2022 has given us some amazing games to play and a few utter train wrecks. According to their Metacritic User Scores, this is a top ten of the worst games of the year so far.
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Postal 4: No Regerts
Release Date: April 20, 2022
Developer: Running With Scissors
Platforms: PC (Windows)
Official Synopsis: Several years have passed since the events that devastated the once proud town remembered as Paradise. The only two to walk away from the cataclysm unscathed, the hapless everyman is known as the POSTAL Dude and his loyal companion Champ, drive aimlessly through the scorching deserts of Arizona looking for a new place to call home.
After a fortuitous gas station rest stop ends with their car, trailer home, and the rest of their worldly possessions stolen, all the Dude’s seemingly got left to his name is his canine cohort and his bathrobe, and neither of them smells all that great.
However, on the horizon, the duo glimpses an unfamiliar and dazzling town that beckons to them. What untold prospects lie within? Fame? Fortune? Maybe a bidet or two? Edensin awaits. POSTAL 4: No Regerts is a satirical and outrageous comedic open-world first-person shooter and the long-awaited true sequel to what’s been fondly dubbed as “The Worst Game Ever™”, POSTAL 2! (No third game is known to exist.)
Metacritic User Score: 5.2
The Postal franchise has branded itself as bad and Postal 4: No Regerts delivers like its predecessors. Since these games by definition don’t create expectations, disappointment is more difficult to achieve. Players are divided in their opinions on this title. Some consider it the worst entry in the series (and that’s saying something), others praise it as a beautiful piece of nostalgia. Either way, the developers have delivered what they intended and that is a whole lot more than can be said about some AAA studios.
As Far As The Eye
Release Date: Apr 28, 2022
Developer: Unexpected Studio
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Official Synopsis: You play as the Pupils, a civilization that must reach the center of the world. You’ll have to manage their resources, their buildings. Help them grow wiser through agriculture, crafting, scientific and mystical research before the world is submerged. Be careful though, you have to manage your tribe perfectly and make sure they’re not starving or taken by surprise by the waters.
Metacritic User Score: 3.3
This game has been included in this list as an example of how a poorly executed port can ruin a title’s reputation. As Far As The Eye received a solid 7.1 user score on Metacritic for PC, but the Switch version fell far behind. Players describe the UI as seriously glitchy, apart from many other bugs that make the title virtually unplayable. Maybe, Unexpected Studio should bring a little more expected into their efforts of making their games cross-platform.
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Release Date: Feb 10, 2022
Official Synopsis: CrossfireX delivers an intense first-person shooter experience where players are immersed in a sprawling global conflict between the world’s two most formidable private military factions: Global Risk employs veterans of powerful armed forces who use advanced technologies to fight for order and security; Black List employs hardened mercenaries trained in guerilla tactics who fight to destabilize oppressive regimes in the name of freedom. Choose your side and complete objective-based missions across a variety of classic and innovative modes featuring tightly crafted gameplay and cinematic visuals.
Metacritic User Score: 3.2
Despite its pretty graphics, the biggest criticism of Crossfire X seems to be that it has the feel of an old game. The multiplayer has been described as rubbish and the campaign is deemed unimaginative for its price. In comparison to other free-to-play CS games, Crossfire X has disappointed too many players for it to get a decent Metacritic score.
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Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
Release Date: Jun 14, 2022
Developer: Big Bad Wolf
Official Synopsis: What if vampires were real? What if these bloodthirsty predators lived hidden among us, meticulously and skilfully hatching ancient conspiracies? And what if you became one of them? In Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, you play as these alluring monsters in a sophisticated world where the lines between the real and supernatural are always blurred.
Metacritic User Score: 2.8 (PC), 4.7 (Xbox), 3.6 (PlayStation)
The biggest issue that players seem to have with this game is… expectation. Previous Vampire: The Masquerade titles are still lauded as classics and perhaps players were expecting this to be Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. That game is still in development but Swansong swooped in to fill the void with what appears to be an interactive graphic novel with pretty lousy lip-synching. Perhaps, this score will change once Bloodlines 2 is out but for the moment, Swansong goes onto 2022’s s@#tlist.
Galactic Civilizations IV
Release Date: Apr 26, 2022
Platform: PC (Windows)
Official Synopsis: Warfare. Planetary Conquest. Cultural Domination. Political Alliances. Technological Supremacy. How will you achieve victory? Galactic Civilizations IV is a space-based 4X strategy game set in the 24th century. Humans have discovered faster-than-light travel, and aliens compete with humanity for dominion of the galaxy.
You begin the game with only your home planet and must research new technologies, explore the known galaxy, and colonize new worlds while keeping your people at home happy. At the same time, you will engage in trade, diplomacy, intrigue, and war with other alien civilizations.
