Six Games We Usually Forgot About In 2015


Evolve

A game like Evolve lives and dies by the number of players that stick with it once launch hype is gone. Unfortunately for Evolve, this number is in the lower tiers. On PC, the game is nowhere to be seen in the Steam’s top 99 games list. If you know anything about Steam or PC gaming, you’ll know that if you’re not in the top 20, you’re pretty much dead.

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The same can be said for PS4 and Xbox One, and although we don’t have any hard data, looking over Reddit, NeoGAF and other gaming forums, you very rarely get anyone encouraging people to buy it – even when it’s on sale.

Saints Row 4: Gat Out of Hell

Gat Out of Hell is an expansion to Saints Row 4 that came out in January, alongside the release of Saints Row 4 on PS4 and Xbox One. Although new consoles were still young and their owners didn’t have too many games to play, get out of Hell was poorly received, and reports of poor performance of Saints Row 4 on consoles didn’t help either.

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I have not played it, though I wish I had. I can’t tell you a thing about it, positive or negative, but neither can most people. That’s because it was dropped like a hot potato pretty soon after release, never to return.

The Order: 1886

Some call it the Knack of 2015, though at least in the case of The Order: 1886 it has graphics to rely on. Unfortunately, that’s about it. The Order: 1886 was one of the few games that were almost universally panned by critics.

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The game had one thing going for it; stellar graphics that some would argue are the best out of any console game so far. But graphics and lighting, as dazzling as they were, weren’t nearly enough to cover for the lacklustre story, boring combat encounters and general lack of depth. Remember that stealth section?

Battlefield Hardline

I don’t need to tell you about Hardline. You know it came out this year, but you pretend like it didn’t. Not just you either, it seems most of its player base is gone, especially on PC where it’s played by a less than 2K players. That’s a shocking number for a concurrent, let alone peak!

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The same can be said for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with both consoles’ player bases peaking at less than 15K players, combined, at the best of times. Hardline came out in March, and we liked it, and so did most critics, and even though there Visceral released a couple of free DLC drops for it, as well as two paid ones, interest died quickly and players looked elsewhere for a shooter fix.

Mad Max

Mad Max had to have been the sharpest drop in interest we’ve seen in 2015, and it came out in September. As an avid Mad Max fan (Fury Road is the film of the year), imagine my excitement for this game, even more so knowing Avalanche’s knack for good explosions and wacky open-worlds.

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Unfortunately, the game boiled down to a lot of busy work. The main problem is that its core wasn’t fun, so these meaningless collectibles and quests you go on felt even more cumbersome.

The Crew Wild Run

The Crew, the car MMO from Ubisoft that came out last year, received a major new expansion this year in the form of Wild Run. I won’t blame you for thinking “people still play this?” The hype around the release of the expansion was almost non-existent, lots of major sites didn’t even bother reporting on it, and only avid players were anticipating it.

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Wild Run also brought a graphical upgrade to the entire game, for free, to existing owners. Unfortunately, even after the upgrade, it doesn’t look anywhere near as good as modern racing games.

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