Top 10 Biggest Gaming Failures of the 2010s

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The Top Ten

1 Fallout 76

In a matter of 2 months, Bethesda has pulled some of the most fraudulent and illegal acts in the history of gaming, and yet somehow still got away with it. Executive producer at Bethesda, Todd Howard, has promised so many game-changing features for Fallout 76, yet in the end, Fallout 76 was not only a failure, but it was one of the worst games ever made. Thousands of bugs and exploits, boring repetitive gameplay, laughable visuals, and completely devoid of anything Todd promised at E3 2018. This entire game was falsely advertised, so there's your first illegal act. Let's also mention the canvas bag that was sold with the $200 edition of the game, yet was released as a cheap nylon bag. There's your second illegal act. Oh, and people also found out that Bethesda gave those canvas bags to online influencers. There's your third illegal act. Let's also not forget the Nuka Dark Rum bottle merchandise that looked or wasn't made anything like what was shown in the marketing, which is false ...more - Mcgillacuddy

I was hoping it would be more like Fallout 4, with Skyrim like attributes. But, no. It ended up being a complete mess! - MemoryRoad

Its starting to make a comeback but there was way too much backlash

I hate this crap game!

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2 Anthem

Anthem specifically is my pick because it's one of the few things on here I can call an out-and-out failure. Something like the Ouya and Duke Nukem Forever also really had no chance of success. One was a new console with terrible options for games in a market dominated by three pre-existing titans, the other was a game that had been in development Hell for over ten years and couldn't hope to live up to the hype. Anthem, however, had all the cards in its favor. EA published, Bioware developed, live service stuffed with microtransactions and a high budget boasting a massive sci-fi world to explore, looter-shooting action, and free flying. A story that you could craft through your choices like Mass Effect. This was set to be a huge, huge release. It kind of was, but at the same time, it undersold, went through its own unique development Hell, was marred by critics heavily, poorly balanced, not fun, and is currently bleeding players while the roadmap is delayed time and time again. Anthem ...more - regularshowman

Anthem sucks - Dvafan2

I thought this was going to be good since it’s BioWare, but nope. - RadioHead03

Once I’ve seen the horrible reviews it got I completely lost all faith in BioWare. - Not_A_Weeaboo

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3 Ouya

Many of you may remember the Ouya. I definitely did. It was a new console project led by Julie Uhrman, who promised that the console would rewrite gaming history. Her explanation and announcements regarding the console worked in interesting the masses, so the Kickstarter campaign for the console was a massive success, earning 904% of their predicted earnings. Unfortunately, the actual product was nothing but cheap and broken. Even online influencers couldn't defend it, therefore, the product sales were lackluster, and was considered a commercial failure. - Mcgillacuddy

WOW what a failure. What an absolute, unmitigated failure of a console. There is absolutely no reason for you to buy an Ouya. Every game it has to offer worth playing you can already get somewhere else at a better value. This thing is just nothing. It had no chance from the moment it was put on Kickstarter, and the legacy it has left behind is one of underperformance and failure. - regularshowman

Oh god, this was a disaster. - RadioHead03

It was a buggy disaster

4 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Might as well as play Halo. - Not_A_Weeaboo

5 Microsoft's 2013 E3 Conference
6 Battlefront 2 Battlefront 2

You may have seen it coming. This is, by far, one of the most controversial gaming meltdowns of the last decade. Electronic Arts, AKA the gaming devil, made a dastardly attempt to lure Star Wars fans and even children into their greedy microtransaction and loot box schemes. Fortunately, though, instead of a majority of players buying into it, players and journalists were outraged, leading to the microtransaction practice bombing. It became so bad that eventually, even Disney had to step in and stop EA from tarnishing the Star Wars name. A year later, though, the game has improved a ton, showing DICE's dedication to the game and also setting an example that we, as an audience, can make the gaming industry change if we just speak out against these corrupt practices. - Mcgillacuddy

Despite its extreme failure at launch, it has heavily improved over time. Now, it's considerably better! - MemoryRoad

I hate EA.

