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The 10 Worst First-Party Published Games of 2015

COG writes - Most first-party games are excellent, sadly we had to say most. Here's a look at some of the worst first-party published games of 2015.

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GrapesOfRaf1101d ago

Oh The Order... you had so much potential.

Digital_Anomaly1101d ago

I know I'm in the minority but I loved it. Full stop.

OhMyGandhi1101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

Okay. I rented it on redbox the day it came out, in the morning, and beat it in the afternoon. I payed only 3 bucks for this experience, and thought it wasn't a wholly despicable game. Just average in every regard.

The Order had a ton of potential. You have beautiful graphics, a pretty cool steampunk and werewolves concept and setting, and some decent weapons.
The story held promise, but Ready At Dawn did nothing with it.

The characters, while nearing photorealism, were absolutely lifeless, and without any real...character.

The game held your hand the entire way, was way too linear, and beyond it's jaw droppingly gorgeous graphics, did so little with what it was given, that it became instantaneously forgettable the second I finished it.

The worst part, is that even though the game had a short runtime, there is absolutely nothing there for the gamer once he/she finished the game. No replay value at all. I don't want to insinuate that a single player experience needs to be 400 hours long or include some half-heartened bolted-on multiplayer for "value"...I'm talking about making the core experience so compelling that your demands of the game are satiated, and you are left feeling satisfied.

I've payed a decent amount of money for games with even shorter campaigns, and loved every second it.
Among The Sleep, Limbo, Layers of Fear, Braid, The Swapper, The Neverhood, Cryostatis: Sleep of Reason, Dear Esther, Another World, Ori and the Blind Forest, Kentucky Route Zero and so many others.

I wish publishers/developers understood this more clearly. adding more "stuff" doesn't improve the game's perceived value in the eyes of the gamer. If that core gameplay loop is fun enough, and the story holds their interest, and has an ending that is both agreeable and satisfactory, people will pay just about anything for that.

BadBoyC1101d ago

@RustedMan

You think you had it bad? At least you got it for $3. I'm ashamed to admit this but I bought The Order on day one for $60.... Imagine how I must of felt :(

freshslicepizza1100d ago

mario tennis seems to be a quick game to get out there to fill the lack of wii u titles. no real ambition at all there.

djplonker1101d ago

I just bought the order last week and although I am only half way through I am really enjoying it.

I might have had a different opinion if I paid full price though.

ThunderPulse1101d ago

Bought it for $10 and enjoyed it to hell.

guyman1101d ago

"oh The Order... you had so much potential"

O the order... is not a first party title.

Digital_Anomaly1101d ago

First party PUBLISHED.... that's exactly what it is.

guyman1101d ago

Despite the fact that the article refers to first party GAMES

Digital_Anomaly1101d ago

Preeeetty sure the title clearly says first party published. Not sure what you're looking at.

divinealpha1100d ago (Edited 1100d ago )

The title says first party published lol , which the order is .

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SolidGear31100d ago

GOTY material in my book. One of my top five favorites of 2015 for sure.

shaw981100d ago

I see people defending the order and it is ok if you like it. But from a story and gameplay standpoint, it was still bad. Red letter media (people who review films) went over the game as a storytelling experience and found how many holes the story had, and how bad the pacing was for the game.

People try to defend it saying it is a story experience and that their is supposed to be a lack of gameplay (even if the gameplay is generic), but the story in itself is actually really bad from a story telling standpoint. :p

assdan1100d ago

Here's what I have to say after buying the order for $10 during the psn flash sale. It was definitely worth $10, but I honestly would have been disapointed if I had spent a cent more. I paid $15 for the left behind DLC, and while that experience was about half the run time, it was a far better game. The order had a lot of things going for it, it had arguably the best graphics I've ever seen in a console game, it had an amazing atmosphere, and the set up for an amazing plot.
On the other hand, I beat it in 6 hours, and feel no need to ever touch the game again. The campaign was incredibly predictable, and none of the characters seemed very strong. The story was incredibly predictable. I liked it while it lasted, but I'm very glad I cancelled my original preorder for this game after I saw reviews for it. This was Ready at dawn's test to see if they could be promoted to a full AAA dev, and they unfortunately failed. And the saddest thing is that this awesome concept will probably never see the light of day again.

