Life of Black Tiger Review – The Worst PS4 Game In The World

Wait… wait this isn’t Steam!?

Developer: 1Games
Publisher: 1Games
Format: PS4
Released: January 24, 2017
Copy purch… I can’t believe I bought this shit

Whatever possessed Sony to start selling and actively promoting slapdash Android ports and Steam Greenlight rejects remains a mystery, but it would appear the PlayStation Store’s floodgates are beginning to swing wide open. Even stranger, Sony itself appears to be promoting some severely overpriced and undercooked software.

Life of Black Tiger first caught the world’s attention when a trailer for what looked like absolute garbage appeared on the official PlayStation YouTube channel. Many thought it was some sort of strange joke, especially as its publication was timed to go up against Nintendo’s Switch presentation.

If it is a joke, it’s one that’s been seen through to grisly completion – Life of Black Tiger is not only available for PlayStation 4, this originally free mobile game now carries an MSRP of $9.99.

Oh, and I can confirm that it is absolute garbage, just like the trailer led us all to believe. There’s something to be said for honesty in advertising.

I think I spent the first thirty minutes of my time with Life of Black Tiger literally opened mouthed. I’m using “literally” in the original sense of the word, too – I could not believe what I was seeing, and I resembled a yawning goldfish as I stared at the screen in mute incredulity.

Life of Black Tiger is a Unity game – possibly an Asset Flip constructed of pre-bought character models – about a black tiger that kills things. You run around sparse maps, get vaguely within distance of sheep, wolves, giraffes and other animals, then hold down a single button to watch a brief attack animation happen over and over again – accompanied by a horrible approximation of a roaring sound.

That’s the most the game has to offer. It can and will offer less than that!

Some missions involve casually jogging (the tiger moves slowly even when allegedly sprinting) to three spots on the map and waiting at those spots for several seconds. One level is about avoiding a huge pack of wolves for three minutes – it is three minutes of running around in a circle. That’s all you do. It is exactly three minutes, I know, because the game has a timer to let you know just how much of your precious life is being wasted.

It feels much longer than three minutes.

These stages where you do absolutely nothing might have been introduced to add “variety” to a game mostly about standing near other shittily rendered animals that don’t belong in the same ecosystem and mauling them with a pantomime level of impact. Either that, or it’s all part of the grinding war of attrition this miserable piece of software wages on its players almost immediately.

As Life of Black Tiger continues, its missions grow longer and less tolerable. Animals take longer to kill, they become faster and harder to hit with the tiger’s pathetic standing attack, the handful of cloned enemies start dishing out damage far above your own output. Inevitably, you’ll find yourself taking longer and longer to complete repetitive levels that haven’t mechanically changed since the first one.

There is, laughably, an upgrade system comprised of basic menus that showcase the artistic talent of a developer with zero artistic talent. Completing missions earns points and these points can be spent to make the tiger slightly – and I mean slightly – stronger, faster, or hardier.

If you think that would make the game less of a hassle to play, I envy you your naivety.

Upgrades are so incremental they barely register, especially once enemies take so little damage you can barely see their health bars decreasing, and the only way to level up in pace with the game is to replay lots and lots of previously completed missions. That means more chasing sheep around, more running in circles for three minutes, all so you can hope to get strong enough to chase other animals and run in different circles.

Life of Black Tiger has a story but the localization job is terrible, perhaps the finest example of poor videogame translation since the 1980s. Borderline gibberish text between missions, often written across a stock photo that’s been run through various blatant filters, desperately attempts to piece together some sort of story about a tiger finding love and having a baby.

A baby that – I shit you not – the titular tiger is happy about not being born black.

So that’s… awkward.

There’s not much else to be said about Life of Black Tiger. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I spent longer working on this review than the developer spent making the sad little excuse for a game. It is, without hyperbole, the worst PlayStation 4 game in existence. It’s one of the worst games I’ve ever played on console, and it rivals some of the worst games available on Steam.

I would rather play The Slaughtering Grounds than Life of Black Tiger.

It cannot be stated enough that THIS IS A FREE MOBILE GAME CHARGING $9.99 ON PS4. I know because I bought it.

