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10 Games you shouldn't buy on Steam's Winter Sale

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The Steam Winter Sale has kicked off and there are some great titles which you will be able to get for rock bottom prices. We recently highlighted how you can get the best deals out of the Winter Steam Sale. Now, however, the time has come for us to give you a heads up on what deals you want to stay well away from even if some are not a part of the Winter sale. Some of the games listed might surprise you - it's games that promised much, yet under-delivered

10. Rugby World Cup 2015

The Rugby World Cup 2015 game was released in September of this year, just in time for the Rugby Union World Cup. Rugby fans were looking forward to a streamlined sport-simulator that would give them endless hours of entertainment. Instead, those that decided to fork over the cash were greeted with a game full of glitchy gameplay and terrible content. 

MWEB GameZone review titled, 'A rugby noob reviews Rugby World Cup 2015' gives a great summary as to why you should not be considering buying this game anytime soon - rugby fan or not. 

"Rugby World Cup 2015 reeks of rushed development. There was no passion put into the making of this game. It shows in the lack of details, content and presentation. Rugby is a game that enjoys love from almost every part of the world. Seeing potential victors like New Zealand and South Africa receiving almost no respect is pure negligence. There is just no polish here, no love for the game of Rugby. In case you're still wondering if I'd recommend this game. Stay far away."

9. Evolve

In a savage world of man against nature, will you the hunter or the hunted? The hammer or the nail? The creators of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios, bring you EVOLVE, an evolution of multiplayer shooters in which four hunters face-off against a single, player-controlled monster

The game released with mediocre gameplay, lackluster visuals and a ton of missing content. That content that was left out by the developers was locked behind packs of DLC packs which you would need to buy in order to unlock the full experience of the game. Players that played the beta of the game had almost the same experience as those who owned the full title as the content was extremely similar in its minimalistic nature. 

While the premise of the game was intriguing and even fun at times, Evolve seemed to harness everything that is wrong with games today that brick up a title behind walls of DLC. 

[Read the full MWEB GameZone review]

8. F1 2015

F1 2015 is the sixth installment of Codemasters' Formula 1 series, and unfortunately, it is one of their most feature-poor and PC-unfriendly releases in years.

The Formula One racing sim is an incredibly frustrating game, representing both a wonderful step forward and a massive stumble. Serious technical issues, a sprinkle of game modes, and multiplayer which is functionally broken on the PC sour what is otherwise a wonderful driving game.

"Not the properly polished F1 game we've been waiting from Codemasters for a long, long time." - Eurogamer

"Codemasters' F1 2015 racer falls far behind the pack this year due to a lack of expected features." - IGN

7.  Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China was originally announced in September 2014 as part of the season pass for Assassin's Creed Unity. The 2.5D side-scrolling platformer introduced us to a brand new protagonist and an interesting adaptation from the original series which is traditionally an open world action adventure.

Despite the game's beautiful traditional brush painting design, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China suffered from repetitive a few key problems which where pointed out in the full MWEB GameZone review

"Assassins Creed Chronicles: China manages to mark itself as aesthetically appealing, but it fails in gameplay and story. Even some parts of its gameplay are fun, at first. The game is, however, let down by a story that doesn’t fuel interest and gameplay that needs more variation. The game is initially fun but becomes stale with time."

6. Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is a 2015 open world action-adventure video game which is the standalone expansion to Saints Row IV, meaning players do not need a copy of Saints Row IV to play Gat out of Hell. 


Gat out of Hell did little to add to Saint Row IV or the series overall. The four-hour campaign and lack of humor throughout made the story bland and monotonous. Here is what MWEB GameZone's Wessel 'Sillicur' Minnie has to say regarding the game in a section of his full review:

"The game is admittedly fun to play for the first few hours, yet it becomes repetitive way too quickly. Not as humorous or detailed as Saints Row IV, the story leaves much to be desired. Unfortunately, the old-gen graphics round off an addition to the Saints Row franchise which should have rather stayed in Hell. "

5. Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen is a third-person, action Role Playing Game (RPG) developed by Deck 13/CI Games and published by Square Enix. The game borrows heavily from Dark Souls 2 in terms of combat and gameplay, yet lacks the mechanical tightness and difficulty Dark Souls 2 offers. Lords of the Fallen falls short not only in terms of combat, but also with regards to stability and performance.

