The Most Disappointing Games of 2016

2016 was filled with some wonderful games. Finally, exclusives made its way towards consoles published by Microsoft and Sony. E3 was a blast and showed off some amazing content. Despite this though, there were a number of games that were disappointing. We at VG Culture HQ are going to list the most disappointing games of 2016, in no particular order. While these games may not be bad per se, they never reached the heights that were promised. This is why we name them the the most disappointing games of 2016.

The Most Disappointing Games of 2016 — No Man’s Sky


No Man’s Sky was the second PlayStation-exclusive game to release this year after Uncharted 4. There was tremendous hype around the game. The final result? A complete disaster. There were a number of features promised by the developer that were not in the final game. The developer even received death threats, which was completely uncalled for. Even so though, the game never reached the heights promised. It was a PR nightmare and is easily the most disappointing game of the year.

The Most Disappointing Games of 2016 — The Division


I was really excited for The Division. In fact, when I was with another outlet, I wrote about how it would be a Destiny killer. Man, I was completely wrong! The game was a complete mess and the Dark Zone was not enjoyable at all. The gameplay was okay, but nothing spectacular. After Ubisoft invested so much money into the game, it was a severe disappointment, considering the end result. Most of my friends own a PlayStation 4 and I played the game on the Xbox One. Many missions were almost impossible to solo. The game was full of glitches on release and even with some patches, I completely wasted roughly $100 on the game and season pass. The MMO aspects don’t really work and Destiny is far superior.

The Most Disappointing Games of 2016 — The Last Guardian


The Last Guardian was one of the most anticipated Sony PlayStation 4 exclusives in years. It went through development hell and eventually landed on the PS4 after years of development, and the end result was a mixed bag. Simply put, it feels like a last generation game. Your companion, Trico, doesn’t always listen to directions which makes puzzle solving very difficult. The controls are awkward and there are some frame rate issues, even on the PlayStation Pro. After so many years of development you would think these issues would be fixed.

The Most Disappointing Games of 2016 — Final Fantasy XV


There were so many high hopes for Final Fantasy XV. The series has been on a downward slope ever since X and many hoped XV would help rectify the series. Well, it didn’t. Many weren’t a fan of Final Fantasy XIII. I was, although I recognized its flaws. XIII-2 rectified these and is the best Final Fantasy game in recent memory. The final installment in the trilogy was just okay, but it wrapped the series up nicely. Final Fantasy XV feels like a boy band expedition gone wrong. It has the illusion of an open world and the narrative is executed so poorly. The characters are uninteresting and considering how it started as Final Fantasy XIII versus and was in development for 10 years, there is no excuse. This is why it is one of the most disappointing games of 2016.

The Most Disappointing Games of 2016 — Uncharted 4


I will be lambasted for this. Many view Uncharted 4 as the holy grail of gaming. I respect Naughty Dog a great deal and have even talked to several developers at the studio. I went into the game with an open mind. I wanted to enjoy it. That being said, Uncharted 4 was a massive disappointment. It started out like a bad soap opera and while the narrative was not terrible by any means, the gameplay was incredibly rudimentary. I quickly tired of simply climbing rocks, finding cover and shooting enemies, and rinsing and repeating. It grew old quick and this is by far the most disappointing game of the year, regardless of what critics might say.

While many may disagree, these are our most disappointing games of 2016. It was by no means easy to put together this list, and some may lambast it, but as always we are brutally honest here and do not compromise. These games had so much promise but simply didn’t live up to them, which is they they are the most disappointing games of 2016.


August 2016 NPD Software Numbers

The August 2016 NPD software numbers have been released, showcasing the top 10 selling games of the month. Among them there weren’t too many surprises, with the new Madden taking the top spot, followed by No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex. Destiny The Taken King filled out the list, most likely in anticipation of the release of Rise of Iron, which releases on September 20 of this month. The rest of the the August 2016 NPD software numbers are as follows.

1. Madden NFL 17
2. No Man’s Sky
3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
4. Grand Theft Auto V
5. Overwatch
6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
8. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
9. Minecraft
10. Destiny: The Taken King

While Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens was bound to do well, hopefully they release a remastered set of all the Lego Star Wars titles, as Star Wars is very much “in” right now.

Fans Demand No Man’s Sky Refund

A number of fans who purchased No Man’s Sky from the PlayStation store are demanding a refund from Sony, according to reports. The space epic from Hello Games is causing issues from persisting game crashes, motion sickness, and even feelings that the game failed to deliver on promises made by advertising and statements from the developers themselves.

While one man was told he was eligible for a No Man’s Sky refund, as the digital version crashed on him three separate times in an hour and a half, he was told if he was refunded, he would never be able to play the title again, not even the physical version. He ultimately didn’t go through with the refund due to this fact. This is quite a shady business practice, as the underlying technical issues could have to do with the digital version itself and the physical version may rectify it. Fans experiencing these issues deserve a No Man’s Sky refund and should be able to re-purchase the game once the issues are fixed.

“I would happily re-buy the game at a later date if it improved, if the features promised were put in, if the crashing was fixed, because these things do get fixed over time.

“But I didn’t really want to get my money back and then never be able to play it again. It just seems counter-productive.

“It’s like they put a gun to my head.”

Another man felt like he was misled by the game’s advertising and promised features that were ultimately missing from the game. He too experienced game crashes, and he too was told he was eligible for a No Man’s Sky refund, but he too was told he would never be able to play the game again if he went through with it.

“I really do like the game, but I feel as though I paid £50 for a game that isn’t finished.

“But I don’t want to give up the right to ever play No Man’s Sky again. That seems really extreme to me.”

Ironically, Sony’s refund policy does allow users to re-purchase games at a later date if they are refunded, according to a statement provided to Eurogamer by the company.

“Players are entitled to receive refunds in line with the published refund policy on

“In instances where players receive a refund, they will of course be able to re-purchase the game at later date and play.”

No Man’s Sky was bound to be a disappointment to some gamers, given the sheer amount of hype surrounding the game; this is usually the case with all highly anticipated titles. Some feel the game is guilty of false advertising, which is a serious problem.  This will cause gamers to be even more weary of purchases in the future, fearing the same outcome of No Man’s Sky. Regardless, this situation needs to be rectified and Hello Games needs to be held accountable.

No Man’s Sky Delayed

No Man’s Sky, an ambitious space adventure game developed by the UK studio Hello Games for the PlayStation 4 and PC, has been delayed, according to two independent sources. It supposedly will not be released until at least July or August. The game has been highly publicized and was announced in October to be coming out in June of this year, but that’s obviously not the case.

The two sources to confirm the delay were a trusted Kotaku source and a GameStop employee. GameStop received marketing materials for the game with the June release date, but the company was informed that the release date was incorrect and that they should change it to “coming soon.”

Regardless of the delay, Sony has a killer lineup of games for this upcoming year so there isn’t any reason to worry as long as the game comes out this year.