FFD: Have you ever been suckered by hype?

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Because games media is generally such a controlled thing with much of the news, reviews and previews being released by publishers and their PR, the entire industry is prone to falling to pre-release hype. A certain game was released recently that has more than a handful of gamers angry for being sucked in by the great big, swirling marketing vortex. It’s not the first and not the last game that many feel didn’t live up to its own hype.

If we’re going to name-check things, let’s start off with games like Duke Nukem Forever; many got suckered by the nostalgia factor, buying the turd even though it was in development hell for years. While we’re on the subject of Gearbox, there’s of course Aliens: colonial Marines – and we all know how that turned out.

EA’s Sim City was another one that was hyped – only to disappoint, as was Blizzard’s Diablo 3. It took a year before that game was actually good. For many, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was all hype and no substance – and we’ll not even mention the original Fable… or just about anything to come from Peter Molyneux.  The list of games that over-promised and under-delivered is longer than than Darryn’s list of social offences.

Have you fallen for the hype from any of them? What games have you pre-ordered, or rushed out to buy only to be hit in the face by a cold bucket of “meh”?

Last Updated: September 12, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

    All the time lol….But some of them are actually good though like The Last of Us. Others like Ni No Kuni, which was hyped to the nth factor was extremely disappointing. I try and stay away from hopping onto hype trains, but c’mon, we’re gamers, we’re easily hyped by the things we love.

  • Matewis Jubilai

    I’ve given into the hype for several games, but luckily the game always turned out to be excellent. Eg, Tiberian
    Sun, Half-life 2, GTAIV, Warcraft 3 and Starcraft 2

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Skyrim is a good example. I expected way more than what I got, which was basically a prettier Oblivion. Also DA2 & ME3 were let downs when taking into account the hype levels before playing them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed them all – just expected more as they turned out fairly bland overall.

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      ME3 after ME2 was quite the let-down (story wise)

      • Hammersteyn

        I never played ME1 so to jump in at ME2 was probably lucky on my part.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          ME1 story + ME2 gameplay would have made ME1 epic!

          • Spaffy

            So true

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I enjoyed story of both ME1 & 2, game play definitely improved from 1 to 2 even though I was pissed that they removed a lot of the RPG mechanics 1 had around weapons & armour, 3 brought some of that back which was cool, but it’s story just wasn’t as interesting.

            I played ME1 & 2 10 times between them, 3… once. And before anyone says I’m whining about the ending, I liked the original green ending I chose.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Agreed, ME1 weapons and armour in ME2 (and remove stupid mining mechanisms) would have make ME2 one of the best games ever!

          • Mossel

            Actually all the random upgrades to all the different weapons for all the different characters made ME1 pretty tiresome for me. I don’t mind the mining in ME2, but I can see that it will become tedious. Especially with me, I MUST finish and complete each planet before I can move on, otherwise my OCD tingles.

          • MakeItLegal

            THIS !

    • Hammersteyn

      If only one could buy horse armour from the start.

    • Spaffy

      Also on the “to finish” list

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Skyrim?

        • Spaffy

          Yea. One day

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            DO IT! Such brilliance! YES, combat is not the most groundbreaking thing, BUT, such immersion!

            Don’t even get me started on how good the levelling system is!

          • Spaffy

            Really?
            I started installing some of the mods (all of them) and it completely killed the game.
            BSoD the PC and the whole works lol.
            Never played again…

          • Mossel

            Immersion indeed! I wasted my last 2 month holiday of my life playing that game! 200hrs..gone. Worth it!

    • JJ the Reus

      Yes. Well. Same happened when I met you.
      Take that!

      • Hammersteyn

        BOOM!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You’re not on my side any more.

        • JJ the Reus

          I’m always on your side. I just tend to try motivate you the wrong way.

    • JJ the Reus

      I think ME 1 was overhyped for me by everyone saying how I HAVE to try it, and I WILL love it.
      Never went to back to the game again after I first tried it.

      • OVGrounded new game+++

        It was ahead of its time back in 2007 when Microsoft were making kick ass games.

        • JJ the Reus

          Problem is I expected so much from it after what everyone said and it felt so slow.

          • Mossel

            This is how I feel about HL2. I played it this year for the first time and although pretty good, it wasn’t my favourite. Actually the game is pretty fucking awesome, because it kept me immersed for hours and I didn’t realise it. Scratch everything I said, HL2 is awesome..even 10 years later.

