My 2012 videogaming disappointments
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Overview of my disappointments in videogaming in 2012.

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1. Video Game: Blazing Angels II: Secret Missions of WWII [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:6888]
Video Game: Blazing Angels II: Secret Missions of WWII
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What a rip off!
Bought for € 5 which is still way too much. Besides having absolutely nothing to do with flying, this PC game crashes after the first level. And they didn't even manage to write a patch that will properly install itself. DO NOT BUY.
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2. Video Game: Company of Heroes [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:148]
Video Game: Company of Heroes
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What a great game! Love it. Single player.
But.
Multiplayer? Though my gaming buddy lives 2 blocks away and bought precisely the same version (Steam) we can't get this to work: first we don't find each other and when we finally do and start a 2player game, one of us is kicked within 5 minutes with some incomprehensible error message. I would love to have this working
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3. Video Game: Pocket World At War [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Pocket World At War
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Somewhere I saw this iPad game and figured it would be fun. Boy was I wrong. So you draw this unit against that unit. Try to fling as many units against an enemy unit simultaneously. And basically, that's it.

It's like what you expect when you buy 'Pocket Axis and Allies' and when you open the box, you find out it only contains a set of dice, nothing else. WT...?
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4. Video Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:202]
Video Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
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I wasn't done shooting! Seriously. But somehow, when I login now for multiplayer, there are 0 people playing. Worldwide. ZERO?! I don't trust that. And I miss the old lists of 'online servers' like you had in MW(1).

I bought Medal of Honor, which is a year younger. And there I can still shoot whenever I want. Somehow that's still an active game, while MW2 is dead. At least, on my PC.
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5. Video Game: Diablo III [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:516]
Video Game: Diablo III
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This game was the hugest disappointment of 2012 for me. It felt like a slap in the face and I still regret paying more than $5 let alone full price.
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6. Video Game: Dungeon Siege III [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3188]
Video Game: Dungeon Siege III
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I know it came out in 2011, but I played it in 2012. I loved the first Dungeon Siege, thought it was a pretty neat open sort of game, and the graphics on this one looked incredible for the little talky cutscenes. So I grabbed it eagerly without a second thought.

And man, did they ruin this franchise. I like to think video games, unlike movies, usually have sequels that are improvements on the original, and indeed that can sometimes be the case. But I forgot that many times, sequels just amp up the graphics and cutscenes, and remove a lot of the open-ended choice stuff that made the first game so good.

That being said, I played through anyway because it was a competently done actionRPG with an interesting story-world (even if the story itself seemed a bit haphazard). But I was hoping for a lot more.
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7. Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:26] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked]
Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
I know I know, "But Gnomish I don't have any problems running this game." Well I do, so yukyukyukyuk

I purchased the game for PC after falling in love with it on the console back in the mid 90s. The game looks enjoyable, but simply a dumbed down version of the first game. It followed a miniatures game mechanic of double move, move and shoot, or shoot then move. It also forces you to rely on cover 24/7.

That was from the first 2 hours, but then I got the interceptor to the north pole game ending bug and haven't played the game for any longer than 2 minutes since. Two updates later and the problem still isn't fixed.

Sure, I could start all over, but who knows if the game ending bug wont show up again at the least opportune time?

While not my biggest disappointment of 2012 (Diablo III is already listed), the combination of overly simplified options, game breaking bugs, and lack of depth caused me to regret paying $60 for this over-hyped game.
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8. Video Game: Mass Effect 3 [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:68]
Video Game: Mass Effect 3
While many people felt that the endings of Mass Effect 3 were fine, I fall into the other category. The endings aside the corporate after taste was all over this game.

Tying a very generic multiplayer experience directly affecting the single player game was bad enough on its own. They went the extra mile in allowing people to purchase (with real money) upgrades in order to speed up their multiplayer experience, and thus get the ending options they wanted in the single player game.

The second issue was the "DLC" that was included on the disc. Apparently when you pay $60 for a game, you are not entitled to what is on the disc, but only a portion of it.

Having burned what they called downloadable content on the disc was a horrendously greedy move and was a shady way to make the game cost $70 instead of $60.

All in all one of the worst disappointments of corporate greed ruining a very beloved franchise.
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