Anyone with a serious interest in gaming has played their share of bad games, and though they may have angered us at first, generally we can usually look back on the experience and get some ironic amusement from the incompetence on display. Hell, I'm something of a bad games connoisseur by this point - I've honestly gotten more amusement out of something like Hoshi wo Miru Hito than out of many of the good games I've played over the years. A disappointing game, on the other hand, can be worse in most cases; when you're promised something incredible and what you get delivers well below expectations, and it's not even fun to make fun of... well, you're just left without any satisfaction at all and your wallet is $60 lighter for it. So, that in mind, let's take a look at ten RPGs that I felt were under-performers.
10. Suikoden Tierkreis
9. Grandia Xtreme
8. The Witcher and Mass Effect franchises
But what truly gets my goat is how much praise both these franchises get for being so "open and immersive" when they're strictly linear, barely interactive, completely braindead in design (follow the big arrow until you hit the next plot beat! Oo!), and are fully content to spoon-feed you every single bit of backstory and characterization in flat exposition via an external plot
dump codex rather than let you directly experience any of it and judge for yourself. Heaven forbid you get pulled away from tedious follow-the-dot "quests" and hacky manipulative melodrama between throwaway NPCs and the same vapid, repetitious combat for even five seconds so you can become immersed in the underlying narrative and make informed decisions based on your investment in its world and characters, right? Not that it matters much because your choices make virtually no impact on the story other than changing a throwaway line of dialog here and there (or just giving you a different passage of text in your journal explaining how much of a difference you made but never get to see any actual evidence of... how immersive) and maybe earning you some cheap spank material from one of the game's zillion scantily clad women. And don't you dare criticize it for that or any other reason, because "our" favorite game's writer, fanfiction.net's esteemed PonyBaloney1337, is a genius on the level of the great Stephenie Meyer and you're suppressing their freedom of speech by expressing your own to nobody in particular on your personal web space, you fucking homophobic racist ableist trans-hating fascist white trash asshole! Now delete your entire web presence and disappear forever before we dox you and make it our lifelong mission to demonize and harass you 24/7/365.25 until you either kill yourself or one of our more militant members does it for us; the tolerance and freedom of expression we regard so highly only extends to those who take our favorite companies' disingenuous pandering and victim complexes at face value while never holding them accountable for their wrongdoings, including the ones that have harmed us personally! And I secretly hope you don't heed my warning; regular masturbation doesn't satisfy me anymore, but masturbation that gets people I hate hurt and lets me earn social brownie points at no risk to myself? THAT'S a true thrill!
7. Lunar: Dragon Song
6. Quest 64
5. Final Fantasy VIII/X
And before someone asks: No, I have never played X-2. I have no intention of doing so either. I took one look at that opening FMV where they turn Yuna and Rikku into the Spice Girls and immediately said "Nope, not even going to waste my time on this garbage."
4. The 3rd Birthday
3. The Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy games
2. Fallout 4
1. Persona 5