Okay, so maybe you don’t want to win all of our awards. Look: it was a disappointing year! In so many ways. Yikes. Games were no exception. Siliconera’s Most Disappointing Game of 2020 rose (or fell?) past the rest. At least you won’t forget these?
These awards represent the consensus of the Siliconera staff. For more of the year’s award selections, check out our Game of the Year 2020 archive.
Winner(?): Marvel’s Avengers
While there were certainly worse games in 2020, nothing quite fell short of its promise like Avengers. It… plays. It has content. You can play it with friends, if you want! But while the team at Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix worked to build out all the furniture and functionality of a big, AAA multiplayer experience, it looks like no one remembered to make the gameplay interesting. It’s too bad: with the hero selection and narrative twists, it held a lot of potential. Instead, it’s our Most Disappointing Game of 2020.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition
Can a game do the big things badly worse than Crystal Chronicles? It’s hard to say! There was a lot of love and attention in the package — including a robust cross-platform save transfer — but none of that matters if you trip up putting together the multiplayer functionality for a multiplayer game. Some patches have fixed some things. Still not enough of the things. We’ll hang onto our GameCube discs.
This… has been covered, we think. High-level technical issues with older platforms? Interminable, constant delays? What the game says about its world and society? Just the uninspired, boring game design? It’s all a recipe for disappointment. But hey: none of this applies to the Nendoroids.
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