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Metallox1101d ago

Rainbow Curse isn't bad, it's just acceptable as it is.

rjason121101d ago

I agree, but it shoulda been made for the 3ds, it and triple deluxe should have been switched lol.

MzDino1101d ago

My heart aches when i see Animal Crossing games on a "worst" list...especially when there's 2 of them. But i do admit, Amiibo Festival is pretty lackluster. HHD on the other hand i thought was pretty good. Just waiting for a full-fledged Animal Crossing game!

rjason121101d ago

They both aren't my cup of tea personally. They weren't what people expected, but these should have been expected since animal crossing has never had spin-offs before and were due one eventually. I'd say an animal crossing spin-off seems like a hard concept to come up with, and like I've said in a previous statement the Wii U one was made for multiple reasons
1. To get animal crossing amiibo out ASAP, (which the developer stated in an interview being the main reason he wanted this game made)
2. To start getting one (of hopefully few, rather than many) fully amiibo functioning games where you need to use amiibo to play it (like sky landers and infinity games)
3. It's made to be like a literal interactive game board, with the amiibo functioning as the game pieces

Frinker1101d ago

I still wanna try the Order someday. I heard some people enjoyed it.

Digital_Anomaly1101d ago

I understand how people crapped on it but now when you're only looking at dropping a 20 spot on it, I say have at it man. It's not that bad!

GryestOfBluSkies1101d ago

its not bad, just has sone slow sections.

Rimeskeem1100d ago

If you get it for 10$ it is a fantastic game.

ScaReCrow901100d ago

A game is either good or it isn't. Cost does not equal quality. This line of thinking is what is making games worse. Whole content and quality vs cost. It's so stupid.

Rookie_Monster1101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

The worst first party published game of this year IMO belongs to:

Beyond 2 Souls HD. $30 for a 2 year old single player interactive game is not a great deal for customers. Heavy Rain should be added as a collection with it.

Tied with The Orders 1886. The mediocre reviews, user reviews pretty much made this the worst exclusive of the year. Some aay Devil's Third is worst but giving the hype level factor between the two, The Order is the more disappointing of the two. Had so much potential like Ryse before it.

ziggurcat1101d ago

i doubt you even played the order, so your "opinion" of it is invalid. that, and there's this:

http://www.metacritic.com/g...

out of the critic reviews - 30 positive, 53 mixed, 11 negative. out of the user reviews - 488 positive, 168 mixed, and 157 negative. so with 488 positive vs. 157 negative user reviews, and 30 vs. 11 critic reviews, how did those review make it the worst exclusive?

the handful of negative reviews posted here are not indicative of the quality of the game (especially when it was painfully obvious that they were all copy/pasted from each other). it's a good game, not GOTY or anything (personally, it's a 7-8/10 and not the ridiculous 2-4/10 scores some site gave the game), but it definitely deserved more than what it got - which is really only because there were unfair expectations despite the fact that [email protected] were advertising what the game was about the *entire* time.

ScaReCrow901100d ago

A game is either good or it isn't. No one cares what the developers said it was gonna be like. It's not like they said the game was gonna be bad did they?
Problem wasn't the game was different then expected. The problem was the game was bad as what it is.

ziggurcat1100d ago

@scarecrow:

that's not the point. people were expecting the game to be something (i.e. gears of war, for some silly reason) it was never advertised as being. and if it was a bad game, you'd have a point, but it was a much better game than the 2-4/10 reviews were implying.

Exoil1100d ago

@scarecrow: Aren't you the same troll who said Uncharted 3 was a very bad game?

Of course you think the game is bad, you haven't even played it bud.

guyman1101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

Halo 5 was an incredible disappointment (you see what i did there).

BTW: The order 1886 AND beyond 2 souls are not first party titles, which reinforces your ridiculous agenda against anything ps4 related. Your opinion is nothing.

