2022 has seen a number of video game releases so far. While many were surprisingly good, others were just brilliant. Many games are still talking about themselves even months after their release and could be in the running for the game of the year award.
However, not all games are created equal. While there have been good games, others have failed terribly. These games were widely chastised, both by gamers and critics, for poor storytelling, poor writing, or simply being riddled with bugs upon release.
Whatever the reasons for their failure, the following video games have become big disappointments among all video game releases in the first half of 2022.
Note: This article reflects the opinion of the author.
5 failed video game titles of 2022
1) Crossfire X
No one expected Remedy Entertainment to release such a mundane FPS title, but that’s exactly what happened on February 10, 2022. Crossfire X’s single-player campaign seemed like a title no one was expecting. After playing the game, it became apparent why it was barely marketed.
While its free-to-play multiplayer component is similar to CS:GO, its single-player story is more Call of Duty-like, albeit from the early 2000s. he story itself is rather boring and uninventive.
Moreover, the video game is filled with bugs and glitches, which only adds more points to the list of reasons why gamers should stay away. Hopefully things in the Alan Wake 2 department of Remedy go better.
2) Diablo Immortal
From Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase came Diablo Immortal, released in June 2022. This free-to-play MMORPG takes place between the events of Diablo II and Diablo III. The game was originally developed for Andriod and iOS and later expanded for controllers and PCs.
Upon release, it became one of the most poorly received Diablo games, largely due to its microtransactions. Since its release on mobile devices, the game has gained a lot from this tactic and apparently made a nice profit.
The tactic, while beneficial, resulted in a low score for the game on Metacritic.
3) The fall of Babylon
This hack and slash action role-playing video game was developed by Platinum Games and published by Square Enix. Released on March 3, 2022, the game received a number of negative reviews. Players criticized many aspects of its gameplay and storyline, citing an unintuitive design and a lack of creativity.
With third-person perspective gameplay, players must take control of the Sentinel, who must climb a tower and complete various quests within the structure. The game can be played solo or online in four-player co-op, with melee weapons like swords and warhammers, or ranged weapons like bows.
Many were disappointed with the repetitive nature of the game, which saw players traversing hallways that felt the same and fighting enemies with little to no variety. Others found it unnecessarily confusing because the elements of the game are never clearly explained. The number of Steam players for this video game dropped to one in May 2022.
4) Postal 4: No regrets
Postal 4: No Regrets is an FPS video game that has been cited by the developers as being a true sequel to Postal II. It was originally released through Steam’s Early Access program and fully launched on April 20, 2022 for Windows PCs. Despite the Early Access run, this game disappointed on several fronts.
Players take on the role of the protagonist of Postal 2, who is accompanied by his spirit burrow, called Champ. The duo must run errands to earn money and reach their goal. With outdated humor and underperforming gameplay, it’s not a game for the current age.
The game furthermore has glaring bugs and performance issues which makes it barely playable. Some games are best left alone in the early 2000s, and Postal 2 is one of them.
5) GP Chocobo
Chocobo GP is a kart racing video game developed by Arika and published by Square Enix. It was released exclusively for Nintendo Switch on March 10, 2022. Serving as both a sequel to 1999’s Chocobo Racing and a spin-off to the Final Fantasy series, the game features many locations and characters from the franchises.
The title is pretty decent on its own with great controls and a vibrant aesthetic surrounding familiar characters from the FF series. However, the game’s emphasis on monetization led to its downfall. It looks like Square Enix made the same mistake as Blizzard, except it was way worse.
As Chocobo GP is not a free-to-play title, there is no justifiable explanation for the microtransactions, which include a level of monetization comparable to free-to-play mobile games. Square even tried to appease players by giving them free in-game currency, although it was later discovered that this free currency would expire after five months, while any currency paid for with real money would last. eternally.
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