It happens every now and then:

You sit down to play a game you're convinced you'll love, only to find with shocking disappointment that you not only don't love it…you kinda hate it.

It doesn't happen as often these days, what with the abundance of previews and gameplay videos and all that. Typically, you know what you're getting yourself into even if you do just five minutes of research. But it's still possible and you're just never prepared when it happens. In my case, it was the PlayStation 4 remake of the PS2 classic Amplitude , which may sound like a weird choice but trust me, it's one of my biggest disappointments in recent memory.

It's not just because I loved the PS2 game and played it constantly. It's also because I had very high expectations for the PS4 iteration; I mean, how hard can it be to simply update the PS2 game? That's really all they needed to do. But I drastically underestimated the disappearance of most licensed music, and I didn't realize just how unbelievably repetitive that techno/electro garbage really is. Some of it is kind of cool but I'm sorry, I don't believe any of it takes an immense amount of skill to produce and in the end, it barely qualifies as "music" in my mind.

This directly impacted the gameplay because each track started to seem very similar to other tracks because…well, let's face it, there aren't a whole lot of distinct instruments on display in this genre. Hell, I wonder how they even managed to separate some of those tracks, as one would often sound virtually identical to another. Additionally, the visual style was really disconcerting, as if they tried too hard to make it slick and appealing. The whole thing just flopped big time in my eyes, and that sucks 'cuz I expected great things.

What about you?

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ethird1
ethird1
4 years ago

The Uncharted Series.


Last edited by ethird1 on 2/28/2016 9:59:53 PM

newchef
newchef
4 years ago

Dishonored…im still upset i didnt like it

Beamboom
Beamboom
4 years ago

That is a good candidate for me too.
I would not go as far as saying I directly DISLIKED it, I just never got involved in it. And it had everything that *should* make me love it.

newchef
newchef
4 years ago

i liked the story but the gameplay was definitely missing something for me, i didn't like how they handled the magic. I always felt severely limited with it

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
4 years ago

For me, it was the PS3's Rouge Warrior, about the Navy's Seal Team Six founder, Dick Marcinko, which I thought would make for a great story.

But instead, all I got was a typical ho-hum story that was so riddled with profanity, that it would make even Biker's like myself somewhat cringe-worthy while trying to play it(and I only played the SP mode).


Last edited by BikerSaint on 2/28/2016 10:10:33 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
4 years ago

Oh, while I'm thinking of it, PS3's "Terminator: Salvation" was another game I expected to be so much more, but only let me down instead.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 3/1/2016 9:45:29 PM

bebestorm
bebestorm
4 years ago

DA Inquisition! Though I wouldn't say I hated it I stopped before it got there.

Bioware focused on gameplay and huge world but story took a back a seat.Im use to them having interesting storylines and characters. The characters were just bland after the terrible party mission I ditched it I no longer cared about my own character.

DA2 had its issues but the story and characters were great there was chemistry.

FM23
FM23
4 years ago

Hhhhmmmmm. I agree DA2's story was far more intriguing than the fantasy template they used in DAI, but to say the party was bland is kind of overkill. But again, I feel where you are coming from. The Trespasser dlc really made the story come full circle which I think made for a better overall story compared to base the base game DAI ending.

Lone Wanderer
Lone Wanderer
4 years ago

Well its not a game,but I can't think of anything else I ended up despising more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I'm not even going to go into it, I'm just done with anything Star Wars related permanently.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
4 years ago

Definitely was one of least favorite Star Wars movies.

Lone Wanderer
Lone Wanderer
4 years ago

Oh wait, thats right. Dragon Age:Inquisition. I despise that game so much, it completely turned me of the series that I sold all 3 Dragon Age games and am not ever going back. If Bioware goes the route with Mass Effect Andromeda the same way they went with DA you can be sure I'm done with ME too and Bioware as a whole as well. Not putting up with SJW/PC/Feminist bullcrap period! I will not tolerate that bs!


Last edited by Lone Wanderer on 2/28/2016 11:01:06 PM

FM23
FM23
4 years ago

OMG DAI was trying so hard. It was beyond annoying, but I was still annoyed. I wish they could give you an option to choose your sexuality before the game begins because I hated it when my straight male rogue has the option to flirt with another male character. "My character" wouldn't think that so it shouldn't be an option in my dialogue wheel. Lol

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
4 years ago

I would say Dishonored but I don't remember ever really being super excited for it.

This is tough but I guess it's probably DA Inquisition and the bew Star Wars among others of course. I just couldn't play them.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 2/28/2016 11:02:50 PM

Bio
Bio
4 years ago

Vagrant Story. Square during their peak years, so it seemed like a sure bet, but I just cannot get into that game no matter how many times I try. I even bought it again on PSP this past summer to give it another try, hoping my changing tastes over the years would change my appreciation of the game but nope, I still kinda hate it.

