Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 6 Of The Worst AAA Game Titles https://www.gameskinny.com/mucv2/6-of-the-worst-aaa-game-titles https://www.gameskinny.com/mucv2/6-of-the-worst-aaa-game-titles Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:00:01 -0500 ReadyPlayerPaige

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6. The Sims 4

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Yet another series going down for the count. Usually, The Sims games were highly praised for the gameplay simulation, customization, and interesting activities in the game. However, as much as SimCity deserves to be on this list for numerous reasons, including their DRM policy, The Sims 4 has now over thrown SimCity as the worst of the worst AAA game title in the Sims series. What made this game such a major pain to gamers were the inability to save their game data, lots of glitches and bugs, and the removal of some of the things that made the Sims games very popular. EA sure does know how to take a great series and destroy its legacy.

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Which other AAA game title was the worst to you? Post your comments below, and thanks for reading.

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5. Need For Speed: Packback

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EA's Need for Speed series was highly praised for its unique graphics, beautiful cars, and unbelievable city environments. Unfortunately, the series has now suffered due to EA's lack of direction, which is causing infamous rage among the gaming community. Need for Speed: Payback was a highly anticipated game that led to a major letdown, especially since they now include micro-transactions and free-to-play loot systems in the game. Let's not forget the terrible story mode and characters or the fact that there's no free-roaming cops as well. Gamers were outraged by this, wondering why EA has butchered what was once a great series. Truly, there is no wonder why people have now dubbed EA as one of the worst gaming companies ever.

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4.Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5

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The old saying goes for skateboarders, "If you fall off your board, you get back on." That is what this series was trying to do with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. After the events of Ride and Shred, the series had fallen on its face, and Activision was trying to get it back on its feet. Unfortunately, the fifth game in the Pro Skater series failed to capture the magic of the four games before it. Gamers felt that it was too buggy to play, a glitched mess, there weren't enough inspiring activities to do in the game. As this might be a final nail in the coffin for the series, it's not too late to get this series back on its feet and skate once again.

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3. No Man's Sky

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No Man's Sky had so much promise, and it was well-regarded by so many people before its release. So what happened? Sean Murray promised so many features for the game, but those promises were nothing but hype with false advertisement. The game was to be a massive multiplayer game where players could interact with other players in an open-world environment. However, the game had a lack of variety in gameplay, uninteresting environments, and poor optimization on the PC ports. A high-priced game of $60 drove gamers to return their games for refunds because of its broken promises. A low score of 2.9 on Metacritic and a 5/10 on Steam really speak clearly about this game.

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2. Star Wars: Battlefront 2

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was highly anticipated, badly executed -- much like the first Battlefront game, which should be on this list as well. There is no doubt this game should belong on this list, for the most part due to the controversy surrounding it. Not to mention the things that lack in the game, like the single-player campaign and taking over 40+ hours to unlock Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. One of the of the most controversial things about the game is the loot boxes, which some have compared to gambling. EA's trying to mitigate the major backlash, but the damage is already done. The game had a user score of 0.9 on Metacritic, and EA lost $3 billion because of this issue.

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1. Friday the 13th: The Game

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Sometimes games that are crowdfunded have a 50-50 chance to be successful. Fortunately, Friday the 13th was a successful campaign due to unique features like having the ability to not only play as a victim in a multiplayer environment but also as Jason himself -- and you can do multiple environmental kills in the game. Unfortunately, the game lacks in a couple of areas, and when the highly anticipated title was finally released, it looked very unfinished. It might not be the worst, but it was truly disappointing.

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So what exactly is a "AAA" game title? It's basically a highly anticipated game with massive hype surrounding it, with high marketing and production. Some games hit the mark because they are well received by critics and gamers alike. Unfortunately, some games don't due to lack of direction, development issues, and other unfortunate errors. So, lets take a look at 6 Of the worst AAA games out there.

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Quick Question: Where Did All The Over-The-Top Sports Games Go? https://www.gameskinny.com/hbvyp/quick-question-where-did-all-the-over-the-top-sports-games-go https://www.gameskinny.com/hbvyp/quick-question-where-did-all-the-over-the-top-sports-games-go Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:30:02 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

As gamers, we really do live in a wonderful age. Gaming is becoming more and more mainstream, accepted, and referenced everywhere from late-night talk shows via Conan's Clueless Gamer segments to commercials for basketball games.

This brings up an important question. If games like NBA Jam and NFL Blitz are so ingrained into our culture that Yahoo Sports is comfortable making a highlight video referencing them, why haven't there been any new installments of these games on console?

For that matter, where have the rest of the over-the-top sports games gone?

Last Seen In The Early 2010s...

Though there is a mobile game, the last we have seen of NBA Jam on consoles was 2010's NBA Jam: On Fire Edition for the XBOX 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3. The last we have seen of the SSX series was also on last-generation consoles, releasing 4 years ago. 2012 also saw an updated version of NFL Blitz hitting consoles as a downloadable title. 

Each and every one of these games released to critical acclaim and commercial success, with SSX's 2012 release topping the charts in the UK the month of its release. There was a demand for these types of games, with high-flying arcade action. IGN said that SSX was "The video game this generation has been missing", and, well, they were wrong. The late 2000s and early 2010s saw a great number of these types of extreme or arcade-style sports games, from the skate series to the NBA and FIFA Street games to the aforementioned resurgence of NBA Jam and NFL Blitz.

Again, these games all released to positive sales numbers. The audience was there, and they were proving that fact with their wallets. 

Then... nothing.

A Generation of Silence

We are currently on the brink of the announcement of the next generation of gaming. Nintendo's NX is coming in 2017, with Sony and Microsoft each likely to follow closely behind.

The only major arcade-style sports game that has been released in this current generation of gaming was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. And, well, we don't talk about that one

The core gameplay in these over-the-top games is a very unique type of fun, one that has been missing in this generation of gaming.

Despite its failure though, one need only look at the hype generated before the game's release to realize that gamers are chomping at the bit for new games like this. We wanted the game to be good. We rooted for it. And, to be completely frank, that's rare for a triple-A title these days. You can even see it in our review of the game, that despite all its flaws, there's something in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. The core gameplay in these over-the-top games is a very unique type of fun, one that has been missing in this generation of gaming.

