I Kept hitting a bug where my pistols would change between loadscreens, sticking me with my stupid one-shot pistols when I just bought a pair of doubleshot pistols. I never saw the duckfoot take out more than one person at a time and I had the game crash on me more than any other I've played for the PS3.

Hitman Absoulution. see my review for more http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/326.394999-Mugger-Reviews-Hitman-Absolution#16024960

I've only bought five games this year (barring the odd PSN game during the MASSIVE game drought this summer), and I enjoyed all of them, to varying degrees. Out of the five I got (FYI, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kingdoms of Amalur, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2 and Borderlands 2) I would say that Darksiders 2 was worst. Not necessarily bad, I just didn't feel it had any point. It was totally unconnected to the first game, and I felt it didn't have any forward momentum whatsoever. It did pick up a little near the end though when

As for what I would actually vote as worst game of the year, by far, purely based upon how frigging awful the first game was, Prototype 2.

Seriously, fuck that guy.

l3o2828:
Just how on EARTH are the games being listed here WORSE than AMY?!
That's insane guys.

I'll take your Amy and raise you a Revelations 2012.

Hmm...

What games have I played this year... Mass Effect 3... Skyrim... ehm... Halo 4 of course...

Well, seeing as none of those games were bad in my opinion, I guess I'll have to vote for Mass Effect 3, just because it's strayed to far from the original game, at least it had a good ending that everyone for some strange and unknown reason seemed to bitch about for about half a year, it was fine, people are whiners.

The Madman:
snip because wall of text

You have a good way of ranking games, I shall study it further.

Sylveria:

WoW Mists of Pandaria - Same game its been for years just with even less freedom to build your character how you want.

Well, technically it's not really the same game since they changed a shitload of things for the release of MoP.
Then again, most people that had been fans for longer than WotLK seems to hate it and quit playing for some to me strange and unknown reasons.

I love it, I mean, Tillers ftw!

Assassin Xaero:
Orcs Must Die 2. It wasn't exactly bad, the huge focus on coop really ruined the single player though, which is why I quit somewhere from 2/3 - 3/4 of the way through after being sick of having to look up the exactly way you had to place everything and get the planets to align to make it through a level by yourself. Besides that, I can't think of any bad games I've played that came out this year since I generally like most games and avoid the ones I know will suck (for example, anything made by BioWare).

Yeah the start of soloing OMD2 is a little bad.

But trust me, it gets better. So long as you are in for some challenge, and do both the combat and strategy parts WELL.

I remember I almost quit the game at the very beggining because of what you said. By now I can beat any level in nightmare without much trouble solo (Well except one little fucker named CRUNCH. Fuck that level).

By the end I ended up loving it more than OMD1. Althougt OMD1 is better in some aspects (No horrible and broken longbow, the MAIN WEAPON of the first game got nerfed badly and replaced it with a shitty shotgun thing. After so much practice with if from OMD 1 I feel disapointed).

Well anways yeah, if you can get past the first few levels the game gets better by then.

Worst games of the year for me:

Assassin's Creed 3: Its a game that started with a great idea which was let down by the setting. While it may have been a cool idea to have an assassin running around colonial America during the revolution, the fact remains that compared to other periods of history which could have been explored, colonial America is fairly boring. That the colonies also weren't really optimized for assassins in the same way Arabia or Italy was also detracted from gameplay.

Fez: The cool little indie game with the blocky character and a cool mechanic which was let down by the fact that some of the puzzles are impossible to solve unless you possess a specific real world skillset. To put it frankly, there are puzzles which require that you know morris code, know how to read binary, and have a QR reader on your phone. I wanted to like the game, but seeing puzzles like that made me think that the game devs were trying to be too smart for their own good.

Diablo 3: Perhaps it is just because there are better alternatives on the market, but the time I tried it I just didn't have as much fun as with other games, and was extremely dissapointed.

Dishonorable Mention: Darksiders 2: This game was a disappointment for me since it was worse than the original in so many ways. The levels and bosses felt less exciting, and although there were some cool elements to the game, the land of the dead dragged on for too long as was too much of the same, it felt like the heaven portion of the game was cut down, and the new weapon and armour system caused me to be less attached to what weapons there were in the game. This is not to say the game is bad, just disappointing (I would argue that it was more of a letdown than ME3)

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