Six overhyped 2011 games that probably won't deliver

Six of 2011's biggest potential gaming disappointments

LA Noire: Ever since the game's announcement, we've been bombarded with LA Noire marketing material: screenshots, trailers, concept art... it seems like every day there's something new coming out. And that worries us, to be honest — shouldn't Rockstar be concentrating on, y'know, the game itself? And you know what they say — once bitten, twice shy: after the intense disappointment that was Mafia 2, we're no longer confident any new guns-'n'-gangsters game can stand up to our fond memories of the original Mafia.

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  • david

    I agree with Duke nukem... I honestly have always thought that serious was horrible with a completely unlikable and immature character.

    olit123

    Now this game I have heard less than amazing things about from people who've played it.

    bob the builder

    well i think they're deliberately trying to be contraversial. do us a favour and pick on a more obvious title like the next over hyped, over played and over-the-hill call of duty series. they need to take this genre to the next level before we all die of old age. :)

  • oh hay

    oh hay look i don't have to register to make a comment...

    Good...

    Just wanted to say this writer for PC world should have done a lot more research for the games he/she is reporting on and maybe give a opinion on some games he/she knows about not just take a game that seems like a good rant and pick and unsupported reasons a game might fail...

    As for this game, I must say for the average gamer this game wont be for them as they might have not ever played a MMO in their life time... but as far as MMOs go it will be what was promised.

    Also, "If only you knew the power of the DarkSide!"

    /thread

    Worthless Article

    This is speculative trash. If you're going to write an article of this nature, then research your subject. If you're going to down-talk a game then back it up with research and legitimate reasons why. The only two of these that I agree might be a disappointment are Duke Nukem, simply because of the bad stigma attached to it and it's dated gameplay formula (not to mention the aging of the original fanbase), and Driver, because no one was hyped for that game in the first place. And looking at your odds, I feel like you must've gotten those two right by accident. The others are solid IPs being fleshed out by exceptional developers with pedigree, and monstrous funding to back it up.

    Think before you publish. Kthanx.

    David Hollingsworth

    The Diablo 3 one is a hard one to agree with. Another game that people said this about was Starcraft 2, and that has become one of if not the best RTS games of all time, and it will single handedly save Esports. I was a lot of faith in Blizzard so I think Diablo will be fine

    Jakey Bee

    This I can totally agree with. MMO is always disappoint. Like DCUO, or Cataclysm.

    Fail

    First time hearing of this site (thx N4G for another stupid site) and clearly they dont follow the games that much butthurt pc fanboys because portal is on consoles and in SWTOR you dont craft you let your companions craft when your oflline so GG there for not following the game

    Fail

    First time hearing of this site (thx N4G for another stupid site) and clearly they dont follow the games that much butthurt pc fanboys because portal is on consoles and in SWTOR you dont craft you let your companions craft when your oflline so GG there for not following the game.

  • D

    How can a game be overrated when no one knows about it?

    Matthew

    This is sounding stupid

    "Now that it's being tailored for consoles as well as PCs, and it's getting the mass-market treatment, we think Portal 2 is going to be dumbed down and cutesier than the original"

    Portal 1 was on 3 platforms and Portal 2 is on... 3 platforms. Obviously a good gaming site.

    And how is Driver: SF overhyped? I hadn't heard of it until now and noone is talking about it.

    Matt

    first time ive heard of driver: SF and i scour through games sites every single day.....so how can it be overhyped? who is writing this rubbish?

  • Ratscouser

    I notice this article says it is written by PC World staff, because the person who wrote it is probably too ashamed to name themselves, Blizzard especially have always delivered but you add to your general worthlessness by suggesting both Valve and Bioware won't get it right as well, somebody needs to stick to photocopying and making coffee.

    olit123

    I don't want a different game, I want Diablo. Just like SC2 I know it will be a good game, whether it'll be as amazing and new this time round I don't care. All I know is that Blizzard have never made a bad game.

  • Dinonemesis

    where is your god now, portal had a 9.5 out of 10, ant it's pretty good,
    no bad reviews, no complains about dumb down stuff, it's not present on singleplayer, and only happens if you want in co-op

    Jakey Bee

    Even playing Portal on Orange Box for PS3 was incredible, and Steam will definitely be getting mucho dolares for Portal 2. Valve delivers. You're just trying to get some attention, PCWorld AU. Probably because you're Australian and not American.

    DeadSpace_IC

    OBVIOUSLY you haven't seen gameplay versed around the single player campaign. You're probably judging Portal 2 based on the commercials being shown on TV. BTW if you were smart you would know that those bots are for THE CO-OP STORY! not the single player. get your facts right before you jump to conclusions

    james

    The portal reason is just truly bizzare. Kind of shocked that a person working for a game magazine can even make such a weird conparison and use it as evidence that the ps3/360 ports will cause the game to be "dumbed down" even though the original game was on those systems as well!
    This person must just sit in their own little bubble.

    jrg11

    You do realize that the "cute" robots are only in coop right? The single player is still Chell. Some of the gameplay videos they've shown had much more complex puzzles than anything in Portal. The robots just make better 30sec commercials, thats all.

    And the first one had console ports as well. While it is true that so many games that go multiplatform are often dumbed down, I just don't see that with Portal 2. Valve still has a huge audience on PC, so that market is important to them (especially because of Steam).
    I doubt they would abandon their audience for a bunch of CoD kids.

    Mark

    I understand his argument, and it makes sense. He's going on the 'If it isn't broke, don't fix it' logic. Unfortunately, sometimes, games and other products are changed to appeal to larger crowds, even if it means losing its originality or uniqueness.

    He's not saying it's definitely going to be a bad game; he's just concerned that it will turn out to be a sub-par game. So hopefully, this article is incorrect about Portal 2.

    Camden

    I don't think Valve has dumbed any of their sequels down. Ever. They don't have a big publisher pressing down on them. They truly seem to design games to be good and not just to sell well. And finally, they've had a solid three years to get it right.

    But that's all kinda moot, isn't it? The concern here isn't about whether Portal 2 will be good, nor even if it will be as good as the original Portal. The question is whether it'll "deliver" on its massive hype. And that's the real flaw of this article: it's all just speculation, pandering to the hater crowd in the gamer community.

    Gawdl3y

    Valve doesn't "dumb down" their games, EVER.
    Not to mention that Chell is still in single player, and the robots are only for the co-op mode.
    Oh, and the first Portal had console ports.

    You're clearly either an idiot, or just vying for attention, and are unfortunately succeeding.

    PortalFan

    You do know that the first Portal game already was on consoles and it was exactly the same on PC, right?
    It can only get better.
    Don't be such a PC elitist fanboy. You made a terrible argument.

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