The most disappointing games of 2010 - GamesRadar's editor choices

Metro 2033

Mike Grimm: Based on the novel of the same name, Metro 2033 is a post-apocalyptic FPS where humans have been forced underground by the "Dark Ones" and live in the tattered remains of the metro system. Metro 2033 actually has a lot going for it: good characters and mood, some creepy set-pieces, and a genuine feel that humanity has been reduced to tunnel-dwelling refugees. Unfortunately it’s bogged down by terrible “stealth” sections and dull, linear levels that all run together into a big brown and black mess.

Above: There's a metaphor for something in here

While thematically it owes a lot to the equally flawed STALKER series, Metro 2033’s dilapidated paranormal Russian setting is engrossing even if the game around it isn’t. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly disappointing knowing that with a little more effort Metro 2033 could have been great.

Angry Birds

Charlie Barratt: "Technically, that game was released at the end of 2009, so…" Fuck you! Angry Birds' inexplicable popularity – and my nearly inexpressible rage at said inexplicable popularity – was suffered during 2010, so if mainstream media like TIME and Entertainment Weekly can include it on their best-of-year lists, I get to include it here. Angry Birds fails as a puzzle game. Passing a level usually requires either frustrating trial-and-error or dumb luck, but rarely any logic or strategy.


Angry Birds fails as a physics toy. Catapulting soft, squishy ammunition into hard, resistant obstacles has the same unsatisfying, unrewarding impact you'd expect in the real world – in other words, it's about as much fun as watching a confused bird accidentally bounce off my office window. Angry Birds even fails as a casual time-waster I can pass on to my wife or parents, as the obnoxious sound effects ("WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!") and repetitive music can drive one insane from miles away, let alone from across the living room.

Above: Isn't it just HILARIOUS how unimpressed that bird looks?

To be honest, though, what I hate most about Angry Birds is how much everyone else insists on loving the damn thing, and how this vast chasm of opinion makes me feel. I've wasted hours searching through the app store reviews, searching for at least one other person who shares my pain, but the worshipping adoration is nearly universal. Which forces me to wonder… Am I alone? Or worse… Am I wrong? Thanks for the existential crisis, Angry Birds. Thanks a lot.

CSI: Fatal Conspiracy

Lizzie Cuevas: I think the real fatal conspiracy here is how this game was even released. Okay, you know that crime you're trying to solve right now? The girl didn't die from a fire - she died of EXTREME BOREDOM. I have nothing against point-and-click crime-solving games. I’ve played other CSI games and had my share of used condom examinations. However, Fatal Conspiracy felt like the devs just shat it out in a hurry and forgot to wipe.

Above: Bringing new meaning to the term "shitfaced"

Aside from forgetting to print the serial key in retail packages of the PC version (those who bought it had to contact Ubisoft for a key), the game is seriously flawed. There was one mission where I had some guy’s DNA and the game kept saying I needed to get this guy’s DNA. The interface is also severely limited in looking around for clues. And of course, I must mention the hideous CG renditions of the television show’s cast.


Matthew Keast: I had a mild interest in Bayonetta leading up to its release: it looked like an imaginative action game, but I was in wait-and-see mode. Then all the reviews dropped, and I couldn’t believe all the 10/10s it received. I decided if everyone was going ga-ga over the hair-suited girl, there must be something to her. I remember starting off the game and being more immediately put off than possibly any game beginning ever: it throws you into a jumbled, confusing scenario with no instructions (not that I demand a tutorial) and it felt like the most aimless, impossible-to-discern first battle that could be achieved.

Above: Stay classy, Bayo 

Then the cutscenes started. My god, it was like the game was grabbing me by the collar and screaming in my face “HATE ME!” The horrible, repetitive, tacky music. The obnoxious, too-cool-for-school swagger of the main character. The sad, sad attempts at humor. A ray of light shined, though: once the game explained how the action worked, I said, “Hey, that sounds pretty nifty!” And it was nifty, briefly. That is, until the battles dragged on and on, and every level was just empty corridors between arbitrary magic gates that lock you in a cage with more and more enemies that take forever to kill. The whole thing just felt like an endless slog, like running uphill in high-heels through a river of syrup. I managed a good six hours into Bayonetta, but it was through no desire other than to force myself to try to get some worth out of the sixty dollars I felt like I’d thrown out the window. The sad part is, I know that it's technically a good game - it's just soooo not the game for me.


