Hard to believe it, but almost half of 2019 has already passed by and during these few months we’ve had our fair share of video game premieres. While some of these titles were true delights and lived up to the hype, others were not so amazing and left a bitter taste in many gamers’ mouth, so in what follows we’re going to count down ten of the worst video games that have seen the light of day in 2019 so far.
This game was made with all the right intentions, a volleyball simulator being truly something new in the dry and dreary scene of sports-based video games. Unfortunately, good intentions don’t count as success and Spike Volleyball has proven to be quite a bad title, packed with a great deal of glitches, unsynchronized mechanics and an overall messy and unfinished gameplay that made gamers scream in despair while trying to play this game.
Set in Sweden 1989 that was invaded by killer robots, Generation Zero is an open world shooter created by Just Cause developer Avalanche, but unlike its more famous sibling, this title isn’t able to offer a complete and immersive experience. The lush open world and the stealth oriented gameplay are two of the elements that raise the value of this game but the unfortunate repetitiveness of the reused assets is such a big drawback.
Critics and gamers alike were let down by Left Alive, a survival title published by Square Enix and sold for the whooping price of $60. Deemed a total rip-off, this video game has amazing visuals but when it comes to actual gameplay mechanics and fluidity, it simply falls apart, offering a frustrating experience that doesn’t even include much of the stealth elements that were advertised in the first place. Such a big letdown!
At the Gates
An Indie strategy game from the creator of Civilization V, At the Gates puts you into the shoes of a dark age lord whose goal is to build a powerful empire and replace the fallen Roman one. This gaming title offers a good number of gameplay hours where the enthusiasts of the genre will be able to grind and create convoluted plans to grow their influence and ultimately become the absolute victor, but it also lacks in depth, has limited replayability value and quite a lot of bugs.
A highly innovative and complex single-player puzzle game that takes on subjects such as politics and oppression, The Occupation could have been an excellent gaming title if not for the really annoying glitches and poor development choices. The fact that this game doesn’t flow as it should remains one of the biggest problems that stopped it from becoming an unforgettable staple of the gaming scene.
God Eater 3
Very much in the same vein as Monster Hunter, God Eater 3 has the player smashing the same buttons on the controller over and over again until the enemy is dead, but as much fun as all this craziness might look like at first glance, after several such sessions, it will start to feel stale and tedious. And these are also the main complaints of this, otherwise interesting, gaming title: it is way too similar to other games from the same genre.
An interesting sandbox where you can bring mayhem and destruction to a futuristic city, Crackdown 3 is good enough to offer a few tens of hours of entertainment but as a AAA title it simply does not stand up to the player’s expectations. As is the case with many premium titles, it lacks important features and while it does have its personal charm, this has proven to not be enough in the end. Crackdown 3 could have been a great game but it missed this chance by a few inches.
Jump Force brings together an alliance of the most powerful Manga heroes from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto and much more, but sadly this is all we can say that’s interesting about this game, its mechanics being quite dull and substandard. Even the crossover lacks that special spark this kind of games usually have, so the end result is nothing more than a lukewarm fighting game where all you get to do is beat up some Manga characters for several hours in a row.
Anthem is one of those gaming titles that turned famous as soon as it was released but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is an excellent game, on the contrary, it has a lack of context, monotonous loot and a nearly non-existent endgame, all in all being nothing more than a pretty game where players can shoot things and feel heroic. For a title that has been so anticipated, Anthem might be considered quite a massive letdown by some people.
Dead or Alive 6
The Dead or Alive series is known for the huge amount of bouncy female body parts that happen to appear during the gameplay, and while this sixth installment is a little tamer than its predecessors in terms of nudity, the gameplay might feel a little bit too similar for the loyal fans of the franchise. Dead or Alive 6 is not a game that you need to directly throw into the trash, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table and you might as well be playing the previous installment.