If you have played any of these games… I feel for you…
Here are the worst games ever made on (almost) every major home console. So, without further ado let us start with one of the greatest consoles ever made.
NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Ah, The NES. Although some real gems came from the console it was notorious for terrible games. In fact, with ‘LJN’ making a mess of practically every franchise they could get a hold of, rubbish games flocked the market. The worst game on the NES has to be ‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1988 side-scrolling ‘action’ game loosely based on ‘The 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. Of course, it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at the game, as it is practically unplayable…
Dis-honorable mentions: Anything LJN, Action 52, Ghostbusters.
Sega Master System
With a library that included Sonic, Phantasy Star, Afterburner + more, the Sega Master System wasn’t a console to be trifled with and was a great first console for Sega. This said, we are not here to talk about achievements… I’d like you to meet this little fellow.
A game was released based on the television series ‘ALF’. Not surprisingly, this was the only game to be released on home consoles based on the series… The objective of the game was to locate parts with which to repair Alf’s spaceship.
In a game, you would expect to get a couple of hours gameplay at least right?.. Not in the world of Alf. As well as offering up terrible graphics, music, management and gameplay, the whole game could be completed within a matter of minutes.
Dis-honorable mentions: Anything LJN, Mortal Kombat, Home Alone.
Sega Mega Drive (Genesis)
The Mega Drive, like the NES had a huge library of games and wasn’t shy to go head to head with the Nintendo. The console offered 16-bit graphics and was arguably the console that started the ‘Bit Wars’.
For everyone that adores the Sega Mega Drive and it’s platformers try ‘Dark Castle’. As if the console wasn’t already riddled with bad platform games, this one was particularly rubbish.
Armed only with a bag of rocks and god-awful controls you venture on to take on the ‘Black Knight’. As silly as this sounds the plot isn’t the worst part. The biggest problem is the controls. And level design. Maybe the graphics too. Can’t forget about the sound. Well… Just about everything is bad… Now, I am not sure if the game was meant to be like this, maybe it was supposed to be extremely hard? Well if extremely hard means unplayable that it what this game is.
Dis-honorable mentions: Anything LJN, Crazy Bus, Batman Forever.
SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
SNES… The console that added a bit of ‘super’ to the NES. The SNES brought us some pretty legendary games… But, with some super good games came some super bad ones. For me the worst game I played on the console was Luigi’s first ever game… ‘Mario is Missing!’.
In ‘Mario is Missing!’, you must travel around the world to find and return stolen treasures in a quest to find Mario. (Who has obviously been captured by Bowser) Mario Is Missing! was part of a series of educational Mario games. Unfortunately, it didn’t leave you wanting to actually learn anything. The game simply lacked fun which was a shame as it was Luigi’s first game and he would not have another until 2001. This is when Luigi’s Mansion was released on the Nintendo GameCube.
Dis-honorable mentions: Anything LJN, Rise of the Robots, Super 3D Noah’s Ark.
Arguably, the Sega Saturn was the worst home-console that Sega released. Personally I loved the Saturn… Panzer Dragoon kept me going for hours. Unfortunately however, the Saturn used disk based games… Yes in the long run this was great for the gaming industry however, in the early days of the disk, some games just didn’t cut it. ‘Battle Monsters’ was one of these games.
If you think you have already experienced the worst fighting game ever but havn’t played this one, think again. Battle Monsters is a versus fighting game released in 1995. The graphics and animation are among the worst I have ever seen in a fighting game and controlling each character is a real chore. There are two attack buttons and two different types of jumps providing very little variety… That said the controls somehow are very confusing.
Dis-honorable mentions: Interactive Movie Games… Actua Soccer, Street Fighter: The Movie.
Nintendo 64 (N64)
The Nintendo 64 gave us controllers that required 3 hands… Somehow it worked and some of the world’s greatest games came out of it. With the likes of Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time the N64 wasn’t one to miss. With 64-bits comes great responsibility however and a number of games slipped through the net of quality.
The worst of the bunch, and possibly one of if not thee worst games ever made we have ‘Superman’. Loosely based on the animated series ‘Superman’ flew into the shelves in 1999… Literally.
With repetitive sounds and bland music, sluggish and unresponsive controls, lagging frame rates and terrible mechanics the game was a joke.
Dis-honorable mentions: Daikatana, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Carmageddon 64.
The Original Playstation brought video games to more households than any of the consoles before it. This is probably the first games console that a lot of people within this generation first owned or at least first played.
