Google Stadia's launch line-up is disappointing, outdated and unimpressive, here's why

Google has revealed that a total of 12 titles will be available on its game streaming platform, Stadia, on launch, with 14 more to follow later this year.

Google Stadia

The launch of Google Stadia, the cloud gaming service that is capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, is only a week away. Google has finally revealed the full line-up of games that will be available on Stadia when it launches on Nov. 19 and we're not happy.

Google announced that a total of 12 titles will be coming to the game streaming platform when it arrives next week, with an additional 14 titles expected before the end of the year. Here's the complete list of titles that will be available at launch:

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • GYLT
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Samurai Shodown

It's surprising that Google waited until now to reveal the launch titles after gamers have already pre-ordered the game streaming service. But now it makes sense why Google held off for so long. Google's launch line-up is average at best, especially for a product that has been promoted as a s a viable alternative to costly consoles and PC upgrades.

Among the 12 titles being offered with Google Stadia's launch, only a few titles could be considered particularly demanding on most gaming PCs, and some of the titles are a year or more old.

Games like "Odyssey," "Destiny 2," and the "Tomb Raider" series are all blockbusters, but they've been around for quite some time now, and the same could be said for "Red Dead Redemption 2," even though it only recently made its way to the PC.

Google had previously announced that more than 40 games will be coming to Google Stadia so the fact that only 12 games have been announced at launch is a bit of a disappointment.

Thankfully, as Google pointed out more games will be arriving later this year. These include the following titles:

  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
  • Borderlands 3
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Grid
  • Metro Exodus
  • NBA 2K20
  • Rage 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Things will get interesting when titles like "Baldur's Gate 3," "Cyberpunk 2077," "Doom Eternal," "Get Packed" and "Orcs Must Die 3" arrive on the platform in 2020.

Next week's launch is only for owners of the Stadia Founder's Edition or Stadia Premiere Edition, which Google says will ship, "in the same order that pre-orders were received." For everyone else, Stadia Base will launch sometime in 2020.