Top 22 Disappointing Video Games of Each Year (2000 – 2021)

Every year is packed with incredible video games, but these only brought disappointment. For this list, we’re looking at games that while they weren’t terrible – mostly – they definitely didn’t deliver on what the fans wanted. Our countdown includes "Sonic the Hedgehog" (2006), "Mighty No. 9" (2016), "Duke Nukem Forever" (2011), "Spore" (2008), and more! Let us know in the comments which you think was the biggest let-down. Watch more great gaming videos here: Top 10 Character Changes That Made Gamers Rage Quit: Top 10 Times Video Game Companies Broke Their Promises: Top 10 Multiplayer Games That Ended Their Studios: Have Your Idea Become A Video! Subscribe for more great content! Visit WatchMojo Club for Great Deals! Your trusted authority for Top 10 lists, reviews, tips and tricks, biographies, origins, and entertainment news on Film, TV, Video Games, Comics, Celeb, Music and Superheroes. #VideoGames #Gaming #Disappointment #2000s #2010s #Nintendo #Sony #Microsoft

41 thoughts on “Top 22 Disappointing Video Games of Each Year (2000 – 2021)

  1. I love how watchmojo does these “every year since 2000” lists it’s pretty much a trip down memory lane for my life.

    1. @Michael Kiely
      This channel started out as a lingerie channel. You just don’t understand anything… 🤦🏾‍♂️

    2. And a trip down to the bottom of the idea barrel for them… I’m so glad this disgusting channel is losing its influence. It only took 15 years.

  2. GTA definitive edition had so much potential. Could’ve fixed the annoying bugs the originals had, add in cut content, new content, and so much more. Such a disappointment.

    1. @The Believer basically rock stars problem has become greed above anything else anything to get money with the least amount of work yes grove street games made the thing like so many fan boys say but in truth that only makes them look worse because now they just come off as lazy they slap there logo on it but cant even bother to make there own damn game I mean come on talk about no work but all the credit that doesnt defend Rockstar if anything it makes them look even worse 🤦

    2. @Assassin 1015 XD I get you, gta SA was my childhood, I was a super fan boy of all the gta games but I stil was dissapointed in the defiinitive edition, their redemption might be constant updates and the VR version of SA, a vr gta will be so fun, but they will never clear their name with this release.

    3. @B1inded3agle i mean think about it if the end product had no bugs this would mean grove street games had to add them literally last minute as the game was practically going out the door you make it sound like they did it out of spite or a joke ether the game was broken mess from the start or it wasnt you dont just add those things in last minute and Rockstar clearly seen them or refused to see them your claim is completely ignorant and shows nothing but defense for Rockstar you are implying they are victims and defending them lije some lawyer trying to make a loop hole in your clients case its absolutely sad and pathetic so yes you are clearly a fan boy and will do anything to defend them

    4. @B1inded3agle you defended Rockstar and said they didnt have any bugs when they shown it to them Impling they where added later or that they shown Rockstar a completly different game entirely and that is completely impossible to do when the end product is legit done and made this would Imply you still defend Rockstar even now just stop dude I get you are a fan boy but you are really just coming off as pathetic your playing the victim card for them and that is just sad to see

  3. Every time I look at Sonic ’06, I see so much potential. The music is awesome and the level design is pretty solid. But the ugly visuals and character models, the animations, the story sucks, the controls are abysmal for most characters, hub worlds are huge and everything looks identical to each other, the LOAD TIMES, the side missions aren’t fun in the slightest… just everything else about the game that _could_ have worked if Sonic Team had more time on their hands.

    I’ve heard that some guy is working on making a better version of Sonic ’06.

    1. Yes, Sonic P-06 is incredible! Right now developer finished Sonic and Shadow storyline and on his way to finish Silver`s story. Played the original game and this remake/remaster feels like almost finished game!

    2. Yeah but this has paved the way to broken aaa game launches anthem marvel avengers fallout 76 mass effect andromeda madden 21-22 and now battlefield 2042

  4. Hot take: I think Sonic ’06 had potential as a game. I think that if they re-released it, or spent more time ironing out the kinks, I definitely think it would much more successful. ‘Cause looking at playthroughs of the game, it looks very beta test-y. I think if SEGA had a bigger budget and more time, that game would have been amazing.

    1. Not happening. SEGA and Sonic Team have pretty much requested that everyone pretend that this game never existed. And let’s be honest, with THAT kind of story, no one wants this game to ever come back.

  5. I actually liked enter the matrix. I thought it had enough difficulty and it expanded the story of the movies. It also had a lot of Easter eggs. I thought it was cool

  6. Oh boy. Aliens: Colonial Marines had so much potential from the demo but wow was I disappointed. I think I let my nephew borrow the game one day and I never got it back, but at least I don’t miss it.

  7. Thank you for the update, WatchMojo..!! I agree with Daikatana. I waited for that game for so long, and it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.

  8. Sonic 2006 seems like a bad fanfic wish fulfillment. Watchdogs, in addition to the other factors was just that the MC was simply thoroughly unlikable and responsible for all the bad things that happened in his life and the game.

  9. Really nice video. Totally cool. Okay, first to Spore. I admit, the space part is such a long journey into the lost, but I always enjoyed the rest of the parts-especially the tribal part. Plus, the datadisks have made it even better. It’s cool to have monsters that have tools and are trying to get their piece of the glory. To GTA and Warcraft, I’ll say one thing-they’re on their own. They were too greedy. A beautiful example of a remake-and that’s what it’s supposed to look like-is Mafia Definite Edition. Absolutely brilliant graphics. An immersive story-which is also very subtly altered to give an even better experience. Great Czech dubbing-I know, you probably won’t appreciate it, but our dubber literally outdid himself in it-he dubbed the previous version from 2002, but the American one is great too, in my opinion. And since I love mafia movies about Italians, like Goodfellas, my vote counts! Well-written characters-especially Sarah, who I’m really loving right now. I’m a bit annoyed by the save system and the lack of original music, which is absolutely legendary. Compared to GTA, it’s totally cool. I absolutely love the atmosphere of 1930s America.

  10. 2017: I would’ve thought Mass Effect Andromeda would make the list since it was Number 1 on your Top 10 Disappointing Games of 2017 while Battlefront 2 was only Number 2. Plus, Battlefront 2 HAS gotten better from what I heard. What with having ALL characters and vehicles (say for a single skin for the Millennium Falcon) unlocked from the get-go. Nonetheless, it is a relief that EA has lost the license.
    2020 and 2021: Removing access to their original games is basically their way of saying “Either you play THIS version, OR NOT AL ALL!” When the only way you can get people to play your game is at gunpoint, ITS NOT GONNA BE WELL LIKED!

  11. I have to disagree, I actually liked Fallout brotherhood of steel. It was not perfect, but to me it was still a fun game.

    1. same, as well as Geist ( starting to wonder if a lack of release in Japan is why Geist and StarTropics have never gotten ANY content in Smash to this day…. )

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