The Most Disappointing Games
By Matthew Arcilla
While 2017 has been a banner year for video games of this generation, there have also been more than fair few embarrassments. Over 5,000 games were released this year, and the worst of those games are barely worth mentioning. One could even say with this many major releases, disappointments and failures were inevitable.
Most of the games on this list are far from the worst games of 2017. Rather, this list focuses on the games that had promise and hope, but for one reason or another, ended up leaving players filled with regret and remorse.
8. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
When you start up Marvel vs. how ugly it is. With questionable character design and a user interface that looks like an in-house placeholder, Infinite does its best to conceal what a great fighting game it actually is. The game seems dead set on appealing solely to professional level players, with few modes and characters for casuals to play with. I guess Capcom hates money.
7. NBA Playgrounds
NBA Playgrounds was supposed to be a return to the thrilling arcade sports of yester-decade, rather than the fiddly simulationist / light action of most sports games today. Unfortunately, the game was released an unreliable shot meter and multiple patches have tried to remedy this to no avail. Matches were also repetitive with many of the same plays coming up. NBA Playgrounds is a missed opportunity.
6. Friday the 13th: The Game
In this game, you and your friends battle for survival against one player controlling Jason. The studio behind the game, Illfonic, show genuine love for the movies. Unfortunately, the game released with a myriad of bugs and server problems. Also, playing as one of the teen counselors is tedious, which means the game is only fun for the fraction of a time you get to play Jason.
5. For Honor
For Honor is one of the most unique games this year, built on a unique melee combat system that is simple to learn but difficult to master. Timing your attacks, reading enemy moves, countering them feels fantastic. Everything else is a bummer. Players with minimal gear often get matched with players dressed like Dark Souls bosses. Talk about a great idea undone by Ubisoft’s avarice.