If you remove one or two unforgivable monstrosities from the timeline, 2022 has actually been a pretty good year for gaming. Or at least, so it appears over on Metacritic, anyway. Thanks to the likes of Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, Stray, and a casket of other universally loved titles, gamers have once again had the privilege of venturing into vastly unique award-winning worlds. And thankfully, only a small fraction of these games have been poorly received.
So, of all the games that have released this year, which of them have slipped below a rather mediocre score of 60 over on Metacritic? Well, here's how the bottom of the ranks are looking right now.
5. Babylon's Fall
Babylon's Fall is an action role-playing hack and slash game that was subject to quite the bombarding following its February 2022 release. Thanks to its slew of bugs and lack of direction, the game went on to score a medicore marker of just 41 on Metacritic, making it the worst release of Q1 2022. And this was something of a suprise, given PlatinumGames' history of developing enthralling combat-heavy video games.
Apart from its drab environments and uninteresting characters, Babylon's Fall was also slated for its play-to-win online multiplayer, which of course didn't score any favors with its player base. On top of this, the game released on the very same day as FromSoftware's highly anticipated Elden Ring which, again, didn't do it any justice. All in all, the overly ambitious but unintentionally hollow RPG released as a complete and utter disaster. As it stands today, the game is one of the lowest performing action role-playing games of the decade.
4. Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires
In a bid to redeem itself after the god-awful open world hack and slash game that was Dynasty Warriors 9, developer Omega Force looked to mesh its Empires subsidiary with it, a strategy-based subseries with a harsher focus on non-linear sandbox gameplay. And although this proved to be a somewhat successful merger in past iterations, its ninth phase, however, was a far cry from the blueprint it once harnessed.
Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires was slated for being an all-round lacklustre package comprised of poor frame rates, unambitious game modes, and an underwhelming amount of diversity. For this, its Switch port, in particular, received a Metacritic score of just 54, making it not only one of the worst rated Nintendo ports of the year — but the worst game of 2022, in general.
Dolmen is a Sci-Fi RPG that strives to be the latest bastion of pride in the Soulslike community. Unfortunately, though, it misinterprets the core features that make the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne the masterpieces that they are. And it's because of these misinterpretations that the game, along with all its wonky mechanics, one-note art styles, and depressingly hollow storytelling components fall laughably flat.
To think, this is a Soulslike alternative that actually launched around the same time as Elden Ring, a game that was bound to garner the lion's share of fans' attention from the get-go. Because of how ill-timed the release was, and the lack of attention it received, the game never went on to find commercial success. As a result, the final product scored just a 54 on Metacritic, making it one of Square Enix's worst video games to date.
2. MX Vs ATV Legends
MX Vs ATV is a racing series that bathes not just in the shadows of its overwhelmingly popular dirt bike-focused alternatives, but the pool of mixed feedback that has caused more damage than it has prevented. Its latest iteration, Legends, isn't much better, and it stands as proof that even unchartered territory can still succumb to critical failure.
Of course, there are a number of features that give MX Vs ATV Legends its occasional boost, though they're usually in short bursts and somewhat underwhelming compared to other racing frontrunners. And so, its Metacritic score of just 55 seems rather fair, given that it is just a bog-standard Motocross game without the tools needed to match its ambition.
1. The House of the Dead: Remake
The House of the Dead was once a prestigious franchise in the arcade world, with games stretching way back to 1996. As a series that aided the development of a new generation of rail gun entertainment, it wasn't uncommon for one of its many iterations to plant roots within any local arcade. Needless to say, because of its former input and influences on the format, it was only natural for its creators to return and rebuild it from the ground up several years later.
The problem with The House of the Dead Remake isn't with the nostalgia factor. If fact, if nostalgia is all you're after, then it's a real sight for sore eyes. But if you're hanging onto the hopes of it being the next big thing, then you're only lining yourself up for disappointment. Thanks to its clunky controls and worn-out visuals, the once-loved light gun phenomenon reborn brings an awfully hollow Metacritic score of just 57, making it one of the worst video game remakes of 2022, period.
So, what's your take? Are you at all surprised by the above scores? Care to share your least favorite game of 2022? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.