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Top 10 Most Disappointing Games of 2017

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A disappointing game can still be good, but it’s missing that extra something that I wanted in the game and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Here are my top 10 most disappointing games of 2017. 

10. Fifa 18 (Switch)

The Switch version of Fifa doesn’t include the story mode. EA wants to act surprised when this version of the game was least selling one when they made no attempt to give us a solid experience on the go. They refused to use their Frostbite engine, left out features of the game, and the Switch version was buggy. Add them all together and you’ve got a big disappointment. There are no good sports games on the Switch right now and by the way things are looking there won’t be for quite a while.

9. NBA 2K18 (Switch)

The first two sports games on the Switch are disappointing. 2K fucked up their latest installment of 2K by littering it with microtransactions. Simple things, like upgrading your character, cost real money or you can grind it out for 200 hours. I’ve never put 200 hours in any basketball game and I’m not about to start now. The reason why the Switch version is here is because it’s broken. It’s the buggiest version of the game by far. Do yourself a favor and buy 2K17 instead.

8. Agents of Mayhem 

Agents of Mayhem is the spiritual successor to Saints Row that plays nothing like any of the previous Saints Row games. I couldn’t help but get disappointed while playing this game because it’s nothing like any of the previous Saints Row games. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the 30 hours I put into the game, but I would much rather play another Saints Row game than this one.

7. Spellforce III

Spellforce III isn’t a bad game. The problem is I had just finished playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 when this game released and it can’t compete with that game at all. Original Sin 2 is one of the best games I’ve ever played and jumping from that to Spellforce III wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. Spellforce III is good and really buggy. Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia) does voice work in this game and as much as I love him even that wasn’t enough to convince me to finish Spellforce III right now. The biggest issue I have is the gameplay. It’s not as creative as Original Sin 2’s and I don’t think I’ll ever look at CRPGs the same way again. Thanks a lot, Larian Studios… you’ve spoiled the hell out of me.

6. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed Origins is the best Assassin’s Creed game I’ve ever played. I’m not a fan of the series and I usually don’t enjoy the games at all. Origins is a really good game that has one serious flaw. The Animus. I hate going into the future and playing as the new boring protagonist that Ubisoft plucked out of thin air. I never cared about her and I only wanted to get back to the cool part of the game. Why not get rid of this mechanic already? It hasn’t worked since Assassin’s Creed III. Being forced out of the game like that is the reason why I stopped playing it. I don’t like it and I never will.

5. Doom (Switch)

Doom is a good game.  I played through it on PC and I really enjoyed the single-player campaign. The Switch version is the worst version to play. The Joy Cons are not good for first-person shooters, the game is capped at 30 fps, and it’s buggy as hell. It’s not a good game to get on the Switch, but it’s totally worth picking up on every other platform. If you’ve never played Doom and you own a PS4, Xbox One or PC get it on one of those. It should be pretty cheap by now too.

4. Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is Destiny 1.5. It’s a glorified expansion that’s being sold as a full standalone sequel. The game isn’t horrible. I actually kind of enjoyed it because of the gameplay, but it’s bare-boned and doesn’t have much content. The few hours I spent playing this game was enough for me. I don’t hate it or anything. I’m just not interested in it and I would rather wait for Anthem to drop next year. The Division is getting a year 3 and that’s worth waiting for too.

3. Middle Earth: Shadow of War

I loved the first Middle Earth game. It had a lot going for it. It introduced us to the Nemesis system, had great gameplay, and a good story too. Shadow of War took a step backward in every area except the gameplay. It’s a shallow game that doesn’t offer the player a lot to do except build an army to take on Sauron with. The problem is building that army is a tedious job and requires a lot of patience. The story is complete crap and they somehow managed to make the game look a little worse than the predecessor. You probably think I hate this game. I don’t. I actually like it. It’s just a worse game than Shadow of Mordor in almost every way possible.

2. Nioh 

I patiently waited for Nioh to release on PC. I remember how excited I was to finally be able to experience this game and… it broke my heart. The gameplay is great, but everything else is average. The level design is horrible, some missions are only five minutes long, and every boss in the game is a bullet sponge, um… sword sponge. The story is complete shit, the main protagonist is boring, and I never bothered trying the multiplayer out because after 60 hours of trying to love this game I had to admit that I only “liked” it and went back to Dark Souls.