      • Mossel

        I finished it about 3 weeks ago, it has a pretty cool story but some gameplay elements make it tiresome. Like when every NPC tells his life story to you, after awhile I just skipped everything not story related.

    • Perhaps it is your expectations that are just a little too high, which is rather ironic…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That’s what “suckered by the hype” means 😛

        Don’t worry, you’ve never disappointed in terms of expectation.

        • JJ the Reus

          Not sure if you’re insulting him or complimenting him.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t know what you mean.

          • JJ the Reus

            Congratulations again. btw.
            I hope you make us pc gamers proud and at least keep the Master Race in the family.

          • Really? This is Trev we are talking about. Unless he’s dry humping the idea of being a Masterbater Race he’s mean to the ‘bone’… 0_O

          • JJ the Reus

            You’re right. I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.

          • Ah. Hope you have congratulated him 😉

          • JJ the Reus

            Only once
            yet

        • Tehehehe.

  • Hammersteyn

    No, I never played Titanfall.

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      lol

    • Sageville

      oh, Snap!

  • Greylingad

    I’ve fallen for this one before, many times actually… In between struggling to get the U-not-Play to actually log in so that the game could finish installing to the E(veryone else have)A(cess but you) Origin(al piece of crap DRM), been there done that, I will never pre-order a game again, especially over hyped games, because the hype train usually only indicates that something is much less substantial than what is advertised…. a certain Ubishit…ag sorry ubisoft game was literally the last nail in the coffin…

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      Im over Ubisoft. Not even that excited for Far Cry 4 for some odd reason.

      • Greylingad

        Well Far cry 4 is so much of the same stuff we saw in three isn’t it? I honestly feel the same!

  • Spaffy

    Watchdogs.
    ’nuff said.

    • Hammersteyn

      Agreed

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        At least you got some Jager for it…

        • Hammersteyn

          That bottle never made it on the plane back home.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Did it even make it to Loftus?

          • Hammersteyn

            *Thinks very,very hard.
            There was a little less than half left when we got home that evening

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Hahahahahahahaha

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      *raises hand* Although I did not technically “pay” for it (and no, not in the ARRRR way)

      • Hammersteyn

        People are just giving you games it seems?

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          Indeed, Witcher 3, D3, D3 RoS….to name recent few.

          Now if only I could get ppl to hand over mobos and CPUs and ramzors…

    • Greylingad

      Ahaah!! A fellow comrade!

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      I spent 40hours on that game and I still cant remember the protags name.

      • Spaffy

        lol 😛
        I actually liked the dude they modeled after Geoff, the rest, meh

      • Kensei Seraph

        Wasn’t he called Nergul?

      • JJ the Reus

        Sounds like a bad love story.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Desmond.

        • Hammersteyn

          I thought it was Connor?

          • JJ the Reus

            Desmond Connor Nergul

          • Kensei Seraph

            The Sixth.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No, that’s the guy from Highlander.

  • Matewis Jubilai

    A lot of people seem to be looking past the fact that, even though Fable was over hyped, it was still a pretty awesome game

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Last game I pre-ordered was Dishono(u)red, was not disappointed, but really not that WOW

    • Matewis Jubilai

      Yeah the lack of flying mounts killed it 😛

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        LOOOL

    • Spaffy

      On my list of games to actually finish one day

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Its not that bad actually, really nice stealthy stealth

    • Mike

      I also bought it and although it’s not a bad game I still haven’t finished it. It just eventually turned into meh. Then again I blame XCom Enemy Unknown. I got both games the same time, started Dishonoured, then tried XCom and couldn’t stop playing it.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        DAT XCOM….duuuuuude, so good!

        • Matewis Jubilai

          Everyone should play the original at some point in their lives. It gives you hair on your eyeballs! Also blaster launchers suck!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            LOL, yeah, I played a recent remake pre-XCOM-EU, and that game was bloody unforgiving!

        • Mike

          I got both because of hype, but only one disappointed. So half a sucker.

      • Thats_how_I_Troll

        We ended up it exactly the same boat! Wish there could be another Xcom…

    • cookiemonster

      Love that game. Didn’t pre order though

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Yes, there were two games that suckered me in by their hype: Dragon Age 2 and Skyrim. Both titles were essentially excrement wrapped in my tears. Ever since then I have been very cautious. I didn’t fall for the Titanfail hype, nor the Watchdogs hype, and I can honestly say I’ve been happier for it.

