Top 10 | Biggest disappointments of 2017.
- 10. Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Giant Map, Giant Disappointment
- 9. Nintendo Switch without Virtual Console
- 8. Virtual reality loses strength
- 7. PS4 without backwards compatibility
- 6. Microsoft cancels Scalebound
- 5. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is a shadow of what it was in the past
- 4. EA closes Visceral Games and cancels single-player Star Wars game
- 3. Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn’t live up to expectations
- 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 postponed to 2018
- 1. Loot Boxes
2017 was a very good year for fans of several franchises and we had a lot of good news that surprised us. But not everything is perfect. Below we list the top 10 of the biggest disappointments of the year in the gaming world.
10. Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Giant Map, Giant Disappointment
It’s another one of those games that fills the map with repetitive things to do that have little value. It is a pity. Ubisoft has an incredible ability to create interesting concepts and universes, but insists on betting on the same repetitive structure.
9. Nintendo Switch without Virtual Console
The console is doing very well and has sold a lot, but missing is the Virtual Console, which allows the emulation of classic Nintendo titles. Just imagine having NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Gameboy classics in one console that can be taken anywhere. It’s a dream come true.
8. Virtual reality loses strength
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Since the arrival of these devices, several experimental titles have been released, some of them very good, however, the technology still has limitations. In addition to the admission price, which makes virtual reality less appealing to most, there is the issue of tiredness and the possibility of discomfort.
7. PS4 without backwards compatibility
After announcing that Xbox One would be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games, Microsoft went further and announced backwards compatible with original Xbox titles. It’s an impressive feat, and it’s what Sony has failed to do. So far, the PlayStation 4 doesn’t have any backwards compatibility capability.
6. Microsoft cancels Scalebound
In the first days of the year Microsoft announced that it decided to cancel Scalebound, one of the great exclusives 7 for Xbox One and Windows 10. Scalebound was a project developed in collaboration with Platinum Games and, until today, the reasons for canceling the development continue a mystery, although rumors point to disagreements between Platinum Games and Microsoft.
5. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is a shadow of what it was in the past
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was released with a questionable choice of characters, reserving some of the best for the Season Pass, an uninteresting story mode and a sloppy and sloppy visual aspect. The combat system is the only thing that can be saved.
4. EA closes Visceral Games and cancels single-player Star Wars game
Visceral Games was developing a Star Wars adventure game that even featured Amy Hennig, the former writer of Uncharted. Once again, Star Wars fans were filled with hope. It looked like we would have a game with an epic story in the Star Wars universe. Hope disappeared in October, when Electronic Arts announced that it had decided to cancel the project and close the studio, justifying that they preferred a game that could keep the player stuck longer.
3. Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn’t live up to expectations
The initial problem with facial expressions was not very good, an indication that the release was too soon. Even excluding the issue of facial expressions, which generated so many memes abroad, it was a game that repeated the same themes as the previous ones, and that despite expanding the exploration and gameplay, sinned by its repetitive nature.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 postponed to 2018
Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally slated for the end of 2017, but has been pushed back to 2018. It was certainly for the best reasons, after all, we want the game to be released in the best possible state. Grand Theft Auto V was also delayed a few times before it was finally released. In any case, the additional wait is agonizing. A Rockstar Games game is always a special event and we can’t wait to get our hands on Red Dead Redemption 2.
1. Loot Boxes
Loot boxes have long been a part of games. Overwatch, for example, has had loot boxes since launch and there has never really been a discussion about it. So what happened in 2017 to generate so much discussion around loot boxes? It happened that some publishers forced loot boxes in some unexpected games. First we had Forza Motorsport 7 and then Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, which surprised us by including loot boxes in a single-player game. The pot was simmering until the lid popped off with Star Wars: Battlefront 2.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has become the worst example of loot box implementation. At E3 2017 Electronic Arts promised that there would be no paid DLCs, but that they would include microtransactions. It seemed to be the same plan as Blizzard’s Overwatch. All content is free, but you can spend money on loot boxes. However, there is a fundamental difference between Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. In Overwatch the boxes only include skins, sprays and in-game credits for us to spend on skins. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 loot boxes turn the game into Pay-To-Twin, which turns most players off.
The list was taken from SamaGame.