And for many, that's why THPS5 was such a slap in the face. All the game had to do was work and it'd at least be a fun return to this fantastical over the top world of arcade sports action. Unfortunately, they couldn't even get that far.

So, Is There Any Hope Left?

One would think that in this day and age of endless rehashes, sequels, and studios relying only on successful franchises to move copies and make money, that a new SSX, a new NBA Jam, or a new FIFA Street would be a no-brainer.

After all, the costs of making video games has become astronomically high, so a sure bet like this, especially when a triple-A company would essentially be able to corner the market given the complete lack of other similar games currently on the market... it just makes sense.

The game's only competition would be coming from the indie scene, with games like OlliOlli helping gamers to scratch that Tony Hawk itch, but even then, an indie studio could not hope to compete with a fully fledged arcade sports game featuring athlete likenesses and high production value.

But short of staking hopes on a surprise announcement at E3, there's no concrete reason to expect a game like this anytime soon. 

That said, if the pundits are right, the future of gaming is in virtual reality, and there would be no better way to experience the high flying and high impact action of these games than from a first person perspective. Sure, it's a pipe dream, but that's what these games are all about, right?

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Top 10 Worst Reviewed Games of 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/uai16/top-10-worst-reviewed-games-of-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/uai16/top-10-worst-reviewed-games-of-2015 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:46:06 -0500 Curtis Dillon

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And that's 2015 in a nutshell! Even though this was a fantastic year for gaming in which we got The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, (be sure to check out our list of the best games of 2015) but it's not like we've mastered the medium just yet. For every poignant, emotional Life Is Strange, there's a Zombeer.

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Thankfully, the good vastly outweighs the bad in the industry today. Usually, when a bad game is on the horizon it doesn't get much press coverage and there are lots of signs to let us know it's gonna suck, however, every so often there's a game like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 that does get covered, and it still let us down a bagfull. The ones we are highly anticipating are the ones that hurt the most.

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I guess we can hope that developers learn from the mistakes of the games that sucked in 2015, however, the fact that the industry is 30 years removed from E.T. and we still get games that are completely broken isn't a good sign. Maybe 2016 will be different, maybe we'll get nothing but excellence! Well, I think we all know that won't be the case, and hey, at least it gives me something to write about! At least in 2016 we might have some truly horrid VR games to write about, that should take us into a whole new dimension of awful games.

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Did you actually play any of these games? If so, which was the worst? What 2016 games do you predict doom and gloom for? Let us know in the comments below!

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1. Alone In The Dark: Illumination

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Metacritic Score: 19 (User Score: 1.5)
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And the winner, of worst game of 2015, is Alone In The Dark: Illumination! I mean, if you're gonna make a bad game, why not make the worst?! Much like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, this a series that dates back to the '90s and has a devoted fanbase, which makes the absurdly poor quality of Alone In The Dark: Illumination that much more disappointing.

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Illumination clearly tried to emulate the success of 2004's Resident Evil 4, right down to the blonde protagonist with the brown leather jacket, but the game showed none of the genius of that classic. The game is buggy to the point that it is almost broken, there's no real sound or music, and the combat sucks. The idea of enemies only being vulnerable when they're in the light isn't exactly a new one, but it is a fun one; unfortunately, it's horribly executed here. One word pretty much sums up the entire experience: unfinished.

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Disgracing the name of Alone In The Dark is just one of the many crimes committed in this hatefully frustrating, and patently unfinished, survival horror.

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2. Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Vol. 1

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Metacritic Score: 21 (User Score: 2.4)
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Afro Samurai, from 2009, was a fairly well-liked game, this follow-up on the other hand, is an unmitigated disaster.

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The combat, which is the key part of the game, is just bad. Kuma's wild swings don't even connect the majority of the time, although the game reacts like they do, the camera can't be controlled - which is a big no-no in 2015 - and the visuals are no better than the 2009 original. Maybe worse.

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Maybe Vol. 2 will repair the vast mistakes made by this instalment but I wouldn't bank on it ever seeing release. If you want your Afro Samurai fix, just play the original.

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Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Vol. 1 is a bad, bad game. I hope the developers take note and fix these issues before releasing the next two volumes, but it almost feels beyond broken.

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                                                                                                - ZTGD

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3. Raven's Cry

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Metacritic Score: 27 (User Score: 3.4)
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It might not be on the disappointment level of a Tony Hawk, but we get so few pirate games that we wanted Raven's Cry to be great. Set in the Carribbean, you play as Christopher Raven, a pirate out for revenge on those who killed his family. The by the numbers plot sadly isn't the worst thing about Raven's Cry.

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Raven's Cry has all the makings of a great pirate game, and clearly took some inspiration from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, unfortunately few of the ideas or inspirations come to any meaningful fruition. The story is badly delivered, both from a writing standpoint and a voice acting one. The on-land combat/stealth mechanics are pretty darn awful, the NPCs are seemingly brain-dead, and the islands all feel the same. Not to mention, it's full of bugs.

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However, all it not terrible with Raven's Cry. The ship combat is actually pretty decent, and there is a ton of customisation options to craft your vessel. Additionally, the visuals are not bad at all, though maybe not up to the standard of 2015. Despite those few redeeming qualities, Raven's Cry just fails to nail any other aspects of the game, and that puts it in the "had potential" category.

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I genuinely do think the potential for a good pirate game is in here, somewhere, but Raven’s Cry is a mess of bugs, hazards, hiccups, oversights, and progression-halting crashes.

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4. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

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Metacritic Score: 32 (User Score: 1.5)
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While this might not be the worst game released in 2015, it sure hurts the most. The Tony Hawk Pro Skater series is legendary. No, really, it is. For anyone doubting me, just check out our list of the very best PS1 games, and the very best PS2 games. Considering just how great the series used to be, and the fact that Activision went back to the name that resonates most with fans (and suggests quality), mean this atrocity of a game is better off forgotten.

