The website Metacritic listed the 10 worst games of 2023. Known for aggregating reviews from specialized media from around the world, the page made a ranking of those games that had the lowest averages to leave no doubt about how bad these releases were.
This is a curious look at a year with so many good games coming to consoles and PCs. In 2023, we had surprises like Baldur’s Gate 3 e Alan Wake 2 winning all possible awards, at the same time as important franchises, such as Zelda, Mario e Resident Evil, gained new chapters that do justice to these series. But we also had the bombs.
Without much surprise, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum leads the infamous Metacritic list, with an average rating of just 34. The game released last May became a joke on social media for all its problems, ranging from the graphics to its lame gameplay. However, there are also some surprises in the ranking, such as Hellboy: Web of Wyrd e Gargoyles Remasteredwhich obtained very low averages on the site.
Anyone who looks at the list of worst games of 2023 made by Metacritic will notice that some games that were also the target of a lot of ridicule on the internet are left out of the ranking. This is the case, for example, of Skull Island: Rise of Kong. King Kong’s return to the gaming world received harsh criticism and was considered even worse than Gollum. On its Steam page, there are people calling it an insult to the consumer and even a “money laundering scheme”.
However, with an average rating of just 23, the game does not appear on the list of the worst of the year. Why?
According to Metacritic, only titles that had at least seven reviews recorded on the site were considered for the ranking. The intention of this cut is precisely to avoid distortions caused by this low sampling.
In the same way, The Day Before was also left out due to not having an established score in the aggregator. The game became known for having its support ended and its studio declared bankruptcy less than a week after the shooter’s launch — which, of course, was fraught with performance issues in online matches.
Therefore, check out the 10 worst games of 2023 according to Metacritic.
10. Gargoyles Remastered
The announcement that the classic Mega Drive game would get a remastered version left many nostalgic fans excited, but the truth is that Gargoyles Remastered it served more to sour memories than to satisfy anyone’s nostalgia.
The attempt to revitalize animation The Gargoyles arrived for all consoles and PC in October, but scored an average of 49. Among the main criticisms is the fact that the new version did not seek to improve the 1995 game, creating a frustrating, very short and exaggeratedly difficult experience.
Gargoyles Remastered is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
9. Loop8: Summer of Gods
To be very honest, this is a game that I have never heard of and, given its 49 average, it will remain off my radar for a long time. Loop8: Summer of Gods is a JRPG released by XSeed Games that is a mix of teenagers facing demons and the film Time Spell. Thus, we have protagonists living in a time loop and trying to resolve this demonic crisis that affects Japan in the 1980s.
The idea is interesting, but criticism pointed to an extremely repetitive combat system and a completely lifeless plot.
Loop8: Summer of Gods was released in June for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
8. Gangs of Sherwood
Games based on the tale of Robin Hood are not that common and this could be an interesting premise for Gangs of Sherwooda cooperative game in which players control the Merry Men, the gang who live in Sherwood Forest to steal from the rich and give to the poor.
But Nacon’s title decided to give a steampunk and sci-fi feel to this story and no one quite understood why. Furthermore, it was considered strangely easy, with enemies and bosses that offered no challenge to groups of players.
With an average of 48 on Metaritic, Gangs of Sherwood was released for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
7. Hellboy: Web Wyrd
Hellboy: Web Wyrd It’s one of those games that hurts to see on a worst of the year list. In addition to being a very cool character from the comics and with a lot of potential for great adaptations, the game itself recreates the entire aesthetic of the comics, complete with the lines of author Mike Mignola, the character’s creator. And the consensus of the specialized media on Metacritic is that, even with all this base, it is nothing more than a mediocre title.
The problems that led to an average of 47 are mainly linked to repetitive gameplay and uncreative level design, which makes the player feel like they are going in circles — in addition to being terribly easy.
Hellboy: Web Wyrd is available for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
6. Crime Boss: Rockaway City
With a cast full of Hollywood stars, including Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) e Danny Glover (Deadly machine) a Danny Trejo (Machete) and Chuck Norris, Crime Boss: Rockaway City delivered an experience far below what the marketing was selling.
The idea was to be a mix of Payday com GTA: Vice Citythat is, with a group of criminals robbing banks while dealing with gang warfare in a stylized version of Miami in the 1980s. The problem is that the game was considered just boring and uninteresting.
Crime Boss: Rockaway City it has an average of 43 and was released for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
5. Testament: The Order of High-Human
Another one of those games that few people have heard of, Testament: The Order of High-Human It’s a mix of RPG, Metroidvania and adventure that doesn’t excite on any of those fronts nor does it stand out in anything it proposes.
As it is the second release from an independent studio, Fairyship Games, it is even a little unfair to put it on this list. Still, the fact that the producer wanted to be so many things at the same time, without being good at practically any of them, is noteworthy. From its uninteresting puzzles to the parkour that doesn’t work, to the uninspired combat system, everything seems to have been half done.
With an average of 41, Testament: The Order of High-Human is available on PC.
4. Amount of Error
Ready joke alert! With an average of 40 on Metacritic, a game called Amount of Error no comment is needed, as the title is self-explanatory. With a premise that seems to be a recycling of Dead Space — a sci-fi horror shooter in which a space firefighter tries to save survivors of a zombie attack on a distant planet — it’s just a pile of mistakes and poorly executed ideas.
According to the reviews highlighted by the site, the game is too ambitious for what it can do and all of this collapses into very limited and problematic gameplay.
Amount of Error is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S/X and PC.
3. Greyhill Incident
Metacritic lists several reasons why Greyhill Incident appears with a sad average of 38 on the website. The idea of being a survival horror focused on stealth during an alien invasion had potential, but it ends up being swallowed up by the terrible gameplay that sabotages this whole idea, as well as regrettable performances that only make everything worse.
The saddest thing is that the reviews point out that the project’s potential is evident, but that it presents itself much more like a concept than an actual decent product.
Greyhill Incident is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S/X and PC.
2. Flashback 2
The silver medal for the worst games of 2023 goes to Flashback 2, sequel to the classic 1992 game released. And he is proof that, in some cases, the wait of more than 30 years could very well be replaced simply by nostalgia, since the result delivered here hurts the original game more than it pays homage to it.
The average of 35 was mainly due to the project’s lack of charisma, in addition to the absurd number of bugs at its launch. Furthermore, it fails in what is most important in a game, which is its fun. Unlike its predecessor, it is terribly boring.
Flashback 2 was released for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
1. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
The worst game of the year, according to Metacritic, is the one already mentioned The Lord of the Rings: Gollum with an average of 34. The adaptation takes the top spot on the podium for a number of reasons, be it for tarnishing a franchise as beloved as Lord of the Rings as for the fact that it is really bad.
With horrible visuals, truncated and heavy gameplay that makes exploration a hellish experience and challenges that only highlight how problematic the game is, little can be saved in Gollum. Interestingly, it was one of the first new generation titles announced, but it delivered something that would be sad to see on the PlayStation 3.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is available for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.