List of Video Games Notable For Negative Reception
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List of Video Games Notable For Negative Reception

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Certain video games have gained an enduring negative reception, otherwise considered as "bad games", often related to issues such as having low-quality or outdated graphics, many glitches, or poor controls. Such games are identified through overall low review scores including low aggregate scores on sites such as Metacritic, frequent appearances on "worst games of all time" lists from various publications, or otherwise carry this reputation in analysis by video game journalists or through popular YouTube personalities, such as James Rolfe of the webseries Angry Video Game Nerd.[1]

The list is not comprehensive, but represents the most visible examples of games principally recognized for their enduring negative reception, or in the case of Final Fantasy XIV and No Man's Sky, at their original launch before they were reworked. The list mostly omits licensed tie-in games for movies or television shows, which are generally accepted by the industry as shovelware and not expected to have high production values as they are typically produced by non-AAA development studios. With certain exceptions, this list also omits controversial video games in which the negative reception for those games revolves around the controversies they started and is not related to the quality of the game itself, including those that were subject to review bombing by users for non-gameplay related issues. For similar reasons, the list mostly omits indie games, which are developed by smaller teams that typically lack the ability for full quality control of their product, as well as mobile games, of which there are countless developers with the ability to self-publish on app stores and frequent copycats of more successful games driven by unpopular microtransactions.


Custer's Revenge (1982)

Custer's Revenge is an unlicensed Atari 2600 game made by Mystique in 1982, loosely based on 19th century American General George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In addition to being widely considered offensive due to its plot involving the apparent rape of a Native American woman,[2] the game was also poorly-received for its quality. It was listed as the most shameful game of all time by GameSpy,[2] as the third-worst game of all time by PC World,[3] and GameTrailers[4] and the ninth-worst game by Seanbaby in Electronic Gaming Monthly.[5]

In 2008, the University of Calgary professor Tom Keenan cited "the hideous Custer's Revenge game", 26 years after its release, in an op-ed piece about current video game violence issues for the Calgary Herald.[6] That same year, the game was credited by Australian PC Magazine as being one of the worst games ever made.[7] In response to the game's criticism, the makers of the game elected to preview the game for women's and Native American groups, an act which some thought was a publicity stunt.[8]

Pac-Man (Atari 2600) (1982)

Pac-Man, a port of the arcade game for the Atari 2600, was altered from the original in order to meet the 2600's limitations. Some of these changes included simplified graphics, a modified maze layout, and "flickering" ghosts--a result of the game rendering one ghost on screen per frame.[9]

In 1998, Next Generation magazine called it the "worst coin-op conversion of all time" and attributed the mass dissatisfaction to its poor quality.[9] In 2006, IGN's Craig Harris echoed similar statements and listed Pac-Man among his own list of the worst home console ports of arcade games.[10] Another IGN editor, Levi Buchanan, described it as a "disastrous port", citing the color scheme and flickering ghosts.[11]

In retrospect, critics often cite Atari's Pac-Man as a major factor in the drop of consumer confidence in the company, which led to the North American video game crash of 1983. Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton of Gamasutra stated that the game's poor quality damaged the company's reputation.[12] Buchanan commented that it disappointed millions of fans and diminished confidence in Atari's games.[13][14] Former Next Generation editor-in-chief Neil West attributes his longtime skepticism of Atari's quality to the disappointment he had from buying the game as a child.[9] Calling the game the top video game disaster, Buchanan credits Pac-Man as a factor to the downfall of Atari and the industry in the 1980s.[14] Author Steven Kent also attributes the game, along with Atari's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, to severely damaging the company's reputation and profitability.[15] Montfort and Bogost stated that the game's negative reception seeded mistrust in retailers, which was reinforced by later factors that culminated in the crash.[16]

Poor critical reception made Pac-Man one of many decisions that led to Atari's report of a $536 million loss in 1983 and the split-off and sale of the company's consumer division in 1984.[17] On December 7, 1982, Ray Kassar announced that Atari's revenue forecasts for 1982 were cut from a 50 percent increase over 1981 to a 15 percent increase.[9][18] Following the announcement, then Atari parent Warner Communications' stock value dropped by around 35 percent--from $54 to $35--amounting to a loss of $1.3 billion in the company's market valuation.[9][19] Atari attempted to regain its market share by licensing popular arcade games for its consoles. The revenue from selling these console games did not reverse Atari's decline and the company went further into debt.[15]

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial received significant criticism for its low-quality graphics and redundant and confusing gameplay.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 is based on Steven Spielberg's 1982 film of the same name, reputedly coded in just five weeks to be released in time for the 1982 holiday season.[20] The game sold 1.5 million copies[21] and came nowhere near Atari's expectations of five million units.[20] A large number of the cartridges sold were sent back to the company because many consumers found the game to be unenjoyable.[20] Truckloads of these cartridges were buried in a landfill in New Mexico after they failed to sell.[22][23][24]E.T. is commonly cited as the catalyst for a crash of the video game industry in 1983, as Atari had hoped that brand loyalty would help keep consumers buying their games regardless of quality.[24][25]

E.T. was listed as the worst game of all time by PC World in 2006,[3]Electronic Gaming Monthly,[26] and FHM magazine,[27] and was ranked as the second-worst movie game on the "Top Ten Worst Movie Games" (first being Charlie's Angels) by GameTrailers.[28] It was also ranked the second-worst game of all time by GameTrailers, first-worst went to Superman 64.[4] Some considered it so bad that the title screen was the only good part of the game.[29] In 2007, GamePro named E.T. one of the 52 most important games of all time due to its roles in the 1983 video game crash and the downfall of the seemingly unstoppable Atari. It is the only game to make the list for having a negative impact on the video game industry.[25]

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1988)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1988 side-scrolling action video game developed by Advance Communications and published by Bandai for the Nintendo Entertainment System loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Gameplay alternates between the characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde based on the player's ability to either avoid or cause damage. While getting decent reviews when released, the game gained largely negative retrospective reviews, with reviewers criticizing bad graphics, confusing gameplay, and poor use of the characters and setting.[30]

Darrell Monti of Nintendo Life called it one of the worst games he got for the NES.[30] In 2004, Game Informer reviewed the game in their Retro Reviews section and gave it a 5 out of 10, ending the review by saying "Flawed on every fundamental level, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is possibly the most unplayable garbage available on the NES."[31] In 2018, the German branch of Eurogamer placed the game at number 8 on their list of top ten worst games of the 1980s. The writers complain that nothing is explained to the player, and that some characters harm the players, but some do not. They called it a frustrating and confusing experience and said: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde should be played by anyone who wants to learn more about good game design [ . . . ] because this title makes everything so perfectly wrong that you could almost think it was deliberately designed that way."[32] The game was the first to be reviewed on the website Something Awful, gaining a score of -37 on a 0 to -50 scale, with -50 being the worst possible score.[33] Brett Alan Weiss of AllGame declared that the "music and graphics are tolerable, but the controls are sluggish and the action is exceedingly dull, rendering Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde almost unplayable".[34]

Friday the 13th (1989)

Friday the 13th, an adaptation of the popular horror movie franchise developed by Atlus and published by LJN for the Nintendo Entertainment System as part of its "aggressive" expansion into licensed video games,[35] was retroactively criticized primarily for its "broken" and frustrating gameplay.[36]

GamePro listed it as the 10th worst video game adaptation of a film, explaining that "From the start-up screen, Jason's hockey mask sitting alone in the dark, until a knife flies in from above to pierce the empty eye socket, Friday the 13th looks like it will live up to its gory namesake. Unfortunately, what follows is a repetitive music score and amazingly frustrating gameplay, courtesy of LJN."[36]


Action 52 (1991)

