Submitted by csimpson 1613d ago | opinion piece

Six overhyped 2011 games that probably won't deliver

PC World writes: "2011 is promising some pretty impressive gaming titles, but will they be everything they're vaunted to be? We've picked out six titles we think will disappoint gamers this year.

We're not saying they won't be good -- but we don't think they'll be as good as they're being hyped up to be, whether it's by marketers or by rabid fanboy gamers." (Industry, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Jio  +   1613d ago
Disagree with all of them (except maybe Driver: I want a return to the old Driver)
Christopher  +   1613d ago
Vehemently disagree with 4 out of the 6. Not a very good list, IMHO.
a_squirrel  +   1613d ago
I don't know about the star wars one...
Make a Battlefront 3 already! >:|
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BakedGoods  +   1613d ago
This is becoming the norm of N4G--doom and gloom headlines.

"This game failed"
"That game will flop"
"Why this game will/does suck"

It's like the people who have games to play are busy playin' them, while those who don't complain about 'em. Protip: Buy a PS3. That will solve all your gaming dilemmas.
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thugbob  +   1613d ago
I agree will the list expect LA Noire.

Portal 2 will be like GT5. Over hyped, but still one of the best games of it's genre this gen.

Diablo won't flop, but will not deliver up to the hype.

Duke Nukem won't deliver.

Star Wars will flop.

Driver... Is this even hyped? If it is it won't deliver.

LA Noire will deliver. Rockstar, nuff said.

This is just my opinion anyway.
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ExplosionSauce  +   1613d ago
I strongly disagree with Portal 2
I know what to expect. So far it looks as great as the first game, but with more features and harder. Can't wait!

Ok wow! It's a PC fanboy article claiming that consoles will dumb Portal 2 down. Haven't heard that before...

It amazes me how this person is not aware that the first Portal game ALREADY WAS on consoles and it was the EXACT SAME game it was on PC.
It can only get better from there.

Also, Rockstar has nothing to do with the Mafia games made by 2K.
Give Rockstar a chance to see what they can do.
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Ducky  +   1613d ago
Surprised that it didn't mention DeusEx. That game has some shoes to fill.
malamdra  +   1613d ago
I really have a bad feeling about Portal 2, I hope I'm mistaken, but those two comic relief robots from the picture above are all kinds of wrong
TheLastGuardian  +   1613d ago
The only game on the list I care about is LA Noire. I think it will live up to the hype.
morganfell  +   1612d ago
Portal has been over-hyped? Really? Really? I do not believe the writer understands the meaning of the word hype nor the actions it entails.
Seferoth75  +   1612d ago
LMAO.. Yeah buy a PS3 the console with the poorest software sales and the biggest amount of raging fanboys that do exactly what you are talking about, trash games. Yeah good call, that is exactly what we need. More raging fanboys not buying exclusives and crying nonstop..... I guess your answer to end world hunger would be to destroy all the food too?
inveni0  +   1612d ago
First of all, a game's hype is relative to the people talking about it. For instance, the only people I've seen talking about most of these games are people online. And even then, only in certain circles.

So the definition of "hype" is flawed. When I game punctures through to all circles (when pretty much everyone you talk to wants it and wants it bad), then you can say it has a lot of hype. For most of these games, however, the hype train hasn't even left the station.

Finally, few games ever deliver to the hype, and those games are triple-A award winners. Not every game can be an award winner.

That being said, I'm anxious for Portal 2 and inFamous 2 <-- My most wanted games of the near future. I don't think Portal 2 won't live up to the hype. It's a puzzle game. The first had little story, and it was still awesome. Just the concept is awesome. So I think it's good to go.
MysticStrummer  +   1612d ago
Seferoth, you need to purchase a mirror, and take a long look at yourself. OT - This list is not very good. I agree with FatOldMan. Deus Ex has something to prove.
Buttons  +   1612d ago
"Ever since the game's announcement, we've been bombarded with LA Noire marketing material"

Um, what? The game was announced in like what, 2004? And there was literally nothing on it until maybe a year ago? Uhh...
Cheeseknight28  +   1613d ago
I see absolutely no way Valve will disappoint with Portal 2. Since Portal was never a full game, Portal 2 has the potential to turn what was once an amazing concept into a true fully-fledged game. Also, co-op.

