So everyone it’s a brand new year and with it we come to reflect on the good and bad times from last year.
This will be the second of 3 top 10 lists to be posted on the site this year. In this list we’re going to take a look at some of the games which were either bad or really disappointing last year and to be honest this list was a hard one to put together for me but I’ve chosen the games that either didn’t live up to my expectations or were actually bad in my honest opinion. So without further ado; lets get straight into it;
10. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (PS4/XO/PC)
So coming in at #10 and kicking things off with this list is a game that honestly; I actually rather enjoyed. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is the 6th entry in the long running MvC franchise and was one of the games I was highly anticipating for last year. For the most part; the gameplay was superb and took the series back to it’s roots of being a 2 on 2 fighter with the addition of Infinity Stones for extra advantages in battle. The online was also a really fun experience and while not quite on the same level as Injustice 2; had some great gaming moments for me. I’d probably say in all honesty that the parts of the game that truly disappointed me were the story mode’s length which to me felt incredibly short; especially since it had some great moments (including Nemesis in HD). The other big factor into why this game was disappointing was the lack of specific characters for both sides while they opted for some bad choices in particular on the Capcom side; with Marvel having a lack of well known characters such as the X-Men, Deadpool, Dr. Doom & even Ant-Man while Capcom added characters like Arthur, Firebrand and Nathan Spencer instead of characters like Amaterasu, Viewtiful Joe and Asura.
All in all, while it’s not a bad game at all in my honest opinion; it was disappointing to a level that I included it on my list to fill in a blank space.
9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PS4/XO/NS/PC)
In at #9 is another game that is actually pretty good with only some minor disappointments. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the 3rd lego game to be done under the Marvel license with the story taking place right after the events of the first game. Kang the Conqueror is traveling through different timelines and realities, conquering and kidnapping their most famous cities and then merging them into one place: Chronopolis. Thanks to this, various superheroes are taken from their respective “homes” and brought there where they must work together to prevent Kang the Conqueror’s threat, who plans on taking over not just Chronopolis, but the universe.
The gameplay is similar to the previous Lego games and it does add some features including one which did make an appearance in Lego Dimensions and the worlds looked great however the story just didn’t capture my attention in the way the first one did and much like MvC there is a very big lack of X-Men & Fantastic 4 characters along with Deadpool. This game unlike MvC however proves it couldn’t have been because of Fox owning those properties (Please Note: This was before the Disney purchase of Fox) since the game features Kang who is classed under the Fantastic 4 property. In addition to this; I didn’t think the voice acting was as good this time around and while Tobias Diakow (Wrench in Watch Dogs 2) did a decent job as Spider-Man, he wasn’t too good when compared to James Arnold Taylor in the first game.
All in all, I think this is a good game at it’s core however it does have it’s problems and since Lego Marvel Super Heroes probably contends with Star Wars: The Complete Saga & Jurassic World for my favorite Lego game; it was no surprise in my mind that this was a disappointment.
8. Sonic Forces (PS4/XO/NS/PC)
Coming in at #8 is the latest entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series; Sonic Forces. Sonic Forces takes the series into a much darker tone where Eggman has essentially achieved his goal and taken over the world aswell as putting Sonic out of commission. Forming an alliance to stop the evil scientist; Sonic’s friends led by Knuckles recruit a new soldier to take down Eggman’s forces; save Sonic and bring an end to his tyranny. Sonic Forces had some interesting ideas that did work well with it in particular that of character customization which allowed fans of the Sonic franchise to finally create their own avatars. Playing as a custom character gives you a multitude of gadgets to customize at your disposal allowing you to attack with different elements such as fire or electricity. The visuals looked pretty impressive for a Sonic game and the modern sonic gameplay felt a l0t more better and smooth compared to how it was in Sonic Generations. The game did let down a little bit though with the classic sonic gameplay since it didn’t play as well in Forces as it did in Generations plus the levels did seem a bit repetitive at times with none of the actual levels feeling very memorable apart from one of the boss fights which despite the Sonic series’ flaws; it’s always had a strong point in making memorable levels with memorable music which this game had neither of.
The reason this one disappoints is because Sonic Generations is my favorite modern sonic game apart from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and since I thought this was going to be a sequel; it just didn’t live up to the predecessor.
7. Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS4/XO/PC)
With no surprise at all; coming in at #7 is Star Wars: Battlefront II. Now before I continue; I have to state that I loved the actual combat gameplay of Battlefront II since it took the good parts of it’s predecessor and improved upon it aswell as improving the starfighter battles to make the controls feel a lot more smooth and easier to get into. The visuals much like it’s predecessor were absolutely breathtaking and the attention to all the little details were remarkable. These are good things so you may be wondering exactly why it’s no surprise that it is on this list. The reason this game burrows it’s way onto this list is because of how the game was modeled around a progression system linked to loot boxes which makes it a grind just to progress with leveling up your characters and being able to purchase legendary Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. While EA removed the pay to win loot boxes; they are planning on bringing them back in the future and the fact that they still have the whole loot box system in the game to date is ridiculous.
In addition to this; other problems I have with this game include the lack of any real customization options such as being able to choose a huge assortment of weapons for your regular soldier classes (which is something that the predecessor got right) aswell as some slow down during the single player campaign (Especially in the opening mission).
All in all, I do think that Star Wars: Battlefront II does have some great qualities however given how the game actually is; I can’t recommend anyone to pick it up until it drops to at least under £20 and when you consider the amount of potential that the game actually had; it unfortunately leads to it’s place on my worst/disappointing games of 2017 list and probably appears on many gamers lists around the world. Especially since it got the whole loot box system to be looked at by the government and it also left the painful reminder that this is probably the standard of future EA star wars games and we’ll not get a good single player game after the closure of Visceral Games.