With the Playstation’s success came a large array of great classics such as Crash Bandicoot, Medieval, Rayman, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Silent Hill… Hell the list goes on but, like any console with a large library came a ton of worthless junk.
When it comes to the worst PS1 game, Most people would most likely choose ‘Bubsy 3D’ and I can see why. Released at approximately the same time as Super Mario 64 and Crash Bandicoot, Bubsy 3D simply doesn’t compare. The graphics, controls, framerate… It is just all wrong and I can’t help but think with a bit more work Bubsy 3D could have been good… (A bit like Croc: Legend of the Gobbos)
Personally, the worst PS1 game I have experienced is a terrible port of a game called ‘Ubik’…
Ubik is a bad point and click game originally released in 1998. The gameplay is slow, the graphics are blocky and well everything is just… boring… using (mainly) only 2 buttons you explore a badly rendered ‘Blade Runner’ like world. Just take a look at it!
Dis-honorable mentions: Celebrity Deathmatch, Planet of the Apes, Spice World, South Park.
Released in 1998 (1999 out of Japan) the Dreamcast was way ahead of its time. Being the first console to offer 128 bit graphics and online play it is no surprise that some world class games erected from the console. Now, there aren’t many dreamcast games that are amazingly bad… Heck there aren’t that many dreamcast games full stop. That said, an amazing but small library is better than a large rubbish one. Speaking of garbage, ‘Soul Fighter’ comes to mind.
Interestingly, The idea behind Soul Fighter was a good one. The notion of a Golden Axe-like game in 3D had enormous appeal… Unfortunately, the idea didn’t seem to come together very well. Thanks to tedious gameplay and even worse control, playing Soul Fighter is a chore.
The horrendous controls were not the only issue with the game. as well as fighting bad guys, you would be constantly fighting against the camera…
Amazingly, despite poor rendering and terrible gameplay Soul Fighter did run smoothly. I can’t help but think a few tweaks (maybe slightly more than a few) to the game would make it a fairly good one.
Dis-honorable mentions: Spec Ops: Omega Squad, Urban Chaos, Soul Fighter, Space Griffon.
With over 155 million units sold worldwide, the PS2 holds the crown for the best selling console ever… So let’s have a look at another best… Sorry worst seller, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ which, may I add probably sold about 3 units… Who knows…. Who cares?
Anyway, Charlie’s Angels is a beat em up published by Ubisoft. It is based on the first and second movies in the series and is basically a brainless buggy mess.
Everything from the plot, sound effects and camera angles right through to the controls, bugs and AI… It is all just terrible. I mean just check out the gameplay above.
Dis-honorable mentions: Catwoman, Army Men: Green Rogue, Little Britain, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness
Even though the console was creamed by it’s rivals in sales, this little box of joy brought us some great new exclusives. The Nintendo Gamecube is still seen as Nintendo’s best console by some… but, that doesn’t stop some turds hitting the market.
Meet ‘Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis’… Basically, take the Superman (N64) game… Turn Superman into a pitiful fish… Throw him underwater and off you go. Even the hard-core Aquaman devotees will have little love for this short, shallow, problematic and downright unplayable game.
Dis-honorable mentions: Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure, Nickelodeon Party Blast, Sonic Riders
Microsoft’s first home console came packed with plenty of power and brought us some great titles in its time. Some would say the console was better than the Playstation 2 however, the console did have a few titles that let it down…One game in particular which may I add was a launch title for the console was ‘Kabuki Warriors’.
With slow paced fighting, unresponsive controls, bland stages, and literally only one button used for attacking. There is no way that anyone could enjoy this game… You could give a controller to your cat and it would probably win a fight.
Dis-honorable mentions: Azurik: Rise Of Perathia, Pulse Racer, Drake of the 99 Dragons, Robocop, Pulse Racer.
Microsoft’s second console really stepped it up when it came to online play. In fact, with exclusives like Gears of War and Halo 3 it is no surprise the console was a massive success. However, some developers *cough* SEGA *cough* didn’t care for quality games at the time… Unfortunately, this is where the game Sonic 06 comes into play.
‘Sonic The Hedgehog’, no matter how you look at it is seriously flawed. With major glitches, poor animation and down right bad gameplay it is no wonder this is seen as the worst Sonic game ever. I should give Sega some credit, they must have realised how bad it was going to be as it doesn’t seem like they bothered to finish the title.
Dis-honorable mentions: Jumper, Vampire Rain, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Rogue Warrior, R.I.P.D. The Game, Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust.