L.A. Noire will only fail if it pulls a Heavy Rain and has plot holes, plot holes everywhere.

Old Republic *looks* in the physical since, like garbage. Even Cataclysm looks better. And if Louse was right, it's going to be weak.

Diablo III shouldn't have problems. It's Blizzard. They don't make bad games.

Driver and DNF I'm indifferent of. DNF might fail because the game's mechanics are stuck in the past. But that might go in it's favor.
Lich120  +   1613d ago
Their logic with Diablo 3 was that it has too big of shoes to fill when the exact same things could and were, said about starcraft 2, which was and is still a fantastic game. I hadn't played many RTS games since the original and yet Blizz drew me right back into the scene. If anything, the weight on SC2 was bigger than Diablo 3 since theres a massive competitive league surrounding it.
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Finger-Eater  +   1613d ago
Lol at their reason for L.A Noire failling.

"After the intense disappointment that was Mafia 2, we're no longer confident any new guns-'n'-gangsters game can stand up to our fond memories of the original Mafia"

What a fucking idiot. You are a detective that solves crimes that take place in the height of the mafia years. You aren't part of it, you don't go around shooting people when you want like mafia 2 and gta, and its more investigation then gunplay. It's like saying I was disappointed in Black ops so now I wont buy any FPS games set in Vietnam... ummm WTF?
Lich120  +   1612d ago
Actually in a way Finger, their claim is more ridiculous than your vietnam simile.
metsgaming  +   1613d ago
i thought this was going to be one big troll article but its not so bad. I kind of agree but in the end there will be alot of people that will like the game regardless if it does deliver what we think they would.
showtimefolks  +   1612d ago
these are the games i am interested in for rest of 2011
and i know i will be pleased with each

resistance 3
ratchet all 4 one
uncharted 3
twisted metal
mass effect 3
saints row 3
infamous 2
and few others
Fire1792  +   1612d ago
Uncharted 3 is all I'll give ya. Not dissing the other games. It's just I'm not really into them, I'm sure they're great but Uncharted 3 is the one I'll agree with you 100%.

And I want to get BF3 and see some more stuff on Dead Island before I decide.
DigitalPiracy  +   1612d ago
You're not a Sony fanboy......
BlmThug  +   1612d ago
@Jio I Agree, Out Of All 6 Driver Isn't Hyped & Isn't Like The Original Driver Gamers,

P.S Driver 1 & 2 Rocked
DeadlyFire  +   1612d ago
Portal 2 is on this list? wha? Obviously this novice doesn't know what Valve equates to in gaming terms.

Duke Nukem Forever? Honestly. Whyyy? Just because its taken forever to get here. That is the whole point of the game existence. They will either deliver or be buried by the gaming community for destroying Duke.

The Old Republic. I kinda agree with. Its looking alot like a typical MMO. Well it is a MMO. So what else is it gonna look like?

Ubisoft hopes to reboot the series with Driver SF. That is the whole point of the game to shake those bad dropping game reviews of last two titles.

LA Noire is well LA Norie. Its not meant to be a Mafia game. That is not the point. You are a detective in the 50's. Mafia linage goes to 2K games anyway.
thehitman  +   1612d ago
idk I agree about diablo 3 being overhyped. Even though it is blizzard and they usually seem to get it right SC2 felt like a huge disappointment like it was rushed out the box even though it took them 10 years to deliver it. Not to mention the same team who worked on D2 isnt on D3 and certain directions about the game havent made me happy. I think this game success if there will be a success will be solely because of the name aka halo syndrome. A lot of the other games he chose I can see as possibilities of being over hyped also.
ASSASSYN 36o  +   1612d ago
You must not know what probably means.
Solid_Snake-  +   1612d ago
well said jio. by the looks of driver and how they cheaped out of a free roaming game into a "wheel man" ripp off.

the rest will deliver.

lol@ portal 2 not gonna live up to the hype. it is by far the best mod ever. and most original game in gaming history. no other game does that kinda stuff.
f789790  +   1612d ago
I agreed with them all, EXCEPT PORTAL 2!!! OMG!!! *foams at mouth*
tdogchristy90  +   1613d ago
Personally I feel that diablo 3, portal 2, and LA Noire can live up to the hype.

