10 Video Games That Were Somehow Worse Than We Expected

Suicide Squad's expectations were low, but WOW.

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While a video game is in the works, it's the market team's duty to get the buzz going as soon as possible. But no matter how many promotions, trailers and updates are delivered, attuned gamers usually know when bad news is brewing.

By reading between the lines, following insider reports, and using a bit of intuition, enthusiasts can often tell when a IP is doomed long before it's released. In a way, this can be a good thing, since it can lessen the blow when players get their hands on a title they know is less-than-stellar.

But just because a game is shaping up to be awful doesn't mean the gaming community is ready for it.

Despite having all the signs of a dud, certain titles managed to surpass our lowest expectations. Instead of being underwhelming, certain games are broken, unfinished, or borderline unplayable.

Since these entries had a bad reputation before release, it could've led to a reality where all the naysayers were proven wrong. Instead, this sorry bunch turned out worse than anyone could've imagined in their wildest dreams (or in this case, their nightmares).

10. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was initially met with a fair amount of excitement. Batman vs Scorpion. Sub-Zero vs The Joker. Who wouldn't want to see that?

Unfortunately, the hype dissipated when it was revealed that Mortal Kombat's on-brand violence would be heavily censored. Since it wouldn't look right for lovable superheroes like Superman or Wonder Woman pulling out spines or decapitating villains, it was understandable why the iconic gore had to be drastically toned down. For this reason, MK purists were set up for disappointment right away.

But what they weren't ready for was how bland the rest of MK vs DC was. Gameplay added little to differentiate itself from previous instalments, excluding the Free-Fall Kombat where fighters duel in mid-air. Also, since this mechanic interrupts the match, it quickly becomes tiresome.

Combos required unrealistic precision too, urging players to rely on spamming special moves. Although the last few Mortal Kombat entries contained hundreds of secrets and vast campaign modes, this crossover was noticeably lacking in content.

It's a shame to say, but Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe would've been a complete misfire, even if blood and guts were on full display.


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