Another year in the books. Or ebooks. Or TikTok. I do not know. I’m older now, so I can’t keep up with all of your cutting-edge accounting gadgets and tools. What I do know is that this year is almost over. So now we can look to Metacritic to see what game critics have collectively declared to be the worst of the worst in 2022.
We’ve said it before and it bears repeating: liking a “bad” game is not wrong thing. Numbered scores come with all sorts of asterisks and caveats, which is part of the reason why we don’t use them here. But if you see a game on this list that you like, it just means you have a different taste than a bunch of other reviewers or gamers. It is very good! Enjoy what you love and don’t be an asshole about it and you’ll be fine. Now, as we have Finished beforehere are the lowest rated games on Metacritic with at least seven reviews, the number the site deems necessary before placing a game on this list.
5. LEGO brawls | Rating: 46 (PS5)
LEGO games tend to be pretty good at worst and really great at best. However, lego brawls, a Smash Bros.-as a fighting game, is an exception to this rule. It seems the main problem is that it’s just a port of a 2019 phone game that wasn’t very good. (I played it and totally forgot about it until a few minutes ago.) And to make matters worse, the publisher had the audacity to charge $40 for this no-frills port of a mediocre three-year-old mobile game. LEGO brawls on PS5, you deserve this spot on the list!
4. XEL | Rating: 43 (switch)
For a split second when I first saw the name of this sci-fi 3D open-world action game, I thought some weird XFL game had shipped without me know. This is not the case and instead, the unpretty XEL is plagued with bugs, unpolished gameplay, and frustrating technical issues that also exist on the PC port.
3. The fall of Babylon | Rating: 41 (PS5)
It’s not shocking that a flop of a game like The fall of Babylon is among the five worst games released in 2022. That’s probably down to its horrible controls, tedious combat, and everything else that feels incomplete. At the same time, it’s a bit shocking that this live-action RPG only landed third place on the list. I warn you not to play The fall of Babylonbut it’s actually incredibly cheap (even free in some cases) to resume now after Square Enix announced it was kill servers for this live game in February, less than a year after its release.
2. Crossfire X | Rating: 38 (Xbox Series X/S)
Remedy Entertainment does some good shit. I like Alan Wake Max Payne and Control, games that average between 83 and 89 on Metacritic. So the idea of the studio building a whole new single-player FPS campaign, like Crossfire X was launched originally, sounded great on paper. In practice, the actual game is a boring and meandering mess who mostly plays like a bad guy Call of Duty knock-off and doesn’t get interesting until too late. By the time the game started spinning around, I was so tired I didn’t care. And then I tried playing the online PvP portion of the game (which was not developed by Remedy) and remembered that I had access to at least a dozen better, less buggy, and more shooters. interesting on my Xbox and I stopped playing Crossfire X.
1. Postal 4: No record | Rating: 30 (CP)
There will be people who will see this low score and use it as a weapon in their fight against the so-called “WOKE” critics and journalists of the world. Here’s the thing though: I played the open-world shooter Position 4 and its various quests and side quests set in a depraved town and even though I ignore its crappy and hard-hitting humor and horrible jokes, I’m left with a crappy shooter that plays like Post 2 but worse. And when you’ve made a game that’s being compared negatively to Postal fuck 2, you made a mistake. The best thing I can say about Position 4 that’s good… at least it’s not. Post 3!
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