I can't really speak for the others, but knowing the devs like blizzard, valve, and rockstar, I think they'll do fine.

swtor would do fine because bioware is up there in terms of good developers....but since it's an mmo, mmos always always seem to have trouble.
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RedDead  +   1612d ago
Don't forget, the one's who are actually developing the Old Republic are only new to Bioware. It i stheir first game. The bioware team who made Mass Effect, Baldurs gate and Kotor are differant
Seferoth75  +   1612d ago
LOL first year... Yeah like you can make an MMO in a year....

Seriously you really think they are spending 50 million or more on a huge franchise MMO like Star wars, doing it all in a year and putting people with no experience on the game at all?
Really? I got some cheap ocean front property in Arizona I'd like to sell you
DanSolo  +   1612d ago

I would love to take a look at that Ocean front property that you are selling in Arizona, I don't need to view it as I am sure it is great. However would you mind throwing in earthquake insurance?

I will have the money just as soon as the pyramid scheme I have recently joined pays up!
Baka-akaB  +   1612d ago

I know it's hardly the same , but it's not their first online rodeo .

Their neverwinter nights 1 game even managed to have a persistant online world component
kyl277  +   1613d ago
This is sounding stupid

"Now that it's being tailored for consoles as well as PCs, and it's getting the mass-market treatment, we think Portal 2 is going to be dumbed down and cutesier than the original"

Portal 1 was on 3 platforms and Portal 2 is on... 3 platforms. Obviously a good gaming site.

And how is Driver: SF overhyped? I hadn't heard of it until now and noone is talking about it.
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TheBlackSmoke  +   1613d ago
"Now that it's being tailored for consoles as well as PCs, and it's getting the mass-market treatment, we think Portal 2 is going to be dumbed down and cutesier than the original"

..Cant argue with that logic /s
mephman  +   1613d ago
They're saying that the original was designed specifically for the PC. It was later ported to consoles, yes, but it wasn't designed for that market.
HenryFord  +   1612d ago
How is Portal 2 any different? Just go ahead and aks Newell: Portal is still aimed at the PC-Market - Valve is veeeeery loyal to the PC-Platform. The probability that Portal 2 will flop is around 0,00* % - seeing the past of Valve (L4D2 was a great game, totally lived up to the hype, Half-Life 2 (Episode 1 + 2 as well), Team Fortress 2...)
cochise313  +   1613d ago
I think all of them will deliver the goods except for Duke Nukem and Driver. L.A. Noire will likely be the best imo.
Kon  +   1613d ago
Agree with most of them except L.A Noire and Portal 2. All other games are extremely overhyped. Let's take duke nukem for example: Ugly graphics and boring mechanics, but everyone is hyping the game to hell just because it's duke nukem.
BiggCMan  +   1613d ago
Well it is Duke Nukem :D Come on, no one is expecting (at least not that I know of) one of the greatest games ever made. Its just a pure fun, crazy, action packed, next gen Duke game, and thats what the fans have wanted.
Merivigian  +   1613d ago
I agree, the LA Noire thing is bogus.. I believe it will legitimately bring something new and exciting to the table.
femshep  +   1613d ago
my only problem with it is it has poor detective work in it every trailer ive seen there touching evidence without gloves which contaminates the evidence there for making it worthless to the case
DanSolo  +   1612d ago
@ femshep

Were you being sarcastic?

As back then they didn't have forensics and I highly doubt that wearing gloves was required. Just look at police work in the 1970's and how it has changed since then.... and LA Noire is set just after the war, in the 1940's.

I admit though, I am a bit "worried" that the crime solving part might be a bit weak. I am hoping that it feels like actually trying to solve the crime using your brain, as opposed to a sequence of gameplay types that if you do it right solves the crime.
When I played Heavy Rain I enjoyed the game alot and I'm glad I played it.... but the crime solving side of it was very poor.... as an interactive movie the game excelled... but it was not like you could actually solve the crime... you just kind of went through the motions until the end! I am hoping that LA Noire is not like that!

