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Essays 13 September 2022, 14:15

author: Paul Wozniak

Not Worth It - 10 Disappointing Games Years in the Making

Some cult-classic franchises kept us waiting for their glorious returns for years. The only problem is that the returns weren't always all that glorious. Here's nine examples of games that kept us waiting for years, just to ultimately disappoint.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

Either stick to the old installments, or try the recent remake. – It wasn't worth it. 10 games we have waited for years just to be disappointed - documentary - 2022-09-11
Either stick to the old installments, or try the recent remake.
  1. Release date: September 29, 2015
  2. Developer: Robomodo
  3. Publisher: Activision Blizzard
  4. In production for: 13 years

Skateboarding was among the hottest sports at the turn of the 20th century, and in early 2000s. Within just three years, players received four titles from the Tony Hawk's series, with subsequent installments coming in bulk. The series eventually jammed, continuing its hiatus for thirteen years. After that, substantial, period of time, the devs opted for a simple cash-grab game, most likely induced by the expiring contract with the master of skateboarding.

What went wrong?

To begin with, the game came with a 7-GB launch-day patch (which may not sound terrible, but it's actually more than the game itself) made it clear that the developers were ill-prepared for the release. Even then, the game still contained a lot of errors, reported by journalists and reviewers by the dozens, with gameplay overall being rather dull. There wasn't any sort of plot in the game (which, even when it was banal, made these games a lot more interesting), the tasks were boring and repetitive, and map design was uninspired. However, it was the ill-conceived online mode that ultimately buried the entire game. Fortunately, the good name of the brand was saved thanks to the remaster of the two original installments.

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