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Fans have waited many years for this series to return, the series that defined digital skateboarding better than any other, but were left disgusted with the final outcome. The warning signs were there, though, rare gameplay footage and the last minute art-style change were enough to foreshadow a disaster, but that doesn't change the fact that we so desperately wanted it to be good.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a mess. A bad game absolutely chockful of glitches and a massive blemish on the brand. It's such a shame Activision slapped on the Pro Skater label and forever damaged the name. Don't expect another Tony Hawk game for a long time. May ye rest in peace.

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Not one level that I reached in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 felt memorable or made me want to play more. It’s truly a sad day in video game history when a series like this can just become a shadow of its former self.

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5. Giana Sisters: Dream Runners

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Metacritic Score: 32 (User Score: 6.9)
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The failure of this game came as a surprise to me, because I genuinely enjoyed the first instalment, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. In the first game you play as two sisters, one whose story takes place in the real world, and the others in a nightmare world. It was a fun concept and made you switch between the two while platforming to get higher and further in the levels. Twisted Dreams was a good game and a very under-appreciated 2D platformer.

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Dream Runners, on the other hand, adds in two more sisters and tries to put an emphasis on speed-running. This sounds like a decent enough update on the previous game, but Dream Runners is riddled with bugs, has poor level design, a terrible camera, and can be finished in just a few hours with no real replay value. In short, this is a big disappointment, especially when compared with the great Giana Sisters come back, Twisted Dreams.

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A promising concept is steamrollered in a game that doesn't really work as a platformer and breaks down entirely as a racer. We'd rather be kicked in the shins for eight hours than play this again.

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                                                                                     - Games Radar

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6. Zombeer

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Metacritic Score: 32 (User Score: 4.5)
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I chose that image to represent Zombeer because I think it perfectly lets you know what you're getting into. Games that portray women like that are rarely seen outside of Japan these days, and this isn't going to be a feminism-style rant, but I think you get a good idea of the type of game this is from that single shot.

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Well, just in case, Zombeer is about a world infested with zombies, and the only way to stave off infection is by drinking beer. Yup. It isn't the worst thing ever, and Zombeer clearly revels in its sheer ridiculousness, but that can't make this anything more than a bad game. If you're someone who enjoys really bad B-movies, then you might find something of merit in here.

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To say that its immature and painfully unfunny sense of humor would be appreciated by 13-years-olds is doing a disservice to the intelligence of 13-year-olds, as Zombeer makes Duke Nukem Forever look like Withnail & I.

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                                                                                 - Game Revolution

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7. Godzilla

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Metacritic Score: 38 (User Score: 3.1)
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Ahhhh, will we ever get a good Godzilla game? If this latest iteration is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding no.

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Let's not beat around the bush, Godzilla on PS4 is a bad game. Extraordinarily poor graphics in 2015, dull as dishwater level design, literally the same tasks for every mission, and some of the worst controls I've seen in a very long time. Those are the boxes that Godzilla ticks. If there is a single, solitary plus for this game, it's the obvious love for the mythology on display. The team clearly love Godzilla and all of the other monsters from the lore, but they just failed to turn that passion into a fun, enjoyable video game.

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You would think a game in which you can pimp-slap a moth as a 40ft-tall garbage monster couldn’t possibly be that bad. You would, however, be wrong.

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                                                                                        -GamesRadar

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8. Project Root

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Metacritic Score: 45 (User Score: 4.5)
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There's the root of a decent game, which is what makes its failings all the more apparent.

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Project Root is an overhead shoot-em-up in the vein of Desert Strike. Truth be told, Project Root is not terrible; it looks fine and it plays fine, it just does nothing particularly well. The best thing about the game is the fact that it is kind of open-world, which is uncommon for the genre. The game's biggest drawback is that it is dull, the environments are about as stereotypical as it gets, the jet is very basic, and there is no real story. None worth caring about that is.

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If you have a real hankering for a top-down shoot-em-up game, then this will probably scratch that itch, but unless that itch is turning into a rash, I don't recommend Project Root.

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9. MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore

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Metacritic Score: 42 (User Score: 4.6)
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Honestly, it kind of baffles me that they can get a game like this so wrong. I mean, this is a 10-year-old series and they nailed it with the first installment on PS2 in 2005. And yet, somehow, they manage to really screw it up in 2015? Go figure.

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Well, to be fair, the original game was from THQ, while this entry is from Nordic Games. The Swedish publisher has had some pretty big hits, with Darksiders, Deadfall Adventures, and The Legend of Kay, but its two installments of MX vs. ATV (since acquiring the IP in 2014) have both been pretty terrible.

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There isn't much to say beyond the fact that this is a motocross game that simply isn't very good. At this point, the license may be damaged beyond repair.

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If you can look past the terrible controls, barely optimised visuals, useless trick system and erratic frame-rate issues then MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore might appeal to you.

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                                                                                    - Lazy Gamer

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10. Enki

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Metacritic Score: 43 (User Score: 4.7)
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So we begin with the very best of the very worst, Enki. Enki is a "repeatable horror game," in which you solve puzzles in order to move from one room to the next in an attempt to escape your underground hell. It is, for all intents and purposes, an 'escape the room' game.

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The game is not particularly ugly, which is definitely the best thing it has going for it. That being said, the environments are all too dark and it is painfully difficult to find the item needed to escape. And that is where the horror element of the game arises, not in the actual jump scare but in the game design. Annoyingly repeated audio, stupidly simple puzzles albeit with poorly thought-out resolutions, and a very short run-time. They say it's full of replay value but that simply is not true.

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Then there's the fact that the game just isn't scary and is known to crash with regularity. There may have been the seeds of a decent room escape game in here, but they were certainly never grown.

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Pixel-hunting for small, barely noticeable items in dark rooms is a crappy idea for a horror game by itself, but timer just adds insult to injury. And don’t bother suffering through this for the story, because there is pretty much none of it.

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We looked at the best, now we've got to look at the worst.

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And, well, they can't all be Fallout's and Witcher's can they? No, even though every year we get fantastic games that continually push the boundaries of technology, storytelling, world-building, and visuals. But some games manage to get almost every one of those criteria very, very wrong. Not every game needs to be innovative and ground-breaking, but some are downright retroactive, seemingly setting the industry back several years.

