Much like feature films, video games rely on expensive marketing campaigns and hype to help sell themselves to audiences. With stiff competition and ever-rising budget costs, it makes sense for companies to try and oversell their game in order to achieve success. Unfortunately, like many blockbuster movies, some video games end up falling far short of expectation. Whether it’s because of inferior quality, fan expectations, or the makers’ own lofty ambitions, there have been many games over the years that ended up being disappointments, often both in terms of sales and critical reception While these titles often turn out to be bad quality games in their own right, they are all the more disappointing because they did not live up their promises. Here is a list of the 10 Most Disappointing Video Games Ever Released.
10. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)
Unlike pretty much all the other games on this list, Metal Gear Solid 2 is actually a very high quality game – it just wasn’t the game anybody wanted. Released for the Playstation 2 in the fall of 2001, Sons of Liberty received critical acclaim for its excellent gameplay and cutting-edge (for the time) graphics. However, many fans were let down by the game’s swapping of protagonists; series hero Solid Snake, who was featured heavily in promotions for the game, was not the focus of the game’s plot. Instead, a controversial new character named Raiden was the main character, a choice that didn’t sit well with everyone. While MGS2 still stands as a classic, it remains the black sheep of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.