I think it will deliver though!
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WitWolfy  +   1612d ago
LA:N is gonna be GOTY mark my words!!!
theonlylolking  +   1613d ago
Ugly graphics and boring mechanics, but everyone is hyping the game to hell just because it's duke nukem.

I bet you like half life when it is the same thing.
Killzone3___  +   1612d ago
i agree :)

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i really don't like the bubble system..
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dumahim  +   1612d ago
Driver is extremely overhyped? I haven't even seen or heard anything about it this year. I had completely forgotten about it.
HeavenlySnipes  +   1613d ago
Never played Portal
Diablo is not my style but I doubt the fans will hate it, was it in development for like 5 years?

Duke will (don't flame me) probably not be that good and will get an 8.5 from IGN because they wouldn't want to score it higher than they think it deserves but to not to low o upset fans.

Driver, well I finished the one on PS2, (I think it was Driv3r, with that 3 cleverly placed there) and it was horribly put together.
Stunt  +   1613d ago
These people are on crack. Portal 2 and L.A. Noire will definitely deliver.
iHEARTboobs  +   1613d ago
I'm hoping they do!
jony_dols  +   1613d ago
Portal 2 and LA Noire are guaranteed to be amazing.
Both Valve and R* have near immaculate records, so I see no reason why they would change now.

The rest on the list have the potential to flop.

Duke Nukem could turn out to be a bit of an Alien 3.
Talented people at the helm, but there have been too fingers interfering in the pie....
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Stunt  +   1613d ago
Matt, one of our staffers, played a bit of DNF at PAX. Said it "was not what [he'd] hoped".

Commander_TK  +   1612d ago
Smoke some crack
Raven_Nomad  +   1613d ago
I kind of agree with this list. I hated the first Portal game and the not a single game on their aside from maybe Duke Nukem interests me.

I doubt many of those games do very well.
qadsia123  +   1613d ago
l.a NOIRE!!!??
Pintheshadows  +   1613d ago
You don't think Portal 2 or LA Noire will do very well? Or Diablo 3? But you think Duke Nukem will? I respectfully disagree.
Raven_Nomad  +   1613d ago
I never said Duke would do well, I said it interests me. The other games not at all.
KaBaW  +   1613d ago
So, because some games don't interest you, they won't do very well?
That what you saying? Anyway, like most, 5 out of 6 of those game interest me.
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Raven_Nomad  +   1613d ago
Well if you look at the amazing amount of quality games coming out this year, it's obvious a lot of games aren't going to fare well.

Couple of those are P.C. I believe, so right away that is a huge disadvantage in sales.
Baka-akaB  +   1612d ago
this is silly , even blizzard believe diablo 3 will actually erode their World of Warcraft base . That's how strong the franchise it .

Sure there are plenty complaints about d3 ... some probably valid ... but with the kind of silly and bitching the game had right at its reveal , like change in colours ? It's universal success is certain ... too many people cared for it not too , even if the game was crap .
sp1deynut  +   1613d ago
How the hell is it "overhyped"?? I think anyone with half a brain knew it was going to be a flop, the day it was announced. It's been completely off the radar, ever since it was delayed...nobody gives a sh*t about it....so it's certainly not overhyped.

The rest of that list is bogus....the author is obviously an idiot.
DanSolo  +   1612d ago
lol yeah, the first driver was a good game for its time... but every one since has been crap!

I am not contemplating getting the game, and I have not heard anyone else hyping it!
Mista T  +   1613d ago
Duke will be awesome. No doubt in my mind it'll be the most fun game of the year for me and that's all that matters.
qadsia123  +   1613d ago
I agree with Swotr,driver and duke nukem but the other three!? you MAD!?
No Way  +   1613d ago
@qadsia123 -
Lol, I'd agree with a game that I didn't know the name of, as well. :P
Swotr? It's Star Wars: The Old Republic. (SWTOR)
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qadsia123  +   1613d ago
Oh yes a spelling mistake means I dont know anything about the game and yes I believe it will be over hyped and will not be anything special or new to the MMO genre. Diablo 3 and la noire I dont even have to justify why there gonna deliver aswell as portal 2.
No Way  +   1612d ago
@qadsia123 -
It was just a joke, hence the ":P" .. lighten up. :)

But, I personally disagree with you. I don't think it's going to some WoW..
Though, I certainly think it'll have it's own 'pop,' and if players embrace it..
Well, then, fer sure, I think it can be something 'special,' as I said below.

