I recently touched on some of the biggest games that died terribly after being hyped up to ridiculous levels. Some of those games were build on hype for months, and when they finally released, they crashed and burned.
It is time to focus on something a little more positive, as we now look at the games that lived up to their hype and really offered a spectacular experience for gamers all over the world.
We cannot fault these games on their anticipation and final result at all.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
We cannot deny that from the moment that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was unveiled, all the way to the moment we played the game, the game was surrounded in hype. Every trailer, every piece of news, and every screenshot, was eye candy to us, and we knew we had a jewel on our hands.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, went onto being one of the greatest games in history, taking home hundreds of awards, which include Game of the Year, Studio of the Year, and so many more.
The game went on to sell millions of copies worldwide, with the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contributing to more than half of the series’ total 20 million copies sold.
The game had everything we hoped for, from its breath-taking world to its spectacular story. This proved that there is nothing wrong with a little bit of hype.
The Bioshock Series
Originally released in 2007, Bioshock changed the world of FPS games forever. The game changed the traditional shooter by adding in a world we have never been to, Rapture.
From the first reveal right until the game’s release, Bioshock had one mission, to break the stereotypical FPS mold and create a new experience.
Three games down the line, and there is really nothing that has come close to the game’s fantastic look and feel.
The series has gone on to sell millions of copies, with each game in the series winning hundreds of awards in both video game development, art, and direction.
We will always remember the Big Daddy and Andrew Ryan. We will always love Columbia, the floating city in the sky.
Mass Effect Series
Bioware has always been the god of RPG titles, and when it started working on a new sci-fi game, we could not help but get excited for it.
What could be better than a complete universe to explore with multiple ending to a story, characters to befriend, and a giant army of aliens to take down?
The Mass Effect series was a new direction in RPG storytelling, and it managed to draw in players of every genre and tell a story like no other. Sure, the game had a bit of drama surrounding the end of the trilogy, but it was one epic series.
The series sold close to 30 million copies across the trilogy, and won hundreds of awards in the industry. It broke boundaries in game storytelling, and we will always remember it for its diverse decision making and intense consequences on them.
Grand Theft Auto V
There is something unique about a game that only needs to show off one trailer during the entire lead up to the release of the game.
Rockstar does not need to sell GTA to anyone, it just sells itself. With a whole 2 major trailers released during the lead up to the release of GTA V, the game went on to become the most successful in the series.
Does 54 million copies sold with an average of 97% on Metacritic seem ridiculous? Well, that is what GTA V is on at the moment, and as time goes by, the game will continue to sell.
The Grand Theft Auto series was built on hype and it is still one of the greatest franchises in the industry.
If you really think about it though, the game does not hype itself up at all, rather fans of the series build the hype for it and everyone just goes absolutely crazy for the franchise. We are never disappointed though.
The Elder Scrolls Series
Bethesda have become hype masters, as their Elder Scrolls series is now one of the greatest RPGs in gaming.
Every time a new Elder Scrolls game reveals itself, the world goes mad for the beautiful world which Bethesda has built for us.
The series has become one of the most successful titles in gaming, thanks to its massive world and unlimited potential to create something unique every time.
Skyrim has gone on to win countless awards, and has sold over 30 million copies. Bethesda’s latest creation, The Elder Scrolls Online, is now sitting at 3 million daily players. If that is not successful, I have no idea what is.