EGMR Awards 2015: Worst Game Of The Year
Bad games happen. It’s the law of averages, and there’s no way around it. In 2015 we weren’t spoiled for choice when it came to bad games, thankfully. At least, not in the larger gaming sphere. Still there were at least a few worth mentioning, and we would be remiss if we didn’t spend a few minutes poking fun at just how egregiously bad they were. Quick aside: If something is horribly bad, is it extremely bad or really bad at being bad which makes it good? Hmm…
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There is really no explanation required for this award, and you probably don’t need us tell you how distasteful the nature of it really is. Still, it’s no holds barred for us, and we feel the need to acknowledge the games that shocked us purely because of how bad they really were. Unlike the most disappointing game award, this one is truly given to the downright worst game of the year. In order to be a nominee, a game has to go above and beyond just being bad, and into shocking territory. One of the largest factors, putting aside the actual quality of the game, is how the game in question can, in no way, justify paying for it. If a game makes us have nightmares about merely putting its disc into our consoles, or makes us die a little inside each time we put down our controllers after a gaming session, has no redeeming qualities or ultimately is just so bad we can’t stand to play it, then it’s definitely a nominee for this award. Since there are a great many games that could go into the nominees list, we usually opt for the more memorable and noticeable ones for us that took things to a whole new level of bad, and then we extract our vengeance on them. This is what the worst game award is all about. Although, for the record, it’s really minus the part about revenge, and more so about acknowledgment.
LEGO Jurassic World
The LEGO games are typically rather fun experiences, sprinkling a very innocent mechanic of hit everything until it breaks together with interesting puzzles and stories. Unfortunately LEGO Jurassic World didn’t get that memo. Filled to the brim with bugs not of the prehistoric nature, a decided lack of overall polish, and a tediousness not felt since that trip to the post office the other day, LEGO Jurassic World was just not a fun game. It was quite terrible in fact.
Mad Max promised many things before it released, and delivered on none of them. It had characters nobody liked, a plot nobody enjoyed, and an open world that left a lot to be desired. More than all of that though, it was entirely outdone by the theatrical release it tried to tie into, and ended up with egg on its face as a result. Shiny and yolk.
WWE 2K16 follows its predecessor WWE 2K15 in being one of the worst games released this year, with poor visuals, lifeless crowds, same-y fights, and a general lack of anything to really get excited over. Add in the painfully slow loads, and you’ve got what can only be described as hell. In a cell. There was only one thing that helped to redeem the otherwise horrendous experience, AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA.
Dying Light was a long time coming, and when it finally released this year it was a rather polarising experience. Some loved it, and felt it presented some of the best open world navigation since Mirror’s Edge. We begged to differ, finding the navigation in general to be a chore, along with the combat, the story, and everything else on offer. Dying Light played like a relic, a game from the past that had not yet caught up with all the things that made today’s games cool. As a result it was one of the most forgettable and downright painful games to play this year.
Submerged sunk to low depths (sorry) by having a short and uninspired story that amounted to nothing, repetitive gameplay, and no real reason to explore the world it presented to the player. It was a lifeless, mechanical, and meaningless adventure that didn’t lasted about as long as it would take to hold your breath. And then you died from hypothermia.
It certainly wasn’t Dying Light, because some enjoyed it for what it was, and that’s awesome. Even terrible games can be great.
Mad Max didn’t lose either, because it was more of a disappointment than something objectively bad.
We considered it, but Submerged didn’t receive it because nobody even knows what Submerged is.
The closest runners-up were LEGO Jurassic World and WWE 2K16, both outrageously spectacular fails but still redeemable in the eyes of some.
Yes, really. Because as much as the games listed here are each terrible in their own way, nothing can be quite as bad as a game that quite literally makes you pay in order to do the same thing over and over again. But hey, it’s rewarding, and you get to do it with friends, and you didn’t really need that $100-odd anyway! I guess you could say this was pre-destined.