And, most definitely, I agree with you on Diablo 3, LA Noire, and Portal 2.
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telekineticmantis  +   1613d ago
What they just said about portal 2 made no sense
I'm getting it.
ELite_Ghost  +   1613d ago
ps3 version, even if my ps3 is 700km from home!

Cause obv i can play it on pc :P
Motorola  +   1613d ago
I dont know too much about the other games. But Portal 2 def wont fail
mixelon  +   1613d ago
Silly list. Their complaints about Portal 2 and LA Noire are particularly off kilter.. I mean, how is LA Noire's hype any different than any other high profile R* game? Don't they always tend to deliver recently? Likewise with Valve. And Blizzard.

As for Duke, its always going to be a niche title, I'm sure however it scores it's going to be amazing to some people and hopeless to others.

ST:TOR is a safe bet too. It's the individual's responsibility to expect reasonable things and see through promo BS. If TOR disappoints I bet it'll be entirely because people get frustrated at it for issues inherent to the genre; IE looking at it for what it ISNT (and isn't trying to be) rather than what it IS.. I hate it when reviewers do that.
Spinal  +   1612d ago
Precisely. SWTOR is going to be a decent MMO from the looks of it. People expecting Innovation and the 2nd coming of Christ are going to be Bitterly disappointed.

I'm looking forward to SWTOR but i'm highly aware that its not bringing anything new to the table. And it should be a good MMO.

Tho I hold Guild Wars 2 and Diablo 3 on a higher platform to SWTOR. but hey im a fan of the genre so i'll be trying em all.
Gawdl3y  +   1612d ago
I personally can't wait for Guild Wars 2 or Diablo III, as well.
acemonkey  +   1613d ago
duke will
Swotr I have no idea
Portal 2 I dont know
but LA Noire NOPE
No Way  +   1613d ago
Diablo 3: I think will be the best of the series, I have faith in Blizzard.
Not to mention, the previews, gameplay, and information I've seen looks great.
And, the new multiplayer game modes that they've come up with, looks like tons of fun.
And, personally, I'm here hoping that they release the game on consoles.

Star Wars: Other than being a MMO, I think it will do fantastic.
BioWare is making it, and if it's anything like KoToR it will be fantastic.
Though, I still wish they would make a proper KoToR 3 or Battlefield.

Driver: Uhm .. not sure about this one. So, I'll give em one.

Duke Nukem: I'm not sure, I haven't seen much about it, however..
If it's anything like the past games, it'll be a heluva blast to play.

Portal: Never did play the first game, jus didn't get around to it.
But, I have faith in Valve, and they said this the best they've done, yet.

LA Noire: One of my most anticipated titles of this whole year.
And, I mean, Rockstar is involved, so that's always a plus!
Besides, for me, it's a welcomed fresh take on video games.
Doesn't seem to be many games like it, so that's awesome!
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KotC  +   1613d ago
I think Portal 2 and Diablo 3 will fail.
Gran Touring  +   1613d ago
Blizzard has NEVER made a bad game. Go ahead, try and name one
KotC  +   1613d ago
Thats why I feel it's time for Blizzard to fail. Portal 2 will fail because the only reason the first was a success was because of all the content packed in The Orange Box. I don't think Portal 2 will survive on it's own without Half Life.
ELite_Ghost  +   1613d ago
that atari kid makes no sense...

how do u fail making a 3rd installment 10 years after its release?
Lich120  +   1613d ago
I point it out higher up, but people were saying the exact same thing about SC2. Ill admit I was a little worried because it had so much riding on it. But after Blizz nailed that, I have complete faith in them nailing Diablo 3, since overall I think its a easier feeling to capture.
Solidus187-SCMilk  +   1612d ago
thats funny
because those are the two on this list taht are most likely to be great and not fail.

