Game news The 10 big disappointments of the year according to readers
The year 2021 was punctuated by a slew of video game releases of all kinds, including great successes and immense disappointments. On JV, our readers have the leisure to share their points of view and give a completely subjective rating to the productions. It is from this factor that we are offering you today this selection of the biggest disappointments of the year according to readers.
Pro Cycling Manager 2021
« The announced changes are not here« , « JI don’t understand why we are removing things that have worked well in the past« , « It’s amazing to manage to keep the same game as in previous years and manage to make it even worse every time« , can we read in the reader reviews of Pro Cycling Manager 2021. Released on June 3, 2021 on PC, the cycling title of Nacon has visibly disappointed its community. Let us recall that this one instructs you to bring a team to the top or straight to defeat; It is therefore a matter of managing a myriad of things including recruitment, training, budget, equipment and sponsors. For this new episode, the publisher has announced a system of objectives brand new, the 21 official stages of the Tour de France 2021, as well as new official marks accompanied by the European Championships and the national teams. But in the end, the public especially deplores a great lack of novelties, bugs and a late technique on his time.
- Readers’ rating: 5.5 / 20
There’s been a lot of talk about the latest Battlefield episode in recent weeks, but not necessarily for the right reasons: « The fun of the game was totally shattered during this early access week by too many bugs to be acceptable« is it written in the opinions of readers. Many note an optimization to be reviewed, technical bugs in number and untimely disconnections. The title of DICE then suffered a lynching on the Internet coupled with a review-bombing. ‘Electronic Arts has promised a wave of major changes in the way to build the next installments of the license and the future content of the games. Battlefield 2042 would still have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide in the within a single week.
- Readers’ rating: 8.1 / 20
Grand Theft Auto : The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
While waiting for the next-gen port of GTA V and potential news of a GTA VI, players were able to once again browse GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas through Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, a remaster of the three titles. But now, with this title, Rockstar faced the wrath of the players for several days. « This is a poor quality remaster done in probably a few hours and does not in any way justify its purchase.« can we read in the opinions of readers. Among the problems encountered by a majority of players, note the temporary inability to launch the PC version, a technique considered too lame for its time, crashes, freezes and a myriad of bugs So much so that Rockstar was overwhelmed with requests for reimbursement.
- Readers’ rating: 8.3 / 20
Released on September 30, eFootball 2022 was the laughing stock of players; for good reason: an avalanche of graphic bugs very often laughed at on social networks, as well as the quality of the models, considered mediocre. Konami, however, hoped for a new start with this episode: the publisher opted for the first time for a free-to-play economic model, which already made some wince fearing abundant in-game transactions. On launch day, the Steam page already had 4,842 reviews, on average extremely negative. Within hours, the game officially became the lowest rated in Steam history. A corrective patch still allowed the removal of a whole range of bugs. But the start was damn painful.
- Readers’ rating: 8.6 / 20
The PlayStation 5 demolition game also received a rather cold reception from gamers. The objective of this title very quickly disappeared from radars: to rush on vehicles to inflict damage. Made free in the PlayStation Plus catalog, the game from Lucid Games quickly ran out of players; so that the developers were forced to add bots in the game. It was also very often criticized for limited content, rewards that lack generosity or a certain lack of challenge in single player mode: « It’s good that it is on the ps + » free « for a limited time, but when I see its price at 79 € in physics so certainly the same price in demat when it will no longer be offered, I find it very expensive « , « Multi fun games, but solo is not terrible, especially because of the ai », « We go around quickly and quickly go back to other multiplayer games that are much more fun. »
- Readers’ rating: 9.1 / 20
Call of Duty : Vanguard
The latest addition to the famous shooters’ license, Call of Duty: Vanguard is « really not the best cod of recent years« we could read in the last reader opinions relayed. Activision’s game received a slew of 0/20 from our readers. On the test side, the episode which returns to the field of the Second World War Didn’t really hit the mark either. Among the most reported flaws, we can cite a campaign that disappoints a lot, a receding scenario, and missions too little varied in their objectives. Multiplayer is also criticized for lacking originality by At the same time, the title suffered repeated crashes, preventing many players from enjoying the experience comfortably.
- Readers’ rating: 9.6 / 20
New Pokémon Snap
If it received a nice 15/20 in our columns, New Pokémon Snap was clearly not unanimous with the players. Released on April 30, the game offered you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the skin of a Pokémon photographer as in 1999 on Nintendo 64. The objective is very simple: explore an island and save your most beautiful pictures in your Photodex. An experience geared towards the general public which is intended to be particularly peaceful and without constraints. Overall an average of 10.5 / 20, the players blame the game, among other things, for the lack of French voices, a lack of interactivity with the environment or the absence of interesting puzzles. Some were also « slightly disappointed with the music, as the 1st opus had many striking themes ».
- Readers’ rating: 10.5 / 20
Long awaited in fear as in hope, New World is the MMO signed Amazon Game Studios. On a cursed land where the seasons follow one another, the player must hunt down monsters and build flourishing civilizations. Despite this promising program, the content seems far from meeting expectations. « It feels like playing a game from a small independent studio in early-access, with very little PVE and PVP content.« , « Frankly the game is really empty, I’m not talking about the disaster of the servers of 2000 places for 20,000 waitingThe game still became the best launch on the Steam platform, with 913,000 players connected simultaneously.
- Readers’ rating: 11/20
Sparkling Diamond Pokémon / Sparkling Pearl
Well received by critics, Pokémon Sparkling Diamond / Sparkling Pearl seems to have received a more mixed reception from our readers. This Pokémon Diamond / Pearl Version remake released for Nintendo DS invites you to explore the Sinnoh region and find the Pokémon of the fourth generation. 150 pocket creatures waiting to be captured, with Dialga and Palkia headlining. At the same time, it is also about putting an end to the actions of Team Galaxie. The title has a very chibi style that is not to everyone’s taste. Others criticize it for being too easy and for post-league content that lacks finishing. « It’s a game with potential, but too seldom fully exploited« , is it expressed in the most supported reader opinion.
- Readers’ rating: 11/20
Latest iteration of the football simulation published by Electronic Arts, FIFA 22 includes technical and graphic improvements as well as a slew of new features in the career and Ultimate Team modes. « Once again this year, FIFA 22 will be the perfect target for criticism of the license’s lack of inventiveness », we concluded in our test. A point also shared by many readers. Some are also protesting against the withdrawal of teams, an approach considered « incomprehensible« . 18 nations are disappearing from circulation, ranging from Uruguay to the Japanese women’s team, via Turkey. In short, football simulations are far from being unanimous this year.
- Readers’ rating: 11/20