2012 the year of the disappointing squeals?
-Mass Effect 3: I'm not one of those people who totally hated the ending of ME3, but even then the internet totally ruined my enjoyment of this game. Still it has to be up there for a disappointing game of 2012.
-Max Payne 3: Fails to live up to the original 2 games
-Serious Sam 3: Fails to live up to the original 2 games
-Burnout Crash: A failed spin off of a beloved franchise
-Need For Speed Most Wanted: A failed spiritual successor to Burnout Paradise from Criterion (How the hell do you mess up Cops?)
-Street Fighter x Tekken: Totally broken online on launch
-Ninja Gaiden 3: A bad game proving Auteur Theory in games as this is the first game after the director left.
-Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City: A totally disastrous spin off that literally looks like it was made on a PS2 SDK.
-Diablo 3: Debatable but I don't think it's living up to Diablo 2: LOD at the moment in terms of player base or quality of game.
-Resident Evil 6: Oh dear... I can't remember a squeal to a AAA franchise failing this badly.
Any highlights this year?
-Forza Horizon: I love that this game is doing what sim games should be doing, which is fueling that driving fantasy that is not possible no matter how much money you have. It gives you the experience to realistically drive some really cool exotic cars on public roads with traffic and no consequence for going 150 miles over the speed limit.
-Dust an Elysian Tail: So this game was literally made by one guy Dean Dodrill and a small hired team of musicians and voice actors. All the programming, art, and story is all done by Dean. This game is beautiful with fantastic attention to detail, and great animation. What was surprising was that the story and voice acting is exceptional as well for an indie game. Unfortunately this game got hit hard for it's use of the Furry art style by the internet. That really sucks because when I finished it, I literally couldn't find fault in this game. This game has better talent and writing than games that have several magnitudes higher of budget and cost 4 times as much.
So Two games, I still have to get Halo 4 in the mail and play Assassins Creed 3 but this year seems pretty underwhelming overall. Any of you guys played anything impressive this year?