I have a bad feeling about the new duke. D3d is one of my favorite games but Ithink this one wont live up to the original, I dont even think it will be close. Who knows it could be great, but it seems like it was salvaged from the garbage bin.
DtotheRoc  +   1608d ago
fuckin idiot LOL! you can't be serious that the only reason portal was successful was years later on a console?! you're insane dude. ever heard of MOD before? yeah it's a mod of half-life 2. so is counterstrike and all three of those games are probably the biggest in PC gaming history for FPS genre aside from battlefield 2 and 1942. anyway counterstrike and portal were free back in the day so how were they NOT successful? everyone loves free. you console kids are too young to know what gaming used to be and why it's never going to be as great again. that said LA NOIRE hyped? well it went dormant on information for like 5 years lol and portal 2 hyped? everyone knew it would one-day come but aside from the official annoucement at E3 that it would be on the ps3 as well it's definately going to be even more successful. portal is one of those games anyone can appreciate--which actually includes the cod fanfools (also note i love me some cod4 which is as close to counterstrike with SnD as you can get in todays generation) duke is going to be great to some naturally and awful to others. that game is all about the community of nostalgia based games for anyone with any memories of duke nukem 3d you know this is going to be great fun/humor for sure. finally the others on that list i cannot speak for as i'm not a fan of strategy/rpg style games but i did beat the original diablo on ps1 and it was damned good for being a cheap ten dollar game for me.
palaeomerus  +   1613d ago
PCworld writes sucky "list for hits" articles now? Oh look. It's a bunch of popular upcoming games listed as 'probably going to be disappointing'. Maximum tolling for hits and controversy confirmed.

How sad and lame is that?
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RandomDude655  +   1613d ago
Welcome to the sad state of game journalism where professionalism and dignity go out the window. What ever happened to giving us top ten new features or moments in games. What happened to liking games with these idiots? Everything now must be a negative...that's why I no longer take gaming sites seriously
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Brian5247  +   1613d ago
So pretty much all the great games, huh?

Fu*k off, PCGamer.
Kran  +   1613d ago
Actually its PC World.
Kran  +   1613d ago
Portal 2? Really? Valve hardly let's us down on games. Why would they start now?
KotC  +   1613d ago
Half Life 2 ep 1 and Left 4 Dead 2 kinda sucked for Valve games.

That was supposed to say "ep 1" my bad :(
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csimpson  +   1613d ago
Yeah, Left 4 Dead 2 was a disappointment (so similar to original) and HL2Ep2 was so short. Valve better pick up their game (pun) with Portal 2 and HL2Ep3.
LightofDarkness  +   1613d ago
Whoa, Nelly, Episode 2 far from sucked, it was much better than Episode One and felt like a logical interlude between HL2 and HL3. But they'd better get that shit out soon, I remember clearly being all psyched for Team Fortress 2 when I first heard about it... in 1998. Don't pull that one again, Valve. For the love of GOD.
solar  +   1613d ago
i thought L4D2 was a huge leap in terms of MP compared to t he original.

as for Ep.2.....no where near agree with you. id go into detail but i do not want to spoil the episode for anyone who hasnt played it :)
marichuu  +   1613d ago
Diablo 3 on the list? THIS IS BLASPHEMY!!!

I'm not a hardcore Diablo 2 fan, but think about it... It's Blizzard. How many of their titles have actually failed? That's right, none.
csimpson  +   1613d ago
None have failed, sure, but D3 is totally not going to live up to everyones' hopes and dreams. It's going to be so fundamentally similar to D2 and D1 that old-school players will just be stuck thinking "well, what's new?"

That said it'll still be another massive success commercially for Blizzard, just like Starcraft 2 (common Metacritic complaint is that it's so similar to SC1 and BW)
Spinal  +   1612d ago
Diablo 3 is gonna be a newer Version of Diablo 2 which IS exactly what the fans Want.

This time its not gonna be just left click or right click for spell use, now we will use hotkeys 1-5 for example to use our moves aswell. And have you not seen gameplay vids? Its looking awesome.

And now the addition of a PVP arena?? This was never in Diablo 1 or 2. So how about you stick to subjects you know about? Cuase you have no fricking clue about Diablo 3.
Solidus187-SCMilk  +   1612d ago
well you see
thats all I want, a game so similar to diablo 2, since well...Diablo 2 is one of my favorite games ever.

People will love diablo 3 nomatter what, and I bet it kicks ass.

