There are bad games and there are good games. However there are also games that have an incredible amount of wasted potential. Like finding a gem in a pile of crap, it’s mostly a shitty experience that still rewards you in the end. The games in this video all filled us with sadness because they could have been so much more. Get ready for 10 games with the most wasted potential!
1. Too Human
Too Human could have been a great launch of an awesome franchise. Who doesn’t love a techno future in which Viking robots murder each other? What we got was such a let down. Too Human really had no reason to suck that badly as it did. A great concept wasted on shitty gameplay, ugly graphics and terrible writing. Too Human is not the worst game we’ve ever played but it definitely had the potential to be one of the best. It makes us sad to see how much wasted potential it really had.
2. Alpha Protocol
We absolutely loved playing through Alpha Protocol even though it’s a bit of a mess. It had so many cool ideas that were poorly executed. An action RPG about espionage set in modern times in which talking is just as important as shooting stuff is awesome. Too bad the gameplay didn’t live up to the promise.
3. Kane and Lynch
Kane and Lynch are such interesting and cool characters. Instead of being the good guy it was refreshing to be able to play as a bank robber and a psychopath in these games. The story of the first game could have been amazing and the gameplay should have been at least decent.
4. Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
No universe felt so complete and real then the first few hours of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. Unfortunately the development suffered greatly under time pressure and the game ended up being a buggy mess.
5. Mafia 3
The first few hours of Mafia 3 provide some of the best storytelling in gaming of recent years. The slick presentation, interesting setting and a great cast of characters make you think that you are in for a great ride. Unfortunately that potential is wasted by on by-the-numbers gameplay later on in the game.
Spore has such potential but that potential was never realized. Coming from the brilliant mind of legendary game designer Will Wright we were promised a scientific evolution game. You would start as a single celled organism and evolve all the way until you had your own galactic empire. The final product didn’t even come close to that idea. What we got were six disjointed minigames that mostly catered to children. What could have been the ultimate life simulator ended as a tool for gamers to make as many dickshaped aliens as possible.
7. Hellgate London
Hellgate London is a failed game that was completely ahead of its time. There are so many good ideas in this game that went completely to waste because EA rushed it to market. Hellgate London fused first person shooter action with loot collection inside a very interesting world. It’s a winning formula and many of its ideas were later popularized by titles like Borderlands and Destiny. The game still provides a thoroughly enjoyable experience that would have been so much better if the developers had a little more time to polish it.
8. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic is two hundred million dollars of wasted potential. Electronic Arts promised us a massive online game that would have the deep storytelling of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. However that really didn’t pan out and what we got was a pretty generic MMO. The many fetch quests and boring dialog options just couldn’t hold our interest. It’s free to play now so you can check it out for yourself. Still we can’t help but think about the enormous wasted potential of a great online game set in the Star Wars universe.
9. Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a great action adventure that ended up being a very interesting take on the classic Castlevania series. The game ended on an amazing cliffhanger that made us count the days until we could finally play the sequel. When Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 finally came out our hopes were quickly crushed. The developers ruined the good gameplay of the first game with poor stealth segments, a boring set of modern stages and badly designed boss fights. What a shame.
10. No Man’s Sky
The whole world was hyped for No Man’s Sky and we really should have known better. There realistically wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that a tiny developer from the UK would make the epic game they promised in the trailers. Still we were extremely bummed with the final product.