Babylon’s Fall PS5 version is officially the worst-rated console exclusive on Sony’s next-gen platform, beating the likes of Godfall. The game has also become PlatinumGames’ worst-rated release, with a Metacritic score of 41 percent based on six critic reviews. There’s a slight chance that this rating will improve when more reviews are published, but by the looks of things, it’s unlikely to exceed 45/100 (and that’s being generous). Babylon’s Fall’s PS4 version currently has no critic reviews on Metacritic, and its PC version peaked at an abysmal 650 concurrent players on Steam, according to Video Games Chronicle.
Babylon’s Fall PS5 was doomed from the start
Babylon’s Fall looked rough prior to its release and its beta tests were enough to gauge that Square Enix’s latest live service effort was headed towards disaster. Its graphics are dated, its microtransactions have been criticized, and its gameplay leaves much to be desired, according to those who’ve played the game. It also doesn’t help that Babylon’s Fall was sandwiched in between the highly-anticipated Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring but its release date doesn’t change its sorry state. Outside of Metacritic, a quick Google search for Babylon’s Fall reviews bring up a series of poor scores, with one outlet aptly calling it a live “disservice.”
Opinion: Square Enix’s live service obsession makes no sense
Zarmena writes… With games like Final Fantasy XIV in its portfolio, Square Enix has developed an unhealthy obsession with live service and seemingly has little desire to learn from its failures. This is the same company that blamed Crystal Dynamics for Marvel’s Avengers and I’m sure it’s gearing up to blame PlatinumGames for Babylon’s Fall despite the fact that it’s behind the direction of both. When it’s not obsessing over live service, Square Enix is busy setting unrealistic sales targets for its single-player games, only to turn around and announce that they’ve all failed to meet its expectations. Does no one in Square Enix’s management see a pattern here? Come on…