ScaReCrow901100d ago

Well they're still only PlayStation games. I would say that's PlayStation related.

divinealpha1100d ago

But did you read the title it's first party published, the order is a first party published game

Rookie_Monster1101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

Guyman, if Then orders and beyond 2 Souls Are not first party game, then what do you called Bloodborne in which I constant praised as one of the best games I'd played this year? That would leave Sony with nothing first party this year if you are going to play that first party definition game. Anyways, this piece is about first party published game and Sony published those games just like Nintendo is publishing Devil's third and MS is the publisher of Ryse. LoL

ziggurcat1101d ago

"... Anyways, this piece is about first party published game and Sony published those games..."

that doesn't make them 1st party. 1st party refers to a game that is developed by a studio owned by MS/Nintendo/Sony.

so that makes you horribly off-topic (be honest, here - you've not played the order or beyond 2 souls, you just listed them to down talk playstation...), and the article incorrect for listing the order as a 1st party title.

Rookie_Monster1101d ago (Edited 1100d ago )

"so that makes you horribly off-topic (be honest, here - you've not played the order or beyond 2 souls, you just listed them to down talk playstation...)"

LoL, Ziggercat, did you even read the article? Both The Order 1886 and Devil's third are on there. I think I am perfectly on-topic. FACE palm!

And how do you explain my constant praise for Sony Published games like Bloodborne and Uncharted 4 if what you are saying is true about me always downplaying PS? I think I had praised Sony 10x more than you ever did regarding XBox. I am taking bets.

ziggurcat1100d ago

"did you even read the article? Both The Order 1886 and Devil's third are on there. I think I am perfectly on-topic. FACE palm!"

yes, did. again, the article is *wrong* for listing the order as 1st party just like you're wrong for citing beyond, and the order as being 1st party. and you couldn't even bring yourself to mention a *single* xbox title... how very objective of you.

"And how do you explain my constant praise for Sony Published games like Bloodborne and Uncharted 4 if what you are saying is true about me always downplaying PS?"

when bubbles "mattered", you admitted that you praised sony just to get your bubbles up (saying something to the effect that your sony "praise" is "finally paying off"), which has since rendered all of your "positive" comments disingenuous. since they switched to the no bubble system, practically all you have been doing is spreading FUD (all of your alleged information you claim to be passing along is either ill-informed or just downright ignorant/devoid of any fact).

"... I think I had praised Sony 10x more than you ever did regarding XBox. I am taking bets."

yeah... no. that's a bet you'd have no chance at winning.

Christopher1101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

Wait, you are putting The Order: 1886 as worse than God of War 3 Remaster? I mean, they only took the time to remaster one game, and it was the final chapter in the overall trilogy arch. But, having just paid $10 for it and still not having played it, The Order: 1886 was not up to par but it definitely wasn't broken like other games (Driveclub and Halo MCC at release, for example). Are we rating based on the games on their own or just on 'most pointless' or something?

Based on the topic of first-party games -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

I'd go with Driveclub being the worst. Delayed twice, still released with tons of issues, not truly notable other than the otherwise lack of racing games on the platform.

I'd put a 2nd place on Killzone Shadow Fall. They had no clue what they were doing with the PS gameplay, IMHO. They should have stuck with the original formula or something instead of giving us some sort of semblance of 'you decide how to do stuff' with an extremely forgettable storyline.

Rookie_Monster1100d ago (Edited 1100d ago )

Christopher, the title of the arricle was talking about first party published games of 2015. Both Driveclub and Halo MCC were published in 2014 and Killzone SF was 2 years ago.

Also, I agreed the the GOW3 HD is bare bone but in terms of gameplay and as a game itself, it is much better than either The Order or Beyond 2 Souls. But is definitely in my top 5 or worst 1st party published games of 2015 along with Deveil's Third on Wii U and Screamride on XB1.

ScaReCrow901100d ago

Halo mcc multiplayer was broken. The rest of the 4 games worked perfectly so thats ignorant of you. Or completely biased.

Christopher1100d ago

***Halo mcc multiplayer was broken. The rest of the 4 games worked perfectly so thats ignorant of you. Or completely biased.***

Uhh... it was broken at release just as much as Driveclub. Did you ignore that I mention that game as well? Both had major online issues at launch.

How about you get your head out of the clouds and come back down to earth?

Christopher1100d ago

Gah, you're right about the 'time' though Rookie.

Not much this year for poor first-party. I would say that Uncharted Collection was much worse than The Order, though. We knew what we were getting with that, but Uncharted Collection released without much fanfare and they cut MP from two of the games (or didn't include MP at all in any way, shape, or form).

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