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Most Disappointing Game of 2018 - Article

by Craig Snow , posted on 06 January 2019 / 2,674 Views


High expectations going undelivered. Not exactly uncommon is it? And yet time after time gamers fall for it; indeed most of us do, at some time or another. Be it hyped derived from a spectacular trailer that ends up being highly unrepresentative of the final product, or developers who oversell the revolutionary nature of their creations, or just the fact that it's a sequel to a hitherto incredible series that ends up being just a little bit crap, each year several titles come out that thoroughly fail to deliver on expectations. Here are four of this year's worst offenders.

 

The Shortlist:


Fallout 76

 

 

Sea of Thieves 

 

 

Metal Gear Survive 

 

 

We Happy Few

 

 

 

 

The 'Winner':

 

Fallout 76

The warning signs for Fallout 76's spectacular fall from grace actually came quite early - almost immediately with its announcement in fact. Not only did Bethesda comprehensively fail to take heed of these warnings, the company ploughed on and made a multitude of additional unforced errors well before the game even came out. Ordinarily such a scenario would fail to make the title in question a candidate for Most Disappointing Game of the Year, since in order to be a disappointment the title needs to have a serious prospect of critical success. But Fallout 76 was treated a little differently, by virtue of the fact that it bears the name of one of the industry's most beloved franchises, has a dedicated fan base with huge expectations, and is the product of one of the modern era's more well-regarded developers.

Bethesda and Fallout have both taken a huge reputational hit from the initial release of Fallout 76. It remains to be seen if the company can turn things around for the title in the year or two to come, but for the time being Fallout 76 is a huge disappointment.


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9 Comments

Darwinianevolution (on 06 January 2019)

Honestly this was a rather easy pick. No other game here has had such a terrible fall from grace like Fallout 76. We Happy Few had promise, but there were some clear clues of problems, and the game is not in an unfixable state. Sea of Thieves lacked content at launch, but that can be solved in the long run, especially with Microsoft backing the whole thing. And MGS Survive cannot be dissapointing because noone expected anything good out of it. But the amount of crashing Fallout 76 has had to deal with (and is still dealing with) since launch is almost unprecedented.


Mystro-Sama (on 07 January 2019)

Who expected anything from Metal Gear Survive?


Sixteenvolt420 (on 06 January 2019)

I was so excited for 76, but it let me down severely. I really hope that they can make it better, like what has been done with NMS.


V-r0cK (on 07 January 2019)

I don't think anybody was disappointed with MG Survive; We all knew it would bomb.


StriderKiwi (on 06 January 2019)

Outside Fallout 76, I was severely disappointed by We Happy Few. Ever since Bioshock went away, I've missed those sorts of period piece meets sci-fi first person story centered experiences.


DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

Well I can't say I'm disappointed with the outcomes listed. Like they were expected as soon as it was know more about the games.


John2290 (on 07 January 2019)

I think Atlas should take this crown.


Azzanation (on 07 January 2019)

Yea that game was a joke. Than again sort of expected coming from a skall team. Fallout just had too much high expectations from Besth


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Azzanation (on 07 January 2019)

I am not drunk, just my spelling sucks on a phone.


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TheBird (on 06 January 2019)

Sea of Thieves shouldn't really be here, it was delivered as advertised unlike the 3 other games. It was polished, and gave no false promises at launch, people were delusional to think this game is a disappointment trying to put it in the same boat as No Mans Sky. We were all told it would have amazing post launch support, and 9 months later it is safe to say they delivered.


Libara (on 07 January 2019)

Had SoT been a PS exclusive, it would not have been on the list. VGC for you.


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shikamaru317 (on 06 January 2019)

Atlas deserved both a nomination and the win. The developers advertised that as a brand new, from the ground up pirate game. It was actually a lazy, unoptimized pirate reskin of Ark: Survival Evolved, except even buggier and laggier than Ark was on release. Fallout 76 was definitely rushed and probably needed another year of development, but it's not half as ugly or half as buggy as Atlas.


Darwinianevolution (on 06 January 2019)

True, Atlas came up too close to the end of the year, it kinda flew under everyone's radar.


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shikamaru317 (on 06 January 2019)

Even more so than the bugs, the main reason why Atlas is the most disappointing game of 2018 is the fact that the developers misrepresented it as a brand new game when it was just a reskin. Bethesda never lied about what Fallout 76 was, they were open about it right from the start, telling people at E3 that it was a multiplayer game with no NPC's where the community would take on the role of the other human characters you encounter while playing the game. That reason alone makes Atlas the actual worst game of 2018. (And yes, I know that Bethesda lied about other stuff, such as the canvas bags in the collectors edition, but to my knowledge, they never lied about the game itself).


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Ka-pi96 (on 06 January 2019)

Never even heard of it. Something that you've not heard of can't really be a disappointment :p


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shikamaru317 (on 06 January 2019)

I assume then that you're not 1 of the 26.2m people who watched The Game Awards this year then Ka-Pi? It was announced with a trailer at The Game Awards and released a few days later. The trailer they announced it with misrepresented it as a polished, from the ground up pirate game, and the trailer got alot of people hyped. Then it released and it was just a buggy, unoptimized reskin of their previous game, Ark. Here is a video a youtuber made comparing the trailer to what the game actually was like on release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzDTdBsW1GU


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WoodenPints (on 06 January 2019)

Whilst I can understand people been disappointed with Atlas it's probably the most fun I've had in gaming for many many years now, Server problem and bugs can make the game annoying at times but the core of the game along with the ship battles are amazing fun and there is a good amount of content already at launch to expand upon. The game for sure has some massive potential going forward through the early access development process.


