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#1 Edited by Barrock (3525 posts) -

Seems to be a bit of a theme for the year. Mass Effect 3 (Or at least the ending), Darksiders II, Resident Evil 6, Syndicate, Dishonored, and Assassin's Creed III in my opinion all had disappointing stories.

Any titles that I forgot?

#2 Posted by BeachThunder (11264 posts) -

Year of the hyperbolic threads?

#3 Edited by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Haven't played RE6 (because I just don't care about Resident Evil games anymore) 
But for me personally I haven't run in to a story that really disappointed me at all. I was even one of those people who understood the ending of Mass Effect 3 and didn't need the DLC to draw me a picture and hold my hand while explaining exactly what happened. Because the little kid at the end had already told me just exactly what was gonna happen. And when it was explained that the Mass Effect story was like a Diamond it starts at a point, spreads out and then it has to get it all together again I had hoped more people would understand it. Turns out they didn't. 
 
The other games were also fine when it came to the story. 
Maybe I just didn't set my expectations ridiculously high for what is know as "just a video game" ? I dunno

#4 Posted by Abendlaender (2597 posts) -

Spec Ops The Line and Walking Dead beg to differ. I'd say these two games alona have a better story than any game from 2012 and 2011

#5 Posted by ESREVER (2574 posts) -

I thought the common theme was that this year was great for Storytelling... or does that just apply to endings? Whatever, I played VLR, and that game's story and ending are nuts! The good kind of nuts.

#6 Posted by Aetheldod (3336 posts) -

@ZeForgotten: Just about the ME story being like a diamond... that is what sucked duder and what we were promised was exactly nothing like that. Also come on is not about understanding the endings ... is about making good endings and not half assed crap (like every effin vidja game does).

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#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (34601 posts) -

I'd say that LA Noire, Katawa Shoujo, Skyward Sword, Radiant Historia, Persona 4, Tear Ring Saga, and a ton of other games I've blogged about this year would beg to differ.

#8 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Year of the hyperbolic threads?

If I had said The Year of the Worst Endings Ever!!!!! you'd have me.

#9 Posted by Tesla (1851 posts) -

This being the year of the disappointing story implies that previous years were better, when in actuality video game stories have never really been that good. Each year only a handful of games are released that one could say has a good story, without adding the caveat "for a video game". This year is no different.

#10 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@Tesla said:

This being the year of the disappointing story implies that previous years were better, when in actuality video game stories have never really been that good. Each year only a handful of games are released that one could say has a good story, without adding the caveat "for a video game". This year is no different.

I dunno, I've just found myself completing a game and walking away from it more disappointed story-wise a lot more than say last year. Last year I enjoyed Gears 3, Dead Space, LA Noire, Saints Row, Portal, Bastion, etc. This year? Walking Dead.

#11 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@Aetheldod: Last interview I watched with Casey Hudson before the release of Mass Effect 3 just had him promising "an end to the trilogy"  
That's about all he promised and not some jobber on their forums either, just him in an interview on TV. But I guess there might've been people out there who easily took those words to mean "YOU CAN TOTALLY WRITE YOUR OWN STORY IN THE GAME! OMG OMG OMG!!!" nothing like that was ever promised though. The ending was fine and answered the questions that I had about everything that had happened during those games (and the books). So again, just so we're all perfectly clear here, in my opinion, the game didn't need the "let's hold your hand and explain this"DLC.
#12 Posted by Encephalon (1176 posts) -

I wouldn't say so. Game stories have kinda always been written in crayon. ME3 was just such a lightning rod for controversy that it's been easy to imagine it fitting into some sort of pattern.

#13 Posted by Tesla (1851 posts) -

@Barrock said:

@Tesla said:

This being the year of the disappointing story implies that previous years were better, when in actuality video game stories have never really been that good. Each year only a handful of games are released that one could say has a good story, without adding the caveat "for a video game". This year is no different.

I dunno, I've just found myself completing a game and walking away from it more disappointed story-wise a lot more than say last year. Last year I enjoyed Gears 3, Dead Space, LA Noire, Saints Row, Portal, Bastion, etc. This year? Walking Dead.

