2014's top 10 disappointing games

Thief was unoriginal and unnecessary.

Many great games were released last year, but some did not live up to the hype. Here are our top 10 most disappointing games of last year.

Modded Mario gains artificial intelligence

Adventure: Mario's fame and the predictability of the game's design have made him a popular subject for research and computer projects.

German researchers have injected artificial intelligence into Nintendo's Mario so he can develop a personality and behaviour of his own.

'Make it a male lead character'

LIFE IS STRANGE: Only one publisher would allow Life Is Strange to retain a female lead.

Only one game publisher let 'Life Is Strange' retain its female lead character.

Zelda and Batman among most anticipated games of 2015

The Batmobile in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Link, Master Chief, Batman and Nathan Drake will be back in action.

The sanctity of classic games

We all know the classics are classic - but are they still fun?

We all know the classics are important, but does that make them fun?

'Lizard Squad' hackers seek attention

LIZARD SQUAD: Vinnie Omari, left, and Julius 'Ryan' Kivimaki.

They took down PlayStation and Xbox services over the holidays. Now they've been unmasked.

Girls, are you game?

GAMER GIRLS: Laura Polaco, left, and Di Davenport are championing the girl gaming community.

There's a new community in town and they're on a mission to find more female gamers.

Who ruined Christmas gaming? Meet Lizard Squad

LIZARD SQUAD: Not quite like this.

Who exactly are the hackers who took down XBox Live and the PSN?

Xbox Live, Playstation hit by cyberattack video

PlayStation offline, Xbox apps limited

Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live taken down by hackers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

10 great smartphone games


That smartphone or tablet you got for Christmas is more than just a tool for surfing the web. It's a great gaming machine.

The politics gamers play

Gamers Starcraft

Rape threats are familiar to many accused of the crime of Gaming While Female.

Philosophy with Portal

The Talos Principle

REVIEW: Talos is a puzzle game in the vein of Portal that also explores the implications of AI.

AC creator teases next project

The first game for Patrice Désilets' new studio, Panache Digital Games, will be a triple-A historical action-survival title.

The first game for Patrice Desilets' new studio will be a triple-A historical action-survival title.

Master Chief buyers compo

Screenshot from Halo 3: ODST campaign.

Anyone who picked up Halo: The Master Chief Collection early will get Halo 3: ODST for free.

Minecraft gets its own storyline


Critically acclaimed studio Telltale to write story-mode for open world brick builder.

Kim Jong Un game spoof video

Glorious Leader

Will the North Korean leader force-quit a new video game in his honour along with The Interview?

Patch downloads full game

Assassin's Creed Unity.

Xbox One users get a 40 GB download, instead of the 6.7 GB patch for Assassin's Creed Unity.

New Microsoft streaming service

Planet Arcadia: Microsoft's latest project appears to be another reference to the highly successful Halo series.

Arcadia reportedly replaces Rio game streaming service and covers apps as well as games.

Hearthstone now on Android

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft's Goblins vs Gnomes expansion.

Blizzard's digital card game is now available for Android tablets in New Zealand.

Lara Croft and the co-op puzzle

Temple of Osiris is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

REVIEW: Does this sequel to the 2010 sleeper hit reach the same heights, or does it somersault into a pit trap?

E.T. gets Smithsonian spot

One of the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial cartridges found in a dump in New Mexico earlier this year.

One of the worst tie-ins ever added to the video game history collection at museum.

Smashing fun with Mario and co

STAR-STUDDED LINEUP: Super Smash Bros for Wii U features a roster of almost 50 classic characters from the Nintendo archives, as well as some special guests.

If you're looking for some easily accessible multi-player mayhem to keep the family entertained over the holidays, look no further.

Under Ubisoft's hood video

Take to America's highways open roads in Ubisoft's open world racer, The Crew.

Drive from LA to New York in an hour, or longer if the cops decide to chase your Crew.

GTA V removal 'disappointing'

Grand Theft Auto's publisher says the decision by Kmart and Target to cease selling GTA V won't impact the business, but is still disappointing.

President of Take-Two Interactive speaks out against decision by Target and Kmart to stop selling game.

Pretending to be a man online

'Brittany' pretended to be a man while gaming to prevent the constant harassment women receive online.

"I never thought of it as being deceptive, because why should anyone care?"

EA's SimCity 2000 giveaway

SimCity 200 Special Edition

PC classic being offered for free as part of EA's On the House promotion.

When fandoms collide

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

REVIEW: What happens when you take two beloved franchises and fuses them together in the Velvet Room?

Street Pong cures boredom

German students install Pong on city traffic lights.

German university students instal the classic arcade game on traffic light poles.

DayZ creator's new studio


Dean Hall is opening his new studio RocketWerkz in Dunedin, and is looking for artists and programmers.

Total Thronage: Iron from Ice video

The Forresters take centre-stage in Telltale's Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice.

REVIEW: Telltale have been given the keys to the Seven Kingdoms, but is their adventure worth your time?

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