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Disappointments in gaming [roundtable]
I'm playing Devil May Cry 2 right now and it's a pretty horrible game. I'd stop playing it but I want to finish it at least once and be done with it, since I want to play the entire Devil May Cry saga. The graphics are boring and so is the gameplay. The music is lazy and can hardly be heard over the guns. The story? What story? It's just some cutscenes interconnected in between boring easy battles. This game is pretty disappointing, especially after having played Devil May Cry 1 immediately before.

What are some of your gaming disappointments?

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Posted: 04/04/13, 06:48:25
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Super Mario Land 2 was also a big disappointment for me. I felt the gameplay was boring, the music was repetitive, and the controls were floaty. I was really let down by it. And then I played Yoshi's Island which totally redeemed the franchise once again.

New Super Mario Bros.: It was too easy and unimaginative.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 was fine but a bit boring.

Animal Crossing City Folk: It's basically just an upressed DS port with some new stuff in it.

Tekken 4: I don't remember why I was so disappointed but I was.

Tekken 6: You have to beat the story mode (which sucks) to get characters and the arcade mode doesn't have the endings. You have to do that in arena mode.

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe: Gamplay sucked and the fatalities were severely toned down.

Little Big Planet: The floaty controls just did this game in for me.

Street Fighter III: Only four characters from Street Fighter IV and the fighting was too complex.
Posted: 04/04/13, 09:49:18
Okay I understand Half-Life being another ho-hum FPS but BIOSHOCK! Gameplay wise I agree that it is pretty standard fare with a few customization options but thematically and storywise it is fantastic. It also has a fantastic score.
Posted: 04/04/13, 10:16:57

I didn't find the theme or story all that great. The atmosphere was really good initially until the murkiness of it all got repetitive.
Posted: 04/04/13, 10:54:59
I understand that. I like murky stuff, makes a nice change from all the sunshine and roses of Nintendo. And the story may not have been great but it was enough to keep you going and the audio logs helped to expand the world and build up characters without lengthy cutscenes.
Posted: 04/04/13, 11:20:58
Wario Land Shake It, Zack and Wiki, Bit.Trip Flux. To name a few.

Mole Mania, Red Steel, Red Steel 2. To name a few more.


The Bioshock series has blown me away. Easy one of the most immersive and amazing series I've encountered in gaming. The fact that I haven't opened Bioshock Infinite (sitting on my desk right now) is only because I'm trying to fully beat Lego City Undercover and I don't want to share Bioshock with any other game attention-wise.
Posted: 04/04/13, 13:50:36  - Edited by 
 on: 04/04/13, 13:52:43
Is it fair for me to say Wii U even though I don't have one? (I mean I guess the reason I don't own one is that I find it so disappointing)


Metroid Prime 3: not a bad game, but I thought the controls were cumbersome and and annoying, and graphically the overall feel and atmosphere was a disappointment for a "next-gen" follow-up to the excellent GCN games. Also it just lacked the polish and attention to detail I expected from Retro, for example the faces of the human characters looked like something out of the PS1 era, not even vaguely human, and completely out of place in the Metroid universe. Sure that's a little detail, but it's the little details I expected Retro to nail, perfectly and without flaw (unreasonable? maybe, but the previous games were just that good).

Metroid Other M: I was really excited for a cinematic take on the Metroid series and a spiritual sequel to Metroid 4, but the way they personified Samus as being weak and whiny was a huge turnoff. Also, even though I appreciated the "Wii-mote only" control scheme I found the melee-focused combat to be tedious and boring. Again, not a bad game, but still doesn't live up to expectations. Samus did look cool as hell though, I liked the overall aesthetics of the game.

Every Resident Evil game past 4, although Revelations was decent, it still can't compare to 4.

Resistance 2 took everything I loved about the 1st game and flushed it down the toilet, including the weapon wheel, only to be replaced by CoD-style, linear, wimpy-ass-2-gun nonsense and the worst boss battles ever. Plus the story just went off the rails and went from original and creepy to rote and generic.

Final Fantasy VII: I bought a PS One (with the little screen, that thing was rad) to play this game and Symphony of the Night. SotN lived up to the hype, FFVII did not, not even close, compared to the excellent NES and SNES Final Fantasy games I simply could not believe that there was so much love and adoration for such a boring, bland, ugly, slogfest! I was expecting greatness and what I got was... well... Final Fantasy VII.

