Balan Wonderworld is officially the worst Switch game of 2021, according to Metacritic
It’s the end of 2021, and that means awards are being given for the best (and worst) video games of the year.
We’ve seen a lot of winners, but what about the games that didn’t go so well this year? If you’re wondering what exactly were the worst games of the year, Metacritic has now put together a “top 10” list. These were the criteria:
“the lowest rated games released for all platforms between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Games are ranked by Metascore (as of December 18, 2021) before being rounded, and all titles with less than 7 reviews professional reviews are excluded. If a single title had landed multiple times on the list due to low scores on more than one platform, we only included the lower rated version. “
While the big winner is technically eFootball 2022 for PC, the worst game specifically for the Nintendo Switch was The wonderful world of Balan. Rock stars Grand Theft Auto Trilogy for Switch was the only other Nintendo version mentioned on the list, ranking sixth.
- eFootball 2022 – 25 (PC)
- Balan Wonderworld – 36 (Nintendo Switch)
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood – 42 (PS4)
- Taxi Chaos – 42 (PS4)
- From the bird and the cage (PC)
- GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition – 47 (Nintendo Switch)
- I Saw Dark Clouds – 48 (PS4)
- Arkham Horror: The Mother’s Embrace – 48 (PC)
- Demon Hide – 48 (CP)
- Necromunda: Gun for Rent – 49 (PS4)
Here’s what Metacritic had to say about these two games:
The wonderful world of Balan:
A new 3D platform game from the creator of Sonic the hedgehog? Count us on! [Checks reviews …] Uh, on second thought, maybe not. It’s one thing to be a retro-style platformer, which might have its charms, but it’s quite another when the game plays out like it was created decades ago, it’s what critics thought of the squeaky. The wonderful world of Balan. (that doesn’t help either Balan has an odd costume swap mechanic, overly simplistic controls, and an incomprehensible story.) The game appears to be a business failure, and creator Yuji Naka retired from Square Enix shortly after its ineligible release.
While the Switch version may have the lowest Metascore in the game, The wonderful world of Balan performed poorly on all platforms, although it did manage to squeeze into the yellow lineup with a 51 on PS5.
Grand Theft Auto Trilogy:
Need more proof that we are now living in the darkest timeline? How about including one of the gaming world’s most advertised franchises in our list of the worst games of the year. Rockstar’s remastered compilation of three alumni Grand Theft Auto titles — 2001 Grand Theft Auto III2002 City of viceand 2004 San Andreaseach scoring in the ’90s on their original releases, turned out to be one of the biggest gaming disappointments of 2021. The remastered graphics have managed to remove some of the charms of the originals and introduce new distractions and inconsistencies, while the compilation was also unexpectedly buggy at launch. The next-gen console versions (on PS5 and XBX) of the trilogy were slightly better than this Switch version, which suffered from even more performance issues, but they were still totally underwhelming.
What do you think of the top 10 worst Metacritic games in 2021? Did you play anything on this list? Comment below.