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Most Disappointing Game of 2019

Most Disappointing Game of 2019 - Article

by Craig Snow , posted on 04 January 2020 / 7,648 Views

Sometimes it's a case of genuine disappointment, other times it's a feeling of just schadenfreude, but each year there are several games that fail miserably to meet expectations. This year's shortlist is a fitting mix of the two. From Kojima's latest mega high profile release - and first project post-Konami - to Sumo Digital finally managing to push out Crackdown 3 (although whether they should have bothered at all was quickly brought into question). If you're only ever happy when it rains then this award is for you. Enjoy!


The Shortlist:



Death Stranding


Crackdown 3 


Jump Force

Shenmue III




The 'Winner':


Anthem crashed down to Earth with a bang... and then a whimper. It's yet another black mark against BioWare, hot off the heels of the critical and commercial pasting the company received for releasing Mass Effect: Andromeda in such a bizarre mess. BioWare's Andromeda, it just so happens, 'won' our award for most disappointing game of the year back in 2017, so perhaps we all should have known better by now - 'bite me twice, shame on me' and all that - but it seems the reservoir of good will the developer built up over the last couple of decades off the back of incredible games like Mass Effect 2, Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate, and Dragon Age hadn't quite dried up. Following the release of Anthem, however, BioWare's reputation as a stellar developer is in tatters.

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Radek (on 04 January 2020)

Anthem and Andromeda before it were garbage. I swear Bioware has last chance to make a good game now.

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SwitchUP Radek (on 05 January 2020)

God please.... PLEASE let bioware do their thing and prevent EA from killing yet another legendary producer...... I swear.... Microsoft should have bought them. I'm fucking sick of EA.

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ARamdomGamer (on 04 January 2020)

The thumbnail of the article is incredible.

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Azzanation (on 04 January 2020)

Fallout 76 should still be the worst game of 2018 and 2019.

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Dulfite Azzanation (on 04 January 2020)

It's new games. Otherwise Duke Nukem Forever would win year after year.

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Azzanation Azzanation (on 04 January 2020)

Id rather play Duke Forever.

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NathanSSSS (on 04 January 2020)

I get some people disappointed on DS, maybe not the game itself is bad, just not exactly something they expect it to be, after all, its not a MGS or PT, it's not even close, but from my 100+ hours play, I can hardly say I am disappointed, even though I used to be one that had extremely high expectation on the game, maybe I just managed to accept what Kojima tried to give us, maybe its just me, personally. But I get it why a lot of ppl hate it.

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KBG29 NathanSSSS (on 04 January 2020)

It's all fake drama, because the title is an exclusive. This is the way of the medium right now, if something is published by Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo, then it has to either be industry changing, or a complete disaster. Another part is to some extent what Kojima remaked about, with it not being an FPS. It is not quite that narrow (as in simply not an FPS), but it is partly about it not being the subject matter/genre many people wanted. There is no reason to hate on Death Stranding, Crackdown 3, or Days Gone. They are all well made titles. Its a problem of people not reviewing material based on what it is, and rather what they want. Something can be good, but not intresting to you, or it can be bad, but still personally enjoyable.

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pokoko NathanSSSS (on 05 January 2020)

Don't worry about it, it's just a reflection of the agenda that permeates this place. For example, if there is a hint of an association with the word "cinematic" then many people here will rise up in arms against a game, even if they haven't played it. This simply isn't a site that respects or approves of different tastes in gaming.

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DonFerrari NathanSSSS (on 06 January 2020)

People being silly, the trailer and Kojima himself gave pretty much what the game would be and it delivered on it. I really liked the game for the time I played it.

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FentonCrackshell (on 05 January 2020)

So who are the people who heard Kojima was releasing a new game and expected a fast-paced action game and not the slow burn that Death Stranding is? Everyone I hear call it disappointing are disappointed because it’s not what they expected. From Kojima?! Really...?

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SwitchUP FentonCrackshell (on 05 January 2020)

Hey.... the best of them can make a shit game... even the most egotistical of them, kojima.. it happens to them all.

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DonFerrari FentonCrackshell (on 06 January 2020)

I guess you didn't understood SwitchUP. He is saying people are complaining that DS isn't a type of game, one that Kojima never made, so they are doing silly complain.

