The year is off to a great start for gamers who enjoy high quality video games. But a lot of games come out each week, and they can’t all be winners. That means we’ve seen our share of stinkers already, just like we did last year. Below, you’ll find the seven worst video games released so far in 2016.
To find these unfortunate failures, we’ve sifted through every game that launched this year with a low Metacritic score. We’ve taken the critic score and combined it with the User Score to generate a composite score. As an example, if critics rated it a 52 and users rated it a 50, the composite score would be 51. This should give us the clearest idea of which games no one seems to like.
7. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
Composite score: 49.5
Games like Stealth, Inc. and Mark of the Ninja have proved that side-scrolling stealth games can work. Unfortunately, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles doesn’t. This game was meant to freshen up the ultra-popular franchise by bringing it to a new genre, but all it really did was waste the brand on a sub-par game. The stealth and combat are clunky, but it’s the “trial and error” aspect that makes Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia feel downright unfair. Don’t bother with this game unless you’re looking for a frustrating experience.
6. Death By Game Show
Composite score: 49
This game has a clever concept at least. In the robot-controlled future, the humans deemed smart enough to be a threat are made to compete in deadly game shows. You play as one such human. It’s downhill from there, thanks to unrelenting difficulty and a constant feeling that you’re too underpowered to take on the swarming robot threat each level throws at you. On top of that, the game is highly repetitive, and its attempts at humor fail way more often than not.
5. MagNets: Fully Charged
Composite score: 46
In this tedious game, your job is to use magnetic nets to ensnare and destroy blocky robots. That’s really all there is to the game. Destroy enough robots in a stage to complete it, then do exactly the same thing in the next stage. It’s fun for a few minutes, but you’ll soon realize that no new ideas are being introduced — nor will they. In fact, you’ve already seen everything MagNets has to offer.
4. Blood Alloy: Reborn
Composite score: 46
Do you like running around in a single environment and battling against endless streams of enemies? Or does that sound boring? Either way, that’s the experience Blood Alloy: Reborn strives for and achieves. The core game is actually pretty fun, but there’s simply not enough here to make it worth playing, since the game only comes with three levels. If the developer had filled it out with more content, it might be worthwhile, but as is it feels undercooked.
Composite score: 41
Reviews for this game span an impressive range, with some reputable sites like IGN scoring it as high as the 60s or 70s, and others placing it in the 20s or 30s. In any case, most reviewers agree that this shooter is a buggy, repetitive mess that will put you to sleep as soon as you realize how little it has going for it. From the bland combat to the tiresome loot system, this game isn’t worth your time or money.
2. Alekhine’s Gun
Composite score: 40.5
This one looked like it had potential, but unfortunately it doesn’t live up to it. A stealth game in the same vein as Hitman, Alekhine’s Gun puts you in the shoes of a Soviet assassin who’s been recruited by the U.S. to run missions around the globe in order to prevent the nuclear apocalypse. But major issues like a chugging frame rate, uninspired graphics, and rigid assassination requirements prove this is nothing but a bad copy of a good Hitman game.
Composite score: 36.5
The worst game of the year so far sounds great on paper. Slain! makes it clear from the get-go that it was inspired by early Castlevania games. What’s not to love about a gothic adventure that has you slay horrific creatures? As it turns out, just about everything.
While the game gets the Castlevania look right, it doesn’t come close to capturing that series’s gameplay. Combat is slow and unresponsive, enemies take too many hits to kill, and bugs and glitches stomp out any fun that might have remained. Not even hardcore Castlevania fans should bother with this one.