SG Gaming Info’s 5 most disappointing games of 2016
The games on this list aren’t necessarily bad, they are games that simply left me disappointed, as they didn’t live up to my expectations. Now like all top 5 lists from SG Gaming Info, only games that I played or reviewed will be on this list.
5) A.O.T. Wings of Freedom (Koei Tecmo)
Available on – PS4, PC, XBOne
Release date – August 26, 2016
Straight in at number five, we have A.O.T. Wings of Freedom by Koei Tecmo Games. Wings of Freedom is based on the popular anime, manga and light novel series, Attack on Titan. In the game, humanity is under attack by creatures known as Titans, and you are tasked with helping one of humanities last remaining cities.
While I tried to enjoy Wings of Freedom with its fluid omni-directional movement system and combat that puts an emphasis on speed and accuracy, everything else about the game lacked charm.
Wings of Freedom suffered from an overabundance of similar missions, with many missions feeling very much copy paste in their design with the main difference being the location. The characters in the game were also rather uninteresting before I played the game I had been told that if you never watched or read Attack on Titan I would have no trouble getting into Wings of Freedom, but alas the entire time I played I felt disconnected from the characters and their troubles.
A.O.T. Wings of Freedom review: http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2016/10/a-o-t-wings-of-freedom-ps4-review/
For more information on A.O.T. Wings of Freedom, visit http://www.koeitecmoeurope.com/attackontitan/.
4) Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (Square Enix)
Available on – PS4
Release date – July 1, 2016
At number 4, we have Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness by Square Enix. Despite initially being excited to play a new Star Ocean game, my experience with the game was disappointing, to say the least. As Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness was a bland experience filled with issues such as a camera and running animation that loved to create a feeling of motion sickness.
Regarding the game’s story, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness focused on throwing the protagonist and his friends into a completely new world of experiences as they are caught in the middle of a dispute between two advanced space-faring races, The Federation and Kronos Government. The dispute is caused by a small child called Relia, who the protagonist, Fidel, rescued from the Kronos Government. The meat of the story involves protecting Relia and stopping an all-out war between the Federation and Kronos.
While the story sounds interesting on paper, the amount of information players are bombarded with and rushed plot twists does negatively affect the game. The game is also let down by a large six-party system that mostly consists of a barrage of blinding skills and wandering camera.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness review: http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2016/07/star-ocean-integrity-and-faithlessness-review/.
For more information on Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, visit http://staroceangame.com/us/.
3) Swords Art Online: Hollow Realization (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Available on – PS4, PS Vita
Release date – November 8, 2016
At number 3, we have Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization by Bandai Namco Entertainment, another game based off an anime. The anime, Sword Art Online is based on characters trapped in an MMO who if they die inside it, die in real life. Hollow Realization is built around the characters in the anime and additional source material entering a new VRMMO called Sword Art: Origin. Their role in this new MMO is to make sure everything is running smoothly, and of course, they end finding a problem.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is third as almost everything about the game was forgettable from its story all the way up to its characters. Although concerning the characters it is fair to say that some blame lies with the creator of the franchise, as they aren’t exactly the most interesting characters to work with.
To make things worse, Hollow Realization had a downright creepy feature known as private chats. This feature allowed you have intimate conversations with the main characters in the game, with players agreeing or disagreements with characters to gain favour, and eventually carrying them back to your room for pillow talk.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization review: http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2016/11/first-impression-sword-art-online-hollow-realization-ps4/.
For more information on Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, visit http://www.swordartonline-game.com/en/.
2) Homefront: The Revolution (Deep Silver)
Available on – PS4, XBOne, PC
Release date – May 20, 2016
At number 2, we have Homefront: The Revolution by Deep Silver. Homefront: The Revolution offers a continuation of the story of a unified Korea occupying a weakened United States, this time the story shifts from the west coast to Philadelphia as the resistance try to do whatever they can to free their city.
While the overall premise is rather out there with Korea occupying and the United States, the story as a whole is flat and attempts to create moral dilemmas that you can’t influence. While the story wants you to root for the resistance fighters, I couldn’t as their actions led to ordinary civilians getting hurt.
Now, what cements Homefront: The Revolution as the second most disappointing games of 2016 is the several technical issues that plagued the game at launch. These included a terrible frame rate that turned the game into a slide show when in particle effect heavy areas, horrendous load times, and the fact that when autosave activated the game would freeze for around a second or two, which meant you were easy prey for enemies. While many of these issues have been fixed, the issues left a powerful negative impression in my head.
Homefront: The Revolution review: http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2016/05/homefront-the-revolution-ps4-review/.
For more information on Homefront: The Revolution, visit https://www.homefront-game.com/.
1) No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Available on – PS4, PC
Release date – August 10, 2016
At number 1, we have No Man’s Sky by Hello Games. No Man’s Sky is a textbook example of what happens when you over-hype a game. Prior to release, Hello Games talked up many features, such as meeting and interacting with other players, but when the game launched, players quickly discovered that features mentioned by Hello Games never made it into the game.
Now, while the game’s much-hyped exploration and procedurally generated world lived up to expectations, the gameplay involved in exploring and gathering on the worlds you visited was tedious. To do anything in the game you needed specific resources to power your spaceship, weapons and other critical equipment. However, while collecting resources was easy the game offered very little inventory space, and the resources you need to power your equipment depletes quickly. This means that exploration consisted of getting enough resources just so you could get off the planet you landed on.
The constant need to scavenge for resources and micro-manage your inventory meant that players couldn’t take the time to admire the worlds they visited or concentrate on how the game subtly set you a goal.
No Man’s Sky review: http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2016/08/no-mans-sky-ps4-review/.
For more information on No Man’s Sky, visit http://www.no-mans-sky.com/.