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ResilientFighter (on 06 January 2019)

Wont ever forget you saying fallout 76 was great that the beta was just a taste and that the final product would be far better, also that it would do well in sales yet it is considered one of the biggest flops not just do to low sales but also because of many different controversial things. In simple terms you predicted wrong really wrong and it is the worst big budget game of the year hands down on dozens of lists and i told you fans of the series hated it and were not going to be ok with it.


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DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

If it was announced at Game Awards and released days later then it hardly built enough expectation to disappoint.


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shikamaru317 (on 07 January 2019)

@Resilient Fighter You must be thinking of someone else here on VGC. I didn't play the Fallout 76 beta because I didn't preorder the game (or even buy it). I did play the game on release when I rented it, and didn't think it was as bad as the reviews suggested, though I did think that it felt rushed and could have used another year of development. What I said was that the game has potential to be great after several months or years of post-release updates, just like Elder Scrolls Online took quite a few post-release updates to become good. As for sales, I said that it would still sell millions even in spite of the bad reviews, and I was right there as well, Fallout 76 was #4 in November NPD, where it beat Fallout 3's debut month but lost to Fallout 4 and Fallout New Vegas' debut month. VGC has it selling nearly 2m physical since release, and we know that console digital is around 40% now, so we're looking at over 3m on consoles alone. PC we have no numbers on since Bethesda released it on their own store instead of Steam, but considering the level of sales on console and the level of sales on `PC for previous Fallout games, 1m+ is certain. So all in all Fallout 76 has sold around 4m so far, and being an online game like Elder Scrolls Online, it will have years of legs ahead of it as they update and improve the game.


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ResilientFighter (on 07 January 2019)

It sold waaay less than fallout 4 and is panned critically by both reviews, users, and fallout fans so it is a FLOP and it damaged Bethesdas reputation pretty badly lol


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shikamaru317 (on 07 January 2019)

2 things:

1. The user reviews are not as bad as you are making them out to be, on the Xbox One store, which requires you to own a game before you can rate it, Fallout 76 has a 2.6/5 on the Standard edition and a 2.8/5 on the tricentennial edition with over 1/3rd of users giving it either 4 or 5 stars. On the Playstation US store, which also requires you to own a game before rating it, Fallout 76 user reviews are even better, the standard edition has 3.5/5 stars.

2. Elder Scrolls Online also "flopped" on release by conventional measures, it only sold around 1-2m on PC in the first month (way less than Skyrim sold in the first month on PC), got a 70 meta from critics (much lower than the 96 meta that Skyrim received), and a 5.1/10 user average on the release version of the game. After 4 years of updates, Elder Scrolls Online has improved considerably, the critic reviews and user reviews are higher and the game sold over 10m copies by June 2017. The same kind of improvements and lifetime sales could easily happen for Falllout 76 since it is an online game that will receive updates for potentially years.


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ResilientFighter (on 07 January 2019)

Seems you can't accept the cold hard facts that fallout fans, critics and the gaming community see fallout 76 like a rotten carcass. Hey man it's cool though we all have a few horrible games we like in our library this happens to be yours, mine is Duke nukem and both are equally as panned :D


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ResilientFighter (on 07 January 2019)

You love posting links and data well I could post dozens of links to pages and videos of the severe backlash this flop caused from customers, fallout communities, critics all over the world and from the profit standpoint. You think they made enough money back to cover advertising servers development etc? Nope


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shikamaru317 (on 07 January 2019)

1. As I said before, I don't own Fallout 76. I rented it, played about 20 hours of it, and decided to wait to finish it until after about a year of updates.

2. As I said before, Fallout 76 seems to be at around 4m sales so far across all platforms. The budget would not have been very high. Fallout 76 was made by Bethesda's new Austin studio (which has less than half the developers that the main studio in Maryland has) in about a year and a half, it reuses alot of Fallout 4 assets and has barely any voice acting due to the lack of NPC's, so the budget actually wouldn't have been very high at all. The game also has microtransactions, so there is a strong chance that 76 is already profitable for Zenimax (Bethesda's parent company). Believe it or not, the game still has a sizeable community that is playing it, as a for instance it is currently at #17 on XB1's most played list, ahead of other multiplayer games like CoD WW2, Warframe, Sea of Thieves, Halo 5, Gears of War 4, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Bethesda's other online game, Elder Scrolls Online.


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ResilientFighter (on 07 January 2019)

You are in denial it's OK man I won't bother you more over the plain facts of how this is a stain on the fallout IP and how millions of people worldwide agree while only a tiny amount of people think it's a good game and go giving it 5 stars on PSN and Xbox store to justify their purchase but it never will cover up the dozens of websites appalled by it and the hundreds of videos mocking it and the hundreds thousands of comments on social media claiming it to be the biggest fail of 2018. Even those playing the game at the moment say it's terrible but play it sometimes because they already payed for it digitally and can't sell it.


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DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

Yes makes perfect sense... let's wait 4 years before saying the game is bad, because they can change the whole game in that time.


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