There were some cracking games in 2018, with a standout top three in particular.
But what game let you down the most this year? Here’s the results.
There were some strong surprises in the voting this year. Before we get into that, let’s give a quick shoutout to these legends for their “nominations” for most disappointing game of 2018:
Poll me daddy!
No mans butthole
Karate kid N.E.S still cant beat it
Mass Effect Andromeda (I know it’s 2017 I’m still disappointed)
Cory in the House on Nintendo DS
God bless you all.
Now, for the actual results. Just outside of the top 3 was Fortnite, Battlefield 5 and World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.
But your third most disappointing game of the year was...
Far Cry 5
A good doggo wasn't enough to stop Far Cry 5 from letting a lot of you down. Was it the ending? Not enough doggo? Or the whole American cultist shtick?
Either way, Far Cry 5 got bronze medal in this year's frownface poll. Not by much though - it beat out Battle for Azeroth by a single vote.
But given the way votes went previously, I have a feeling you'll be surprised with what came second. Your runner-up for most disappointing game of the year was...
Red Dead Redemption 2
I'd chalk this up to expectation management more than a genuine slight against RDR2's quality. That said, I can understand the whiplash from players expecting one of the best games in years, only to hit that wall of frustration with mechanics and item management.
I guess it ultimately depends on what you personally prefer from a particular game. Everyone has their humps that they can't get over. Frame rate is a big thing for a lot of people. Shitty UI really gets to me.
And for a good chunk of you, something about Red Dead 2 just didn't jive.
But it wasn't even close to the people who were let down by this year's most disappointing game of the year.
That game was...
Not even remotely close. The reception to Fallout 76 and some of the stories that preceded it reminded me of the response to No Man's Sky initial launch. People were angry. People are still angry.
I'm curious to see where FO76 goes from here, however, knowing how games transform over time. It's certainly got a dedicated fanbase, and I enjoyed my initial 30 hours with the game.
But I haven't been back for a while. And it's not been the first, second, third, or fourth game I've recommended to people when asked.
A lot can change, though. FO76 certainly wouldn't be the first game to get a new lease of life, to surpass expectations a year later. But as 2018 comes to a close, it remains your choice for the most disappointing game of the year.