Top 12 Most Disappointing Games of 2022

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In this year-end list, we’ll go over the top 12 most disappointing games of 2022, in our opinion. Current games are either riddled with bugs or simply fail in the one aspect that matters most – its gameplay.

2022 will go down in the books as a year full of standout games. We’ve had great sequels to established franchises and some others that took the world by storm seemingly out of nowhere. But for every win we have to face a disappointment or two. And this year is no exception.

GetsuFumaDen Undying Moon

As a stand-alone game, GetsuFumaDen Undying Moon is a much better game since its 1.0 release. Our only concern here is that we were promised too much. The game’s roadmap had plans for a host of new content post-launch, but delay after delay ensured that those promises were largely futile.

You can read our game review here.

Digimon survive!

Digimon Survival is a good game, and an even better Digimon. Unfortunately, Bandai Namco didn’t see it that way. The most disappointing thing about this game is that the publisher barely marketed the game to potential customers. Because of this, people did not know what to make of the game. People were unaware of the fact that it was a visual novel or a strategy game. Also, it took almost half a year to sell 500,000 copies of the game.

This shows how little faith the publisher had in the game. And that’s a real shame too because it’s probably one of the more interesting games to come out of the Digimon franchise.

You can read our game review here.

Multiverse

Multiverse is the Smash of Warners universe. It’s fun and easy to pick up. The problem here is that the game is only available in select regions after many months of its release. And for a free-to-play game, the total number of active users can make all the difference in the long run. It makes us wonder why they haven’t released it to more territories yet.

It’s a matter of technical limitations on the part of the developer that causes a whole bunch of frustration.

Gungrave GORE

Our biggest problem with Gungrave GORE is that it plays too much like a PS2 action game. Paying homage to that design aesthetic isn’t the worst thing in the world for a game, but a lot has changed in the years since the PS2 was put out to pasture. Long corridors with bullet sponge enemies aren’t as fun as they used to be. Also, the controls are what really kill the experience for many players.

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers, as an idea, many players may recoil from. A truly open world Sonic game where Sonic can run to his heart’s content. What we get, however, is a giant sandbox with design elements that don’t make much sense. (I’m looking at you, miles of floating rails that mysteriously go nowhere.)

Design and performance are what keep people away from this great Sonic experience. But at least, the foundation is there for a future title. All that’s left for Sonic Team is to pull it all together into something that actually makes sense.

You can read our game review here.

Overwatch 2 heroes and abilities stand out.

Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 took the worst part of the original Overwatch, the loot boxes, and introduced so many unwanted changes that people actually lost the loot boxes. Overwatch was a game fondly remembered by many in 2016. This “new” era didn’t move the needle much and left us wondering what happened to all the time spent developing Overwatch 2 that could have been devoted to its long-term support. The first game.

What’s more troubling is that this new season’s pass-laden game doesn’t have the same appeal as the original. It has more to do with the fact that the original was funny and a real uplifting story. (I can’t tell the motivations of the new characters. They just seem to be there.)

The future of Overwatch 2 now hinges on the co-story part of the game coming next year.

Soul Hackers 2

Another mismarketed game, Soul Hackers 2 was a mildly anticipated game in a series that has been dormant for quite some time. The game received a lot of marketing hype but failed to connect with an audience beyond those who have fond memories of the first game.

Which is sad because the story was actually pretty good. In terms of gameplay, the slow grinding nature of the game left a lot to be desired. And by the time it was changed to something more fast-paced, many potential players had already moved on to the next game.

This does not bode well for the series’ long-term prospects.

You can read our game review here.

Gotham Knights

When Gotham Knights was first announced, everyone on the writing staff covering the event nearly lost their minds. Fast forward to the game’s release and knowing what we know now, the game lost much of its appeal to us. It didn’t help that the game’s beta wasn’t warmly received.

What we have here is a case of deeply poorly designed problems born of inexperience. This is most evident in the fact that many missions were futile. Heroic Assault saved the game somewhat. But that wasn’t enough to truly redeem him. Time will tell if the game pulls itself out of the mud.

You can read our game review here.

Callisto protocol

Callisto Protocol was promoted as the spiritual successor to the Dead Space franchise. Unfortunately, this was only half true. The game comfortably falls into the “all style, and no substance” category. The game has a visual spectacle but the gameplay and performance falls short in every measurable aspect. The PC port in particular was an unstable mess of epic proportions. If you’re looking for a recommendation, pick up the PS5 version.

While it’s too early to say what’s next for Striking Distance Studios, they may need to rethink a few things before moving forward with the next game. And after they fix the game to a more presentable state.

You can read our game review here.

(EA’s Dead Space remake can’t come soon enough.)

Warhammer 40K Darktide Beginner's Guide Featured Image

Warhammer 40K Darktide

Where to start? Warhammer 40K Darktide was supposed to be the best damn 40K game we’ve ever seen. And in many cases, this is the case. But a disastrous launch, predatory microtransactions, and an unclear roadmap have crippled the game to the point where it’s bleeding players in real time.

It’s totally worthless because the gameplay and design are top notch. It successfully marries the style of the Tide of War in the grim, dark universe of the 41st Millennium. But everything else is a complete failure.

Thankfully, MTX was noticed and after a lot of community pressure, these features were withdrawn. Now they can do something about the Shrine of Omnisia and its missing properties.

Darktide proves that the bigger you are, the harder it is to fall. Give it another six months before picking up this game. Maybe then it will be worth buying. At a discounted price.

How to go naked in the ranks of saints.

Forefront

We remember a time when Saints Row was just a lot more comical and somewhat fun gameplay. Whatever the 2022 reboot may be, we can’t say more. The game started out as a tiny mess that barely held up as an open world game, much less a Saints Row game. Both the story and gameplay aren’t much to write home about. But the biggest sin this game has ever committed is giving the middle finger to the fans who have supported the series for so many years.

In the end, the Saints Row reboot bombed so hard that Volition is now part of Gearbox. At the very least, the studio remains fully intact as they roll out support on other projects in the near future.

The fall of Babylon

And here we are at the top of our list.

The fall of Babylon was ruined when the players got their hands on it. The visuals were an ugly mess of generic looking characters clad in gold armor and seen through a painting filter. The gameplay is just as messy. You’ll also get loopy after running the same set of dungeons over and over using the same equipment and tactics. Personally, the “story” is what killed it for me. No investment, no payment, just a lot of nonsense.

What’s more, it is considered a Platinum Games developed title. Aside from the 4 weapon setup, there’s nothing here that suggests this is the same studio that made games like Bayonetta and Nier Automata.

And we’re not even at the worst part yet. Square Enix plans to end the service on February 27, 2023. The game is not even a full year away. What a shame. I really feel sorry for the people who just lost everything for the season pass and collector’s edition.

This is our number one game on this list. Just closing the door on this topic once and for all is enough.

You can read our game review here.


And that’s it for our list of the 12 most disappointing games of 2022. In hindsight, we were surprised at the number of games we were looking forward to that ultimately turned out to be disappointments. Some of these games have a chance to change things next year, though. We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.

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Also, check out this video from the YouTuber Best indie games Where he goes above 2022 in terms of releasing one action RPG per month.

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