The Worst Games of 2016

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If one things for certain it’s that 2016 was a great year for gaming. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that every game to come out was good, in fact quite a few were either; boring, repetitive, poorly designed or just plain terrible and those games are the topic of today’s Top 10. Now I’m sure there are worst games to have come out this year than these 10 entries, but I wanted to put the spotlight of shame on the titles that got our hopes up only to dash them. These games made it personal and for that they deserve to be named the worst games of 2016.

10 – Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Metroid fans have had it rough over the last half-decade. 2010’s Metroid: Other M took the stoic heroine we grew up with and turned her into a confused, whiny teenager who couldn’t think for herself but at least it tried to emulate the feel of Metroid games. Federation Force is essentially the anti-Metroid, a game where you and three other players explore small environments to complete objectives together. On top of that if you tried to play it single player you would run into scaling issues, unfair difficulty curves and the like. As it stands it’s been almost 10 years since the last good Metroid game, a streak that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.

9 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

Nostalgia can be a powerful tool. When used properly you can both simultaneously bring in older fans while building up excitement among new players. Though when used improperly you can end up doing damage to the brand as a whole and making those new players less receptive to your future projects. Case in point Mutants in Manhattan, a game that tried to recapture the spirit of the classic SNES and arcade beat ’em ups but instead falls flat due to boring gameplay and uninspired design.

8 – RollerCoaster Tycoon World

The amount of time I spent playing the original RollerCoaster Tycoon probably clocks north of 500 hours. I remember running home from school, powering up our family Pentium 4 PC and spending the rest of the evening building the perfect theme park. Since then though, we’ve gotten a handful of sequels and expansions to the original but none have been able to recapture the magic of the first. And when RollerCoaster Tycoon World was announced I remember thinking ‘this is it, they are finally making a good RCT game!’. How wrong I was. Instead I got a buggy, ugly game that, while it flew the RollerCoaster Tycoon flag felt like an impostor.

7 – Homefront: The Revolution

I’m a huge fan of alternate history with some of my favorite books, movies and TV shows dealing with world-altering ‘what if’ scenarios. And while it wasn’t perfect, I did enjoy the original Homefront. The story of North Korea launching an invasion of the United States was at the same time unrealistic and yet somehow possible, and it felt great to be part of the resistance. Homefront: The Revolution on the other hand is as generic as generic gets. So much so that when I was looking for screenshots for this article I wasn’t sure if what I was looking at was for the right game.

6 – Lost Reavers

Oh you want to talk about boring? Lost Reavers is quite possible the dullest game I’ve played all year. This third-party Wii U exclusive (why?) simply tasks you with going into a mission, stealing an important something-or-other and coming out alive. The problem is that every enemy, every encounter and every level feels exactly the same. And if you happen to be into this type of game and happen to only have a Wii U then good luck finding someone to play with as the online population has dwindled to a few lost souls.

5 – Star Fox Zero

Now I’m not here to kick anyone when they’re down but the Wii U had a pretty bad 2016 and nowhere was this more obvious than with what is arguable Nintendo’s biggest console game of the year, Star Fox Zero. Where to start? The controls are terrible, the game is too short, the graphics are meh at best and for $60 I felt thoroughly ripped off. The only saving grace here is that the game comes bundled with the decent Star Fox: Guard.

4 – Umbrella Corps

In just a few weeks we’ll be getting our hands on Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, a game that aims to be a return to form for the franchise. While the prospect of rebooting the series fills me with hope for its future it wouldn’t even need to be rebooted if it weren’t for lazy cash grabs like Umbrella Corps (and in previous year’s Operation Raccoon City). The Resident Evil series has always been about tense survival-horror, not mowing down hordes of faceless (literally) enemies and I for one hope it sticks to its roots instead of exploring new gameplay styles.

3 – DriveClub VR

I don’t actually have a lot to say about DriveClub VR. It looks great, controls fine and successfully recreates the feeling of driving a race car. Oh and it made me throw up after about three minutes. Ya that’s totally not cool.

2 – Ghostbusters (2016)

Sometimes I feel like I’m in the minority when I say I actually really enjoyed the new Ghostbusters movie. Unfortunately this does not translate to its awful video game tie-in of the same name. Hideous visuals and terrible controls are just the tip of the iceberg of this rushed and unpolished game. In fact I can’t think of a single positive thing to say about Ghostbusters (2016) (the game) other than it might one day be the subject of a documentary where we try to find the unsold copies buried in the desert.

1 – Mighty No. 9

The Mighty No. 9 debacle was notable for many things. Did the game suck? Yes. And while usually one bad game isn’t enough to permanently damage a game creator’s reputation the amount of missteps Keiji Inafune took with this game is staggering. From PR disasters where consumers and gamers were treated like nothing else but wallets with hands to repeated delays without explanations, to starting to ask money to help fund new projects without finishing this one, everything about Mighty No. 9 was a mess, and for that reason it’s our pick for worst game of the year.
What games ticked you off in 2016? Blow off some steam and let us know in the comments below!

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