The year 2018 is coming to an end, apartments are full of New Year's garlands, the hail of game releases has ended, which means it's time to sum up the year. We'll start with the top 10 worst games of 2018. Let's predict the question: why devote an entire article to projects that are at best suitable for decorating a trash can? We see at least 2 reasons: a gamer should know his enemies by sight and games of this kind are sometimes useful to separate a generally good game from a failed one. As they say, everything is learned in comparisons.
10. Metal Gear Survive
The multiplayer project Metal Gear Survive is perceived as an unofficial brother of Fallout 76 - we have another online mutant of the once great single-player series and another reason for alarmists to shout about the death of single-player games. Metal Gear Survive is a real crime to compare with the cult projects of Hideo Kojima for three reasons: a marasmic and completely cliche plot, written in the worst traditions of Daria Dontsova, five years old graphics and monotonous gameplay.
The only excuse for the game's existence is that among projects tied to survival mechanics, Metal Gear Survive stands out for its quality and a few interesting ideas. But being the best among the worst is clearly not what you expect from one of the most iconic gaming franchises of the last twenty years.
9. Fallout 76
Fallout 76 is a great example of how in just one month you can lose the positive reputation that Bethesda has accumulated for literally decades. The new "Falaut" is replete not only with technical flaws that turn the game into an attraction of all kinds of bugs, but also with ambiguous gameplay solutions. We wrote more in our article on the 10 main problems of Fallout 76.
To summarize briefly, the idea of turning a primordially single project into a multiplayer survivor is not so scary as the final quality of Fallout 76, which makes the game unable to compete with other online projects. In addition, Fallout 76 after the release was remembered for a series of scandals that raise doubts about the adequacy of the current Bethesda leadership. But putting our hand on our hearts, we admit that for all the catastrophic problems, Fallout 76 is still far from the worst game of 2018. If the project did not come out under a cult brand and from eminent developers, then the game was treated with much less negative.
8. Underworld Ascendant
The game was supposed to be one of the main releases of 2018 from independent studios, but everything turned out exactly the opposite. Underworld Ascendant has grabbed the attention of hardcore gamers for several reasons: the intellectual genre Immersive Sim, the unofficial sequel to the cult game Ultima Underworld, and even its involvement in the development of industry veterans. Unsurprisingly, the game has grossed over $ 860K on Kickstarter thanks to nostalgic gamers.
And here's what we actually got: a crude and impassable product due to bugs, which is complemented by a dead-end AI level of opponents, a lack of a sane plot and at least minimal motivation to continue playing Underworld Ascendant.
7. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
No revelation was expected from the sequel to Shaq Fu, starring Shaquille O'Neal. If only because the original fighting game was repeatedly named in the gaming media as one of the worst games in history. No miracle happened and Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn keeps the same low level as the original game. This is pure fan service for fans of Shaquille O'Neill, who know the athlete's biography by heart, laugh at low-class B jokes and are ready to forgive the game for the outrageously primitive and monotonous gameplay.
6. Past Cure
Our top worst games of 2018 continues with the ambitious, but thoroughly second-rate paranormal action Past Cure. Prior to the release of the game, the developers received several prominent awards, confessed their love to Christopher Nolan and threatened to release the game in the best traditions of Remedy Entertainment: noir, a twisted plot and a protagonist suffering from mental disorders. As a result, we got a scenario full of ridiculous understatement and a potentially interesting concept, ruined by low developer experience and a failed implementation of basic gameplay mechanics.
5. Wild West Online
Wild West Online is a mediocre attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the western genre and as a PC alternative to the console Red Dead Redemption 2. At the same time, it should be noted that Wild West Online surpasses Red Dead Online in terms of the number of gameplay opportunities. But this is the case when the number of possibilities is completely leveled by the quality of implementation of absolutely all game content. Even if gamers tried to enjoy the failed Wild West Online, the game met them with empty servers and a predatory microtransaction system.
Truth be told, there were problems with microtransactions and the obstinate greed of the developers in Red Dead Online too. However, with Rockstar rolling up their sleeves methodically fixing all the problems of their game, Wild West Online suddenly went to the dustbin of history. That's where she goes.
If the developers in the marketing company of their game focus on shock content, then know - expect trouble. This is exactly the story that happened to the horror game Agony, in which statues of phalluses, naked demonesses and babies smashed by a stone did not replace the most important thing - interesting gameplay. We admit that the developers managed to create the most vile and uncomfortable version of Hell in video games, not because of provocative design, but due to the need to repeat primitive actions over and over again in an attempt to finish the passage of Agony.
3. Gene Rain
The first three of the top 10 worst games of 2018 are opened by the action game Gene Rain from Chinese developers. To imagine the problems of the game, just remember the Chinese clones and fakes of popular games, of which a huge number huddle in the open spaces of PlayMarket. Gene Rain has exactly the same problems, but is aiming for the big league, imitating the popular Gears of War series. As you might expect, Gene Rain failed in all aspects of the game, and as a "nice" bonus it is teeming with bugs, and there are also some that simply will not allow you to reach the finals and find out the denouement of the story.
2. One Piece: Grand Cruise
PS VR-exclusive One Piece: Grand Cruise claims to be not only the worst, but also the shortest game of 2018. In general, for a price of 700 rubles, the game can offer about 30 minutes of gameplay ... But wait, wait, did we say such words as "game" and "gameplay"? Sorry, there was a bug, as One Piece: Grand Cruise is an interactive cutscene where you almost always play the role of a passive observer. Fakes are akin to One Piece: Grand Cruise, it's a shame to submit even as a free demo to test the capabilities of VR headsets, and even more so ask for real money for such projects.
1. The Quiet Man
In the first place of the top worst games of 2018, the pretentious action The Quiet Man. The game can be divided into two stages: watching low-quality videos with live actors, and, in fact, the game itself. The problem is not even that the gameplay is poorly primitive, monotonous and teeming with technical errors. The main drawback of The Quiet Man is the deafness of the protagonist, which is presented as a "brilliant" idea and leaves a negative imprint on the entire game: absolutely the whole of The Quiet Man takes place in total silence.
Understand dialogues, the very plot of the game? Pfft, not this time, since you simply won't hear anything, and the developers didn't bother to add subtitles. So what do we end up with, social commentary? Rather, an attempt to hide creative impotence with a pretentious idea.
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