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My Top 10 Most Disappointing Games of 2018!

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2018 has been full of disappointments both personally and gaming related. I don’t remember the last time I was excited for so many games only to have them either downright suck or fail to live up to my expectations. Here are my top 10 most disappointing games of 2018! 

10. Soul Calibur VI

You’re going to see this game on my top 10 games of 2018. So why did it make this list? Because of the way the microtransactions were handled. They kept a character off of the main roster and locked her behind a paywall and the excuse they gave was that she wasn’t finished. So why do I fight her regularly in Libre of Soul and Arcade mode? This game also follows every other fighting game out there and locks previous fighters in the series behind a paywall. So if I want to play as Hilde I’ll have to either buy one of their season passes or pay who knows how much for her. I was hoping this game would have done something different and now follow what everyone else is doing with their fighting games and that’s why it’s on this list. 

9. Warframe (Switch)

The Switch version of Warframe is the worst version of it. The FPS rarely stays at 30 and it’s near impossible to do the open world zone on Earth. This is a buggy mess, but I knew it would be. The Switch isn’t cut out for every game and I’m fine keeping Warframe on my PC. I will not trade performance for taking it on the go. For those of you that can stomach playing this game on the Switch more power to you. 

8. Ancestors Legacy

This game was so good before those stupid forced stealth segments. It was completely out-of-place and it ruined the game for me. It’s not a terrible. The combat is great. The graphics are amazing, but if you can’t do stealth right don’t do it at all. After the free weekend I didn’t buy the game. I briefly wrote something on it and moved on.

7. Fallout 76

Fallout 76 is not a terrible game. Yes, I said Fallout 76 is not a bad game. Let that sink in for a moment before you continue reading this. This game didn’t make my top 10 worst games of 2018 because it’s not a bad game. It’s not even that buggy. It does have some fps issues and I’ve already downloaded two patches since I’ve owned the game, but I like this game. It’s my least favorite Fallout game. More should have been done with the very first multiplayer Fallout game and it, obviously, needed more time to bake before release. This game should have released some time next year and I think the reception would have been a little better. I look at this game like I did ESO it’ll get better in time, but as it stands right now it is a big disappointment compared to what it should have been. 

6. Bless Online 

I remember seeing a lot of Bless Online a few years ago. It was long before it as announced to be coming over here and it didn’t look that bad. Fast forward a few years and you’ve got this mess of a game. It’s dated and has absolutely nothing going for it. It also punishes you for teaming up with other players. What kind of MMO does that? I’m not going to bother repeating myself on this game so I’ll just leave this link

5. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

This game could have been so much more than a stupid 30+ hour Gwent game. It should have been an ARPG or CRPG. They took one of the most interesting characters from The Witcher books and made a freaking card game for her… This game does tell a good story. CD Projekt Red knows how to tell a great story, but everything else was a huge letdown. 

4. Dragon Quest 11

75% of Dragon Quest 11 is good. The other 25% invalidates everything you did in act 2 and was a slog. This game already had its ups and downs, but that was the icing on the cake for me. I had to deal with that terrible soundtrack for almost 90 hours and when I got to act 3 I was just ready for the game to end. I would have preferred that ended in a good way and not what we got in act 3… 

3. Madden 19

I sold my Xbox One years ago. The last Madden game I played was 15 (I think) and I was very excited when EA announced that they were bringing Madden to PC for the first time since Madden 08. I had a chance to play my favorite sport and sports game again. EA, once again, did the absolute minimum with this game. The same bugs that were in Madden 15 is in this game. How ridiculous is that? 

2. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee

The new Pokemon games aren’t terrible, but they’re not very good either. For the first time ever I placed a Pokemon game on my top 10 worst games list. They’re usually on the best list. They just took too much out of these games to cater to Go players on the phone. There’s some quality of life improvements like being able to see what Pokemon you’re about to catch and having your storage box on you at all times, but there’s also a LOT of problems with the game too. The end game sucks, it’s even easier, there are no wild battles, battle experience has been gimped, and more. At least it’s playable though which is more than I say for my number 1 game on this list. 

1. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Pillars of Eternity II had the potential to be my game of the year until I was able to sail around and I realized how terrible the ship battles are. This is also the buggiest game that I’ve played all year-long. That’s assuming I can even play the game because it loves to crash to desktop before I can even get to the main menu. I’m not surprised because I’ve grown accustomed to Obsidian games performing like shit over the years. All the way back to Knights of the Old Republic 2 and New Vegas. Every new patch that releases for this game adds more problems to it. It’s a shame because I really like this game. It’s so much fun to play despite the shitty ship battles. It also pains me to talk negatively about Obsidian because they’ve made some of my favorite games so don’t take what I said above as me mindlessly hating on them. 