RIP Visceral Games.
6. Agents of Mayhem (PS4/XO/PC)
Moving in to #6 on my list is the spiritual successor to Saints Row; Agents of Mayhem. Agents of Mayhem takes place in a fictional version of Seoul and sees many special Agents taking on evil terrorists who act more like super villains. While the gameplay, story and characters were fun; the games visuals, voice acting and lack of any real music let it down heavily. Agents of Mayhem also just didn’t capture my attention the way Saints Row did since it felt like AoM just didn’t have the same heart and soul of the Saints series.
All in all, Agents of Mayhem was alright but nothing special and is a let down when you consider how fun the Saints Row games are.
5. Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4/XO/PC)
This is where our list gets into truly disappointing territory as Mass Effect Andromeda is in the #5 spot. Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced all the way back in 2014 (Within the first year of the PS4 & Xbox One release) and like many of my fellow Mass Effect fans; I was eagerly awaiting a new “Next-Gen” entry in the long running Space Action RPG series. What we got was a game that was extremely lackluster, littered with bugs and glitches, boring characters and for this the game suffered greatly since not only did it not live up to the examples set by it’s predecessors but it also got all subsequent DLC cancelled and even got the Mass Effect series put into Hiatus (Basically Mass Effect is dead since that seems to be what EA mean by Hiatus). At this point, I personally just hope that Anthem does well; otherwise we’re saying goodbye to another talented developer in Bioware.
4. Outlast II (PS4/XO/PC/NS)
While I hate to admit it; I feel that Outlast 2 is one of the few games on this actual list that is both a disappointment and a bad game in my opinion. I say these things because back when I played Outlast in 2014 to review for the site; I praised how the game was an excellent example of how some horror games should be (Lack of combat, dark and atmospheric) and so when I saw the trailer for Outlast 2; I thought that perhaps it would retain what made the 1st game and Whistleblower so good and maybe add some new stuff.
Unfortunately; the game didn’t really add anything new to the gameplay other than a talking protagonist and a bigger world to explore. If anything; they made it worse since it was much darker than the first game (Not in tone, it was literally pitch black). This was a problem to me not in a horror element (It’s great in terms of horror) however when you’re game is so dark that you can’t see and you have the brightness up full; That’s a problem. In addition to this, the story for Outlast 2 just wasn’t as gripping or intense as the first one and I feel that was down to the game’s setting of a mental institution making it feel claustrophobic aswell while Outlast 2 felt like it was just trying to be a poor mans version of Children of the Corn.
3. WWE 2K18 (PS4/XO/NS/PC)
So WWE 2K18 is so high up on this list; I don’t hold it against the game. My main reasons for putting WWE 2K18 so high is because for a few years now; I’ve been trying to get back into Wrestling games since I used to be a big fan of the WWF games on the PS1 back in the day. As I’ve grown though; I fell out of touch with wrestling and when playing the new games; I just didn’t feel the same joy playing them as I did back then. Ultimately; the game is potentially good for those who like Wrestling games however since I find it hard to get into sports games in general (except Winter Sports); this unfortunately just wasn’t my cup of tea. Also, fuck the song “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed which I used to love until this game played it like every 5 minutes.
2. Dead By Daylight: Console Edition (PS4/XO)
Now this is a game that truly disappointed me. I think the reason Dead by Daylight is so high is because I had previously played Friday the 13th: The Game prior and to me that set a standard that I expected this game to hit. While I will admit that it does have some good things to it such as the killer having a first person perspective; I didn’t like the whole hanging people on hooks concept or the fact that as a survivor; you just had to fix generators to escape. I feel that the game should have taken a page out of Friday the 13th’s book and done it where you could kill the survivors in multiple ways whether it’s just a slash, a special kill or an environment kill. I also think the survivors should’ve been given more open environments to explore with multiple ways to escape.
The thing that is upsetting is that Dead By Daylight at this point seems to be getting all the horror icons (Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Jigsaw, Etc…) which to me if it was done similar to Friday the 13th could have the potential to be one of the greatest online horror games ever. My other big problem with Dead By Daylight was that the game even on a console felt like it was only meant to be for the PC which really it should’ve been catered more towards a console player in the port.
1. Yooka-Laylee (PS4/XO/PC/Linux/MacOS/NS)
Unfortunately for me taking the top spot of my worst/disappointing games of 2017 was easily Yooka-Laylee. Yooka-Laylee is a kickstarter project that promised to be the spiritual successor to classic platforming titles such as Banjo-Kazooie and for the most part it did deliver…however there was some pretty big issues with the actual game. While I was playing through the game; aiming to collect all the quills and pagies; I encountered quite a few glitches with 1 in particular taking place during one of the many arcade games that you have to play for Rextro. During said game; the screen would often have screen rate issues and glitches that froze the character in place causing Yooka to be dragged off the screen and lose his lives. In addition to this while it was faithful to the classic games of old, it felt really dated and tried to play up to Nostalgia which didn’t work given it was brand new characters who I held absolutely no interest for.
I loved the world designs in the game and for the most part the game was a solid platformer albeit with some brief movement issues in which the character slipped but the glitches and frame rate issues were too bad in my opinion especially after a huge update which added to the game and removed some brief glitches which were barely noticeable while I was playing. All in all, Yooka-Laylee was a huge disappointment for me given I was excited for it since I loved platforming games in my childhood and it didn’t live up to the expectations that were set in place when the game was announced ultimately making it my worst game of the year.
So what do you think? Do you agree with any of my choices? Is there something you didn’t like that I didn’t mention? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and if you liked this article be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Article by Matthew McNamee