With 2018 coming to a close we thought we’d take a look back at the year that brought us hits like Red Dead Redemption 2 and the return of The Incredibles – among other things.

While we can celebrate all these great things, there were a number of standout failures too, some of which we just can’t forget. So here it is, 2018’s biggest flops across video games, movies, and TV.

Radical Heights

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Let’s face it, CliffyB had a bit of a shit year. After the complete failure that was LawBreakers, Boss Key Studios attempted to jump on the battle royale hype with the unoptimized mess that was Radical Heights the game that was the final breath for the studio before it was shuttered later in the year.

Now old CliffyB has moved onto literature as he’s abandoning the video game industry for good. Though I guess the accolade of “I announced Fortnite” isn’t one he can quite leave behind just yet.

Marvel TV Shows

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in Marvel's Daredevil

This year was the year that Disney, Marvel, and Netflix completely obliterated the Marvel TV universe they’ve been building over the past couple of years.

First, we had the cancellation of Iron Fist, then Luke Cage got the chop. Many expected shows like Jessica Jones or The Punisher to get the axe next, but no, it was Daredevil – the show that kicked off the entire universe – which was canceled next.

Rumour has it, Disney is eyeing up the shows for its own streaming service, but as it stands this year, Marvel’s TV stint is all but over.

The Cloverfield Paradox

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With The Cloverfield Paradox, it seemed that J.J. Abrams had a movie and didn’t quite know how to market it. So he cleverly spliced random clips which appeared to be somehow related to his Cloverfield universe and boom, the latest straight to Netflix movie.

Unfortunately, despite the movie being decent in itself, as a Cloverfield movie, it just wasn’t that great. Could it have stood on its own without being shoehorned into Bad Robot’s Cloverfield universe? Probably. Unfortunately, it didn’t bode well for the movie as it received pretty unfavorable reviews.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76 Screenshot

How could we have a “biggest flop of 2018” list and not have Fallout 76? Bethesda’s ambitious take on making a multiplayer Fallout game which just disappointed people in every way imaginable.

The game itself featured an empty wasteland filled with bugs both in the gameplay and overall performance. Not only that, Bethesda continued to disappoint with a crappy last-minute change in the game’s $200 collector’s edition, followed by a pretty insulting rebate of 500 atoms, enough to buy a door and some succulents in-game.

The Purge: Season 1

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The Purge has been an on-going movie series since 2013 and paints a bleak future where one day a year in the United States, all laws are lifted and anarchy reigns supreme. For the most part, the movies have done pretty well, however, the concept drawn out into a TV series hasn’t done well at all.

Receiving a pretty mediocre reception, Season 1 of The Purge could have done better. Maybe the movies perform better because the entire plot is wrapped up in a single 90-120 minute feature and the TV show drags the same 12 hour period out over a number of episodes.

Slender Man

Slender Man Movie Poster Cropped

A movie based on an internet copypasta and meme what could go wrong? Probably the fact that Slender Man has lost its fear factor after being parodied so much as well as having a fan base who has idolized and humanized the spooky forest-dwelling string bean.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen the movie and admittedly the trailers were scary as shit, but as far as reception goes, the movie was panned by critics calling out its thin story and lack of scares – I guess they bundled them all up in the trailer, eh?

The Crew 2

The Crew 2 Hero Image

To be fair to Ubisoft, releasing The Crew 2 the same year Microsoft was due to launch Forza Horizon 4 was a pretty bold move, and after the fairly lackluster reception to the first game many wondered if we really needed a sequel. Well, it happened, and it brought along with it, planes and boats.

The idea of the game was to make it an ultimate motorsport title but instead, it was a pretty bland, lifeless racer which didn’t quite know what type of game it was. Credit where credit is due, Ubisoft has been supporting the title with content updates since launch, but the ship has well and truly sailed.


Heathers TV Series Promotional Image

This modern remake of the 1988 movie which starred Winona Rider had a pretty rough start being passed around networks (mostly due to tragic events in the US making the movie’s plot a little tasteless) until eventually settling down on Paramount Network. If being part of a corporate game of hot potato wasn’t bad enough, the show failed to really win over its audience to boot.

I guess fans of the original movie weren’t really into the idea of the cult classic being dragged into the 21st century. And not only that, the final release was so heavily edited it lost its charm and was almost as if the producers had spent too much time on Urban Dictionary in an attempt to be “woke”.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie still

Potterheads across the globe are probably collectively sobbing into their house scarves with this one, but let’s face it, the Harry Potter universe should have ended with the final book/movie. Alas, it seems old J.K. wants to milk that magical teet for every last drop, and in a way, it’s working for her. I mean, who else can sell individual tickets to a two-part musical, with each ticket per part costing £60 a pop, and get away with it?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hoped to bring the conflict between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald to an explosive magical climax but instead it let off little more than a fizz. But hey, at least they’ve got a further three movies to try and get it right!


That’s just a few of the flops which happened this year, but there were plenty more. What are your thoughts on the above? Why not start a discussion in the comments below.

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