Up For Debate - Gaming Disappointment of the Year 2016

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:46 AM
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2016 has been a fantastic year for games, but there’s still one or two disappointments lurking in it, at least for me. It’s probably our own fault, getting hyped beyond belief only to be let down, but it’s never a good feeling to wait years for a game only for it not live up to your expectations.

So this isn’t necessarily your worst game of the year, but the game that let you down the most.

My personal choice is Battlefield 1. After the reveal trailer I was beyond hyped. This was Battlefield returning to its roots. Or so I thought. What we got was a good online shooter. Nothing more, nothing less. I’d hoped for brutal trench warfare, tactical combat, teamwork, and people playing their classes. In the end it’s a run and gun shooter that has squads tearing from point to point in a merry-go-round of destruction, with practically zero teamwork and cohesion. It’s fun to pop on occasionally, but it’s most definitely not the all-consuming multiplayer experience I’d hoped it would be, not when FPS multiplayer has done so much better elsewhere.

That’s mine then, although I’m sure plenty of your will disagree. Over to you, in this ever-so-slightly-miserable Up For Debate, what was your biggest gaming disappointment of the year?

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13:25 Jan-09-2017

Mafia III and Mirror's Edge Catalyst imo.

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05:32 Jan-08-2017

LMFAO how is this a dissappointment!?!? this was the best battlefield launch and this has epic gameplay. Battlefield 4 was a cluttered mess compared to bf1.

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19:14 Jan-09-2017

its opinions everyones is different

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08:46 Jan-07-2017

FF15 freaking disappointment game of the year 2016


all good


only Story SUX GG and wtf ending ???

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19:02 Jan-05-2017

The biggest gaming disappointment for me was my wallet. Not enough money to spend on games to even get disappointed to begin with. Although I did manage to blow my "budget" on a new rig... a FX-8350, a H100i-GTX, a Nitro+ RX 480, and a case to squeeze it all into don't exactly come cheap. But next year....... ;-D

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20:03 Jan-05-2017

I'm surprised you went with a amd fx build this late into the generations of cpu's not bad or anything its a good cpu just with amd's newer cpu's around the corner and intels yearly release of tick tock cpu's I'm surprised you went with a fx build nonetheless I hope you enjoy it :)

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01:40 Jan-08-2017

I purchased it last spring and it was the best I could do at the time. I needed to upgrade my aging C2Q. Then I lost driver support for my HD 6950.... I like the rig.... except I can't seem to get ARK to run right. Beside with an AM3+ and only an 8350, I still have room to move up.

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02:11 Jan-08-2017

makes sense :)

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08:47 Jan-07-2017

buy console cheaper than pc for gaming


last of us 2 coming soon XD!!!!!!!!

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02:10 Jan-08-2017

what are you doing here? and initially yes its cheaper I will agree however long term more expensive

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15:23 Jan-03-2017

Stuck between Final Fantasy XV and Battlefield 1

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02:51 Jan-04-2017

Haven't played it since I don't have a ps4/xb1, but what's so bad about FF XV? I know people who are crazy about it.

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02:58 Jan-04-2017

The story had so much potential, but it was executed poorly. The only reason i bought FF XV was because of the story. The Kingsglaive movie set the story up so perfectly, but the half part of the game the story fell flat on my face. That's my biggest grip with the game.

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11:04 Jan-04-2017

If that's true then that's a big flaw. Final fantasy was imo always more about the story and characters. Good gameplay is just icing on the cake.

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11:28 Jan-04-2017

Not only the story, but some NPCs (antagonist and friendly) only got like, 2 or 3 scenes. After that, they're like forgotten. My fav NPCs (not gonna spoil you) only got 12 minutes worth of scenes and dialog throughout the whole game ! It's like the game only care about Noctis and his entourage, and the main antagonist.

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12:35 Jan-03-2017

I really liked Battlefield 1, nothing disappointing there.
Objectively it was No man's sky, but even so I still enjoy the game. Mafia 3 was outright bad.

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15:40 Jan-02-2017

Civilization VI for me. My first ever game of the series and it just drove me away from it. I really need a good RTS game better than AOM or AOE.

