I haven't played that many games from this year so this could easily change but for me, sad to say, is Devil May Cry 5. To be clear, I don't hate this game. It's a solid game. I had a blast playing as Nero and Dante's bike is great. V isn't fun but I wouldn't mind if they took another stab at fleshing him out (or that type of character.)
I've been a fan of the series and the genre from day one and character action games are so few and far between that I'm happy for every one of them that come along. It's just, I've been waiting for this game since DMC4, which came out over a decade ago, and DMC5 actually has a similar problem to its predecessor, a problem that keeps it from the home run it should've of and easily could have been. (For the record, that wasn't shade at DmC: Devil May Cry. I like that game fine.)
DMC4's infamous downfall is in the backtracking halfway into the game that sees you retreading the entire path you took to that point. DMC5 doesn't make you do that but what it does might be worse. The first 25-30% of the game is all well and good. You start on a bridge and make your way through beautifully detailed city streets, inside some of these buildings, rooftops by the water, and underground subway stations. I think, “wow, this is exactly what I’ve wanted, exactly what I’ve waited for.” But then very quickly that all goes away. You start exploring caves and you think, “ok, this is different, that’s cool.” Then you start going deeper down these caves. Cave after cave, interconnected dirt tunnels for hours. Then it hits you. You’ve been doing this for, at this point, most of the game. You can barely tell up from down ‘cause it’s all the same. You could’ve been backtracking and around 40 times, only God knows.
A game created with the RE Engine, a successor to perhaps last gen’s best, MT Framework, capable of producing some of the best visuals on the current consoles, for the majority of the game looks like crap because most of it takes place inside what appears to be a demon’s asshole.
Once again, Capcom gave the DMC team not enough money and time. This series is short changed yet again, not because of the lack of talent at the studio but the lack of care at the company that owns the IP.