Review aggregation site Metacritic has revealed the ten worst games of 2020, according to weighted average review scores from its approved critics.
Launched in 1999, Metacritic says it curates reviews from only “the world’s most respected critics.”
According to its rankings (minus any titles with fewer than 7 reviews), the worst scored game of the year was IceTorch Interactive’s $10 Switch title Tiny Racer, which it says had critics “universally frustrated by [its] poor gameplay.”
High profile titles to make the list include Microids’ remake of 2003 first-person shooter XIII, which shipped with numerous bugs and changes to the game’s iconic art style which fans weren’t happy with, forcing the developer to issue a formal apology.
Bandai Namco’s Fast & Furious Crossroads, which was called “the worst game of the year” by some critics, also makes the list, as well as Bethesda’s Switch port of mobile title The Elder Scrolls: Blades.
“Sometimes games don’t translate well to handheld devices, even when designed from scratch for smaller screens,” the sites said of Blades. “That was the case for Bethesda’s latest entry in its 26-year-old fantasy action-RPG franchise, Blades, which was deemed boring and tedious by reviewers.”