Action 52 is an unlicensed multicart developed by Active Enterprises for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1991. It contains 52 original games covering various genres, from shoot 'em ups to platformers.[37]Action 52 is one of the most infamous NES games for a number of reasons. The game originally retailed for over US$199 (which equates to four dollars for each game).[38] Many of its games also have poor controls and graphics, and are plagued by bizarre glitches and technical problems; some games are impossible to complete.[37]Kill Screen described all the games as "shit",[39] and Atari HQ called it "really, horribly, incredibly bad."[40] The game frequently appears on lists compiling the worst games ever,[37] and Atari HQ called it the worst game of all time.[40]GameSpy named it the fifth most shameful game ever, summarizing it as an "endless parade of inept programming, repetitive design and outright stupidity."[38] A drastically different version of the game was also developed by FarSight Studios for the Sega Genesis; Hardcore Gaming 101 wrote it was better than the NES version, but "that really isn't saying much."[37]

Night Trap (1992)

Night Trap is an interactive movie video game originally published by Sega for the Sega CD in 1992. It was the first interactive movie released for the system, and had initially received mixed reviews. Critics praised its smooth video animation and humor, but disliked its shallow gameplay.[41][42] The game became infamous after it was scrutinized during the 1993 United States Senate committee hearings on violence in video games, in which Senator Joe Lieberman claimed Night Trap featured gratuitous violence and promoted sexual aggression against women.[43] The game was removed from store shelves in the United States' two largest toy store chains, Toys "R" Us and Kay-Bee Toys, after both received numerous complaints.[44] After the controversy subsided, Night Trap was ported to multiple platforms, such as the 32X and 3DO. These ports were reviewed more harshly; critics felt the game had not aged well and considered its gameplay dull. Next Generation gave the 32X version a one-star rating[45] and GameFan called it a "so-so game that got a lot more attention than it deserved."[46] Retrospectively, Night Trap was ranked one of the worst video games of all time by Electronic Gaming Monthly,[47]GamesRadar,[48] and Computer Gaming World.[49] A remastered version of the game was released in April of 2017 for the XBox One and PlayStation 4, and later in August of 2017 for the Nintendo Switch[50]. These ports were rated "T" for "Teen", a lower rating than the original "M" for "Mature" it was given upon its initial release[51].

Philips CD-i The Legend of Zelda releases (1993-1994)

Prior to the cancelled plans to release a CD-ROM add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo granted Philips licenses to use some of their major characters in games for their Philips CD-i system. In addition to Hotel Mario, Philips released three games in The Legend of Zelda franchise: Link: The Faces of Evil; Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (both 1993); and Zelda's Adventure (1994), all produced with limited involvement from Nintendo.[52]

The first two games, Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon, were developed in tandem by Animation Magic (a Russo-American animation company), using the same game engine, and were released on the same day.[53] Both are side-scrollers where the player has to fight enemies and collect treasure to access certain levels. When first released, the games received some positive reviews;[54][55] however, critical re-assessment from the 2000s onward has been largely negative. The two games gained notoriety in that decade when attention was brought to their animated cutscenes, which were developed by Animation Magic's Russian studio; in the midst of a review of the Zelda cartoon, an IGN reviewer described the games as being "infamous"[56] and Matthew Castle of Computer and Video Games considered the cutscenes to be "terrifying, rendering Link as a rubbery limbed freak with a face that swims all over his head".[53]

Further criticism was brought to Zelda's Adventure, a third game developed instead by Viridis, which used a top-down approach, and shifted to a live-action visual style with digitized sprites instead of a cartoon look. According to Castle, "what [Zelda's Adventure] lacked in hideous toons it made up for with live-action FMV-visits from a beardy wizard (not a professional actor, but the game's music composer) whose shambolic preamble makes Knightmare look like The Lord of the Rings." It also suffered from poor gameplay, and a glitch preventing the game from playing both music and sound effects at the same time.[53][57]

Beyond the cutscenes (which soon became popular internet memes alongside Hotel Mario),[58] reviewers at GameTrailers have also ascribed modern negative criticism to "barely functional controls, lackluster gameplay, and numerous bugs".[4] Danny Cowan of noted that Zelda fans "almost universally despise these games".[57]The Wand of Gamelon was ranked the #6 worst video game of all time by Electronic Gaming Monthly[59] and the #5 by GameTrailers.[4]

Hotel Mario (1994)

Philips' deal with Nintendo for the three The Legend of Zelda games also gave them the rights to use characters from the Mario series.[60] The company commissioned several games featuring Mario to be made for the CD-i; however, only one, Hotel Mario, was released. A puzzle game, Hotel Mario features animated cutscenes produced by the same Russian studio behind Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. The game received primarily mixed reviews upon release; GamePro called the game fun to play, but believed it would bore players and would only appeal to core Mario fans.[61]

Retrospective reviews of the game, however, have been negative, with the game facing criticism for unresponsive controls and the animation of closing doors. IGN, while claiming that Hotel Mario was better than the Zelda CD-i games, slammed the game for being "dull", stating that there was "no reason" for anyone to play it.[62]GamesRadar referred to Hotel Mario as "craptastic" and named it the 48th worst game of all time,[63][64] while The Guardian called Hotel Mario a "horrible attempt to cash in on the full-motion-video capabilities of the useless CD-i console".[65]Eurogamer claimed the game to be "little more than a really rubbish version of Elevator Action".[66] The game's cutscenes have been subject to much ridicule; IGN compared their quality to that of Microsoft Paint.[62]

Plumbers Don't Wear Ties (1994)

Plumbers Don't Wear Ties was released in 1994 for the 3DO console, along with a limited number of copies for PC.[67] It was advertised as being an interactive, full motion video game; however, besides an opening cutscene, the game's story is presented through static images.[68] The game received negative attention focused on its "surreal" and "sexist" storyline, and poor voice acting.[68] Uproxx's Dan Seitz compared Plumbers Don't Wear Ties to a "Skinemax" movie, and felt that its constant use of still images was the "single saddest attempt to simulate a dream sequence ever".[68]IGN felt that Plumbers Don't Wear Ties was "a symbol for everything that was wrong" with the 3DO's looser licensing program in comparison to the other major consoles (which required publishers to pay a $3 fee per disc), noting that it helped to attract smaller studios whose games "served to strengthen the perception that 3DO's library was riddled with crap".[69]PC Gamer dubbed Plumbers Don't Wear Ties a "shallow, hateful waste of a game, [that] may very well be responsible for having killed the 3DO, interactive fiction, and the whale", naming it #1 on its "Must NOT Buy" list in May 2007.[70] The game has been also cited as one of the primary reasons for the commercial failure of the 3DO game system.[69]

Shaq Fu (1994)

Shaq Fu, a fighting game starring basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, received mixed reviews by critics upon its release, who praised the game's graphical style, smooth animations, and robust gameplay, but criticized the relevance of Shaq's presence in the game, along with its low difficulty and small character sprites.[71][72]Allgame was similarly critical of the game, criticizing its "sluggish" controls, Shaq being nearly unrecognizable in his in-game sprites, and a "shallow" story mode with "cheesy" dialogue.[73] Despite these mixed reviews, Shaq Fu has remained "collectively detested" by critics and gamers,[71] and a website also exists that is solely dedicated to the location and destruction of every copy of Shaq Fu.[74]

Levi Buchanan of IGN argued that Shaq Fu had received ridicule from contemporary critics because of its connections to the phenomena surrounding O'Neal, explaining that "[his] ego had reached such critical mass that it developed its own gravitational pull. And when an ego gets that large, the people that fed the ego to begin with love to turn on it."[71] Buchanan acknowledged some positive aspects of Shaq Fu, such as its graphics and animation, its non-linear story progression, and its "charming" simplicity in comparison to other major fighting game franchises such as Soul and Virtua Fighter, but that it had a "goofy" story and "awful" cast.[71] A sequel, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, was released on June 5, 2018.[75]

Bubsy 3D (1996)