I thought Bioshock was a masterpiece, it had a similar somber vibe to Metroid Prime which is my favorite console game ever. Also I think the story was great, as video games go I can't think of many better ones (although the last 3rd was boring and pointless it's true).
Posted: 04/04/13, 13:51:43  - Edited by 
 on: 04/04/13, 14:14:28
I am pretty much disappointed in games in general at the moment, nothing excites me and I don't even feel like playing the games I own let alone buying new ones. I am hoping for that one game to turn up that reignites that spark but at the moment it is pretty non existent. I think discovering boardgames has contributed to this, I find them more social, engaging and at the moment more fun, it also helps that I have got loads of family and friends into them and since discovering this new hobby we can't seem to keep them away. This has never happened with Video Games.
Posted: 04/04/13, 13:58:18  - Edited by 
 on: 04/04/13, 13:59:19
Yeah, board games are awesome, I've been playing Dominion with my friends almost every weekend, even my girlfriend (who refuses to play Wii with me) loves Dominion, it's so fun and addicting, and for whatever reason board games don't carry the social stigma that video games do as being inherently evil and bad for you.
Posted: 04/04/13, 14:17:26
Posted: 04/04/13, 14:40:42
Fluidity: Spin Cycle I was really looking forward to, yet it came out, I waited a month to get it, and then never really played it.

I haven't played Assassin's Creed 3 but I didn't hear what I wanted to hear about it. It didn't seem to solve the problems 2 had, a game I loved but that by the end I wished were much improved.
Posted: 04/04/13, 14:44:23
All the Super Monkey Ball games after SMB2 and all the Soul Calibur games after SC2.

Only ones that spring to mind.

Maybe Jaws on the NES. Loved the game, then finally beat it and got the single screen ending and wanted to cut someone. So disappointed that was it, after all that work! (I still love the game, though.)
Posted: 04/04/13, 15:55:42
Chrono..... Cross.

I was considering buying a used PS1 for this game but I ended up playing it on ROM and I didn't get too far in it because I didn't find the game compelling enough... The battle music drove me crazy too... Hated it.

.. Also, Super Paper Mario (Wii) - It's not my game though so I can't complain too much.

I also agree with JKR about the Super Monkey Ball games after SMB2
Posted: 04/04/13, 16:23:19
KOTOR 2. KOTOR is probably in my all-time top 5 so I was really disappointed with the way that one turned out.

If you were already disappointed, you're lucky you didn't get far in Chrono Cross. It gets much worse toward the end. I actually liked the battle system, but that's about all I liked about that game. I also agree with you guys about Super Monkey Ball. Although the Vita game isn't too bad.
Posted: 04/04/13, 16:44:33
Guillaume said:
Fluidity: Spin Cycle I was really looking forward to, yet it came out, I waited a month to get it, and then never really played it.

You should play it, it's actually rather good. Although it took a bit to grow on me.

@Smerd Oh yeah, Chrono Cross. I'd say I was super disappointed but honestly by the time I got around to playing it, I was already a bit turned off by some stuff I saw / knew about. Still, the fact that it scored so well and has a lot of people that love it made me have some hopes that there was something I was missing. But nah, it kind of... meh.
Posted: 04/04/13, 17:31:59  - Edited by 
 on: 04/04/13, 17:34:03
No More Heroes 2 and Paper Mario Sticker Star come to mind.
Posted: 04/04/13, 17:53:09
Final Fantasy VII for a myriad of reasons, but mostly because it can't hold a candle to older entries in the series (namely VI and IV). It wasn't a bad game, but it wasn't the greatest RPG ever made like a LOT of people touted it to be (and some still do).

Every Guitar Hero game after the second (the last one Harmonix put any effort into). Activision took it, promised a lot of awesome features that under-delivered, promised a lot of DLC (which came sporadically and was ultimately cut off each subsequent game that launched), and kept including songs that, quite frankly, had no business in a game about playing the guitar.

I thought Max and the Magic Marker had a lot of promise, but it wasn't as great as it could have been.
Posted: 04/04/13, 17:58:49
It's interesting that some of you guys are saying FFVII.. I've never played it, but a lot of people around the net believe it's like the best game ever. Seems not everyone agrees..

It wasn't really the battle system so much as the music/theme for the battles.. It was the only piece of music, to me, that got on my nerves. Ironically, some of my all time favourite VG music is from Chrono Cross - too bad the game wasn't so hot.

And to be fair to monkey ball, I haven't played the Vita version - I'm glad it wasn't a poor game.
Posted: 04/04/13, 18:04:53  - Edited by 
 on: 04/04/13, 18:05:19
I understand that VII might not be everyone's favorite in the series (it's not mine) but to call it a disappointment? That seems a bit harsh.
Posted: 04/04/13, 18:06:14
@VofEscaflowne Disappointment doesn't necessarily mean bad though. It's just based on expectations. And everyone loves Final Fantasy VI so expectations for VII were probably uber high.
Posted: 04/04/13, 18:10:34

Compared to the masterpiece that was VI (my favorite in the series), VII was absolutely a disappointment in my book. I understand it mainstreamed JPRGs in America in a way that no other game could, but it isn't even the best in the series. In my opinion, it isn't even the best original Final Fantasy on the PlayStation (I'd give that nod to IX).

It's not a bad game (I still like it), but as someone who's been playing JRPGs since the NES days, it disappointed me.
Posted: 04/04/13, 18:11:58  - Edited by 
 on: 04/04/13, 18:13:23
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