Top 10 2018 Multiplayer Games That Already Failed



Top 10 2018 Multiplayer Games That Already Failed

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut
With the insane success of online multiplayer games, from Fortnite to Overwatch to World of Warcraft, game companies are scrambling to produce the next big hit. Sometimes, a game comes out which is truly special and captures the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere, and sometimes games fail spectacularly. Welcome to and today we'll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 2018 Multiplayer Games That Already Failed!

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Top 10 2018 Multiplayer Games that Already FAILED

Here today, mostly gone tomorrow. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 2018 Multiplayer Games that Already FAILED.

For this list, we’re looking at 2018 games featuring a multiplayer component that, whether due to bad luck or a lack of quality, have struggled to attract a consistent audience.

#10: “ARK Park” (2018)

On paper, Snail Games' spin-off to Studio Wildcard's "ARK: Survival Evolved" sounds like a match made in heaven. A virtual reality experience that allows players to live through gaming's equivalent to "Jurassic Park," "ARK Park" boasts a handful of jaw-dropping and downright mesmerizing moments; unfortunately, the title loses steam when the gameplay shifts from an on-rails simulator to a bland shooter. Lacking content and held back by a number of design issues, "Ark Park" is best played in co-op mode, but most customers seem to have returned to "Survival Evolved."

#9: “Earthfall” (2018)

Released in 2009, "Left 4 Dead 2" continues to rake in over a thousand simultaneous players at any given moment, so one can understand why a developer would look to Valve's co-operative shooter for inspiration. Substituting zombies for aliens, "Earthfall" offers four players the opportunity to blast through 10 levels of monotony, but the game is only really enjoyable with a group of friends and pales in comparison to Valve's masterpiece. With barely anyone playing online, "Earthfall" is almost as barren of a wasteland as an alien-infested post-apocalyptic Earth.

#8: “Gravel” (2018)

Going up against the likes of "Forza," "Gran Turismo," and "DiRT," any new racer needs to deliver nothing but the best to stand a chance of lasting longer than a couple of months. An off-road racer offering arcadey fun, "Gravel" is a bit rough around the edges, but the base game is enjoyable enough to be worth noticing. Sadly, the multiplayer seems to have never really taken off, with the game being all but dead on most platforms. Once the decent but relatively short single-player campaign is out of the way, there is really nothing to do in "Gravel" besides stare at the empty lobby screen.

#7: “Paintball War” (2018)

Due to not requiring a financial investment, one may be tempted to go easy on free-to-play titles; however, time is also a finite commodity and the genre is way too crowded to give anything a pass. A multiplayer shooter with two gameplay modes and an okay gimmick, "Paintball War" requires some further polish to be worth recommending, but the game's player count has sunk like a stone since its June 2018 launch. Frankly, you may have a better chance of unearthing opponents by heading to an actual paintball arena. Any game that’s not Pokémon GO that makes players want to go outside has messed up somewhere along the line.

#6: “Wild West Online” (2018)

An MMO set in the old west sounds, honestly, kind of fantastic; sadly, this game is less "The Wild Bunch" and more "Wild Wild West." To give credit where credit is due, "Wild West Online's" steam page states that this is a PVP-focused MMO and people should not expect a detailed storyline or a robust PVE experience. While the honesty is appreciated, it does little to fix the MMO's rough shooting mechanics and the fact that PVP is a barren wasteland. Luckily, 2018 also coincides with the release of "Red Dead Redemption 2."

#5: “Trailblazers” (2018)

Apparently, multiplayer-focused indie racers face quite an uphill battle for survival. A gorgeous game centering around team-based competitions rather than a sprint to the finish, "Trailblazers" comes painfully close to greatness, but the cool concept of painting the race track to provide your companions with a speed boost is let down by poor optimization and a reliance on AI due to the online failing to catch on. Even with cross-platform play enabled, "Trailblazers" simply cannot be recommended for the multiplayer. Still, the visuals are quite pretty.

4: “Tennis World Tour” (2018)

2018 saw three major tennis games released across multiple platforms, but the only one that even came close to scoring an ace features a retired Italian Plumber and an anthropomorphic dinosaur. Created by developers who worked on the excellent "Top Spin 4," "Tennis World Tour" might be among the year's biggest disappointments. For one thing, the package launched without online multiplayer or double matches, so customers had no choice but to play through the okay but unspectacular career mode. "Tennis World Tour" needed more time in the oven, as paying full-price for an incomplete experience is the quickest way to lose potential players.

#3: “Radical Heights” (2018)

After "LawBreakers" failed to capitalize on the hero-shooters trend, Boss Key Productions shifted focus to battle royales. In a twist that should only shock Cliff Bleszinski, "Radical Heights'" Early Access struggled to grab a slice of that "Fortnite" pie. When maps are specifically designed to cater to around a hundred players, things get tedious rather quickly if only ten contestants take part. Less than two months after launch, Boss Key Productions closed its doors, so "Radical Heights'" days were numbered and, eventually, the servers went down.

#2: “Metal Gear Survive” (2018)

Konami's franchise is not really recognized for its multiplayer, but "Survive" is a "Metal Gear" game in name only. A survival action-adventure title with an over-reliance on tower defense missions, "Metal Gear Survive" is dull most of the time, but improves slightly after the co-op Salvage missions are unlocked. Hey, if you have to play a bad game, there is no point in doing it alone! As far as survival games go, Konami's spin-off is mediocre at best, and there are many titles that offer a far more enjoyable co-op experience.

#1: “The Culling 2” (2018)

Lasting less than two weeks, we would be hardpressed to think of another game that was greeted with such wide-spread apathy. An FPS battle royale, "The Culling" actually predates both "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" and "Fortnite Battle Royale," but was unique enough to stand out from the crowd. Alas, "The Culling's" popularity paled in comparison to the genre's big hitters, so a misguided sequel was hastily put together that copied "PUBG's" look and gameplay. Finding a full match was impossible straight out of the gate, and "The Culling 2" closed its door soon after, with the developer promising to renew support for its predecessor.