I doubt they would let one of their biggest series fail. Im guessing that a Diablo MMO is being considered for someday in the future. I believe that blizzard knows taht a future Diablo MMO is their only shot at making a game as big as WOW ever again, and they wont let the series go down hill before they try taht.
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Tzuno  +   1612d ago
Diablo 3 will be a masterpiece. The guy who included Diablo 3 in the article is amateur.
NoobJobz  +   1613d ago
I agree with many people in here. Portal 2 and LA Noire won't disappoint. Those are two of my most anticipated games of the year. BTW, the releases dates of both are getting close.
No Way  +   1612d ago
@Tompeeper -
Oh yeah! May 17th for LA Noire (and Brink, too) but when is Portal 2 set to release?
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NoobJobz  +   1612d ago
Portal 2 is April 19th I believe. Right around the corner!
LightofDarkness  +   1613d ago
Only game on this list that's in danger of not delivering is Duke, but that depends on what you're expecting. I'm expecting the game they were going to deliver around 2001, gameplay mechanics and all, a shooter that's almost entirely free of the current mod-cons of FPS games. I will still enjoy it, I imagine.

Technically, Diablo 3 will utterly fail to deliver this year as it's simply not going to be delivered this year. There are to be no major Blizzard releases in 2011, and that's a fact. They covered it in their latest AGM.
despair  +   1613d ago
other than Driver I think all others will deliver, and since when is Driver "overhyped" I really haven't heard or seen anything about it that looked good or better than the last few crappy Driver games.
csimpson  +   1613d ago
Maybe not overhyped... but it's going to disappoint. Bet it'll be a racing game that sucks at racing. C'mon, 'shifting' magically between cars in the middle of a chase? What a stupid idea....
therapist  +   1613d ago
Diablo 3 will Decimate every other game!
Just like Starcraft 2 did last year, I still play it almost every day, the online is PERFECT!

Portal 2 looks horiible, like the first 1

Driver...??? Really, they still make those games

Duke Nukem....??? Really, they still make those games

Star Wars MMO ... might be decent, rift just shit on every other mmo besides wow, Star Was game to beat is rift, nothing will touch WOW for a few years, until blizzard makes a new mmo

L A Noir looks fu@king terrible, to me at least. Rockstar has such shitty graphics and terrible cutscenes I can't get into their games.

I think the best games this year will be The Witcher 2
Battlefield 3, all on PC, obviously.

Dragon Age 2 is my dissappoint of the year so far, after that demo, I'll be waiting for the $15 sweet spot

@ Solar

I just didn't like the ladies voice (gladys) the generic repetitive rooms, the dull puzzle only enviroments, the "humor" that was not funny to me (favorite comedy is idocracy or maybe step brothers)
I did not like the game as a whole package, it was a neat little tech demo for sure

Maybe many of these issues will be addressed in the second game, if steam has a demo (i'm quite sure they will) I'll check it out, i just think it is a "B" franchise, nowhere near a AAA game like they are trying to make it out to be, a $20 game maybe, I got portal for free with some other game long ago, ran perfect, literally 300 frames per second the whole time (thats as fast as it will go) but, in the end, i was bored
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solar  +   1613d ago
what was horrible about Portal 1 in your opinion?
Spinal  +   1612d ago
I agree to an extent. WOW won't be killed of course and Diablo 3 will PWN every game.

I do think SWTOR will kill Rift tho. I actually think Rift will swiftly lose subs on the release of SWTOR. I think most people playing Rift are only waiting for the next best thing. Cause WoW players know Rift don't have staying power.
Lindsey  +   1613d ago
" it's getting the mass-market treatment, we think Portal 2 is going to be dumbed down and cutesier than the original. Don't get us wrong, we'll play it, but we just think it's going to be aimed at the kiddy, easy-to-play market."

What are they talking about? When has Valve ever been known to "dumb-down" their games?
dumahim  +   1612d ago
To be fair, I think there is room to raise the question of being dumbed down a bit. I've seen multiple interviews where they talk about 2 parts in the first Portal that people got stuck on because you needed some quick reflexes to accomplish your goal. WIth Steam, they saw that a very high number of people were exiting the game during these 2 specific spots. They've said they've removed instances like this from Portal 2. To me, the game just focuses on being a thinking game and solving the puzzles rather than frustrating people who can see the solution, but have a hard time pulling it off. I don't really see that as a bad thing.

