Up For Debate - What are the buggiest game releases you can remember?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jan 24, 2021 4:00 PM
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At this point we’ve beaten the horse to death about buggy game releases following Cyberpunk 2077’s launch. But in the spirit of AAA gaming, we thought it would be interesting to see what are the buggiest game releases you can remember?

Obviously Cyberpunk 2077 is the most recent one that comes to find. And no we’re not talking about performance issues, just general buginess of course - and what many consider the ‘Bethesda Charm’ factor.

I think the best example is No Mans Sky and how the developers, Hello Games, have managed to turn one of the most disappointing releases into a cult icon after receiving a ridiculous amount of hype (hmm… sounds eerily similar to something that happened recently… no, stop talking about Cyberpunk that’s not what we’re here for).

Of course there’s the typical Bethesda release which, even though their games have almost always received near-universal acclaim (*cough* Fallout 76 *cough*), they have still managed to be some of the most buggy and memed on games. Let's just hope that The Elder Scrolls 6 gets a lot of love from the polishing department.

I’m sure there are many other examples and we’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you hate when a game releases with lots of bugs? Do they impact your enjoyment? Or do you not mind them that much? And what other examples of buggy releases can you remember? Let’s debate!

How do you feel about buggy game launches?

Do buggy launches negatively impact your enjoyment?

Is it possible for games to reclaim their hype after a buggy launch?

Do you feel like games are rushed out the door more than usual these days?

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08:37 Jan-26-2021

Fallout 76, ME Andromeda, many Ubisoft games & it' all to fight for game players mighty dollar. As for CP2077 I've had 5 bugs, might've a complete format / install of win 10 v 20H2 & swapped C: ssd over as worn out, just storage now

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22:45 Jan-25-2021

I think Cybepunk pretty much tops it for my worst rushed game. And to add salt to the injury, CDPR management also was lying, misleading, didn't bother to control hype and now they are trying to shift blame on QA, when it is obvious that QA likely gave them all the warnings they could and didn't get any attention till someone needed to take the blame. Feels bad for developers and QA staff.

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22:49 Jan-25-2021

As for how negatively it impacts my enjoyment, it depends on bugs. With CP it was annoying in some places to say the least. But with some games effect was to much lesser degree. And for the hype, I don't think you get 2nd chance with hype. But what you can do as developer is to earn some of that good grace back, redemption and get to the point where people will actually recommend your game.

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22:51 Jan-25-2021

And yes, games are absolutely getting rushed these days. Publishers way too much rely on internet to deliver those day one patches and they rely too much on being able to fix games after release. So they are definitely squeezing that development time a lot by the end. Which is bad for everyone else, players, developers, QA staff,... crunch becomes real and kills creativity and passion.

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22:54 Jan-25-2021

So publishers really need to learn to hit way better balance. Though with recent delays, if nothing else, CP2077 outrage did send strong message. Hopefully one that says "enough is enough". But we will see, AAA publishers aren't known to do the right thing, even if it would be for their own good.

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21:31 Jan-25-2021

I can't recall a release as bad as CP2077. Playing it on launch day throughout the launch week, it was an absolute nightmare. It is no exaggeration to say I have been through more softlocks in 20hours of CP2077 than thousands of hours in literally every other game I have ever played combined.

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11:14 Jan-26-2021

On the PC?
I downloaded a version to try before I buy the eventually-fixed version and, at least on my rig, experienced a grand total of 0 crashes or lock-ups. Funny bugs - plenty. But nothing like locks or crashes. That's on v1.03 (launch?).

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10:35 Jan-25-2021

GTA IV with its performance, Andromeda with face glitches (and more), AC Unity. A list is long ????

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10:09 Jan-25-2021

Well. Back in the day games were still buggy but not as game breaking as today that you can't even progress story or missions.

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10:13 Jan-25-2021

Back in the day the games were a small fraction of the technical complexity they are today.

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10:42 Jan-26-2021

Back in the day, developer teams were smaller than they are today.

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11:11 Jan-26-2021

...which makes it much easier to collaborate and churn out a good product, especially since the games were less complex (if the dev cares enough, of course, because crap products always existed). John Carmack used to write his own game engines alone (idTech 1-5). Working on other people's stuff tends to introduce problems.


In other words - you're adding to my point.

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09:28 Jan-25-2021

Stronghold 3 and if I'm not mistaken, it's still quite a buggy game

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07:20 Jan-25-2021

AC Unity, Arkham Knight, Nier Automata, ME: Andromeda.

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14:13 Jan-25-2021

Was Nier Automata really buggy at launch? I mean, it has that resolution problem thingy, where it looks really blurry (almost like FFXV, but for a diferent reason), but other than that, I have never read anything about it.

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07:20 Jan-25-2021

Need For Speed Rivals was the last Title i Pre Ordered and for me the HYPE was REAL i mean Not Only was a Return to cops and robbers like Hot Pursuit NEXT GEN but BLOODY HELL IT WAS FERRARI RETURNING TO NFS i screamed at my Monitor like a J

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07:23 Jan-25-2021

JAPANESE SCHOOL GIRL when i realised that the teaser trailer had A Ferrari F12 and a Koenigsegg and i am not ashamed to admit this. But the game turned out really bad 30fps lock and the 60 fps hack doubled the GAME SPEED as well and then a

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07:25 Jan-25-2021

the online assault man it was brutal! luckily the gaming Community fixed the game hack and as long as you had a decent pc you could run 60fps with no game speed change its a shame since the game is acctuly fun!! 120fps would be super killer

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05:27 Jan-25-2021

Neir Automata was pretty bad on release... maybe until now.
And the only fix for it was using community mod called FAR I think.