7 The Slaughtering Grounds

James Romine and his developer team at Digital Homicide displayed one of the most shameful acts of cowardice and poor resolution in gaming history. In 2014, they released a game called The Slaughtering Grounds, and after receiving a well-deserved negative review from popular gaming journalist, Jim Sterling, Digital Homicide decided to personally attack Jim. They mocked his negative video review, forced it to be removed from YouTube, and even attempted to file a BS lawsuit against Jim, expecting a full apology from him in court. Romine even filed a lawsuit against 100 different Steam users for "personal injury", in this case the so-called "injury" was criticism toward his awful game. Valve wasn't having it, and they personally removed all Digital Homicide content from their site, considering that they didn't want a punk bitch who whined over criticism to be working with them. Romine's schemes naturally fell apart, and he soon dropped the lawsuit charges against Jim and the Steam users, ...more - Mcgillacuddy

8 Battleborn

I remember being quite excited for Battleborn. At the time, there was no other game I've ever seen quite like it, that was until Overwatch jumped in. Battleborn's marketing was received confused responses, as the visuals weren't well-received and the trailers failed to provide info on what the game was actually about. This was opposed to the cinematic trailers Blizzard released for Overwatch, which were heavily acclaimed by audiences and immediately caught their attention. With Battleborn being overshadowed by Overwatch, 2K Games made another poor decision to give people a direct idea of what the game was about, simply speaking, that it was a MOBA for consoles. This drove players away because, at the time, MOBAs were considered to be hardcore and time-consuming games that were not meant for consoles. Whilst Overwatch was also a MOBA game, Blizzard never advertised it as that. With both games being released at similar points in time, it came down to the players' choice. Even though the ...more - Mcgillacuddy

9 No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky had a similar controversy with Fallout 76, as it was a falsely advertised game, led by Sean Murray. At release, the game was met with widespread backlash from players who were cheated out of the promises that were made concerning the content of the game, most of which were nonexistent. Although, a few years have passed and No Man's Sky has massively improved, with game-changing updates and patches, resulting in much more positive reviews coming from Steam players. Regardless of this improvement, we should never forget the reason why Angry Joe placed this at #2 on his top 10 Worst Games of 2016. False advertising is fraudulent, and regardless of the suspects ambition, this is something that should not be enforced. - Mcgillacuddy

So many broken promises. - RadioHead03

Amazed this isn't higher

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT - LightningStrike

10 Nintendo Switch Online

So useless and unwanted that it received a massive backlash from the community. - B1ueNew

The Contenders

11 Duke Nukem Forever

I remember being so excited for this...yeah, really a letdown. I'm impressed they even finished it, but that's the best thing I can say.

12 Xbox Kinect

I've had a personal relationship with this console. It was something that nobody wanted. Xbox even tried forcing people to buy it with the Xbox One, but that plan ultimately failed as people said "Okay then, we'll buy PS4". The Xbox Kinect was one of the worst gaming consoles ever developed. I've used it, and the dumb thing hardly ever works correctly. The idea behind it is fine, but the console was just virtually unresponsive to anything you did with your body. With customer dissatisfaction towards the console, Microsoft eventually discontinued it. - Mcgillacuddy

13 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

This game received so much massive backlash. - B1ueNew

Hey! We must never speak of this uh... thing. - RadioHead03

Oh yeah that - Randomator

La la la la this doesn't exist la la la la - TwilightKitsune

14 PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita was promised to be a huge mobile gaming platform from Playstation, as they gave players the idea that games for the Vita would be played with console standard quality on the go. This sounded like a good idea and sales were looking promising at first, but consumers began to see problems with their new Vita, with the most prominent one being that the memory cards used in the device ran out of storage quickly, and buying a new one was extremely expensive. As the years passed, less developers were producing games for the Vita, and a majority of attention was drawn towards the PS4. The release of the Nintendo Switch was the final nail in the coffin for the Vita, and in March 1, 2019, the device was discontinued. - Mcgillacuddy

Despite Failing it last for nearly a Decade - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

It wasn't a failure in Japan though but still a pretty bad console (especially when compared to the rest of the Playstation family [not including the Playstation Mini, that was worse] and the 3DS) nevertheless. - PerfectImpulseX