Bubsy 3D, a platform game in the Bubsy series for the PlayStation, was negatively received due to its disorienting camera, poor graphics, sluggish controls, and the titular character's voice clips. Upon release Sushi-X of Electronic Gaming Monthly declared it "my first coaster award", and remarked, "Pretend your controller is filled with mud--this is how Bubsy plays."[76]GamesRadar named it as the video game equivalent to poorly-received films such as Plan 9 from Outer Space and Battlefield Earth.[77]GameTrailers named it their eighth worst video game ever made and referenced it as a rip-off of Super Mario 64, which was released around the same time.[78] Internet reviewer Seanbaby named it his 17th worst game of all time, criticizing its controls, the character's personality and the graphics.[79]

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997)

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, a platform game spin-off of the Mortal Kombat franchise focusing on the main character Sub-Zero, received mixed to negative reviews for its poor controls, outdated graphical appearance, and unforgiving gameplay.[80][81] Its Nintendo 64 port received further criticism for its downgraded quality, including the removal of its full motion video cutscenes that the PlayStation version used.[82][83][84] The PlayStation and Nintendo 64 versions hold aggregate scores on GameRankings of 53.20% and 44.84% respectively.[85][86]

Mikel Reparaz of GamesRadar opined that while the concept of giving Sub-Zero a spin-off game was interesting based on his popularity, the game "ended up a terrible mess of ugly sprites, cheap deaths and a button you had to hit just to change the direction you were facing, and the less that's said about it, the better."[87]Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero was listed among the worst Mortal Kombat games of all time by,[88] whose review noted the game's "dated" graphics, "stiff" character animations, and awkward controls with high input lag.[81]

Midway Games had planned further Mythologies games featuring different characters, but the mediocre reception resulted in their cancellation (although Mortal Kombat: Special Forces stemmed from a similar concept).[89]

Superman (1999)

Based on the show Superman: The Animated Series, Titus Software's Superman for the Nintendo 64 (often referred to as Superman 64) has the player control Superman as he is challenged by his nemesis Lex Luthor to help save the people of Metropolis. Upon release, the game was heavily panned for its unnecessary repetitiveness, difficult and confusing objectives, poor controls, numerous glitches that interfere with gameplay, and poor graphics.[90][91][92] Notoriously, the game has an introductory ring maze sequence that the player is given no warning about, and has a time limit that leaves nearly no room for error.[93] The ring maze section was exacerbated by the extremely short draw distances covered by distance fog, which is explained in-game as being an aspect of the virtual reality simulation of Metropolis the game is set in, but previously described as "Kryptonite fog" by developers.[90][91] Titus was harshly criticized for the poor quality of the game.[91] Titus stated that while they had grander plans for the game, "the licensor killed us", and the final game only represents about 10% of what they wanted to include.[93]

Superman was listed as the worst game of all time by GameTrailers,[4] the worst game on a Nintendo platform by Nintendo Power,[94] and as the worst video game adaptation of a comic book by both GameSpy and GameDaily.[95][96]


Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (2000)

Mortal Kombat: Special Forces is the second action game in the Mortal Kombat franchise released for the PlayStation in 2000 following Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. It has received worse reviews than Mythologies,[97] and has an average review score of only 28/100 at Metacritic, including ratings of 2.1/10 from GameSpot and 3/10 from IGN.[98]

Its sales were so low that Midway placed the series on hold in preparation for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002).[97]Ed Boon stated: "The game had a pretty bumpy development ride and the game didn't turn out very good at all."[99] In 2011, GamesRadar ranked it as the second most absurd Mortal Kombat offshoot (behind Mortal Kombat: Live Tour).[100] In 2013, GamesRadar also ranked it as the 41st worst game made.[101]

The Simpsons Wrestling (2001)

The Simpsons Wrestling is a fighting game based on the animated television series The Simpsons. The game was made for the PlayStation console, was developed by Big Ape Productions, published by Electronic Arts in Europe and Activision in North America and distributed by Fox Interactive. The Simpsons Wrestling received widespread negative reviews from critics; primary criticisms for the game were directed at its simplistic, unbalanced gameplay and bad graphics. It holds an aggregated score of 41.21% on GameRankings[102] and 32/100 on Metacritic.[103] IGN gave the game a 1 out of 10, and declared it "the most horrific demolition of a license ever".[104]

Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003)

Based on the DC Comics character Batman, Batman: Dark Tomorrow received very negative reviews from critics for its confusing gameplay, repetitive mission modes, awkward camera angles, and the lack of Kevin Conroy's and Mark Hamill's voices. The end of the game was also criticized because there is no direction to the "fulfilling ending" of the story besides using an outside game guide. GameSpot gave the game a score of 2.8 out of 10,[105] while IGN gave it a score of 2.2 out of 10 for the Xbox version[106] and 3.5 out of 10 for the GameCube version.[107]GameRankings gave it a score of 24.06% for the Xbox version[108] and 27.83% for the GameCube version;[109] while Metacritic gave it a score of 25 out of 100 for the Xbox version[110] and 29 out of 100 for the GameCube version.[111] A PlayStation 2 version was planned, but was cancelled due to the game's poor reception.[112] In 2015, GamesRadar named Dark Tomorrow the 18th worst game, claiming the game's camera "makes Epic Mickey's look like cinematography genius".[113]

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003)

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, the sixth installment in the Tomb Raider series, acting as a direct sequel to Tomb Raider Chronicles and The Last Revelation, received mixed to negative reviews for its poor controls, gameplay, and various bugs, although the graphics and original soundtrack were praised.[114][115]IGN's Douglas C. Perry praised its "compelling storyline" and "set of intriguing bit characters", however criticized the game stating that those aspects of the game "pale in comparison to 90% of the PlayStation 2's adventure or action-adventure games, and they actually hurt the rest of the game's best qualities", but that the new moves worked smoothly apart from the stealth actions. He also added multiple examples of good level design, smooth character models, surface textures and lightning, while feeling more mixed about Lara's unrealistic figure and hardened appearance.[116][117]

Game Revolution's A. A. White stated that while the game's darker story was an improvement compared to its predecessors, it never "[managed] to build to a captivating crescendo",[115] while the reviewer for GamesRadar called it "bountiful but confusing and ultimately of GCSE-standard creative writing."[118] Eurogamer called the controls dated and the stealth mechanics and strength upgrade system unnecessary,[114] while the GamesRadar reviewer cited both the gameplay and control layout as dated, citing the difficulty of effectively controlling Lara at multiple points in the game because of these issues.[118] The camera was also criticized, with gaming outlets citing it as awkward to control and sometimes wayward or confusing during its scripted movements.[119][118][114][115][116]

In 2010, GameTrailers placed the game 5th in their "Top 10 Worst Sequels" list.[120]The Angel of Darkness caused multiple problems for the Tomb Raider franchise. Paramount Pictures faulted The Cradle of Lifes lackluster box office performance on the poor critical reception the video game received from reviewers and fans.[121][122] The head of Core Design, Jeremy Heath-Smith, resigned after the release of the game,[123] and plans for a sequel called The Lost Dominion, part of a proposed trilogy created using the game's engine, were scrapped.[124] Following the poor performance of both the game and the second movie, Eidos Interactive took the production of Tomb Raider games away from Core Design and assigned them to Crystal Dynamics, noted as the developers of the Legacy of Kain series starting with Legend.[122][125][126]

Drake of the 99 Dragons (2003)

Drake of the 99 Dragons holds an aggregate score of 22 on Metacritic, ranking it as the second-worst game for the original Xbox.[127] In 2009, the game was placed as the eleventh worst received game in the last 15 years by GamesRadar.[128]GameSpot Alex Navarro felt that the game was a "cacophony of terrible effects and voice acting"--noticing the re-use of stock sounds used in AOL Instant Messenger, and comparing the character's voice to a cross between a game show host and the "Moviefone guy".[129][130] He also felt that due to the game's "disjointed" cutscenes and narration, the storyline was difficult to understand.[129]

IGN's Aaron Boulding gave the game a 2.9 out of 10; while praising the game's unique visual appearance and presentation, along with the "bullet time" audio effects while slowing down time, he concluded that Drake of the 99 Dragons was "a good idea that went horribly astray and ended up disastrous" and that "there's no need to rent, purchase or entertain the thought of playing this one."[130] GameSpot gave the game a lower score of 1.6, considering it "an out-and-out failure in every single discernable category."[129]

Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (2003)

Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing is a racing game developed by Stellar Stone and published by GameMill Publishing. The player competes in road races with semi-trailer trucks. Big Rigs was released in a pre-alpha state: it lacks any type of collision detection, allowing players to drive through other vehicles and obstacles, and has abnormal physics, including allowing players to drive up a vertical incline or accelerate to a maximum speed of 1.23×1037 miles per hour (1.98×1037 kilometres per hour; 5.8×1020 light-years per second) while driving in reverse before a floating-point arithmetic overflow occurs, then coming to an immediate halt once the accelerator is released. There is no computer artificial intelligence, meaning computer-controlled vehicles do not move at all during the race, thus making the game impossible to lose. It also has a number of grammatical and typographic errors, most notably the message to the player on finishing a race, "YOU'RE WINNER !".[131]

Big Rigs was listed as one of the worst games ever made by GameSpot[131] and Computer and Video Games.[132] After declaring it the "worst game ever made" in a "Games You Should Never Buy" segment, X-Play Morgan Webb refused to rate Big Rigs as their scale went from only 1 to 5.[133] On aggregate reviews, it has the lowest aggregate score of any video game, with an 8/100 on Metacritic,[134] and 3.83% on GameRankings.[135][136] Stellar Stone later added movement to the opponent, though it would still stop before the finish line.[137]Big Rigs was split from another game, Midnight Race Club, by GameMill Publishing, which had initially sought to release just one racing game stock keeping unit.[138]

Lula 3D (2005)

The adult adventure game Lula 3D was criticized for its monotonous gameplay, poor puzzle designs, low-quality graphics (including animations, an inconsistent frame rate, and re-use of character models), its voice acting, the quality of its English translation, and low-brow humor that was too childish for its target audience.[139][140][141] On Metacritic, the game received an aggregate score of 28% from 14 reviews.[142] In 2013, Polygon cited Lula 3D and other "low-brow" pornographic games as a factor in the mainstream video game industry's general non-acceptance of adult video games.[143]

Jolt Online Gaming gave Lula 3D a 1.8 out of 10 for making "every mistake that can possibly be made by the designers of a 3D adventure", criticizing its poorly-implemented controls and camera, tedious gameplay involving "mooching around listening to Lula's terribly voiced and poorly translated descriptions of everything around you, while collecting everything you can lay your hands on", and voice actors compared to people auditioning to be a phone sex operator. In conclusion, Jolt felt that "if you like good games, Lula 3D isn't for you. If you like sexual humour, Lula 3D isn't for you. If you have no qualms about pulling yourself off at the sight of dreadfully rendered computer characters shagging, then you need to check yourself in at your local therapy centre."[139]

Eurogamer gave Lula 3D a 2 out of 10, jokingly declaring that its low quality and immature humor (such as the "Bouncin' Boobs Technology" advertised on its packaging) made the game feel like it was developed by and intended for 12-year-old boys. PC Zone gave the game a 3.1 out of 10, believing that it was "oddly compelling", but "so inexorably, mindbogglingly ignorant of how either real games or real sex works that it spread-eagles itself a fair way into the 'so-bad-it's good' category."[140][141]

Ninjabread Man (2005)

Ninjabread Man, a budget game released by Data Design Interactive and published by Conspiracy Entertainment, was criticized for its poor camera, controls, graphics, and its short length; critics noted that the game could be completed in half an hour. IGN gave Ninjabread Man a 1.5 out of 10, deriding the game for being a "broken mess" and having "just enough character design and gameplay to cover the bullet points on the back of the box", but felt that Ninjabread Man still had a "hilarious concept", and jokingly praised the game for having the best box art of any Wii game.[144] Thunderbolt similarly gave Ninjabread Man a 1 out of 10, also noting that the premise itself had potential, but that the game itself did not have any "glimmer of innovation" and "couldn't be a more of a generic platformer if it tried."[145][146]

Data Design Interactive was further criticized by both Eurogamer and IGN for releasing several other games, including Anubis II, Myth Makers: Trixie in Toyland and Rock 'n' Roll Adventures, that shared the same overall engine, gameplay, and soundtrack as Ninjabread Man, but with different settings and characters. This, in turn, caused the games to exhibit exactly the same issues as Ninjabread Man. IGN felt that the games were "shovelware at a science" and representative of a bulk, quantity-over-quality approach to video game development. However, IGN still felt that Ninjabread Man had more "appealing" thematics out of the three.[144][146][147] Eurogamer gave all four games, including Ninjabread Man, a 1 out of 10, concluding that the games were "dross of the highest order. Rip offs at budget price. We deserve more than this. I've heard people perking up at Ninjabread Man because of its punny name. Don't be fooled."[146]

On Metacritic, Ninjabread Man has an aggregate score of 20 out of 100 from six critic reviews.[148]

Bomberman: Act Zero (2006)

A reimagining of the Bomberman series, Bomberman: Act Zero received negative reception from critics for its long loading times, bad collision detection, forgettable soundtrack, use of the same textures and graphics for every stage, tedious and repetitive gameplay, lack of a save feature, unbalanced A.I. and the series' unwelcome shift to a darker and more futuristic setting. The "First-Person Bomberman" mode was criticized for its bad camera angles and the fact that it is played in a third-person perspective. It holds an average score of 34 from Metacritic.[149]Yahoo! Games' Mike Smith felt that the designers did not understand what made Bomberman great. He criticized its "generic, gritty brushed-metal-and-armor heroes".[150]GamePro Patrick Shaw felt that it should not be used to introduce players to the series, while fans of the games should skip it.[151] named the game among their "6 Most Baffling Video Game Spinoffs" in 2013, commenting that the developers "took everything fun about Bomberman and made it crazy and depressing."[152]

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Produced to celebrate the franchise's 15th anniversary and relaunch the brand for the next generation, Sonic the Hedgehog was released in late 2006 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It received unfavorable reviews from critics and casual gamers alike for its sensitive controls, poor camera angles, numerous glitches, poor storyline riddled with plot holes, voice acting, extremely lengthy loading times, and level design, while its visuals and audio received a more mixed reception. IGN stated that "it offers a few good ideas, and a handful of exciting moments, but none of this helps the game recover from a catastrophic loss in control",[153] while GameSpot lamented the gameplay, the number of glitches, camera problems and the supporting cast, stating "only the most blindly reverent Sonic the Hedgehog fan could possibly squeeze any enjoyment out of Sega's latest adventure".[154]GameTrailers criticized the story as well, by saying that "you might actually be better off reading internet fan fiction." The game was ultimately listed as part of its "Top Ten Disappointments of the Decade" list.[155]

The game has a Metacritic average of 46% for the Xbox 360 version[156] and a similar score of 43% for the PlayStation 3 version.[157] In 2015, GamesRadar named Sonic the Hedgehog the 43rd worst game of all time, noting its "terrible" camera and "downright creepy" story.[158]

GameTrailers and GamesRadar considered Sonic the Hedgehog one of the most disappointing games of 2006.[159][160]GamesTM singled out the game when it ranked the Sonic franchise at the top of their list of "Video Game Franchises That Lost Their Way".[161]The A.V. Club,[162]Kotaku,[163]Game Informer,[164] and USgamer called the game the worst in the Sonic series,[165] and the staff of GamesRadar named it among the worst video games of all time.[166] The game remains popular for "Let's Play" walkthroughs, with players showing off its glitches.[162][165] The official Sonic Twitter account also mocks the game.[162] The failure of Sonic the Hedgehog led to the direction of the series being rethought. The next main Sonic game, 2008's Unleashed, ignored the gritty and realistic tone of its predecessor. With Unleasheds sequel Sonic Colors (2010), The A.V. Club wrote, "the series rediscovered its strength for whimsical tales with light tones."[162]

Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009)

Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, the eighth installment in the Leisure Suit Larry adult-oriented adventure game franchise, was developed by Team17, and published by Codemasters--who acquired the franchise's intellectual property from Activision Blizzard.[167]Box Office Bust was criticized for its poor gameplay and dated graphics, incoherent story, audio and technical issues, voice acting, and poor attempts at adult humor. On Metacritic, the game's PC version holds an aggregate score of 20/100 from 17 critic reviews; its PlayStation 3 port scored lower, with 17/100 based on 11 critic reviews.[168][169]

IGN declared Box Office Bust to be "frustratingly unpolished, devoid of any kind of wit or charm, and packed with tiring, at times infuriating challenges", also featuring "uncomfortably unfunny dialogue spewed from the lips of entirely unlikable characters". In conclusion, it was explained that "the lowest rating numbers here at IGN are reserved for games with nearly no redeeming qualities or interesting ideas, with next to nothing enjoyable to offer players, and which under no circumstances should be purchased by anyone. Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is, without a doubt, one of those games."[167]

ScrewAttack,[170]Giant Bomb,[171] and Australian television show Good Game named Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust the worst game of 2009.[172]Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry, publicly thanked VU Games on his website for keeping him away from what he called "the latest disaster".[173]

Stalin vs. Martians (2009)

Stalin vs. Martians is a parody real-time strategy video game developed by Black Wing Foundation, Dreamlore and N-Game, released on April 29, 2009. Described as "trashy and over-the-top"[174] by its creators,[175] the game mocks World War II strategy games and utilizes Pythonesque humor. The developers state that Stalin vs. Martians is "obviously a parody, which sometimes gets close to being a satire" and is "halfway to becoming a trash icon of gaming industry for years".[176] In some interviews the lead designer of the game compares Stalin vs. Martians to the Troma films.[177]

Stalin vs. Martians received scathing reviews from critics. It has an average score of 23.41% on GameRankings as well as 25% on Metacritic. GameSpot named it 2009's "Flat-Out Worst Game", awarding it a rating of 1.5/10 and calling it "perhaps the worst RTS game ever created."[178] IGN, which rated the game a 2/10, noted the game's total lack of any RTS-related elements and asked whether it was 'made in 1994 and sealed into a vault until 2009' given how dated the visuals looked.[179]Resolution, awarding the game 35%, warned readers not to purchase the game, but conceded that it is occasionally "incredibly amusing".[180]

Rogue Warrior (2009)

Rogue Warrior was initially developed by Zombie Studios under the title Rogue Warrior: Black Razor: it would have been an Unreal Engine 3-based game with drop-in four-player cooperative play, and 24-player competitive multiplayer using randomly generated maps based on a unique tiling system.[181] However, its publisher Bethesda Softworks was unsatisfied with the direction Zombie Studios was taking with the game; among other issues, citing the lack of emphasis on the personality of its protagonist Richard Marcinko. Bethesda rebooted the project with Rebellion Developments taking over development. The game was re-built from the ground up, scrapping Zombie Studios' work.[182]

Upon its release, Rogue Warrior was panned by critics for its poor controls, frequent use of profanity, short length, very limited multiplayer, and broken combat techniques.[183][184]GameSpot's Kevin VanOrd awarded Rogue Warrior a 2.0 out of 10, calling it "an absolute rip-off" and finding that Richard Marcinko "doesn't just drop an F-bomb--he drops an entire nuclear warhead of repulsive language."[183]IGN's Jeff Hayes stated that "players should stay far away from this title at all costs" and rated it a 1.4 out of 10, criticizing its "laughable and barely existent" plot.[184]Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter called it "the worst game I've played on [PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360] for a long, long time."[185]

In 2019, PC Gamer listed Rogue Warrior as being among "the worst PC games of all time", considering it "truly one of the worst first-person shooters in living memory", and akin to "one of those straight-to-video action movies you'd see on a DVD rack in a garage, but somehow dumber."[186]


Final Fantasy XIV (2010)

Final Fantasy XIV is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) in Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, developed as a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy XI. The game was released for Microsoft Windows on September 30, 2010, with plans for a PlayStation 3 port. However, the initial release of the game was met with poor reviews, with critics describing grind-heavy gameplay, poor controls, and a confusing user interface.[187][188] The game holds a Metacritic score of 49/100.[189] According to Naoki Yoshida, who took on overseeing the game's remake, the original version of Final Fantasy XIV suffered in production as there had been too much focus on the graphics quality, and little understanding of the fundamentals of a good MMORPG with the expectation that problems could be fixed with updates and patches later.[190]

Shortly after release, then-CEO of Square Enix Yoichi Wada issued an official apology for the quality of the game at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show in December 2011, saying that "the Final Fantasy brand [had] been greatly damaged".[191] The PlayStation 3 port was cancelled, and Square Enix eventually shut off the game's servers on November 11, 2012, as to remake the game from scratch into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Yoshida stated that they felt it was necessary to rebuild the game from the ground up to regain the trust that they lost from fans of the series for the original game, and not strictly as a business decision.[190] The new version was released in August 2013, and was received more positively, with an 83/100 score for the PC version on Metacritic.[192] As of July 2019, the game continues to be supported with expansions and new content for players.[193]

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString (2010)

Released in a market that had already been saturated by rock music-oriented music video games simulating guitar and drums, Power Gig: Rise of the SixString--developed by Seven45 Studios, a subsidiary of mass-market instrument manufacturer First Act--attempted to differentiate itself from competitors such as the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises by shipping with an actual electric guitar that could be used in-game, rather than a simplified plastic analog (although existing guitar and drum controllers designed for the franchises could still be used with the game).[194][195] As opposed to an electronic drum set with physical pads, the game offered an "AirStrike" drum controller, which utilized motion sensors placed on the ground.[196][197]

Upon its release, Power Gig received negative reviews from critics. The game's guitar was considered low-quality--not performing well as either a controller or standalone instrument, while the AirStrike drum controller was criticized for its poor hit detection, a reliance on proprietary, sensor-equipped drum sticks, and the lack of physical feedback contradicting the game's promoted focus on realism. The gameplay of Power Gig was criticized for being nearly identical to its competitors, even with its dedicated guitar (which only enabled the addition of basic, two-note power chords to songs), and for making little effort in providing any education on the instrument's fundamentals (in contrast to the similar "Pro Guitar" modes of its launch competitor Rock Band 3).[198][199][200]Griffin McElroy of Joystiq pointed out that, ironically, despite "[centering] itself around a peripheral which is a real guitar", Power Gig "[settled] for using a new toy to manipulate an old game--but still manages to categorically fail at both."[197][199][200] The game was also criticized for its storyline--which IGN declared to be "laughably bad", the exclusion of bass guitar modes, and poor-quality graphics and character animations.[201]

Power Gig holds an aggregate score of 36/100 on Metacritic,[201] and was named the worst game of 2010 by Giant Bomb.[202]

Postal III (2011)

Development of Postal III was subcontracted by Running with Scissors to the Russian video game publisher Akella, who hired the developer Trashmasters. They did not have the resources to develop the game to the design that the series' creators intended and thought they were able to deliver.[203] The game ultimately received poor reviews from critics, scoring an average review score on Metacritic of 24/100.[204] Running with Scissors pulled Postal III from its own online store, calling it an "unfinished mess" and recommending earlier installments of the franchise instead.[205]

PC Gamer gave Postal III a 21/100, joking that "suck and blow" were "two things that Postal III will continue to do for some hours", criticizing its lack of an open world design like Postal 2, poor AI, and poor attempts at being offensive (drawing comparisons to the quality of Uwe Boll's film adaptation).[206]IGN felt that the game's technical and gameplay issues (including long loading times) were more offensive than the game's content, and criticized the lack of variety or openness in its missions. However, the game's humor, wide variety of weapons (despite most of the unique weapons not being as useful in-game as their conventional counterparts), and relatively better graphical quality than Postal 2 were regarded as positive aspects, but not enough to save the game from a 5.5/10 rating.[207] Game Informer gave the game a 1/10, criticizing its "barely cobbled-together series of mostly linear levels", lazily using self-awareness to point out bugs that should have been fixed before release (such as a warning that an escort would "frustratingly disappear" if left behind), and concluding that there was "nothing redeeming about Postal IIIs frustrating, buggy gameplay."[208] In 2013, Computer and Video Games deemed it one of the 12 worst video games of all time.[132]

FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction (2011)

FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction is a sequel of the FlatOut franchise, a vehicular combat series originally developed by Bugbear Entertainment that features realistic destruction of cars and track obstacles. After releasing FlatOut 2, Bugbear had been tapped by Bandai Namco to develop Ridge Racer Unbounded,[209] and for the third FlatOut game, publisher Strategy First gave development duties to Team6 Game Studios. While Team6 had done numerous racing games prior, their approach to FlatOut 3 significantly changed from how Bugbear approached the title, and FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction was universally panned by critics and fans alike.