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DialgaMarine (on 04 January 2020)

lol Death Stranding? I’m not a fan of the game myself, but come on. There’s a reason it’s currently killing it in total GotY awards

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coolbeans DialgaMarine (on 05 January 2020)

Questionable tastes.

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coolbeans DialgaMarine (on 05 January 2020)

Only having fun.

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khotboat (on 04 January 2020)

Anthem was pure crap. Crackdown 3 after so many delays and 5 years of development was also a huge disappointment

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coolbeans (on 04 January 2020)

Looks at featured headline pic

That's bait. :P

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KratosLives (on 05 January 2020)

LOL, death stranding is one if the bes t games i've ever played, and to me the best game this generation. I'd put it above more recent greats like red dead, breath of the wild. Infact i'd liken the experience as being an evolved BOTW.

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SwitchUP KratosLives (on 05 January 2020)

I'd put that comment as the funniest of 2020 this far.... the year is short though....

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KBG29 (on 04 January 2020)

Death Stranding is one of the best games of the generation, if anything it surpassed expectations.

Also, Crackdown 3 was a blast to play, just pure simple fun and exploration. If any title on XBO was a little underwhelming this year it was Gear 5. Still a decent offering, but the gameplay is starting to feel aged.

Too much fake drama around 1st party titles on all platforms. They are not all industry changing, or complete disasters.

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Mr Puggsly (on 04 January 2020)

Crackdown 3 couldnt win this because collecting orbs is fun.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 05 January 2020)

Whats dissapoiting is these lists

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icykai (on 04 January 2020)

Days gone is up there too

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RaptorChrist (on 06 January 2020)

I played DS on launch day with low expectation after having read the reviews (which weren't bad), but it ended up amazing me. But in the grand scheme of things, I did end up moving onto other games just 20 or 30 hours in. I still plan on playing it almost every day, but end up playing other stuff instead. The timing around the holidays meant lots of games getting ignored.

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Vodacixi (on 05 January 2020)

Pokémon Sword and Shield and Kingdom Hearts III

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DonFerrari (on 06 January 2020)

The trailer of Anthem got a lot of people excited, even more because it was giving preference for X1 for a change. So it is understandable that it won.

Jump I didn't even play because I bought the first one on PS4 and didn't like it for real.

I really liked DS and it was what it needed to be and trailers didn't suggest it would be anything else for me to feel cheated.

Shenmue III for all its shortcomings I would say delivered what the old time fans wanted (still need to play it, but I platined I and II last year and felt the games were lame so I would have very little expectations for III).

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Zenos (on 06 January 2020)

I don't know about this one. At this point people should've expected a Bioware product to be bad. I personally wasn't all too disappointed with many games I bought. I more or less expected what I'd get.

The only real disappointment for me was skipping DMCV due to Crapcom putting microtransactions in there. From what I've heard it's a decent game, but I refuse to buy any product that features those.

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MIXSTER37 (on 05 January 2020)

Crackdown 3 is my biggest disappointment not just of 2019 but the entirety of this gen.

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KLAMarine (on 04 January 2020)

What was wrong with Jump Force?

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Majin-Tenshinhan KLAMarine (on 05 January 2020)


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StriderKiwi KLAMarine (on 06 January 2020)

@Majin-Tenshinhan You literally beat me to that exact comment.
@KLAMarine chape "animations," boring repetative gameplay. Horrible story mode. It's a far cry from what could have been the Avengers of Shonen Jump games. Biggest waste of my money on a video game in years.

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JRPGfan (on 04 January 2020)

Death Stranding shouldnt even be on that list, theres so many others.

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Dulfite JRPGfan (on 04 January 2020)

Disappointing doesn't mean worst. It means ones with highest expectations that crashed and burn. Tons of people were disappointed by this game, hence why it won.

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coolbeans JRPGfan (on 04 January 2020)

Nah, the amount of insane hype this game had (with some swearing off the early delivery-sim stuff was just Kojima keeping things close to his chest) warrants it for the faceplant it pulled off.

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Machina JRPGfan (on 04 January 2020)

@Dulfite - It didn't win, it came second ^^

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Machina JRPGfan (on 04 January 2020)

Although it did top the community poll.

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Dulfite JRPGfan (on 04 January 2020)

@machina good call. Lol. Still, it explains why it's on the list.

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