15 Wii U

As the follow-up to the most successful of the seventh generation consoles, the Wii U had a lot riding on it. Unfortunately though the system never really took off. I mean it had some interesting ideas, the gamepad had it's own screen allowing for more than just the T.V. screen, but you always had to have the console on if you wanted to play it as a handheld. The library of games, whilst good was rather limited, and only a few original games like Splatoon. Most of the popular Wii U games would later be ported to the Nintendo Switch anyways. The Switch in my eyes was everything the Wii U wanted to be and a much more well realized console. Between that and the Wii, the Wii U was that awkward period in the middle, and not one of Nintendo's success stories. - SuperSonic17

The wii u sure failed, but a good system with some good games like mario kart 8, smash bros wii u, breath of the wild, super mario maker, super mario 3d world legend of zelda twilight princess and wind Walker hd, some sequels to wii u games would probably not exist if the switch came out first, also cool that it can play wii games - trains45

At least it didn't have a terrible online service like the Switch does currently. - B1ueNew

I'm ashamed to say I spent money on this.

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16 Lego Dimensions
17 APB

APB was released in 2010 and was promised to be a new multiplayer experience expanding on the likes of the Grand Theft Auto series. The game was announced in 2005, but with development being pushed several times, it released 5 years later. Unfortunately, even with $100M in funding under their belt, APB felt like an incomplete game. Consumers were disappointed with the game, and with Realtime Worlds' financial struggle with it, the game was eventually shut down in only a matter of 3 months. It is considered to be one of the most expensive game failures of all time. The game was relaunced through a new company and even though it did much better than its first launch and still exists today, it's still not the game that people were hoping for, as it's receiving poor reviews on Steam. - Mcgillacuddy

18 Fortnite

Seeing people support a mess, is saddening. This game, is an overrated trash heap. I know I sound like a bandwagon hater, but it truly is this way. Look, this game is insanely mediocre. Call of Duty's worst game(s), are preferable than this. It's child nature, and poor game play, really isn't that good. I prefer, real games. I've been a gamer since I was metaphorically born, and prefer almost anything over Fortnite. - MemoryRoad

I remember when this game was so popular - trains45

A game that makes money hand over fist is never a failure. If you want to talk about Fortnite in terms of quality, or a perceived lack of quality, that's one thing. Fortnite, however, is in no way a failure. - regularshowman

Overrated cash grab that preys on kids that want to "fit in" - rankist

"Cash grab"
Ya know you can play this for free if you actually looked it up and didn't bandwagon off others. - B1ueNew

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19 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

This was the last straw.

20 Five Nights at Freddy's

This was one of the success games, saying by a fan but the jumpscares gotten old over the time, but I still love this game!

A preety good horror game

21 Mass Effect: Andromeda

How did they screw up one of the greatest franchises this badly - Not_A_Weeaboo

22 Sony locking Fortnite accounts on PS4

They fixed this half a year ago. - B1ueNew

23 Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival
24 Battlefield V
25 Ju-On The Grudge (Wii)
26 Apex Legends

Failed to kill Fortnite. They had one job.

27 Cuphead

The game itself? No

The fact that it overshadows games like Hollow Knight and Pacifist Undertale, however? YES (that’s really just a failure of people’s taste IN gaming, however) - xandermartin98

28 Grand Theft Auto V

This game is not a failure - trains45

This is one of the most successful games, How is it a failure. - B1ueNew

How is this a failure? It's a great game. - masoncarr2244

29 Roblox Roblox

This was made before 2010s. - B1ueNew

30 Star Wars Battlefront (2015)
31 Super Smash Bros Ultimate

This is a good game it not a failure - trains45

What no, I recently got this game for my recently gotten Switch and I think it's one of the best nintendo games already. Take it off the list! - B1ueNew

Good game that sold well. Where's the failure? - Jawsome274

How is this a failure? - masoncarr2244

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32 Godzilla
33 Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back
34 Paper Mario: Sticker Star
35 Aliens: Colonial Marines
36 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
37 Nintendo DS

Um this came out in the early 2000s - Randomator

How? - Userguy44

38 Sim City

This was so bad, EA had to shut down half of Maxis. - RadioHead03

39 Life of Black Tiger (PS4)

Sony stole music and didn’t even credit the OC. - HaloFanboy

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