Ever wondered which are the worst video games ever developed? When that thought crossed our mind, we were quick to compile of list of 10 video games from which it’s better to keep a safe distance.
You must have come across countless lists of best video games of all time, the cyberspace is flooded with such lists. So we decided to think out of the box, and find video games which are considered to be the worst works of all time. Initially, we were of the opinion that compiling a list of worst video games of all time will be more difficult than compiling a list of the best. Eventually, however, we were proved wrong as we found out that there is no dearth of repulsive video games out there.
So how do you find out which are the worst games ever? The factors which help you determine whether a game is the worst are the same which help you determine whether the games is the best – game play, graphics, game design, etc. The only difference, however, is the fact that you have to compare them on a negative scale. Video game reviews and ratings also play an important role in compiling this list. At the end of the day, worst are those video games which are subjected to a great deal of panning and low scores.
Top 10 Worst Video Games of All Time
Hundreds of video games make it to the market every year, and therefore it is difficult to keep a track of every single game. You’d be surprised to know that there exist some games which are termed as the worst video game ever made or one of the worst games ever played by the game critics themselves. More surprising is the fact that some of these games are meant for some of the best gaming consoles available today. Given below is a list of video games which have ever made it to the gaming arena.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
There seems to be a unanimity among game critics about the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, being the worst game ever made with three of the top gaming publications coming down heavily on it. No prize in guessing that this 1982 game topped the list of worst games compiled by each of these three publications.
Atari 2600 video game console makes it to the list of worst yet again, this time with a pornographic video game – Custer’s Revenge. The game received some of the worst reviews possible – including the most violent and the most shameful video games ever developed.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
The first Leisure Suit Larry game for seventh generation video game consoles, it is regarded as the Worst Multiconsole game of 2009. The fact that it got scores like 17 out of 100 (Metacritic) and 2.2/10 (IGN) does speak a lot about how bad it was.
Cat Fight (video game)
With negative reviews like the ‘number one sexist game ever developed’ and an average score of 8.67 percent (some critics even gave it a zero), the Cat Fight is considered to be the worst PC games ever developed.
This 1999 video game features in this list of worst owing to its faulty set-up, game play and graphics. Other than being called one of the worst games, some critics also called it the worst adaptation of any comics.
Atari 2600 Pac Man
Seldom do you come across a video game which is regarded as one of the best-selling title and is subjected to a great deal of criticism, and the Atari 2600 Pac Man is one such game. In fact, some people also consider it to be one of the underlying factors for the North American video game crash of 1983 alongside other Atari games.
Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis
With extremely poor ratings, the Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis does manage to find a place in the list of worst games. So bad was the game that it inspired X-Play to start an annual award titled ‘The Golden Mullet’ for the worst video game of the year.
Charlie’s Angels (video game)
This 2003 single player action game holds the record for lowest score (24.57 percent) at GameRankings. Not surprisingly, it also topped the list of worst video games ever compiled by GameTrailers.
Elf Bowling 1 & 2
The pack of Elf Bowling 1 & 2 video games for the Nintendo DS console is also considered to be one of the worst games mainly for its poor graphics and crude controls. Whilst terming it absolutely retarded, IGN gave it 1.0 on the scale of 10.
Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
The third person racing game got the worst possible score from several game critics for poor graphics and lack of collision detection. It won the award for second Worst Video Game of the Decade at SAGY Awards.
Those were some video games which you will find standing tall in the Video Games Hall of Shame. There also exist other games like the Iron Man 2, I’m Not Alone, Kick Ass etc., which are by far the worst games you are likely to come across, but thankfully for them they come nowhere near the top 10 listed above.