2019 may not have been the best year for video games, but there is one sure-fire positive to take away from that fact: Push Square's annual list of the PlayStation 4 games you've already forgotten about has never been longer! That's right, while staff members and contributors put together their lists of what they thought was the year's greatest titles, these are the games that probably won't crop up on any of those pieces.
These are the experiences that slipped your mind if they ever managed to penetrate your brain in the first place. The ones so generic that they failed to hook you into their offerings to keep on playing. These are the PS4 games you've already forgotten about despite releasing less than 365 days ago.
Release Date: 15th February 2019
Far Cry: New Dawn was a pretty okay game, but that's not good enough anymore in the AAA space. Considerably similar to its predecessors, Ubisoft didn't manage to make this vibrant, colourful spin-off stand out from the crowd despite launching in a reasonably quiet period of the year. The Far Cry formula has grown stale over the past few years, meaning that another one of those is an easy pass for most.
Rewind a few years and Far Cry: New Dawn would probably have been a worthy follow-up to any one of the numbered entries, but in 2019, it feels incredibly out-of-date. Ubisoft needs to give this series a serious re-think before a sixth mainline game comes along.
Release Date: 15th February 2019
Metro: Exodus should have been the entry which really put the series on the map, but the final product did anything but that. Ditching its linear routes, the open world structure didn't work in the game's favour -- turning what could have been something special into a rather forgettable trek across Russia.
Much better games have come along since to cement that, too. The victim of hype hasn't entirely destroyed the franchise's chances of becoming something much bigger, but developer 4A Games will have to head back to the drawing board if it still wants a true coming-out party. Metro: Exodus may have been decent, but it most certainly did not make the splash the studio would have been hoping for.
Release Date: 5th March 2019
Ouch, Left Alive is up there with the absolute worst games of 2019. The utterly baffling stealth experience turned mech fighter received an absolute pasting when reviews hit, meaning that almost every interested party very quickly added the game to the skip pile. Described as "an enraging, unfair, and lifeless stain" in the 2/10 Push Square review, having to remind ourselves of this one only brings back negative memories.
Left Alive is a game which should be avoided like the plague so it's probably a good job that it was forgotten about pretty much instantly. A title which probably shouldn't have drawn breath in the first place.
Release Date: 15th March 2019
The Division 2 felt like it was one of the biggest PS4 games of 2019 for about two months. Everyone was loving Ubisoft's latest iteration on the looter shooter after it launched with a seemingly robust endgame and a lengthy single player campaign which got you there. And then, across the summer months, it pretty much fell off the face of the planet.
The game's first raid was unfairly hard on consoles, meaning that only the absolute best squads of eight players could make any progress at the time. Then its DLC drops came and went like a wet fart, making for a live game which pretty much seems to be dead in the water. Various patches, updates, and content drops may have improved the experience since, but the community that's still around to care has dwindled significantly since we were playing it day and night for a hot second.
Release Date: 14th May 2019
A sequel to RAGE was released earlier this year. Remember that one? Probably not. The sheer audacity of Bethesda to develop a sequel to the previous-gen title aside, RAGE 2 was forgotten about all too quickly. We happened to like just enough about the game to give it a recommendation, but that must have fallen on deaf ears because we have to continually remind ourselves that it even exists six months later.
Two entire pieces of DLC have supposedly come and gone since then, but you wouldn't know it. Criticised for a generic and boring open world, RAGE 2 stuck to the tried and true formula we all moved on from a few years back.
Release Date: 26th July 2019
After the excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order was followed up by the not quite as good Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, it was on the shoulders of B.J Blazkowicz's daughters to pick up the pieces. However, Wolfenstein: Youngblood couldn't have dropped the ball harder. What could be the most generic game of the year was no fun whatsoever -- making it an incredibly easy pass for those interested in the spin-off.
Criticised for its difficulty, bullet-sponge enemies, and a boring open world, the tale of sisters Jessie and Zofia was quickly forgotten about despite the fact it launched during a very quiet summer period. If that's not the most damning statement purchasers can make, we don't know what is.
Release Date: 26th July 2019
That's right -- not one, but two entries in the Wolfenstein franchise made their way to market this year. They both even released on the very same day! The virtual reality exclusive didn't exactly set PlayStation VR on fire, despite receiving a fairly warm welcome from ourselves in the Push Square review. If you thought Wolfenstein: Youngblood had been forgotten about, then Cyberpilot probably didn't enter anyone's mind whatsoever.
Released for a VR headset on the same day as a counterpart that actually had some buzz about it, despite how mediocre it ended up being, meant that Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot had all the odds stacked against it as soon as it launched. It doesn't sound like we missed out on too much, however.
Release Date: 27th August 2019
Wreckfest's PS4 release was always going to be put on the back foot thanks to launching years after its PC counterpart, but it feels like hardly anyone registered its arrival on consoles in the first place. It didn't even have the chance to be forgotten about despite being a genuinely good racer -- a rarity this generation. Combining traditional racing with the unpredictable nature of destruction derbies, it's a game which didn't mind getting down and dirty when it was sick of being stuck in second place.
Unfortunately, that didn't translate into sales. Wreckfest has already been overtaken by Need for Speed Heat as the big driving experience of 2019, meaning a small online community will probably never have the chance to grow. It deserves that shot, but it's not going to happen when most forgot about its existence entirely.
Release date - 10th September 2019
GreedFall had a surprising amount of hype going into its early September launch, and even we played a part in that. It looked really quite good in the footage leading up to launch, and while it was most definitely Spiders' best game yet, it wasn't quite that good. The developer announced that it wouldn't be putting out any DLC after its release, which may be one of the biggest factors in it being all but forgotten about three months later.
It's definitely an RPG worth playing if you're a fan of the genre thanks to "an intriguing world, likeable characters, and rock solid gameplay", but the amount of anticipation that came with it might have been more of a curse than a blessing. A good game indeed, but one that isn't particularly memorable.
Release Date: 24th September 2019
The Surge 2 was almost a good video game, but even if that had come to fruition, it probably wouldn't have done much for its chances of success. The Souls-like is better than its predecessor, but releasing in one of the busiest September months we've had for quite some time probably wasn't the best idea. Some DLC is trying to put it back on the map as we head into 2020, but surely only those already with a copy of the game would consider picking it up.
We praised it for "a genius take on health regeneration and brutal, gory takedowns that are just as satisfying to perform as it is to whittle an enemy into submission", but that clearly wasn't enough to turn the release into something we remember with fondness just a few months down the line.
How many of these PS4 games had you forgotten about? Is there a title so vague that even we missed it off our list? Remind us in the comments below.