GameSpot's The Lobby: The worst games of 20152015 was a wonderful year for video games, but GameSpot reviewers also had to suffer through a bunch of hot garbage. These are our worst games of 2015.
[MUSIC] 2015, great year for video games, but there were some bad video games. Peter Brown, reviews editor of gamespot.com. You took over the reigns from Mister Von Ord earlier this year. Turns out there was a lot of bad games that came out. Which, my favorite part of this is actually that you reviewed quite a lot of them. Yeah, I think three on that list? Yeah, real stinkers. Jesus. So, I have a list here of all games that got under five out of ten. So four and below on GameSpot.com. I can't even talk about all of them because there are so many of them. But let's rattle through a few. First of all, a wonderful three out of ten here, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Peter Brown, you reviewed that game. Why was [UNKNOWN] not better? [LAUGH] [LAUGH] There were moments when I was playing Tony Hawk 5 where I felt like it captured the essence of the old games, but gaming has moved on. And rather than change with the times and take lessons learned from years of development after the fact They sort of just like cobbled together some weird features and put it on top of this really, really bare Tony Hawk experience. And they didn't do it in a clean way, there are a lot of glitches. It was broken, it wasn't challenging in the right ways, and it just wasn't fun. After five minutes I was done with it, they didn't give me a reason to actually care. And you know what? At this point Tony Hawk is kind of old news. We've played this style of video game many times over. Tony Hawk HD is still a thing, and better than this game. I mean a good Tony Hawk game would probably have been pretty cool to play. It would have been great. Tony Hawk HD is a good Tony Hawk game. And this one's sort of It seems like it's kind of good. Every now and again I could give you shades of what you remember, but then Isn't the, sort of gives you ups. Look at how, do you see how the screen is, you don't need finding, like. That is a logical decision somebody made. [LAUGH] What is this? Oh, you spend half the. Yes. Like, that first time that came up, I was like, oh, that's like a novel little level. And then it comes up like it's four differently levels, and they're like slightly different [INAUDIBLE] Every stage you go to has the same challenges, it's just cookie cutter crap. [LAUGH] What a shame. Aw. When I glanced over at your TV, it looked really fun, but I think I was just glancing over as you do, very briefly. Yeah, and the grind stomp thing is like one of the worst control decisions I've seen in recent history. Yeah, it got rid of any ability to buffer a thing and actually make a clean combo. [CROSSTALK] And on the game you reviewed, at ram-dot time is, what, I think, four out of 10. Chibi-robo! Zip Lash. I don't even know what the hell this is. So you play this little robot that sort of has an extension chord he uses as a grappling hook. Okay. And so you get through these levels, it's just like a side scrolling [UNKNOWN] platformer. But the game isn't challenging, it's very easy which isn't necessarily that bad. But the biggest problem I have with the game is that your sole motivation is to go out and collect, like, actual real-world candy, okay? And bring it back to people. And they're, like, boy, I sure do want a Starburst with the five flavors that really tickle my tongue! [LAUGH] Really? Yes. Wow. The thing is filled with commercials. All right. And it is Like, okay the gameplay is solid. It's not great, it's not challenging but that part was just stupid. Fun. It's just filthy. Filthy? And another game that came out relatively recently four to ten www2k16. Have any of you all played that this year? Persian? No. Several minutes at a friend's house. Okay, have fun with that. I'm no too well-versed in wrestling games, in general, since the Nintendo 64. Okay. So, you're not a scholar of the WWE universe? [LAUGH] No. I've only recently started watching wrestling, sort of, but the game itself. It's a real bad time to be watching wrestling. That's what I hear. I think you can only go uphill from here. [CROSSTALK] Everyone's in here, right now. But the game itself doesn't really feel great, I never knew what I was doing even when I tried learning several of the moves and the controls. I know a lot people, I think our review was complaining about it's kind of arbitrary