Just before a big AAA title is released, its hype machine kicks up in to overdrive. We’re seeing this right now with Respawn’s Titanfall, which is possibly the most hype I’ve seen surrounding an untested IP from a new studio, pretty much ever. According to most who’ve played the beta, the game is living up to that hype – a very rare thing indeed.
In fact, I can hardly recall very many games that have lived up to the hysteria surrounding them. Of course, there’s Half Life 2, which after dealing with an infant Steam proved to be a remarkable game indeed, possibly eclipsing its hype.
Some would say that Grand Theft Auto V very much lived up to its hype, and most would also agree that Naughty Dog’s first new IP in ages, The Last of Us did the same. And for a controversial one, I would have to say that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – which like Call of Duty or not, was an incredible experience in both single and multiplayer, creating a bar for modern combat shooters for years to come.
Personally, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World have lived up to, and exceeded expectations, but you all keep calling me a “Mario slut” so perhaps my opinion is a little tainted.
We’ve regularly talked about games that were disappointing, but tell us; what games have you been excited for that have actually delivered?
Last Updated: February 21, 2014