The end of the year is here. So much has happened this year, both good and bad. Many of us were excited as well as disappointed for the many games that 2017 had to offer. Whether it was your most anticipated game getting pushed back, the many forms of loot boxes, or a completely disastrous sequel, 2017 had it’s fair share of blunders. This year brought as many bad games as it did good.
Today I want to take the time to review my picks for the worst games of 2017. These are my personal picks for the most disappointing games of the year, and I am only looking at games I was exited for which ultimately let me down. These are just my opinions, and focus on Triple A games that should have been sure fire hits. Shall we begin?
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. You already know why this games is on the list, so let’s get it over with. Battlefront II could have been great. Everything was in place. It added a single player campaign, improved the mechanics, the graphics were stunning, the soundtrack was on point, and it promised free DLC. Everything about the game shouted success. Everything except it’s many, many, microtransactions.
Battlefront II is the most insulting example of greed in the industry as EA tried to rob players of their money. The game caused so much of an uproar that mainstream media and even governments took notice. Not a good thing when you already have a bad reputation to begin with. EA even lost millions as their value plummeted on the market due to all the backlash. As the game where EA finally went too far, Battlefront II is a sure choice for anyone’s list of worst games of 2017.
Imagine being disappointed by Battlefield II, and then playing Destiny 2 and realizing it suffers from the same problem. Destiny 2 promised to fix everything that was wrong with the first game, and while it does take a step forward, it also takes several steps back. It started with small things like the shaders, then quickly escalated to XP throttling and content blockage. Everything spiraled down to the the games winter event, The Dawning, where it became obvious that the game was doing more harm than good.
Destiny 2‘s form of loot boxes were not a welcome addition to the game, and the way there were implemented were just terrible. Activision and Bungie fumbled what could have been an incredible new franchise, one that could have been likened to Halo. Unfortunately, the developers ruined almost every feature of the sequel, including saturating it with microtransactions, blocking already owned content behind DLC walls, limiting XP earnings, and releasing a disappointing expansion. The final nail in the coffin was the disaster that was The Dawning. Destiny 2 is a prime example of how not to make a sequel.
Need For Speed: Payback
You should start seeing a trend in this list. Another EA game, the newest addition to the NFS franchise, NFS Payback has all the qualities of a bad game. Bad story; check. Bad dialogue; check. Arguably boxy graphics; check. A terrible upgrading system; double check. Payback takes one step forward and a giant leap back when compared to it’s predecessor, NFS 2015.
The game tries so hard to be an action racer, but it fails to deliver on the action and on the racing. Thankfully, what they did fix from the previous games were spectacular in this game, but it does not excuse the many drawbacks Payback has. I love Need For Speed, but I will not defend this game like other avid fans of the franchise. This game doesn’t warrant a spot next to either the Fast and Furious movies it’s clearly inspired from, or the Underground arc of the NFS series, and that’s why it makes it onto my list today.
Another Ubisoft game hyped for it’s revolutionary content, another glaring disappointment. What did this game get right? Very little. In fact, it was terrible, I can’t believe I paid money for this game. It wasn’t completely bad, but the negative experiences I had while playing this game greatly out number the good ones. The servers weren’t up to par, the graphics stuttered, microtransactions abounded, and the combat system, while interesting, could be glitched by cheaters to create a no win situation for you.
The game got such a bad wrap that players even staged a boycott, prompting the developers to try and fix what they could before the ship sank. Unfortunately, what they did to fix the game wasn’t enough, and as the gaming community lost interest, so did the developers, which is a disappointment because it’s obvious that a little extra time in development could have made For Honor an incredible game. Here’s hoping Ubisoft learns from there mistakes, though I doubt they will.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Out of all the games on this list, non have had to live up to a legacy like Mass Effect: Andromeda. Oh boy, where do I start with this game. Andromeda had potential, but in the end it was a huge let down. Not only were character models laughable, the missions were boring, the characters were generic, and the atmosphere just didn’t feel the same as the first Mass Effect games.
The many characters in the game are boring and difficult, if not impossible, to relate with. There is no emotional connection to any of them, and the players can’t build any sort of empathy as they did in previous games. Any lack of depth or connection makes your decisions in the game about as impactful to the player as moldy bread. While Mass Effect III caused the franchise to stumble, Mass Effect: Andromeda put the franchise down for good.
So those were my picks for the most disappointing games or 2017. While the year was full of terrible games, these games are my personal picks for worst games of the year due to their hype and high production cost and ultimately underwhelming delivery. Everything is objective, so if you happened to enjoy any of these games, or you have a game that should be ranked on this list, let me know in the comments below.
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I hope you all have a great time with your loved ones, and here’s to another year full of fun, laughs, and games. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!