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The Biggest Video Game Disappointments Of 2020

God, this year sucked. Video games were supposed to be a reprieve from that, and in many ways they were. But in other ways they were just as messy, ill-fated, and broken as the year itself.

Some of 2020’s big video game disappointments were minor setbacks or run-of-the-mill annoyances—the type of thing that might loom larger in any other year that wasn’t so stacked with fuck-ups and, in the worst cases, outright harassment, abuse and exploitation. There the term “disappointment” almost feels like an understatement, except inso far as it accurately categorizes the slowburn realization that long-festering horrors recently exposed won’t be addressed as quickly and uncompromisingly as they should be.

2020 was the year that gaming went more mainstream than ever as folks heeding social distancing and stay-at-home orders cozied up to new releases in a way they maybe wouldn’t have otherwise, but that didn’t stop it from also being full of disappointments big and small, trivial and grave.

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