Airport Simulator 2014

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Airport Simulator 2014
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A simulation game that's overly realistic and terribly unrealistic at the same time.
Genre(s): Simulation
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
Release: December 19, 2013
Developer(s): UIG Entertainment
Publisher(s): UIG Entertainment
Country: Germany
Series: Airport Simulator
Successor: Airport Simulator 2015


Airport Simulator 2014 is a simulation game developed and published by UIG Entertainment for Microsoft Windows. It was released on December 19, 2013. It is notable for being one of the lowest-rated games on Steam.

Why It Sucks

  1. Horrible graphics and model quality, even on the highest settings.
  2. No tutorial or any tips to indicate the new players what they're supposed to do.
  3. Extremely repetitive gameplay: the whole gameplay mostly consists of driving various ground service vehicles over and over again, as described in a Steam review.
    • If it's a passenger plane:
      • Drive stairs to gate.
      • Drive bus to gate.
      • Drive luggage wagon to gate.
      • Drive interior cleaning to gate.
      • Drive exterior cleaning to gate.
    • If it's a cargo plane:
      • Drive cargo wagon to gate.
      • Drive exterior cleaning to gate.
      • Drive everything back to the garage.
  4. Every single ground vehicle in this game is so slow, even people on foot can outrun them, thus making the gameplay even more boring and tedious.
  5. All of the vehicles' (including planes) physics are absolutely awful. Whenever you crash the vehicle with another vehicle at a snail pace speed, both vehicles will be thrown away and flipped as if gravity does not exist.
  6. To add more insult to injury, every interaction in this game (such as cargo loading) are done in real time, which means you have to wait at least 5 minutes until you can do another interaction (which you have to wait for it to complete over and over again).
  7. The game features a "helper" that you can hire to drive a vehicle for you, but this essentially disables your only interaction in the whole game, essentially making the game technically unplayable (as all you can do is just watching the helpers do the work for you).
  8. There are NO player and passenger models in the game. When you have loaded passengers with a bus, you can only hear the chatting voice but cannot see the models. The only human model in this game is the helper models, which were of poor quality.
    • In fact, even steering wheel animations are absent.
  9. False advertising: The developers stated that there are "many management and business options for the expansion of terminals and extension of runways", while in reality, your only interaction is to drive a vehicle and wait over and over again until you can hire the helper to drive a vehicle for you.
  10. Countless bug and glitches. For example, various vehicles can randomly get stuck in the tunnel, and the whole airport will sometimes disappear when you've load a saved game.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. The front cover seems to be pretty good looking.

Reception

Airport Simulator 2014 was the worst-rated game on Steam until the release of eFootball 2022 with "Overwhelmingly Negative" reviews based on 533 reviews as of March 2020. Most of "positive" reviews is either sarcastic or poking the fun of the game's quality.

Legacy

Due to extremely poor reception, UIG Entertainment (later known as UIE Games) later sold the license of Airport Simulator franchise to Rondomenia, who in-turn created an even worse sequel Airport Simulator 2015, the franchise was abandoned due to poor reception until 2019, when Toplitz Productions revived the series once more time and created Airport Simulator 2019, which is panned with negative reception as well. In 2021, UIE Games has bought back the series to themselves and released Airport Simulator 3: Day & Night. Due to UIE Games have not learned the lesson from previous failures, the game was once again bombarded with negative reviews.[1]

Due to being known as "the worst game on Steam" and how buggy it is, it has gained notoriety and popularity, as it was being played by various game streamers such as Vinesauce, Nerd3, and GrayStillPlays, who's in-turn exploit the game's glitchy physics.

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