We all have our own opinions on what makes a video game good or bad. Some games may have redeeming factors for one person, while others may find them completely unenjoyable. But what about those games that almost everyone can agree on being absolutely terrible? The kind that leaves a stain on an entire generation of video games. These games should be avoided at all costs, even if you’re curious about their infamy.
Blood Knights: A Hilariously Bad Action RPG (10th)
Blood Knights, a hack and slash action role-playing game, features basic and unimaginative character models. With hilariously bad voice acting and dialogue, it’s one of those games that are so bad they become enjoyable in a weird way. The skimpy outfits and stereotyped fantasy physiques add to the unintentional comedy.
Beowulf: The Game – Ugly Graphics and Repetitive Gameplay (9th)
Blame it on my insatiable desire for easy achievements, but I played this game willingly. Beowulf: The Game suffers from graphics that belong to the PlayStation 2 era and gameplay that quickly becomes repetitive. Sure, you’ll get that 1000GS, but at what cost? Prepare to feel dirty after playing this one.
Damnation: Large Environments, Terrible Graphics (8th)
The selling point of Damnation is its vast, open environments where players can jump, wall jump, shimmy, or crawl around. However, the game fails miserably when it comes to graphics, voice acting, and gunplay. It’s a shame, as the potential for an immersive experience gets crushed by its numerous flaws.
Vigilante 8 (Arcade): A Remake That Falls Flat (7th)
Remakes can either revive nostalgia or disappoint fans. Sadly, Vigilante 8 (Arcade) falls into the latter category. Stripped down to its bare bones, it lacks the features that made the original game fun. The physics are a disaster, making it feel like your vehicle is constantly floating. Driving in a straight line shouldn’t be this difficult.
The Raven (Xbox 360): A Point n Click with Painful Controls (6th)
The Raven, a point and click game, suffers from terrible controls that make even turning 90 degrees feel like a chore. To add insult to injury, the game features painfully long loading times, an incoherent plot, and a lackluster protagonist. Microsoft gave away episode 1 for free, but it’s hard to imagine investing in episode 2 when the game leaves much to be desired.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust – A Notorious Disaster (5th)
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is infamous for being one of the worst games ever, winning the “Worst Game of the Year” award in 2009. With shoddy platforming controls, camera issues, and outdated humor, this game killed an already struggling franchise. It’s a prime example of how not to make a game.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – A Terrible Movie Tie-in (4th)
When it comes to movie tie-in games, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer takes the crown for being dull, repetitive, and lazy. The game fails to capture the essence of the franchise, leaving players with an unappealing experience. It serves as a reminder of how movie tie-in games often disappoint.
Ride To Hell Retribution: A Game That Pushes Boundaries (3rd)
Ride To Hell Retribution has gained notoriety for all the wrong reasons. It features awkward dialogue, voice acting that makes you cringe, and cut scenes with unappealing sex scenes. The game suffers from long loading times, repetitive combat, and a ridiculous story that goes too far, even for a “so bad it’s good” experience.
Jumper: Griffins Story – A Poorly Executed Movie Tie-in (2nd)
Jumper: Griffins Story is based on the 2008 movie Jumper, which had an interesting concept but failed in its execution. The game revolves around Griffin’s quest to avenge his parents’ murderer, but the story is incoherent and boring. With clunky combat and abysmal voice acting, the game feels like a cheap port from the PS2 era.
Sonic The Hedgehog (Xbox 360): A Franchise Killer (1st)
The name Sonic The Hedgehog used to evoke excitement and wonder. However, the Xbox 360 version of the game is riddled with issues. From a problematic camera system to extensive loading times and poor controls, this game fails to capture the essence of what made Sonic great. It’s a game that put many fans off investing in future Sonic titles.
There you have it, a reminder of some of the worst games from the last generation. It’s strange how a terrible game can sometimes evoke feelings of nostalgia. Do you have any personal picks for the worst games from that era? Let us know.