This is probably going to be my most interesting top 10 list out of all the top 10 lists I’ve done so far for 2019. 2019 was filled with gaming disappointments for me and making this list was a lot of fun.
10. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Before I start let it be known that I actually like this game. I loved Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2. I even loved the old X-men Legends games that released before it. I love this genre. Ultimate Alliance 3, while good, did not do enough for me. It has a good roster but dropped the ball with its shit upgrade system and the gameplay felt like a step down when compared to the great games that released before it. I couldn’t help but feel disappointed when I finished this game. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I do know this is probably my least favorite Ultimate Alliance game and that’s why it’s on my list.
9. Phoenix Point
I really, really wanted to love this game. It was supposed to be my alternative to Xcom. Phoenix Point was a major letdown. I considered adding it to my top 10 worst games of 2019 but didn’t because it didn’t meet my quota of what I consider a bad game to be. Phoenix Point had its moments and has so much potential to be a good game. I love the aesthetic and gameplay, but it never felt like it was living up to its potential.
8. Gears 5
First of all, I hate that it’s called Gears 5 instead of Gears of War 5. Like… why change it like that? Gears of War 5 is not a bad game, but it’s not a really good one either. I loved the opening acts. Acts 1 & 2 were great while 3 & 4 weren’t. I had to force myself to finish it. I felt like Kait should have only been playable in act 2 while JD should have been the focus from there because he was the only character that I felt like had an interesting story unfolding around him. Don’t even get me started on how annoying Dell and that easy ass choice at the end of the game.
7. Hunt Showdown
Hunt went from being a team focused looter shooter to a boring PVE/VP game. It’s sort of like a battle royal, but it’s not. It’s really its own thing, but I would have preferred the original game that was shown off a few years ago over what we got here. Crytek just cashed in on a popular genre in my opinion.
6. Days Gone
Days Gone isn’t terrible. It’s also not very good either. It’s average. Everything about it is average. The gameplay, story, characters, and world design are all average. It looks really damn good though. This was a down year for the PS4 in my opinion. Neither Death Stranding or Days Gone are very good games and after all the hype surrounding this game about how good it and underrated it was from Playstation gamers I decided to try it for myself. I’m glad I only spent $25 on this game because it’s just… well… average.
5. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
This was easily one of my biggest disappointments in 2019. I love the Soulsborne genre. I loved Demon Souls, Dark Souls 1-3, and Bloodborne. I thought I would love Sekiro too. I didn’t it. I liked it, but I never fell in love with it. The difficulty was also way overblown by the media. This is not a hard game. It’s about as hard as Bloodborne and I thought Bloodborne was easy. Sekiro didn’t immerse me in its world the way Dark Souls did. I never cared about what was going on and a good number of the boss fights were average to me. Every time I think back on this game the only thing I feel is disappointment and that’s why it’s on my list.
4. Ghost Recon Breakpoint
I love Ghost Recon. I loved Wildlands and every game that released before it. Breakpoint is a good game, but it didn’t launch that way. It was filled with bugs and performance issues. When it worked I had a lot of fun with it. I don’t think it deserved all of those low scores it received and I think the microtransactions controversy was overblown. Breakpoint is a good game and could even be a great one with some quality of life patches and some more content added to the game. I loved exploring the beautiful world that Ubisoft created. I would also love it if we had some AI companions.
I don’t hate Anthem. I never jump on hate trains against games because I believe in forming my own opinion and trying games I’m looking forward to myself. Anthem is not a horrible game. It’s just an incomplete one and I think Bioware bit off more than they could chew with this game. Anthem still isn’t in a good place right now and I hope those rumors about it getting a complete overhaul is true. The gameplay is fantastic in Anthem. Everything else isn’t. This was my most anticipated game of 2019 and it’s one of the most disappointing games of 2019.
2. Borderlands 3
Borderlands 3 should’ve been incredible. It should’ve been my game of the year. I loved Borderlands 2 so much that the hype I had for 3 couldn’t be put into words. Borderlands 3 really dropped the ball to me. None of the new vault hunters are interesting, the story sucked ass, and I can’t bring myself to play through the campaign. I don’t even care about any of the DLC. Borderlands 3 is the worst game in the series. What’s great about Borderlands 3 is what was great about 2. The guns and gameplay. Part 2 went the extra mile and gave us an incredible campaign too and didn’t focus on girl power as much as 3 did.
1. The Division 2
I don’t I’ve ever fallen out of love with a game as quickly as I did with this one. I loved this game at launch and then Massive did what they do best and completely fucked it up. The Division 2 is not in a good place right now and Massive is still focused on the wrong things with this series. They’re so desperate to make people love the Dark Zone that they’ve completely ignored what made the first game so good. The PVE content. I’m not talking about a stupid raid. I’m talking about Underground, Survival, and West Side Piers.
That’s not the only thing wrong with the game though. The story, which was actually kind of interesting the first game, is completely ignored in this one, the factions aren’t as interesting in this game as the first game, and the RPG mechanics are just about gone. The Division 2 went from being in my top 5 best games of 2019 to missing the list completely. I hope this game gets back on track. I really do because I still love this series. But as it stands right now I don’t want to play it anymore. I would rather go back to the first game.
And that’s my list. That’s my top 10 most disappointing games of 2019.