For gamers, it’s pretty much always a buyer’s market. So many great games come out so often that there’s no reason to play bad games — especially considering the backlog nearly all gamers have piled up on their shelves. All of the games on this list seemed like they might be worthwhile, but the finished product leaves much to be desired. These are video games you shouldn’t waste your money on.
1. Homefront: The Revolution
We all know that North Korea is a hermit state that dabbles in some serious human rights violations, while South Korea is a modern mecca of culture and technology. But in the world of Homefront: The Revolution, the two countries have teamed up and steamrolled through the U.S., taking over all of the land and ruling with an iron fist.
Sounds like a reasonably promising premise, right? Unfortunately, this game doesn’t live up to what it might have been. It’s buggy, frustrating, and unbalanced.
From our review:
The bottom line is that there’s no reason to play a mediocre game right now. In the past few months alone, we’ve gotten fantastic games like Doom, Uncharted 4, Hitman, Dark Souls 3, Ratchet & Clank, Quantum Break, The Division, and Far Cry Primal — in addition to top-notch smaller titles like Severed, Bravely Second, Kathy Rain, and Stardew Valley.
Gone are the days when video game releases slowed to a crawl and players had nothing but sub-par experiences like Homefront to keep them busy until the next great thing came along. Nowadays, great things come along every week.
Unless you’re willing to look past these sizable flaws, there’s no reason to play Homefront: The Revolution. It’s an OK game that people worked hard to create, but in an age with endless entertainment opportunities, that’s simply not enough to make it worth your time or money.
2. Umbrella Corps
The Resident Evil series is currently undergoing something of an identity crisis nowadays, with Capcom pumping out tons of remakes and re-releases while it works on a major overhaul for Resident Evil 7. Added to the current output seemingly as an afterthought is Umbrella Corps, a game that doesn’t even bear the Resident Evil name in its U.S. release.
That’s probably because it’s awful. And even if it weren’t awful, as USGamer points out, you’d probably struggle to find enough players to start a match anyway.
Its systems are either unreliable or illogical, and as a result, it feels almost impossible to get a foothold. The first time an enemy kills you when they should have been dead, you may shrug it off. When it happens the dozenth time, you’ll probably wonder why you’re playing Umbrella Corps at all. There’s ultimately no good excuse.
3. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
The original Mirror’s Edge was a first-person parkour game that became a cult hit when it launched in 2008. This sequel does away with the often cramped level designs of the original in favor of an open world in which you can go where you want, taking on missions at your leisure. Unfortunately, the open setting doesn’t result in a better game.
From The Jimquisition:
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was an answer to intense fan demand for a new game, and that seems to be all it is. Catalyst has nothing to say and less than nothing to add to its genre. Unimaginative and repetitive, with a story that goes absolutely nowhere, Catalyst serves only as a way to waste some time if there’s nothing better to play … It’s not offensive, and it’s not an actively bad time, but it’s so very bland and uneventful. I can’t really speak for the developers, but Catalyst certainly gives the impression that they’d rather be working on literally anything else.
4. Mighty No. 9
Helmed by former Capcom star Keiji Inafune, Mighty No. 9 was sold to its many Kickstarter backers as a Mega Man game in all but name. Like that series, it stars a boy robot who can tackle levels in any order, picking up the bosses’ weapons upon defeat. What was released, on just about every video game system under the sun, was an ugly, ill-conceived game that only vaguely recalls the classic Mega Man games of old. Avoid this one.
Despite its pedigree, Mighty No. 9 doesn’t seem to have a good sense of what was fun about Mega Man, or 2D action-platformers in general. There are brief moments where its pieces come together, but even then it’s hamstrung by its visually joyless art and animation. The soul of the Blue Bomber just isn’t here, and worse yet there’s no endearing personality of its own, and as a result, Mighty No. 9 feels much more like a second-rate imposter than a spiritual successor.
5. Dead Island: Definitive Collection
This HD remastered collection includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, and all the DLC ever released for both games. It also packs a new endless running game called Dead Island Retro Revenge that probably wasn’t worth the effort of making it.
But the first two games are the meat of the package, and they’re basically action-RPGs that have you hacking your way through hordes of the undead. As you might have guessed, the games don’t hold up very well.
Dead Island Definitive Collection is the best way to get these two flawed experiences, ones that are enjoyable despite some poor design choices. There’s still nothing quite like Dead Island’s analog combat, but the game’s poor structure can’t be saved with a graphical facelift.
6. 7 Days to Die
Seeing as it comes from publisher Telltale Games, the makers of many excellent games, including the Walking Dead series, you might think 7 Days to Die would be worth a look. It’s not. It’s a horror survival game that has you crafting tools and weapons in order to live as long as you can. Unfortunately, the combat is awful, the crafting is dull, and the presentation is underwhelming.
According to TheSixthAxis:
When buddied up with three fellow survivors, there’s certainly some fun to be had. However, these moments will usually stem from the hilarious situations you’ll find yourselves in, enhanced by the game’s dumb raft of bugs and glitches.
7. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
This long-running series of sci-fi action role-playing games continues with its fifth installment, which follows a group of heroes from the Pangalactic Federation as they try to bring peace to the universe. How do they do that? By fighting enemies, of course. But according to critics and users alike, it’s simply not very fun. It tries hard to deliver an epic RPG experience, but the story drags on and on, and the low production values sap any remaining enjoyment you might have gotten from it.
From Game Rant:
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a clunky, sometimes beautiful mess, navigating between some exciting highs and many disappointing lows to fall short of its promise.
8. Dangerous Golf
You’d think a game about destroying rooms full of valuables would be an easy recommendation, especially considering that it was made by people who worked on the classic racer Burnout 3: Takedown. Unfortunately, the game they delivered isn’t so easy to recommend.
Dangerous Golf is a game you want to love, but it becomes increasingly difficult as you go: the unintuitive controls stop being cute and begin to become an annoyance; the objects you smash, which for a moment inspired joy, become an afterthought. Wacky games have a place in gaming, but a game like Dangerous Golf needs more than boisterous effects and odd scenarios to sustain its allure.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
I wrote a whole article cataloging this game’s many shortcomings, but to put it bluntly, it’s just not fun to play. The combat is so chaotic it’s hard to tell what’s even happening much of the time. The upgrade systems are way more complicated than they have any right to be. And every level plays out identically: Run around killing enemies until the path to the boss opens up. If you want to play a Ninja Turtles brawler, stick to classics like Turtles in Time.
From our review:
There’s no nice way to say it: Mutants in Manhattan is a mess. It feels both overstuffed with upgrade systems, while still being barren of smart game design ideas. The content it has feels severely padded — and that’s just to make it a six-hour game. Whether you’re a Ninja Turtle fan or not, don’t waste your money on this one.
10. The Technomancer
This sci-fi action RPG is set on Mars, with you taking control of a technomancer, a warrior who can control electricity. On the dusty red planet, you have plenty of enemies to go up against, including soldiers hired by the various corporations that have set up shop on Mars, as well as much scarier beasts that inhabit the planet. It looked like fun in the previews, but the developer seems to have bitten off more than it could chew.
From Push Square:
Its approach to open ended gameplay is appreciated and its combat is fun enough for the first ten hours, but the game eventually loses steam and its story is nothing worth shouting about. To make matters worse, technical problems harm the experience to the point where you’ll find it hard to care about the characters during what are supposed to be emotional scenes.