2015 was a rocky road filled with ups and downs for players, when shit went down they as sure as hell stayed down! Especially in the case of this year's poor tales of games gone wrong.
There were some absolute cluster cusses of video games to behold, whether it was Tony Hawk's glitch riddled return crashing and burning, or the Dark Knight's PC adventures being totally unplayable to name but a few.
So come with me now as I wistfully gaze back at 5 of the most disappointing games to release this year:
In No Particular Order
5. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go round to a friend's place and journey back into my skate punk heyday by playing Pro Skater 2 on his tiny 2nd gen PS1. It was awesome, wholeheartedly nostalgic and reminded me of how much fun the skating franchise used to be.
Then... I played Pro Skater 5. In fitting with the current model of video games, the game was glitchy, buggy and just downright rough. Though it is hilarious when you've managed to pull off some sweet tricks, only to then vanish into a ramp. But when that happens 5 times in 5 minutes, you know it's high time the game got kickflipped out of the window.
Or you could use it as an overly elaborate coaster for drinks! Be careful though, the disk and your drink may phase through the table.
Seriously if you don't believe me, check out Eurogamer's collection of glitches:
A 4v1 asymmetrical shooter where 3 of your friends and you get to hunt down another friend who is playing as a giant monster. Awesome right? This sounded amazing on paper! I was so stoked to try this out!
But with pretty bland gameplay, next to no content - unless you count skin packs as real content -, obligatory day one issues and generally not much to do in the game, Evolve sank like the waterlogged behemoth it truly was.
Unsurprisingly the guys over at Honest Trailers got it completely right in their Honest Game Trailer:
3. Star Wars: Battlefront
Holy crap the hype! The hype that surrounded this game was palpable. You could taste it in the water, the heady excitement at being corralled back into your childhood fascination with attempting to recreate the scream of a TIE Fighter with your mouth.
But with the promise of a return to form for Star Wars on celluloid, and its overwhelming success, SW:B felt like a flick to the shoulder rather than the full on barrage of fists to the face that The Force Awakens offered.
Don't get me wrong, SW:B looks and sounds immense! It truly is a piece of beauty. But with paltry content, repetitively boring modes, no single player story missions, no variation in troop classes, the questionable Star Card system, no orbital dogfights and a leveling up mechanic that doesn't really warrant the time it demands, Star Wars: Battlefront is nothing more than a visually and aurally resplendent piece of Bantha fodder.
LOOK! LOOK AT HOW PRETTY IT IS! Then... go and buy Star Wars Battlefront II on Steam.
2. The Order: 1886
Another game that promised the world but could only afford a chipped snow globe, The Order's steampunk Victorian London vibe had me salivating at the mouth. A chance to hunt down some of literature's greatest monsters on the streets of the most beautiful city on Earth was a pretty good shout.
But, instead of being the Van Helsing game we deserved, it ended up being a very good looking, a-typical 3rd person run-gun-hide-vault-run-em-up that didn't so much push the boundaries of next gen gaming than push your hand to the PS4's well obscured eject button.
A game that felt like a hardware test more than a full blooded adventure, The Order was also ridiculously short and filled with QTEs! A mechanic that I doubt anyone wanted to see return. But maybe that's just me?
1. Batman: Arkham Knight PC
Touted as the muscular and explosive finale to Rocksteady's stirring Batman Arkham trilogy, Arkham Knight was an absolute dream when you weren't forced to use the Batmobile and engage in its mind-numbing drive-shoot-drive-shoot-evade-shoot and repeat mechanics. Might as well have sub-headed it Batmobile Simulator.
I digress. Alongside its four wheeled flaws came a whole host of other oddities, if you were one of the unlucky few to have picked the game up on PC.
What should've been the epic close to an epic trilogy, what we got instead was a veritable advent calendar of game breaking bugs, glitches, poor performance issues and frame rate drops. You name it, this PC port had it.
The game was so honestly broken, Warner Bros. removed it from sale and made various attempts at fixing it. Alas the game is still as broken as heck, despite its plethora of patches, which eventually forced WB to offer refunds to those who picked it up.
Gotta feel for WB though. Must've been...
...a pretty dark night for them!
Check out Gameranx's hilarious collection of ridiculous Arkham Knight glitches: