As the year comes to an end, it’s time to look back at the worst games of 2018. These are titles that either had high expectations only to be a total let down, failed to learn form past mistakes, or they didn’t offer any kind of enjoyment.
Let us look back at the worst games of 2018, and sorry to anyone who purchased any of these titles.
10. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
The original Shaq Fu has been hailed as one of the worst games but has developed a cult following among fans of works that are “so bad, they are good”. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is what happens when you start a joke and don’t know when to end it. The idea of a reboot was a funny idea up until people actually donated money and an actual game is made.
Anytime someone attempts to duplicate a popular work while adding no substance, the imitation will always be inferior. Case in point being Extinction, a game most people have heard of simply because of all the memes that call it out for being an Attack on Titan knock-off. This generic fantasy has players take on the role of not Eren Jaeger and battle monsters in an unimaginative world.
8. State of Decay 2
The original game was unique experience that blended the elements of a survival title with that of zombie adventure. The follow up is basically the same game only with a new coat of paint along with all the bugs and gameplay issues.
7. PlayStation Classic
The PlayStation Classic was suppose to showcase the the early history of the iconic gaming console but instead ended up becoming an insult to its legacy. Sony seemed to have been less interested in honoring their history and more focused on jumping in on the classic console band wagon with a sub par system. If you own a PS3 then just pop in the old PS1 games instead of buying this embrassment.
6. The Culling 2
The original game was a unique multiplayer experience that drew influence from Battle Royale and The Running Man. This follow up was an embarrassing attempt at trying to imitate the success of PUBG and Fortnite by being a generic knock-off. Thankfully, Xaviant Games did the right thing and pulled it from the Steam Store after only a few weeks.
5. Command & Conquer: Rivals
For a long time, EA has been trying everything to resurrect the Command & Conquer series except for actually making an RTS game. Rivals is just another generic RTS game for the mobile device that is made possible by EA being too lazy to wanna make a real entry into the series.
4. The Quiet Man
This is a game that attempts to be more artistic with its unique setup but ends up becoming a generic beat’em up that barely explain its own story. Players take on the role of a mob enforcer who is deaf (hence they can not hear the world around them) and must cope with his inner demons. This is another one of those games that was a good idea on paper but badly executed.
3. Metal Gear Survive
In the aftermath of the Konami/Kojima feud, the once iconic game publisher had burned all bridges it had with the entertainment world while being branded “persona non grata“ by the industry. Metal Gear Survive is their way of adding napalm to the ashes of that burned bridge. This is less of a game and more of a cheap cash grab while also an attempt to shit all over Hideo Kojima’s legacy.
2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Case in point: several months after EA defiled one of the greatest works of pop-culture with a game boggled down with microtransactions, Jam Games looked at the ordeal and said “hold my beer”. At first glance, this looks like a standard freemuim game with all the generic pay-wall gimmicks but the scumbag level is taken to a new low by holding your character hostage behind a paywall.
1. Fallout 76
Thanks to the debacle and controversy surrounding Fallout 76, it’s safe to say that Bethesda has become the EA of 2018. What should have been the series first forte into online multplayer became a test to see how much they can get away with. Fallout 76 was suppose to be the series first attempt at an online experience but sadly anything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. Besides the usually bugs, the world is empty and boring while the gameplay has not been properly altered to work in the new setting.
That should have been the end of it but next came the bait and switch tactics regarding the Power Armor Edition and the Nuka Cola Rum. Not helping has been Bethesda piss poor handling of everything while treating its customers like crap. All this makes Fallout 76 the worst game of 2018.
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