Activision: from worst to best, according to critics

Starting a company in the late 70s was the beginning of the video game market, and keeping it relevant even after 40 years is not for everyone, especially considering the giant variety of titles released.

Of course she’s not perfect, but you’ve already had some amazing memories created by playing her game. You voted and here is Activision’s Worst to Best Special. Here are our criteria, pay close attention:

  • The grades presented are based on the Metacritic grade aggregator. If the title was released for more than one platform initially, we’ll take the grades for each version and do an arithmetic average.
  • We ranked the 5 best and 5 worst games in the company, after all, that’s the idea of ​​the board. As we had draws, we will have more than 5 games among the best, but only 5 positions.
  • Also did not enter the list of exclusives and mobile and portable versions.

Let’s start with the best!

5) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) – 91.3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Fifthly, we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, released in 2009. Its story follows the multinational force Task Force 141 that is hunting Russian ultranationalist party leader Vladimir Makarov and the group of the First Battalion of the US Army Rangers who are protecting the country’s capital from a Russian invasion.

In addition to the campaign mode, there is Spec Ops, a single or co-op mode that puts players to complete various objectives, and Multiplayer, which brings different types of games with different weapons and killstreaks.

The game was an absolute and complete success, even if its PC version didn’t do so well. Its campaign is short and the plot is confusing, but it’s a shot of action straight into the vein, with thoughtful plot twists, fun co-op missions, and rich, deep, and rewarding competitive multiplayer. His grade is 91.3.

4) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1999) – 92 (PS1, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast)

The first game in the franchise was released in the distant year of 1999 and impressed in many ways. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater allowed the player to control several famous skaters across the most diverse maps and perform the craziest maneuvers his head could imagine. For the time, its 3D graphics were impressive, crisp and smooth.

The player would have to complete some objectives in the career mode stages, even if it wasn’t necessary to accomplish them all in one attempt. These goals could be putting all the letters together to form the word SKATE, achieving a specific amount of points and so on. In addition, there is also free mode and local multiplayer, which are sure to amuse thousands of young people for many hours.

Critics were amazed at the quality of the title. Consistent, imaginative, dense, addictive, intuitive were some of the words used to describe it. The compliments range from physics to the soundtrack, passing through the most diverse technical aspects possible. The game was fourth on our list with a 92 rating.

3) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) – 93.3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, released in 2007, came in third. This was the first title in the series not to portray the events of World War II, with its events taking place in 2011, when a radical leader executed the president of a Middle Eastern country, which led to a civil war in Russia led by an ultra-nationalist movement.

Even with its engaging story, what really stood out was its multiplayer mode with different game types, killstreaks, modern weapons, XP rewards for buying new items, extensive class customization and so on.

The title was highly praised for its high-quality story mode, rewarding multiplayer, and incredible audiovisual presentation. Of course, not everything was perfect, as his campaign is relatively short, but that didn’t affect his score, which came in at 93.3.

2) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001) – 93.5 (PS1, PS2, Xbox, PC, Nintendo 64, GameCube)

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, released in 2001, ranks second on our list. The game introduced a slew of new tricks, such as reverts, that allowed players to connect vertical maneuvers with manuals to further boost the score. The game was also the first in the franchise to bring online features that unfortunately can no longer be accessed due to the servers being closed.

Most versions used an improved graphics engine and more fancy, but Play 1 and Nintendo 64 players had to settle for the same graphics engine of Pro Skater 2. And speaking of versions, Xbox brought an improvement in frame rate compared to PS2 and GameCube, besides having an additional level, called Oil Rig.

And regarding the review, the title is still described as one of the best released for the PlayStation 2 until today. Many analysts described it as amazing, addictive and even perfect, meaning there’s nothing left to say other than the grade: 93, 5.

1) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000) – 94.5 (PS1, PC, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast)

And we finally made it to the top, taking first place with it, one of the most loved sports games ever released, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. In addition to graphical improvements over the previous one, it was the game that introduced one of the most important maneuvers for those who love to score hundreds of points at once: the manual, often used to connect one maneuver to another without losing your score.

Not only that, but it also introduced the level editor, which made it possible for the craziest tracks to be created. Customizing levels is not enough? How about customizing your own character for the first time in the franchise? Not bad, isn’t it? And it’s obvious that critics fell in love with the title. Among the raves from reviewers are the addictive gameplay, the detailed graphics, the precision and fluidity of the controls, the soundtrack and the customizations.

Oh, and I forgot the most important thing of all: you can play Spider-Man. The PS1 version of the game has a 97 rating and is tied for second place as the highest rated game of all time, but averaging the ratings of all versions, we get 94.5, which is enough for top our list.

let’s go to the worst

5) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (2015) – 35.5 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

there is a word to describe Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5: failure. The game was expected by fans as the title that would revive the legacy of the series that went through so many horrible games, but it was exactly the opposite that happened.

It came with the goal of being similar to the first ones in the series, created by the late and late Neversoft, but had terrible mechanics like Stomp, PS2 graphics, gameplay and layered mechanics, confusing design full of loading screens, the lack of a multiplayer location and a final result that seems incomplete. One of the few positive points you can talk about is the soundtrack, the rest is deplorable. His grade was 35.5.

4) The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (2013) – 34.6 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, released in 2013, serves as a prequel to the TV series, following the character Daryl and his brother Merle on their way to the city of Atlanta. The title is an FPS in which the player must explore buildings and other environments to gather resources while facing various zombies.

Even having as the protagonist one of the most beloved characters from The Walking Dead series, the game misses everything, having broken gameplay mechanics, weak graphics, dull maps and lack of a relevant story. His grade is 34.6.

3) The Simpsons Wrestling (2001) – 32 (PS1)

So let’s go to a sport I love, wrestling. The Simpsons Wrestling, released in 2001, is a fighting game that puts 20 characters from the famous cartoon The Simpsons to face each other in WWE-style fights. Each fighter present has different abilities inspired by their personality, which even have the voices of the original actors.

The title was heavily criticized at the time for its extremely simple and unbalanced gameplay, its simply awful graphics and its horribly confusing controls. This shameful game got 32 mark.

2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2013) – 25 (Xbox 360, Wii)

Launched in 2013, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the first game in the new TV series by pop culture’s most beloved amphibians. Its genre is beat ‘em up, chosen to bring that feeling of nostalgia due to the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. But the shot backfired a lot.

The game was heavily criticized for its terrible graphics, poor performance and horrific and repetitive gameplay. His grade was 25.

1) Fast & Furious: Showdown (2013) – 21.5 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U)

Yes, Mr. Dominic Toretto, your franchise may be successful in theaters, but in the gaming world it’s just disgrace. Fast & Furious: Showdown, released in 2013, is a co-op racing game that features all the characters from the movie series except the one played by Vin Diesel. Players must complete several missions that mix racing with car battles.

Okay, now it’s time for a hit: this game doesn’t do anything right! It’s all broken, little fun, and is only interesting for casual gamers who are extremely fans of the franchise (if they dare to spend money on it). Your grade is 21.5.

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