I love video games, as you can probably tell by the fact that I write a weekly video game article here on MakeUseOf. However, just because playing video games is one of my favorite hobbies doesn’t mean I am too proud to admit that there are some absolutely horrible games out there that do nothing but attempt to cash in. Most of the time you can at least find something in a game that makes it worth playing, but some games are just so abysmal that it is next to impossible to find a positive aspect.
The games on this list fall into that class for me. I’m not saying these are the worst games ever, as I have not played every game, and I generally try to avoid games that are complete pieces of junk. However, now and then, one slips through the cracks, and finds itself in my console. This, of course, causes unrelenting sadness and anger due to an immense lack of foresight on my part. Without further ado, here are the three worst games of all time I have ever played.
Superman 64 is a prime example of a game that advertised well, and tricked me, and many others, into thinking it was a great game. The commercials and ads in the magazines looked so awesome. Visions of flying around as Superman smashing anyone who stood in my way made me excited, and I got the game.
I went to the store and spent what little money I had at the time (I was 13 when the game was released) and took the game home. I was not happy with my purchase to say the least. This was the only game I was going to be able to afford for some time, and even at that tender young age, I knew that this was a bad game.
The controls were laughably bad. Trying to fly Superman around was next to impossible. The game was also incredibly monotonous, and just genuinely not fun. Please, unless you are a masochist, do not play Superman 64 under any circumstances.
Prison Break: The Conspiracy
I love Prison Break. It is one of my favorite television shows of all time. I knew going into this game that this was not good. I read some reviews and they were unanimously bad. I decide to brave the storm and play the game anyway. Let me just say, the reviews completely nailed it. The game does the show absolutely no justice. I was hoping to have a way to further expand upon the Prison Break story, but the game only does a mediocre job of that, and is terrible in every other regard.
This game consists of doing a bunch of boring stealth fetch quests to try to make some friends at the prison. The fighting is horrendous, and is not helped by the terrible camera angle that makes it next to impossible to even tell what is going on.
Please, even if you love Prison Break, don’t play this game. It will not expand upon the Prison Break universe. In fact, it may even make you resent Prison Break because they allowed their name to be attached to such a terrible video game. If I least got to play as Michael or Lincoln I might be willing to give it a pass, but playing some random prisoner that I couldn’t care less about leaves the game with almost no redeeming qualities.
Bubsy was an attempt at a mascot that never really took off. The first Bubsy games were not that bad, but then they decided to try to copy Mario and head into the magical land of 3D. They more or less took everything that was good about Mario 64 and made it bad. Mario 64 had great controls, so Bubsy had terrible ones. Mario 64 looked absolutely amazing for the time, so Bubsy thought it would be a good idea to look positively horrible. Mario was a well-rounded game that was lots of fun. You guessed it – Bubsy was not.
It is clear they had no idea how 3D worked when they made this game. Nintendo got it and Accolade obviously did not. They did succeed in one thing though – they made Mario 64 look even better. At least that’s something to hang their hat on.
If you want a laugh, go back, dig out your original PlayStation, and play some Bubsy 3D. As soon as you jump in to the 3D “world” Bubsy inhabits, you will understand why this game is unanimously hated. At the very least, it is good to see how rough the transition from 2D to 3D gaming was for some companies.
I am so glad I get to go home today and play some Skyrim, because talking about these dark spots in the history of video games makes me question life, as I know it. Playing an amazing game like Skyrim should restore my faith in humanity, or at the very least help me forget that I spent my entire entertainment budget on Superman 64 all those years ago.
What are the worst games you have ever played? Are you a hardcore Bubsy 3D fan who is upset I called out your favorite game? Let us know in the comments!