10 Promising Video Games Totally Ruined By Microtransactions

10. Evolve

Turtle Rock Studios

The poster-child for mismanaged game releases, the hype surrounding 2K’s 2015 beast-slaying third person shooter fell flat the moment it hit store shelves. The overall gameplay was solid, but the title was so needlessly bogged down in micro-DLCs and paywall-barred content that it was almost impossible to enjoy for anyone unwilling to shell out even more money.

A game which had the audacity to release two seperate season passes and offered well in excess of $100 worth of DLC, very few players felt the need to stick around after the first few weeks. It picked up some buzz after going free-to-play in mid-2016, but that ultimately proved to be too little, too late.

Though the game’s dedicated servers were retired in July of this year, the game is still playable via a peer-to-peer connection, though player numbers are akin to the crowd Lawbreakers was drawing in a few weeks after release.

Something of an industry litmus test for aggressive microtransaction campaigns, it’s hard to believe that publishers would choose to follow in 2K’s footsteps after this unmitigated disaster. Gamers, for the most part, know when they are being swindled and will continue to be on the lookout for such scams.


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