In this special we’re going to see what were the worst video games we reviewed in 2022: TechGameWorld.com’s flop 10 2022 has finally arrived, who will be the worst of the worst?
With the final figure change, the new year has finally arrived and is already full of good intentions and many expectations, even in the videogame field. Already January is full of important releases, from One Piece Odyssey to Forspoken, to arrive at the end of the month with the remake of Dead Space. Excellent premise, therefore, and the need for the next-gen to impose itself definitively, abandoning the previous generation consoles to be able to give that extra push and stimulus, at least technically speaking. In three dedicated articles we went to see which exclusives we most await on Sony, Nintendo and Xbox platforms, while we gave you a particularly extensive overview of all the games released during the year in this article. Before definitively abandoning ourselves to the idea that 2022 is over, however, we want to retrace it with you again… this time from a decidedly different point of view.
Our Flop 10 2022: the worst video games we’ve reviewed this year, all enclosed in one article!
In this article we will in fact go to see our Flop 10, the worst video games we have had the chance to do in 2022. To further expand the concept, we have decided to divide our Flop in two. Five positions will be dedicated to the most bitter disappointments, in order of increasing bitterness, which we have evaluated over the year. The second tranche of five positions, on the other hand, will “reward”, in order of votes, the five worst video games whose reviews you can find here on TechGameWorld.com. Are you ready to discover the worst of the worst of this year? Let’s begin!
5. Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed | The disappointments, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of last year in our opinion!
Let’s start first with our Flop of disappointments, if we want to call them that. In fifth position we find Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed, remake of the 2006 original and direct sequel to the 2020 remake, which left us with a good overall impression tainted by some doubts. Doubts that recurred with Reprobed, which turned out to be a title aged too badly and that it had also lost the fun and interesting satirical verve of the first chapter. All seasoned with an unsatisfactory Remake operation, which created many serious technical problems, including freezing and software crashes. Bad bad, really bad bad.
Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed is currently available on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X | S and here you can find our review with vote!
4. Saints Row (the Reboot) | The disappointments, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of last year in our opinion!
It will be that Saints Row is the most appreciated GTA Clone in general both by the public and by the critics, it will be that the chapter released last September was presented as a new starting point for the series, but we really hoped for it. We were hoping for a fun, extreme and addictive title, but we found one in our hands slew of aberrant technical problems (especially on old-gen) and a total lack of charisma and character. We really hope that Volition has understood his mistakes and is ready to recreate a tamarro and frenzied Saints Row as he has been able to do in the past.
Saints Row is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and here you can find our review of the PS4 version!
3. Rainbow Six Extraction | The disappointments, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of last year in our opinion!
Between delays, postponements and name changes (in fact Quarantine wasn’t exactly a sensational idea given the moment the world was experiencing), Rainbow Six Extraction peeped out on the market at the beginning of 2022, on the strength of a Siege that still invoices a lot, between tournaments and eSports events of various kinds. Just the comparison with Siege and its presentation as “the PvE sector that has always been missing in R6S” has branded a title that, in reality, has many weak points. If we avoid the strong combat system, completely permeated by the already advanced Siege, we find ourselves in front of a video game too punishing and full of unexplained bugs, which make the overall experience even more frustrating. In short: what a disappointment…
Rainbow Six Extraction is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and here you can find our review with vote!
2. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet | The disappointments, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of last year in our opinion!
Difficult to talk about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet dodging the controversy and problems that the game had at launch. Especially on the technical front, the new iteration of the Nintendo-exclusive Game Freak franchise proved to be mostly disappointing, almost insufficient. Whether it was ambition or poor optimization ability on small hardware, but with potential (see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) like that of Nintendo Switch, in reality, we will never know. The final point is that, as much as Scarlet and Violet can still entertain, there is no doubt that they suffer from long-standing problems for the franchise, which have been accentuated with Game Freak’s change of course towards the open world. We now say it in every chapter of Pokémon and it has almost become a singsong, but… let’s hope for the next one.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are currently available exclusively on Nintendo Switch and here you can find our review with vote!
1. The Callisto Protocol | The disappointments, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of last year in our opinion!
