Whether it’s due to internal development issues, rushing to meet deadlines or simply not having the budget to make the end result look anything like the demo footage, there’s nothing more upsetting than a seemingly good game being unable to live up to expectations.
Decent, hard-working people poured a lot of time and effort into a project that, for whatever reason, didn’t work out. We take no pleasure in kicking their hard work when they’re down, but it’s a slow news day so what the hell. These are our 6 most disappointing games of 2015.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
A new Tony Hawk Pro Skater game for the current generation of consoles! What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, everything. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was released with a ton of bugs and was about as much fun as sacking yourself at the top of a 10-stair rail (which isn’t very much fun I’ll have you know). We had high hopes for the franchise to return to form but it wasn’t meant to be.
Batman: Arkham Knight (on PC)
Batman: Arkham Knight is not a bad game…if you play it on a console. On PC, however, it’s a different story. PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight were so bad and buggy that WB Games removed it for sale from Steam and refunded every purchase. Even when it was re-released 5 MONTHS (5 months?!) later, the PC version of the game was still dropping frames and having trouble loading textures. How a big title like this could hit the market for PC twice and still not figure out how to port it properly is just shameful.
Imagine Battlefield 4 with new skins and a tacked on, hackneyed cop storyline and you have this game. It has nothing new to offer, which for current-gen games is kind of unacceptable. Especially from a franchise that dares call themselves Call of Duty’s main competition.
The gameplay of Evolve isn’t particularly bad, but it’s just empty. Once you have played five matches, you have more or less played them all. Hopefully you have a big group of friends, otherwise there’s not much reason to keep playing this game. Plus, the DLC is exorbitantly priced. We were excited for what else the team behind Left 4 Dead had up their sleeves but now we wish we had never found out.
The Order: 1886
The Order 1886 is nothing more than an overhyped six-hour cutscene that sometimes has the kindness to let you play the game you spent $60 on. It might not be so bad if the dialogue weren’t so stilted and pointless and we actually got to go on the fascinating adventure all the characters were alluding to in their perfectly hollow way. Not to mention, copying and pasting the final boss battle from an earlier battle is offensive to gamers in this day and age.
The one thing this game had going for it was the cool visuals of an alternate Victorian England and now that’s been eclipsed by the latest Assassin’s Creed game. After a strong showing at E3 who knows how long ago, this game is set to fade into obscurity where it belongs.
This one’s on us. We got swept up by Mad Max-hype this summer, so when we found out that a game was coming this fall, how could we not get excited for it? Well, we should have remembered that any game that serves as a big budget movie tie-in is doomed to fail and that’s exactly what Mad Max did. Tracking down collectibles on the map is 90% of the game. For shame.
What are your most disappointing games of 2015? Star Wars: Battlefront? Metal Gear Solid 5? The 6 most disappointing games of 2015 we already mentioned? Let us know in the comments.