Since I did an article about my favorite games of last year, I decided to do a follow-up article about the games that, unfortunately, disappointed me. I stayed the heck away from the games I knew were going to bomb, like Aliens: Colonial Marines, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, any movie game in general, and you get the idea. These are the games that I thought were the biggest disappointments, since they actually had a few things going for them, but ultimately, were letdowns of epic proportions. This isn’t a “worst list” so, don’t expect Aliens Colonial Marines, the Flashback remake, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, DARK, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Ride to Hell: Retribution, Day One: Garry’s Incident, and Battlefield 4 to be on this list, since I did my research and knew to stay away from those games. Let us get started then! 8. Remember Me
I will start off with this game, because for me, this was the first big disappointment of 2013. Luckily, it isn’t too bad of a game to end up on my worst games list. I liked the setting of the game, the combo lab, the memory-rewind mechanic, and it reminded me of films like The City of Lost Children. However, it falls flat in just about every other area. The combat is repetitive and clunky, the platforming is middle-of-the-road, and it was just an overall average game. If you haven’t checked this game out, I recommend listening to the game’s story and voice work in French with English subtitles since this game was made by a French developer. It’s a shame it went through a bit of development hell and was released in such a state to the gaming public. There were a lot of cool ideas within Remember Me, but it was obvious that this game needed a few more months of polishing up.
The score I would have given Remember Me: 5/10
7. Lost Planet 3
Talk about a game that did one thing amazingly well, but everything else just average. The one thing that this game did better than any game on this list is that it left me with one of the most human and likable characters of 2013. I just fell in love with the main character, Jim Peyton, who wasn’t some gruff soldier or some cold hearted mercenary. He was a guy who is trying to make some cash for his wife and son while being on a frozen and alien filled planet. The interactions between Jim and his wife were some of the best moments of the game. It took you out of the world of freezing winds and aliens for just a few moments as Jim listens to a video response from his wife and you see him smile seeing who he is doing this dangerous work for. These parts are easily the best moments of the game and its worth checking the game out for these moments. The atmosphere at times also works really well, making you feel like you are on this massive planet of frozen ice. Unfortunately, everything else about the game is just average. The gunplay is solid enough, but the story is very generic. I was bored with the story because I knew where it was going. It’s a shame since this game has one of the most likable main characters in any shooter, and it gets stuck in a generic story that is in a slightly above average shooter. The boss fights ranged from being decent to being utterly forgettable. The robot controls feel clunkier than they should be, and sometimes I feel like the guns given to me don’t feel satisfying. I think another high point is the soundtrack. It made me sit back while traveling across the ice covered fields in my giant robot and made me feel like a trucker going across the desert roads to their destination. In the end, Lost Planet 3 has something that could have been more, but wasn’t. There really is something here, but it just isn’t fully realized. It also hurts that this game is from a franchise people either like to a certain extent, or really don’t care for. Check it out for the main character, but otherwise skip it.
The score I would have given Lost Planet 3: 6/10
5. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this game due to it starting out as a first-person shooter and ending up as a tactical third-person shooter a few years later. It once again has some cool ideas, but everything is mediocre. The enemy variety is nothing noticeable, the story has a really bad pace to it, the tactical mechanics can get cumbersome, and there were a few glitches here and there. The only things I really liked about the game were the 50s setting and some of the story moments. It was also interesting sending out agents to other parts of the map to tackle missions you aren’t available to take on. I think I would have actually liked to have seen this game when it was going to be a first-person shooter. I say stick to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and its expansion for the XCOM experience and the Mass Effect franchise for the tactical shooter experience.
The score I would have given The Bureau: XCOM Declassified: 5/10
5. Pokémon Rumble U
I knew first off that this wasn’t going to be the Game of the Year or anything, but I was expecting a simple, fun, chaotic, and charming game. For the most part, I got what I was looking for. I just wish everything else was fleshed out. The levels get repetitive, you can’t have only one Pokémon out on the field because you need four Pokémon out at all times, and the Pokémon you get from passwords break the early levels of the game. Compared to how Skylanders and Disney Infinity are doing this whole toy thing, Pokémon Rumble U is very basic. Hopefully, they do a better job with the next game. Maybe give it to a new developer, or just rethink the core gameplay, and maybe this spin-off franchise will do better in the future.