Here is what was said in the MWEB GameZone review titled, 'Lords of the Fallen – Falling short of greatness': 

"Lords of the Fallen could have been a good action RPG. The story is, unfortunately, bland and generic. Combat is fun at times, yet suffers from the lack of any real challenge, contrary to Dark Souls, which the game attempts to clone."

4. Sacred 3

Sacred 3 is a hack’n’slash action role-playing game, in the style of the Diablo games, that initially promises a measure of complexity. While offering an initially fun co-op  experience, the game is marred by too much repetition, balance issues, and extremely poor porting to PC. 

 

The MWEB GameZone review by Zaid Kriel highlights what is wrong with Sacred 3: 

"Sacred 3's problem is that it promises to be one thing at the start, but turns out to be something else as you progress. Sacred 3 is kind of like a pack of cheap gum you impulse buy at the check out till. It tastes great and you enjoy it well enough initially, but the flavour evaporates pretty quickly and then you spit it out and forget you ever had it."

3. Batman: Arkham Knight 

Warner Bros knew that the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight had all the issues gamers reported after launch, yet they still believed the game was good enough to release. Warner Bros. will re-release Batman: Arkham Knight for PC on October 28 - four months after the game was pulled from Steam and retailers worldwide. 

Despite the game being re-released there are still reports of the game being broken in the comment section of the Warner Bros blog page

"Broken. Impossible to play..." user minwelvalgreen reported

"You had four months to fix this problem," bajzi0016 added. "On Win 10 my 8GB RAM is sh** for this game and I need 12GB if I want play without any problem.... [I'll] wait for the next patch and I hope you will fix this."

Batman: Arkham Knight is a great game but only if it works, as our MWEB GameZone review will testify. 

2. Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is a crossover with the Transformers film series and the video game series, consisting of Transformers: War for Cybertron and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. The Dark Spark is a powerful artifact that is capable of ripping holes in dimensions, which brings two transformers universes together.

A Transformers game really only has to deliver on two simple things: make it fun to transform, and make it fun to destroy robots. Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, unfortunately, does deliver on both of those fronts.

[Read the full MWEB GameZone review]

2. Hatred

The concept of Hatred is what brought it to the tip of every gamers tongue before it released in June of this year. What concept was that? Killing innocent people in order to progress in the game. 

The plot of Hatred revolves around a disturbed man whose name as well as background is not given, with him only known by nicknames such as "The Crusader", and who feels sick and tired of humanity's existence. The Crusader arms himself with an AK-47, three frag grenades, and a sharp military combat knife in his home to start his "Genocide Crusade" on the streets of New York City.

Well the plot may or may not be shocking to you, the reviews speak for themselves as to why you shouldn't be picking up this game during the Winter Steam Sale.

"For all of the shock and hullaballoo following its path toward release, Hatred is nothing special or particularly egregious in the world of video game violence, except for the fact that it relies on that violence alone. The game takes itself extremely seriously and has plenty of extremely violent content and murder, but it ends up feeling more like camp." - GameInformer 

[Read the full Review Round-up]

1. Bound by Flame

Bound by Flame is a fantasy-themed action role-playing game which puts the player in the role of a victim of a demonic influence, where it's necessary to choose between the evil powers that are offered or rejecting them in favor of developing heroic talents.

The game disappoints players with a cliched campaign, near impossible quests, numerous bugs and terrible graphics. Tauriq Moosa had this to say in his MWEB GameZone review of Bound by Flame:

"Bound By Flame is a bad game and I only hope we all learn from this and continue on a path that makes games meaningful and important and of better quality."

 

Do you have any games that you think you should add to the list? Let us know what games you are going to avoid during the Steam Winter Sale by commenting below or hitting us up on Twitter or Facebook. 

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