ALL VIDEO GAMES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
In the world of video games the gamer is the supreme authority. Their pleasure or displeasure rules all, decides all, rewards or takes away all. So far in 2015 there have been a number of disappointing games that simply don’t make the grade. Despite well-funded and cleverly constructed ad campaigns, once released and reviewed by the experts – the players themselves – all the slick advertising in the world won’t redeem these stinkers. Here are the 10 games rated the worst of the year to date:
10) BATTLEFIELD: HARDLINE
Prior to it’s release, EA described this game as “far more than an expansion pack”. This was widely believed to be a means of convincing the public that extra content available for Battlefield 4 would be completely different and more costly. Upon it’s release it became clear that there was no spectacular surprise to this game. In fact, there was essentially nothing new whatsoever.
9) DEAD OR ALIVE 5: LAST ROUND
This game lacked one iota of forward momentum. There were no new characters, moves, or styles, no new backgrounds or scenarios. The company even attempted a “deal”: they offered a copy of the base game for free. Following the free portion of the game, the player found himself in a marketplace where every necessity had to be purchased. It was also found that the storyline was precisely the same as the storyline for Dead or Alive 5, no updates or new material whatsoever.
Yet another game that takes players through a single-player campaign with bots as companions throughout, only to lead to a marketplace full of items that should have been available to the players all through the game. There was nothing new to be found.
7) DESTINY – HOUSE OF WOLVES
This game has proven frustrating to players due to it’s repetitiveness. Even after a second “expansion” which was supposed to correct the problem, the changes were only on the surface, involving mainly script rather than actual missions or weaponry.
6) RAVEN’S CRY
Raven’s Cry is so blatant a copy of Assassin’s Creed IV that it is shocking no one has sued for copyright infringement. Everything from the ship combat to the HUD design and all things in between.
This game was designed to be geared toward the Wii-loving crowd. Marketed as a fast-paced interactive hyper-octane collection. However, reality was that it proved to be nothing more than an interactive theme park “experience”.
4) GAME OF THRONES: A TELLTALE GAME SERIES
This game had the potential to be wildly popular. It was highly anticipated and even started out along the right track, taking up in the middle of the show’s Season 3 Red Wedding. But that’s where the interest ended as the game’s storyline veered off into completely different family scenarios. From that point there was only the occasional reference to one of the show’s popular characters.
3) SAINTS ROW: GAT OUT OF HELL
This version of Saints Row was a letdown as only that “one-too-many-sequels” game can be. None of the storylines flowed or even played out completely. The concept is there, the possibility is there, but there is no completion. The game simply goes here and there with no real direction. Players describe it as supremely frustrating.
2) THE ORDER: 1886
Another massive buildup for a game that proved to be a gargantuan disappointment. The entire scenario has a copied-and-pasted feel to it. At best, the entire length of the game is approximately 5 hours, if one is generous. Not an impressive trait in the least.
1) WORLD WAR II COMBAT: IWO JIMA
The campaigns are what make this game such a pain to deal with. Players are expected to go into battle situations with tactical information whatsoever. They are killed, sent back to he beginning to start over, and killed again until they figure out how to navigate the scenarios with no help at all. Monotony and frustration at their finest.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION TO YOUR NEXT GAMING ADVENTURE
Nothing is quite so soul-crushingly enraging as discovering that the game you have anticipated playing and conquering for months prior to it’s release is not up to par, to say the least. Unfortunately, unless you are willing to sit back and wait for the player reviews to come in from those who play for the love of playing and not those who review the games and are paid to be kind, be prepared to run into your fair share of games that by far do not meet your expectations. Someone out there in Gamerland is surely sitting back waiting for your review, so he does not waste his money.