Dubious Honors: Most Disappointing Game on PC
At GameSpot, we believe that each game must be considered on its own terms. When we evaluate a game, we set aside any preconceived notions about what that game is supposed to be or how good it should have been, and we review the game on its merits. However, sometimes it's impossible not to approach a particular game with a certain set of expectations; some games have such ambitious concepts or such good predecessors that you can't help but wonder whether they could have turned out differently. The following PC game disappointed us most of all this year:
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It's difficult to generalize about disappointing games, since we all have different expectations for them. But we agreed that all of our nominees shared one thing in common: They either failed to deliver an important promised feature or just didn't realize their full potential. So it was with some sadness that we finally decided on Civilization III: Play the World as our choice for Most Disappointing Game on PC. When Civilization III came out last year, it did not ship with a multiplayer component, but was nonetheless a truly extraordinary game. Multiplayer was originally planned to be included in a patch, but this ended up being pushed back into an expansion. That's a bit disappointing already, but you'd at least expect a fully functional online mode with lots of new additions from this expansion, straight out of the box. Instead, you'll find less than a handful of new units and upgrades and a bunch of jumbled scenario maps. But the real kick in the shin is that the multiplayer mode has serious issues. There is persistent lag in multiplayer games, even when you're sitting on a LAN right next to the other player. This is really unfortunate because the new game types are actually quite good. It's always a shame when a potentially great game falls flat due to these types of complications.