8. Star Wars Battlefront 2 Rips Out Its Entire Progression System
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the game on this list that caused the biggest fan backlash. Hell, the sequel caused such a stink it resulted in the most downvoted comment in Reddit history, and allegedly even reached Disney head honcho Bob Iger.
The biggest problem was the microtransaction system EA and DICE implemented in the multiplayer. It certainly wasn't the first game to feature loot boxes and in-game currency, but it was the one that pushed these systems to breaking point. Before release, fans worked out that unlocking heroes (which were available from the start in the previous game) would take tens - if not hundreds - of hours of grinding, essentially forcing players to pony up money to bypass the time-sink.
Throw on top of that a pay-to-win loot box system that gave bigger spenders better weapons and abilities, and it was a complete mess. EA were forced to respond, and they tore out the progression system, and over the next couple of months reshaped it entirely.
The launch version of Star Wars Battlefront 2 was poison, but it might never have become the genuinely stellar shooter it is today without this controversy.