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PS Fanboy 2007: Disappointment of the Year

Stay tuned all this week as we reveal the our nominees for the very best games of 2007. Winners will be declared on December 27th.

Every year, no matter what console you own, there are a few games that fall to the market with such a thud you feel your reputation for playing video games drop a little. Yes, these games damage everything we've come to support and whether the game itself is bad or suffered from a gigantic hype machine that everybody jumped on for no apparent reason, the games simply didn't do what we wanted. This award isn't for "worst" game of the year, no, but the biggest disappointment. The games that could have been something, but weren't. For all intents and purposes, this award could actually be construed as "worse" than the "worst".

Collision Studios | Warner Bros. Interactive
Why wouldn't such an awesome movie about the manliest of men yield an awesome video game about manly men doing manly things? It just wasn't meant to be, it seems, and the lumberjacks, pirates, and ninjas of the world cried out for their Spartan brethren when they played this game. It's basically Dynasty Warriors with crappy stealth and a crappy Phalanx formation to slow you down. It could have been a bloody mess, but instead, was a ... hmm ... actually, bloody mess works here, too.

Gallery: 300 (PSP)

Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions
Square Enix | Square Enix
Can we just say first how awesome Final Fantasy Tactics is? Because it is awesome. We can't even remember how many times we've played the PlayStation original. Imagine our ecstasy upon hearing a PSP port with enhanced cutscenes and added jobs and what the hell is this? Why is everyone slowing down when I'm trying to cast Ice? Wait, why don't any of the sound effects match the action anymore? The slowdown in this PSP port is ridiculous. It's horrid. It's the same game, but really, Square Enix should have at least tried to play it before releasing it.

SWAT: Target Liberty
3G Studios | Sierra
A haphazardly constructed story and shaky battle mechanics bring this game to its knees, which is most regrettable as the PC entries in the franchise are overwhelmingly superior to this handheld mess. It's basic, it's linear, it's short, it's easy, the strategy is basically not present ... it's just a disappointing game that could have been something special.

Stay tuned to PSP Fanboy on December 27th for the winners. Best of 2007 image based off of work from Studio469.

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