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I'm sure we've all had many games that we've had very high hopes for, payed through the noses for, waited ages with great expectation / anticipation..... but when we've finally got 'em up and running. PRRRRRT nothing but a jet of diarrohea!
1983 "The Hobbit" C64 version - "historically groundbreaking", yh right - only due to it's unprecedented levels of marketing hype in the game world (for 83 anyway). The game was a bug riddled broken shower of doo-doo. The bundled in free copy of the Tolkein novel was it's only salvation! The only good thing bout it was when you got "drunk" in the game..... the text replaced all "s" with "sh"..... which wash rather amushing eshpecially when you typed the "sit" command..... "You shit, time pashshesh" came up! Apparently the Speccy version was good. C64 users got shafted. Thanksh "Melbourne Houshe" you buncha robbersh!
1984 "Flight Simulator II", the cassette version for the C64. This was way before Microsoft took up ownership of the "Flight Simulator" series - it was "Sublogic" back then. The disk version had "four scenery areas covering 80 airports" as quoted in the game blurb, but I didn't own the C64 disk drive until '87! So I bought the cassette version. TOTAL AND UTTER RIP-OFF, it was the same price as the disc version, but only had ONE HALF of just one of those four scenery areas, and covered just 8 out of the 80 airports! This "same price" was a whopping Â£49.99 / $90 - in 1984 - that's probably equivalent to Â£100 / Â£200+ in today's terms. Nearly as bad as David "Grifter" Braben and his "Frontier Fraudster" cartel 30 years later!
I was only 14 back then and not made of money - and being 14 I wasn't that in with consumer law..... even if I was here in the UK in '84 consumer law was non-existant for us yokels. So I was pretty stuck with this rip-off!
It wasn't until I got the Amiga 500 version of "Flight Sim II" in '90 - which was in Microsoft's hand by then, and "Flight Sim III" on the PC in '93 that I could finally put the disappointment of the C64 version to bed!
1989 "Sublogic Jet", Amiga 500 - oh dear..... "Sublogic" again! I didn't learn did I? :crazy: At least it had the full content as advertised, but the game, even by Amiga 500 flight sim standards was just utter faeces! Quite literally a "Jet" of diarrohea! And it was another Â£40 job. That's why it's in this list. If it were a Â£10 bargain bin job, I'd have expected it to be dross!
1993 "Campaign" PC..... hailed as a groundbreaking new-era in strategy. I only hail it as the biggest concentration of bugs / per megabyte of code I have EVER seen. EVER. The game was barely 2Mb when installed, and I listed over 400 bugs, most of them quite serious and game breaking. Like 1 bug per 5kB of code! When I ran it, it suffered it's first full reboot crash after just 5 seconds. Which turned out to be the joystick. Any joystick input would make it just simply crash! It had 100's of WW2 tanks and vehicles, with all their armour stats etc - but when you played it, you realised it had NONE..... the stats were all cosmetic, nothing was actually programmed into it. An M3 Stuart could one-shot kill a King Tiger through it's front turret for example! It was also another horribly expensive game. Â£45 I think. Which was mostly for all the useless posters, maps, charts and WW2 post-cards and silly booklets and over padded out manuals. Thanks "Empire Software"..... and you know, I'm sure they're still making games even now. BTW "Campaign 2" was EVEN WORSE!!!!!
Funniest moment, noticing there was a "QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER" quoted in the manual!!!!! HA HA HA HA! It didn't even give his REAL name, just "Skinnybones"..... well "Skinnybones" whoever you are..... please go :suicide:
2002 "Master of Orion 3"..... I probably don't even need to explain why this is in the all time shit-list! Surely you've all experienced the horror that is MoO3? I was one of the poor fools who rushed out to buy it then moment it was released for the full Â£30. It's on GOG now for just a few quid..... even so, GOG's forums is full of calls for GOG to remove it completely! It's *still* hated even now, after 13 yrs of patches and fixes!
2015 "Elite : Dangerous"..... Â£26.79 for a game that was barely 10% finished. And that was when it was on a "Steam" sale. It should have been Â£39.99! Thanks for telling me that it was barely finished and in "VERY early access" and "subject to yearly season updates that you WILL pay Â£5,000 a piece for - for ever"..... "Steam" who are also a buncha robbers are just as much to blame. Actually, the real "jet of diahorrea" is actually David Braben and his "Frontier" robbers, not the game - the game does at least have hope - if someone decent takes the development rights out of the cold dead hands of the scum that currently do have the rights to it!