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Worst Game of the Year

Worst GotY

The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015. Except for this category, where we shame the worst games we’ve played this year.

It’s far less frequent than in previous console generations, but we still see some utterly terrible games get released every year, and unfortunately this year was no exception. So let’s take a look at the Worst Game of the Year.

Third Place – Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

The PC version of Chivalry is really good, bringing medieval melee combat to the arena deathmatch sub-genre with great success. The Xbox 360 port of Chivalry is far less impressive, but its shortcomings can be understood considering the restriction of the console. The Xbox One version, however, is a slightly enhanced port of the Xbox 360 version, despite the Xbox One’s power easily allowing for something more akin to the PC original. It’s a baffling choice to port the worst version to Xbox One, and now its shortcoming are unforgivable.

Dave Moran said in his review:

It’s such a shame that this game is such a mess, there is actually a market for a title like this and instead of getting a well-polished, engaging title, we have to suffer with a lazy port looking to cash in on unsuspecting customers. Don’t waste your time on this.

And that sums up our thoughts nicely.

Check out the review here.

Chivalry Medieval Warfare (4)


Second Place – Rugby 2015

A failure to balance the complexity of its mechanics and a complete disregard for authenticity makes Rugby 2015 miserable to play, and with recent sports titles going out of their way to provide a polished and compelling facsimile of the sports they’re digitally recreating, it makes Rugby 2015’s flaws all the more obvious.

Richard Berry said in his review:

Rugby World Cup is an odd game – in its attempts to keep things fast and fluid it becomes rather awkward sinking into a boring game relying on luck rather than skill. Instead of celebrating the world cup it washes over it and I suggest you do the same!

We all agree you should heed his warning.

Check out the review here.


Worst Game of the Year – Yasai Ninja

Yasai ninja is abysmal. The slightest sliver of adequate variety and aesthetics is completely undone by a mass of poor level design, feckless combat, atrocious checkpoints, a combative camera, noticeable slowdown and rushed storytelling. It reeks of bad design and insufficient play-testing, leading to infuriating situations where the mechanics and gameplay are at such odds that’s it’s barely playable at all.

So says Greg Giddens (me) in his review.

Poor platforming, a combative camera and awful checkpoint placement makes this title’s three hour experience extremely difficulty to enjoy, despite a good attempt at variety and friendly AI.

It had so much potential with its quirky setting but the rest of the design was so badly implemented it was barely playable.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see our reveal for TiX’s 2015 Game of the Year.

Dishonourable mentions go to Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5, Pool Nation FX and RIDE all of which were nominated by the TiX staff but proved not quite awful enough.

RECO set to simmer the veggies with Yasai Ninja on Xbox One


I’ve seen some strange things in my time on this mudball. One of the strangest has to be the latest announcement from Spanish publisher, RECO Publishing.

With main characters called Samurai Onion and Broccoli Joe, you know you’re in for something a little bit on the nutty side of Sunpat.

Yasai Ninja then, is such a game, with characters it would appear, that are straight out of a Harry Hill sketch. You play as both shameless nomadic fighter, Broccoli Joe, and old school Samurai Onion, in this 3D hack n slash multiplayer adventure. Each character has their own ability and will affect the game in different ways, unlocking different moves, combos and special abilities by earning XP during fights.

Broccoli Joe fights with his nunchuks, close-combat style, fast and effective. He can evade incoming attacks, but because he wears no armour, he’s unable to block them. He’s not as strong as his couterpart, but he is faster and can unlock special equipment to boost his strength.

Samurai Onion is an old school, silent Samurai. He strives to defeat the evil feudal Lord Cucumber (I kid you not) and recover the honour that was besmirched by his betrayer. Onion makes his enemies cry with his chopping Katana (sorry) and can block attacks with his Samurai armour.

Apart from this, we have little background on the story mode for this quirky fighter. Yasai Ninja is scheduled to enter the Xbox One fray in the 2nd quarter of 2015. Until then, have a look at the short announcement trailer below, just don’t show them the steamer!