IN PICTURES: Did the six most overhyped games of 2011 deliver?

We look at what we predicted to be six of 2011's biggest potential gaming disappointments and whether our predictions came true or not

What we said: “It's been a long time coming — almost 11 years have passed since Diablo II, and 15 years since the original, and both of these received universal critical acclaim. We're sure it will be excellent, but a long time has passed between drinks, and old memories are fond memories.”

What others said: We kind of jumped the gun on this, as Diablo III is still not out. A beta of the game was released in September 2011, and the users who were fortunate to be invited to it and have been reporting positive things about it. While the game’s presentation has received extensive criticism in the past, gamers are showing more enthusiasm for the beta and what the final game may shape up to be.

Our final verdict: While we are unable to provide a verdict on a game that is still in development, we expect Diablo III to be well received when it gets released. Tentatively, the game is coming out at the end of 2012, though it might get delayed “until it’s done.” StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was a long time coming and disappointingly only came with one campaign, but the graphics and gameplay delivered in spades. Diablo III has the potential to do the same.

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