I’m aware I’ve seriously fallen back on my blogger duties, and there are literally PAIRS of you out there waiting for my new posts! And I never even finished my 2012 games post… and now we’re on the precipice of 2014… Oops! Consider this a Renaissance or perhaps a resurrection spell. The blog itch has been biting and I intend to scratch it! … I am so sorry for that one. Now, first thing’s first: Lets finish my year old post, quick and dirty-like!
Biggest Disappointment 2012
As is appropriate for this category, I really, really with I didn’t have to name this game as being terrible. I’ve followed this game for a very long time, and played a number of beta builds. I couldn’t wait for the developer to deliver on the planned features and promises! And then… Cortex Command launched.
This game is still an amazingly fun Sandbox and the physics are ultra awesome to play around with! But it did not realize it’s great potential. The game launched without an real campaign or significant AI implementation, and the only Multiplayer is local Co-op, a very strange choice for a physics sandbox with fiddly controls. There was no new features I could find compared to the beta I had played almost 2 years earlier! What was there seemed great, but a sandbox with no progression, balance, story, or reason to play beyond testing the physics was just so, well, disappointing. I think the small Dev team ran out of time/money/drive and just launched what they had, with the gall to charge $20. My only consolation was that I got it for like $5 on an old Humble Bundle deal for beta.
Worst Game Played 2012
It’s Wanderlust: Rebirth. God, I hated this game. I bought it almost as soon as it came up on Steam since it looked right up my alley. Old school 2D action RPG, and apparently it was being made by (Or Published by?) the guys making Starbound (More on that later!) and I wanted to support them however I could! So I bought it, launched it… and cried.
Controls are atrocious, weren’t re-bindable, and had barely any controller support in a game that seemed to require it. You know, I’ll let me Steam review speak for itself:
“DO NOT BUY THIS. This game sucks. I heard it was funding Starbound, the successer to Terraria, so I bought it. I played for 5 mins and regretted it.
The Gamepad controls don’t let you map all the buttons, so you have to constantly reach up to press E on the keyboard to advance dialogue or I to open inventory. The keyboard layout is crappy, but does not use the mouse, so there’s no excuse for Keypad controls to blow so hard.
I let the AI companions finish the first mission for me and then quit. It didn’t even let me Alt+F4.”
Maybe they’ve patched it, I wouldn’t know. It pissed me off so much I sent it where my Steam games go to die: The “Regretful Purchases” category, along with Brink and Dungeons.
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