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Biggest Letdowns of 2008

It's the same thing every year - the industry spews out a handful of big-budget games, while the enormous amount of hype generated by publishers and the media increases our expectations. Naturally, we get disheartened when those games turn out to be mediocre at best. Last year wasn't much of an exception. 

2008 didn't bring any significant contributions to the evolution of video games, nor have we seen any major surprises or breakthroughs in terms of game design. Projects are targeting mainstream audiences and game designers are oversimplifying their work in order to please casual gamers, thus befitting the publisher's business plan.

That said, let's have a look at last year's assortment of letdowns.


Worst Game, Period
IRON MAN


Why it sucks?
Each year delivers a choice of second-rate movie tie-ins, although it's safe to say the year 2008 will be remembered for the gaming hazard that is Iron Man. Personally, I've really enjoyed the movie. It's funny and laidback and features fabulous special effects (ILM's stuff blows your mind, as it did in The Transformers). The video game adaptation is -- to put it as delicately as possible -- a colossal pile shit. Apart from being technically underdeveloped, the game features serious design flaws. Overall, it's boring as hell. What a way to spoil a perfectly decent summer blockbuster. If you've liked the movie do not play the game for the love of God.

Contenders:
Need for Speed: Undercover, Mercs 2, Too Human



Worst Action Game
MERCENARIES 2: WORLD IN FLAMES


Why it sucks?
Pandemic Studios' Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is crammed with drawbacks in nearly every aspect of the game. Throughout the entire ride, it feels as though the developers spent more time creating cool-looking explosions rather than tweaking and improving the gameplay. The story is tedious, the characterization is weak, the AI is dense and the single-player campaign has about as much depth and appeal as Pong in solo play. The crucial blunder with Mercs 2 was that it turned a solid shooter (the original Mercs, I mean) into a below-average current-gen action game.

Contenders:
Fracture, Golden Axe: Beast Rider, Iron Man, The Club, Turok



Worst Most Disappointing Strategy Game
SPORE


Why it sucks?
Just so there's no confusion, Spore (as you should know) isn't a classic strategy, even if it does involve plenty of strategy style gameplay, especially in later stages. So, yeah, it's a life creation sim with heavy emphasis on strategy. Also, I know, this one got an 8.1 from us, so don't bother pointing that out, please. Anyhow, this is not a bad game per se. However, considering all the promises made by EA, as well as the annoyingly intense pre-release marketing campaign, Spore is, in fact, a great disappointment and certainly not the game it could've been. What's more, it certainly did not achieve the reputation and critical acclaim of games like The Sims and SimCity.

Contenders:
None.



Worst RPG
TOO HUMAN


Why it sucks?
Yeah, we've put it in the RPG category, because the game relies heavily on its RPG elements. Without much doubt, this is one of the worst releases in 2008. It took nearly 10 years for this game to come to life and when it was finally near completion we decided to await its arrival with suitably low expectations - most of the builds we witness before release were awful. Our fears were realized and upon release Too Human miraculously transmogrified itself into a venomous pile of steamy dog poo. Chalk it up to sloppy programming, dreary levels, unimaginative monster designs, unappealing characters and... do you really need to know more?

Contenders:
Space Siege



Buggiest Game
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV


Why it sucks?
Reviewing GTA IV (PC) swiftly became a great nuisance; which is why we gave up on the task completely. Still, we felt we should say something on the subject and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so. At first, reports players reported many problems with the game, from missing textures to crashes. Some even complained about two separate, nondescript error codes that kept the game from loading at all. Potential fixes and workarounds appeared, though the complaints just kept pouring in. The game also restricted some players from changing their graphical settings (we can vouch for that). The game's DRM was another cause for alarm, on top of the cumbersome install/update routine for Rockstar's much-touted Social Club. An official patch was released; the problems persisted, while new ones came into view. New NVIDIA graphics drivers were issued, though according to a great number of users, it didn't do much to solve the problem. This is one of the greatest mistakes Rockstar ever made and quite a step down after an excellent console version.

Contenders:
Mercs 2, Far Cry 2, Iron Man, Too Human



Worst Babe
JULY BOTD


Why she sucks?
God knows why. Errr... define "suck" if you please. She's not bad actually. She likes to wear blue coats and she prefers red roses. Who can argue with a woman like that? Also, I can bet my manly parts that none of you would object to seeing her under the sheets and without that blue coat of hers.

Runner-ups:




That is all, people. We left out awards in two categories - Worst MMORPG and Greatest Ad Fest - for simple reasons. We couldn't find any potential candidates for these categories, especially candidates that could top last year's disasters such as Fury (MMOG) and NFS: Pro Street.

We look towards the year 2009, in the hope of witnessing more GotY material and a bit less WotY material.

