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?