The game received generally unfavorable reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[210] with a score of 23/100. FlatOut 3 is one of the two games Edge has ever given a score of one out of ten to in its history (the other being Kabuki Warriors).[211]Eurogamer also gave it a one out of ten score and criticised all aspects of the game, especially the controls and the AI. It also lamented the fall from grace of the FlatOut series as a whole and summed up the review by saying, "You could go mad trying to rationalise Flatout 3. It is not bad in the way that a game like Boiling Point is bad, where things coalesce into a kind of awful greatness. This is a tacky and technically incompetent production with no redeeming features whatsoever, devoid of fun and an insult to the name it bears. Flatout once burned bright, but now is gone - and if there is a driving hell, this is surely it."[212]GamesMaster also gave the game one out of ten and said, "Some games are so bad they're good (for a laugh, at least). FlatOut 3 is just plain bad."[213]GameSpot gave the game its highest score by giving it five out of ten, praising the Demolition mode and the wide range of game modes, but like in other reviews the AI, controls and the bad collision detection were criticised.[214]

Infestation: Survivor Stories (2012)

Infestation: Survivor Stories, an open world multiplayer survival horror game, was publicly released as a "foundation release" in December 2012 under the name The War Z. The game received negative reception from various publications for its poor gameplay experience, and for its use of microtransactions for purchasing items and reviving characters without waiting four hours, despite the game not being a freemium "free-to-play" game. GameSpy gave The War Z a half-star out of five and considered it "a bad game that deserves all the controversy it's drawn", criticizing the broken state of the game and its use of microtransactions, but complimenting its overall atmosphere and far draw distance.[215]IGN gave the game a 3.0 out of 10, citing that "the high spawn rate of weapons, as well as fear of hackers, makes the majority of player interaction in The War Z overly punishing and one-dimensional", and further criticized its missing features, the ability to lose purchased items, and its lack of a balance between ranged and melee weaponry.[216]

Its developer, Hammerpoint Interactive, was also accused of false advertising by players; since the game's promotional material on Steam at the time highlighted certain features that were not yet present in the game, such as multiple large game worlds varying in size (only one was available), a skill point-based leveling system (which was not yet implemented), servers supporting up to 100 players (that were actually capped at 50), and private servers. Despite this information being corrected to consider them "upcoming" features, the flood of criticism prompted Valve to pull the game from sale on Steam and offer refunds, stating that the game was accidentally made available for purchase prematurely. In an interview with PC Gamer, executive producer Sergey Titov (who was also listed as a producer for Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing) claimed that its servers were temporarily capped at 50 due to player feedback, and that its marketing team had misinterpreted information about the current state of the game. Due to its similar themes, gameplay, and title, some also felt that The War Z was a clone of the popular ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead mod DayZ (of which a standalone version was in development); on June 20, 2013, Hammerpoint announced that the game would be renamed Infestation: Survivor Stories, "primarily as a result of some confusion and trademark issues with a similarly titled property" (a statement which also factored in a conflict with the film World War Z).[217][218][219][220]

SimCity (2013)

SimCity, developed by Maxis and Electronic Arts (EA), was aimed to augment the normally single-player city-building game with online features that would allow players' cities to interact with one another, building a software platform rather than a single game.[221] The game was released in March 2013, but there was no offline mode, and the servers for online connectivity were over capacity, requiring players to wait upwards of thirty minutes to play for several weeks following launch. EA and Maxis eventually resolved server issues by expanding capacity and disabling certain "non-critical" features.[222] Users also found that promised improvements to the artificial intelligence were not present, and that the available land for city building was much more restrictive than previous iterations.[223] Users were further critical when it was found that the game could be run in an offline mode using special debugging commands, to which Maxis responded saying that they opted against an offline mode as "it didn't fit with our vision".[224] By October 2013, EA and Maxis discussed the possibility of adding an offline mode,[225] and a year after release, the game was updated to support this.[226]

The game received lukewarm reviews from critics, with an aggregate score of 64/100 from Metacritic,[227] but was hit hard with many negative user reviews. The initial server issues created enough negative user reviews at retailer that the retailer temporarily halted sales of the game for a few days.[228] While some users that purchased retail editions of the game were able to get refunds, those that had purchased it digitally through EA's Origin service could not get refunds, and instead EA offered users a choice of one free game from eight offerings as to make up for the server issues.[229] EA was named as the "Worst Company in America" in a 2013 Consumerist user-voted poll, with the debacle over SimCity service launch as part of the reason some voted this way.[230]

As a result of the poor reception to the game, Electronic Arts shuttered Maxis' main Emeryville, California studio by 2015, transferring Maxis' other franchises like The Sims to other EA studios.[231] Separately, Colossal Order, a studio under Paradox Interactive, had been wanting to make a city simulator for some time, but Paradox had been hesitant of SimCity influence on the market. Following the failure of SimCity, Paradox greenlit Colossal Order's Cities: Skylines, which was released in 2015. By contrast, Cities: Skylines was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, with some outlets considering the game to have succeeded SimCity as the game most representative of the genre.[232][233][234][235]

Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013)

Aliens: Colonial Marines, a first-person shooter developed by Gearbox Software and set in the universe of the Alien franchise, was criticized at launch for containing bugs, poorly-implemented A.I., unbalanced gameplay, low-quality graphics, and a poorly-implemented co-op mode. A couple of said issues have since been adjusted or fixed to a certain degree. The game's story also drew criticism for its lack of a consistent continuity with the Alien films, despite claims from the developers that the events of the game were supposed to be canon to the film series.[236][237][238][239][240]

Particular criticism was directed towards discrepancies in the game's quality between pre-release builds demonstrated at events and in promotional materials--the former purporting to feature "actual gameplay", and the final product, including lower graphics quality, missing levels, and other regressions. Shortly after the game's release and the discovery of these regressions, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford acknowledged the issues and stated that the studio would look into them.[241] It was reported that, as is common practice, the demo was optimized for high-end PC hardware, and that after the game was returned from its subcontractor TimeGate Studios to Gearbox, the studio made changes to optimize the game's performance for consoles.[240]

In April 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed against Gearbox Software and the game's publisher, Sega. The suit argued that these differences, along with a press embargo on publishing reviews of the final product until its release date, deceived those who pre-ordered the game based on the pre-release promotional materials, amounting to false advertising. In September 2014, Sega agreed to pay a tentative settlement of $1.25 million.[242][243][244]

In July 2018, a mod developer reviewing the game's code found that a typo in its configuration files resulted in the poor artificial intelligence shown by the game's enemies observed at its original release; manually correcting the error led to the enemies having more consistent behavior with press material as well as the Aliens from the film franchise.[245]

Ride to Hell: Retribution (2013)

