The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016

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List Criteria: Vote up the 2016 video games that just couldn't live up to the hype.

In 2016, there were a lot of really awesome video games, but there were also a lot of really terrible video games that didn't live up to the hype that came along with them. This list is made up of the most disappointing and underwhelming video games released this year, so vote up the games that weren't as exciting as you expected them to be and vote down the games that actually weren't so bad.

2016 has certainly seen its fair share of virtual disappointment from MOBAs, shooters, survival and role-playing games, among countless others. With all sorts of over-hyped promises and all-around issues including crashing servers, bad graphics, and repetitive gameplay, good games can have such bad problems that it pushes away the player base or just makes the game downright unenjoyable. Take all the server and login issues Pokemon GO had (and still has) and the downright unexciting gameplay No Man's Sky ended up having, for example. It certainly wasn't what anyone was expecting and ended up making the game more of a drag than hours of endless fun and games. Here are some of the most disappointing video games of 2016. 

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    No Man's Sky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016
    Photo: Hello Games

    Many call No Man's Sky one of 2016's largest disappointments. People expected a lot more space-action, and a lot less crafting and juggling resources.

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    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016
    Photo:  Activision

    Activision's yearly military-themed first-person shooter game, Call of Duty, left modern-day war and took place in the far future. The game struggled to successfully imitate the popular first-person shooters like Halo, Star Wars Battlefront, and Titanfall that it was trying so hard to copy.

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    Star Fox Zero

    Star Fox Zero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016
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    Although Star Fox Zero sounds fun at first, the bad motion control and boring missions totally take away from whatever was fun about Star Fox in the first place. Star Fox Zero is a seemingly open space adventure where not much critical development was put in after the tech demo.

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    Homefront: The Revolution

    Homefront: The Revolution is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016
    Photo:  Deep Silver

    Homefront: The Revolution is basically Battlefield meets Call of Duty. Not only is the gameplay a copy/paste of every first-person shooter you've ever played, the levels are repetitive and come included with loads of graphical bugs.

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    Pokemon GO

    Pokemon GO is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016
    Photo:  Niantic

    When Pokemon GO came out, we all thought we were going to be traveling across the land to become the very best... but constant server crashes upon launch, the lack of all 150 Pokemon, and all of the other account-erasing, Pokemon-deleting, phone-throwing issues that came along with it made it not worth the trouble.

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    Quantum Break

    Quantum Break really had things going for it as the first big AAA Xbox One game of 2016. Unfortunately, it ended up lacking in performance and image quality, especially for PC players, and was also accompanied by a boring live-action TV show.

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    Super Mario Maker 3DS

    Super Mario Maker 3DS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016
    Photo:  Nintendo

    Super Mario Maker is really fun if you actually get to utilize all the features. While Super Mario Maker seems fun on the Wii U, not being able to share levels with other players really restricts the capabilities of Super Mario Maker and makes the port kind of pointless for the 3DS.

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    Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

    Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underwhelming Video Games of 2016
    Photo:  EA DICE

    While the original Mirror’s Edge was executed beautifully, the storyline for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst lacked interest and the "open world" is a total lie. The open world is being able to hop around on rooftops, and the bad level design doesn't even make this enjoyable.

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