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Today's cancellation of Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U is the final chapter in the long and sad story of the game's development. At one point, Colonial Marines was a highly anticipated title, but fans' excitement and expectations hit rock bottom once they actually played it. This doesn't happen often in the industry, but occasionally we are unpleasantly surprised when the reality of a title falls far short of our high hopes. These are some of this generation's examples of this concept. They aren't all bad games; some of them just couldn't live up to the ridiculous hype surrounding them.
SporeWhen Will Wright first unveiled Spore, it looked like it had the potential to change video games forever. The idea of guiding an organism through all of the stages of evolution was compelling, but Maxis struggled with crafting gameplay around the heady concept. The end result didn't drastically alter the video game landscape, but at least it was still fun (which is more than can be said for SimCity).
Too HumanDeveloper Silicon Knights built a reputation with games like Eternal Darkness and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. That meant that gamers were excited when the studio unveiled its concept for a techno-Norse sci-fi trilogy. However, a full series wasn't in the cards; prolonged development and technical issues caused the project to go sour, and when the finished product hit shelves, gamers found it to be far less than what was promised.
HomefrontIn a market dominated by yearly Call of Duty releases, Homefront promised to offer a fresh, more human look at war. THQ was banking on this shooter's premise of a Korean-occupied USA resonating with its audience, but the by-the-numbers gameplay and lack of polish kept Homefront from hitting the mark. The poor performance of Homefront is one of many factors in THQ's downfall.
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Black Ops 2. That was the first COD I was geniunley interested in since MW2. It had all the ingredients to be different but failed in every way.
I liked all these games.
disappointed in Bioshock 2 but looking forward to Infinity
>reading that DA2 was made with console gamers in mind
More like what Bioware thinks Console gamers are like.
I'll go ahead and say that Assassin's Creed 3 was god awful, and I actually LOVED Bioshock 2.
I personally wouldn't have put Dragon Age II or ACIII on the list, I thoroughly enjoyed both of them and although DAII wasn't as robust as the first game there were many elements I liked better in it. I hope DAIII takes the best elements from I and II and gives us an game that will be talked about for years to come.
Brink and Sim City (2013) should be high on the lists. Diablo 3 was also up there.
Good list of games that were good, but didn't live up to the hype. Well done Juba!
I actually liked Bioshock 2. It was jsut a solid game overall. That said, I didn't paly the original Bioshock until after Bioshock 2.
Homefront was never really on my radar. It just looked like another CoD clone, so IO didn't bother. When I asked a friend why he liked it, it was because he got to "kill Koreans". Yeah...
While I HATE Mass Effect 3's ending, everything else in the game is just epic. The way the game felt used your choices throughout the game is just awesome, and kind of gave the other 2 games more meaningful to play. However, everything after Anderson's death is just a complete *** you to everything I just said. Maybe one of the biggest *** ups in videogame history.
Personally, I care very little for the Aliens franchise as a whole, but the *** storm around that game is just hilarious to me. I'd probably feel differently if I was hyped for that game, but whatever.
Dragon Age II is by far one of the biggest letdowns I've ever played. Almost all the things that made Origins memorable were replaced with more streamlined substitutes.
Assassin's Creed III was just mediocre to me. Just nothing particularly entertaining besides from the tree climbing (and that's only because it was a nice change of scenery and felt kinda cool) and the home base quests, since it had more emotion than the main storyline, which was just incredibly bland. Connor is just a boring character overall. Then there's the performance issues. The slow frame rate was just evidence of the game trying to do too much. I still haven't finished it, because the game is just so dull.
I don't agree with Mass Effect 3 and Bioshock 2. I think it's different to say "I expected 10 and it was a 7" than to say "I expected green but this was blue".
ME3 and Bioschock 2 are great games. No technical issues, amazing gameplay, awesome story, lovely graphics and sound, and great DLC that made the games better (especially for ME3, the single player DLCs fixed all "issues" about the ending - plus a ton of amazing content for the already awesome multiplayer)
People expected something different in these two games. That's different from when they expected something better for the other games in this list.
Can't help but disagree with Mass Effect 3 and Crackdown 2....the rest I think you are pretty dern accurate on.
"The idea of playing as a Big Daddy got people pumped"
Correction: the idea of playing as a Big Daddy got pumped up into the game by bored people who don't know what artifice might suffice their boredom, even when we talk about good games. There should be only one Bioshock.
Sounds about right. I agree with most of these.
ME3 was a huge, amazing, beautiful, action-packed epic!! What a disappointment...