Kotaku Awards 2013: Nominate Your Biggest Disappointments Of The Year

Welcome to the Kotaku Awards 2013. This is how it goes: we take nominations the first week, we take the vote on the second, and announce the winners on the third. In this post we're talking disappointments.

Contrary to the surprise of the year, the biggest disappointments are the games you were excited about that ended up underdelivering. These games might not necessarily be bad, just not as good as you expected them to be.

Some of mine are...

BioShock Infinite Ryse

Actually those are the only two I can think of right now. How about you guys and girls? Drop your nominations in the comments below...


    Wind Waker HD. Objectively I know it's a great game. I know this is going to be controversial, but as a complete Zelda newbie it didn't live up to the pedestal I had always held this on in my head since 2003. First 2/3 I loved though.

      I'm going to have to agree with you. As a huge Zelda fan, I *usually* put my life on hold for a week and blast through new releases. I didn't with the original Wind Waker, and I didn't with the HD variant either.

        yep agreed. it is a great game but by no means is it a contender for best zelda, but damn zelda a link between worlds is blowing my expectations out of the water.

          A Link Between Worlds has my full attention, also.

    Biggest disappointment: not as many people buying or praising Wonderful 101 as there should be!

    Also Nintendo being dicks.

    I'm surprised at Ryse. I never thought it looked good.

    I think I'm going to have to go with 'Remember me'. It had some awesome ideas, but it turned out to just be a brawler. If they took the same ideas and IP and out them in an RPG, I'd be all over that.

      Nice choice although I haven't played it yet. But from what I thought it could be to what was delivered was so very very different

    Aliens: Colonial Marines

    Than again we did get ample warning from review sites before its launch, wasn't as big as a unexpected disappointment.

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      I can't believe I forgot about this one.

        You only forgot because it was so disappointing you erased it from memory :P

      I haven't heard much about the class action lawsuit. Google didn't reveal many recent hits.

      I think I have a much greater disappointment for Gearbox after that debacle. Just another company on the 'don't trust their lies' list now.

      Let's pretend it never happened

    Batman Arkham Origins. Not a bad game, but it was almost exactly the same as Arkham City with a bit of snow. Felt much more like DLC than a new game.

    It's a step back into the past. Maybe it should have been called MW4 or 3.5.

    Biggest disappointment of the year has to be X:Rebirth
    so much potential but yet so many bugs, ugly NPCs, dumbed down, UI totally unusable and more.

      I was hoping for this to be the game to hold me over til Star Citizen but now there is only disapointment. I guess I'll just have to go back and look at my fish tank.

      While I agree X: Rebirth was a disappointment, pretty much all of the X series have followed the path of a ludicrously buggy & unplayable initial release, eventually patched into something sublime.

      You would think they would have learned by now.

    Gta v.... Nah i kid!

    Aliens: Colonial Marines
    Metal Gear Rising
    Sim City

      Hah you jest but seriously that is my biggest disappointment, of the generation even.

      The game failed on every possible level for me, the online was shit ALL of it. From the missions to auto aiming multiplayer matches. In the single player, the whole game fell apart after the first heist. The story didn't even just dissapear it left gaping festering wounds.

      From Trevor industries where we spent the entire start of trevor vanished never to be heard from again, every characters personal life was left with nothing, they got the gold the end.
      Hell even the switching characters did nothing for me, it wasn't done in a way that actually enhanced the gameplay it was just a "oh okay" and ruined what could have been great had they just gone with 1 character with a 1 proper story.

      Oh and flying anything was just plain stupid so much "turbulence" nigh impossible to fly straight even with maxed stuff it was atrocious.

      The game is the very worst in the series for me because of all these reasons, so much so that I wish I had never played it.

    I haven't even played it, but surely Aliens Colonial Marines.. I was heaps excited for it when it was coming out, but glad I waited for the reviews.

    Also, gotta agree with @markserrels about Bioshock Infinite. I did enjoy it when I played it, but after finishing it and hearing about the average DLC I've come to realize it was a bit over-hyped in the end.

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    Sim City... Because obvious reasons

    Picking up WoW again, haven't played much else this year.

