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


David Houghton: It wasn’t just that Hydrophobia was a piss-poor game. The whole debacle was bloody insulting to boot. Dark Energy Digital, Hydrophobia’s developer, had made one hell of a song and dance out of gaining publicity with the thing over the years. It had gained countless hyperbolous preview pages by pressing all the right buttons. It was an indie developer, and a British one at that. It was turning the idea of an XBLA game on its head by using the format to put out a full-scale, third-person action game. Not only that, but it had developed a groundbreaking new water rendering technology that was going to blow us all away. It was the little developer that could, and good lord did we love it for that.

Above: Groundbreaking, uh, something-or-other

But then its game turned out to be a load of half-arsed misery, borked controls and obnoxious voice-acting. And Dark Energy essentially told those of us in the games journalism fraternity who reviewed it negatively that we were unprofessional for not liking it. And when it lost that fight, it used the very criticism it refuted as publicity for its relaunched, “fixed” version of the game. My mouth. It still tastes bad.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Matt Cundy: Despite the disappointing lack of any opportunity to murderise wimpy Jedi younglings, the first Force Unleashed laid some promising foundations. A bit like the first Death Star, it had its faults, but with a few tweaks and twiddles the next one could be bigger and stronger and better. I had high hopes for the sequel. But, ew... what happened LucasArts? I found that trudging through boring environments fighting the same enemies with the same attacks over and over and over in Force Unleashed II proved only slightly more enjoyable than being vigorously tongue-loved by Jabba the Hutt. And I don't imagine that having a perverted pipe-smoking slug abuse you with his slobbery mouth muscle is enjoyable.

Above: Well hello there, fanboy-pandering, utterly pointless Yoda cameo

Like a true Star Wars idiot I dutifully played to the end, hoping for something good to happen. But all I got was a boss fight with Darth Vader so tediously drawn out it made journeying through the Sarlacc's digestive tract seem like completing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsnips. Apparently space vegetables are fast.

Force Unleashed II - not an awful game, but definitely my most disappointing, sad-face let-down experience of 2010. The Force is urine-weak with this one.

The Fight: Lights Out

Nathan Irvine: Wow, what a limp-wristed bout of fisticuffs this turned out to be. The promise of matching PS3’s superb 1:1 controller, Move, with a sort of updated and more violent Super Punch-Out game had my blood pumping for knocking the stuffing out of digital men of varying sizes and ethnic backgrounds. But rather than giving you the rewards for how hard you can throw a punch it binds you to an archaic system of having to level up your character’s skill set and strengths before you can start knocking folk out with haymakers.

Above: The Flail: Spaz Out

In short, your physical exertions have almost zero bearing to what actually happens on screen, bar a ridiculing bout of windmilling your arms. This leaves you knackered and wheezing out swears as you’re pummelled senseless by granite-like foes. Rubbish. I honestly feel more immediate interaction with Wii Sport’s boxing, and that’s saying something. The Fight could’ve been a contender but instead it ended up as a washed-up chump.

Gran Turismo 5

Justin Towell: I hate Gran Turismo 5. I hate the way hundreds of cars look like PSP assets. I hate the menus, the awful shadows, the focus on slow, boring races. I hate the way the cars bounce off each other. I hate being first on the last straight only be pushed off by an AI driver. The way corner cutting isn't penalised in races. I hate the way vehicles you earned in the PSP version can't be used in career mode despite the import function.

Above: The pinnacle of PS3 rendering capabilities. Also: five years of polishing

I hate the way it reduced me to grinding Daytona Raceway for 45 minutes in order to get enough XP to open the final A-spec tier. I hate the damage modelling. I hate the track creator. I hate the unbalanced difficulty. I hate the pretentious presentation. I hate the lack of detail in the scenery. I hate wasting 250,000 credits on a car that can't even keep up with the stragglers. I hate the Top Gear van race. I hate the way it's sold so many copies Polyphony is unlikely to address any of these problems for the next game. Get it away from me, I never want to see it again. I hate it.

Jan 7, 2011

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  • austinracer999 - January 22, 2011 1:43 a.m.

