April 24, 2024

The games labeled ‘The worst rated’ titles of 2023

There were some missteps on the 2023 gaming release calendar.

Every year, some titles in gaming fall into the category of big hits, such as Baldur’s Gate 3, which achieved a stunning Metacritic score of 96 on PC and PS5.

There were also surprisingly solid titles like The Lamplighters League and The Tower at the End of the World. Those games and other titles in that class deserve an article.

In this post, I’ll focus on a list of games that were released to at least moderate fanfare, but failed when it came to critical reviews.

IGN published a video of their worst rated games of the year, identifying 22 titles that did not achieve a score of 5 out of 10 or higher.

While IGN is perhaps the most established gaming-focused publication; reviews are still based on one person’s opinion.

I looked at the score that IGN’s reviewer gave each game on their dubious list and compared it to the Metacritic score (an aggregate number from a collection of critical reviews), blending my own experience where applicable to get a more comprehensive picture of to get the critical response. to every game.

Here are the games that IGN gave a 4 out of 10 with Metacritic score and some select commentary.

4 out of 10 on IGN

This LOTR entry from Daedalic Studios was universally rejected by almost everyone who publicly reviewed it. The 34 Metacritic score proves it. It’s a bit puzzling how anyone thought this concept would be entertaining. The entire game feels like it should have been a short phase in a much larger LOTR title where you could use more characters from the franchise. As it is, LOTR: Gollum may be one of the worst movie/book-to-game vehicles ever released.

  • Everyone 1-2 Change – 56
  • Unholy – 52
  • Gord – 59
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender Quest for Balance – Metacritic user score – 4.6

User scores should be taken with a grain of salt. Only a few people who register for a user account on a website take the game review process seriously. There is no responsibility or need to justify the score they give. So things can go from one extreme to another.

That said, the user score of 4.6 is in line with IGN’s score and Retro Rebound, another popular version of YouTube channel. Retro Rebound didn’t score the game, but called it “bad offensively.”

  • EA Sports FC – Switch – 66

When it comes to sports titles like EA FC releasing on the Switch alongside PS5, Xbox

It will almost always be inferior. The more brutal slams may be too harsh due to the direct comparisons to the versions available on more powerful hardware.

For me, EA Sports FC, NBA 2K, and other sports titles available on the Switch are strictly for playing on the go for a more stripped-down experience. If you’re looking for more than that from these titles, you’ll be disappointing yourself and potentially being unfair to the developers handling the Switch version of the game.

Gaming Bolt followed IGN on Stray Souls and wrote: “Despite some impressive visuals via Unreal Engine 5, Stray Souls feels completely uninspired with terrible storytelling and laughable horror.”

That’s the last review summary you want to see when reading about a survival horror game.

  • Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria – 59
  • COD: MW 3 Campaign – No Metacritic Review
  • Bluey: the video game – 56
  • The Anacrusis – Not a metacritical review

Worth A Buy destroyed this game. The reviewer called it “an absolute mess of a game,” which echoes the IGN review.

  • Fortnite Festival – No Metacritic review

The YouTube reviews and recordings of this expansion to the Fortnite universe were not as harsh as the IGN review. That said, it’s hard to find a structured review of the Fortnite Festival, which could mean most consider it more of an expansion not worthy of a full review.

3 out of 10 on IGN

  • Greyhill Incident – 38
  • Mortal Kombat 1 on Switch – Incomplete Metacritic score

Much like the sports video game concept I mentioned earlier, the Switch version of MK1 is in a similar and perhaps even worse situation. MK1 is so beautiful on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X that playing the game with inferior visuals is almost criminal. I’m not sure if this version should have been released as it seems inadequate to the overall brand. Nintendo Life’s review is the only other critical review of IGN, and that publication rated it even more harshly than IGN at a 3 out of 10.

  • Skull Island: Rise of Kong – 23

All it takes is one look at this game in action to know that it’s not a title you’re likely to spend a ton of time with. The visuals are boring and the ‘action’ is the opposite of addictive. This game is a slap in the face to King Kong.

2 out of 1o on IGN

  • Testament: The Order of the High Man – 41
  • Review 2 – 36

Personally, this is probably the most disappointing game on this list. I had high expectations after the first version, but Flashback 2 plays more like the cutting room floor of the original than a sequel that builds on the success of its predecessor and adds new wrinkles. I know how hard it is to develop a video game, but the execution of this title delivers a result that will make critics use the L-word (lazy).

  • The Walking Dead: Destinies – 29

1 out of 10 on IGN

  • The day before – No full metacritic score

Metacritic doesn’t have full review scores for The Day Before, but everything we see from the scores on the Early Access release lines up with IGN’s account.

PC Games wrote: “The Day Before sets new negative standards – the gaming disaster of the year!”

That is heavy criticism. I haven’t played The Day Before, but with such harsh criticism I almost want to give it a try to see if it’s as bad as so many people say.

Unfortunately, the game’s servers will be shutting down on January 22, 2024, just over a month after release, so those of us who haven’t played the game may never know how bad it was.

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