Spore was the brainchild of Will Wright, the mind behind SimCity, SimEarth, and the insanely popular Sims games. With titles like that under his belt, gamers sit up and take notice when he announces a new title.
So gamers everywhere were intrigued when he announced Spore, a game he claimed would allow a player to take a single celled organism through the phases of evolution and eventually create a space-faring civilization. Due to the game's ambitious reach, many complained that the different phases of the game felt shallow and unfinished. While Spore did garner critical acclaim, it managed to alienate gamers, who were expecting a game more like the ubiquitous Sims.
5. Heavy Rain:
David Cage's Heavy Rain had been awaited by gamers since before the release of the PS3, due to a vague tech demo showing an audition. The scene, which had nothing to do with the final game, was meant to show the ability of the PS3 to showcase emotion, as the tech demo's female protagonist ran through a gamut of feelings, even ending the scene with tears of homicidal rage. Heavy Rain was to be the spiritual successor to Indigo Prophecy (also known as Fahrenheit), a much beloved adventure game. Heavy Rain found itself plagued by boring sequences, (such as taking a shower or helping your son do his homework), huge plot holes, and a horrible sequence wherein one of game's character's repetitively calls for his missing son with an annoying unemotional, unconvincing sound loop.
4. Blue Dragon:
– Blue Dragon, like a few others on our list, isn't necessarily a bad game. It's a pretty enjoyable JRPG. Blue Dragon's failing comes from the high expectations placed on it by its pedigree. Blue Dragon is the result of a collaboration between Japanese powerhouses Hironobu Sakaguchi, who created the Final Fantasy series, and Akira Toriyama, who created Dragon Ball. The previous collaboration between these two birthed the much beloved and nearly unparalleled Chrono Trigger, which has been on many lists as the greatest RPG of all time. Anticipation for this game was high, and while the game wasn't bad by any means, it wasn't the second coming of Chrono many were expecting.