1. Powerstar Golf
Powerstar Golf was released as an Xbox One exclusive in 2013. The game was developed by Zoe Mode and published by Microsoft Studios. Powerstar Golf is regarded as one of the biggest Xbox One flops released so far and it does have some valid reasons.
The game had cartoonish graphics which seemed to have looked exactly the same even on Xbox 360. There wasn’t actually any kind of ‘next gen’ hardware feel in the game which disappointed a lot of fans. To add to that, the game’s micro transactions were a mess and it lacked an online multiplayer version. The game received relatively low rating of only 65 on Metacritic.
2. Crimson Dragon
The next game to feature on this list is Crimson Dragon. The game developed by Grounding Inc. and published by Microsoft Studios was released in 2013. The rail shooter game was regarded as the spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon series by looking at its similar gameplay.
Crimson Dragon, which initially needed Kinect to play and later was shifted to gamepad, received very poor response from both critics and fans upon its release. The game was criticized for almost all of its aspects including graphics, sound, level design, controls and gameplay.
Almost all the leading game reviewers also mentioned about the game’s poor use of micro transactions, which was also one of the major reasons of its downfall. The game received scores of only 56.11% and 55 on GameRankings and Metacritic.
3. Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition
Zombie Driver was first released in 2009 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Ouya. The game, however was re-released exclusively for Xbox One as Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition. Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition, developed and published by Exor Studios, is a vehicular combat video game which is set in a zombie apocalypse setting. The main objective of the player in the game is to kill zombies, rescue civilians and upgrade or unlock different cars.
Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition was a big disappointment. The game was criticized because of the repetitive nature of its story mode, which gave the players little challenge and excitement to look forward to.
According to critics, it is a fun game to play for 10-15 minutes, but after that it gets boring. Another major reason of the game’s failure was the absence of a real multiplayer mode. If there was a real multiplayer mode in the game, it would have been somewhat successful. The game scored a meager 59.5 on Metacritic.