According to Metacritic, XEL is officially the worst Switch game of 2022

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It’s that time again that Metacritic is beefing up the Game of the Year nominations by publishing a list of the worst released games.

On the Switch front, the worst game of the year goes to the Zelda-style sci-fi adventure title XEL. It debuted on the platform in July of this year and is the fourth worst game of 2022 overall according to Metacritic’s rating system (which requires a nominated game to have at least seven professional ratings). The Switch version of Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition was also at #10.

“Games are ranked by Metascore (as of December 12, 2022) before rounding, and all titles with less than 7 ratings from professional critics are excluded. (In other words, these bad games are all big enough to get reviews from multiple releases.) If a single title would have made the list multiple times due to low scores on more than one platform, we only have the lowest-scoring version recorded.”

Metacritic – The 10 Worst Video Games of 2022:

  1. POST 4 – No registered mail – 30 (pc)
  2. CrossfireX – 38 (Xbox Series X)
  3. Babylon’s Fall – 41 (PS5)
  4. XEL-43 (Nintendo Switch)
  5. LEGO Brawls – 46th (PS5)
  6. Zoro: The Chronicles – 59 (PS5)
  7. The Last Oricru – 50 (Xbox Series X)
  8. The Waylanders – 51 (pc)
  9. Kamiwaza: Way of the Thief – 52 (PS4)
  10. Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition – 52 (Nintendo Switch)

Here’s what Metacritic had to say about the two Nintendo Switch titles:


“A 3D open-world platformer set in a mysterious world that mixes sci-fi and fantasy elements, Xel can get a few points for visuals and its original story. But make no mistake Xel to the zelda: The former is so unpolished and frustrating that few players will enjoy playing it much. And the problems aren’t unique to the Switch: a PC version received similarly poor reviews.”

Blade Runner: Extended Edition

“An “extended” port of a pretty good 1997 point-and-click sci-fi adventure game set in the same universe as the first Bladerunner movie, this remaster wasn’t the hit the original was. In fact, it wasn’t even as good as an unofficial port released for PC a few years back. Critics and users complained about the new graphics and numerous glitches.”

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