So if anything, since they got this data of when users were quitting from Steam, it's actually the PC players to blame.

On the flip side, I've also heard comments about timed events being used quite a bit in the co-op mode, so I don't think quick reflexes are completely gone.
solar  +   1613d ago
Gabe himself said Portal 2 is the best game Valve has ever done. HL2 is a masterpiece and still the game that every other FPS is compared too and strives to be. if Portal 2 is 75% of what HL2 is ill be happy. can. not. wait.
csimpson  +   1613d ago
Hahah, and Mr Newell is the be-all-and-end-all is he? The guy doesn't have a good track record, he said the PS3 wouldn't take off because it was too hard to dev for and he hates Xbox Live. Clearly not a gamer!
solar  +   1613d ago
you are correct. gabe has a terrible track record. i totally agree with everything you said......really....i do.
plb  +   1613d ago
And Gabe also admitted he was wrong and apologized for it. How many other devs have done that?
Pandamobile  +   1613d ago
Gabe doesn't have a good track record?


SilverSlug  +   1613d ago
Portal 2... o.o
ME1989  +   1613d ago
Terrible list, and even worse reasons given.

I was facepalming the whole time.
Visari  +   1613d ago
Portal 2

will definitely deliver. I'm not the biggest fan of Valve but Portal 2 looks amazing.


I have no clue on as I've never played the games and probably never will because of my crappy PC.

Duke Nukem Forever

is 50/50. It will deliver on nostalgia and laughs but it's not going to be able to compete with other shooters. Then again, it's not trying to compete with other shooters so I think it will do fine on it's own especially when the only closest competitor is Bulletstorm and that game was butt.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Don't know about this one either because it's on PC but I'm not a big fan of Star Wars so I have no clue how this will turn out.

Driver: San Francisco

Won't deliver based on the early videos I've seen on it. I've never been a big fan of the Driver games but the whole teleporting from car to car instead of getting out to steal another just gives me bad vibes about this game regardless of how it ties into the story.

L.A. Noire

Won't deliver as the only thing people are really hyping up is the faces in the game. To me it looks like nothing special but it will still sell a lot because casual gamers think it's a Rockstar game when it's really a game by Team Bondi.
jony_dols  +   1612d ago
Have you not seen the gameplay videos of L.A Noire?
It looks amazing all round, everything from the graphics & voice acting to the perfectly recreated 1950's L.A and the intriguing gameplay mechanics. That seem to be a mix of a more restrained and refined GTA combined with Heavy Rain's emphasis on investigating and character development.

Rockstar are overseeing the project and have had an active participation in the games development.

Journalists who have played it, have said that it is revolutionary.
Team Bondi have obviously done something right.
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DtotheRoc  +   1608d ago
i agree la noire if is anyting like heavy rain was will be runner-up for goty. it's so hard to say though because of all the games coming out right now. this year is incredible thanks to all the hype back at e3 last year...which sucks though because so far the games just haven't delivered. prime example crysis 2 isn't as good sa the 1st even which is 4 years old lol and homefront was excellent but looked poor so it got shitty reviews plus it's pretty low on modes/features MP wise. killzone 3 good campaign buggy MP...seems like every game out this eyar so far has been rushed! the only purchase i'm completely happy with this year has been dead space 2...well no wait...i almost forgot about it's tacked-on=rushed MP too. so the only recent game i'm completely happy with then would be ACB from last year with exciting story maybe not better than 2's but i dont' really care it's still excellent and with the twist of a TRUELY innovative competitive MP that works flawlessly aside from a few party system issues that i'm sure hvae been resolved since i stopped playing it back in january.
Baka-akaB  +   1612d ago
blizzard games are usually made with crapy pcs in mind . So i doubt , if its not to much of a dinosaur , that you wouldnt be able to play diablo 3 .
dbjj12088  +   1613d ago
"Here's a list of games we know you're all excited about. In order to generate page views we're going to say that they won't be as good as you hope they'll be."
DavidBaller  +   1612d ago
Classic flame bait Article :/ hate em!
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