And that wraps up my top 10 most disappointing games of 2018. What games disappointed you the most this year?  

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    Brandon Green
    Dec 22, 2018 11:14 pm

    Earlier in the year I would have said Dynasty Warriors 9 but after playing it recently , I have to commend Koei Tecmo’s continued support. The updates since launch have made this game much better. Co-op split screen and online. More music, less pop in, better character textures and what appears to be a stable (most of the time 60fps now on a base PS4.

    If Koei left DW9 to die, this would have been my most disappointing game of 2018 but I am so happy that they have continued to support it.

    I haven’t completed Dragon Quest XI yet but it’s fighting for the top spot against Red Dead Redemption 2 for my Game of the Year.

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      drakulus
      Dec 23, 2018 12:35 pm

      Dynasty Warriors 9 would never be on my list :). I liked it despite all of the flaws it had at launch. It doesn’t deserve the mostly negative rating it has on Steam right now :(. I’m considering double dipping and buying it on the PS4. Dragon Quest 11’s final act is so disappointing. Have you got there yet? I’m no longer interested in Red Dead 2. That’s weird since I LOVE Westerns, but I could care less for that game.

      I remember we were complete opposites on DW9 so it’s really cool that you like it now :).

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        Brandon Green
        Dec 23, 2018 12:48 pm

        I’m not at the final act of DQ11 yet. I think I’m just over halfway through.

        I think with RDR2 it’s the overhype and over promotion that may have done. Give it 6 months or so and you might feel differently.

        As for DW9, I was left feeling meh at launch but it’s developed into a good game now. The game having co op means that I can be Gan Ning whilst my dad (who also plays DW) plays as Xiahou Dun. The addition of co-op and better frame rate is amazing and I don’t consider the game to be a disappointment now. The only major thing wrong with DW9 now is that they changed some of the characters weapons.

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          drakulus
          Dec 23, 2018 1:13 pm

          My hype died with RDR2 with all of the stupid survival mechanics. I have no interest in eating, drinking, and bathing and the lack of fast travel bothers me too. That and Rockstar games are never that good to me. I can wait for the inevitable PC port and mod that or I might skip it completely.

  • I was really excited for Vampyr since I tend to enjoy most horror games, narrative-heavy games, and I was fresh off of playing Dontnod’s Life is Strange: Before the Storm, but man… that game did not connect with me at all. I bounced off of it quickly and went back when they added a super easy mode and still couldn’t get into it.

    My GF and I were both stoked for Monster Hunter World but it was miserable trying to play together. It streamlined a lot of stuff that made it more accessible than the previous games, but for a game all about playing with other people it was sure bad about executing that.

    Octopath Traveler is a game I like to play because of the visuals, the music, and the combat, but I’m not a fan of how it’s 8 different stories that all require a lot of grinding to get through. I don’t dislike it, but the narrative as a whole is kind of disappointing.

    I wouldn’t call FarCry 5 disappointing since I’ve never really been into the series, but I didn’t like it.

    • Oh, and I was super disappointed in Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2. Blegh.

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      drakulus
      Dec 24, 2018 10:44 pm

      That’s been the theme of 2018 :). You have almost as many disappointments as I do! I almost caved and bought Vampyr, but the wonky looking gameplay scared me away. It’s a shame because it looks like it has a lot of potential.

      I have about 30 hours in Monster Hunter World and I don’t see myself getting many more out of it. I actually prefer the older Monster Hunter games because I’m not a hardcore player and being able to play them on the go is a major plus to me. I can casually play when I want and then ignore it until I feel like playing it again. Every time I boot it up on my PS4 I play for 5 minutes and then start playing something else.

      Octopath Traveler, like you said, has great music, graphics, and combat, but that grind and lack of a strong narrative is what made me leave the game. I really enjoyed Primrose and Cyrus’s story though. I haven’t played through anyone else’s because they’re honestly not that interesting.

      I haven’t been a huge fan of Far Cry since part 2 lol. I enjoyed part 3 and really enjoyed part 4, but couldn’t get into part 5 because I couldn’t just play through the story. I had to fill up that stupid meter first…

      And Sea of Thieves is terrible. I never bothered with State of Decay 2 because I knew it would be disappointing lol.

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Jan 12, 2019 9:06 pm

    Aw that sucks about Dragon Age 11. I think we talked about that before. I may still give it a go, but the lack of good soundtrack is not making me excited.

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      drakulus
      Jan 13, 2019 11:15 am

      The soundtrack is so bad that I ended up playing my Spotify playlist instead of listening to the in game music. I was playing other game songs from God of War, Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age lol.

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