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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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i havent really enjoyed an assassins creed game since ac2 and that still got a little dry in the middle
This was an interesting read.
Hmm. I was surprised to see ME3 and AC3 in there. Personally AC3 was my favorite in the series, I felt it offered a lot more variety. I loved ME3's campaign, and the online coop provided my friends and I hours of enjoyment. Definitely didn't waste my money on those two titles. However, one recent game that comes to mind that was a letdown for me was Forza Horizon.
Brink, Diablo 3, and maybe Gears of War: Judgment. I still like all three of the games to some extent, but Brink was a big disappointment because nobody played and the servers were too laggy.
Diablo 3 was great at first but eventually devolved into farming the same areas over and over again, collecting loot to sell on the auction house to buy gear for your class.
Finally, Gears of War: Judgment didn't have the most hype, but you would expect a great game considering its predecessors. The GoWJ multiplayer is so different from the other Gears games that it feels more like Call of Duty but with GoW mechanics. It's too much of a departure for me to enjoy it as much as I had hoped. There's no strategy any more, it's all about running around aimlessly looking for someone to shotgun in the back - or just melee them twice. With all that said, I'm still trying to give GoWJ a chance but only because I bought the season pass.
WTF there are way more over hyped games that sucked that should have been on this list yet games like ME3 AC3 and Bioshock 2 our on the list.
I'm surprised Ninja Gaiden 3 wasn't on here
I pre-ordered 3 of these ( played 4) and o what I wish I hadn't preordered ... Add dishonered to that list , it was pretty disappointing IMO too :/
All of these were definitely let-downs. Not all of them huge ones. I still had fun with many of these, but was expecting much more.
Where's RE6, Duke Nukem, Star Wars: The Old Republic, FF13-2? And come on, besides the last 15 mins of the game, ME3 was an amazing game. I will fully 100% agree that Dragon Age 2 was a let down, but at least Bioware is learning from their mistake with DA3.
I heartily agree with Dragon Age II, Assassin's Creed 3, and Mass Effect 3. They didn't live up to the hype or their predecessors. Assassin's Creed 3 wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to the hype. I'm not EVEN going there with the train-wreck that was ME3. Dragon Age II was the worst of the three. I played it for a few hours and I could already tell that it was going to be horrible. It was ridiculously bloody, the characters weren't that great, and the graphics just looked cheap. I mean, it actually looked WORSE than the first game. That's not supposed to happen with a second installment.
So, yeah, it's disappointing when games don't live up to hype or their predecessors. :(
I agree with most of these except Assassins creed 3 and mass effect 3. I thought they were Phenominal. That's just me. Anyways, wish most of these games were better like home front. Was thinking of getting it, but then heard of a let down it was. Shame. Nice joe!
I feel like this article was a little unfair; I mean, some of these were only letdowns because they weren't as good as their predecessors. BioShock 2 gets nitpicked because it wasn't as good as the first, but otherwise it's still a great game. And sure, Assassin's Creed III disappointed because of some glitches and the story wasn't as strong as past titles, but other than that it's still has a lot of strong things going for it, like combat. And maybe Mass Effect 3 didn't recognize all of our choices the way we hoped it would have, but come on, it was one of the best games of 2012.
I heard that a lot of people were disappointed with Bioshock 2, so I decided to play it first and the original Bioshock second. It totally worked.
As a Crackdown fan, I can see this being on the list, but I really had a good time with Crackdown 2; and I'm usually the first one to pan a game.
If I remember correctly, although the time frame between 1 & 2 was long enough, for some reason I don't remember off the top of my head, Ruffian only had a fraction of that to deliver the sequel. This is most likely why the same city was used. I did get a kick out of seeing the same city change as it did.
I remember thinking they did a great job with the time they had, and it's one game I never sold.