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Vodoo Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
i don’t really understand how ANY of the babes featured daily can possibly have sub 9 votes (though there was one butch bitch that aroused suspicions once i believe).


blonde blue/green eyed and with a passion for passion’s flower ?
get me a cup cuz ima fill the damn thing up !!!

ps. its either WGotY or SotY but no WotY.
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
I concur.
The Heart Of Darkness Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
I find that the Botd runner-ups suck waaay much more than the actual "winner", heck even I wouldn't do any of them
Supcic Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Spore may have been hyped but i didn't get caught in it. In the end, i enjoyed it.
Far Cry 2 on the other hand has got be one of the most overhyped generic shooters ever. GTA 4 PC definitely is a poorly optimized port but it's still a great game in the end.
  ChristmasInJuly: FAR CRY 2 SUCKED OH YEAH
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
To The Heart of Darkness: Well, look at it this, way. You guys voted for 'em. So, they're sorted according to the scores you gave each one.
  greenberet: Point taken. It does appear that AT members have ques…
The Heart Of Darkness: I should stop voting early in the morning, damn my mo…
BmmB: I always give 10 for every babe. They are all delicio…
Vader: My sentiment's exactly.
Engelton182 Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
i wanna know what is the most buggiest game in ALL TIME
  Stick!: Tribes 2. OR that Big Rigs, 18 wheels of steel or …
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
I'm not entirely sure, but I think it has to be Enter the Matrix.
  Vodoo: Path of Neo that came later on was virtually unplayab…
The Heart Of Darkness: Actually I played it on the PS2 and it wasn't that bu…
Vader: Well, it sucked cock on the PC.
tei187 Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
depends on what do you mean by buggy. if it's more like a glitch then yeah - enter the matrix would be my choice. if crashes then hmm... age of pirates - caribbean tales. the game went frenzy every 10 minutes or so.
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Do we need to go any further than Universal Combat?
Amok Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Agree with the choices.
I told my brother before he installed Ironman, "you're gonna regret doing that", yet he did it anyway, as expected.
And I even tried to give the game the benefit of the doubt, but right from the main menu, it looked like a failure. My brother kept playing it until 2nd or 3rd level, trying to enjoy it and not admit I was right, but he did eventually cave in and uninstalled it.
This was after he played that sucky Transformers game. He never learns...

Anywho. Spore, yeah, the trailers seemed to set the ground for innovation but then never really showed anything awe inspiring.

Mercs 2? A friend reccommended and I played thru with the Viking. Wasn't TOO bad, I think... but yeah, could've been so much better. It's very repetitive and shallow. I had not played a similar game in a very long time, so I was able to snare some enjoyment out of it.


Lastly, babes. They all do look better than the average women, but I guess here they should rated as to how arousing their pics can be? Their body is just one of the factors. Then there's the pose, the background, the clothes (well, hat little there is). All that counts.
Thus, judging from those exact viewpoints, The Heart of Darkness's opinion makes sense.
Hitman Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Biggest letdown with this site - Not giving me more babes so that I can masturbate while I am at work, I need two botd models from this site. Post one in the morning first post and another around 4/5pm.
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Hell, why not 3 botds? And one GotD - Gay of the Day.
SpaceMonkey Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Strange, I've beaten Iron man and thought it could be better, but I wouldn't say it's bad. Maybe it's because I've been a comic book fan all my life.

Judging the babes are pointless me thinks. The ones that we cared about none of those things really matters, even if they don't shave or flat breast we can still see the best side of them, much less what they wear.

The ones we don't really care about doesn't really matters anyway.
Vodoo Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Though i know un om bun will fancy that idea, i have to object....not out of "hate" for homos but what if i click the GotD while climaxing to the BotD....i figure it’s similar to the "sneezing while pissing situation", something bad WILL happen one way or another.

Murphy's Law.
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
We're definitely getting into a weird area here. I declare this discussion over. Hopefully.
  Vodoo: i thought Atrip was in itself a weird area....heck, i…
Vader: Sure it is. Fuck, let's get weirder!
Xmortis Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
GTAIV PC runs fine for me.. no crashes or issues. About 60% through. Though it is a new Vista64 system. A new clean install and system may have something to do with it.
InsanePotato Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Yeah those babe are the below averages for the year for sure.
Ironman did officially suck.
I'm glad i stayed away from the GTA4 PC version.
Pathfinder Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
biggest disappointment for me was brothers in arms hells highway - how can a game be worse than its 4 year old predecessor. That means game before AT fans
Darkthor Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
sorry to argue,path,but hell's highway rocked...even though the twitches and glitches existed, the game came on top of other cock-ups and with flying colours.
ck-ups that include COD:World at War (biggest dissapointment on my list,especially after COD4)
  Pathfinder: HH wasn't bad, but it was disappointing after the 06 …
JoKeR Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Totally Agree with the list! Vader for President.No Taxes, Free Beer and above avarage girls YEAH! :) Too Human "Slaps Face" WHAT A Fxckup....
  Vader: You sound familiar. Are you my mom?
Vodoo: does your mom often demand liquor and brothel service…
Vader: Yes.
TheOne Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Yay,I was right.I knew Too human would suck and I knew that Iron Man is going to be the worst.I didn't try Stalker:Clears Sky or GTA 4 but from what I saw in the original Stalker and if I read the review correctly then Stalker:Clear sky could be a runner-up for buggiest game.I also expect that "Demon's souls" is going to suck.

P.S. Prototype too!
  me.that.i.call.myself: I've played through gta4 once, and playin it through …
DarkKnight: GTA IVruns fine for me, I just kinda let the game hav…
Ftmch Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Aren't those tulips?
  Vader: Of course, they are tulips. That has nothing whatsoev…
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