A few days ago here on Pop Cults I talked about the best of video gaming for the year 2012. I looked at the biggest news, the best art, music and games from every aspect of gaming culture throughout the year. There was a lot of good, great and amazing in 2012 when it came to video gaming. However, for as much good as there was in 2012, there was just as much crap that came out as well. It is the sad truth of life; you take the good along with the bad. (And let’s be honest, if there were no bad games, there would be nothing to compare the good games to.) So, I want to take a look at the bad of 2012. Actually, scratch that – looking at the bad is too easy, way too easy. I want to focus more on the disappointing.
We all know that games like Ben 10, Family Party, Monster High and a plethora of other games are not exactly going to win any kind of awards when it comes to recognition; and then you have the crap load of tripe party games that come out month after month – so picking any of those would easily fill a “Worst Games” list fast and easy. I want to talk about games that had so much hype, looked like they had so much promise but in the end really failed to deliver on any kind of scale whatsoever. We see them all the time; they get so much press, so much attention and when we finally get to play them it’s like “that’s it!?” and the fun is gone. That is what I am going to look at here. So without any further delay, I present to you my list for the 10 Most Disappointing Games: 2012 Edition.
10. Kinect Star Wars
To be honest I never really had any high hopes for this game. I thought the best that it could produce would be some cool lightsaber type mini-games that I could enjoy – but it didn’t even deliver on that aspect. What we got was a bunch of overly simplified mini-games that made playing as a Jedi seem like playing with a can out in the yard. And I actually think I might have had more fun playing with the can.
9. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse
I knew the game would be funny, I had no doubt about that, but I think the developers forgot that when you are making it video game it has to be enjoyable to play as well. Jokes and gags are fun and all that, but it is not enough to keep my interested in playing a game with no other redeeming qualities for more than a couple of minutes at a time. In the end, this game barely kept me entertained for an hour before I just chucked it back at the Red Box machine I rented it from.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man
Honestly, this one was way too easy to add to this list. First off, it’s a video game adaptation of a movie. But therein lays the disappointing aspect of it – the Spider-Man 2 video game was a great piece of gaming. It wasn’t the best of the year, but it was fun. So how can the same company mess up that franchise like they did here? Where was the fun factor? Forget naming other points, no fun means really disappointing. Just do me a favor and replace “Amazing” with “So-So” and that is the appropriate title for the game.
7. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Let me put this very simply: take the worst parts of the SOCOM series, add in the worst parts of the Resident Evil series, and then add in the poor shooting mechanics of Homefront and you have this game. This game just had me languishing in agony and anger trying to find any kind of entertainment value in it. Honestly, I would rather try surviving an actual zombie outbreak than ever pop this game back into my console ever again.
6. Ninja Gaiden 3
How did they manage to make this once awesome series a shallow husk of its former self? They actually streamlined the game and made it more linear than I had ever known the series to be and then watered down the gameplay to make it accessible to casual gaming fans. Sorry, but some games need to remain simply for the hardcore audience, and this should have been one of them. I am not a huge fan of Tomonobu Itagaki but I seriously want him back on this series.
5. SoulCalibur V
I am not going to bitch about the removal of fan favorite characters and the addition of newer, younger characters like other colleagues of mine have – I actually applaud the move of moving the series along. What I am going to criticize is the lackluster story mode, unsatisfying character endings and horrible customization option for the “create-a-character” option in the game. When other fighting games seemed to deliver more this year, this one seemed rather limiting.
4. Resident Evil 6
While it was substantially better than Resident Evil 5 was, this game still failed to really take the series back to the former glory it had that seems to have ended with Resident Evil 4. It did have some great moments and some of the characters have matured and have been developed wonderfully (Leon and Ada), you still had some characters that just seemed to be there (Chris) to try and appeal to older fans of the series. Maybe if you remove that part of the story, the game would actually flow a lot more fluidly than it did.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified
Do not even waste you money on this game! How Activision is not entirely embarrassed at releasing such a poor quality entrant in its Call of Duty franchise is beyond me. This game is a waste of good resources and materials. A single-player campaign that can be finished in an hour! A multiplayer campaign that is so buggy and filled with tiny maps that you literally spawn on enemies ready for the kill! Horrible touch screen controls and enemy AI! Forget sending this game to the bargain bin and send it straight for the trash bin.
2. Lollipop Chainsaw
This one is actually kind of hard for me to add to this list. I had some real fun playing this game. Unfortunately, even though I enjoyed myself, the game did feel a bit empty and superficial and really gave me no reason to care about Juliet other than the fact that she was wearing a cheer leader’s uniform. It’s kind of like if either Michael Bay or Tim Burton had made the game: it looks pretty and flashy but you get the same look and feeling from the average Hollywood blonde at a nightclub.
1. Medal of Honor: Warfighter
I really hate putting this game on this list. I genuinely had fun playing through the single-player and multiplayer parts of the game. But this game had so much hype, so much promise and so much it said it would deliver upon that when it failed to do so it highlighted just how average this game really is. By no means is it a bad game, but just like the Fable series, it overhyped itself so much that when nothing was delivered that it said it would, not even being an enjoyable game could save it from its broken promises. I hate punishing a good game for that reason, but you have to deliver what you said if you want to survive and please in this industry.