I've been gaming quite a long time, especially for my age. A solid 16 years at 20 years old is pretty good, and as such it's obvious that I enjoy my hobby. Every day brings new updates in technology and more games to play. Unfortunately sometimes, things really don't please me at all. As I frequently play video games, I'm often reminded of things that dont quite sit right with me- things which could have been better, but ultimately turned out falling short of expectations. These examples below are my top five.
The Guitar Hero Song Library
Where's all the awesome music filled with amazing riffs? Where's The Jam? Where's The Clash? Where's The Who? Where's AC/DC? Black Stone Cherry? Nickelback? The Offspring? Stereophonics? The Undertones? Thin Lizzy? This list can go on. Truthfully, the series has given us a few tracks from some of these example artists, but they're few and far between. Guitar Hero tends to miss all the crazy retro bands and their songs where guitar is key, instead opting for new stuff that the kids dig, like Linkin Park, or Gorillaz. Yeah, they're good, but why the hell was What I've Done a good song to put in the game? It's hardly exciting stuff, and Feel Good Inc. is a great song, but again, there's nothing to it. Having 10 good songs doesn't warrant spending £50 on the game and the guitar. Update your library, Activision.
It's not really a bad game- It fleshes out the Sonic saga quite nicely, it's colourful, nice to look at, and quite absorbing. However it's also frustrating as hell. It uses ONLY the stylus for movement and interaction with objects and menus, it's the most linear RPG ever, the battles are dull and long winded, and the music is awful. I really don't know what more to say. It's a shame it's a disappointment, because I really wanted it not to be.
The Nintendo DS (all models)
Don't get me wrong, I love my DS. I got one on launch, and I updated it not long after the DSi came out. I've had hours of fun playing it, however there's a few issues with this console which really stop it being as decent as it could have been;
Decent 3D Games! Not the type which pop out at you and make you feel like you can touch the objects, ala the 3DS. No, actual 3D games, like Super Mario 64. Granted, the DS HAS Super Mario 64, as well as Metroid, and the Call of Duty Games, and Ridge Racer, but two thirds of the games are little 2D titles or mini games. The DS was built for proper gaming, yet it never recieved the right amount of decent 'hardcore' 3D games it deserved. They came out few and far between, and though 3D isn't nessecarily the way forward (hello Sonic Rush and NEW Super Mario Bros!), the initial hype surrounding the DS brought gamers to believe they were getting a portable home console in their pocket, and this never really came to fruition. The DS's power seems to have been largely left untapped, excuse the pun.
The D-pad! Nintendo were spot on with the original DS pad. it was large, dented inward, comfy and easy to use, so why the hell did they turn it into a tiny, sharp edged, unmovable brick with the later models? The DSi's pad is awful, not only harder to use for the DSi's intended audience (adults), but it's also much harder to press in a cornered directon (example; up & right). This makes games like Mario 64 and Call of Duty a pain in the neck to play, and hurts your thumbs like hell.
Forced touchscreen control! Why Nintendo,? Why? I don't want to play Zelda with a pen. I don't want to move a character using a stylus when the same thing can be done with the d-pad, and has been for the last 20+ years. It's difficult to move the character when your hand is getting in the friggin' way, and holding the DS with one hand becomes tiresome. You messed up Nintendo. You could've given us the choice.
The Wii's Downloadable Content
Yeah, Nintendo ultimately gave us the first awesome downloadable service on home consoles, letting us download large portions of previous consoles' games, and we thank them for that, but they've not exactly pushed their service. Admittedly there is a large catalogue of games to choose from, but the service is limited for three reasons;
Download size! Nintendo have a max file size limit for games that can be put on the Wii Shop- 40MB. To put that in to perspective, an average MP3 song is about 7MB. The Playstation and Xbox can hold thousands of times more data than the Wii, and as such, have a much more robust downloadable library of games. The problem itself isn't that it doesn't live up to competition however- as Nintendo promised retro games and delivered- it's that the file size limit hinders the service. Games like Sonic 4; Episode I have to be downgraded in order to fit. In Sonic 4's case, this meant replacing the recorded music with midi's. Sonic 4 isn't even a large game itself, which really shows the problems of having a size limit like this. Other games like Sonic CD's re-release can't even be made available for Wii at all because of this, so it's a real shame.
Missing Gems! I've not played a NES for a long time now, ever since ours grew old and started to wear out, meaning that we had to throw it away. Because of this, there are many amazing games which I've been missing out on for the last decade or so, which I would love to go back and play again- Rad Racer, Stealth ATF and Duck Tales are all great titles which unfortunately can't be downloaded on the Wii's service. Nintendo seem to be taking their sweet time to release these sort of games, instead opting to release the more well known and played to death titles. C'mon, what's this whole service for? I've had the urge to resort to piracy, but I shan't sink that low.
Rubbish! How many WiiWare games are there? Over a hundred? How many would I play? Two or three; Sonic 4, possibly Onslaught (that alien FPS) and Pearl Harbour Trilogy. The rest are overpriced cr@p mini games I wouldn't look twice at. How deplorable.
Black Ops (Wii)
Amazing game. It has the biggest, most in-depth online mode for any game on the Wii, including headset capabilities, 10 players in frantic, fast paced battles, reduced lag, keyboard functionality, insta-add friends (you don't have to use Friend Codes), zombie mode, updates, and a whole lot of guns, maps, perks and challenges.
However, one thing stops the game dead. Freezing. The game freezes constantly. Sometimes offline, constantly online. There's no way to stop it. The game just stresses the Wii's lens too much. Nintendo and Activision deny anything about this game's relation to broken Wii's, and when asked for advice, are about as helpful as chocolate teapots. With two seperate Wii's damaged by two seperate copies of this game personally, it's safe to say that this game is the number one disappointment in all of my gaming years. it's such a shame, because it truly is such an amazing game.