One of the most fun times to write about video games is during the end of the year. Writers from across the industry talk amongst themselves and compile lists of their favorite games while forums in all corners of the internet light up with people debating the merits of their personal favorites.
In addition to celebrating the games of the year passed, many sites compile “Most Anticipated” lists of games that will hit store shelves in the coming year. During the Winter of 2013, three titles in particular topped nearly all of these lists: Watch Dogs, Titanfall, and Destiny. This year, all three of those games have come in like lions and gone out like lambs.
Titanfall was Microsoft’s tentpole new franchise. The game was positioned as the next evolution in multiplayer shooters, and it had the pedigree to make it happen–Respawn Entertainment, the developer of the game, was founded by ex-Call of Duty guys after all. On arrival, the reviews were strong and almost entirely positive. Many reviewers (including our own Alex Castro) considered it to be delivering on exactly what was promised–it is currently sitting at a very respectable 86 on Metacritic even.
So how was it a bust? Well, is anyone still playing Titanfall? Of course, there are still some people playing it, but despite multiple DLC packs, there is no buzz around Titanfall anymore. When Call of Duty was in its prime, there was always a constant hum of activity from its fans year-round–until the next release. Something that is sadly missing from the Titanfall community.