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.
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
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
12-21-2007 @ 5:25PM
I have no complaints against any of these games being listed. Congrats on getting them all in the right category, for once.
12-21-2007 @ 5:35PM
I like how FFT is in Disappointment of the Year as well as Game of the Year. It fits, though.
12-21-2007 @ 5:58PM
300 was a big disappointment for me. But it was a movie-game so it was my fault for actually getting my hopes up.
SWAT was also a VERY big disappointment. I was just expecting so much more...
12-22-2007 @ 2:27AM
I agree with you, 300 should have been done by ready at dawn
12-21-2007 @ 6:38PM
i dont see why FFT would be here at all.....i haven't had any bad lag.....a little problem with the sound.....but nothing to complain about....i dont see it as a disappointment.......now 300....thats another story.
12-21-2007 @ 7:59PM
The slowdown almost ruined FFT for me. But eventually you learn to live with it.
Disgaea for the PSP is a perfect port of a PS2 game, and yet they couldn't get this port of a PS1 game to work properly? If it wasnt an incredible game, it would have been inexcusable.
12-21-2007 @ 8:27PM
I returned FFT because of the lag. It's horrible. I guess what shocked me the most was that technically it SHOULDN'T be that horrible, considering the PSP's power. SE was just lazy.
12-21-2007 @ 10:15PM
jesus torres said...
Been playing FFT:tWotL (.cso) since before the retail release and haven't noticed a single problem listed.
12-21-2007 @ 11:11PM
yeah. i, too have been playing WotL for a week or so and i haven't noticed any slowdown or anything like that.
12-22-2007 @ 12:08AM
i don't own FFT for psp but it doesn't deserve to be up there with the rest of that fecal matter..slow down isn't SUCH a big deal is it?
12-22-2007 @ 2:17AM
If you never played the original, maybe it's comprehensible you haven't noticed the slowdown. But it's there, oh yeah, it is. No graphical overhaul was a double dissapointment as well.
12-22-2007 @ 12:51PM
Eddie V. said...
no i played the original version as well and yea its there but not enough to ruin your gameplay.....and beside you cant compare frame rate from console to a handheld....it not fair for the handheld....but thats just me.
12-23-2007 @ 7:43PM
Actually you can compare... as PSNetwork PS1 games run pretty smoothly on the PSP. One would expect at least the same or better performance from a "enhanced" port.
12-22-2007 @ 4:03AM
300 was a huge dissapointment for me ... even if I didint had high expectations for the game it still nearly made me cry . Graphics are dull , and the gameplay is so slow , that it sometimes makes you feel that your playing a TBT game ...
A bit of a dissapointment was IMO MOHH2 ... it had a good singleplayer , a decent multiplayer ... but NO FREAKING SKIRMISH ... WTF was that all about ?
12-22-2007 @ 5:17AM
And FFT takes the cake.
12-22-2007 @ 10:23AM
300. Bad game design. The movie characters were slicing through bad guys like Jell-o. But in the video game, even the "slaves" took a lot of hits before falling. The bosses were stupid-hard.
I was playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance at the same time I bought 300, and I thought MUA played MORE like how 300 should... slice through countless goons and keep moving. Instead, I felt like the greatest warriors in Greece couldn't kill a bug if it was stuck to flypaper.
12-22-2007 @ 10:25AM
Short addendum: In all fairness, the graphics were pretty good, and the sound work was some of the best effects I've heard this year.
12-22-2007 @ 11:36AM
I agree with Alien... MOH2 did not have a skirmish mode like the first one. I did not purchase the 2nd game yet because of that.
12-22-2007 @ 1:28PM
Why the f*** is FFT here.
I guess these people expected too much from FFT and gave it a bad review.
12-22-2007 @ 1:31PM
Godzilla: Unleashed getting canceled was the biggest disappointment for me...