The score I gave this game: 5/10
Yeah, this game is obviously going to be on a lot of people’s disappointing games list. It does have a few things going for it, but you can tell Activision had no hope for this game due to its small budget, short development time, and how the entire Deadpool team got laid off right after the game was released. This shouldn’t have been an issue, since the developer of Deadpool, High Moon Studios, has had prior success with making games based off of licensed properties, like the two Transformers: Cybertron games. However, Deadpool is filled with boring combat, boring upgrades, boring enemies, boring bosses, and boring level design. It had no soul or passion put into game. You can tell a lot of the small budget went into the game’s script and voice work, which is this game’s only saving grace. Nolan North’s Deadpool performance is spot-on, and some of the other voice actors also put in solid performances. I will also admit that there are some funny moments within the story, but outside of those story moments, the script could get a little annoying. The jokes about the game’s low budget got grating as time went on, and the game just feels so cheap and slapped together. Even the bosses are just average, and they probably only got those specific villains due to the low budget. There is none of that over-the-top Deadpool personality in the game. Even though this game is blatantly a budget title, they could have done something more, and worked within those limitations to give us a great game. It’s an average game that is just not worth a price tag higher than $10 or less.
The score I would have given Deadpool: 5/10
3. Metro: Last Light
Surprisingly, this game wasn’t going to be on this list, but the more I thought about it, the more I was disappointed by it. It is by no means a bad game, and is probably the best game on this list, but it definitely has some huge flaws with its overall design. The gunplay was fine and worked well, the atmosphere was great, and some of the characters were memorable. Where the game falls flat is in a few unfortunate areas. The game is extremely sexist with its female characters either being poor pheasants or prostitutes. It doesn’t help that the main female lead character is so forgettable and unlikable at first, and then somehow has a crush on you later on in the game when there really wasn’t anything building up to that. The two alternate endings also don’t really feel satisfying. It’s not the worst game on this list, but for those and a couple other reasons, Metro: Last Light, for me anyway, lands in my most disappointing games of 2013 list.
The score I would have given Metro: Last Light: 7/10
Boy, this was made by Isomniac Games? This was made by the creators of some of the most memorable PlayStation titles of all time? Well, you could have fooled me with how bland and boring this game is. On paper, Fuse had a lot of good ideas, including a squad-based third-person shooter with creative weapons and characters that had different abilities. Unfortunately, I think EA getting their dirty little fingers into the game ruined it! No surprise there, right? Instead of being this tongue-and-cheek over-the-top spy flick, we get this generic, boring shooter. I swear, the only things that were left over from the original game were the creative weapons. Everything else is just painfully generic. The characters were completely forgettable, the AI could be brain dead (big surprise), the script didn’t match the tone of the end product, and I had no urge to finish the game, which is why I didn’t review it. This was just another game this year that had a lot of potential as a new franchise by Insomniac, but you are better off getting a copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus for the PlayStation 3 instead of giving your time to Fuse. At least Sunset Overdrive looks interesting. Let’s hope that does well.
The score I would have given Fuse: 5/10
1. Every Game in Microsoft’s 2013 Line-Up
I know Microsoft has had a couple of bad years in gaming, but this was one of the worst. I mean, no one can deny they pretty much messed up in 2013. They had their major downs and then they went up, but kind of went back down near the end of the year. The announcement of the Xbox One and it’s showing at E3 2013 was a mess when they announced those features that they then took out months later due to the backlash. If you look at their gaming line-up, the best thing that they released in 2013 was Capcom’s Dead Rising 3. Their only first-party exclusive for the Xbox 360’s last year was Gears of War: Judgment, and that game just came and left with very little fanfare. Think about that for a second. While the PlayStation 3 had so many games that came out and were all different and gave you varying experiences, the Xbox 360 just gave you Gears of War: Judgement. That is so stupid that I am having a hard time putting my feelings into words. Wait, you do have BattleBlock Theater from the guys who made Castle Crashers. Yeah, I don’t hear people still talking about it, which mean we have yet another game that came and went with little fanfare. Look at the Xbox One launch line-up. Sure, it had more variety than the PlayStation 4, but you should look at the reviews of most of them. Negative review after negative review popped up for games like LocoCycle and average reviews for games like Crimson Dragon. Ryse might have been beautiful, but its gameplay is dull to a point that it’s embarrassing. I can’t believe that a developer like Crytek, who are obviously very talented, came up with such a boring and repetitive action game. Let us not forget that Forza Motorsport 5 wanted you to pay real world money to get the more popular cars from the franchise. What about the Kinect? Oh yeah, that isn’t improved either when you have games like Fighter Within showing how the Kinect 2.0 is better. I personally think the only game that is worth any hype for the Xbox One is Project Spark. I swear, Microsoft needs to start over with new management for their gaming branch, because I would rather not see them only work on just shooters for the Xbox One’s lifespan. Just get rid of the Kinect, give a hoot about having different genres of games that are not “indie” made, and stop with the focus on TV, Skype, and other social media stuff. What games or developers were you disappointed by in 2013? List them in the comment section and let us know.