Ah, Thanksgiving. When we eat and stuff our faces like we might never taste food again. It’s the time of year where we get to play extra video games, and where we long for Christmas to get the last few that we haven’t bought. In light of this holiday, I thought I’d leave you guys a short feature before departing on my great Turkey adventure tomorrow.
In honor of these great birds on which we feast upon, I wanted to discuss gaming’s biggest turkeys. What do I mean by turkeys? Basically, anything that flopped or completely fell under your expectations. Anything that you devoted your time to that turned out extremely disappointing. That game that broke your heart and that you wanted to be good, but sadly, it just sat there like a lame duck. Er, turkey.
I know, I might get panned for this a little bit, but I just had to stick it on the list. After playing Halo CE and loving it with every fiber of my being, Halo 2 was a major disappointment on almost all fronts. Multiplayer combat was dumbed down like crazy, accuracy and skill were removed from the equation, and the campaign was incredibly weak for a supposedly AAA title. Worst of all, it was given nearly perfect scores all around. I was sick of this game after just a few months, having first been fooled by it.
Metal Gear Solid 2
This is the game that made me stand in line one blustery night in October, 2000, waiting for the PS2 to release. I couldn’t wait to play a next gen MGS game, to see what the story was going to be with Snake and his foes, and what awesome twists would await me in the next wave of the story. What I got was Raiden. And Vamp. And… god, it just hurts too much to keep talking about.
Star Fox Adventures
Seriously… why in the name of all that is holy can we not have a new proper Star Fox title? The Wii would totally work for it, and it can’t be that hard to develop an on-rails shooter. Star Fox 64 came out over 10 years ago, and we still haven’t gotten anything close to being a worthy successor. Get with it, Nintendo!
Every Bond Game After Goldeneye
For real, it can’t be that hard to make a good game based on the James Bond series, can it? Goldeneye remains one of the best console first person shooters I have ever played, and the game that convinced me that multiplayer gaming belonged to Nintendo. I can still hear that death music playing over and over in my head, we played this game so much. On the flip side, I hear that Quantum of Solace is like Gears of War meets Bond, so that can’t be all bad.
I just couldn’t help myself. The story of this generation is a topsy turvy one for me in terms of what I was excited about. First, I couldn’t wait for the Playstation 3. I wanted to keep playing all the franchises I knew and loved. Then, Nintendo wowed me with its high concept machine, then known as only the “Revolution”. You can’t spell revolution without the word “love”, and boy did I love the idea behind this system.
And here I am today. Loving my 360 and enjoying my PS3, but loathing my Wii. I can’t stand it, just sitting there, taunting me. I’ve almost given it away a couple of times. I can count on my fingers the periods of time where I’ve played it for longer than a couple of days. Thanks Nintendo, for ditching your fanbase and leaving this excited Nintendo fan to bathe in his own tears.
Those were just off the top of my head, but some dishonorable mentions would have to go to Super Mario Sunshine, Final Fantasy VIII (I know, but I just hated it), Suikoden IV, and KOTOR II. What about you guys? What were some of your biggest gaming turkeys?