  • austinracer999 - January 22, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    GT5 was amazing there were no flaws and the graphics were never as bad as it shows in the pic
  • Samus934 - January 18, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    All I can say about this article is, go F--- yourself gamesradar. I can tell you have fun writing articles filled with sarcasm, dissing games real gamers actually like. So, this right here is exactly the reason I stopped coming to your sh!tty site in the first place.
  • BossADC - January 14, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Okay first off, Halo:Reach is THE best game of the year in my opinion, so I dont know what this guy has been smoking. I also really enjoy Alan Wake, though it does have its problems. I dont think it deserves to be on a list of the worst games of 2010. For the others I actually agree with him ompletely.
  • CoktorBloktopus - January 14, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    The joy of not being a games editor is that I only have to play games that I want to. so this was a pretty good year my friends.
  • Joker117 - January 11, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    D@mn Cheryl del rosario is hot haha sorry but completely distracted me anyway I thought the fight was a good game but more for a work out and taking out aggression on fake ppl lol
  • FanofSaiyan - January 11, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    I don't really know what I would pick for most disappointing game of 2010... probably Black Ops. Activision could have used that time and money to save some of their dying franchises *coughcoughtonyhawkcoughcough*.
  • lastonein - January 11, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    Charlie, I agree with you completely. I just got a touch, downloaded Angry Birds and deleted it almost immediately. The idea of mostly guessing how a shot would result was incredibly annoying and ruined the game completely.
  • DeathbyFira - January 10, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    I Havent played most of the games and on some i knew it was going to happen but Bayonetta COME FREAKING ON!!!!!!!!! the combat was excellent i loved the boss fights yea the story kinda lacked but wtf i had no issues with the camra and i didnt mind jumping into the fire maybe it is cuz i played devil may cry and it was made by the same dude and i agree with @noob with what he said the art direction and the graphics where amazing i totaly do not agree with ya on that
  • KnightDehumidifier - January 10, 2011 4:09 a.m.

    I am quite and thoroughly surprised no one mentioned Xbox's Game Room.
  • mrtimmy - January 10, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    I didn't know there were others who hate angry birds as much as I do. It clearly doesn't deserve its popularity. If you have to play a game like it play Crush the Castle or Fragger. They're much more enjoyable. If they make one more version of that game I'm going to hurt someone.
  • TruckThunders - January 10, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    The more I think about it, Rock Band 3 was a pretty big disappointment. It looked good and the new music was nice. But after experiencing how frustrating the keyboard can be and how unrewarding it is, I rarely use it anymore. Once I've played the 30 songs I actually like on the disc, I kind of get bored with it. New DLC is nice, but I hate buying money for DLC that is fun for maybe 10 minutes.
  • XSgtShootemupX - January 10, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Didn't expect to see Metro 2033 here. Not because I think it's flawless, but because I didn't realise anyone remembered it now it's more than a week after release. As much as I love the game (Found it to be one of the highlights of 2010) I do completely agree with the points made. Also, Gran Turismo 5. It hurts. So much potential, so little realised. The physics are far greater than all previous installments, but it's just let down basically everywhere else. I don't however, get why people claim you need to rank up to get damage. I had an extremely bent S14 Silvia in the first race I took it out in.
  • Phazon117 - January 9, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    Sorry, Chris, but you're rationale for why Rock Band 3 was your most disappointing game of the year was more disappointing than Quantum Theory. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY EVERY ACCESSORY, that's like saying a PC is crap because it can do more than any other PC on the market, if you're willing to spend a little more IF YOU WANT TO. Not even a half of songs on Rock Band 3 have keyboard support, it's not like every song has it implemented. Also, I thought with how much you hated Splinter Cell: Conviction, you'd pick that, instead of the best music game since Guitar Hero II.
  • jackthemenace - January 9, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Matthew Keast can burn in hell D:< Bayonetta is the best game i ever played! :D And i just bought angry birds today for my Mac from the new apps store, it's so fun! How can ANYONE hate that?
  • w3ap0nx - January 9, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    I agree with all of the games but bayonetta! actually that game blow me away maybe because I wasn't expecting much of it. I love halo reach but it was a big disappoinment
  • thedonut - January 9, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    I'm kind of disappointed in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Just felt like the first one, but with Yoshi and 2 new power-ups added to it.
  • sklorbit - January 9, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    im glad i finally read one of these "most disappointing games of 2010" articles where they are not littered with the all the top games of the year. Gamesradar understands the most disappointing games shouldnt just be all the great games that just didnt live up to their ridiculous expectations. almost all the games on this list simply were not that good. alan wake was one i actually kinda liked, but i get that it should have been better. Gamesradar, thank you for THINKING when picking these games and not just picking games like Red Dead Redemption, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Mass Effect 2 because of cource they are overhyped!
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 9, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    I was really looking forward to the Force Unleashed II, but after playing the demo and hearing all the bad stuff about it, I probaly won't get it at all.
  • Squander - January 9, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    kamenryuki, glad u enjoyed FINAL FANTASY XIII, but I think you represent a minority. Considering the development-time and hype (and the continously high quality of its precessedors) FFXIII is a mere disapointment - also thanks due the -) senseless loot-grinding -) uninspired item- and weapon interaction -) the "always-doing-the-same-just-background-changing"-type of dungeon crawling -) even the characters in battle hardly distinct: just play with Lighning, Hope and Fang throughout the whole game and you are on the safe side! Conclusion: beautiful presentation aside, at its heart, the game is pretty shallow: for me it ranks top among my personal lacklusters 2010 - has nothing to do with naysaying