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In the best case scenarios, we get to watch someone play these terrible games on YouTube and have a few laughs. Worst case scenarios are just atrocities that publishers should have had the foresight and morality to cancel, rather than release it upon unsuspecting gamers.

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This list won't include games that were broken/unplayable, therefore ruling out games like Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, and Rugby World Cup 2015. It will consist of complete games, totally available to purchase and play as of writing.

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None of these games are broken, they are all simply bad. And it's important to note and remember that, when writing/reading a list such as this, we are not, and should not, make blatant fun of the games - a lot of men and women worked hard on them for years. So while they might be absolutely awful in some cases, let us not forget those who made them and are more aware of the deep flaws than we are! You can, however, blame the publishers, who sent the games out to die, so feel free to call them out.

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But anyway, let us take a look at the very worst 2015 had to offer.

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Activison is aware of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 problems https://www.gameskinny.com/noh3i/activison-is-aware-of-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-problems https://www.gameskinny.com/noh3i/activison-is-aware-of-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-problems Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:42:15 -0400 Dustin Frisch

 Activision is aware of the bugs you're dealing with in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, and they're doing what they can to fix them. A company representative made the following comment:

"We are aware of the issues that players have experienced following the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and are working with the developer to address these so that we can continue to improve the gameplay experience for all of the Tony Hawk fans who have known and loved this franchise for more than 16 years."

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 released early this week in North America, a day later after it had launched, it had a 7.7 GB update to fix issues with the game.

Pro Skater 5 has gotten some pretty critical reviews on Metacritic, likely due to the issues with it on day one launch. 

What do you guys think about the bugs, and issues with the game? Do you think the game should have been delayed? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Review https://www.gameskinny.com/otai1/tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-review https://www.gameskinny.com/otai1/tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-review Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Matt_Paprocki

Greeting players of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is an image of the aging pro in mid-air, grabbing his board, with look of utter indifference crossing his face. Or maybe the look is of disdain. It would appear he knows what's coming.

Tony Hawk 5 is unacceptable. It is broken, glitchy, unfinished, of poor value, and exploitative of nostalgia. While Tony Hawk 5 ignores the oftentimes screwy, story-driven Tony Hawk adventures (this would otherwise be Tony Hawk 16 or so), it also crushes a legacy of '90s skate culture which once spoke for the PlayStation generation.

The culture's music anthems are still here. The loud, contrasting art style is too. Big head modes and wonky mission types – delivering spinning ice cream cones to a pool – glance the serie's avant garde, irreverent humor, however fleeting the presence may be. Skating in space pulls from the wonkiest of Tony Hawk's interactive endeavors, one of a paltry eight parks in the package.

Hawking a Legacy

Then a skater falls through the ground because unfinished collision failed to catch them in time.

In a way, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater belonged to late '90s children as much as He-Man and Alf belonged to those in the '80s. So ingrained is the unchanged control scheme, anything other than triangle/Y to grind would be uncomfortable. Only X to jump is more familiar. The exposure Activison's once lauded series gave to graffiti art, plaid shirts, extreme sports, and punk was invaluable. Tony Hawk 5 wants to return to that forward-thinking idealism. Then a skater falls through the ground because unfinished collision detection failed to catch them in time.

This is the industry's egregious anti-consumer attitude in action...

Activision has shipped a video game on a disc which does not contain advertised features. This is the industry's egregious anti-consumer attitude in action, the worst offense since Microsoft sent a $400 video game console to stores which needed day one updates to even function. Put in Tony Hawk 5 without grabbing a mammoth, data sapping 7GB+ patch and only limited content (plus creation options) are available. Preservationists can commence crying.

Socializing Tony

Fragments of a social community are here. Players can join games to free skate or co-op. Fine, if making mission access often impossible. Holding a button to initiate such challenges won't often work with others around. This could be fine since private games are accessible - until Tony Hawk 5 auto connects online once a mission is completed. Exit, repeat, for a dozen or more times per level.

What a grand idea this was – bringing purveyors of this flashy, fish-eye lens-loving community together to showcase their ideas in a space willing to promote their style. In the (apparently) limited development time, Robomodo/Disruptive Games crafted an inclusive offering where anyone can feel represented. Shame this happened in Tony Hawk 5 and not something else.

 

Pieces of something are here. Of what may involve sarcastic expletives, but still.

So utterly rotten is Tony Hawk 5, it's a wonder if Activision was not courting the glitch-happy, montage-creating YouTube community. Goat Simulator has better stability for those purposes though. Skaters here fly off boards mid-jump, become stuck in walls, fall through courses into digital oblivions, skid out of bounds in non-out of bounds areas, or fail to register completion metrics (the latter happened twice during review sessions, the rest were too frequent to measure).

Pieces of something are here. Of what may involve sarcastic expletives, but still. Conceptually, the communal Tony Hawk 5 - even in an era where video games are swarmed with bloated social access – has potential. Tricking, grinding, manualing, etc. into combos (and this assumes things work) still has an essence about it. Using them in this vintage mix of free skate and objective is a darling idea for a throwback. Tony Hawk's core systems will never lose the joy of their accomplishment. That is, until that accomplishment is rendered moot because Tony Hawk's foot becomes stuck in a wall.

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So Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a glitchy mess... https://www.gameskinny.com/asfj9/so-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-is-a-glitchy-mess https://www.gameskinny.com/asfj9/so-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-is-a-glitchy-mess Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:31:07 -0400 David Fisher

The video above (brought to you by Eurogamer's YouTube channel) shows a full 2 minutes of glitch-infested gameplay footage for the newest Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game published by Activision. While this doesn't come across as much, remember this: the game literally just came out less than 24 hours ago.

The video shows the Eurogamer team playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 on the PS4 - with the launch update installed. After playing the game for 60 minutes they were already able to compile this 2 minute video of physics bugs and gameplay glitches. Once again, that may not seem as much. However, when you have a 1:30 ratio of unpleasant gameplay time that's a pretty big deal, especially since the Tony Hawk franchise is an arcade-style game.