Nioh is not a bad game. It’s just not a great one. I can’t describe how disappointed I was when I finished this game. I expected this game to make my top 10. I expected this game to get as much play time from me as Dark Souls III. It didn’t. It didn’t even get half of that. I still enjoyed it for what it was though.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

Breath of The Wild is disappointing?! Why?

here’s why

Breath of The Wild is a bad Zelda game to me. The puzzles are disappointing, the boss fights suck, Ganon sucks, and Link doesn’t have any of his awesome gadgets that we’ve grown to love over the years. So what did Nintendo replace everything with? Infinite bombs… because everyone’s favorite thing to do in a Zelda game is to blow shit up. I don’t understand the praise this game gets. People made this game sound like the best open world game ever made and it’s not. It’s a shallow game with no worthwhile content. Nintendo created a beautiful world for us to explore, but forgot to fill it with interesting shit to do. There are no good sidequest, the shrines get repetitive fast, and collecting Korok seeds is pointless after you find about 50 of them. Why is this game regarded as one of the best of all time when it has less content than Assassin’s Creed Origins. If this game was called anything else than Zelda it would not have gotten all the praise it did. That being said I enjoyed Breath of The Wild, but I don’t by any means love it. I think it’s one of the worst Zelda games ever made and is only a decent open world game when compared to other games in the genre. I can’t describe how excited I was to learn that we were getting a new Zelda game from Nintendo and that it was a launch title for the Switch too.

After finishing this game, saving Zelda, completing 90 shrines, and collecting who knows how many Korok seeds I can say that this game is lacking in worthwhile content. There’s nothing interesting to do. There’s no good loot to obtain because it all breaks, and I was left feeling disappointed. This game is not the Zelda game I was hoping for and hopefully, the next one does it right. Give us a good open world with meaningful content, great puzzles, and a great story and I’ll sing its’ praises to the sun. You all probably think I hate Breath of The Wild. I don’t. This review goes over my likes and dislikes.

That wraps up my top 10 most disappointing games of 2017. What are some games that disappointed you? A disappointing game doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. It just means that we set unrealistic expectations for something that didn’t deliver or it could mean that it just fucking sucks.

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    Dec 23, 2017 12:08 pm

    Came for the list, stayed for Simon Miller!

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    Dec 23, 2017 3:52 pm

    Breath of the Wild is my biggest disappointment of the year too. I couldn’t get into it. I didn’t ask for a survival Zelda where all the cool weapons break so easy. I’ll give it another shot in 2018 though.

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      Dec 23, 2017 7:29 pm

      I’ve been hearing that a lot lately from my friends on FB. There’s no point in exploring because none of the rewards are good. I didn’t want to play a survival Zelda game. Hopefully the next one goes away with all that crap and brings back Link’s gadgets too. I’m sorry to say that the game doesn’t get much better as you play. I hope you enjoy it whenever you start playing it again though :).

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    Dec 23, 2017 5:37 pm

    Reblogged this on DDOCentral.

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    Mr. Panda
    Dec 24, 2017 12:06 am

    Nice list! Hahaha, what a hot take with Breath of the Wild. But I totally see how divisive the game is, completely reworking the Zelda formula. For me, it was actually reverse though. I was ready to be disappointed by BotW, then ended up completely loving the open-world exploration and even the Divine Beast dungeons. It was a breath (pun, sorry) of fresh air for the series. I wouldn’t mind if they went back to the standard formula next game, but as for BotW, I had a lot of fun, and it ended up as the game I put the most hours into this year for good reason.

    As for my own disappointments, I’d probably go with Layton’s Mystery Journey. I like the Layton series a lot, but this entry didn’t quite do it for me. There was a lack of suspense with the episodic petty cases, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the puzzles this time around. I still liked it and thought it was a decent experience, but I was expecting way more from Level-5, especially for what is essentially a reboot of the franchise.

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      Dec 24, 2017 7:20 am

      I gave Zelda some tough love. I wanted to love Breath of The Wild. I really did… but I didn’t. I think it’s okay and when I get around to revising my Top 10 list next year it probably won’t make the list. I’m glad you loved it though :). I think Nintendo still has a lot to learn about making a good open world game though.

      I’ve never played a single game in that series. I’ve always been curious, but I’ve never purchased a title. Last thing I heard about Layton was that it was being made into a phone game with Fantasy Life.

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        Mr. Panda
        Dec 24, 2017 8:16 am

        Yup yup, Layton’s Mystery Journey is indeed the phone game, though it also came out on 3DS. I recommend the first trilogy, starting with The Curious Village, since you were curious. My personal favorite is The Unwound Future for DS, so if you only played one, that’s the one I would go for.