Metacritic User Score: 2.3
Players are complaining that this game feels incomplete and unfinished. Additionally, the gameplay seems lackluster and the factions are poorly balanced. This game has made its way onto the worst list simply because there are other games that do what Galactic Civilizations used to do right, soooo much better.
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Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition
Release Date: Jun 23, 2022
Developer: Night Dive Studios
Official Synopsis: In 1997 Westwood Studios released a title that won universal praise from gamers and critics all around the world, along with accolades like AIAS’s Adventure Game of the Year award. Set in the same time and universe as the 1982 classic science fiction film by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner video game is now making a big comeback on modern consoles!
Armed with your investigative skills and the tools of the Blade Runner trade, you’ll be immersed in a world that lives and breathes around you with breakthrough lighting and visual effects. Your ability to survive will be put to the test in the richest game environment ever.
Metacritic User Score: 2.1 (PC), 2.3 (Xbox), 3.0 (Switch), 3.6 (PlayStation)
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is the perfect example of a train wreck remake. Night Dive Studios tried rebuilding this title from scratch without the original source code (EA wasn’t interested in participating in this project). The main complaint here is that the game doesn’t feel enhanced at all, just some reworked backgrounds. Everything else is the same, except for content that has been REMOVED! Better play the original and live the nostalgia.
Release Date: March 10, 2022
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Official Synopsis: Ready. Set. Chocobo! Start your engines and get set for a new racing experience, featuring a roster of dozens of your favorite Chocobo characters, complete with their own unique abilities and variants. Equip Magicites and take out the competition as you drift through various familiar courses in online and offline multiplayer modes. Compete in tournaments and become the reigning champion of GP!
Metacritic User Score: 2.1
Players heavily criticized this title’s overall gameplay and polish but… the microtransactions yet again seem to be the thing that sucks the fun out of it. Chocobo GP is sold at full price, yet many in-game items are sold for real money, predominantly to an audience that doesn’t quite fathom the cost of every dollar. Cash grabs seem to have become the norm in a market where developers can’t even be bothered to make the base game worth playing.
Release Date: February 25, 2022
Official Synopsis: Experience acclaimed developer PlatinumGames’ signature combat in BABYLON’S FALL with up to 3 other players or take on the Tower of Babel alone, in this new cooperative action RPG. After the Babylonians perished, only their great tower “The Ziggurat” remained. Now a new Empire has come to pillage its ruins and uncover its fabled treasures.
Join forces with other Sentinels, unwilling subjects forcibly implanted with Gideon Coffin, relics that grant the few survivors unrivaled powers. Ascend to greatness as you climb the looming Tower of Babel and uncover its fabled treasures. Only by mastering the powers of your Gideon Coffin, will you unlock your true potential and become strong enough to survive the summit and uncover the secrets that await.
Metacritic User Score: 2.1 (PlayStation), 1.4 (PC)
The internet slammed Babylon’s Fall for its unexpectedly bad graphics, clunky gameplay, and lackluster cutscenes. Overall, players were not at all satisfied with this game that was produced by the same studio as the critically acclaimed Bayonetta series.
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Release Date: February 2, 2022
Developer: Gato Salvaje Studio
Platform: PC (Windows)
Official Synopsis: The Waylanders is a classic party-based RPG featuring some of the top talents who brought well-known titles within the genre like the Dragon Age, Mass Effect, or Pillars of Eternity sagas.
I find it curious that the synopsis spends more time namedropping than describing the game!
Metacritic User Score: 1.4
Players describe this game as unfinished. It still has a lot of bugs, the dialogue has bits missing and is supposedly corny or even nonsensical. The gameplay is said to be awful for a game from such prominent names.
With a user score of 1.4 and a critic score of only 53, I will definitely NOT bother trying this game myself.
Release Date: June 2, 2022
Official Synopsis: Diablo Immortal is a mobile Massively Multiplayer Online Action RPG (MMOARPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment in partnership with NetEase, coming exclusively to Android, iPhone, and iPad. Experience the world of Sanctuary in a persistent, always-online adventure anywhere, anytime.
Join a worldwide community as you battle side by side to vanquish ancient evils, explore perilous dungeons, and of course, get legendary loot.
Metacritic User Score: 0.3
Although critics have mixed opinions on this latest entry in the Diablo franchise, players are overwhelmingly disappointed in Diablo Immortal. The microtransaction system is an utter cash grab, with some players having spent thousands of dollars chasing legendary items only to come up short.
And? What did you think of our list? Any games that you would add? Let’s hope that the rest of 2022 will produce titles that don’t need their very own worst top ten.