Best of 2021: Disappointment of the year

The Disappointment of the Year category is not easy to prepare. We don’t want to be disappointed with games, and it hurts all the more when it steps next to your favorite series or genre. And not only were there few shortcomings this year, they were even more disastrous than last year. The gaming industry dealt us several painful blows in 2021, and after a long debate, we chose the three deepest with almost a tear in our eye.

3rd place: eFootball

If there was an Audacity of the Year category at the Games, eFootball would certainly have won it. The football game taking over the baton after the PES series went in a slightly different, desperately wrong direction. eFootball looks like a normal, regular football game. You would find that it is a demo, alpha version or early access in vain … as well as some meaningful content.

Konami serves a gnawed skeleton, from which someone sucked the last drops of turkey. The striking absence of content, elements and possibilities is unprecedented, and the sale of expensive DLCs to this almost “prototype” is just the icing on the cake. Is it a blow to the vase for the whole ancient series?

2. místo: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition

What could be easier than sending a sensitive remake of a beloved classic to the market? Well, last year in the case of Warcraft III: Reforged and Commandos II HD Remastered, we were convinced that a lot can go wrong with an ordinary remaster as well. And Rockstar (just Rockstar!) Has pushed the bar even lower this year with his “improved” version of the popular trilogy.

Yes, the trio, Vice City and San Andreas have grown old, but they are still fun and as such offer tens of hours. But everything else is wrong. The technical condition of the games is terrible, glitches, bugs and bizarre mistakes, when, for example, bridges disappear while driving, cars enlarge or rain and you can see almost nothing, are the order of the day.

The final edition of GTA is definitely bad and, as in the case of last year’s disappointments, this time the fact that the beloved classics have just received such a sloppy care will freeze.

1st place: Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042

There is no point in pretending to lose memory. It’s not just Battlefront II: In the DICE studio, they messed up more than one start of a multiplayer shooter, and for example, the fourth Battlefield was really extremely problematic at the time. But compared to virtually anything DICE has ever done, Battlefield 2042 is the worst crap.

The state in which the world publisher EA and such an experienced studio as DICE have dared to release a new major part of an age-old, popular series is simply unprecedented. Yes, with the narrowing of both eyes, it can be said that today every other game comes out in an unfinished state. And yes, due to the history of botched game launches from DICE, we did not expect a perfect start this time either. Still, the new Battlefield took our breath away.

Battlefield 2042 will amaze you in the worst sense of the word. Obviously unfinished technical side, giant hole in the content and appalling balance. And when the game works exceptionally, the slightest hint of fun spoils a whole host of incomprehensible design decisions. In the context of the series, they simply do not make sense, they actively spoil the game and, for the most part, they simply do not work.

Hard to find anything for which the new Battlefield deserves praise. Particularly sad is the fact that the local problems go deep into the basic building blocks of the game. In other words, it won’t be enough to wait a few months for bug fixes and balance tuning. Here, the design will have to change fundamentally, the gameplay will be significantly modified, and the creators will have to pump so much new content into the game that we have no idea how and when they will pursue it. EA Joint-Stock Corporation clearly states: In two or three years at the latest, there will be another Battlefield / front. In DICE Battlefield 2042, will they ever manage to reach a state they would not be ashamed of?


Source: Games by games.tiscali.cz.

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