Disclaimer: Obviously the topic of Most Disappointing Game of the Year is a very personal and controversial subject. Responses collected for this article reflect only the opinions of myself and individual volunteers, not those of APGNation as a whole. Cited responses have been edited for clarity and stylistic unity.
When Hype Turns to Disappointment
The buzz from the first annual Video Game Awards is still simmering down, even while APGNation is about to release its own list of favorites for 2014. It’s easy to get lost in the hype during the holidays, but I say no! No to all the hype and excitement. Let us instead focus on the games that let us down. For every Yin there is a Yang, and for every great game we play there are several more that leave us bitterly staring at our Steam purchase history, or the forlorn disc boxes sitting next to our TVs collecting dust.
I asked gamers from two different Facebook discussion groups, as well as members of the staff here at APGNation: what are the most disappointing games you encountered this year? Here’s what they had to say, as well as my thoughtful responses.
Gareth L: I would say Bound By Flame. I was expecting a truly ‘Kingdoms of Amalur‘ kind of experience, but was sorely disappointed by the random glitches, short and bland story, not to mention the terrible acting. Biggest let down for me this year. When you pay that much for a game on console, you kinda expect a value-for-money offering. I find myself on my PS3 more than my 4, given the price factor.
To Gareth I say: indeed! Bound By Flame’s awesome trailer hit me out of nowhere and I was completely smitten from the moment I saw it. One can only imagine my disappointment after I actually encountered this clunky beast — where even the weakest enemies took dozens of blows to finish off.
Rami A (writer for theregion2show.com): Driveclub, I wanted so much to love it, but Forza Horizon 2 mopped the floor with it… I mean, how can Microsoft beat Sony at what they do best? Forza Horizon 2 is a prime example of how a game can be done right: atmosphere, music, graphics, controls, joy-of-playing and the whole ”this is just a game so relax and enjoy the ride” feeling. Even the commentator, who is a douche, was a joy to interact with. Tells you it’s not about who gets there first. Those people did it right and made what I think is the best game ever, Driveclub is good and is getting so much better but it misses the point, sadly.
Plugs for Forza Horizon 2 aside, the masses might agree with Rami. Its Metacritic user-score rests at a very unloving 5.5, with many user reviews echoing the sentiment that they wished it was like other better games they’ve played.
Yoan L: For me it would be Divinity: Original Sin. While I like the game, it feels way too slow for me and I get bored before I can get anything done.
Even though Divinity was met with extremely positive critical praise, I can definitely see where Yoan is coming from. I picked up the game myself. At first, I thought it was amazing, but something was wrong with the pacing and difficulty, and for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, playing it just became blah after a point. This leaves me wondering how far many reviewers actually got into the game.
Sébastien F: Evil Within. The horror was good but the story was way too stretched for my liking. The weird image-ratio (f***ing black bars) was more than just annoying. The difficulty was a roller-coaster often fine, sometimes too easy, and sometimes too hard.
While I do find the use of letterboxing in games a waste of my precious pixels, I must admit to not knowing a lot about The Evil Within, or being able to find negative buzz around it. What do you readers think — were there any big disappointments for you with this title?
APGNation Founder Luis Angeles mentioned Titanfall as a big disappointment. He regrets that eSports never really evolved around the title and thinks this has hurt its longevity. He might be right about its longevity — news concerning the title has come to a sputtering trickle. Do you still play Titanfall? In the end, did it meet your expectations?
Last but not least, when I asked if I should write an article about 2014’s most disappointing games, Lead Editor Jeffrey Pannell succinctly stated: “Just put Destiny and be done?”
If an award was to go out for The Most Disappointing Game of the Year, Destiny would probably win. Before launch, this game was so ridiculously hyped and showered with promises, it would have been nearly impossible for it to fulfill players’ expectations. Once released, it was met with a lukewarm reception. Reading reviews, I think I can see writers straining against their own hopes and dreams as they desperately try to find positive talking points. Did Destiny make you the victim of disappointment? If so, don’t hold back — we’d love to hear about it.
Many other players added their thoughts on the matter. Disappointments ranged from Assassin’s Creed: Unity to Sniper Elite 3, and even Dragon Age: Inquisition. I could include more responses, but I’ll leave that job to our readers in the comments section below. While you’re giving us your opinions on the subject, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.