Like a complete fucking idiot I bought all 922 megabytes of this fucking awful wank because I thought it would make for an interesting review, which it didn’t because Life of Black Tiger is a huge empty vacuum of content and thought and feeling. It does the bare minimum required to be considered a videogame product without risking a lawsuit, and its one saving grace is that the trailer isn’t particularly misleading and is only slightly less interactive.

Oh shit, I haven’t even talked about how ugly it looks.

Life of Black Tiger sports drab colors, robotic animations, and frequent instances of the camera clipping underneath the map to show the oblivion below.

There are no transitory animations between walking, running, sprinting, or even changing directions, the tiger will simply materialize from one state to the next. This is most noticeable when trying to walk in a straight line – the tiger has eight directions in which it can move, but cannot understand how analog controllers work, so it’ll visibly spasm between two general directions.

Basically, if you’re heading north, the tiger will attempt to face north and northeast/northwest at the same time with stuttering consequences because this dreadful bollocks was designed for touchscreens and fails to handle physical input.

All the physics are wonky, with dead animals falling down in a way that’s somehow simultaneously stiff and loose. Having lost all sense of weight, these corpses can be picked up and carried by the Black Tiger regardless of size. About the only real entertainment this game has is found in the carrying of giraffe and rhino corpses, because it looks funny for the blissful few seconds before it gets old.

Sound is barely existent save for some basic attack noises and the very occasional level in which creepy sentimental music might happen. The general silence that accompanies most of the game lends an alienating, almost nihilistic feel to the whole sorry procedure, broken only by the brief guitar riff that marks the end of each level for some fucking reason.

Fuck this game. It’s disgusting.

Fuck the joke positive reviews for this game, because if you can even pretend this game is any good, you’re probably a really bad person inside of your heart. You’re a phenomenal liar, at any rate.

It’s also a FREE MOBILE GAME CHARGING $9.99 ON PS4 and everybody involved in its appearance on the PlayStation Store should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. I’ve now played it more than maybe anybody in the world (unless anyone’s completed this gross trash because I sure as shit didn’t) and I still can’t believe it’s real.

Is Sony high? Is Sony fucking high? That’s about the only way in which my brain can process this thing’s appearance, imagining that Sony’s executives eat thousands of drugs before making decisions about anything. It would certainly explain why they thought the PSPgo was a good idea.

Seriously, is Sony fucking high? How high? Can I have some of your drugs, Sony? I’ve played Life of Black Tiger, I deserve some drugs.

Let me have some drugs, Sony. Are you high? Can I have your drugs? Are you high on drugs? How many drugs did you eat?

Are you high?

Are you high on drugs?

Life of Black Tiger is a massive piece of fucking shit. Also it has multiplayer.

1/10
Accursed

MaximusMansteel
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MaximusMansteel

A goddamn masterpiece. I mean this review of course, not the montrosity of a subject.

Davorbasic
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Davorbasic

Weird that its not on psn EU

Dragonzeanse
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Dragonzeanse

Skyrim can’t have mods, but this shit is available for $9.99? Great QA, Sony!

Savletto Polvere
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Savletto Polvere

That’s way too much text for something this pathetic. You have a knack for writing, no doubt.

Tao
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Tao

To be fair, this isn’t the first piece of shit I’ve seen Jim play on Steam that somehow ended up on the Playstation digital store (not that it makes this any better).

The first time I noticed shitty Steam games on PS4 was that crappy bull fighting simulator crap (whatever it was called…Probably actually called ‘Bull Fighting Simulator’). Blew my mind and I had to check Jim’s channel since I was sure it was a Greenlight turd.

mickeyGfunk
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mickeyGfunk

Jim, id like to see a jimquisition on QA, because, as most people in the comments don’t realize, is that Sony QA only checks for issues such as freezing, messing with the UI, OS, etc. it does not check for quality in the sense the game must be fun. if that was the case then it would be impossible to publish any game knowing that if sony decided it wasnt fun enough youd be at square one. not to mention how subective fun, quality, or value is. this leads to an i teresting point about controlling content on one’s platform,… Read more »

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Console Master Race?
Anyway, I guess in Format you could add “Android”? I played it (it’s free) and it’s looks to be every bit as horrific on mobile. Indeed, the tiger is almost uncontrollable using the awkward on-screen controls. I couldn’t stand more than 10 minutes.

