Skyrim - my god, I am surprised that this game is so widely praised. I get that there's definitely a niche market that wants to collect thirty snails so you can make dye so you can tie-dye shirts to sell in the town fair. But I'm shocked that that market is so large. Also, the general game mechanics are so fucking janky, it feels like Everquest or something built by amateurs on a free 3d engine. There's weird pointy collision geometry that you get stuck on, the graphics are full of artifacts, wtf.
Gran Turismo 5 - whoah this game is super disappointing. First of all the graphics are surprisingly terrible. How hard is it to render a race track? The basic stuff, the pavement, trees, etc. just don't look good and you wind up seeing big zoomed-in pixels all the time. The menu flow of the game is atrocious, and the load times are totally unforgivable. Typical game session goes like this - click though some damn movies, click through several fucking popup boxes about how I need to set the date & time and connect to the network, okay, finally the main menu (which takes a while to load); click into a sub-menu (loading...), again and again, like 5 or more menus before I get to race (each menu taking quite some time to load), and then *loading* ... it loads each fucking opponent car one by one and they take several seconds each, WTF. Every time you go into a menu it loads, and then just to back out to the previous menu it has to reload it! WTF WTF. But by far the most disappointing thing is the physics; I thought that with a wheel it would actually behave like a real car, and it just doesn't. Which brings me to -
Logitech Driving Force GT Wheel - GT5 was sucking so bad I thought I would try it with a wheel, so I bought this piece of crap. The force feedback is completely terrible; it's a nice idea, it should give you some of the feedback you get from a real steering wheel, which should give you information about if your tires are sliding or in the air or whatever. Nope, none of that. Instead you just get the motor seemingly randomly turning on and moving around the wheel really hard, like you have to fight it with fierce muscle flexing. It's garbage. So I found this trick that you can unplug the power from it (after it does its self-calibrating thing) and that disables the horrible motor jamming you up, and then it's sort of okay, obviously no feel or response in the wheel, but that's better than horribly wrong random force feedback.
Of course all that shittiness pales in comparison to the basic shittiness of the entire modern console gaming experience. I only play games like once a year, so when I do decide "hey let's try this game out" the experience is - "sorry, you need to update your system software" ; urgh , wtf, okay ... then I do it and start the game - "this game needs to download an update" ; urgh, wtf, okay ... then "this game must be installed to the harddrive to run; it needs 18.4 GB" ; urgh wtf, okay... finally it's installed and starts up - "this game requires a newer version of the system software"... WTF !? I already did that and you didn't give me the latest version? (drop out to the main menu), yep, there's a newer version, get that. By this point I fucking hate the game and have no interest in playing it.