An Xbox One downloadable game called LocoCycle that launched on Friday has received a critical mauling, with some suggesting it may already be the worst ever Xbox One game.
Lococycle's protagonist IRIS with Pablo the mechanic.
Developed by 'Splosion Man developer, Twisted Pixel, the game centres around an AI super-bike called IRIS. After being struck be lightning IRIS chooses to leave its weapon-manufacturing corporate creator, Big Arms, and sets off to find the Freedom Rally, a motorcycle meetup in the middle of a field. Along the way IRIS picks up a hapless mechanic who gets dragged around by the bike as it completes its quest.
The story is clearly preposterous but Twisted Pixel is know for its off the wall humour so despite the bizarre premise many people had hopes that the game would raise a few laughs.
However, right from the off the game has tested the patience of reviewers, thanks to a 15min long live-action cut scene, which the Metro
describes as the "most unwatchably awful thing we’ve ever been subjected to."
What makes the scene even more peculiar is that the characters in it, and other subsequent scenes, bear no resemblance to the in-game models.
Once the game is then under way it proves to be tediously monotonous. "The game throws the same enemies, attacks and counters at IRIS multiple times over in each of the five chapters, with the most significant change being the scenery." said JoyStiq
So far the game is averaging 48/100 on Metacritic, thanks in part to a score of 75/100 from the Official Xbox Magazine - no surprise there - but most sites are scoring it 40/100 or lower.
Joystiq sums up the misery in the closing paragraph of its review, stating "Maybe one day hordes of fans will gather in local arcades to play LocoCycle ironically and quote some of its notoriously terrible lines – Mi espalda! – but until that day, it's just a bad game, and there's nothing funny about that."