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15:55 Jan-02-2017

ever tried Starcraft ? i wasnt really into RTS before but this game changed my mind

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18:31 Jan-03-2017

hey man I started series at civ 5 and fell in love it with it I watched my cousin play civ 6 at his place for a couple hours and its to cartoony and cheesy for my liking and beyond earth wasn't well received ether honestly it sucks you don't enjoy the game but go buy civ 5 complete edition on sale I have well over 200 hours into it and maybe like 5 in beyond earth and I'm not going to buy 6 :P the basic civ 5 lacks to much that's why I recommend the complete edition on sale its cheap

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17:08 Jan-12-2017

I'll' try starcraft and CIV 6 has no campaign and yeah its cartoony all right and a lot of lame stuff and is civ 5 really better than 6 then maybe I'll go for it

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17:04 Jan-14-2017

Thanks guys starcraft and civ 5 are really much better just bought em both XD

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14:59 Jan-02-2017

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on PC.

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08:39 Jan-02-2017

Mafia 3

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19:47 Jan-01-2017

i don't know how you can see battlefield 1 as a dissapointment the game is overall amazing in all parts of a review... i play the game around 8 hours everyday and can't get enough, i would probs sit longer if i was able to

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20:27 Jan-01-2017

Because it uses Denuvo and Denuvo should never be accepted, wait 3 years and then see the horror that will come from this when you might not be able to play the game anymore. Denuvo hurts legitimate consumers so much.

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20:49 Jan-01-2017

isn't denuvo supposed to make sure people can't pirate copy it??? plus a feature shouldn't affect the overall look on the game... the game looks amazing, sounds amazing (sound files quality) and it's lots of fun

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02:19 Jan-02-2017

Wait, what? How does Denuvo prevents you from playing game? That is a flawed argument there.


Looking from the developer's perspective, Denuvo is actually successful at protecting their games. Even though we know that something like that will eventually bypassed months after the game's released (which means Denuvo is a failure from the very concept), but here's where Denuvo shines. The developer gain the most of the revenue during the first few months of the game released, and Denuvo managed to do just that. The dev will get the clean data of people who actually bought their game. If you like the game, then buy it now or maybe later when it's on sale, right?

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02:21 Jan-02-2017

How does that prevent you from playing the game, i wonder? Or maybe you're crying because Denuvo prevents you from pirating the game on the first day?

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08:39 Jan-02-2017

i agree his just butthurt because he can't pirate the game xD

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15:33 Jan-02-2017

i disagree with you two,but not in BF1 case.the problem is that some lazy a$$ devs inject denuvo in the last stages of the game development causing performance issues,(i am sure you are not familiar with that cause you both have high-end GPUs).second, if denuvo servers(3rd party) are down,thier games will be unplayable

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15:50 Jan-02-2017

but BF1 though , is a 10/10 optimized multiplayer game and they had a whole week open beta to try it , so i dont see how denuvo negativity affects this game. we all know the real reason you are disappointed about RobinClarijs.
dont bother ,the campaign is like 6-8 hours . and the real intense is in the MP

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16:30 Jan-02-2017

i think the case of denuvos servers going down is a decent price to pay for ALMOST uncrackable encryption to prevent pirate copying, i have always been strongly against pirate copying of games and i have even lost a few friends because of it but i want to support the gaming industry as much as possible, and i think in case of permanent shut down of denuvos servers ea/dice will find a solution

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07:34 Jan-05-2017

Once Denuvo servers stop supporting the game then it won't work anymore. This will happen one point in time could be 3 years, maybe 5 who knows, but games will render unplayable, which is bad if you tend to replay games from the past.