Hexen
Hexen
4 years ago

Well I love the mass effect series so I went and purchase DA: Inquisition (never tried the first ones) just because of Bioware and was stunned at how bored I was, didn't think anything could match RE6 in pure boredom.I paid $35 for it and sold it for $10 the following day, the other option was to throw it in the garbage.

Phoenix
Phoenix
4 years ago

FFX-2, man I remember skipping school that day, running out to the game store, getting my pre order, sitting down on the couch with a bag of chips and a coke, slapped that sob in the ps2, and wow… I was shocked…. it was just so bad… played about 30 mins and never went back.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
4 years ago

Really gigantic mistake.

johnld
johnld
4 years ago

People just can't get past the jpop type part in it. Game came from Japan. I know it weird stuff, by US standards, but it comes with the territory. I kinda like the quirky stuff. I really like jrpgs over western rpgs any day. Hated dragons age inquisition and mass effect was just ok. I just found those kinds of games boring. Give me games like neptunia, omega quintet, old final fantasies, Dragon quest 8, tales games, star ocean gmaes, and I'll be happy for weeks even if I'm just grinding.

Hexen
Hexen
4 years ago

I did have that sentiment in the beginning and though to my self what is this? And why isn't it like ffx but eventually the combat clicked and I changed some settings around like to wait mode.Is a solid game and very underrated because as soon as someone sees its Jpop they run for the hills.

Underdog15
Underdog15
4 years ago

Gotta get passed the girl power part. It's pretty fantastic otherwise. The greater story gets away from it anyways.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
4 years ago

man the jpop was awful in that game, but the game was pretty darn solid, still my fave use of the atb system

GreenHornytoad
GreenHornytoad
4 years ago

Grand Theft Auto IV

Beamboom
Beamboom
4 years ago

Me too! After the fantastic trio GTA3-VC-SA my expectations were through the roof – and then this thing came, with the damp, depressive and grey atmosphere.

Man what a disappointment.

FM23
FM23
4 years ago

I loved the realistic cinematic vibe they pulled off.

Gripheenix
Gripheenix
4 years ago

Honestly, a lot of recent JRPGs. Grew up on JRPGs, still have a lot of good memories, and often go back to play some old PS1/PS2/SNES gems.

That's why, when NIS announced Hyperdimension Neptunia, I got super hyped for a current gen (at that time) JRPG. And then I bought it, and played maybe 3 hours, and literally could not care a single iota less.

The game was boring. It did nothing new, looked like a PS2 port, and was 90% watching character still do fan-service.

Honestly, since the story still intrigued me, I've since watched some HDN series play-throughs on Youtube, and I'm still pretty certain I could never play the games. They aren't JRPGs. They're visual novels with a combat system…

And, sadly, I've seen a lot of 'JRPGs' going this same route lately. Where I used to love the NIS/IF/CH camps, I've started to stray away from them lately because of this trend. Probably excluding myself from a lot of great 'games', but if I'm going to spend my time reading a book, I'll do it without the grind.

johnld
johnld
4 years ago

I loved all the gameplay in neptunia games. To be fair though, nis jrpgs were never about mind blowing graphics. They're basically low budget games.

Hexen
Hexen
4 years ago

You only played the first one? That was a terrible game that looked bad,played bad, had technical issuies, etc.Now the games that followed were fantastic and all of the problems were fixed, each game improves dramatically in each iteration.Neptunia V is one of my favorite jrpgs of last gen, it was perfect to me and I will be getting megadimension very soon.

tlpn99
tlpn99
4 years ago

Metal Gear Solid The Phantom Pain.

It looks good, it sounds good. It's just too damn open. This is not Metal Gear we have grew up to love.

I have kept my copy of it as it is the one game I refuse to trade, whereas all my friends have as they got bored, like myself.

Also it's the only Metal Gear game I have not completed and it is a shame as I love the series. For me MGSV was the worst one out of them all.

Gorgeous looking graphics and being smooth loading and great sounding does not make a good game.

FM23
FM23
4 years ago

Honestly I have always been bored by MGS gameplay and the redundant codec messages. I played it for the core story. MGSV is the only MGS where I would say I loved the game play and open nature. But it is also the first MGS where I said "WTF happen the ending"

xenris
xenris
4 years ago

I agree MGS5 is the only MGS game I haven't finished.

johnld
johnld
4 years ago

New metal gear online. Thought I was going to play a game like mgs4's online. Sneaky and all that.but no, I get in a game and there's a walker gear at the spawn.. Them everyone else just goes in guns blazing. Said f that game, im moving on. Annoying part is that connecting to those servers also did so with my single player. Basically lost a bunch of resource because I won't go near that base invasion crap. Just basically beaten game after that and never played again.

Kevin555
Kevin555
4 years ago

Dark Angel for PS2.