I agree that there does seem to be less interesting stories this year. I guess I'm just always disappointed in the number of games with good stories, so this year doesn't feel much different to me.

Still haven't finished Dishonored, hopefully that one doesn't let me down!

#14 Posted by JoeyRavn (4886 posts) -

I thought it was common knowledge that 2012 was the Year of the Bow.

#15 Posted by Rebel_Scum (560 posts) -

@ZeForgotten said:

@Aetheldod: Last interview I watched with Casey Hudson before the release of Mass Effect 3 just had him promising "an end to the trilogy"
That's about all he promised and not some jobber on their forums either, just him in an interview on TV. But I guess there might've been people out there who easily took those words to mean "YOU CAN TOTALLY WRITE YOUR OWN STORY IN THE GAME! OMG OMG OMG!!!" nothing like that was ever promised though. The ending was fine and answered the questions that I had about everything that had happened during those games (and the books). So again, just so we're all perfectly clear here, in my opinion, the game didn't need the "let's hold your hand and explain this"DLC.

I couldn't agree more with both of your posts in this thread. The original ending was fine as it gave me questions to think about what happened.

: Sometimes the best endings are the ones that make you think by not showing the full picture e.g. The Cube, Blade Runner, Twin Peaks, Memento IMO.

#16 Posted by johncallahan (479 posts) -

I thought that Syndicate was great. In terms of the rest of those (with the exception of Dishonored). I'd say that it's more a year for disappointing games. I had much less fun playing all the games up there you listed, and I'd say THAT was more out in front as opposed to their stories. Plus like people have said, Spec Ops: The Line, The Walking Dead, and even Black Ops 2 in a small way have had fantastic stories.

#17 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@jonny126 said:

I thought that Syndicate was great. In terms of the rest of those (with the exception of Dishonored). I'd say that it's more a year for disappointing games. I had much less fun playing all the games up there you listed, and I'd say THAT was more out in front as opposed to their stories. Plus like people have said, Spec Ops: The Line, The Walking Dead, and even Black Ops 2 in a small way have had fantastic stories.

I've not played Black Ops 2, but Jeff mentioning it's got a great campaign made me a lot more enthusiastic about it. I've also not played Halo 4 yet, but that's only part one in a trilogy. Fingers crossed for Far Cry 3.

#18 Posted by AngelN7 (2959 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Year of the hyperbolic threads?

THIS! Man most people here spend way too much time complaning about videogames ...and everything is "the worst ever?"

#19 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

@Aetheldod: @ZeForgotten: I don't really have any of the ire people seem to have towards Mass Effect 3, but it should absolutely be a lesson in over promising. They certainly said it would be an end to the trilogy but stuff linked in threads like these (warning: Bioware thread) is evident of perhaps hyping the game up too much to the point where they were never going to be able to deliver on said promises.

When you take stuff like

At this point we’re taking into account so many decisions that you’ve made
as a player and reflecting a lot of that stuff. It’s not even in any way
like the traditional game endings, where you can say how many endings
there are or whether you got ending A, B, or C..... - Casey Hudson

and add in a suuuuuper dedicated fanbase and all the other complications of game design, it's gonna get messy. Hopefully, their a little more reigned in on the PR next time because besides a disappointing ending, I found that, in the moment, the story of Mass Effect 3 was quite effective.

#20 Posted by awesomeusername (4057 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

LA Noire, Skyward Sword, Radiant Historia, Persona 4, Tear Ring Saga,

I see what you're doing...

#21 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Spec Ops the Line, Walking Dead, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss

#22 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -

Oh shut up with the story/ending stuff already. If 2012 is a year for anything it's a disappointing year for video games overall. So many games delayed and those who came out are disappointing.

