A disappointing game is not necessarily a bad game… it just could not live up to the expectations. An even worse offense is of course when a game is bad AND disappointing. But let’s not discuss terminologies too long and get started with this video. We selected ten games that had so much potential or were made by developers and studios with such a good reputation, but still managed to disappointed us. This is the Top 10 most disappointing games of 2016.
10. TMNT Mutants in Manhattan – Activision / Platinum Games
A while ago Platinum Games worked on an action game based on the animations series The Legend of Korra. It was rubbish. Transformers Devastation was another licensed game they worked on. It was pretty decent actually. So when they announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan we had high hopes.
09. Battleborn – 2K Games / Gearbox Studios
Battleborn tried to capitalize on the overwhelming popularity of MOBA-like games. It had everything, ranging from a cast of colorful and diverse characters to an interesting take on the genre with an FPS twist. However, the gameplay ended up being pretty boring. At its core it revolves around tried and tested formulas that already have been done better in other games.
08. Tom Clancy’s The Division – Ubisoft / Massive Entertainment
There was lots of hype revolving around Tom Clancy’s The Division and Ubisoft did an awesome job at blending third person action with elements from massive online games. But after playing the game for like 15 to 20 hours, gameplay got boring. The competitive Dark Zone became more risk than reward and the PVE end game became a grind very quickly.
07. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst – Electronic Arts / DICE
After the financial disaster that was the first Mirror’s Edge, fans have been waiting and asking for a sequel for years. It truly was an amazing game that simple was misunderstood. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst provided an open world full of freerunning and parkour but there wasn’t that much else to do in it. T
06. Star Fox Zero – Nintendo / Platinum Games
The Star Fox franchise has been held in high regard for many years. The series was amazing on the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 and even had a nice outing on the Gamecube. But Star Fox Zero for Wii U was on many levels below par. In terms of graphical quality, it looks like a remastered version of the Gamecube game. Worse even is that Star Fox Zero simply plays like shit.
05. Homefront: The Revolution – Deep Silver / Dambuster Studios
Homefront: The Revolution is the second game in a pretty new franchise. The game was already in development for years by three different game studios. But even with all that expertise, Homefront: The Revolution was worse than its predecessor. The story was one incoherent mess and the open world gameplay was super generic. A
04. Street Fighter 5 – Capcom / Dimps
After dozens of Street Fighter 4 versions fans were eager to get their hands on the newest iteration in the famous fighting franchise. But Capcom did something nobody expected. Street Fighter 5 was released as an unfinished product. It shipped with a mediocre online multiplayer mode, allowing you to play versus casual or ranked. Thankfully it had local versus, but it lacked any singleplayer content.
03. Mighty No 9 – Deep Silver / Comcept
Keiji Inafune is known as the godfather of Mega Man. But after his departure from Capcom he can no longer use that brand. That’s why he crowdfunded a game that’s very much like Mega Man, but with the title Mighty No 9. The Mega Man series is known for its hardcore action platforming and fans were eager for more. But Mighty No 9 turned out to be a huge disappointment.
02. Quantum Break – Microsoft / Remedy Entertainment
Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment made a game that was all about blending a television series with gameplay. On top of that Quantum Break would feature a time-bending mechanic that would make bullet time look outdated. Gameplay and its story would be console defining experiences that nobody has seen before.
01. No Man’s Sky – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Hello Games
When it comes to building up hype, No Man’s Sky was really reaching for the skies. Perhaps no other game released in 2016 was met with so much hype as this PC and Playstation 4 game. And in the end this game fell into a bottomless pit.
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