Everyone was keen to vote on their favourite game of the year … but not nearly as excited for the vote on 2016’s biggest disappointments.
We asked, and you answered in droves. Here’s your most disappointing games of 2016.
Mighty No. 9
If you’re talking about failures, it’s hard to go past the grovelling apology Keiji Inafune gave to the internet for the farce that was Mighty No.9.
It was a huge Kickstarter success. But the project itself continued to spiral out of control, suffering delay after delay. And the overall quality was alarmingly awful: ordinary voice overs, dodgy performance, textures that looked completely unfinished, and a main character that just doesn’t have the same swagger as Mega Man.
MN9 ended up taking home 5% of the vote, which is an indication of just how divided people were on their most disappointing games. But perhaps the interesting part was that it only beat out RollerCoaster Tycoon World by two votes. Rollercoasters really are popular, it seems.
The Division has had a turbulent year, to say the least. But while it might now be in a much better state than before, that’s not enough to wipe away those first impressions that clearly left people wanting.
7% of you ended up voting for The Division, which was enough to set it away from the pack but not even remotely close to the winner. And there’s a good reason for that…
So without further ado, Kotaku Australia’s most disappointing game of 2016 was …
No Man’s Sky
With a runaway 47% of the vote, Hello Games clearly struck a chord. A very brown chord, but it’s also symptomatic of how excited people were for the indie space explorer in the first place.
The release of the base-building update has gotten people interested in the game again, but I’d venture it’ll take a lot more updates before it starts to live up to the image people had of Hello Games – and the image that Hello Games sold people on.
Personally, the reception to the game has been one of the most disappointing things as well. That ranges not just from the reactions of people, but also the response from the developers to go completely dark. There’s a lot of lessons to learn from No Man’s Sky, and I just hope 2017 marks a turning point for everyone involved.
But that’s not all – there were some (dis)honourable mentions worthy of a shoutout:
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst: With 5% of the vote in its own right, the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst sequel clearly left plenty of you wanting. I don’t vote in the polls, because I don’t want to influence the outcome, but if it was down to me I would have voted for Catalyst. And that would have put it on par with RollerCoaster Tycoon World, and two votes away from your third most disappointing game of 2016.
- Virtual reality: While a few of you were disappointed about virtual reality, there wasn’t enough overall disappointment for any of the individual headsets to register in any meaningful way. If you combined votes for all three (Vive, Rift, PSVR) together, you get 4% of the vote – which is in the top 10, but still behind quite a few games. PSVR, by the way, was the most disappointing of the three headsets in your reckoning.
- Mafia 3: A few votes ahead of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and with 4% of the vote, people were clearly excited to return to the Mafia franchise, but not excited for some of the mechanics and performance.
- Battleborn: I’m surprised by this one. With 3% of the vote, Battleborn ended up almost on par with Infinite Warfare. There was obviously a bit of hope for Gearbox’s shooter, but just about everything went wrong that could have gone wrong. And that’s a shame. Mikey from the US actually enjoyed it, but when your AAA game gets discounted three weeks after release you know you’re in trouble.
So that’s your verdict on the most disappointing games of the year. There were more votes overall for most disappointing game of the year, although I think outside of The Division and No Man’s Sky there weren’t a lot of really high-profile let downs. Battleborn ran into a fight everyone expected it to lose, although the amount of votes for Mafia 3 was pretty interesting.
Thanks to everyone for voting. As we get into the new year, we’ll also run a poll to see what games everyone is most excited for.