The only two games I loved this year are Mass Effect 3 and Dark Souls:PtDE. Only two games... 2012 is so bleh. Not to mention all the other crap that happened this year. I got kidney infection, so many big-time devs left their studios, games underperforming and now my video card decided to act all-weird so I won't be playing games for a while... X_X

#23 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@CrossTheAtlantic said:

@Aetheldod: @ZeForgotten: I don't really have any of the ire people seem to have towards Mass Effect 3, but it should absolutely be a lesson in over promising. They certainly said it would be an end to the trilogy but stuff linked in threads like these (warning: Bioware thread) is evident of perhaps hyping the game up too much to the point where they were never going to be able to deliver on said promises.

When you take stuff like

At this point we’re taking into account so many decisions that you’ve made
as a player and reflecting a lot of that stuff. It’s not even in any way
like the traditional game endings, where you can say how many endings
there are or whether you got ending A, B, or C..... - Casey Hudson

and add in a suuuuuper dedicated fanbase and all the other complications of game design, it's gonna get messy. Hopefully, their a little more reigned in on the PR next time because besides a disappointing ending, I found that, in the moment, the story of Mass Effect 3 was quite effective.

There are way more endings than I could come up with. 
but that's mostly with small stuff that had happened in previous games. Would Tali be dead? would I even have Garrus with me to the end? would Mordin Solus be there? For me, all of my dudes from ME2 were there because I saved them all, the ending would've been different had none of those dudes surived and only my FemShep.  
 
So I wasn't promised anything else than what I got. One of the endings. 
#24 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@AngelN7 said:

@BeachThunder said:

Year of the hyperbolic threads?

THIS! Man most people here spend way too much time complaning about videogames ...and everything is "the worst ever?"

Err... I thought I steered clear of any sort of hyperbolic language. I'm not trying to declare this the worst of anything, just saying I've been disappointed a lot this year when it comes to stories in games.

#25 Posted by Video_Game_King (34601 posts) -

@awesomeusername said:

@Video_Game_King said:

LA Noire, Skyward Sword, Radiant Historia, Persona 4, Tear Ring Saga,

I see what you're doing...

What?

I'd say that LA Noire, Katawa Shoujo, Skyward Sword, Radiant Historia, Persona 4, Tear Ring Saga, and a ton of other games I've blogged about this year would beg to differ.

You mean that?

#26 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Did Katawa Shoujo come out this year? I forgot that happened.

It seems like a life time ago.

#27 Posted by Irvandus (2643 posts) -

Focus less on the 2012 stuff and I think AC 3 has a great story. Also Pandaria but that's an MMO and WoW so it doesn't count.

#28 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

@ZeForgotten: I'm not disagreeing, but the way they talked about the ending was both vague enough and grand enough in scope that they were inevitably building up a hype that I think was going to drown them regardless of whatever they did. I'm just speaking to it in terms of maybe lessening the hype cycle or at least being more specific/honest about it.

Plus, I'll forever be grateful for having the Indoctrination Theory stuff to chuckle at. Did that continue past the expanded ending?

Anyways, OT: I think this year has actually been pretty strong for narrative in video games. I think certain multi-game resolutions have been disappointing, but there are plenty of self-contained games that have been strong. Though, I just finally got around to finishing the Deadly Premonition Endurance Run so I don't think any story this year is going to compare to, uh, whatever that was.

#29 Posted by awesomeusername (4057 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@awesomeusername said:

@Video_Game_King said:

LA Noire, Skyward Sword, Radiant Historia, Persona 4, Tear Ring Saga,

I see what you're doing...

What?

I'd say that LA Noire, Katawa Shoujo, Skyward Sword, Radiant Historia, Persona 4, Tear Ring Saga, and a ton of other games I've blogged about this year would beg to differ.

You mean that?

Yes.

#30 Posted by Lelcar (591 posts) -

I loved Final Fantasy XIII in every regard and in my opinion it has some of the best character development and overall in the series. So, naturally, I was excited for FFXIII-2, unfortunately for me I thought that XIII-2 took a shit on everything storywise and the characters were extremely annoying. So, FFXIII-2 is the most disappointing story for me.

#31 Posted by Cloudenvy (5890 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

I'd say that Katawa Shoujo

Good one! Let's not get into this again, though.

