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Top 10 Most Disappointing Games of 2017

VO: DP WRITTEN BY: Briana Lawrence
Script written by Briana Lawrence YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE! Nobody wanted to have to do this, but this is a big ol’ list of the games that we had such high hopes for, but let us down in the end because of poor gameplay, predatory loot boxes or just plain good old fashion crapiness. Special thanks to our user “Denis Seres” for suggesting this topic using our interactive suggestion tool at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Disappointing Games of 2017

Well, they tried. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Disappointing Games of 2017.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the games we had high expectations of, only to be let down by the end product. These aren’t necessarily bad games, they just weren’t as good as we’d hoped they be. Can’t win em’ all, we guess.

#10: “Friday the 13th The Game” (2017)

We know, we know, video games based on movies generally don’t work out, but how could anyone not be interested in a game that lets you take control of one of the biggest horror icons of all time? Assuming that said icon is at his best. This was a chance to see Jason Voorhees get the video game treatment he deserves and wash out the sour taste of a certain other Friday the 13th title. Rest assured, the game is DEFINITELY better than that mess, but it’s also plagued with bugs and server issues that are just as noticeable as the extremely killable couple having sex in that tent.

#9: “Valkyria Revolution” (2017)

When it comes to tactical RPGs, the Valkyria series is a pretty good choice... which makes this release even more disappointing. There hasn’t been a Valkyria game released on consoles since 2008 as it moved to portable gaming units for part 2 and 3. Hell, Valkyria Chronicles 3 didn’t even come out in the U.S! We were excited to finally have a Valkyria game on console, even if it was considered to be a spin-off. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the worst one in the series due to translation issues, terrible pacing, and boring hack and slash mechanics. Maybe it’ll get the respect it deserves in the next decade.

#8: “Gran Turismo Sport” (2017)

It was only a matter of time before Gran Turismo made its PS4 debut, we just wish we had nicer things to say about it. Yes, it’s visually impressive, and it’s fun to pick up and play... but why do we HAVE to play online? And what’s with the smaller selection of cars? When your game’s predecessor offers over a thousand options, it’s pretty dismal to see the list trimmed to below 200. It’s not just the garage that got a downgrade, the number of tracks took a hit as well. This isn’t the best way to premiere your exclusive racing series, Sony.

#7: “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” (2017)

Fans smelled trouble as soon as those character models were revealed. This newest installment to the franchise feels like an attempt to become part of the MCU instead of being the over the top fighter that it should be. There’s EVEN FEWER characters than the last game, to the point that characters who show up in story mode aren’t even on the roster -- unless you shell out more money, of course. And why do they refuse to go back to 3 on 3 combat!? And what’s with the push button combos?! It’s like they heard the complaints with the last game and said, “Hold my beer.”

#6: “Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III” (2017)

Oh Warhammer, we can always count on you for the very best in MOBA gaming... wait what? We meant to say RTS, because that’s what Warhammer is known for, right? Possibly the most divided opinion between critics and gamers this year, the latest installment in the Warhammer franchise attempted to blend the two genres together. What we got was a pale imitation of the classic franchise that missed the mark with its fanbase because it was too busy trying to appeal to a market that already has enough MOBA games to turn to. Word of advice for the next game: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

#5: “Middle Earth: Shadow of War” (2017)

Ah, the Tolkien-verse, a world full of magic, wonder, and... loot crates? We know we want our sequels to include something new, but this isn’t exactly what we had in mind. In all honestly, Shadow of War is a great game. The world is bigger, the Nemesis System has been expanded, and shaming orcs will always be morbidly entertaining. But... those damn loot crates are unforgivable. Technically, you can skip them, but there’s something to be said about having microtransactions constantly waved in front of your face -- especially when you’re at the end of the game. It’s a big enough irritation to dampen an otherwise great game.

#4: “Lawbreakers” (2017)

This is actually a pretty fun game... buuuuut... yeah, there’s always a but isn’t there? At least, in this case, it isn’t microtransactions, instead it’s the fact that no one is playing it. This kind of FPS team gameplay is all over the place these days. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that your game has to stand out among some pretty tough contenders. Sadly, Lawbreakers failed to garner enough interest, and when your game depends on teams of players being online, it quickly loses its appeal when no one’s picking up the controller. Guess we’ll see y’all in Overwatch.

#3: “Yooka Laylee” (2017)

It breaks our nostalgic little hearts to have this one on the list. Fans of Banjo-Kazooie rejoiced when they saw the Kickstarter to this game, as it captured the feel of the classic title and was as close as they were gonna get to a Banjo-Threeie -- and no, Nuts & Bolts does NOT count. After an overly successful campaign and years of waiting, the game was finally released... only to receive mixed reviews. Yes, it nails the overall look and feel of Banjo, but it doesn’t really add anything new. Instead we’re left with poor camera angles, repetitive gameplay, and only five worlds to explore within Hivory Towers.

#2: “Star Wars: Battlefront II” (2017)

Dammit EA, you did it again! Sure there was no season pass, and a Single Player Campaign is present this time, but what we didn’t want; was a multiplayer progression system that looked like it was ripped straight out of a freemium mobile title. Even after widespread online backlash forced EA to disable the microtransations, it did little to alleviate balancing issues brought on by the Star Card system, that would boost selected players stats seemingly at random. While the single player campaign was over way too soon, and was filled with repetitive objectives that made it forgettable. All in all: Obi-Wan said it best: (“You were the chosen one”)

#1: “Mass Effect Andromeda” (2017)

The Mass Effect Trilogy has become one of the most iconic game series of all time, so news of another game garnered some well deserved excitement. Sadly, it pales in comparison to the original, and it’s not just because our beloved Shepard isn’t there. It doesn’t hit the same notes as its predecessor, and the bugs during the release certainly didn’t help things. The game is... fine, but something like Mass Effect should be well beyond the word fine. We know that asking for perfection in part four of a series may be expecting too much, but this? This is a sad note to leave the series on.

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