2012 has been a surprisingly good year in terms of game quality. While each year always has it’s big blockbusters that rack up the 90-and-above ratings, there always seems to be some yings to mix up those yangs.
While the PC platform has seen some highly-rated releases like Diablo III, Tribes: Ascend, and Total War: Showgun 2, there really hasn’t been anything outrageously bad hitting PCs; but if we are to look up what has underwhelmed the most, there are some games that reminded us that there is a balance to everything.
The following games are listed according to their aggregated scores on both Metacritic and Gamerankings respectively.
Confrontation (51, 51.86%)
Dubbed as a tactical fantasy RPG, Confrontation follows a party of 4 characters who need to combine powers to overcome enemies.
Here’s Game Chronicles critical breakdown and in-depth analysis of Confrontation:
“At the end of the day, Confrontation just isn’t a very good game.”
Anna (60, 47.00%)
Anna is Dreampainters attempt at delivering a frightening horror experience. Game critics weren’t impressed. Especially that of Videogamer’s Lewis Denby:
“’Wasted opportunity’ is a phrase that keeps rearing its head, whether it’s thanks to the garbled translation, a broken hints system, or completely absent puzzle logic. Anna has some great ideas, but it’s the game’s carelessness that’ll stay with you, not its moments of inspired horror.”
Deep Black: Reloaded (39, 42%)
Deep Black: Reloaded’s goal was to take third-person shooting mechanics and dunk them into an underwater world where terrorism and freedom fighters collide; unfortunately it was likened to dying in water.
“There’s no discernible ironic enjoyment to be gleaned from this game, and it’s certainly not fun-bad like Deadly Premonition. It’s just plain old depressing bad-bad. Like drowning” – IncGamers’ Paul Younger.
Fray (32, 35.17%)
Brain Candy were a little ambitious with their sci-fi game Fray, which attempted to fuse turn-based multiplayer elements with real-time strategy tactics. The results was less-than-appealing. Here’s the Escapist’s Andy Chalk’s take:
“Fray is not ready for prime time. It’s not particularly exciting even when it works, and right now, it just doesn’t work.”
Gettysburg: Armored Warfare (22,20.8%)
Gettysburg: Armored Warfare sounds interesting, but unfortunately isn’t. This first-person shooter/strategy hybrid failed to impress anyone, even with the game being free-to-play.
Summed up by Gamer.nl:
“We can’t imagine that developers actually hate gamers, but after having played Gettysburg, we’re starting to doubt that. It’s ugly, not user-friendly and simply unfinished: these are just a few of the things that make this a horrible game.”
What is your worst PC game of 2012 so far?