Worst Video Game Flops of All Time

Worst Video Game Flops of All Time

When it comes to video games, the way that the community reacts to the game is everything. Whether it be good or bad, there is always going to be a video game that is absolutely terrible. There are games that are not great, but those at least are enjoyable in some way.

But today, we are going to be talking about those games that did soo poorly, that their player numbers are soo low or the game itself was taken off of all platforms entirely.

If you keep up with gaming news, you probably know most of the games we are going to be talking about today. Some of these games are ones that we don't even want to download onto our devices because of the terrible things we heard about them. Most of these games are relatively new as to when this video is released.

So here are the worst video game flops of all time:

6. Babylon's Fall

Babylon's Fall released back in early 2022 and it was one of those games that had an audience excited to play it. It had a cool premise with it being an action RPG, but it didn't get much attention. The main issue that people had with the game was the price to what they were buying. The graphics of the game looked like a mobile game because they went with a water color look to the style. The optimization was also very terrible and didn't live up to the expectations that Square Enix was hyping up.

When the game launched, the player numbers were terrible. There was a max player count of 1,100 players on launch day and it didn't get any higher. It was considered one of the worst flops of 2022 and gave Square Enix a lower reputation since they were the ones who published it. The reported budget for the game was around $110 Million Dollars and was a huge loss. There were more people who played it on consoles than PC, but that still wasn't enough to make up for the loss.

The crazy part about the whole thing is that the game is unplayable today. Not even a year after the game released, they shut down the servers to the game and it required you to be online to even play it in the first place. If you look on Steam, you won't find it unless you look it up on a search engine first instead of the Steam Store. Most people didn't even know this game existed.

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5. Anthem

I'm sure none of you are surprised to see an EA title on this list and most definitely not surprised to see Anthem on this list. Anthem was released in 2019 and was instantly deemed as being a terrible game. It has little to no substantial content, tons of technical issues and bugs, and the story is generic and boring to many people.

The game looked great and the concept was cool, which I feel why a lot of people were looking forward to it, myself included. One of the other huge issues with the game was the looting system, which at the start of the game was very grindy. They reduced the level of good loot drop rates down to almost nothing, which made the game extremely undesirable to play because it was just a grind fest.

Anthem is just another example of a very pretty game with little to no substance and top down corporate greed from publishers.

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4. Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers came out back in 2020 and was a hug let down for a lot of people. The game itself isn't bad, but the microtransactions and content for the game made the community hate it. Instead of a fun RPG where you can play as the Avengers, it just was a grind fest full of cosmetics and pay-to-win purchases. The single-player aspect of the game was pretty decent, but it was the multiplayer aspects of the game that the community didn't like.

The multiplayer part of the game just turned into an extremely boring and repetitive looter-shooter-type experience that was not great at all. Now, if you try and look for the game on Steam, then you won't be able to find it. You can find it by looking up the Steam page on google and clicking the link, but you won't be able to purchase the game.

The game was delisted from Steam entirely and most of the servers were shut down. You still can play the multiplayer parts of the game if you own it, but you won't be able to get the game unless you can find a key for the game on a game key website, but it might be expensive.

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3. Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem has a special place in my heart, I remember playing the older Duke Nukem games with my brother back in the early 2000's and just having a blast. They're definitely a unique set of titles and really unlike anything else I've ever played. One entry though, didn't quite hit the mark that fans were wanting it to.

Duke Nukem Forever released back in 2011 and many fans of the series had high expectations for the game, they held those expectations for 15 years, because that's how long it took to develop the game. If that wasn't even to set the game up for failure, it released with clunky and terrible mechanics, super long loading times, outdated graphics, and just really bad game design.

The game was a huge disappointment to many and unfortunately never really lived up to the title of a proper Duke Nukem entry.

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2. The Day Before

Everyone has probably heard of the Day Before, the game that had the developer lying to everyone about what the game was entirely. When they first showed footage of the game, it looked incredible. The graphics and the lighting was amazing and the game was a zombie survival game that had you exploring a huge open-world New York City. Nobody new what the game was going to be let alone what was gonna happen when the game launched.

They kept delaying the game over and over, and people thought the game didn't even exist, and that is partially correct. The game they showed off in the initial reveal trailer wasn't real. When it released, it was the most boring extraction shooter you can find. The game was just an asset flip from since there wasn't any unique assets in the game, and the gameplay was terrible.

The graphics and optimization were some of the worst out there since the development team didn't do much to optimize it, and it could be considered a crime to release something like that since it is technically false advertisement. If you look on Steam, you won't find it anywhere. The servers were shut down and the developers tried to cover the game up as much as possible. If you did end up buying the game, we hope you got a refund on it.

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1. Battlefield V

Although we here at Cubold Gaming love Battlefield V and honestly prefer it in many cases over 2042 or even Battlefield 1 sometimes, when the game initially came out it was a massive flop. They've worked on it since and it's considered to be an excellent entry in the franchise for those who stuck around after the developers got things right.

The game released in a pretty bad state, there were bugs, tons of delayed content and features, and I think one of the biggest factors for the games downfall was the EA's overall approach to history and their players. Not to mention Firestorm which was their battle royal that was supposed to compete with things like PUBG and eventually Fortnite, however, that was a flop in it's own way.

EA hasn't had the greatest track record and their executives don't seem to care, I mean, after the backlash from this game, their Chief Creative Officer at the time publicly stated the famous line, "If you don't like it, don't buy it". Which obviously just made things worse. Anyway, the game now is awesome and really fun but initially, Battlefield V was a huge flop.

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Some of these games are still available to play, but rumors of them shutting down because of low player numbers are out there. If you played or are still playing any of these games, let us know down in the comment section below, we are generally curious to see how many people still play these games.

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