Not every game released in a given year can be a winner. Some games are built on a mountain of hype, praised to the high heavens before they’re even released only to come crashing down in spectacular fashion. Is a game disappointing because it didn’t live up to our lofty standards or simply because it couldn’t deliver on its own hype? Does one feel a sense of disappointment for what could have been, especially in light of what was promised through all those beautiful trailers? Or is the product you’ve purchased with your hard-earned money simply nothing all that great despite all the greatness it promised to offer? It’s tough to say – you can only real feel disappointed if you had expectations though. And for those who felt disappointed even when expecting nothing, we present our nominees for the most disappointing game of 2015.
Star Wars Battlefront
The Order: 1886
Code Name STEAM
Need for Speed
Winner: The Order 1886
We know what you’re thinking. “Star Wars Battlefront is way more disappointing since it didn’t live up to the brilliance of Pandemic’s past games!” And we understand much more than we’d care to admit. However, Ready at Dawn’s The Order: 1886 wasn’t meant to just be a reboot to a long-standing franchise. It was supposed to be a pillar on which Sony could build its PS4 dynasty. First revealed at E3 2013, The Order: 1886 was actually in development since 2010 and was meant to release in 2014. It was subsequently delayed to February 2015 but that didn’t help matters all that much.
For a game that looked like it would be the next big cinematic third person shooter, it was shocking to see The Order: 1886 rely so much on QTEs and cinematic sequences. The story held potential but wasn’t the monster-killing spree we expected and it ended on a cliff-hanger. Did we mention you could finish the game in a few hours with literally no reason to go back? The other nominees at least found acceptance with some players, regardless of their quality. Not even the most ardent PS4 fan could defend the disaster that was The Order: 1886.
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