Believe it or not, we're already at the halfway point in 2014. All the big announcements at E3 put our attention on Fall 2014 and beyond, but it's worth looking back at the past six months of games as well.

Several great games made their debut this year, some of which took everyone by surprise. The flip side was that there were a lot of games that looked fantastic but fell short of expectations. Here are some of the biggest disappointments so far:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 seemed like a game that would at least be good, if not great. It was MercurySteam's follow-up to their well-regarded reboot of the series, with a new plotline set in the present day. How could they screw up the formula they had used to great success in 2010?

The answer to that question turned out to be, "Arbitrary rat stealth sections." Yes, that's right. Dracula, the time-traveling superman, is forced to morph into a rodent to scurry past space marines. It wasn't the only misstep by the development team but it was the most baffling one.

The still-fun combat system carried over from the first Lords of Shadow couldn't save the sequel from its various flaws, like the incomprehensible story, bland environments and over-reliance on Quick Time Events. Lords of Shadow 2 only succeeded in convincing us that MercurySteam's decision to walk away from the series was a good one.

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