Video games are supposed to be fun, wonderful and even inspiring or educational. But every so often, a video game comes along and defies expectations, sometimes of the lowest order. Some games barely manage to scrape a decently forgivable score on such sites like Metacritic and are regularly the punchline at the end of jokes by game journalists when discussing their worst gaming experiences.
So, let’s dive straight in, towards the bottom of the video game barrel and see what we can find. We’ve looked at certain review aggregate sites to find out what are the truly
worst (we’ll go with “hated” because the evidence comes mainly from others critics views) video games of all time.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
We’ll start pretty recent. When a new Tony Hawk game was announced back in 2015, it should have warranted excited anticipation. After all, the series is somewhat of a legend of the modern era of games.
The original series, Project 8, even Proving Ground, have become classics in their own right. However, Pro Skater 5 wasn’t exactly released to similar acclaim. The PS4 version of the game currently has a score of 32/100.
That’s bad. Many critics singled out the outdated graphics (they look PS2-era at best), poorly rendered textures and environments, unplayable online capabilities and simplistic missions. Probably a good decision to bail on this one.
Nobody’s really sure why anyone thought it would be an amazing idea to feature Shaq in a 2-D fighting game. Money, you cry? Well, maybe. But still, Shaq, why? Anyway, Shaq Fu involves a bizzare story set in Japan where the basketball legend walks into a Dojo while preparing for a charity basketball match and is transported to a different dimension.
In this other world, Shaq must rescue a small boy from an evil mummy. I know. Why? The game’s critics pointed towards that the game relies on such a bad idea that it can never be considered “good.” They conclude that it’s generally just a bad fighting game overall. A slam dunk of awful.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust.
The Leisure Suit Larry games. Shudder. The shady uncle of American Pie, the love child of Porky’s and Peeping Tom. Box Office Bust was released for Windows, PS3 and XBOX 360 back in 2009 and received a harsh, seemingly deserved reception right from the get go.
Its main appeal was for a more “mature” audience who would appreciate the nudity and sexual content. The critics dissected the game and slammed it for its truly awful attempts at humour, lackluster gameplay and under no circumstances “should not be purchased by anyone.” Ouch. Maybe time for the series to hang up its hat.
Alien Colonial Marines
Alien is a pretty established franchise. The recent revival in the form of Alien Isolation was received pretty well. It was praised for its authentic and truly scary atmosphere and how its mechanics produced some tense moments.
One of the earlier games in the Alien universe didn’t fare so well. Colonial Marines is a first-person shooter that was panned by critics for not living up to the original footage that was originally shown of the game. It included a number of bugs, poor A.I., poor graphics and terrible multiplayer.
Probably still better than being chased by a Xenomorph though. Well, maybe.
Rogue Warrior is a strange game. Its dreadful controls, numerous glitches (some which apparently turn the frame-rate into single digit figures), and it’s overall short length abhorred critics when it was released. It also drew criticism for including more bad language than a Scorsese crime drama. It’s true.
The game’s script is literally peppered with bad language for literally no reason, but the protagonist is voiced by Mickey Rourke. So there’s lots of unnecessary swearing, but at least it’s done by someone who’s skilled at swearing. Kinda.
So there we have it. Fraghero’s list of the most hated video games of all time. Have something to add? Let us know.