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.
Oh The Order... you had so much potential.
I know I'm in the minority but I loved it. Full stop.
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.
@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 :(
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.
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.
Bought it for $10 and enjoyed it to hell.
"oh The Order... you had so much potential" O the order... is not a first party title.
First party PUBLISHED.... that's exactly what it is.
Despite the fact that the article refers to first party GAMES
Preeeetty sure the title clearly says first party published. Not sure what you're looking at.
The title says first party published lol , which the order is .
GOTY material in my book. One of my top five favorites of 2015 for sure.
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
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.
Rainbow Curse isn't bad, it's just acceptable as it is.
I agree, but it shoulda been made for the 3ds, it and triple deluxe should have been switched lol.
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!
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
I still wanna try the Order someday. I heard some people enjoyed it.
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!
its not bad, just has sone slow sections.
If you get it for 10$ it is a fantastic game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.
@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.
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.
Well they're still only PlayStation games. I would say that's PlayStation related.
But did you read the title it's first party published, the order is a first party published game
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
"... 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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
Halo mcc multiplayer was broken. The rest of the 4 games worked perfectly so thats ignorant of you. Or completely biased.
***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?
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).
So nintendo, for all of it's "we don't need third party support, all of our games are gold" hold half of the entries on this list. And their claim to greatness this year is a level editor and a paintball game with no way to audibly communicate. Genius.
Not so many games for Wii U this year, that's right, although you forgot to mention the incredible Xenoblade Chronicles X ;) Has been tremendous for me so far.
Unfortunately, One great game does not gloss over a year of neglect. I was so excited for Mario Tennis, now my expectations are dashed. As well as any hope of a decent Mario Golf for Console.
That's probably because Nintendo is producing more first party games than anyone else. By a significant margin. If you look at the opposite end of the spectrum--that is, the best first party games of 2015... you'll see that list populated mostly by Nintendo titles, too. It's all about volume.
What about bigfest for vita?
I believe it's not first-party.
Thanks for clarification! :)
neither is Devil's Third but it's in this article.
I don't agree with GoW Ultimate. I would put forward Mario Party 10 though (I think that was back at the beginning of this year right?
How is Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on here but not MP10... Mario Party 10 was a good amount of fun if you had friends who loved to torture you as Bowser. But I don't agree with Kirby/GoW/SoD.
DasTier#8 I agree there's nothing wrong with Gears of War Ultimate... updated graphics, five extra levels and muiltiplayer is still the best MP. the $39 price was right and you got 4 GOW games just for playing it. it should not be on this list.
Animal crossing Amiibo Festival, Devils Third, and the Order all sucked. So did the YoshI Wii u game.
why don't they bring up how good gears of war looks and plays online . Plus you got every gears game for a low price.
Yes I forgot how awesome the first game was compared to all the others. Getting the rest of the games for free was really nice too.
How can you hate on gears ultimate it plays great and looks great. loved that they added on the singleplayer parts that were cut from the 360 version.
Bought The Order: 1886 in July for 70€ and I very enjoyed it! Fantastic visuals, great atmosphere, good gunplay, exiciting story, it is a cool exclusive. Cannnot understand why it got average critics. 8/10 imo!
I disagree with Kirby. The level design was fun and unique. And the game is only like $30 so it is not like we are expecting a full blown Kirby game. That being said, Nintendo had it hard this year, mainly due to big games being delayed and filler games being mediocre while we wait for the stuff we care about. They only really had Splatoon and Xenoblade X which are fantastic, however. Which is disappointing knowing how huge 2014 was for them with game line ups.
No, Kirby was utterly ruined by the silly gimmick of having to draw lines on the gamepad screen. The game basically forces people to play entirely on the gamepad, and they can't enjoy it on the TV. Yet another example of Nintendo forcing gimmicks on their customers, ruining the experience. Please, stop making excuses for this kind of tripe.
Psst.. hey schiller! If you didn't get the gist of the comment you are compelled to disagree with, shaw98's opinion is that they enjoyed this game☺ How many hours do you have into the title for us to really appreciate your experience with the game,mm?
I completely disagree on 2 of the titles and they are: The Order and Gears. I liked both of them very much so.
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