Most Disappointing Game 2011
Dragon Age II
Bioware had barely stepped a foot out of line until this year. Their latest IP, Dragon Age, had proven to be a well-loved and successful entry but one impossible to repeat. The misplaced second effort featured recycled environments and too much focus on action and too little on role-playing. Considering that we named Dragon Age Game of the Year in 2009, for its sequel to end up in this section something seriously went wrong. Were the alterations due to the demands of EA or should we find the blame at Bioware? In the end, it does not matter where Dragon Age IIís shortcomings took root but it will be a while before we will trust Bioware with our pre-order money again.
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Duke Nukem Forever
Randy Pitchford may have talked the talk, but Duke Nukem Forever did not walk the walk. Itís not the worst game ever made, but it satisfied no one. Modern, classic and Duke Nukem 3D fans were all disappointed. The only thing keeping it from being the Most Disappointing in 2011 was that many were expecting it to fail. Which it did, spectacularly.
Playing Rage, fantastic graphics, sound and artwork make it easy to see its tremendous potential. Yet the initial appeal does not last and, going deeper into the game, it becomes clear that its potential remains largely untapped. The storytelling falters, the characters never really come to life and the feeling creeps up on you that something is missing. We hope to find out in Rage 2.
L.A. Noire was pitched to us as a revolution in gaming due to using new technology to craft its gameplay. It has since been heralded as the game that is fun to watch, but not as fun to play. Any panache the game has is spoiled by repetitive gameplay, an unnecessary 'open world' and too much hand holding. This is not so much a game for gamers as it is for non-gamers.
Many people were hoping that Homefront could not only provide enjoyable multiplayer, but also deliver an engaging campaign. Unfortunately the story failed to impress, the weapons werenít terribly interesting, animations and AI were clunky, and hit detection was inconsistent at best. Itís not that Homefront is a terrible game, but rather that itís just painfully mediocre.