    • Hammersteyn

      Skyrim is still way better than TESO

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        I can not disagree with that lol. I recently started replaying Skyrim on PC but I still run into the same criticisms – but then those criticisms are almost universal for all the Elder scrolls games.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          My biggest complaint about Skyrim is that the combat is just so BORING. Everything else is fine, and even stock standard so pretty I was actually taking screenshots to show people at work.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            It’s definitely a pretty game, and I love exploring the map – going into caves, killing brigands, but the world is stagnant. :/

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Skyrim + co-op + world events would be 15/10

          • JJ the Reus

            You can mod it for world events

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            It would be Borderlands and Destiny cool!

          • JJ the Reus

            Skyrim’s charm isn’t the combat though. It’s the ridiculous amounts of things there are to do and see. I spend 10% fighting and the rest is all exploration and crafting and roaming.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            10% fighting & the rest exploring & roaming means you spent a lot of time running away ;P

          • JJ the Reus

            I will neither confirm nor deny that statement.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s why I went full destruction mode, at least the spells look more varied than swinging a sword the whole time

      • JJ the Reus

        TESO doesn’t count as an Elder Scrolls game in my book. Otherwise it would just be downright kak.

        • Hammersteyn

          It has only the name in common with previous game, like a bastard child.

          • Travis

            No, you calling my fav game at the moment a bastard 🙁
            The gameplay/style is different, but theres TONS of lore in it, so it definitely is in my mind an Elder Scrolls Game. But each to their own 🙂

          • JJ the Reus

            The lore doesn’t make it an Elder Scrolls game to me though. Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim all had this atmosphere that they shared. TESO is just a bland, but pretty, MMO with Elder Scrolls lore. In my opinion. As you say, to each their own.

          • Travis

            Ya its weird, I didnt even like Oblivion at all, maybe played it for 20 hours tops, but then I absolutely loved Skyrim to death. Strange how individuals can have such different reactions to games in the same series.

          • JJ the Reus

            I think the people who didn’t grow up with the Elder Scrolls enjoy TESO, the ones who did see it for all its flaws and how much it goes against what Elder Scrolls always made you feel.
            So I can’t blame someone for liking it, not at all.

          • Travis

            I think you are dead right. To be honest how can you ever follow up Skyrim anyway. The next game was bound to be a let down for most people so emotionally connected to the series, and the to try something risky like a MMO was bound to put a lot of people off. Probably if TESO was the same game but nothing to do with Elder scrolls a lot more people would be saying what a great MMO it is.

          • JJ the Reus

            That’s absolutely true.

          • Hammersteyn

            Agreed, sorry about calling TESO a bastard. I’m just sour about the direction the franchise went.

          • Travis

            I hope they return to SP as well, and I would love to see one of the other continents besides Tamriel 🙂

          • JJ the Reus

            It feels like you’re constantly walking in mud in that game and man is it an insult to The Elder Scrolls.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Let’s just call TESO what it is – a pathetic attempt at a cashgrab.

    • Kensei Seraph

      Dragon Age 2 was not nearly as good as Dragon Age: Origins but on it’s own merits it isn’t a bad game (other than the cave issues).

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        I got trolled by Lagz with that game, (DA2), I would have liked MOAR weapons and armour to be honest

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Yeah, I still remember Geoff telling me to buy the game. I did, and ever since then I have been out to destroy him. YOU HEAR ME GEOFF!!!! #tearsinBananEYes

        • Kensei Seraph

          Maybe this will help:
          http://www.nexusmods.com/dragonage2/?

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Nah, pass, that ship has sailed…now if you sent me a Skyrim mod…….

          • Kensei Seraph

            Yeah but Inquisition is coming out next month so I must get my save ready and the mods make it much better.

    • Travis

      What, Skyrim is the game of the generation., even with bugs 🙂 Its just THAT good.

      • JJ the Reus

        It is. I have to agree. As I said below, it just offers so much more to do and experience than any other game and the mods have really made it endless.

      • geelslang

        I loved it and didnt have any problem with bugs,

        • JJ the Reus

          Running 38 mods to date. Once crashed on a bad mod, nothing else ever.

        • Travis

          I had quite a few bugs, but ist still the best game I ever played. 200+ plus hours I spent on it. One playthrough.

          • JJ the Reus

            320 hours.

