For the worst game I played all of last year it’d be too easy to give it to a game which I utterly hated playing. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is the perfect example of this. I didn’t enjoy that game at all, but anybody who knows me already knows I have rarely if ever enjoyed my time with a Sonic the Hedgehog game.
Two other contenders for worst game are Crime Fighters and Assassin’s Creed III. The former is an old Konami arcade beat-’em-up. It definitely isn’t their best brawler by a long shot. Their two sequels, Vendetta and Violent Storm, are much better. The latter game is the typical Ubisoft glitchfest that we’re very used to seeing these days. It’s not a big shock it isn’t good.
The winner is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. I played this last January and I wasn’t impressed by the simplistic storytelling or the idea that I’m supposed to care for these characters more than I actually do. The attempt to have a heart-warming story was laughable at best. Also the fact this game was developed by Starbreeze Studios is surprising because they’ve worked on better games already. Go back to those titles and leave this pretentious work in the forgotten past.
The other two games I played I’ve yet to mention are the 1990 Batman arcade game by Atari Games based on the 1989 movie of the same name and the Konami arcade beat-’em-up Crime Fighters. Either are all that good, but at least the Batman game has the licensed property thing going for it.
Other than the Batman license, the game itself isn’t all that exciting. It is entertaining in that it roughly follows the progression of the movie. When fighting the Joker you don’t hurt him as much as push him back. This is done to knock him into the vat of acid on the second stage and, once you get a load of him, to have him fall off of the cathedral.
Crime Fighters was an early attempt by Konami to improve their beat-’em-up titles. This one wasn’t what you’d call a success. It’s a pretty frustrating game to play even once you get a handle on it. The consistent ticking down of your health over time doesn’t make things better. Luckily that same year, 1989, saw the release of a much better 4-player beat-’em-up in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
That’s all for now. Make sure to catch me on the audio side of things in a new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast on December 1st and then again on December 8th for Space Suplex.