While we are only 8 months into 2015, with the big gaming months to come this fall, we have already seen some games that are absolute masterpieces such as Bloodborne and The Witcher 3. Then we have the games that have fallen terribly short of expectation. Some of these games had a huge hype machine behind them and were hugely anticipated, only to fall flat when they were released to the public. Let’s look at the top 5 disappointments from so far this year.
5. Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour
Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour is the first golf game released on this generation of consoles. Before this game, there had been a 2 year break where we saw very little in the way of these types of games, but we know EA Sports love to release their sports games yearly or bi-yearly so it was inevitable that we would see another golf game at some point. Many fans hoped that the time would be used to perfect this game and that perhaps we would see a golf game that people actually wanted to play. Instead we got a limited version of a golf game with many features that fans expected including plenty of courses and characters was just non-existent in the final build. Even with EA’s fantastically developed frostbite engine, there were still issues like texture pops that were extremely noticeable. Overall, sports fans were really excited, and EA deliver yet another sub-par sports product.
4. Battlefield: Hardline
Battlefield: Hardline was a victim of the Battlefield series’ success. Many people thought that the team behind Battlefield 3 and 4 were the ones working on Battlefield: Hardline, and this wasn’t the case. Hardline was developed by Visceral games and while running on the signature Frostbite engine, seemed only to be a filler game until the next major instalment was released. What we saw was a slight variation from the military combat, in favour of a more cops and robbers style, eliminating a lot of the communities favourite aspects of the game including the vehicular combat. This added to the fact that the story wasn’t great for a Battlefield game and there was a distinct lack of guns in the base game, ultimately sowed the seeds of this games demise.
From the makers of Left4Dead, one of the stand out best co op experiences available on the Xbox 360 and PC came Evolve. While the concept of the game was solid, that’s all it really was. The concept needed to either be fleshed out, or the game sold for a fraction of the price that it was. Evolve had 1 big gametype and a few others that barely added any re-playability and fans were left wanting more meat on the game other than the class based kill or be killed gameplay that we got in the final release. I am aware that more content was added to the game as free DLC, but the fact that this game was released as just the bones of a great experience saw the player base drop off rapidly.
2. Batman Arkham Knight (PC Version)
This game, or rather the port of this game to the PC in particular, was put on the list because although PC’s are undoubtedly more powerful and versatile than consoles in pretty much every way, Rocksteady managed to really screw up this one. I give my sympathies to some of the other games on this list as they at least tried to give the fans what they wanted or tried to shake things up, where as the port of Batman to the PC was downright terrible and shameful. This game released so poorly in fact, that Steam downright refused to sell it on their service. A few of the issues, if I even needed to state them, are the framerate being locked at 30 frames per second with even consoles running better as well as stutters, bugs and glitches if you even tried to turn the resolution up past 720p. A terrible release, and one that Rocksteady have vowed to fix.
1. The Order: 1886
The Order: 1886 was announced at E3 2013, which just happened to be the E3 that the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 were being shown off, along with a whole slew of games that would run on each system. The Order was one of those games that really got people talking about it, more so than pretty much any other game out there, giving it a real uphill battle if it were to live up to the huge hype, which it didn’t. Unfortunately, even though this game was hyped as a “true next gen experience”, there wasn’t much experience there at all with a lacklustre campaign that was too short and didn’t hold up to re-playability at all. Delays only worsened the issue, with each subsequent delay fuelling the fans excitement and anticipation, up to the drop off disappointment at the end of it.
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