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14:15 Jan-25-2021

Yeah, that tweak was ****, but did it have any other thing apart from that resolution problem?

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00:24 Jan-25-2021

Arkham Knight for PC, Skyrim and Fallout 4 were pretty buggy at launch. AC Unity was probably the worst in terms of sheer number of bugs. I haven't had that many problems with Cyberpunk beyond some glitchy animations. Chimera Squad had a bug at launch that I ran into a few times which would render certain members of your squad incapable of using equipment, which was save-breaking when it happened. That's probably the most I've ever been inconvenienced by a launch-day bug.

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00:11 Jan-25-2021

Kingdom Come Deliverance was a mess on console for me. Unity was bad, very bad. Total War Rome 2 was so insanely bad on launch that it crushed my soul, as a huge Total War fan. Skyrim was really bad from what I remember but I was still able to muscle through multiple playthroughs on console back in the day.

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23:30 Jan-24-2021

I think as years pass by games starts to get more photorealistic, but at the same time taking more time to develop and even if they come out in time it is either buggy or just a mediocre game with a pretty face, just look at how rocstar achieved to launch 3 games in less than 5 years and now they are taking 5 to 7 years to release a game.So far cp 2077 takes the cake, i have not seen a game this buggy (i played andromeda several months after release as well as the witcher 3

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04:34 Jan-25-2021

um, excuse me have you seen FO76 at launch? game was more of a joke with bad taste than an actual game

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23:03 Jan-24-2021

Gothic 3 was a very buggy game when it released.
Don't know how many ppl remember that game tho.

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17:19 Jan-25-2021

It could have been "The Witcher 3" of 2006/2007 but sadly it went nowhere..

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01:27 Jan-26-2021

It was ambitious for it's age. Huge continent, with mostly no load times. While it got some patches and DLCs, it didn't catch a huge audience.
Oh just remembered, my PC at the time was over the min sys requirements, but I couldn't get it to run properly before the 1st patch came out. Fun times

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22:13 Jan-24-2021

I was one the Xbox 360 in 2011 when Skyrim was released, and I'm still asking myself to this day how I could even play it. It was an absolute mess.


Still logged hundreds of hours into it so it must have been doing something right.


Aside from that my policy of never pre-ordering games has paid off. Even with CP 2077 I waited a couple of weeks and I'm quite satisfied.


Still arguing with myself if I should make a comeback review of the game on this website, it's been awhile!

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22:39 Jan-24-2021

I for one would love to read your review.

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20:47 Jan-24-2021

Skyrim, GTA V, ME: Andromeda, FO4, Kingdom Come Deliverance,etc

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22:40 Jan-24-2021

Bang on.
I still remember the mess, that GTA online was (on launch)

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20:26 Jan-24-2021

Fallout 76 since it was not just a buggiest mess but also that game was capable of bricking PC's and consoles KEKW

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17:58 Jan-24-2021

Remember the joke that was ME Andromeda? :D

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22:41 Jan-24-2021

That game will be a meme for the ages
Tho my prediction (that they would wait 3 - 5 years before releasing a new ME game) was accurate

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17:21 Jan-24-2021

I remember getting stuck at every 2nd Terminal in FO4, forcing me to restart the game. Bethesda decided to couple certain things to the framerate, but didn't cap the framerate at 60, it's capped to whatever your monitors refresh rate is so having a 144hz+ monitor means your game is really buggy. The more FPS I got the faster I ran, certain enemies were hovering above the ground and overall it was completely unplayable without manually capping it to 60 FPS on launch day.
Cyberpunk was alright on PC imo, I only had visual problems here and there.

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16:52 Jan-24-2021

Cyberbug 2077

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22:42 Jan-24-2021

Good one

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16:48 Jan-24-2021

buggy game: Kingdom come deliverance comes to my mind.
Edit: Can i have my votes back for Cyberpunk 2077?

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17:40 Jan-24-2021

oh and car mechanic simulator 2018

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22:46 Jan-24-2021

<---- not this vote ||| but this one ---->

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00:02 Jan-25-2021

KCD on Xbox was very broken for me, but on PC it was actually relatively good other than one quest with birds or something that got bugged and I couldn't complete it. But on Xbox I lost 2 saves before giving up until patches on there (my PC at the time was trash so Xbox was the better choice).

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10:55 Jan-25-2021

i remember on PC i was struggling REALLY hard with the pick locks. It took me hours and hours to finish where you had to dig down the grave to steal the ring. I also know the bug when u go through doors that some times u get stuck and you can't move.

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23:45 Jan-27-2021

I just feel like the lockpicking as a whole was hard lol. I had to use a modded lockpick system that made it very similar to Elder Scrolls lockpicking lol Thankfully I never lost a save on PC, but lost a few on Xbox :( BUT. I will save KCD is phenomenal to me and I loved every second of it!

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09:41 Jan-28-2021

i liked the game too, but i never finished it. I think i went to the part where he takes back his sword and kills that guy who taken it

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