What was your WORST buy of the year?

I think that if I have to choose, it would be Code of Princess. At some point the game just fills the screen with enemies who juggle you, and I can't seem to ever work the controls to get out of it. It just turns into an effective FMV of your death after the first hit sends you into a sea of twenty villains.

Even then, I'm loathe to complain and call it a horrible game. I've played so much worse, and this game is so charming except for the juggles. Back when I was a kid, Arcade games, Atari games and even Nintendo games thrived on one-hit kills being the norm. Online play also got me through a few sessions on the exercise bike. So, it's a default "worst" but not rage and sadness bad game.

I feel good about my 2012 gaming experience.

I think I was actually discriminating enough to avoid anything truly bad this year. I bought Warlock when it came out, but it was budget price and enjoyed the few games I played. Outside that, by playing a bunch of games that don't ever end, I think I've managed to avoid last year's issues, considering that going through my steam list there's a pile of terrible purchase.

Worst... Most disappointing... Whatever... Want my 60 bucks back... Probably:

Diablo 3
Battlefield 3

My biggest regret is Star Wars : The old republic. Ran out of podcasts to listen to while travelling from quest to quest. Didn't make it too far into the game. Pretty expensive too.

krev82 wrote:

Arma 2 and expansion; I semi-impulse nabbed them it during a steam sale with the intention of getting in some DayZ time but by then I never actually got around to playing DayZ as the hacker/cheater reports really flared up around that point and killed my interest :/ I have not and probably never will play Arma 2 itself either.

Ditto, awful timing ftl. The dollars:game time ratio for Diablo 3 and Arma 2 are the worst for my 2012 purchases. Although, one could argue, the games that have gone onto the pile are infinitely worse values...

Kraint wrote:
krev82 wrote:

Arma 2 and expansion; I semi-impulse nabbed them it during a steam sale with the intention of getting in some DayZ time but by then I never actually got around to playing DayZ as the hacker/cheater reports really flared up around that point and killed my interest :/ I have not and probably never will play Arma 2 itself either.

Ditto, awful timing ftl. The dollars:game time ratio for Diablo 3 and Arma 2 are the worst for my 2012 purchases. Although, one could argue, the games that have gone onto the pile are infinitely worse values...

The hacking just completely destroyed the game really. I really glad I managed to play a bit while it was still good, such a great experience. It just saddens me that I can't play it now.

Oh, yes. Arma for the zombie game. Never played it. £24 down the toilet.

Scratched wrote:

We bought some bad potatoes.

"You made a bad choice." - Top Gun.

He was only below the hard deck for a few seconds...

lostlobster wrote:

He was only below the hard deck for a few seconds...

That`s right. He had a shot and he took it. What`s the big deal I say.

Hum let's see. Non-game purchase

-An iCade. used it only twice and it takes a lot of room

-Beats Solo headphones. I did try them on before my purchase but I think the employee discount stacking with in store discount got to my head. They're sh*te.

-Zagg cover for iPad. Seriously, you don't need that crap. Get a good case instead.

Diablo 3 -- I'm going to admit that I got upset about this game for very different reasons than everyone else and its gonna make me look very crotchety :D, #1: Its too bright, not dark and gothicy enough (the secret level is hilariously good at poking fun at horrible fans like me), #2: the story is mediocre, it makes me sad they retconned things to make it fit.

Heroes of Ruin -- my own fault really. My 3ds was being neglected and I needed that itch scratched that diablo 3 had missed. When I saw "diablo-esque" and "soma bringer" preview descriptions and a $10 pre-order discount I went for it. Put 10 minutes into the game before I set it down.

krev82 wrote:

Arma 2 and expansion; I semi-impulse nabbed them it during a steam sale with the intention of getting in some DayZ time but by then I never actually got around to playing DayZ as the hacker/cheater reports really flared up around that point and killed my interest :/ I have not and probably never will play Arma 2 itself either.

Thiiiiiis. As cool as DayZ is, I should have waited for the standalone release, as I don't play it anywhere near enough to justify owning Arma. Now I own a 30 dollar game and it's expansion that I will absolutely never play.

Batman: Arkham City. Not because I hated it, I think it's a great game. But it didn't hold my interest, for whatever reason, and it's been gathering dust on my TV stand for six months. If anyone asks, i'd tell them it's a good game too.

Nicholaas wrote:
krev82 wrote:

Arma 2 and expansion; I semi-impulse nabbed them it during a steam sale with the intention of getting in some DayZ time but by then I never actually got around to playing DayZ as the hacker/cheater reports really flared up around that point and killed my interest :/ I have not and probably never will play Arma 2 itself either.

Thiiiiiis. As cool as DayZ is, I should have waited for the standalone release, as I don't play it anywhere near enough to justify owning Arma. Now I own a 30 dollar game and it's expansion that I will absolutely never play.

Is there a standalone for DayZ?

Borderlands 2. I enjoyed the original so much that I preordered the sequel, and have around 4 hours of play so far. There's something about it that's just deeply unsatisfying right from the off, and what I hear of the rest of the game doesn't give me much incentive to keep playing.

And now it's on sale.