        • Hammersteyn

          You didn’t play it on PS3?

          • geelslang

            lol, no, 360, so not even the best version and it was still good.

          • Hammersteyn

            Was better than the PS3 version, that’s the one that had the most bugs

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            It was utter shite on PS3. If you hate someone, and you want to cause them mental anguish give them the game on PS3. They will understand that you despise them…. they will feel it every single hour of that game.

            (Just a nice and customary fuck you to Bethesda to end this message)

    • L337J1MB0B

      But you did fall for the Destiny hype ;-P

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        But Destiny has delivered on the hype (for me at least). I’ve been jamming the game whole week. Got to Level 20 yesterday, and now I’m doing raids and strikes with friends. This weekend will be a Destiny weekend.

        • L337J1MB0B

          Fair enough.. but some of the games on your list have lived up to the hype for me.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            You know what they say about opinions…. Also, the FFD question is phrased in a way that it requires a personal response. There is no right or wrong answer, there is only your answer – and the salty tears of fanbois

  • CodeName Tailgunner

    I once knew a lady of the night called Hype.

    She suckered me all night long…

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL!

  • Kensei Seraph

    I’m pretty good at controlling my internal Hypeometer and preventing myself from being disappointed about a game.
    Diablo III was probably the only game that built up my internal Hypeometer only to painfully shatter it.
    At the moment I’m looking forward to DA:I but thanks to avoiding all the trailers except 1 (friend started watching it while I was standing behind him and I got caught) I’ve kept my Hypeometer within manageable levels.

    • Hammersteyn

      Diablo 3 was worth all the hype on the console though

      • Matewis Jubilai

        So much master race misery and agony contained in that statement 😛

        • Kensei Seraph

          Even now it still hurts.

      • OVGrounded new game+++

        Thank the loyal PC fanboys for spending the last 3 years BETA testing it for us peasants.

        • Hammersteyn

          Hahaha and now we are Beta testing Destiny for them

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      LOOOL “Hypeometer”

    • Greylingad

      *Bullcrapeometer

  • Viking Of Science

    There is no Hype. only Zuul!

  • Matewis Jubilai

    An idea for a future FFD: Does Peter Molyneux deserve all the scorn directed at him?
    I say: He can shit on my lawn for all I care. He gave us Dungeon Keeper and Populous so he is aight in my book..

  • Rags

    Let me whip out my broken record.
    Diablo 3.

  • JJ the Reus

    I think I’m my worst enemy when it comes to this. I get myself way too excited about sequels of games without needing any press.

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    FABLE 2, FABLE 3, WATCHDOGS and the last pre order I ever did, FFXIII.

    • Hammersteyn

      FFXIII *shudders*
      Watchdogs is good,it’s just not as good as the hype

    • Kensei Seraph

      FFXIII?
      Ouch that must have been painful.

      • OVGrounded new game+++

        The HD version of FFX has not aged a day. Something about watching those PROPER GFs kick some butt. Not those stupid things in XIII.
        I will not fall for the next FF game either.

        BRING BACK TURN BASED JRPGs SQUARE!!!

      • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

        More than you know bro. But still loved it

        • Hammersteyn

          You loved FFXIII? Biggest FF fanboy ever.

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Yup, Loved 13, more than 12 tbh, HATED HATED HATED 13-2 though, F that game

        • OVGrounded new game+++

          Its just a pity it had Final Fantasy slapped on the cover, otherwise it would have got away with being a cool new ip.

        • Kensei Seraph

          A friend of mine lent me his copy.
          I got to the free-roam area after 2 months of on-off play and haven’t played it since. That was almost a year ago.

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Haha, yeah no, its painfully linear

    • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

      FFXIII….But Thing is, that initial trailer lied to us!

    • Travis

      Fable, If I could just find all the gnomes! Im always 1 or 2 short. So frustrating!

  • Greylingad

    This is also one of the main reasons why I like Rockstar so much, the full extent of their hype train is a few posters here and there and a tv ad right before launch…whereas if some people were allowed to, you’d probably find adverts on your loo roll, telling you to buy the game…

  • Travis

    Shadow of Mordor nemesis system. So over hyped!

  • Martin du Toit

    Haze. Don’t judge me 😛

  • JJ the Reus

    I think I learned my lesson with my last pre-order. Since then I just don’t get myself too hyped up and wait for the customer reviews on Steam to be my gauge.

