Worst game launches of the past 2021

In 2020, gamers grabbed their hearts for Warcraft 3: Reforged, Marvel’s Avengers, XIII and the console versions of Cyberpunk 2077. The year that is ending is also rich in unpleasant surprises. We have selected five projects that provoked an extremely negative reaction from the community. Not all of them failed financially, but they severely undermined the reputation of the developer studio and brand.

Battlefield 2042
DICE and Electronic Arts put together Battlefield 2042 in a rush. The game was rumored to mutate dramatically during development – it was born as a battle royale – but amid the success of Apex Legends, publisher EA changed the concept.

EA pressed DICE to release a multiplayer shooter ahead of New Year’s Eve by the studio. In October-December, gamers willingly spend on all more or less visible projects. If the developers had an extra few months or better for a year, the game would not have come out so unfinished.

Battlefield 2042

BF 2042 slowed down on top-end hardware, offered an incomprehensible interface, went on sale without voice chat. There were only seven cards at the premiere, and their content left much to be desired. Gamers criticized weapon balance and hit registration.

Among the main features of BF 2042 were natural disasters such as dust storms and tornadoes. Judging by the reports of insiders, more disasters were planned, but they were thrown overboard so as not to burden the already problematic development.

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Another claim of the players concerns specialists – earlier on the battlefield, fighters of certain classes competed, now they have been ousted by specialists with unique abilities: someone launches a reconnaissance drone, someone puts a shield, someone throws a grappling hook. Such characters look appropriate in battle royale, but not in a standard multiplayer shooter.

As a result, the number of BF 2042 users online continues to fall. Sometimes, in terms of this indicator, the game even falls below Battlefield V, the previous part of the series.

The gaming media writes that BF 2042 ruined the rapid transition to a fresh version of the Frostbite engine, the hardships of remote development in the covid era and the outflow of high-quality specialists from DICE that began in the era of BF V.

eFootball 2022
Remember the famous Pro Evolution Soccer / PES series from Konami, the main competitor to FIFA? In 2021, a Japanese publisher transplanted it to a new engine (Unreal Engine 4), dropped the previous name (Pro Evolution Soccer → eFootball) and transferred it to a shareware model. A year of major changes, not otherwise. In fact, the launch of eFootball 2022 has turned into a disaster.

eFootball 2022

As it turned out, the Japanese were out of control with the Unreal Engine. The gameplay feels very slow and sticky. The ball sometimes behaves like shooting in Battlefield 2042, that is, unpredictable. The animations are not smooth. And on replays, athletes make monstrous grimaces. Screenshots from eFootball 2022 instantly spread across gaming publications and forums.

eFootball 2022

Konami’s footsim took first place in the Metacritic anti-rating dedicated to the worst projects of the past year . Critics smashed the graphics and marveled at the small number of modes. For a while, eFootball 2022 led the anti-rating on Steam, based on user feedback.

eFootball 2022

Interestingly, Konami has been promoting eFootball as a single venue for the upcoming installments of the series. Say, from now on, the publisher will stop churning out the game annually, and instead will release seasons-updates. The Japanese also sharpened footsim for all platforms (PC, consoles, mobile devices), which played a cruel joke on it. Obviously, phones are not capable of delivering the same level of graphics as the PC, PS5, and Xbox Series.

eFootball 2022

Konami is aware of the issues with eFootball 2022, but is in no rush to address them. She will release the next large-scale patch only in the spring.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
Rockstar games tend to be warmly welcomed. The company has taught the audience that it only gives out hits.

When Rockstar set out to re-release GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas with improved graphics, the collection seemed doomed to succeed. After all, these games have formed one of the most popular genres – open-world action games.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

Nonetheless, the premiere of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition led to some of the biggest flop in Rockstar history. The company miscalculated twice. First, by giving the Grove Street Games project to a studio with a tarnished reputation (responsible for GTA’s bad mobile ports). Secondly, having allocated insufficient funds for internal tests.

Remasters are not to be confused with Rockstar games. Grove Street Games missed Rockstar’s art style and rushed plastic characters. You don’t recognize your favorite characters in these dolls.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

After the release, GTA: The Trilogy was unavailable on PC for a while. The fact is that Rockstar hastily removed from the release version files that should not be there, for example, musical compositions with an expired license.

To sweeten the pill for PC gamers, the publisher gave them a set of classic GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas in the Rockstar Games Launcher. Rockstar has removed older versions from other stores. Offer with a gift set is valid until June 30, 2022.

Until January 6, 2022, when purchasing remasters in the Rockstar Games Launcher, you can pick up one of the following games for free: Bully: Scholarship Edition, GTA 4: Complete Edition, GTA 5: Premium Edition, LA Noire, or Max Payne 3.

Hopefully Rockstar learns from the infamous launch of GTA: The Trilogy. And finally, it is already announcing GTA 6.

Balan wonderworld
The Balan Wonderworld platformer is the brainchild of Yuji Naki and Naoto Oshima. Both are involved in the Sonic the Hedgehog series: Naka as a programmer, Oshima as a character designer. From such an alliance, gamers expected an interesting experimental arcade game that could compete with Super Mario Odyssey, Yooka-Laylee and the latest Sonic games.

In Balan Wonderworld, a child hero (girl or boy) explores worlds inspired by musical and theater. At the levels, the character finds costumes that give abilities – combat, flying, and so on. There are eight dozen costumes. Without an outfit, only a jump is available, with an outfit – only a specific ability.

Balan wonderworld

At first glance, Balan Wonderworld is variable, on closer inspection it is not at all. You are allowed to carry three suits. If you are touched by an enemy, you will lose your suit. Further, for the lost outfit, you need to return to the level already passed. Abilities are often repeated, so there is no point in opening all the costumes. If you want to change your outfit during the game, then it happens with an annoying delay.

Judging by the reviews of the specialized press, only plot videos, a soundtrack, and a general colorful entourage were really successful in Balan Wonderworld. Yuji Naku, an industry legend, was fired from Square Enix right after the game’s disastrous launch.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance was touted as the spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. As it turned out, there is little in common between them. And the Dungeons & Dragons brand is rather confusing here – nothing, except locations, characters and creatures, refers to the popular universe.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

DnD: Dark Alliance combines action / RPG and slasher features. In short, this is a corridor action with melee weapons. Going through it alone is completely depressing. The developers have focused on network cooperation.

The battles were completely unsuccessful. Management is unresponsive. When you fix the camera on the enemy, the field of view is greatly narrowed – you literally see nothing except the back of the hero and the carcass of the enemy. Other opponents remain behind the scenes. You cannot cancel the block attack animation. If only the first two hits from the combo hit the opponent, the character will still not stop until he has completed the entire programmed sequence of hits. The situation is complicated by the dastardly teleportation of opponents through the Polarens and dishonest damage registration.

Artificial intelligence is extremely stupid – the enemies do not budge, you stand even a meter away from them. Jumping and moving are sparsely animated.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance game (PS5)

[16+, action, role-playing game, fighting game, release date: 06/22/2021, Russian interface and subtitles, Blu-ray BOX]
1799 *
In stores: today (from 20:00)
Repeating the same thing over and over again and not getting an ounce of pleasure – perhaps this is the exact characterization of DnD: Dark Alliance. The press destroyed the game.

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2021 gave us other unsuccessful launches: Call of Duty: Vanguard, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood, Biomutant, Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Disciples: Liberation … Not only blockbusters, but also projects of the “middle hand” suffered from the untimely premiere … The developers are let down either by an aggressive pursuit of money, or by a complete mess generated by the remote. Which games of 2021 disappointed you?