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2010 GR Awards: Biggest Disappointment

Posted on Thursday, December 23 @ 14:51:57 Eastern by Josh_Laddin


You could make a strong argument for all the runners-up in this category. I can attest to that, having spent some quality time with FFXIII and Epic Mickey myself. But here's the thing: for all the other nominees, it's highly subjective. Lots of people hated FFXIII, and I completely understand why, but I personally enjoyed it after letting go of my preconceptions and my grade reflected that. Many folks felt the same way. Epic Mickey had a lot of blown potential, but still had a lot things going for it and got some strong positive reactions despite its flaws.

FFXIV's disappointment is, for all intents and purposes, universal. Sure, there's probably some obscure 0.1% of the gaming population that likes it, but the game is just flat-out terrible and you'd be hard-pressed to locate a single person (not affiliated with Square) who disagrees. It's so broken, and it's been so broken since launch, that Square Enix has extended the free trial period for their very big-budget and supposedly pay-to-play MMO indefinitely. On top of that, they've recently announced an indefinite delay to the PS3 version until they can actually get the damn game working on its original platform. FFXIV really has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, which easily earns it the honors for biggest disappointment and a big black smudge all over our respect for the Final Fantasy franchise.

Runners-Up (in alphabetical order) - Epic Mickey, FFXIII, Puzzle Quest 2, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

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