Kotaku's Mike Fahey stated in his own article that Robomodo - the developers responsible for the Tony Hawk games such as Ride, Shred, and Skater HD - are staining the Tony Hawk franchise, quote: "If Robomodo, the makers of Ride, Shred and Pro Skater HD is the best studio Activision is willing to assign to such an iconic name it’s time for Tony Hawk to ride out the end of his 13 year contract and skate on to greener pastures."

Robomodo was responsible for Tony Hawk's Ride. Remember how not fun that game was with its motion control skateboard?

This comes to no surprise, especially since his article tried to redeem the game - briefly at the end - only to promptly have an update stating that he had been locked out of the game.

I for one was looking forward to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, especially after the soundtrack was released. However, looking at the price for the game on the EB Games website (Canada's branch of Gamestop) I'm pretty glad I didn't buy it ahead of the reviews. Why Activision... why must you ruin all the games I love?

$80 for a glitch-fest? No thanks, Activision! (Oh wait... that's $90.40 after taxes here in Canada... I feel sorry for the pre-orderers...)

What about you guys? Did you pre-order the game? Do you own the game and suffer from severe disappointment? Do you actually find the glitches amusing instead of frustrating? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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9 games to look forward to in September https://www.gameskinny.com/swtzm/9-games-to-look-forward-to-in-september https://www.gameskinny.com/swtzm/9-games-to-look-forward-to-in-september Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:41:50 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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After almost three decades of innovation, hard work, and success, the story of the greatest stealth series of all time will finally be complete.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the final chapter of the Metal Gear series pioneered by gaming visionary Hideo Kojima, linking all the games into one cohesive story. As Punished "Venom" Snake, also known as Big Boss, players will traverse through Afghanistan and the Angola-Zaire border in the first open world Metal Gear on a mission to exact revenge on those that wronged him.

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Besides the usual sneaking elements, The Phantom Pain includes a host of new features to complement its whole new game world, namely, intelligent AI companions and enemies, real-time day-and-night cycles, and a fully customizable Mother Base utilizing the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. Multiplayer will also make a return to Metal Gear with two brand new online modes, so players needn't worry about what to do after they're done with The Phantom Pain's highly-sophisticated single-player.

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V will come to Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on September 1st.

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Mad Max
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Cars, guns, and a whole lot of action - a storied film franchise will be making the transition to video games, but unlike other movie games, this one looks like it's going to be an epic of apocalyptic proportions.

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From the masterminds of the Just Cause series, Avalanche Studios, Mad Max puts players in the shoes of franchise protagonist Max Rockatansky in search of the car he lost, the Interceptor, and to build the car of his dreams, the Magnum Opus. Through canyons, caves, and deserts, Max must survive by scavenging for resources such as food, water, and fuel before War Boys take them away first.

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Max's car can be customized as well as his weapons, while friendly relationships can be formed with strongholds to garner new quests and rewards, and lower the threat level of each region. With radical vehicular combat, dangerous environmental hazards, and a tense expansive story, players will be in for an exhilarating experience in the open world of the wasteland. 

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Get Mad on Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 1st.

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Tearaway Unfolded
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One of the best games ever on the PlayStation Vita will finally be making the big leap to console, with the creators of LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule, reinventing their award-winning platformer for the current generation.

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Tearaway Unfolded is an expanded retelling of the original Tearaway story that puts players on a quest to help atoi, the messenger, deliver an important message. Through a vibrant papercraft world filled with colorful drawings and doodles, the magical adventure of Tearaway has been reimagined for the TV.

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The power of wind can be unleashed in-game by swiping on the DualShock 4's touch pad, and the power of light can be activated by shining the DualShock 4's light bar. Stuff hurled out of the TV can be thrown back in to solve puzzles and defeat enemies, while the mobile companion app lets players customize the wild papery world of Tearaway Unfolded.

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Adventure Unfolded on PlayStation 4 on September 8th.

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Super Mario Maker
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After 30 years of making side-scrolling platformers about an Italian plumber, Nintendo is finally letting go of the reins and leaving the controls to the fans.

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Super Mario Maker gives fans the tools to create their very own Super Mario levels and bring their imaginations into reality using only the Wii U GamePad. Enemies, obstacles, blocks, and more can be combined by dragging and dropping them together, with more parts becoming available the next day after spending 5 minutes creating a course.

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Sound effects and animations can be edited in all the classic environments, and Amiibos can be scanned to add special elements to courses. With a Course World filled with player creations, creators, and challenges, Super Mario fans will be treated with a plethora of crazy iterations of their favorite Nintendo series.

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Become the greatest Super Mario Maker on Wii U on September 11th.

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Forza Motorsport 6
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It's been ten years since the first Forza Motorsport came out on the original Xbox and changed the racing genre forever. To celebrate, Turn 10 Studios looks to do the same again with the sixth instalment in their critically-acclaimed franchise.

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Forza Motorsport 6 will be a wetter, darker, and more realistic affair as rain and night will finally be able to affect cars during a race, all in glorious 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution. More than 70 hours of gameplay will be present in the new career mode called "Stories of Motorsport", along with unlockable Showcase events that relive the greatest moments in motorsport history.

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Split-screen racing will also return to Forza, and feature 24 cars on track in a single race, ensuring a jam-packed experience both online and offline. With over 450 intricately designer cars to collect, customize, and race across 26 world-famous tracks, Forza Motorsport 6 will surely be an all-consuming experience for racing fans.

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Take over Motorsport on Xbox One on September 15th.

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Blood Bowl 2
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Craving for a video game that combines American football with a fantasy boardgame? Well, Blood Bowl 2 might just be the one.

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The sequel to Cyanide Studios' 2009 Blood Bowl, Blood Bowl 2 brings the humor and brutality of the original adaptation into a new graphics engine that fully realizes the character-driven world of Blood Bowl 2 with new cameras and animations.

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The all-new single-player story campaign puts players in charge of leading the human race back to glory, while the revamped multiplayer mode lets players create, manage, and develop their own teams comprised of eight races from the Warhammer world. With the ability to upgrade stadiums, customize jerseys, and transfer players, Blood Bowl 2 is a turn-based strategy game with countless possibilities.

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Reap Blood on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 22nd.