I was tempted to say Guild Wars 2, but felt that with 3 characters almost to level 30 I couldn't deny that I'd enjoyed much of it. I switched from Tera to GW2 because I wanted an MMO that I could play more casually, and drop in and out of as other games came along - and GW2 promised horizontal progression and no gear grind (and no sub). 3 months in and it seems this is changing, not for the better, and I don't think I'll be playing this long term as I had hoped. It's pretty much killed my interest in investing in future MMOs.

The Street Fighter Arcade Stick for the X360 set me back about 100 euro, and I played maybe 3 hours with it. I still suck at fighting games, I'm even worse with the arcade stick.

dejanzie wrote:

The Street Fighter Arcade Stick for the X360 set me back about 100 euro, and I played maybe 3 hours with it. I still suck at fighting games, I'm even worse with the arcade stick.

I've never purchased a fighting game and played it for more than 2 hours.

Dare I say, as per the confessions page, Ocarina 3DS. Whether its not aged well, my lack of connection to its platform roots, or my changing as a gamer, playing that for a couple of hours left me completely cold.

I would also throw in Monkeyball and Splinter Cell which I also bought with it, which had their own issues. I did however get a good deal on trading in all three so we live and learn...

Schrensky wrote:

Is there a standalone for DayZ?

Not yet, but soon.

Worst purchase?

Console : Forza4. I owned all the previous one, still have the third, but seeing all those locks under DLCs after DLCs made me quit the game. and I saw reviews of Horizon being worst with DLCs, so waiting for a complete edition on a racing game (Which might never happen).

PC : I would say Diablo3, as I was at the moment in the mood of a hack and slash, but was waiting for Torchlight 2 to be release, and was release too late, which killed the mood for Hack and slash, and both games.

dejanzie wrote:

The Street Fighter Arcade Stick for the X360 set me back about 100 euro, and I played maybe 3 hours with it. I still suck at fighting games, I'm even worse with the arcade stick.

I bought one of these a couple of years ago and I've lent it to Stylez so many times that I think he's actually had it in his possession longer than I've had it in mine. I do enjoy using it for shmups but it's definitely not worth the price of admission just for that.

dejanzie wrote:

The Street Fighter Arcade Stick for the X360 set me back about 100 euro, and I played maybe 3 hours with it. I still suck at fighting games, I'm even worse with the arcade stick.

That's a shame, but I can empathize since I haven't bought a proper stick, just a pair of fight pads. The stick won't make you better right away, the idea is that you have to re-learn on it but in theory it pays off later.

My worst purchase this year is GWJ darling FTL. Not because the game is bad but because it just doesn't work on my PC and looks like it never may until I upgrade my video card. The engine used just doesn't get along with it, no matter what I try.

I would say the worst purchase of the year is tie.

Diablo 3 - making me play the same game multiple times to see all the abilities, semi-forced use of the auction house, and the continued downward trend of drop rates. I haven't gone back for quite some time.

SWTOR - It did so many great things except make a a good MMO. Then, they make the FTP move and make me want to delete all but two of my characters. This is a story driven game so why would I want to delete my characters to play? Hopefully this gets fixed but an extremely disappointing game for this year.

Both are 2 of the 4 games I pre-ordered this year. My new resolution is to not pre-order games going forward.

I'm really surprised to see all the hate for Diablo 3. I haven't been following the game post-release, I guess they really bunked up the design?

Blind_Evil wrote:

I'm really surprised to see all the hate for Diablo 3. I haven't been following the game post-release, I guess they really bunked up the design?

Some of it seems a little ironic, as much of the internet hatred comes from people that put 60-100+ hours into it, but it is what it is.

I don't think I have anything for this category. I've played several games this year that ended up being a bit disappointing, like ME3 and Borderlands 2, but I finished and enjoyed both of them quite a bit.

I guess maybe Mark of the Ninja for me. I got it after the giant hype train, loved it for the first 30 minutes, and haven't had the desire to boot it up since. I can't even say there was anything I disliked about it, but I've put so little time in for my $15 that it was probably my worst buy this year.

Blind_Evil wrote:

I'm really surprised to see all the hate for Diablo 3. I haven't been following the game post-release, I guess they really bunked up the design?

Its a solid game in many aspects (drop in, drop out multiplayer is fantastic, monsters display more interesting patterns in higher difficulties), but some of the design choices I'd say killed off the replayability that its predecessors are so well known for. I was more dissapointed more in its asthetic design choices -- it came off feeling more like World of Warcraft than Diablo 2.

Prederick wrote:

Batman: Arkham City. Not because I hated it, I think it's a great game. But it didn't hold my interest, for whatever reason, and it's been gathering dust on my TV stand for six months. If anyone asks, i'd tell them it's a good game too.

I couldn't come up with any answers but this sparked my memory. Batman AC + Uncharted 3. Both failed to really grab me like the previous entries and I paid too much for them, despite not paying full price. Haven't paid that much for a game since, I don't think.

Tropico 4 - Really, there's no challenge to this game at all. It's just a bunch of scenarios that are pretty obvious and the only question is how long you need to fulfill the victory conditions. Snooze.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted - Probably the least playtime I extracted from any $60 game this year. It has this massive world, but there's actually not much to do. The races are very repetitive, cars in a similar class handle similarly and the absolute number of both events and cars is rather low.