  • thingreen5 - January 7, 2011 8:09 p.m.

  • Mattdawarrior - January 7, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Why all the hate for Alan Wake recently? First it "wins" two Anti-awards, now this? I thought you guys liked it.
  • kyle94 - January 7, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    Honestly, I haven't paid many of these games (some of them I do have, just that I have a huge list of games to play. For example, I have Super Mario Galaxy 2 and I'm still only a third through the first game.) However, I kinda disagree with Metro 2033 because it wasn't really that disappointing. I guess it depends on your viewpoint, and whether you're looking at it after beating it or after starting it. I played it not really expecting it to be that good, and was pleasantly surprised. It is disappointing when you think about what could've made it better, but it wasn't really a highly hyped game that everyone thought would be good and then turned out to be horrible. At least, that's my two cents.
  • Zummertime - January 7, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    The only of these games that I played was FU2 (haha FU2 xD). It was a good game that could have been better.
  • el.waxa - January 7, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    I have to agree with Brett and hank those games were both boner killers.
  • Clovin64 - January 7, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    I'm a big fan of Level 5, I loved Dark Cloud 2, I loved Rogue Galaxy and I love Dragon Quest, but all the negative reviews put me off White Knight Chronicles. Granted, I havnt played it yet, but I'm no longer eager to.
  • CancerMan - January 7, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Thank you Charlie Baratt, I thought I was the only one. I was actually a little excited when Angry Birds showed up on the Android marketplace. Then I found out it was nothing special, for all the reasons you listed. I also agree with your Halo: Reach reveiw completely.
  • skeletalbutton - January 7, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Did anyone else see that Rock Band 3 discount. A whole three cents!
  • gilgamesh310 - January 7, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Jeez is David Houghton the only intelligent person at gamesradar. He seems to be the only one to actually understand Alan Wake for what it is as well instead of just being completely ignorant about it. Halo Reach was the only Halo game that I truly liked as well. That was mainly because of the fact I knew not to expect an earth shattering game this time after being so dissapointed with the eariler ridiculously overrated games in the series. So what if Kat dies randomly, it's war for christsakes, I mean seriously come on! Reach had easily the best most mature story in the whole Halo series and since when do FPS's need to have vehicle sections in order to be good.
  • potpan0 - January 7, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    I never played Metro 2033 but I did read the book and watch an LP of it. I think it would have been improved if it were more of an action RPG. You could start in one of the unused areas in the book (just look at the map, their were loads) and the first quest is to get a passport. It would have been a lot better then a straight up FPS.
  • WickedSid - January 7, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Save some of that hate for the WOH there Justin.
  • solsurvivor - January 7, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    @Keast, You hit the nail on the head with Bayonetta. I felt the exact same way--terribly-contrived cut-scenes and the worst Japan-a-pop music I could imagine hitting me all at once. I couldn't begin to give the game a fair shake with that kind of an intro. I was testing it on the PS3 to boot.
  • n00b - January 7, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    @Matthew Keast i absolutely loved bayonetta. the combat, the music, the art direction, the way how it does not take its self seriously but i can see how it's not for every one. and ya the intro did drag on a bit long
  • spawny0908 - January 7, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    My biggest disappointments was Bioshock 2 (NOT a worthy successor to the first) and Crackdown 2 (just God awful).
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - January 7, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    @CancerMan You and I need to form a support group.
  • Ded - January 7, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    Aren't opinions fun!?
  • danielbrb - January 7, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Charlie Barratt. Your opinions on Angry Birds is what made me sign up for an account on Games Radar, just so I could comment. I agree with you more than 100%, if that's even possible. I can't and don't understand what's up with all the worshiping of Angry Birds. I've played it before, so it's not like I hate it just because it's popular. It's such a dumb, not fun game. Congratulations on your choice for most disappointing game. You made me sign up.
  • Ilyere - January 7, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Interesting that some of you would choose the 'big-name' games for this list...
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - January 7, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    I've got to agree with Alan Wake. I really, REALLY wanted to like that game, but the repetitive fighting and clunky controls kept me from enjoying the game. I just couldn't get into it, which is sad because it reminded me a lot of Silent Hill 2, but alas.
  • oryandymackie - January 7, 2011 9:17 p.m.


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