It’s a bit late for yearly recaps since we’re well into 2022, but we had to do this one. The year 2021 saw releases of many popular titles, but not many of those lived up to expectations. Likewise, you might have seen the worst games of 2021, but they’re more of the most disappointing games of 2021.
Yes, there were good titles, and you can check our picks of the best games of 2021. Before they launched, the hype was enormous for some titles, such as the Grand Theft Auto trilogy and Battlefield 2042. However, it was crushed when people got their hands on them.
The worst (most disappointing) games of 2021
Here’s a list of games that the community found disappointing, not worth the hype, or bad. These five games were supposed to be nostalgic, exciting, and so on, but here we are.
1. DOOM 3: VR Edition
The DOOM series has an impeccable record of being an excellent game for those who enjoy it. However, DOOM 3’s port to PSVR not only provided an underwhelming experience but also disrespected its original game. As per user reviews, the shooting formula and mechanics are all over the place, and that’s not ideal in a shooter game.
One of the reasons games come to VR is to provide better in-game movement, but that seems an issue in DOOM 3: VR Edition. The movement and gameplay are sloppy in the game and give the players less control of the movement in VR than with a controller or mouse/keyboard combo.
Platform: PlayStation 4
2. eFootball 2022
Furthermore, we have the sequel of the gaming industry’s one of the biggest franchises, eFootball 2022. The game titles usually have the “PES” name, but Konami omitted it this year. So, why does the free-to-play football game make it to the most disappointing and worst games of 2021?
The problem lies in the controls and animations of the game, which aren’t in unity with the actual game itself. Ironically, users call the sequel a punching bag, which smears the franchise’s reputation. Above all, the game had visuals that you wouldn’t expect from a successor of a reputable franchise, and it had fewer playable modes with only nine teams and a one-time online tournament.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
3. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
Moving on, another title based on nostalgia planted hopes across the world. The Definitive Edition includes remasters of older GTA games, including GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas. The remastered trilogy built a tremendous amount of expectations but failed to deliver.
Upon launch, the game release included several visual bugs, game-breaking glitches, poorly rendered textures, etc. Eventually, Rockstar had to pull the game out of its store and re-release it later, fixing the gameplay bug. However, the game isn’t what the users expected it to be, and hence in the list of the worst games of 2021.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One/Series X, PC
4. Balan Wonderworld
Among the most poorly-reviewed games of the year lies Balan Wonderworld. The game had incredible hype due to the involvement of Yuji Naka, former head of Sega’s Sonic Team. However, it failed miserably despite having a renowned name behind it.
The title turned out to be slow-paced and had weird control mechanics that functioned using just one button. All in all, it seems that Square Enix’s 3D platform is a bit overdone. As per the game’s IGN review, “it doesn’t necessarily feel like a total trainwreck.”
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One/Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PC
5. Battlefield 2042
Finally, Battlefield 2042 makes it to the list of the worst and most disappointing games of 2021. Users disliked the game more than the critics, and the player count saw a steady decline within weeks of launch. Previous Battlefield games are known for their campaign modes and multiplayer modes. However, EA stripped the campaign mode off of Battlefield 2042.
The game showed game-breaking bugs, infinite server issues, and gameplay issues from day one. It’s safe to say that it was a complete trainwreck and probably still is. Battlefield 2042 became the worst-rated game on Steam shortly after its launch. In addition, EA pulled off several moves that users didn’t like, such as removing in-game voice chat.
The situation with the game is so bad that the Battlefield subreddit might shut down due to toxicity, as per reports. Steam is also issuing refunds for the game as the player base sees a steady decline.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One/Series X/S, PC
Conclusion: The most disappointing games of 2021
2021 wasn’t a great year for AAA titles, so we can hope for better this year. Reputable labels see extreme hate and destructive criticism, which isn’t charming. There’s a reason that the worst games of 2021 are the most disappointing ones.