Failure to launch
Below is a list of some of our biggest and shadiest let downs in gaming.
Gaming has evolved into something bigger and better than ever before. Often blowing us away with how far it has come and every year it becomes grander, prettier and more immersive. However, with great promises, come great lies and disappointments.
Ark Survival Evolved – Early Access Expansions
Although Ark possibly enjoyed its most successful period in early access the developers opted to release an expansion during said early access. The expansion allowed items from one world to be carried over to another, although not imperative to the gameplay, it’s easy to understand why one would feel the experience is incomplete without the ability to engage with features available in the expansion area.
You should consider early access the same as buying a season pass, you would be right to expect each instalment of that season without having to pay additional money for that next tasty DLC. That wasn’t the case with even early adopters having to pay for subsequent expansions.
Infestation: Survivor Stories – Untrustworthy Developers
You would be forgiven for never hearing about Infestation, but don’t let that fool you, Infestation deserves to make this list. OP Productions LLC, creators of Infestation, found it best to address a community outcry directed at the large number of hackers playing their game, by banning random, innocent players in an attempt to scare off those who were actually hacking. They have also been criticised for giving streamers preferential treatment in game and even shut down all their servers whilst still allowing the game to be sold on Steam.
It seems this company has a history of this behaviour, with everything from false advertising to homophobic statements attributed to their brand, it’s probably best to stay clear of any OP Productions game you may come across.
DayZ Stand-Alone – Broken Promises
Following in the footsteps of disastrous No Mans Sky, DayZ let the consumer down with empty promises of their own. In their case by simply failing to deliver a completed product, bear in mind DayZ was the winner of the IGN Peoples Choice Award in 2013 and named the 52nd best PC game of all time by PC Gamer in 2015. The game was released in early access in 2013 and is still in early access in 2018.
Lead developer Dean Hall abandoned the project in 2014 to start his own studio, RocketWerkz, leaving it to Bohemia Interactive to pick up the pieces. Issues have only become greater since, with major concerns unresolved and only small content updates brought out over time. Who knows when or if the game will have an actual release date.
Diablo 3 – Server Issues
Anyone who was unfortunate enough to try play Diablo 3 on release will know all about the painful world of server issues. Behind every bit of code that we interact with for online play, is a server compiling the results of our actions. Lacking sufficient server testing, Blizzard left gamers with an unappreciated evening of trying to login. In the case of Diablo 3, it recovered, and in the end, many would stay a while and listen although the words “error 37 – the servers are busy at this time” are still known to trigger many gamers’ PTSD.
Assassins Creed Unity - Bugs (and Just Bad)
This list item is dedicated to both games that are full of unexpected bugs or those that are designed in such a way that the game may have all the promised content but is released in such a manner that the game is not enjoyable for any reasonable man.
Assassins Creed Unity is one of the most notable examples out there, a game riddled with so many bugs that the developers, Ubisoft, released a public apology and gifted free content to all the existing fans.
A good reminder to those franchises that want to produce quantity over quality, at least they gave some of the masochists among us some nightmare fuel with that toothy face bug.
Batman Arkham Knight– Poor Ports
The Batman Arkham Knight PC port was so bad that is has stained a truly successful franchise, with the series originally enjoying remarkable success, but in this case the port was so bad that it prompted a never seen before move by a major publisher, Warner Bros announced that they would be giving unconditional refunds to anyone who owned the title on Steam at any time. Yes, it was that bad.
A more stable version was eventually released, but even then, it had numerous reports of issues and horrible memory leaks. Perhaps this was the George Clooney of Batman games.
Final Fantasy XIV - Everything
FFXIV was one of the worst launches in the history of gaming, not only was the game itself terrible, but many players were unable to play the game outside of specific regions, even if the game itself was sold there. Not due to server issues in this case, no - just due to the game simply locking you out if you registered and stated that your home country was not from one of those accepted.
Shunned by gamers and reviewers alike, tip your hats to Final Fantasy XIV anyway, as they stuck with the title and managed one of the most fantastic comebacks in gaming history and is now one of the most critically acclaimed MMO’s around.
Any games or issues we left out? Anything so bad that we could only have forgotten it because our brains have erased the memory to protect us? Here’s your chance – let us know your most disappointing game.