At the top of the podium of the disappointing fringe of 2022 we find him: The Callisto Protocol. A fallen stock victim of a completely wrong marketing campaign, starting from the sanctification of the “authors of Dead Space”, to arrive at the concept of “AAAA”. In the end, The Callisto Protocol was a disappointing game from many points of view, apart from the technical-aesthetic sector. It was supposed to be a good appetizer waiting for the arrival of Dead Space Remake, instead it was a frustrating video game to play and difficult to complete without setting it aside. What we still wonder, once we enter 2023 and put it behind us, is how much hype and aggressive marketing influenced the amount of our final disappointment. We will most likely never know, but we think we have a pretty good idea.
The Callisto Protocol is available on PC, Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5 and here you find our review with vote!
From disappointments to bad grades: concepts don’t always coincide
We have therefore finished our top with the five most disappointing video games of all 2022: five titles that weren’t necessarily insufficient (if you’ve noticed and read our reviews, in fact, many have even reached and exceeded the sufficiency), but which have disappointed our expectations in a rather blatant way. The next five positions, however, they will be occupied by the worst of the worst: five titles that didn’t disappoint us, are simply bad in many ways. What will be the worst video game reviewed by TechGameWorld.com in 2022? Let’s find out together!
5. Breakneck City (score: 50) | The worst of the worst, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of the last year in our opinion!
Even the title does not leave much room for imagination: Breakneck City it was intended to be a praise to the classic scrolling beat ’em ups, like Final Fight or Double Dragon, and in some respects it even succeeds. The feeling of the shots, for example, is well studied, as well as a series of ideas and situations that pad in hand really work. However, everything is undermined by the imprecision of the commands and by a series of glitches and bugs which invalidate the progression of a decidedly too short campaign. In short: a poorly made tribute that could only intrigue fans of the genre. It could however, it is not even said.
Breakneck City is currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and here you can find our review with vote!
4. Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling Into Darkness (score: 48) | The worst of the worst, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of the last year in our opinion!
While it is true that animated series tie-ins are often not quite that exciting, it is also true that when we were presented with “the Made in Abyss game” we had a small leap in the heart. We particularly liked the animated series, so we closed our eyes a little (and our ears, and our nose and everything there is to cover in these cases) and we said to each other “come on, maybe it’s not like that bad”… and instead. Woody, technically aberrant and bored by the mandatory “Hello Abyss” mode, a sort of wacky tutorial that traces the history of the original animated series, Made in Abyss is the exact example of how an excellent basic idea for creating a video game can be misused and then… sold at full price. Very rejected.
Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling Into Darkness is currently available on PC, Nintendo Switch and PS4 and here you can find our review with vote!
3. Winter Ember (Rating: 46) | The worst of the worst, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of the last year in our opinion!
We have reviewed many of titles to which we would not have given a cent, but which later turned out to be if not at least sufficient pearls. We were hoping that Winter Ember would also be part of these ranks, but it didn’t go well. An action in isometric view strongly devoted to stealth, visually interesting and very inspired by Thief and Assassin’s Creed, how can it be so much insufficient? Well, where to start… Woody and non-responsive command system, technical problems everywhere between glitches and bugs of various kinds, an amalgam of botched ideas. When you want to do too much, in short, with little budget and resources, you create something that can’t be anything at all. Pity.
Winter Ember is currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and here you can find our review with vote!
2. Itadaki Smash (score: 45) | The worst of the worst, Flop 10 2022: the worst video games of the last year in our opinion!
Just like Breakneck City, Itadaki Smash wanted to sing the praises of a genre, that of beat’em’up, bringing it back to light with a captivating aesthetic that winks at fans of the genre. Too bad that, even in this case, the operation failed miserably. Woody beyond words, too short (perhaps, in retrospect, that’s okay actually), bored by a level design that defining inconsistent is a compliment and a long list of bugs and glitches which often caused us to encounter softlocks. In short: will we be able to find someone who manages to make a scrolling fighting game with all the trappings in 2023?
Itadaki Smash is currently available on Nintendo Switch and here you can find our review with vote!