how close you need to be someone. How you actually. Like, start these moves and it starts pretty bad [CROSSTALK] I pretty much quite sadly four to 10 on gamespot.com. Again, we got lower than that though. K-Mat, I feel as it's your first double [UNKNOWN] It's only kinda recent. [CROSSTALK] Shawn Bell, I believe. Shawn Bell. Two at a time. I hear that game is a real piece of hot garbage. Yeah, it's kind of a tragic story too because apparently Igaki has been trying to make this game forever and how it's changed hands multiple times in terms of publishers and ownership. And with that comes different demands. And who knows where the blame actually lies. But yeah, this game did not pan out. We have Ivan, right? Same tattoos. Yeah, the most original character. I mean, like what the hell are we looking at here? Like a bald dude- This is a Wii U game. What imagination went into crafting that character? That's what I want to know. Somebody saw Prison Break. Oh, so it's a Wii U game, I feel, like at the end of its lifecycle. Yeah, it's a bit weird that it was such a massive delay between here and You're like it's almost a wonder [CROSSTALK] Oh yeah. Such a terrible critical reception on a console that not many people are buying these types of games especially. Even Nintendo when like when they're sending out press releases to just or like you know just mailing list stuff they remind you of all the great games that are coming out. Like the final paragraph is like Oh, yeah, I'm gonna see if you want to [UNKNOWN] [LAUGH] It's not even a paragraph, it's a bulletpoint. They like buried it. Oh, no, speaking of weird stuff that was released in Europe first, Rorie McIlroy PGA TOUR finally gets the honors. Get away, Tiger. I'm on the box representing northern Ireland. Three out of ten, apparently this is not a good golf game. I guess not. No. [LAUGH] Then [CROSSTALK] [LAUGH]. It didn't look great. I mean the actual environments themselves look pretty shoddy [CROSSTALK]. Something. That's Tiger Woods, wrong game. [LAUGH] Wait. Really. No, that's just Tiger Woods. You can only play with Rory McIlroy in this game. [LAUGH] I'd give this game a boogie. A golf out of sport. A golf out of sport. That guy looks pretty good. What do you call that guy? The caddie. The caddie. The [UNKNOWN] master. [LAUGH] The [UNKNOWN] master. Look at that. Will he get it? Will he get it? Will he get it? Will he get it? Golf! Three out of ten! Yeah! Baseball! Aw! [LAUGH] This game's got everything. [UNKNOWN] Exactly. A game that somebody here on the [UNKNOWN] played. A game that was so bad that it's been pulled from stores Afro Samurai 2, a two out of ten on Gamespot. Peter Wow. In a year with some hard garbage, this may have been the stinkiest. It's one of the worst finished, published games I've ever played. Both on a technical level, on design level, and just when it comes to just It was painful watching him over there. I know. As much screaming as you did during Tony Hawk, I think maybe this was worse. I just remember watching you review it and you were the saddest I've ever seen you. I don't even know where to start. We're not even showing footage. Yeah, we have to show footage. I need like a source of inspiration. We can't because it's going to give people convulsions. Yeah, okay. Afro Samurai 2 is a game that has three tiers in it's combat system that offer different fighting styles, none that matter. [LAUGH] It like cut scenes end half way through and game play goes but you still have the audio from the cut scene going. Okay. [LAUGH] And the audio from the gameplay. There's a scene where you're going to try to find a man and the games justification is where do you go to find men? Strip clubs. Okay, so there's a strip club, that's fine. But the problem is- Hey. When you're in the strip club, it focuses on a woman- Oh, here we go. Whose breasts are out, just swinging back and forth for like ten minutes. Two minutes later this dude, after she dies, calls her a ****. It's like oh my God, like- What is this? This game has nothing going for it sound like. What era did this game come out? It's horrible. And because of the bad checkpoints, and you have to redo that scene four times. [LAUGH] I had to redo that scene multiple times. Yeah. There was a boss toy that didn't actually describe what the rules were, so I didn't know. I was beating my head against the wall forever. Oh, Jesus. Okay. God. All right. Great. They set up this huge town they do this huge fly by, and I'm like oh, man, I'm