        And yes, I hope Nintendo learns from Breath of the Wild, both what they should keep doing and what they should improve.

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Dec 30, 2017 6:06 pm

    What’s this “Animus” thing in Origins? I bought that the day it came out, but I’ve only had time to play it once. I haven’t played any other Assassin’s Creed game, so I don’t have any means of comparison. I really like what I’ve played so far. Unfortunately, I’ve heard about Destiny 2 being disappointing…a lot since my husband still plays it. There are things he likes and things he hates, the former being mostly the collaborative play.

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      Dec 31, 2017 9:28 am

      The Animus forces you out of the cool parts of the game and makes you play as another protagonist set in modern times. The problem is Ubisoft half assed it (again) and doesn’t know what they’re doing with the future crap anymore since they killed Desmond off. You’ll see what I mean soon enough when you play it some more.

      I didn’t buy the full version of Destiny 2. I played the free trial and it didn’t impress me enough to buy it. What I played was okay, but okay isn’t enough for me to spend $60 on a product I know I won’t love. It’s Destiny 1.5 and hardcore Destiny fans will love it. Everyone else probably won’t though.

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        The Shameful Narcissist
        Dec 31, 2017 3:31 pm

        Ah, okay, I’ll see what you’re talking about when I get to it with ACO.

        Lol, I read what you wrote about Destiny 2 to my husband, and he disagrees, because he thinks D2 took a step BACKWARDS. The original Destiny apparently got better, whereas Destiny 2 put everything worthwhile behind a pay wall. It’s a damn shame. I play Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, a freemium game, and there’s nothing you *have* to pay for if you don’t want to. Cash might grease the wheels a little, but there are no pay walls to do things. It doesn’t make sense that you pay $60 for a game and then have to download DLCs or pay for normal game shit to make any progress.

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          Dec 31, 2017 4:23 pm

          The first Destiny had 3 years of content right? Most of my friends are hardcore Destiny fans. That’s actually the reason why I tried out the second one on PC. They love the game and said it’s what the first Destiny game should have been. I prefer The Division over Destiny. Your husband and I agree on Destiny 2 :). The gameplay is nice, but it lacks content for a $60 game.

          Origins is a really good game by the way. It’s freaking gorgeous too.

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Dec 31, 2017 4:25 pm

            I want to say yes. My hubs played it for about that long, too. He definitely got his money’s worth. I’ll have to look up The Division. The only reason he keeps playing Destiny is because it’s a way to play something with friends he can’t see often. Since I’m a solo gamer, this isn’t really a problem for me, but he likes doing collab stuff and being social.

          • Drakulus
            Dec 31, 2017 5:14 pm

            I play The Division with my wife a lot. It’s our multiplayer game together. We’re very different gamers and finding a game that we both like to play together is rare. So we’ve put over 200 hours in The Division together :).

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Jan 02, 2018 4:27 pm

            I’d really like to try Snipperclips, but my husband can get REALLY competitive like “pissed if he doesn’t win” and frustrated competitive. Like how I was telling you I play Mario Kart and I suck at it, but I play for fun so it’s no problem. Yeah, he gets super pissed when he gets hit with something hehe. Don’t get me wrong, I can get loud and rowdy with the best of them, but it’s all in good fun. I looked up The Division. Seems similar to Destiny with less of Destiny’s problems and set in NYC.

          • Drakulus
            Jan 02, 2018 4:33 pm

            The Division has improved a lot. It’s actually getting year 3 content. Patch 1.8 really improved the game and gave us a free expansion. I’m competitive, but I can have fun too :).

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Jan 02, 2018 4:40 pm

            That’s where I am. Once I’m good enough at something to have a chance, then I’ll get more competitive, but at this point all of my friends are such better racers than I am. And to be honest, I’m terrible at 3D platformers lol. I’m lucky Mario Odyssey is forgiving 🙂

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    Jan 08, 2018 12:19 pm

    Love the no-holding-back on Zelda! As a huge Zelda fan since I was a kid, I was pretty brutal on it myself. I agree with you 100% on all points and hope the next shrinks that world down by about 90% and makes it interesting again.

    Happy new year sir!

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      Jan 08, 2018 12:43 pm

      Thanks! I was expecting so much from Breath of The Wild. It hurt me to write all of that negative stuff about a Zelda game :). I’m not against an open world Zelda game, but I would love if Nintendo focused more on the things that made Zelda great instead of giving us the bare minimum like they did here 🙂

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