With 2014 in full swing, It’s time time to evaluate the current lineup in the gaming industry. If you haven’t had the chance to look at the following games, have no fear! There are any number of reasons why a game can seem great initially and turn into something we hate weeks after it releases. Last minute changes, unfinished ideas, or drastic changes in theme and game mechanics (Dragon Age 2); any number of issues could change a game for better or worse. Disappoint is a hard word to give these titles, depending on how you perceive the disappointment. Not delivering in a way that was expected like advertising to be something that a game isn’t during actual gameplay (as some felt with Bioshock Infinite) can cause serious uproars in the community. So without further ado, let me present the top 5 games I believe could disappoint this year.
The Elder Scrolls Online
There has been an uneding amount of buzz for this game. Doesn’t seem out of the normal though, considering the magnitude of what we’re talking about. An entirely single – player experience is being transitioned into an MMO, drastically increasing the number of real people higher than..one. ESO is being handled by Zenimax, who have held confident about their ability to create truly great MMOG from the single player universe created by Bethesda. Now, without trying to bash them, ESO was placed under a Non-Disclosure Agreement[NDA]. The problem with a move like this, is that putting a closed beta game under NDA usually means that the creators are worried that if people saw their game, they wouldn’t buy it. Which is counter active of what a developer should want to do. Closed betas are great, no harm no foul, but they serve as a way to garner interest to those who could not get into those betas, which isn’t the case with ESO.
It’s quite possible that this will be every generic MMO we have already seen from the gaming market currently available with a few “This is Elder Scrolls” reminders in terms of characters, items, places, and events. It’s only natural that everyone would WANT a game like this to succeed, but what we want is often not what we get. Here’s to hoping the best for Zenimax and Bethesda, as their business model has an initial pay fee, as well as a monthly charge. Talos guide you.
Dragon Age Inquisition
I can’t begin to talk about how excited I am for this game! Back in my high school years, I remember spending nearly an entire summer in my friends room playing Dragon Age: Origins and nothing else. There was too much to love about each different class and story combination, as well as the gameplay tactics, and relationships between party members. It’s like the fantasy version of a sci fi favorite known as Mass Effect. Dragon Age 2 came out and surprised the hell out of nearly everyone looking at the sequel. For some that was a good surprise, but for many it was not. Now, with Inquisition extending its neck out, preparing to launch, it’s natural that we are all holding, or not, our breath in hopes that the next installment fulfills our hopes.
The team at Bioware was rushed in their sequel, but this time they may have the time they need to create the experience they know the fans want and deserve. With the amount of freedom in exploration, customization in your character, the inquisitor, and control in how your party members which I assume are the agents they speak of in the above trailer, I have high hopes. Everything that I have just mentioned is exactly why Inquisition is likely to be one of the biggest disappointments for this year. I hope to the Maker that I am forced to eat those words.