gonna have to go explore. And then they put you right at the doorstep of the place you need to get to. Oh really? This is a game of unrealized ideas, unrefined writing, poor acting The best thing it has is a soundtrack that is Oh, yeah. Somewhat enjoyable. It's a real shame. So, soak it in kids because this is the only way you'll be able to play [INAUDIBLE] it's not available anymore. Kevin [INAUDIBLE] before he left us for greener pastors created [INAUDIBLE] Wow. Yeah that game is trash. To quote a Peter Brown-ism, it is a trash game for garbage people. Garbage game for trash people. Garbage game for trash people, whatever. Same. It's bad. It's like, you're supposed to be. It's Just Cause three basically right? You're just destroying the city. And you know how it stops, and it stops, and it stops. Yeah. That's part of the game play and they put that in on purpose so they could recreate like, the feel of the TV show where things would slow down but instead of being like, entertaining it's just super frustrating. You have to walk long distances as well with this like, lumbering. Oh look at that! Try again! You can't call in uber? He moves so slow, it's so bad. [LAUGH] Look at him. Look at this. [LAUGH] Look at this, yeah. It's just we don't even need us to talk, just watch this pile of garbage. Here he goes. And that guy in the top right hand corner, he's not even animated. Look at that thing, a metal Godzilla. Speaking of weird games based on carnage, we finally got to play Carmageddon Reincarnation. Cameron [UNKNOWN] reviewed it for us, four out of ten. Has anyone played that one? I played the beta, it was a technical mess. But that's a beta for you, I don't know. Well, what did he say, do you remember? No, sure don't. [LAUGH] It's similar [UNKNOWN] to like Twisted Metal. Or [INAUDIBLE] No, they're not like car arena battlers. They are- [LAUGH] What's going on. Okay, still a technical mess. Yeah, these are just racing games like the original one came out in the early 90s and it was all bloody and dark. Yeah, okay. [CROSSTALK] Oh my God. It's a real shame, cuz I love some of these old classic games, and like some of them- Should remain classics. Kind of, like- Exactly. The great games that come back, and just bad excuse. Like this, like Road Rash is like- I don't [UNKNOWN] stuff. What? You can come in for- Oh, no. Oh, God. Yeah. There you go. What's gonna happen? [LAUGH] Woo! [LAUGH] This is an official trailer I think. This is so weird. The penguins? Almost had a bite. That's it. And we got a couple of more to get through. I got three more here. Austin Walker before he joined Giant Bomb reviewed a bunch of games first. He really like Project CARS. He was not so much fun of code name [INAUDIBLE] Oh my god, **** that game. Four to ten. I hate that game. Didn't they announced it like the only E3 preview? Like it came out like nine months later? Yeah, they had like a big, special presentation where they were like, we're gonna announce our new game. and it was Codename Steam. And what's so disappointing about Codename Steam is it is a strategy, tactical, turn-based game by the Fire Emblem people. The Fire Emblem games are so good. And Codename Steam was such garbage. And the whole idea of the American heroes teaming up was kind of cool. Nah. Like Abraham Lincoln running, what is it, underground stink punk mafia or whatever it was, sounded cool. But some of the characters also really overtly racist, and the game play real bad. Yeah. So bad. Yeah. It tried to be like an ex con life for kids. Yeah. Yeah, no. And it's, yeah. Like it was slow, it didn't, yeah, the theme's and the artwork were just immediately off putting for me and the game play added no value and it is a shame. Like it's just this curious footnote for the last year for Nintendo, like no one talks about it anymore. I know. Yeah. They made such a big deal about it. And just quietly- Yeah, [UNKNOWN] Doug. Yeah, and they had to do like a patch for it cuz like the turns were too slow. Yes, I remember that, you're right. And it was this big deal because the enemy turns took too long. So you could speed it up. Like just a mess, a technical mess. The lowest scoring game on Gamespot.com was earlier this year [UNKNOWN] with Raven's Cry. Do you remember that? Yeah, I remember reading something- Oh, yeah. [LAUGH] The thing that's sad to me was the fact that you had to press the X button like multiple times to open a door. Like it was just riddled with illogical mechanics. It's a hard