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SOMA
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As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it's only fitting to pass the darkness with some new-found horror.

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From Frictional Games, the creators of the highly-acclaimed Amnesia and Penumbra horror series, SOMA is a first-person sci-fi survival horror game that takes place underwater. In a remote research facility, machines have begun to become human, and alien entities have begun to disrupt the peace.

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Players have to find out what happened to the abandoned facility, and find a way out, without weapons, and without help. Through a futuristic setting, disturbing truths about technology and human nature await to be discovered.

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Escape SOMA alive on Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on September 22nd.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
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After more than a decade, the sequel to the greatest skateboarding game series of all time has finally arrived.

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The tenth installment in the Tony Hawk's series and the first main entry since 2007, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 brings it back to where it all began. Classic gameplay with signature Pro Skater moves mixed with extended trick combinations is brought to life in over 80 unique missions across 8 different environments.

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As a pro or personalized skater, players can shred pavements online with up to 20 people at once, and build and share their very own skateparks using over 250 obstacles for endless creativity. With new items like power-ups and projectiles, leveling up to be the best pro skater around will be a fresh and entertaining experience.

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Go Pro on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 29th, and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 10th.

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LEGO Dimensions
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Developer TT Games is back once again with another instalment in their successful LEGO series, but this time they're pulling out all the stops with what is undoubtedly the biggest LEGO game to date.

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LEGO Dimensions bring the colorful worlds of 14 fan-favorite brands such as DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, and The LEGO Movie together in a LEGO Multiverse threated by an evil mastermind. Starting out in the world of Oz with Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, players will have to traverse the 14 different Adventure Worlds in order to save their friends and their universes from oblivion.

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LEGO Dimensions also marks LEGO's first foray into the toys-to-life arena, with physical minifigures, vehicles, and gadgets available for purchase to be unlocked in-game. Up to seven toys can be dropped onto the LEGO Toy Pad included in the Starter Pack into the game, providing an action-packed experience regardless of whether players choose to play solo or co-op.

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Travel through multiple Dimensions on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 from September 27th.

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Arise for the Fall

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The hustle and bustle of the summer has finally come to a close, and the time has come to settle in for colder winds.

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But while we have to say goodbye to sunny beaches, crowded festivals, and smoky barbecues, we can now say hi to the most exciting, congested, but ultimately fun time of the year for video games: the fall.

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To start us off on the wonderful gaming journey towards the end of the year, here are 9 games coming to a platform near you in the cool, refreshing month of September.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 soundtrack revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/ol40z/tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-soundtrack-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/ol40z/tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-soundtrack-revealed Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:24:09 -0400 David Fisher

Today, Activision released the full setlist for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5.

The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series has always had great soundtracks to carve up the skatepark too. Rocking out to well-known punk-rock legends like Green Day, Bad Religion, and Papa Roach, players traveled across the world gathering skater tapes, and pulling off insane Special tricks. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 aims to keep that tradition alive with a whole new setlist of punk rock beats.

Here's the full list, with all the links I could find to get a sense of what's in store:

As a skater myself, I could definitely see myself hitting the park with a few of these tracks, and that's always a good thing for a Tony Hawk game. Among my personal favorites in the setlist are Icon for Hire's "Make a Move," and Anti-Flag's "Stars and Stripes," and State Champs' "Secrets."

What do you think of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 soundtrack? What are your favorites? Are there songs that you will automatically skip the second you hear them? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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The 16 biggest AAA releases still to come in 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/xlbqj/the-16-biggest-aaa-releases-still-to-come-in-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/xlbqj/the-16-biggest-aaa-releases-still-to-come-in-2015 Sat, 08 Aug 2015 15:39:18 -0400 Daniel R. Miller

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Hitman

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Release Date: 12/8/2015
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Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
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Just to be clear, Hitman is not a reboot.  It is simply going to return to its roots, and the title is a representation of that ideal.

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The original games were built around the idea of a sandbox assassination, delivering multiple methods for the player to complete their contracts in a large space.  Absolution streamlined these idea to make the series more appealing on a commercial level, but IO Interactive is doing away with that completely to give fans, both new and old, the real Hitman experience.

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So there you have it. Which release are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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Xenoblade Chronicles X

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Release Date: 12/4/2015
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Platforms: Wii U
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The original Xenoblade Chronicles almost didn't make it to the United States.  If it weren't for the fan campaign, Operation Rainfall, we wouldn't be anticipating the arrival of its spirtual successor, Xenoblade Chronicles X.

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Although it is not a direct sequel, X does evolve the core Xenoblade experience by adding even more futuristic elements, presenting a world that is far more advanced technologically. Players will also have the ability to pilot a mech across the game's open world. The game also promises to be a less linear experience than its predecessor, letting players customize their own character's appearance and class.

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Just Cause 3

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Release Date: 12/1/2015
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Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
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The open-world action movie that is the Just Cause series is going next-gen this December.  If you're looking for emotionally gripping narratives here, you've come to the wrong place - unless a tinge of anger followed up by a massively chained set of explosions really tugs at your heart strings.

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Just Cause is and always has been about creatively insane stunts, corny dialogue, and destroying anything and everything, just because you can (as the name implies).  And now with even more processing power to work with, Just Cause 3 is sure to be the craziest game in the series yet.

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Star Wars: Battlefront

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Release Date: 11/17/2015
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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
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Personally, I think Battlefront is the most intriguing AAA game left on the 2015 game calendar.  As a life long Star Wars fan that poured countless hours into the original games, I'm excited to see how DICE adapts their design philosophies to the Star Wars brand.

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I have my doubts about a consistent 60 FPS during online multiplayer matches, but battles look like they are going to be as layered and dynamic as any of the original games.  The lack of space combat is a bit of a bummer, but isn't that what sequels are for?

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Fallout 4

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Release Date: 11/10/2015
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Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
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If there's any upcoming release that can force its way into the Game of the Year conversation, it's Fallout 4.  The track record is there to prove it.  Bethesda has taken home the Golden Joystick in 2006, 2009, and 2012 for Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Skyrim, respectively.  

