Bad video games are a dime a dozen, but every once and a while there's a sequel released that is a true let down (particularly in the shadow of its fore bearers). Which game depends largely on the person in question. Generally speaking, there seems to be a lot of lists at the end of the year that fall into the category of "most disappointing." For me though three games that really standout. One from my childhood, one when I was a teenager, and now one recently in my adult life. Here they are in that order:
Two Guys From Andromeda) were gone at this point along with their noteworthy brand of humor. Instead, Space Quest 6 relies on a lot of poorly applied puns and tired jokes for laughs. Rather than employing drop-down or pop-up menus like previous games, Space Quest 6 has a fixed UI hogging up valuable screen real estate on a permanent basis. The worst offense though has to be the story line which completely ignores or outright nullifies significant events in previous titles (seriously...where's Beatrice, and what's this crap about having to be a janitor yet again?). Also unlike previous entries, Space Quest 6 starts off by simply dumping series protagonist Roger Wilco in a generic sci-fi city on "shore leave" without any real direction or goal. What a crappy end to such a great franchise...then again I supposed that could be said about most of Sierra's IPs.
Unlike Space Quest 6 or Vandal Hearts 2, I was able to steer clear of Thief for the most part thanks to all the quick looks, LPs, and reviews on the internet. My gratitude to all those guys and girls for saving me significant amounts of time and money. Sadly, nothing can save me from feelings of disappointment though. Especially when I think about what could have been...and then there was this other game called Golden Axe: Beast Rider...nawh, just kidding, I'm done for now.