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07:39 Jan-04-2017

my 2 cents on this whole discussion is pretty much any semi modern game you do pirate that came out within the last 5 years usually that's AAA will not be playable online it wont connect to there servers at all so your stuck to the single player (don't ask just take my word for it) lol I don't know about you guys but who truly buys bf1 just to play campaign and not even look at online even once to play it so if someone were to actually pirate it and they want to go online well they need to purchase the game then so Denuvo is truly almost irrelevant and really shouldn't exist spite the issues it does have or doesn't have


agree disagree no hard feelings just seen how drm changed over the last 15 years and from observation the way they been going about it is extremely anti consumer and being honest doesn't help much I know some people wont even purchase denuvo drm games until its gone


and what about this only online stuff? some people don't have internet or constant acess to it or unlimited usage that also loses sales right there


with the money they dump into drm it could of been put elsewhere or more cleverly implemented youtube game devs tycoon drm they cleverly implemented so eventually the game cant be progressible because you lost to much money due to piracy and sales are low ;) ironic eh anyways I rambled enough

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07:57 Jan-04-2017

i only have 1 thing to point out to your comment not to be on your bad side or anything but.... no one here can hate drm because of internet requirements because obviously everyone here have internet otherwise i would like to know how they connected to the site ;) all i can say


no hard feelings

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07:58 Jan-04-2017

and the oooh but i'm at a internet spot... okay take your pc to that spot and bam you can play ;)

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13:57 Jan-01-2017

Actually battlefield 1 was the exact opposite for me, sure everyone has their own opinion, but saying your biggest disappointment of the year was battlefield instead of, I don't know, No man's sky or Mafia III, I'm sorry but that sounds a bit idiotic.

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20:29 Jan-01-2017

It uses Denuvo, even if the game would have won GOTY it would still be a disappointment for that sole reason. [End of this comment has been removed - please be a little more careful/sensitive when thinking of an analogy to use]

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20:52 Jan-01-2017

robin your really butthurt you can't can't crack it isn't you? xD so sad to see that a illegal user can be so pissed over having to follow the law xD

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16:44 Jan-02-2017

No, I don't get your point because it's [Comment adjusted - please refrain from repeating things like that. Thanks]

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17:31 Jan-02-2017

Robin you're way off with that kind of analogy, please don't use that again.
Hamoun , as ridiculous as his comment was, please refrain from using such language on the site thanks.

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11:49 Jan-05-2017

Sorry, it's just that the level of stupidity of some people is so high, you just have to vent out sometimes. Won't happen again :)

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13:58 Jan-05-2017

No problem :)

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20:59 Jan-02-2017

We all get that you don't like Denuvo, but don't you think you're going a little overboard?

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21:03 Jan-02-2017

Well, if he wasn't hyped for No Mans Sky or Mafia III then he wouldn't have been disappointed that they didn't succeed. However, if he was expecting more out of Battlefield 1 then it delivered, then he would be pretty disappointed. This is a debate based almost purely on perspective before and after a given game's release.

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11:39 Jan-01-2017

Waited years for Mafia 3 and it turns out to be horrible.

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09:14 Jan-01-2017

No Man's Sky.

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05:17 Jan-01-2017

Final Fantasy XV is the biggest slap on my face for me. I was hyped for the story alone, and it fell flat on my face. The game's beautiful, don't get me wrong. The gameplay, animation, voice acting, those are all top notch. The story? not quite. I am severly dissapointed because of that.

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04:49 Jan-01-2017

No man's sky and dx 12 support for nvidia 10xx GPUs

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04:20 Jan-01-2017

No Man's Sky was a mistake.

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22:37 Dec-31-2016

No Man's Sky was the biggest fail (scam xD) of the year !

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22:33 Dec-31-2016

Quantum Break on PC.

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21:38 Dec-31-2016

Mine was Doom actually(though I get what you say about BF1).


The campaign was an afterthought, and a pale imitation of the previous Dooms. Except with somehow smaller, and way morel linear maps, and an unnecessary story shoved in.

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21:38 Dec-31-2016

Plus the less said about the multiplayer the better. The very face that a game called Doom launched without Deathmatch, it just something else.

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21:01 Dec-31-2016

Jon, it looks like you & I are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
I love Battlefield 1, because of the campaign.
My biggest disappointment is DOOM, because of the campaign, or lack thereof. It's an afterthought at best IMO. Love the new arcade mode tho!!

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