Life of Black Tiger

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Life of Black Tiger
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Sony officially forgot what quality control it is.
Genre: Adventure
Simulation
Platforms: iOS
Android
PlayStation 4
Release Date: iOS, Android
June 23, 2014
PlayStation 4
January 17, 2017
Game Engine: Unity
Developer: 1Games
Publisher: 1Games
Made in: South Korea
Franchise: Life of...
Previous Game: Life of Wolf
Next Game: Life of Deer


Life of Black Tiger is a video game originally released in 2014 for the iOS and Android devices by a Korean game development company 1Games. In 2017, it was ported to the PlayStation 4. This page will mainly cover the terrible PS4 port, while the mobile version is at least just mediocre.

Why It Sucks

  1. When the game was released on mobile it was a free download, but on PS4 you have to pay US$10 to play it and there are zero improvements over the original mobile version.
  2. Boring, repetitive, and tiring gameplay that consists entirely of running around barren environments following people, surviving for a set amount of time, or hunting a set number of specified animals. It feels like the typical pre-made asset filled scam game that would show up on Steam Greenlight.
  3. Horrible controls. Combat consists of merely holding down instead of pressing one button and waiting for agonizingly slow attack animations to complete until the enemies die. The tiger can move in eight directions but doesn't know how analog control works, so if you're moving with the analog stick, it will spasm and lurch between two directions when attempting to run in a straight line.
  4. As the levels are completed, enemies become stronger and tougher and the upgrades you can acquire are so ineffective that you have to replay levels many, many times to get the tiger on par with them.
  5. Broken multiplayer mode.
  6. There is a story but the plot is depressing, the localization and grammar are so poor that the text in-between missions are borderline gibberish. Examples are: "I'll never step back, Let’s survive till the fixed time." and "Animal called as a human is what I dislike the most."
    • Due to the poor localization and grammar, the game states you lose (more specifically penalized) points after completing a stage, when in fact you're gaining points used to upgrade your stats. It also happens in reverse.
    • The line "The female tiger finally gave birth to a baby. It's good to find the baby is not a black one like me. I'm lucky. I'll protect my loving family with life" comes off as a very racist statement.
  7. Extremely low-quality' graphics with grainy textures, poor frame-rate, very short draw distance, and choppy animation that ends abruptly with no transitions in between them, making the game look worse than some PlayStation 2 titles. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, with its really buggy release and huge day-one patch, looks way better than this! Heck, this game even makes SpongeBob HeroPants' graphics look gorgeous! To add more insult to injury, the mobile versions don't look any better.
    • To rub salt in the wound, this game runs on Unity engine, which has powered many good looking and running games such as Cuphead, Brawlout, SUPERHOT, Hollow Knight, Yooka-Laylee, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, Snipperclips, Golf Story, Night in the Woods, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, Genshin Impact etc. Even worse is that some of these games on the Nintendo Switch run at 1080p/60FPS which is inexcusable for a game with such low-quality graphics.
    • But keep in mind the Unity engine is no stranger to awful shovelware namely on Steam. Its games such as Life of Black Tiger give the engine a bad name and it's no wonder why people on YouTube like Jim Sterling and DXFan619 often say negative things about the engine itself.
    • Despite the awful graphics, the game mostly runs at 20 FPS, which is completely inexcusable for the PS4!
  8. There is no collision detection aside from invisible walls around the levels. You can pass through objects like trees as if they are not there. Animals can stack on and clip through each other when walking.
  9. Bad sound design, ex: there are only a few sound bites for each creature and the background noises repeat incessantly. Complete lack of in-game music except for 3 seconds of the guitar after completing a mission.
  10. The music heard in the trailer on the official PS4 channel is the uncredited work of YouTube content creator JackonTC. The music used in the trailer is JackonTC's cover of "Next To You" from the OST for the anime Parasyte -the maxim- (寄生獣 セイの格率 Kiseijū Sei no Kakuritsu).
  11. Speaking of trailer music above, instead of creating their own artwork for the game, the game's cover was technically stolen the stock image of a tiger from ShutterStock and done a simple Photoshop job by just recoloring everything from the original image.
  12. No PS4 Pro support despite coming out after the said model!

Reception

The game has been heavily panned by Jim Sterling and Digital Foundry, who have both declared it to be the worst PS4 game to ever be released. Although user reviews on Metacritic are mostly positive, they are all very sarcastic. Angry Joe gave to the game the third place in his "Top 10 Worst Games of 2017" video.


The Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed this game and criticized its terrible controls, horrible graphics, bad hit detection, nonsense story, terrible SFX and music. The Nerd ranked it on his Shit Scale under "Major Code Red (The games that don’t even qualify as games)".

Trivia

  • This is the first time the Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed a more modern game not counting his Wii game reviews in AVGN Christmas Carol and Spider-Man 2 on the GBA in Spider-Man episode.
  • The trailer itself was published to public when Nintendo introduce Nintendo switch.

Videos

Comments


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Sonicx9us

19 months ago
Score 8
The game is a prime example of why Unity Engine has a bad name for shovelware. When people see this they think all Unity games are like this trainwreck.
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Maxkatzur

18 months ago
Score 8

Creator in AVGN (in fiction): Fred Fuchs.

Creator in real life: 1Games
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Gamingiq7890

2 months ago
Score 0
yeah, actually an korean company
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Grust

18 months ago
Score 10
Does this mean the Nerd will review Ride to Hell: Retribution?
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SpazJR61

18 months ago
Score 5
I hope he is.
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Orangeyboi

18 months ago
Score 5

Fred Fuchs

Featuring fucho land
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Lsw1002

18 months ago
Score 1
here comes PAC-MAN
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Glitchedblood

17 months ago
Score 2
YO YO YO YO YO
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JigglypuffGuy04

15 months ago
Score 4
Why would they directly port a mobile game to PS4? This game is so bad its makes Minecraft: Bedrock Edition look amazing!
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Url8

6 months ago
Score 1
It makes Bedrock Edition look beyond amazing! It makes the Bedrock Edition seem like the best game ever!
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Grust

15 months ago
Score 0
My favorite part in AVGN's review of this is when Fred Fuchs is talking and you can tell the Nerd is trying too hard not to laugh.
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Lg 754 luca

14 months ago
Score 0
they dont have the eye of the tiger, just thissss..... piece of crap.
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Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 2
This is basically the Big Rigs of console games.
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GRAND-DUCHY

6 months ago
Score 0
The Big Rigs of the PS4.
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DmitriLeon2000

7 months ago
Score 2
There are other games by 1Games like Life of Wolf, Life of Deer, X-Wolf, and every other game in their Online series.
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Grammer Guy

6 months ago
Score 2
Big Rigs: Tiger Edition
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

3 months ago
Score 2

I remember playing the original mobile version in like July 2015, two years before it was ported to the PS4.

it was still mediocre but would've been better off staying on mobile
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Grammar guy

2 months ago
Score 0
This game doesn't deserve a proper PS4 to be played on: you should ONLY play it on the PS4 Poo!
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

one month ago
Score 1

Pointer WIS 12: No PS4 Pro support despite coming out after the said model!.

I thought this game wouldn't work on a PS4 Pro leading to a black screen, that it will only work on a Original PS4 or a PS4 Slim.

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