Back when i was a youngster i enjoyed the T.V series so thought the game would be a given as well.

Took it home.

Played it.

…….. :/

Absolute spew on a disc. Felt embarrassed returning it because someone knew i bought it in the first place.


Last edited by Kevin555 on 2/29/2016 3:02:19 AM

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
4 years ago

MGS 5 Phantom Pain all the way. The open world is empty, repeatability got me bored to death and story was weak. This game didn't feel MGS at all. No epicness about it.
Ground Zeros, thought short, got more playtime from me then this. As a huge MGS fan, it was a big lettdown to me.


Last edited by JackieBoy on 2/29/2016 5:02:57 AM

slow and smart
slow and smart
4 years ago

agree: 'MGS 5 Phantom Pain all the way. The open world is empty, repeatability got me bored to death and story was weak'

Beamboom
Beamboom
4 years ago

Ah this is easy: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.

I loved the earlier ARPG titles, from X-men Legends 2 to Ultimate Alliance, and expected UA2 to build upon the earlier title and add MORE rpg goodies to the mix.

Instead they turned the exact opposite way and dumbed down everything to such an extent that it took away all fun with looting and skill decisions.
Oh man what a sad day that was. I had even been so optimistic that I convinced a buddy of mine to pre-order it as well so we could coop it. Stupid stupid me.


Last edited by Beamboom on 2/29/2016 5:17:26 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
4 years ago

Wow good choice… I was just thinking the other day that I want a new one.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
4 years ago

Demon's Souls, never thought I would spend no more than one hour on one game then sell it.

slow and smart
slow and smart
4 years ago

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain
and assassins creed[thought that this is my cup of thee but how much i tried i just didn't like it.


Last edited by slow and smart on 2/29/2016 7:19:04 AM

Corvo
Corvo
4 years ago

The Witcher 3, and DA Inquisition. I do like the games, but the gameplay is lacking so severely that it scared me off. I do blame Bloodborne though. Next gen RPG gameplay vs whatever Witcher/Inquistion was.

FM23
FM23
4 years ago

W3 gameplay wasn't that bad, but DAI's R2 spam can get old until you unlock abilities. Bloodborne isn't new gen by any means. It's just faster DS mechanics. Witcher 3 might be the most next gen because it's the most realistic.

FM23
FM23
4 years ago

Shift 2 for me. I was expecting something great, but instead got a slippery no grip steering delay over dramatic "sim" racer. NFS has been garbage for some time now but that game was the turning point.

NFS 2015 is also on the same level of disappointment.

Let's just say every NFS after Most Wanted (2005)!!! lol

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
4 years ago

We tried to love it man. We tried!!

FM23
FM23
4 years ago

Max, you still play NFS 2015? I sold away that online only piece of junk a long time ago.

Underdog15
Underdog15
4 years ago

Assassin's Creed Chronicles.

gumbi
gumbi
4 years ago

Star Wars: Battlefront.

I'm a huge Star Wars fan and that couldn't even save it. It's just not fun. It's beyond not fun, it's rage inducingly unfun. What a complete waste of amazing assets on a crappy, campy multiplayer deathmatch game. So much potential for an amazing SP experience down the drain.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
4 years ago

Same here. I played the game for one night with a bunch of family members and after that, all but one person gave up on it. I can't put my finger on "what" exactly it was, but I didn't have the fun I was expecting.

Jbumi
Jbumi
4 years ago

FFX. I'd started with VII then played all the FFs as they came out for PS1, & this was the first one for PS2! I was so psyched! While I waited for it to come in the mail (to this day I use the free shipping option at Amazon), I saw a bunch of fantastic reviews for it. Hadn't played long (maybe 10 – 15 hours) before my heart sank. It just felt so phoned in to me (as if they had a check list of things that should be in the game whether they were fun/interesting or not). Dodging lightning bolts indeed! The story was terrible. I even found the "heavy metal" music uninspired. I finished it (kept hoping at some point I'd start to enjoy it) then traded it off because I never wanted to play it again.

It was so bad I completely ignored XII when it came out. Picked it up really cheap years later. Turns out it's my favorite, thus far, of the series!

Underdog15
Underdog15
4 years ago

If X wasn't just your least fave, but was also a game you hated, I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable recommending a game to you.

By all rights, if you liked the other FF's, you should have loved X I would have thought.

I certainly did!

Godslim
Godslim
4 years ago

MGS5 and star wars battlefront.
MGS5: Terrible story, repeative missions and literally no need to have an open world. Didnt feel like an mgs game at all, the only good thing was the gameplay.
SWBF: While the game looks great it just doesnt keep you wanted to play it, just becomes boring very very quickly. The old ones were way way better.

CHAOS THEORY X
CHAOS THEORY X
4 years ago

Psychonauts and Shadow of the Colossus.