Giving the Xbox 360 a run for its money was the Playstation 3. Offering free online services and well known Sony exclusives the PS3 provided a great competition for the Xbox 360. One game in particular was released that was meant to be a PlayStation exclusive that would bridge the gap between big budget AAA titles and high quality affordable downloadable only games…
Unfortunately, the idea turned into an abomination. ‘Amy’ was released and could possibly be the worst game ever made. Non-existent collision detection, incredibly bad story, terrible controls and its infuriating checkpoint system are just a few of the problems that plague this game. If I was to list all of the issues the list would be pages long, check out some gameplay below.
Dis-honorable mentions: Amy, Thor: God Of Thunder, Terminator Salvation, Tony Hawk’s Ride, Golden Axe: Beast Rider, Rambo: The Video Game.
Back when the Nintendo Wii was released it was real hard to get a hold of… Now you can find one practically anywhere and for next to nothing. Once the Fad for the Wii had passed people started to notice that Nintendo’s motion based console wasn’t all that.
Now, Don’t get me wrong the Wii has some great exclusives and is backwards compatible with Gamecube games. However, there are a number of REALLY bad games for it.
The worst Wii game I can think of is called ‘Ninjabread Man’. Ninjabread Man is a VERY basic platformer with 3 whole levels! If you can withstand half an hour of terrible camera work, controls and bugs then you will probably be able to complete this game. I feel sorry for anyone that may have invested actual money in this game…
Dis-honorable mentions: London Taxi: Rush Hour, Far Cry Vengeance, Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal.
With very few extras, minimum 3rd party support, no internal hard drive (storage) and a strange control scheme came the Nintendo Switch Alpha… Sorry, the Wii U. Although the idea was a good one, the Wii U failed in a number of departments including the one that meant releasing good games.
The worst of the worst comes in the form of ‘Meme Run’. Meme Run is a terribly bland endless runner with little passion, work or care put into it. Other than that there isn’t much to say about the title other than don’t bother.
Dis-honorable mentions: Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric, Epic Mickey: The Power Of Two, Mario Party 10, Hello Kitty Kruisers.
Introducing the eighth generation of gaming. Bringing us some of the best games yet comes the PS4. With games such as God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spiderman (PS4) you’d think that bad games would start to fade out… Unfortunately, in a time of DLC, microtransactions, early access, F2P and limited online quality control, bad games seem to be hitting the market just as often as ever.
Speaking of early access ‘Life of Black Tiger’ is a game that would probably fail to get past ‘Steam Greenlight’… This said, it is available on Playstation 4 and was promoted by Sony nonetheless…
Life of Black Tiger is the type of game that makes you feel ill. It is something you would expect to find available for Windows XP and come with a virus (or maybe the game is a virus… I don’t know).
The fact that this game exists on PS4 is laughable yet also unbelievable. Gameplay constitutes of following poorly translated commands that instruct you to ‘collect smells’ or kill a set number of people…
Dis-honorable mentions: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, Knack, Horse Racing 2016, Putty Squad, Battleborn, All pay to win games.
Personally, I loved the Xbox 360 but Microsoft’s addition to the eighth generation was unfortunately a big disappointment. On release the console didn’t seem to have a clear direction on the path it was going to take… Even today it doesn’t have much going for it in regards to exclusives.
That said then, the Xbox One shouldn’t disappoint when it comes to terrible games…
Now, I am normally nice to a game if it is released as a free title. However, even though it is free, there is no excuses for ‘Ben-Hur’.
Ben-Hur is a (giant advertisement) chariot racing game The best thing about the game is that the 1000g in gamerscore will come to you in about half an hour. That said, after playing this bland, badly made racer for even just 30 minutes you’ll be wanting to tear your eyes out.
Dis-honorable mentions: Ben-Hur, Fighter Within, Road Rage, Dead Alliance, Alekhine’s Gun.
Nintendo consoles have been riddled with hastily developed minigame collections of varying qualities since the days of the Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Switch, despite stepping it up a little since the Wii still feels the need to market a terrible collection of minigames…1-2-Switch.
Doing things like, I don’t know, eating a sandwich is not fun… And yes, while activities such as this can be entertaining when reduced to five seconds intervals as in WarioWare, the problem is that 1-2-Switch stretches the concept too thin. 1-2-Switch which may I add, is NOT included with the console, Nintendo actually ecpect payment for the game.
Dis-honorable mentions: ARMS, Fortnite, Plantera Deluxe
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