From trolls to ladies in skimpy outfits – these are the 10 PlayStation 4 experiences that Screen Critics highly advises gamers ignore.
There’s no denying that Sony’s PlayStation 4 has become one of the most popular video game consoles ever. It’s sales success and continued prominence at the helm of video games has attracted some of the best video game experiences to the platform.
Yet despite this, the console is home to some of the worst experiences of this generation. Sometimes developers rush out games that shouldn’t be and gamers are haunted by experiences that just flat-out suck. We decided tot take a look back at the worst PlayStation 4 games released thus far onto the PlayStation 4 – in our opinion.
10. Troll and I
Imagine The Last Guardian but with a huge troll instead. That’s the basic sell for Troll and I, which staggers awkwardly between great potential and woeful execution.
It’s a spin on Nordic folk-lore and while it works in some areas, the overall package is let down by some of the most absent-minded story telling this side of The Room. The developers clearly care for the Nordic folk-lore – so why wrap it up in such a half arsed animations and some of the lousiest gameplay of this generation?
To make things worse, the game looks like an early PlayStation 3 outing – like the developers couldn’t be bothered making use of the PlayStation 4’s power and slapped out the most basic looking thing they could. It results in a stifled game, stiff and with some awkwardly bad sound design.
I’ve only played about an hour of this game, but it was enough to convince me never to return.
9. Hardware: Rivals
An odd sequel to the PlayStation 2’s Hardware: Online Arena – Rivals attempts to take the vehicular combat that made that game playable and deliver it in a HD package.
The game sees you compete in tanks and fast ation vehicles (FAVs) collecting weapons and fighting against other players in combat. While there’s a decent selection of modes offered up – there were only three maps available when the game originally hit the PlayStation 4. Updates have attempted to alleviate this problem – the arrival of maps and additional vehicles working hard to deliver a more rounded package. But the damage was done – Hardware: Rivals quickly loses its novelty as the game
It’s just largely bland, dull and not really worth the time or effort to track down. Perhaps most shockingly of all, this game was developed in-house by Sony Computer Entertainment’s SCE Connected Content Group. That means someone at Sony looked at a 14-year old game and decided it had to have a sequel.
8. The Deer God
Retro style games are all the rage right now, so of course there’s going to be some utter disasters in the mix. But it’s arguably The Deer God that makes the biggest mess.
The animations are laughable, no more highlighted than when your deer races across the screen and jumps with all the grace of a boulder. Meanwhile the art style is (in my opinion) severely lacking; awkwardly missing the point of these style of games.
Perhaps most incredibly, the games levels are procedural generated. This engine is laughably broken; leading to huge repeating segments and outright broken experiences. All of this isn’t helped by a soundtrack that sounds like it was designed to put you to sleep.
Sony should be applauded for supporting indie developers. They don’t deserve praise for promoting this kind of mess.
7. Onechanbara Z2: Chaos
The PlayStation 4 isn’t above delving into the industry’s worst aspects – something helpfully reminded by Onechanbara Z2: Chaos.
The game’s focus on scantily clad women is unwavering; the game very clear it knows what it is and who is playing it. The combat that underpins it is extremely limited in scope, button mashing wave after wave of repetitive enemies in an ever increasingly tedious slog. To add to the games woes, the campaign is hugely diminished in length – lacking in replayability or variety across the board.
The games one appealing aspect is the quality of its graphics – but even that becomes dull in the maelstrom of tedium that is Onechanbara Z2: Chaos.
6. Singstar: Ultimate Party
“They still make these?” I hear you cry. Why yes, yes they do although given how poorly received this version of the game was; I suspect it may be the final outing for the series.
Perhaps the most interesting decision was the idea to eject all the previous games interesting modes – the game focussing instead on delivering a handful of half-baked concepts that don’t come together. Pass the Mic, Duets and Medleys are out – as is the option to switch the difficulty of the song.
What you’re left with is a shockingly bad, barebones cash-grab by a developer that likely understood the party was almost over for its once lucrative franchise. Avoid like a Justin Bieber concert.
A port of the PlayStation 3 game, it shows in all the wrong places. The games graphical hitches undermine the entire experience, delivering a game that feels two generations late to the party.
Underpinning all this is gameplay that feels anything but fun. Godzilla himself moves like an old age pensioner – cripplingly slow to control as you desperately try to wreak havoc. The sad thing is that most of Godzilla’s most noteworthy enemies show up – which only highlights the awful controls and tediously under-baked combat system.
Not helping any of this is the developers laziness. The same levels and cities show up throughout the game – giving a horrible sense of deja vu as you desperately work through the tedious levels.
4. The Order: 1886
The Order: 1886 has become the poster child for awkward console hype. Originally hyped heavily by Sony, the game was intended to serve as the first step in a long-running franchise.
The game itself feels too much like an interactive movie than a video game – game play awkwardly stilted and uninspired. While the graphics look amazing, the boss battles are hugely underwhelming – the final boss proving to be a copy & paste of a previous boss battle in the game.
The worst aspect though is the story. A tale of steam punk and wolves, the game begs the audience take it seriously as the game tries to land numerous awkward concepts without so much of a hint of humor. The fact it only lasts 3-4 hours makes it all the more awkward.
The game was hugely disappointing, roundly panned by critics and gamers and has been largely forgotten as the PlayStation 4 has moved from strength to strength.
3. Fluster Cluck
The games creative use of title is about as fun as it gets here. This chicken based party-game begs players to collect various animals – all with the intention of turning them into chickens.
The problem is that the developer opted to try its hands at many different styles of game play, failing to master any of them and thus dealing the game a huge blow. None of the games are fun to experience, haphazardly slapped together in an attempt to form a bigger package. The limited multiplayer options also hamper the games potential, the complete absence of multiplayer condemning the game to local multiplayer. Games just aren’t fun, even when you’re playing with friends.
It’s just not fun and when you realise that the game doesn’t stand up beyond an hour of play, it’s perhaps best to let this one pass you by,
2. Air Conflicts Vietnam Ultimate Edition
A sign that developers aren’t afraid to reheat their previous garbage if it means an added buck – Air Conflicts is actually a re-release of the PlayStation 3 game of the same name.
The sad thing is that the game never really tries to take advantage of PlayStation 4. The graphics are laughably poor, the controls garbage while the mission structure will leave you begging to throw your console out the window. Perhaps most awkwardly, the game comes packing a heap of glitches and bugs that brought the gameplay crashing to a screeching halt. The frame rate manages to be the standout worst feature though, going down more times than your helicopter.
The game also comes packing a multiplayer mode. Actually we should correct this, it says it does. We couldn’t get a single game in that didn’t either disconnect within seconds of connection or just left us sat in the lobby contemplating life. Horrible doesn’t cover it.
You weren’t there man, and you shouldn’t go there.
1. Basement Crawl
Bomberman’s legacy in gaming is huge, but going off this – the legendary gaming icon would be spinning in his grave. Released back in 2014 to some of the harshest reviews on PlayStation 4, the game became a byword for awful indie titles on the platform.
This Bomberman clone is laughably terrible – packing none of the charm or charisma that made that series such a hit. The game play is poorly explained, slow and ultimately clunky as heck to fight through.
The game lacks any kind of single-player, any alternative modes of play and completely skips over the idea of a tutorial. The multiplayer action is dull, tedious and awkward; lacking depth and hopelessly broken online. The game simply refuses to find you players to compete against, relegating you to a matchmaking lobby for long sections of game play.
It’s a horrible, horrible experience; one worth entirely skipping over.