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The competition is fierce this year, but no game will offer its players a bigger playground with as much freedom as Fallout 4 will.  No matter who wins, one thing is for sure: the people who have won the most this year is the gamers.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider 

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Release Date: 11/10/2015
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Platforms: Xbox One
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Even though it's just a timed exclusive (and most games are nowadays anyway), Xbox One gamers will have a pretty solid head start on Rise of the Tomb Raider when it hits Microsoft's current gen console this November.  Rise of the Tomb Raider is the follow up to 2013's Tomb Raider, a massively successful reboot of the classic '90's and early 2000's franchise.

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With Tomb Raider's popularity officially revitalized, there are (unsurprisingly) already talks of a third game, so it's safe to say that Lara Croft is going to be relevant for a long time to come.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Release Date: 11/6/2015
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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
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Wondering whether there will be another Call of Duty game is like wondering if the Earth is still rotating around the sun.  If it isn't, something is horribly wrong.  The most profitable first-person shooter franchise of all time has another game coming out this year, and for the first time ever, it's Sony, not Microsoft, that has scored the timed exclusivity deal on the game's DLC. 

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Black Ops III continues to push the franchise into the future and will build on the freedom of movement mechanics introduced in last year's entry, Advanced Warfare.  Look for a lot of gamers to decry yet another cash cow release, then turn around and buy the game Day 1.

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Halo 5: Guardians

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Release Date: 10/27/2015
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Platforms: Xbox One
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Easily the Xbox One's most anticipated exclusive, Halo 5: Guardians is the latest entry in the legendary first-person shooter franchise and the first to take advantage of next-gen technology.

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Guardians will also predominantly feature a protagonist who is not Master Chief.  Players will also be taking the role of Locke, another Spartan soldier whose mission it is to search for the Master Chief. 

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The campaign mode will feature a larger emphasis on co-op gameplay, as the game will have squads of Spartans following the player character around, making it conducive for people to drop in and drop out at their leisure.

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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

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Release Date: 10/23/2015
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Platforms: PS4, PC, Xbox One
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It wouldn't be a fourth quarter release without another Assassin's Creed title.  Syndicate is the latest in a long (looong) line of annual historical assassination romps, and this time players will explore London in 1868 during the Industrial Revolution.

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Ubisoft is hopeful that Syndicate will help the series move past last year's troubled release, Assassin's Creed Unity, and will attempt to bring more sense and context to the story as it pertains to the modern world.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege

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Release Date: 10/13/2015
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Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
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Rainbow Six: Siege is a tactical multiplayer shooter that offers multi-faceted environments with intense close-quarters action that demands its players consider every step before taking them.  The result is a controlled chaos that's addictive to watch and a bit intimidating to play (in a good way).

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Environments are both destructible and reinforceable, which helps to promote replayability by adding an element of unpredictability to each match.  Siege looks like it has all the makings of a popular eSport, so expect this game to be relevant for a while.

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Rock Band 4

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Release Date: 10/6/2015
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Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
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It's been about five years since the last entry of Rock Band hit store shelves.  Co-op music games pretty much fell off the face of the planet soon afterwards, so it's refreshing to see not only the franchise, but the genre make a long-awaited return.

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Rock Band 4 will be compatible with over 2,000 tracks from the previous games and runs at a crisp 1080p, 60 FPS.  It's worth noting that the developers elected to drop the keyboard peripheral, but they maintain that the game will still utilize the guitar, bass, drums and vocals.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

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Release Date: 9/29/2015
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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
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The Warehouse level in the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater back in 1999 is the stuff of gaming legends.  The series has had quite an extended hiatus, with the last official entry dating all the way back to 2002. So the pressure is on developer Robomodo to re-create the magic of the original games for a whole new generation of gamers.

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Robomodo did release an HD remake of the original game back in 2012 to incredibly mixed results, so there is some legitimate concern to whether or not they can pull this off.

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Super Mario Maker

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Release Date: 9/11/2015
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Platforms: Wii U
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Super Mario Maker aims to give Nintendo users the largest community-driven content marketplace on the Wii U.  The game lets players take classic Mario levels and scenarios and turn them all on their heads by throwing all manner of enemies, traps, and power-ups together to create all kinds of chaos.  However, players can only upload their creations after they beat it themselves - so nobody can complain that a level is impossible to beat.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Release Date: 9/1/2015
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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3
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Hideo Kojima's swan song with Konami is almost upon us.  The legendary game designer has been declaring the end of his time with the series since Sons of Liberty, but unfortunately Konami has seen to it that this time it's for real. 

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After getting a taste of what to expect from the game last year with Ground Zereos, the experience will be evolving even more into what is undoubtedly the most open-ended Metal Gear game to date.

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Players will have no limits in how they go about playing The Phantom Pain.  Campaign missions can be accomplished in multiple ways, or even dynamically aborted if you feel like going off the beaten path to explore the wilds of Afghanistan.  All the while, you will be building up and defending your heavily customizable fortress, Mother Base, from enemy players online. 

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Mad Max

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Release Date: 9/1/2015
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Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
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Mad Max: Fury Road is arguably the best movie to release this year, and now Avalanche Studios is capitalizing on the brand's revitalized popularity with a new open-world action game simply titled Mad Max.  

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The game features a heavy emphasis on vehicle combat and customization, and it takes inspiration from the Batman Arkham series in its close quarters combat system.  Players will be able to upgrade Max in a variety of ways, from unlocking offensive and defensive buffs to being able to disarm and use enemy weapons to their own advantage.

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The world itself is massive, and rewards players for taking the time to explore by offering up tidbits of information as to what an area was like before the apocalypse, creating a sense of character within each region.

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Until Dawn

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Release Date: 8/25/2015
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Platforms: PS4
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Until Dawn is an interactive narrative that likens itself to a horror film and comes from developer Supermassive Games. It stars Hayden Panettiere as one of eight playable characters whose fate will be in the hands of the player.  The game is built in the same vein as Telltale's The Walking Dead and Heavy Rain, with branching choices that will dictate the end of the story.   

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Until Dawn tells the story of a group of friends that take a trip to a secluded cabin in the mountains.  As it turns out, there is a serial killer on the loose and the group has to survive the night by any means possible.  

