The gaming industry continues to have a weird, abusive relationship with hype, advertising and PR across the board. Chances are if a game is even in 3D you can guarantee there's a sizeable ad campaign built around it, attempting to convince you for months and sometimes years, that it's "going to change everything", offer "a new way to play" or some other spurious statement designed to shift units off speculation alone.
It's a divisive point worth making: Is hype ever conducive to a good final product, or do excitable marketing cycles only set people up for disappointment?
Which games have you found yourself despising over the years, and why? Let me know in the comments, and see how much you agree with the following examples.
Oh, and let's be clear, somegames are just plain bad...
15. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
Joining the pantheon of butchered classics alongside Ghostbusters, Robocop and Bionic Commando (to name but three), Tony Hawk finally delivered his first numbered sequel in thirteen years, only for it to be about as fun as gouging your eyes out with a pair of chopsticks.
To say developers Robomodo dropped the ball would be a gross misunderstanding. They not only fudged the pass, they dropped it, fell, broke both ankles and a couple of ribs, then came to in the hospital and muttered, "We did good, right?"
THPS 5 failed on every level from basic gameplay mechanics to environmental designs, from graphics to even proving why it needed to exist. With this, Robomodo produced a game so shockingly unplayable and so downright off-putting in every respect, it killed one of the most successful franchises in gaming history stone dead.