As expected, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 took the top spot in the pool, with almost 29 percent of the vote. The launch was so spectacularly bad, thanks to the game launching with (admittedly funny) bugs and glitches that made it nearly unplayable. The launch reportedly cost CD Projekt Red and its founders $1 billion.
Marvel’s Avengers, with 18.61 percent of the vote, was a distant second, but not an insignificant one. It did poorly enough when it released in September 2020 that Square Enix posted a $67 million operating loss in its HD Games segment during the quarter in which it launched. Without the launch, the developer said, it would have been in the black.
In third place, WWE 2K Battlegrounds had 17.31 percent. GamesRadar‘s review called WWE “a brand that’s reached its rock bottom” with this game. Arriving at 10.03 percent of the vote was Godfall, which was labeled “a lowlight of the PlayStation 5’s launch lineup” by EGM.
The last contender for biggest flop was Madden NFL 21, which came in with 15.05 percent of the vote. IGN’s review said that even with the formulaic nature of sports games, the latest NFL-based title was buggy, felt unfinished, and lacked improvements to previous issues. Clearly, players felt the same.