Hundreds of games are released each year for the PlayStation 5 (PS5). And while there were plenty of great games released in 2023 like Spider-Man 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3, there were some really bad games as well. But what are the worst PS5 games released in 2023?
For this list, we’re looking at the Metacritic scores for games that launched on the PS5 at some point during the year.
Worst PS5 Games Of 2023
5. Enchanted Portals
With a 42% on Metacritic, Enchanted Portals’ biggest problem is its failure to execute on any ideas that should work on paper. Of course, it also feels like nothing more than a complete ripoff of a much better game called Cuphead. Maybe you’ve heard of it?
WellPlayed bluntly states: “Enchanted Portals copies almost everything about Cuphead, except for the precision of its mechanics, the tightness of its design and the enjoyment gleaned by mastering it. All the good bits really…”
The only VR game on this list, Altair Breaker has a 41% on Metacritic because it just doesn’t come across as a game to those who’ve reviewed it. The sword-fighting game has no story, limited gameplay, and mediocre visuals.
Push Square says “Altair Breaker can barely even be classified as a fully-fledged game; it proves the VR software stereotype correct by just being a glorified tech demo.”
Delays, poor developer conditions, and a shutdown studio are all that will be remembered for this abomination of a game. The game seemed to have promise when it was first announced back in 2019, but its release was anything but promising.
Sitting with 34% on Metacritic, The Lord of the Rings – Gollum was so poorly received that it led to Daedalic Entertainment shutting down the development side of the company.
GameOver.gr puts it perfectly: “From its abysmal graphics to its utter failure of delivering Middle Earth in any interesting way, this is an example of a game that should be scrapped from its concept inception.”
The worst incident out of this release is it being released at all. Greyhill Incident centers around an alien invasion in the small town of Greyhill. The idea sounds good as players must complete quests to help town residents survive. Unfortunately, though, everything about the game’s execution is poor.
The game has a 26% on Metacritic due to a number of issues such as poor dialogue, boring gameplay, and odd design choices.
Said PSU: “Greyhill incident is an unpleasant and downright laughable attempt at a sci-fi survival horror game.”