  • Jac7

    Assassin’s Creed three. What a load of poo that was. Luckily I got Halo 4 in that same breath. THAT was an epic game.

  • Ir0nseraph

    The biggest mistake I made , falling for Call of Duty Ghosts , even thou I picked up on a special it was still a disappointment.

    • L337J1MB0B

      You got hyped for a COD game?! Are you freaking kidding me dude??

      • Ir0nseraph

        I guess it was more hope then hype , hoping for that Modern warfare feeling again but it fell way short.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    FINAL FANTASY EIGHT. That’s the one everyone had been raving about that I’d never played. What a grind fest it turned out to be with irritating characters & idiotic dialogue.

  • Ryanza

    Media and marketing doesn’t really get me hyped for games. Only gameplay gets me hyped. But having said that, I find the best is when you find a ‘gem’, never heard, never seen any gameplay, knowing nothing about the game and finding out how good the game is when playing it for the 1st time.

    Anyway. Let’s forget about the average games with the huge marketing budget. I can’t understand how people can relate big marketing with great games.

    So let’s talk about a game what’s going to be a really good single player, story driven game, with some sword play, meant for mature gamers, NO DRM. The Witcher 3. Support the game on release day. If you don’t like it then just sell it but make sure you buy it on release day.

    Don’t believe the hype. Don’t believe the DRM.

    Don’t support DRM.

    • Kensei Seraph

      Up until you mentioned sword-play I thought you were talking about Thomas Was Alone.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      That’s the truth. I was so happy playing Blades of Time, never heard of it before, picked it up as part of some games bundle. It’s so much fun.

      • Kensei Seraph

        I found the demo on a NAG disc and enjoyed it enough to play through it 3 or 4 times.
        It was actually pretty good and is one of the few games I actually remember enough to want to get, the others being Sacrifice (owned) and Eye of the Dragon (can’t find it anywhere, even Wikipedia doesn’t have much info on it).

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Star Citizen.

    • Brady miaau

      Yeah, still not sold on the “work in progress”, is not over hyped thing

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I hopped into the cockpit a few months back & took my ship out for a quick spin in free flight, it was actually really cool. Only reason I haven’t since then is because I want to experience the whole game fresh when it eventually comes out.

        So while I think it’ll be an awesome game, people really need to stop hyping it as the second coming.

  • DJSkippy

    Duken Nukem Forever, Diablo 3, Crysis 2 & 3, Spore

  • hate to say it but was let down by Dishonoured, really expected a lot more but I didn’t give a crap about any of the characters, least the actual protagonist.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Not even all the Discworld references could get me to play that game to the last…

      • Kensei Seraph

        Wait, what references?
        I need to replay it!

        • JJ the Reus

          I started a re-play right after I finished. Wanted those stealth achievements.

          • Kensei Seraph

            Be careful of roofs.
            The only person in the entire game I “killed” was a guy who fell off a 2 metre high roof and died after I knocked him out.

          • JJ the Reus

            I learned that lesson in the new Splinter Cell Blacklist (which by the way has the most idiotic menus ever known in existence). We play it co-op and I was smart enough to throw a knocked out guard off a watchtower. Not my proudest moment.

    • JJ the Reus

      I’m a bit torn with Dishonoured. I really liked the game, but it wasn’t what I expected either.

      I absolutely agree about the characters. I had no connection with any of them, least of all the little girl. The gameplay was fun, a lot, but I think I was expecting something darker.

  • Dark Souls 2 anyone?

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      It was alright considering Dark Souls 1 had zero marketing yet still managed to turn a massive profit for FROMSOFTWARE. Even if 2 fell totally flat it already had a loyal fanbase.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    ALMOST fell for Thief hype… Cancelled the day before. Best. Decision. Ever…

    I think with Star Citizen I have yet to see if that turns on me…

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    I have got suckered by the hype so many times that these days I refuse to get on the hype train =p 90% of the time I’ve sat there going wtf did I give into the hype? One of those was Remember Me bleh piece of crap.

    Some games though that I know will be epic I jump on the hype train again like Witcher III!

    • Brady miaau

      Every time I hear Hype Train…..

    • Matthew Holliday

      remember me was like, the worst game ever

  • Brady miaau

    There is getting suckered by hype and believing you have because other people say so.There is an inertia to such things. Let us look at Mass Effect 3 ending saga. I watched that grow on forums and news articles, it was like a living being. One site, on forum seemed to be feeding another and another.

