1. Mass Effect 3
The first game to feature in this list is Mass Effect 3. The title which released back in 2012 was developed by Bioware and published by Electronic Arts. Mass Effect 3 was one of the most hyped games of 2012, mainly because of its massively successful predecessors.
The game however, couldn’t live up to the expectations. The game required you to make important choices which all accumulated and played an important part in the ending.
The decisions most of the players made actually ended up having no tangible effect on the ending of the game which left many players dissapointed. The game was also heavily criticized because it didn’t have perfect closure. Months after the game was released, Bioware fixed the ending of the game, but it was too late.
2. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series is a path breaking video game series. The series had seen ten of the main titles released in a span of sixteen years. The last entry to the series, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was developed by Robomodo and Disruptive Games and was published by Activision.
The game had a lot of expectation from the fans as it was the first main entry to the series since 2007.
The build up of the game was pretty good and the fans expected another blockbuster game from the series. However, the game failed to live up to the expectations and turned out to be a embarrassingly bad game.
Critics believed that the game was full of design failures and glitches. The game only managed to score 38 and 32 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 respectively in Metacritic ratings.
The next game to feature in this list is Godus. The game was released in 2014 and was developed and published by 22Cans. Godus, which was regarded as the spiritual successor of Populous was designed by popular game designer Peter Molyneux and was hyped to the sky. Molyneux made a lot of promises before the launch of the game, of which none materialized.
The game promised that the god simulation genre would be reinvented by Godus. The game will allow every player to be a God and make their own environment as per their liking.
However, the game couldn’t deliver any of the promises and turned out to be an utter waste of time. It received negative reviews from all around the world because of its boring gameplay.
The game was also involved in various controversies including one where Molyneux promised that a God of gods would be selected and he/she get a cut from the proceeds of the game. The God of the gods was even chosen, but he never received any money.
4. The Order: 1886
Another hyped game which was unable to live up to the expecations was The Order: 1886. The PS4 exclusive game was developed by Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica Studio and was published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The previews and the trailers of the game promised a lot with great graphics and incredible action.
Upon its release, the game turned out to be a boring one. The game was actually too short for an action adventure game priced at $60. It lasted for only about eight hours.
Apart from this, the game received wide range of criticisms for not having enough enemy types, being to narrative, less player involvement, poor boss fight etc. etc. The game managed to receive a Metacritic score of only 63.
5. Duke Nukem Forever
The last game to be featured on this list is Duke Nukem Forever. The first person shooter game, which was released in 2011 was developed by multiple developers like 3D Realms, Triptych Games, Gearbox Software and Piranha Games. The game was started by the first two studios and was wrapped up by the last two.
Duke Nukem Forever was the sequel of the 1996 ground breaking shooter Duke Nukem 3D. The game was one of the most anticipated titles of the year. One of the reasons behind the hype was the fact that it was the sequel to a popular game which was released 15 years ago.
The game, however debuted as a mess. There wasn’t even a single positive aspect of the game and it was bombarded by negative reviews. The game’s control were poor, humor was offensive, graphics was bad and the load time was humongous.
People definitely expected a better game after almost 15 years into development.