Top 10 Most Bizarre Video Game Moments Of 2016
Each year that passes we are greeted with shining highs and crippling lows, with the gaming industry being no different.
10. Cuphead Delayed
Back at E3 in 2014, there was one indie game that took the world by storm, and that game was Cuphead. It had one of the most unique styles a video game has had to date, appearing as if it was ripped right out of Disney’s vault from the 1930s. The animation of the game was one of its calling cards, and brought in every gamer’s interest, but it would also be its weakness.
After E3 it went from coming out in 2015, to coming out sometime in 2016. There was never a definite release date. As days and months in 2016 went by with no new word, developer Studio MDHR came out and said the game would be pushed back to mid-2017.
Yet another delay with no definite release date, instead an allotted window of time which may not even see a release.
It’s easy to go hard on the delay of Cuphead, simply because it’s something fans want to see so badly. But it must be admitted, a delay is a lot better than an unfinished game, and had Studio MDHR rushed and released an unfinished product, who knows where they would have landed on this list.
9. Street Fighter V
A trend in gaming that’s becoming more and more alarming as it continues to happen, publishers have seemingly no problem shipping out an unfinished game with the “promises” the fixes will come in time, or even with a huge ‘day one update’.
Street Fighter V was one of those games.
Released earlier in the year, Street Fighter V came with even some of the most basic game modes absent from the game. At release there was no arcade ladder, and fighting the CPU in a one-off fight was impossible. The actual story for the game wouldn’t even be released until July, FIVE MONTHS after initial release, which goes to show how rushed out the door this game was. It also doesn’t help that the story mode was lacklustre at best, mostly being a playable slideshow.
Almost any sort of offline play was completely nixed upon release simply to focus on the online portion of the game. With Capcom’s Pro Tour coming a short time after launch of Street Fighter V, it’s incredibly obvious the release was simply to appease the competitive crowd.
It’s sad to see such a trusted franchise blatantly take advantage of fans simply based off how well known they are and essentially get away with it. It wasn’t the first time it happened in the industry and unfortunately was not the last either.
8. Star Fox Zero Control Scheme
When Nintendo finds a gimmick, it’s almost impossible to steer them away from it, and Star Fox Zero sadly shows just that. The Wii introduced motion controls for Nintendo, and the Wii U introduced the gamepad. Star Fox Zero set to combine the two, and it did not work at all.
The combination of analog controls on top of motion controls make the game feel like a mess. You’ll constantly be having to focus on two screens while both awkwardly shifting the game pad to move. And while the game claims motion controls can be turned off, that’s only for certain sections, while other will lock you into the awkward controls.
Truthfully, as awful as the controls were, Nintendo at least tried to innovate an old franchise. They failed, but at least they tried right? Don’t get me wrong either, there’s definitely people out there who have no problem with the controls and actually love Star Fox Zero, because it really is a lot like Star Fox 64, and it returns to the roots of the on-rails shooter classic.
For a lot of stubborn and impatient gamers who will never want to take the time to learn this awkward and bad control scheme though, the game’s charms were completely lost.
7. Metal Gear Solid 3… As A Pachinko Machine
The end of 2015 and all of 2016 was very hard on Metal Gear Solid fans, and honestly, Konami alone could have more than one spot on this list.
Although an exceptional game, Metal Gear Solid V was released obviously unfinished, and series creator Hideo Kojima had an extremely ugly, public falling out with publisher Konami. Even then, Konami decided to push on with the series minus Kojima, and announced Metal Gear Survive; a generic zombie survival shooter that was a far cry from what fans knew and loved. But the worst was yet to come…
Fans have long been clamouring for a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, regarded by many as the best in the series. Footage surfaced of Snake Eater scenes remastered in the beautiful FOX Engine, the very same engine used to run MGS V. But those were not for a remaster of the game, oh no, instead they were to accompany a Snake Eater-themed pachinko machine.
For those unfamiliar with what a pachinko machine is, it’s essentially a gambling arcade game prevalent in Japan – think slot machine/pinball hybrid. And just like that, all Metal Gear fan’s hearts shattered into a million pieces.
The treatment of the Metal Gear franchise by Konami recently has been embarrassing, to say the least, and while some may claim it hints at a future Snake Eater remake, most see it as Konami abusing the Metal Gear name.
6. Modern Warfare Remaster