    Hype is very much like peer pressure and I believe the internet and forums are similar to a playground when you are ten: agree with the cool kids or the other “non cool kids” will tell you you are wrong.

    Perhaps I judge too much

    • JJ the Reus

      At least if you’re part of the “non cool kids” you get to play with a controller and use a tv as a screen. Trolololo

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        lol

  • Hondsepop

    Duke Nukem For f’en ever.

  • Ottokie

    More times than I would like to admit… Guild Wars 2 and COD Ghosts reaching top of that list.

  • L337J1MB0B

    Never REALLY been suckered into a game which I ended up hating or feeling hugely disappointed in. The closest thing I would have to say is COD:MW2. After the original Modern Warfare was such a revolutionary game, they followed it up with a procession of regurgitated nonsense.

    • Matthew Holliday

      also found MW2 deeply disappointing when i first got it, but once i got used to the new match making system, i found the combat to be much improved. all the guns except the sniper rifles handled so nicely. still think it has the most comfortable shooting out of anything ever.

      CoD4 was still the most balanced though, and other stuff.

      I bought into the MW3 hype, now that was a disappointment…
      Ghosts even more so.
      didnt fall for the blops hype though.

      • L337J1MB0B

        Yep that’s why I said I can’t really call it being suckered into MW2, as it was still a respectable fun game, but my expectations were higher and I did also feel disappointed, at least initially.

  • cookiemonster

    I was suckered by bf4 last year. So it was with apprehension that I decided ” once bitten twice shy” when the large media marketing machine started rolling.

  • Milesh Bhana

    Assassin’s Creed 3 for me.
    I loved all the AC games (even Brotherhood and Revelations).

    Main story ending was terrible.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I just finished that, the story does just… end.

      • Matthew Holliday

        that was the best result, no more pathetic desmond.

  • I think there is also the problem that people overhype themselves and then feel disappointed when the game is still just a game in the end and not the second coming.

    • L337J1MB0B

      Agreed. Most games that are perceived as being “over-hyped” are actually good games in their own right. If people stop obsessing about games being mind blowing then most game can be enjoyed.

    • Thats_how_I_Troll

      : It’s like, if someone’s never seen The Karate Kid, you don’t say, “It’s the greatest movie ever. ” You say, “Uh, it’s pretty good”” And then they see it, it blows their freakin’ mind.

      Because Cobra Kai sensei’s all like, “Sweep the leg!” And Daniel-san’s all like (does high pitched vocalizations and karate moves)

      • Anon A Mouse

        You do mean the original Karate Kid and not the rebooted one I hope.

        • Thats_how_I_Troll

          Wax on Wax Off!

    • JJ the Reus

      With the exception of Half Life 2. Which actually was the second coming.

  • Thats_how_I_Troll

    GTA V…. Mainly because I have not played it since it is not on PC YET!

  • Matthew Holliday

    i try stay off the hype train, especially when Ive pre-order the games.
    i want them fresh, so i ignore articles about those.
    if i get hyped, its personal hype, not manufactured.

  • MakeItLegal

    i dont purchase day 1 anymore since moving to pc , so i dont do the hype thing ….i do the specials thing , when games are hopefully fixed ( max payne 3 still pauses on pc and laptop , only way to play it is to stream it )

  • ArkitektofDeth

    Skyrim? Overhyped?….not a chance. as close to gaming perfection as I’ve ever been…

  • Sageville

    I got suckered with the WOW expansions… over and over… until the scales fell from my eyes and I was bitch-slapped back to reality.

  • Mossel

    My last preorder was…wait for it…CoD Ghosts. There I said it. Bash me all you want. The game was atrocious. The MP could have been fun if the gfx was optimized and there were more than 2000people online at a time. Of which 30 was south afircan. So lekker 200+ ping with a shit game. Fun.

  • Bear Daar

    Diablo3, and only because I trusted Blizzard to deliver.
    Last time ever!
    *hides evidence of Witcher 3 pre-order*

  • SlagywaG

    Battlefield 4…

  • No, I can’t say that I have. I usually do my research prior to making my purchase. But then again, I’m not as critical as some people.

  • J_Joestar

    Only reason i played AC3, Watchdogs and FFXIII were since they were free to me (my brother fell for their hype).

    Can’t deny though that i fell for Diablo 3…

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    Diablo3. Nuff said….

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