Almost a week ago, fans the world over watched the Seattle Seahawks emerge triumphant over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The game was an amazing experience, full of very exciting action… Oh, who are we kidding? The game was an utter disappointment! It was like the Broncos didn’t even bother to show up for almost the entire game. The drudging became so bad that Seattle was even able to take star QB Russell Wilson out of the game and put in his backup!
Much like that “Big Game,” the gaming industry has released its fair share of disappointing experiences over the years; some that were even more disappointing than Denver’s performance Sunday night. While some of these games aren’t necessarily horrible, they did not live up to their full potential. Today, we are going to list five such games. This is our list of video games that were more disappointing than Super Bowl XLVIII.
Enter the Matrix
Not so long ago, The Matrix was one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. Fresh off the success of the first film in the trilogy, fans were obsessed with bullet time cameras and the (then) cutting edge special effects. So, when it was announced there would be a video game that tied directly into the sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, fans were estatic. The promises of fast-paced kung fu action, cutscenes featuring the actual stars of the film, and a story that completed what was sure to be one of the best film sequels of all time were enough to bring a smile to every sci-fi nerd’s heart. Enter the Matrix was going to be amazing.
Unfortunately, Shiny Entertainment wasn’t up to the task. First, people didn’t get to play as Morpheus or Neo. We were saddled with playing Niobe and Ghost, two characters that were only introduced in Reloaded. That would have been okay though… if the game hadn’t been complete garbage. Buggy controls and graphics were complimented with cutscenes that wouldn’t have looked passable back on the Sega CD. Worst of all, none of the actors involved seemed particularly interested in their roles. It felt like they showed up, read their lines, and asked for their paycheck; no emotions were involved. What had once sounded so promising turned into a disappointing tragedy. Although, the movie really wasn’t much better.