VinLAURiA
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VinLAURiA

This is the console that overshadowed the Xbone and Wii U, everyone. This is what we were hyped for at E3 2013.

God help this wretched industry.

bimmyz
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bimmyz

jeez, sony needs to stop following everything pc gaming does.

Will113
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Will113

What is Sony thinking?
Is it an attempt to copy Steam?
Do they just have no quality control whatsoever?

Varghund
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Varghund

I love the fact that this is the only critic review up on Metacritic doe Life of Black Tiger. “Life of Black Tiger is a massive piece of f*cking shit. Also it has multiplayer”. Pure comedy gold. Thank god for Jim

Bub&Bob
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Bub&Bob

“everybody involved in its appearance on the PlayStation Store should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves”

B..bu..but.. #FORTHEPLAYERS

Anton Caligari
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Anton Caligari

Would love to know the mind-set of this or any developer who produces a game that is so obviously not going to cut it, did they think ‘This will do?’ – just to find out why.

ATBro
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ATBro

This is going to sound nutty, but this is a game that EVERYONE SHOULD PLAY.

There is a lot of people you see on gaming sites, who will go on the comments section and say dumb shit like Bioshock: Infinite is a terrible game, or that inFamous Second Son is the worst game ever made. A truly terrible game like this is the only way that people can gain the proper perspective of what a bad game actually is.

marvelator
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marvelator

Giraffes AND tigers in the same environment?
I’m starting to think the devs didn’t really care about zoological accuracy…

ImaLemming
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ImaLemming

Have you considered adding a 0 rating to your guide?

Vyns Andrews
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Vyns Andrews

The future of PS+ right here and now. In a few months this game, or one like it, will be featured as one of the “free” games to PS+ members.

What is really funny is that this game is far worse than any mod that has been created for the PC or Xbox versions of Skyrim and Fallout 4, but Sony won’t allow most of them….. I really don’t understand.

Viking Mana
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Viking Mana

If the cancer of actual garbage software spreads to consoles, and the over-saturation of the market begins to spread to other platforms, then we really could see a crash of the market within a few years. My guess would be that Sony is somewhat panicking that Steam appears to have a far larger library, making PC’s or Steam Machines more attractive than a PlayStation from the perspective of an entirely ignorant customer, who judges a store based on it’s quantity and not it’s quality. Ironically, the biggest issue that Steam has at the moment, is that it’s becoming such an… Read more »

Wdog-999
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Literally the only good thing is that it at least has easy trophies. That said, I cannot see many people actually buying this even on that merit given the shitload of cheaper, easier, shorter, and less soul-sucking games available. I played it through twice for my 100% because I accidentally did a trophy level in Open Mission mode, progressing the story mode to the next level with no way to go back, and I’m pretty sure I wanted to kill myself after that.

Danny
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Danny

I have a terrible feeling that people will buy this game “ironically” and it will become a success.
And then imitators will come in to capitalize on that sweet “Life of Black Tiger” market

Julia Spe
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Julia Spe

It is better to play one day as a a black tiger than 100 years as a goat.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

This is a little worrying. If it was just this one game you could say Sony was goofing or maybe they owed an indie dev friend of theirs a favor. Knowing that there’s ANOTHER one just as bad as this has me concerned. Have they taken a look at Steam’s door wide open policy and decided “FUCK IT. NO REASON TO TRY ANYMORE!”? I still have yet to get a PS4 and I remember being super excited to get the cool indie games they had on their storefront. I will be very saddened if by the time I get one… Read more »

Becky Hopkins
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My theory is that someone has super-incriminating pictures of a higher-up at Sony. Most likely involving prostitutes and/or several unsanitary fluids.

CyanManta
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CyanManta

“The gunshot sound effect was fine. 9/10.”

– Robert Romine

Joseph Estrada
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Joseph Estrada

Clearly Jim just didn’t understand the game! Plus the multiplayer holds it up.

No I’m not serious.