#32 Posted by Video_Game_King (34601 posts) -
#33 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

@Video_Game_King: Did Katawa Shoujo come out this year? I forgot that happened.

It seems like a life time ago.

I've tried so hard to forget it myself; luckily I've finally played more than 10 games this year so it doesn't have to be on my GOTY list.

and OP, not especially? Binary Domain, Devil Survivor 2, Persona 4 Arena, Hotline Miami, Analogue...

#34 Posted by GERALTITUDE (2812 posts) -

If you walk into every game expecting nothing you'll always be pleasantly surprised. Consider that mantra.

#35 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@CrossTheAtlantic: The day we see PR not hyping up a game is the day everyone will suddenly grow wings and get 10 billion dollars into their bank accounts.  
 And no, the Indoctrination thing is one of the few things that was just touched on with the Illusive Man. 
So basically that part is still "Wait, he was Indoctrinated all the time?!" and then "Ok nevermind, let's not talk about that ever again" which is kind of a funny. 
#36 Posted by Mystyr_E (1172 posts) -

but then not bring up games like games like Asura's Wrath, Journey, Xenoblade Chronicles, Walking Dead, Sleeping Dogs, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mark of the Ninja, Zero Escape, and even Halo 4 had a great campaign.............so no I don't.

Seems more like confirmation bias than anything

#37 Posted by Cloudenvy (5890 posts) -
#38 Posted by Video_Game_King (34601 posts) -

@Cloudenvy: @Animasta:

Grr. Grr at your hatred of Katawa Shoujo! By this year's end, you shall learn the error of your ways. *leaves on mysterious evil laughter*

#39 Posted by Baillie (3955 posts) -

@ZeForgotten: What annoyed me about the ending was the fact it was building up to something that turned into nothing. I was wanting to have a conversation with the reapers, like we did in previous games. I was wanting to see how my choices throughout the three games would somehow, even slightly, affect the ending of the game. I didn't want much, I just wanted to feel like there was a reason there was so many choices.

The side stories/characters kind of wrapped up due to my choices, but most of it was decided either there and then or within that game. I'm fine with the ending, I just found it very bland. Talking to a child - who has no character development, whatsoever, then walking into a certain coloured light makes an explosion of the same colour stop the reapers and destroy the mass effect fields. It just seemed rushed.

#40 Posted by Ravenlight (8033 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Cloudenvy: @Animasta:

Grr. Grr at your hatred of Katawa Shoujo! By this year's end, you shall learn the error of your ways. *leaves on mysterious evil laughter*

They're just not man enough to picnic.

#41 Posted by Video_Game_King (34601 posts) -

@Ravenlight:

That's because is a girl and posts tons of GIFs of anime girls.

#42 Posted by Etnos (245 posts) -

I'll say 2012 year of the retail is going to hell! ... finally, kk thanks bye!

#43 Posted by Cloudenvy (5890 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Ravenlight:

That's because is a girl and posts tons of GIFs of anime girls.

Pffft, we were just man and lady enough to actually play good VN's this year!

#44 Posted by Video_Game_King (34601 posts) -

@Cloudenvy:

Of course you were. You played Katawa Shoujo.

#45 Edited by Cloudenvy (5890 posts) -

@Video_Game_King:

I did! And it certainly did not belong in the "good" category. Let's make a deal, I'll settle for calling it boring instead of bad, does that work for you?

#46 Posted by L44 (510 posts) -

What about Journey or Dear Esther or Spec Ops The Line or The Walking Dead or Dishonored or Dust: An Elysian Tale or Papo & Yo or Black Ops 2 apparently.

#47 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4669 posts) -

@Cloudenvy: Sorry, but I'm with @Video_Game_King on this one.

#48 Posted by Ravenlight (8033 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

That's because is a girl and posts tons of GIFs of anime girls.

That's not an excuse!

#49 Posted by Cloudenvy (5890 posts) -

@AlexanderSheen: So you're brainwashed too, I see...

#50 Posted by Video_Game_King (34601 posts) -