ITF Gaming’s Worst of 2013: Shortest Campaign

Nowadays, many games are focused more on their multiplayer components than their single-player equivalents, due to the growing popularity of online play. As a result, games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and even Ghost Recon have lacklustre, tacked-on campaigns – which are often very short and unfulfilling. Below, you’ll find the shortest campaigns our writers played through this year.

Darryl: Battlefield 4
As short as it was, I actually rather enjoyed Battlefield 4’s campaign. It had a lot of promise as well as a lot of heart; however, it could have been much longer. Let’s face it, if you are looking for an in-depth storyline, maybe first-person-shooters are not the place to look.

Battlefield 4 Review

Brady: Ratchet & Clank: Nexus
Ratchet & Clank: Nexus would have to get my vote. While being a thoroughly enjoyable game, the latest entry in the series was surprisingly short when compared to its predecessors. From start to finish, the game is a lot of fun and has some decent humour. The only real pity is that the fun is over a little too quickly.

Ratchet & Clank: Nexus Review
Bracken: Call of Duty: Ghosts
Surprisingly, Call of Duty Ghosts started with a very promising opening which offered up a little something new for the Call of Duty franchise. However, it quickly descended into the regular ‘point A to point B’ trek while killing everything in between. It didn’t do that for long, since the campaign only lasted about 4 hours and was over before it had the opportunity to get any worse.

Call of Duty Ghosts Review
Michael: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
From a game that promised so much, so little was offered. Linear gameplay with very little variety turned a game with plenty of potential into a title that became tedious and tiring to play. The final breaking point of an already struggling game is its meager 4 hour storyline.

Below you’ll find a poll where you can vote on the shortest games of 2013.

Which game had the absolute worst multiplayer in 2013?

The Overlord, the master, the one who tries to get things done… I think they call it the “Editor-in-Chief”… I may even be cooler than Master Chief, but that remains to be questioned.

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  • Truthbot

    Why did you include the $30 ratchet and clank with $60 retail games? Article fail.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      Not entirely sure how that’s relevant. There’s lots of comparatively cheap games with lots more content, such as BattleBlock Theater or Charlie Murder, and many expensive games with less, such as Call of Duty. Regardless of the price of the game, Brady felt it had the shortest campaign of the games he’s played this year, and he’s entitled to that opinion.

  • Yashaar Mall

    Perhaps “Shortest Campaign” isn’t the correct wording here. Maybe “Most Disappointingly Short Campaign” is a better.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I wouldn’t say disappointingly short either – I’m glad Ghosts’ and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2’s campaigns didn’t go on much longer. That said, I think we’ll find a different term to phrase at the end of 2014.

      • Yashaar Mall

        Way too much swag <3

        • CataclysmicDawn

          Swaggiest Campaign