Announced in 2008 as a Grand Theft Auto-styled game set during the late 1960s, the eventual release of Ride to Hell: Retribution in June 2013 was universally panned by critics. In particular, Ride to Hell was criticized for its largely broken gameplay, poorly-implemented controls, poor voice acting and writing, its negative portrayal of women, and for dropping the originally announced open-world format in favor of a linear structure. Daniel Starkey of GameSpot considered Ride to Hell: Retribution to be "painfully insubstantial" and broken all-around, criticizing its plot for showing a "pathetic, out-of-touch approach to sex, violence, and masculinity", and believing that its developers were showing a lack of respect towards players due to the game's abysmal quality. Describing it as the newest candidate for "Worst Game of All Time", Starkey gave Ride to Hell a 1.0 out of 10, making it only the second game (behind Big Rigs) to receive GameSpot's lowest possible rating.[246]EGM described Ride to Hell as being "a linear, insultingly underdeveloped mess" with "endlessly clunky gameplay" and numerous bugs and glitches, concluding that "other games may have offered less content for more money or come up shorter in specific, individual areas, but I don't think there's ever been a game that does so many things so universally poorly", giving the game 0.5 out of 10.[247] In his annual "Top and Bottom 5" awards, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw of Zero Punctuation laid out his bottom 5 (in which Ride to Hell was not included) before moving into a coda in which he explained, "I was hesitant to place it even on a worst games list, 'cos it's not a game, it's congealed failure. I speak no hyperbole when I say that releasing every box with no disc inside would have been less of a mistake. So for one time only, I grant the Zero Punctuation Lifetime Achievement Award for Total Abhorrence to Ride to Hell: Retribution, which it will hold indefinitely until a worse game comes along."[248]

The game has a Metacritic score of 19 out of 100, based on 14 reviews of the Xbox 360 version.[249] It is the third lowest scoring game on the Xbox 360, and the lowest scoring retail Xbox 360 game.[250] It received a 13 out of 100 score from Metacritic for the PS3 version, making it the lowest-scoring PS3 game.

Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons (2013)

Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons is a 3D beat 'em up game loosely based on the arcade version of Double Dragon II: The Revenge, developed by Korean game studio GRAVITY and published by Barunson Creative Co. Ltd. The title was first announced in 2011, but was shelved for release for two years. It was eventually released on April 5, 2013 as a digital download for the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Arcade service. It received extremely negative reviews, holding a score of 15.83% on GameRankings (making it the third-worst reviewed game on the site only behind Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing and Ride to Hell: Retribution)[251] and a score of 17 on Metacritic, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[252]GamesRadar ranked it as the 42nd worst game ever made, comparing it unfavorably to the previous Double Dragon Neon.[101]Metro gave it a 1/10 score and called it the "worst game ever".[253]

Dungeon Keeper (2014)

Dungeon Keeper is a freemium MMO strategy video game developed by Mythic Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for the iOS and Android platforms. It was intended to serve as a reboot of the Dungeon Keeper series directed and designed by Peter Molyneux. The game was heavily panned due to its monetization practices. For example, critics condemned the time the Gem Veins take to dig, which forces players to either wait for varying amounts of time or purchase Gems with real money, practices that were not present in the original Dungeon Keeper games.[254][255][256] The Metacritic score for the iOS version is a 42/100.[257]IGN rewarded the game a 3/10,[258]Eurogamer rewarded the game a 1/10,[254] and Metro rewarded the game a 0/10.[255] The game was deemed "unplayable" by some critics.[259] Molyneux criticized the game's monetization implementations as well, describing them as "ridiculous".[260][261]

The criticisms of the game were exacerbated when Electronic Arts was accused of censoring user ratings lower than five stars by making those players email them instead the next month.[262] The British Advertising Standards Authority soon ruled that Electronic Arts' advertising of the "free" nature of the game misled customers,[263][264] ordered the creation of fine print explaining the in-app purchases,[264][265] and banned the original adverts.[266]

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (2014)

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is a 2014 spin-off from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise developed by Big Red Button Entertainment--a studio co-founded by Naughty Dog alumni E. Daniel Arey and Bob Rafei--and published by Sega for the Wii U.[267] The game was released alongside a tie-in game titled Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal developed by Sanzaru Games for the Nintendo 3DS. Although both games received generally negative reviews from critics, Rise of Lyric was especially derided for its numerous bugs and glitches, poor graphics and level design, over-simplistic gameplay, and bad writing.[268][269] On Metacritic, the game holds an aggregate score of 32 from 28 critic reviews.[270]

Don Saas of GameSpot noted that "through a combination of unwieldy controls, a broken camera system, and a total lack of responsiveness, the platforming and exploration elements of Rise of Lyric are totally unworkable."[268]Metro GameCentral considered Rise of Lyric to be "definitely the worst game of 2014", citing "a terrible camera, awful controls, unspeakably dull combat, insipid level design, ugly character art, broken graphics, serious bugs, and the terrible feeling that Sega hates both you and Sonic."[269] Both Metro and Nintendo World Report referred to it as potentially the worst Sonic game of all time.[269][271]

Both games were commercial failures. In February 2015, Sega announced that Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal had moved 490,000 units combined, making them the worst-selling games in the history of the franchise.[272] Sanzaru Games has developed another 3DS title known as Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice, which was released in 2016 to mixed reviews, although it was considered an improvement over Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination (2015)

The sixth installment in the Alone in the Dark franchise was published by Atari in 2015 centering around a team of four cooperative characters investigating a mysterious figure in a haunted house. Alone in the Dark: Illumination received universally negative reviews. It received an aggregated score of 19% on GameRankings based on 5 reviews[273] and 19% on Metacritic based on 12 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike", and was ranked as the worst game of 2015.[274][275]Jim Sterling stated that Illumination was "ugly in every sense of the word, not just visually - though it is about as attractive as an anus in an eye socket", while criticizing its cooperative play and the mechanic of using light sources to defeat enemies.[276]

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (2015)

A revival of the Tony Hawk's franchise developed by Robomodo, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 was panned for its poor quality, especially in comparison to its predecessors, with reviews citing various performance issues, environmental clipping, and physics issues. The game's environments were criticized for their poor aesthetics, unmemorable level themes, small size, dull challenge tasks, lack of NPCs, and for not containing as many hidden secrets as those in previous Tony Hawk games. Before the game was released, the licensing deal between Activision and Tony Hawk was set to expire. As a result, the game was hastily developed within a few months and released unfinished with little promotion.[277][278] The nature of the game's online modes were criticized for providing little incentive to players and exacerbating the game's performance issues.[279][280]Pro Skater 5 would be the last major game in the series until the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, a remaster of the first two games, in 2020.

IGN gave the game a 3.5 out of 10, concluding that "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 rare moments of nostalgic joy are drowned out by its abundance of poorly thought out levels, control problems, bugs, and its glaring lack of attitude. It boggles the mind that a $60 game in 2015 can be riddled with so many technical issues."[279] Giving Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 a 3 out of 10, GameSpot argued that "within THPS5 lies a basic skating game that's difficult to enjoy, because you have to jump over numerous hoops and ignore a plethora of obvious issues to find the smallest amount of fun."[280]Polygon named Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 one of the worst games of 2015, stating that it was "so broken, so garish and so grim that reformed Tony Hawk lovers rue the day they first laid eyes on the franchise. Sometimes, it's better to leave what's past in the past."[281]

Umbrella Corps (2016)

Umbrella Corps is a tactical shooter spinoff of the Resident Evil franchise released for the PlayStation 4 and PC, and has been panned for its poor gameplay mechanics. IGN's Brian Albert rated the game 3.8 out of 10: "[The] balance is absurd, controls are clumsy, and it fails to pull anything meaningful from the Resident Evil universe".[282] Peter Brown of GameSpot rated it 3/10: "Umbrella Corps is a forgettable game dominated by bland action and half-baked mechanics."[283] Zach Furniss of Destructoid lambasted the game as "a broken sludgy mess that fails in just about every way."[284]Game Rants John Jacques wrote in his review, "The game doesn't know what it wants to be, and as a result, this is another lackluster spinoff from Capcom--one we're eager to forget."[285] Ben Reeves of Game Informer commented, "Thanks to all of its flaws, Umbrella Corps feels like a grotesque online oddity that everyone should just ignore--which everyone is already doing."[286] Cade Onder of GameZone labeled the game "the worst entry in the Resident Evil franchise since 6," citing its "clumsy and even confusing" gameplay.[287] Russ Frushtick of Polygon remarked that "the controls feel like you're walking on ice skates. It's abysmal."[288] In 2017, The Telegraph Olivia White rated it the worst game in the Resident Evil series,[289] while PC Gamer ranked it the second-worst game in the franchise for its "straight up broken" controls, which they deemed "unforgivable".[290]Umbrella Corps holds a rating of 38 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 55 reviews.[291]