    X3: Rebirth
    Rome 2

      Rome 2 has ended up being amazing. The best Total War so far.
      They had a rocky start, so what? Within a week, the bulk of the problems have been removed.

    Aliens : Colonic Maureen.

    I'd like to nominate Aliens: CM, Assassin's Creed 3, Anarchy Reigns and SimCity. And Dark Matter.

    next gen consoles - wii u is a farce. ps4 and xbone could have been a lot better than pc's in console's clothing. waiting for steambox.

      Wow. Peeps are mad at you! Have an UP on me!

        yep looks like it.
        person below me gets 2 upvotes for mentioning the xbone though, so go figure.

          Yeah... I got the down vote attack from good old Andre3000 the user with 1 post about Leisure Suit Larry.

      I didn't down vote this, because I think it's worth discussing. Is what we really want a future where consoles are PC's/media centers with closed ecosystems? One of the things the notable things about Mark's article on the Xbone last week was that he didn't really like how Sony and MS are pushing specific services on both devices, rather than letting the user choose the best available. At that point, it struck me that what he seems to actually want is a PC.

      Could this flexibility be the killer feature that gets the Steambox over the line? I don't know, but it does seemed to have helped Android.

        i think steambox attracts disillusioned console users like me. as you say, if they are going to be media centers and closed ecosystems why not just use a pc? at least i can upgrade that when the games get too much for it to run them well. both just seem to heavily push their camera's and always online applications - there is not a lot to differentiate them from each other, let alone the previous gen. better hardware yes. better experience is arguable.

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    XB1. As a lifelong Sony fan, the 360 had generated enough goodwill in me that I was actually genuinely excited to see what they would do. But then May came.

      I can see where you're coming from, though I personally liked all the stuff they announced and was slightly disappointed by the backpeddling. The only complaints I have about the Xbone are probably teething issues that'll be sorted out in a formware update by the end of the year.

    Batman Blackgate. I was psyched to hear three ex-Retro guys were doing a Metroidvania, but then it turned out not so great.

      Can you post moar about this?

        Well not really since I'm going on hearsay. Still don't have a (working) 3DS yet :P

    I'm on the MGR and Bioshock Infinite wagon. Oh, and Fire Emblem: Awakening let me down after how much people were talking it up.

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      Yeah Fire Emblem disappointed me. Tried really hard to love it but nah...

    Yeah, Simcity for me too. Big fan of the series (I played Societies on the weekend) and the tiny maps and short game time ruined it for me. Didn't really have problems with the launch.

    X : Rebirth
    XCOM : The Bureau : Declassified : Attack of the subtitle.

    Edit : also ShootMania : Storm.

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    I'd have to say GTA: Online.

    I loved the single player part of the game, but after trying to get on for two days I just gave up, booted it up after the patch to ensure that I'd get the half a mill stimulus package, did the tutorial, robbed a few stores, turned it off and haven't gone back since.

      Yeah, it's still not fully fleshed out. It's essentially just a bunch of mini-games at the moment. 'Heists' were supposed to be awesome, but they aren't released yet along with: stock market, money trading between players, some other stuff.

      i would have been happy with the level of GTA4 multiplayer in the GTA5 map.
      i wanted to stuff around with friends in an open world.
      this is a pita at the moment

    I didn't play Sim City but all the negative info that flowed out post-release turned me off ever doing so, so that was disappointing.

    I also never picked up X-Com: The Bureau for the same reasons. When it was originally pitched as an FPS reboot of the X-Com franchise I was cautiously unoptimistic. When Firaxis released X-Com: Enemy Unknown instead I was thrilled, and saw the third-person tactical shooter as a promising spinoff. Then I guess it just went to pieces with an uninteresting story and questionable mechanics. :/

    GTA Online was a let-down but I never really had a vested interested or high hopes for it, so the disappointment isn't very significant.

    But out of all the games I actually bought and played (which admittedly isn't very many) I'd have to say Bioshock Infinite. I enjoyed it, and I still quite like it, but I was expecting something far more. It had me fooled for awhile but now the shine is off the apple and the game feels distinctly above average rather than great.

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