I feel like lately, especially from 2021 to 2022 I haven't really been quite impressed with a lot of video games there has been to offer. 2022 has certainly as well been a very quiet year with a lot of hits or misses, mostly misses. Recently, a new Nintendo Direct occurred back in early September and there was hardly any news of any major frontline games for Switch besides the exciting Pikmin 4, and remasters of Kirby's Adventure Wii and Kirby Return to Dreamland, but they're not coming out until early 2023.
Certainly i'm sure the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic has made an impact to a lot of game development delays and cancellations. Let's start off with the first offender.
Halo Infinite (2021)
Probably the biggest offender (or one of them, wait i'm not done yet) on this list i'm sure everybody will agree with me here is Halo Infinite. Released in December 2021 after a rocky start due to graphical issues and other problems. This game was supposed to be 343 Industries' biggest claim to fame. After a botched Halo 5: Guardians back in 2015, which was recieved with disappointing reviews to both fans and critics. When the game was eventually released in December 2021, half of it was missing. There was no online co-op in Single Player mode which disappointed many old school fans, causing them to refuse to play the game in general. Now with the cancellation of several other previously promised additionssuch as split screen multiplayer (which was a big promise at launch). The reception to Halo Infinite has been so bad the Head of 343 Industries has left the company.
Sonic Colours Ultimate (2021)
Sonic Colours Ultimate was a remastered port of the 2010 Wii game, Sonic Colors. The game itself is one that Sonic fans either love or hate, but agree that it's highly overrated as a whole. I think it's not Sonic's best game, with cringe-worthy dialogue and very short and unmemorable stages that were almost all automatic. It felt like a serious downgrade from 2008's Sonic Unleashed, which was more adventure-type based that I enjoyed more. Though Colors does have some upsides, I don't think it's the greatest Sonic game ever. People were interested to see what SCU would offer as it hit modern consoles in 2021. Developed by Blind Squirrel Entertainment who made the Mass Effect Trilogy remasters. This had fans worried, due to the state of the previous game. Poor old Sonic can't catch a break from rushed releases, and there were already problems with Sonic Colors Ultimate upon release. There were way too many glitches, graphical errors and other visual and mechanical problems. In total, it was a huge mess. Sega and Blind Squirrel promised to patch the game and to fix everything up over a long period of time, but in the end they only provided 3 small updates during the end of 2021, leaving the game in a state of unfinished mess and the future updates now seem abandoned.
Kirby And The Forgotten Land (2022)
Gran Turismo 7 (2022)
Where do I start with this absolute trainwreck. Gran Turismo 7 was supported by much hype both from Playstation and GT fans, I love a good old Gran Turismo game. I still play Sport, whihc was probably the last good modern Gran Turismo game ever released. But then we had this. Where do I start!
Well first off, after a long period of delays GT7 finally was released in March 2022. I paid $150 AUD for the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition steelbook. A few days later, Sony roll out the dreaded update that prevents so called "Cheating" and adds in more Microtransactions. The game went down for 24 hours (though I didn't play it at this time) and it always needs an online connection even for single players.
Sonic Origins (2022)
Kao The Kangaroo (2022)
The devs released the game without a save feature. I was always trying to figure out why I had to keep on starting the game again every time until I found out online.