No Man's Sky (2016)

No Man's Sky was announced in 2013 as a space exploration game that features over 18 quintillion planets in its virtual universe each with their own set of flora and fauna, all formed in-game through procedural generation. The game, developed by a small team from Hello Games, quickly gained significant attention and media hype across the gaming media due to its expansive goals, which was boosted further when Sony announced it would help to publish the game for the PlayStation 4 alongside a Microsoft Windows version. Sean Murray, a co-founder of Hello Games and the lead developer for No Man's Sky, gave numerous interviews over the following years during development, explaining features they had planned for the game including multiplayer.[292]

Just prior to No Man's Sky August 2016 release, early-released copies revealed that some of the expected gameplay features did not appear present in the game, and were still missing following a day-zero patch. Specifically, there appeared to be no multiplayer, and other features demonstrated in promotional videos and Murray's interviews were absent.[293] Atop this, players found the game lacked a quality of procedural uniqueness (in that there was little overall variation in the planets relative to the scale of the game), and the gameplay elements necessary to explore were tedious. Though Murray had tried to set expectations prior to release, the game received a wide range of reviews[294] and generally negative reviews from players.[295] Negative player reception was compounded by the apparent lack of communication from Hello Games towards these issues, with the team only reporting on bug fixes and performance improvements that they released. Murray later admitted that their initial silence post-release had come about due to drastically underestimating the player size they had to support at the start.[296] Hello Games has since released several major updates to the game to incorporate some of these missing features, including multiplayer modes, as well as other significant additions which have been met with praise, bringing the game to a state that they had expected prior to its launch and grown beyond that.[297][298] The game is considered a key reminder of what to avoid in marketing a game, with many commentators discussing the proper means to generate interest in games "in a post-No Man's Sky world".[299][300][301][302]

Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)

Star Wars Battlefront II, primarily an online multiplayer shooter, was developed by EA DICE as a sequel to the 2015 game. One element that EA had sought to change was how microtransactions would be handled; the first game offered additional characters and settings through downloadable content, but EA found that this segmented the player community between those who had purchased the additional content and those who had not.[303]

Instead, EA opted to use loot box mechanics (called Star Crates in-game) believing this would help maintain its player community; players could earn Star Crates, containing a random collection of in-game items distributed by rarity, over time by playing the game, but could also spend real-world funds to acquire these. While such loot crates were an established mechanism in video games, the approach used by Battlefront II during its pre-launch beta period was found to be problematic to players. Star Crates not only contained gameplay-altering elements, thus seen as "pay-to-win",[304][305][306] but also was the fastest way to unlock the more popular Star Wars characters rather than acquiring them through hours of gameplay.[307] Players and some journalists were vocal about these concerns, which were coupled with general negative attention drawn to loot box mechanics in 2017 from other video games.[307][308] Just prior to the game's planned launch in November 2017, Disney (who owned the rights to Star Wars) contacted EA over the situation, leading EA to disable any of the microtransaction processes indefinitely until they could work out a solution.[309][310] The new system was put in place by March 2018, addressing both key concerns.[311]

While Battlefront II received mixed reviews from critics, the negative perception of the game by the player base troubled EA's stockholders, and within a week of its November 2017 release, EA's stock market value dropped by US$3 billion, attributed to the Battlefront II loot box backlash. In its Q4 2017 quarterly financials, EA stated that Battlefront II had missed their sales expectation by at least 10%, which EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen attributed to the player base reaction to how EA had implemented and handled the loot box issue.[312][313] The attention generated by Battlefront IIs loot crates also drew worldwide government and industry responses in late 2017 and beyond to evaluate whether loot box mechanics in video games were a form of gambling particularly to minors and the potential need for regulations.[314][315][316]

Fallout 76 (2018)

Fallout 76 is an online action role-playing game in the Fallout series. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 76 represented the studio's first foray for a fully online game, as well as the first time multiplayer is included in a Fallout game developed by Bethesda Studios. Fallout 76s Metacritic scores across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms have an average of about 51/100, with user reviews being far more critical of the game.[317]

The game shipped with a large number of bugs and glitches, and Bethesda's early patches to fix these were large and at times, reintroduced bugs that had previously been fixed.[318][319][320] Other complaints from players focused on the expensive pricing of in-game cosmetics,[321] as well as introducing items that gave gameplay advantages which could similarly be bought with real money.[322][323][324] Additionally, there was criticism for Bethesda's attitude towards players using mods, regardless of whether their intentions were harmful or not,[325][326][327] as well as the game's lack of sufficient anti-cheat protection due to large-scale examples of hacking.[328][329][330][331] Like No Man's Sky, Bethesda had not been as communicative of its efforts to improve the game following release, leading to further consternation within the player base.[332]

The choice to include a premium subscription service in October 2019 was met with criticism as players had expected some of the exclusive features to have been provided for free.[333][334][335][336] The service was also hampered by bugs upon release, including one that deleted all items from the Scrapbox, an item "Fallout 1st" players receive that allows unlimited storage of building materials. Bethesda has since addressed those bugs and gave any players thought to be affected by the Scrapbox bug free in-game materials as an apology.[337][338][339][340][341]

Several promotional facets of Fallout 76 failed to meet original expectations. As part of the game's premium physical content, the promotional canvas bag and an alcoholic beverage bottle were found to not match the original product descriptions as shipped,[342][343] while thousands of Fallout-themed helmets were recalled due to containing dangerous levels of mold.[344][345]

By 2020, Bethesda's work to improve the game has garnered more positive praise from its users. On its release to Steam in April of that year, its users worked to fight a review bomb by posting positive reviews and experiences of the game since release.[346][347]

WWE 2K20 (2019)

WWE 2K20 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports in 2019, part of the ongoing WWE series of video games based on the WWE sporting franchise. The series had traditionally been developed by Yuke's and published by THQ. THQ went bankrupt in 2012, and 2K acquired the WWE property then. 2K kept Yuke's on as the lead developer and had assigned Visual Concepts, an internal studio with several years of experience in sports simulation games, to assist. Yuke's role in development was gradually diminished over the years, and they were removed as the lead developers for WWE 2K20, though affirmed they would provide Visual Concepts and 2K with support for the game's engine while they pursued a new wrestling IP.[348] Visual Concepts considered this gave them freedom to explore new options for the game that they felt Yuke's had been holding them back on.[349]

The game received "generally unfavorable" reviews on all platforms according to review aggregator Metacritic.[350][351][352] Reviewers and players alike found numerous glitches resulting from the game engine which were attributed to the removal of Yuke's from the development of the title,[353] and the hashtag #FixWWE2K20 began trending across social media.[354] At the start of 2020, the game was rendered almost unplayable due to a "Y2k20" bug.[355]

As a result, plans for a WWE 2K21 game were cancelled by March 2020 according to WWE.[356] Justin Leeper, a former writer for the series, stated that a combination of development problems with Visual Studios without Yuke's and poor sales, in addition to issues from the COVID-19 pandemic, led 2K to put the series on hold, but in favor of a different style of WWE game as a replacement from a different studio.[357] 2K announced the spin-off title, WWE 2K Battlegrounds, which was developed by Saber Interactive, as an arcade-action, "over-the-top" game.[358] The game was released in September 2020 to mixed reviews.

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