I like to take my time when it comes to making a top 10 list. Just because everyone else was releasing their top 10s (and 50s) list of the last decade earlier this year didn’t mean I had to do the same. I wanted to take my time and think things through before slapping a random list of games together. The games that stuck out to me the most over the last decade were the games that disappointed me the most. The games that I was really looking forward to playing only to have them not live up to my expectations. These are my top 10 most disappointing games of the decade!
10. Ever Oasis
Ever Oasis came highly recommended by just about everyone because of the creators of the game. Koichi Ishii is a legend in the business and created works like The Secret of Mana. Everyone was saying how this game felt like Zelda and how good it was. I honestly feel like I played something different than everyone else because Ever Oasis was a huge letdown to me. I was looking forward to playing this game for months leading up to its release and in the end I never even completed it. I gave it to my wife (who really enjoyed it) and never looked back. The sting I felt in my heart from how disappointed I was never went away though and that’s why it’s on my list.
9.Assassin’s Creed Unity
How can you fuck something up this badly, Ubisoft? After the excellent Assassin’s Creed Blackflag everyone was beyond hyped for what would come next and that game was Assassin’s Creed Unity. Do I need to remind you all of the mess of a launch this game had? This game marked the downward spiral of the series that eventually led to Ubisoft taking Assassin’s Creed in a bold new direction with Origins. Unity was one giant clusterfuck of a disappointment and released after one of the greatest Assassin’s Creed games ever.
8. Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds was advertised as the Fallout killer by everyone and low key by the developers themselves. Yes, we know the Fallout devs made The Outer Worlds. That didn’t make it a very good game though. Everyone was raving about how good this game was and what I experienced was something a little better than mediocre. The story was kind of average, the gameplay was very average, and only two characters were interesting. Where is the Fallout killer here? I had more fun in Fallout 76 than I did in this game.
7. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
Jedi Fallen Order should’ve been fantastic. Instead, it didn’t know what the hell it wanted to be. Is it Uncharted? Tomb Raider? Metroid? Dark Souls? Or something in between? It tried to be multiple things and didn’t excel at any of them. It’s a piss poor Dark Souls game with horrible platforming and a really shitty story. It’s pretty though… so there’s that.
6. Fire Emblem Fates
This is when Intelligent Systems pulled a Pokemon with Fire Emblem by making us buy THREE copies of Fire Emblem Fates in order to get the whole story. This was a very bad idea and made each game feel half baked. The story wasn’t very interesting and even though it introduced some really neat characters (Ryoma, Xander, etc) and I did enjoy my playthroughs of the games I still felt cheated in the end. It was a major stepdown from Awakening that didn’t need multiple versions to be successful and, thankfully, Intelligent Systems never attempted anything like this again.
5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Where is the masterpiece that everyone kept raving about with this game? I’m convinced that everyone that called this a masterpiece has never played another open-world game because Breath of the Wild is nothing but a gloried Ubisoft game. Everyone praised the climbing mechanic like it was something new. I did that in Assassin’s Creed Origins and it was much better there. While Breath of the Wild is designed well it suffered from a real lack of content. Do I want to collect golden poop or solve one of 5 puzzles on repeat in those disappointing shrines? Even the boss fights were bad in this game. So once again I’ll ask, where is the masterpiece that every Nintendo fan has been claiming this game is?
Breath of the Wild is a serviceable open-world game with a piss poor story, average boss fights, and kindergarten puzzles. The groundwork is already laid out though and the second game could potentially be what everyone advertised this one as.
4. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee
Pokemon Let’s Go has to be the most disappointing thing to ever happen to Pokemon. The first Pokemon game on the Switch should’ve been Sword & Shield not a cash grab game to try and get Pokemon Go fans to buy a Switch for. And guess what? That strategy failed since Pokemon Let’s Go is the lowest selling Pokemon game out there. I can’t put into words how disappointed I was when I played this game. You took an easy game series and made it easier while removing all of the modern enhancements that newer Pokemon games had to appeal to what you were hoping would be newcomers to the series.
3. The Division 2
How could you make The Division 1 so good and completely fuck up its sequel in just a few months after it’s release? Massive found a way to do it and I would slow clap for them if I could. This developer learned nothing from their familiar previous failures in The Division. The Division 2 was in such dire straits that Ubisoft had to sell it for $3 to get new players. You’ve might as well make it free to play at this point. Until the developers learn how to stop fucking up the PVE portion of the game to cater to the PVP players The Division will never be good. They found that balance in the first game and they’re still chasing it in the second one.
2. Borderlands 3
I almost called this girl power 3 because that’s what it is. Your player character has absolutely nothing to do in the story being told. This is Lilith’s story and a little shit turd named Ava. None of the iconic characters from previous games does much here and just about everyone from Borderlands 2 (the best game in the series) is missing here with no explanation on why. Borderlands 3 should’ve been my game of the year last year. Instead, I was left incredibly disappointed after the main credits rolled and I don’t even have the willpower to play through it again for the DLC that I just assumed sucked as much as the main campaign. I still had a LOT of fun because the gameplay is great, but that campaign and SJW shit killed it for me.
1. Batman Arkham Knight
Arkham Knight is a fantastic game. So why is it on this list? Because it took me over a year to find out how good this game was because of state this game released on PC. This game, to this day, is the most broken game I’ve ever played in my life. As an apology the developers gave us every previous Batman game that released before Arkham Knight. This game was so bad at launch that it had to be pulled from Steam. How many games can you think of that was actually pulled from Steam? There was no way I could put any other game above this one even though I probably like this game more than every other game on this list.
And that’s my list. That’s my top 10 most disappointing games of the decade. What are yours?