door, if it's stuck you gotta really- Really jam on that button. I mean, this looks nice, right? But so you said it was sexist, Alexia? So I previewed the game a couple years ago and I remember seeing it when it came out. It's just really like gross. Yeah. And like overtly sexual and like it doesn't even do it in like a way that's like To the plot, or to the character development, it's just better to be there, and I think- I remember Don's review actually highlighted that pretty well. Yeah. And just technical problems ran, and it's just incredibly uninteresting. Yeah. It's no Black Flag. No. It's no Black Flag, no. If you want to play a pirate game, you've got it. Raven's Cry there, 1/10 on Gamespot.com. The last one to mention this year Yowza! I feel like this game would get an even worse score if it came out today. Justin Clock reviewed Hatred 10 out of, 3 out of 10. Yes. I almost said 10 out of 10. Almost. A 10 out of 10 for a tired **** postal clone. I used to, like old postal games, I used to play. They were kind of like dumb games when I was a kid. Yeah. This is like a poorer version of that. Which then- Tired **** postal clone. Also, I don't know, just Was like super gross. It was incredibly gross. Yeah, considering everything that's happened this year with like mass shootings and violence and stuff, I just feel like this game was As bad as a reception as it got in whatever it was in June or something. It'd be worse today. You gotta say they're probably not going to be making a sequel to this bad boy anytime soon. No. Kept my distanced from it, I never touched it. Yeah, I think it kind of came out to a bit of a whimper. I think. But not a lot of people played it. Some people were talking about not covering it and covering it. But ultimately, the game is all teeth and no bite, really. Well when your people are sort of like defending the game but still the gameplay itself actually is decent. There are so many other games that are good and worth your time. Why the hell would you support something As painful and disgusting as this game. This is a game about mass murder for the sake of retribution against strangers, **** that. Stop showing footage of it, how about that. And worst games that came out this year, but let's go down. The card should say, what was our favorite worst game? Or was the game that was the worst to you personally. Favorite worst game? Like the most disappointing, worst game. Flat out worst game. I'm going to stick with Cody & Steam because I adore the Fire Emblem games, and I had such high hopes when I heard that Intelligent Systems was making Something like another tactical thing like Fire Emblem but not Fire Emblem. And I was just the most disappointed I've ever been I think. Mike, what do you think? I thought Devil's Third just because I think of the bad games, that's the one I spent the most time with and by that I mean 75 minutes or something. But I remember just thinking to myself, maybe they're trying to be this bad, but I don't think that was the case. Especially considering Nintendo's kind of brushing it under the rug afterward. More like Devils Turd. Nice Thank you. I've never heard that joke before. [LAUGH] [CROSSTALK] Peter, what's yours? [UNKNOWN] Samurai II. It's a very ignorant game and it's poorly made and it should've never been brought to market. Sorry guys. Well there won't be any sequels now. I know, thank God. [UNKNOWN] A game that probably will get a sequel [UNKNOWN] Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Five. You think it will? Yeah, I think Really? They're gonna keep making skateboard games, and I think Tony Hawk gonna be still a name in, like I think he still, he will be the most recognizable skateboarder ten years from now. In a way that Collin McCray wasn't the most recognizable sports person in the world but that doesn't mean clout within the genre, rally. You know what game has real clout within the skateboarding community? What? Skate, yeah, I love skate, I love skate. That is a game that should come back. Activision love, bringing back a franchise though. So, I don't know we'll see. Plenty of other games to talk about this year. Of course out games, [INAUDIBLE] end of the year awards are on which is the opposite of this Make sure you check out the site to see what we think of our best games that came out in 2015. Let us know in the comments what you thought were the worst games, your personal worst games came out in 2015. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]