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In Until Dawn, every character can live or die, but no matter how the story plays out, you cannot lose even if everyone dies.  Every playthrough is meant to be unique to every player, so in that sense, the game can be infinitely replayable.

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2015 has seen its share of game releases that made even the most patient and frugal gamers ignore their instincts and splurge on Day 1.  Bloodborne, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight have already released to great acclaim, and have all either been on par with or outscored last year's Game of the Year, Dragon Age: Inquisition.  What's exciting about this is that the best game of 2015 might not even be out yet. To keep things concise, this list will only consist of brand new games with confirmed release dates - so remasters, ports and games with placeholder release dates will not be included. Here are the big AAA game releases officially due this year.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 looks a little off https://www.gameskinny.com/9nfgx/tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-looks-a-little-off https://www.gameskinny.com/9nfgx/tony-hawks-pro-skater-5-looks-a-little-off Wed, 15 Jul 2015 03:51:36 -0400 Phillip W

Recently, Activision released a new gameplay trailer for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. This new game in the long-running skateboard series is going to launch on September 29 of this year at the usual retail price of $59.99 for PS4 and Xbox One. While the game's combo-heavy skating actions looks as though they could be fun, the rest of the game looks like it could use a spit-shine.

The gameplay trailer shows off a few different locations, all of which look bland and empty. While the stages are my main concern, the character models were also lacking. They weren't terrible, but could stand to be upgraded a bit.

While the game does give off the same vibe as the 1999 original, it looks like it's going to need a serious upgrade in a short amount of time to be worth full-retail value. While I doubt the game will "bad", the quality just isn't up to snuff. At this stage, I seriously doubt I am going to be picking up this one at launch.

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No Online Functionality on Xbox 360 & PS3 Versions of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 https://www.gameskinny.com/h5f6k/no-online-functionality-on-xbox-360-ps3-versions-of-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/h5f6k/no-online-functionality-on-xbox-360-ps3-versions-of-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5 Mon, 18 May 2015 17:57:53 -0400 Shatai Melvin

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5's PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will not feature online multiplayer, however the feature will be present in the Xbox One and PS4 versions. The online multiplayer will provide players the option to challenge players both national and international, participation in online skate sessions, completing game missions and create and share custom built skate parks.

There has been no news regarding why last gen versions won't have online features. The release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 marks 13 years since the last game in the series came out which was Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 back in 2002. Characters from past games will return alongside new characters Hawk, Nyjah Huston, Aaron Homoki, Ishod Wair, Riley Hawk (Tony Hawk's son), Lizzie Armanto, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Leticia Bufoni, and Andrew Reynolds.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will be released for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 later on this year.

Be sure to check back with Gameskinny on all the news about Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. 

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First Info on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 https://www.gameskinny.com/hf4lp/first-info-on-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/hf4lp/first-info-on-tony-hawks-pro-skater-5 Fri, 08 May 2015 11:24:10 -0400 Thomas M Gumbel

We all knew it was coming from weeks on weeks of hints, but the first infodump on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has landed!  This makes the first main installment Tony Hawk game since Proving Ground in ’07 and the first Pro Skater title in 12 years.  Though Activision’s still attached as publisher, Robomodo and Disruptive Games are taking the helm on development. 

Robomodo is responsible for Tony Hawk: Ride and Tony Hawk: Shred; both of their contributions to the Tony Hawk series have received their fair share of flak, so we’ll see how that plays out.

Old Stuff!
  • Create-A-Park, and the ability to share your custom parks online
  • Will feature solo, co-op, and competitive modes, plus online play
  • Tony Hawk (Tony, if you read this, I’m not calling you old; you, like the other things on this sub-list, have been in the Pro Skater games before.  You’re beautiful.)
New Stuff!
  • Power-ups and projectiles (the latter of which you can only use in certain missions)
  • You can level up your character and use them for all modes of play
  • New pro skaters: Nyjah Huston, Aaron Homoki, Ishod Wair, Riley Hawk, Lizzie Armanto, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Leticia Bufoni, and Andrew Reynolds
  • Expect new skaters “influenced by the original [Tony Hawk Pro Skater] titles”

I’m not sure what projectiles you’ll shoot in a Tony Hawk game, but otherwise this sounds like a solid throwback to the Hawk of yore.  Expert Pro Skater 5 to drop on PS4 and XboxOne later this year, with previous-gen versions to follow.

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Tony Hawk Drops Hints About His Upcoming Games; It's His Last Year With Activision Contract https://www.gameskinny.com/m4ess/tony-hawk-drops-hints-about-his-upcoming-games-its-his-last-year-with-activision-contract https://www.gameskinny.com/m4ess/tony-hawk-drops-hints-about-his-upcoming-games-its-his-last-year-with-activision-contract Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:59:28 -0400 Thomas M Gumbel

So we know about Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 by now.  Word was “leaked” before the official announcement, but everyone kinda knew, especially since The Birdman himself tweeted a beautiful poem teasing it on Valentine’s Day.

Hawk made a joke about upcoming Pro Skater 5 on a reblogged Instagram post from another pro skater, Rob Wootton.  Wootton’s video shows him acting out the pick-your-skater animations from other Pro Skater games while “Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine plays in the background.  Worthy of mention (I hope, unless Tony’s screwing with us): Hawk specifically says “Details soon” in the reblog’s caption!  Considering the time of year, all signs point to a big reveal at E3 this June.

The last main-series Hawk game (remasters notwithstanding) was Proving Ground, a whole eight years ago.  So Pro Skater 5 plus a new Tony Hawk mobile game coming this year? 

This will be huge for the franchise. 

Now I don’t mean “huge” in a “big things to come” way; more in a “this series could be going out with a bang” way.  2016 is the last contractual year of Tony Hawk and Activision’s long-standing licensing agreement.  Does Tony take his star power to a new partner?  Does a classic series die this year?  Let me know when you find out; I'll be in my trailer, playing the old Pro Skaters.

Note: The upcoming mobile title is NOT Tony Hawk’s Shred Session. Don’t worry, that’s probably condemned to Development Hell forever (well, besides those few lucky territories that got it in last year’s “soft launch”).

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