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.
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?
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.