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The Biggest Disappointment of 2016?

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No Man’s Sky is perhaps one of the biggest disappointments for a game in the past decade, even surpassing the disappointment Call of Duty Advanced Warfare had. The game was so bad that it’s still joked about for being such a terrible game and such a let down to this very day. Though was it really a dissapointment? Was it really that atrocious? Or was it simply due to the fact that no game could possibly live up to that much hype? To give some background as to what No Man’s Sky, No Man’s Sky is a adventure/survival game released on August 9, 2016 developed by Hello Games. So what made people’s expectations of this game start to get out of hand? Well the answer to that is it’s game release in E3, for those who don’t know, E3 is basically a gaming convention where big developers use this opportunities to announce their big releases. Like most games, what is shown at E3 is always different from the real thing, like when you see and add for food, then you actually buy it and it looks nothing like the ad. Most developers try and make their trailer for E3 look amazing, to excite people into preordering it and to incite people to buy it as soon as it comes out, because those are when the games are at their highest cost. So like every other developer, Hello Games tried to make their trailer super cool, but only this time, it backfired. The trailer was well received by the public, and soon speculation and hype all spiraled out of control, to the point where no game developers could ever live up to. Lots of features were dropped and the whole sense and feeling that the trailer gave in E3 was completely different than what you actually experienced. So in the end does this make No Man’s Sky a terrible game? Or was it simply the fact that the bar was set too high for any game of its time to achieve. Well the answer isn’t so cut and dry, it’s a mixture of both, yes the expectations of this game did get out of hand, then again you can’t really blame the public. The trailers always look better than the game, but in No Man’s Sky, it was just too much, it looked too good to be true, and the public took their expectations way above what the developers could achieve. Then again at the same time, the developers completely ruined what could have been a great game, with the removal of so many features, some parts of the E3 trailer was completely gone. It was changed so much that the game had a completely different feeling to it from the one the trailer gave, and it was a bad feeling that it gave. So yes it was a bad game, but such a disappointment that everyone makes it out to be? No, it was simply due to the fact that the bar was set to high for any game to accomplish during its time.

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