When deciding between Elite and APB, keep in mind that EA will crank out another NBA game next year like nothing ever happened, while APB killed a company that was riding high off of their Crackdown debut.
So many good choices makes it almost too hard to decide. Activision loosing IW? The NBA game being flat out canceled? FF13? FF14? In a year full of great games, there have been some incredibly epic failures. If I had to choose something that might rival the fail of the PSP Go then it has to go to:
Heavy Rain - The promise of great DLC that explained the story was ripped out of my hands when the new mandate became move controls. A game with so much potential was snuffed out. I'm not buying a stick with a glowing ball. I'll stick with my analogue sticks.
Objectively, it has to be NBA Elite. It had a troubled development, had a really bad demo released, was recalled after they started shipping to retail, "postponed," the dev team let go, the franchise moved over to a different team, and then flat-out cancelled.
Everyone saying FFXIII, Fable III, GT5, etc etc...I think disappointment is a different category, but that's just my interpretation.
Yeah, breaking sales records over is one hell of a failure. I'd say even if you were personally disappointed with a game, actually getting a studio closed(APB) would automatically be much more of a failure.
I'm still going with NBA Elite though, unbelievable clusterfuck.
The game caused a huge restructuring, heads were chopped and the game is free to play until further notice. SE's next big cash crop is anything but. SE has dropped the ball a lot lately but none of them compare to FFXIV.
What game did I find to be most disappointing this year? I'm not exactly sure. There weren't a lot of bad games I played this year. Nothing I'd consider the worst ever or anything. I guess some games I basically dislike are:
Metal Gear Solid PW-Kojima's chance to save Metal Gear for me, but he probably killed it. I do have some fun with this game, but that is in spite of all its great faults. The terrible unbalanced boss battles are a problem. They are boring and drawn out. It takes like 50 missiles to beat the final boss and it feels like it takes an hour with annoying waiting for supplies and waiting for the chance to strike. Other then that, the controls suck and it turns into me just running up to enemies and throwing them down. That can be fun and the game does have classic stealth parts that 4 was missing, but awkward controls and terrible item management bring it way down. Not a bad game probably, but as a fan it's negatives impact me more.
Nier- A lot of hype and I liked Cavia a lot. It seems like a game I would enjoy. I don't and I kind of hate it.
So I'm going to say MGS Peace Walker is my biggest disappointment this year.
But if we are going for a legitimate choice. I really feel like EA has been pretty bad this year. Nothing they do seems to do as well as they hope.
Medal of Honor hardly gave CoD a run for it's money.
ABP was a failure and I'm sure they lost money on that.
Dante's Inferno was terrible, but I'm not exactly sure how well it did.
The entire NBA elite disaster.