Up For Debate - The Worst Games You Have Ever Played

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Oct 25, 2015 4:00 PM

Every year we celebrate the best of the best in video gaming at the Global Game Awards, but there’s a whole other side to gaming that doesn’t even get a look in. The terrible game. We’ve all handed over a terrifying amount of cash, played a game and realised it must have been created by a bunch of sadists that wanted to drain our precious free time like dastardly fun vampires.

There’s few things more crushingly disappointing than a bad game, particularly one you’re hyped to all hell and back for. The history of gaming is littered with failures. Buggy messes, unfinished designs, and plenty where you could see what the developer was aiming for, but it just wasn’t fun in any way. To take the out and use it as a coaster would be doing your cup of tea a major disservice. 

I’ll kick things off with two of the worst games I’ve ever played. My first one’s a bit controversial but to me it was an abject failure - Assassin’s Creed. The original that is. I struggle to think of a single redeeming feature other than its unique, trend-breaking setting. Beyond that I thought it was repetitive, devoid of character and flat out dull. Luckily for Ubisoft the only way was up, and they went some way to making amends with Assassin’s Creed II.

The second would have to be Blue Estate. That scooped up my lowest score I’ve awarded yet here at GD; a miserable 2.5/10. I should’ve guess when I’d see the poor attempt at humour and bizarre racial stereotyping, but this one was a total dud. An on-rails shooter that failed in every attempt to make shooting fun. When the end can’t come quick enough, you know something’s wrong.

I know there's plenty worse out there in the deepest, darkest depths of Steam, but I haven't been unfortunate enough to play them yet. 

Now it’s over to you, it’s time to let rip. To let the world (or at least GD) know about the most terrible game you’ve ever played. Trust me, it’s quite therapeutic.

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23:29 Oct-31-2015

The Amazing Spider-Man 1-2
dont know why I bought that ****..

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10:49 Oct-31-2015

The first AC was indeed...lacking. I found the set up of the 'Eden' story compelling, though (Also it gave me AC: II. Ezio forever!). Right now, Fran Brow is probably the worst game I played through. Did not finish Watch Dogs, though. That was really bland and did not deliver overall. I try to reasearch a game before I play/buy it, though. So there haven't been too many total failures.

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05:24 Oct-30-2015

FF XIII T_____T

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07:36 Oct-30-2015

Oh ! I almost forgot
Final Fanatasy XIII was my first FF game and will be the last.

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09:59 Oct-30-2015

Hmmmm... Almost..
But Vaan and Tidus are the worst protagonists on any FF game(main series)


At least Lightning is cool...

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14:40 Oct-28-2015

Mortal combat X the worst game ever

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10:41 Oct-27-2015

PROTOTYPE 2 drove me crazy. I was feeling tortured while playing this game and finally deleted it.

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03:49 Oct-28-2015

I was never able to play it longer than 10 mins before it crashed, with drops to single FPS. So outside the awful optimisation for AMD cards, I dont know whether the actual game was any good or not.

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06:51 Oct-28-2015

I actually liked it...
But haven't played first one.

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17:00 Oct-28-2015

I hated its Camera angle and movement. Also its unrealistic gameplay like scanning hands with gloves on.

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07:30 Oct-30-2015

They were actually biological scanners so no need to remove gloves.
(This is actually 1 of my favourite games.)

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07:26 Oct-27-2015

You Are Empty but in some weird way i enjoyed it a lot.

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06:24 Oct-27-2015

I haven't played to many outright awful games, but there's a few I really don't like:


-Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (sue me)
-Super Mario 3D Land (see above)
-Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (terrible, terrible game)
-Sonic Adventure 2 (this game is horrible, end of story)
-Goat Simulator (just why?)
-Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (horrid game, horrid community)
-Pokemon Battle Coliseum

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06:25 Oct-27-2015

Ran out of characters to use, but that's about it anyway.

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02:20 Oct-27-2015

The worst game i've ever played is me existing in this world. I'm still playing it and i don't know why.

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22:55 Oct-26-2015

For me, this woud have to be Takedown: Red Sabre. I didn't play this game long and for good reason, the controls and gameplay in general just felt awful to use. Good thing I got it when it was on a super steam sale.

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12:41 Oct-28-2015

I have heard bad things about that game too.

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21:33 Oct-26-2015

The only two games I genuinely hate are Call of Duty: Ghosts and Watch Dogs. I could barely stand either of them, and while I dislike other games these are the only two I cannot stop hating on.

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21:36 Oct-26-2015

i think ghost could have been a grate game if they didn't build the maps for camping, make better maps, and is wasn't such a grey color based game which made it hard to play

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06:26 Oct-27-2015

The plot was terrible by Call of Duty standards, so there's that too.

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21:21 Oct-26-2015

medal of honor

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20:59 Oct-26-2015

QWOP

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21:01 Oct-26-2015

is the best game ever..

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12:06 Oct-27-2015

full form???

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17:13 Oct-26-2015

Though I haven't played that much games so I haven't played much bad games. But as I can remember, the worst games are Delta Force series( I don't know why it exists), IGI series and Rainbow Six Vegas 2( the story made the game boring, otherwise the game was good overall).

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15:37 Oct-26-2015

Lego games.
Need for speed games.

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10:32 Oct-31-2015

Lego's Marvel Heroes was awesome! It's not based on the MCU but the franchise as a whole. That had a good balance to it, gameplay wise. (Of course, not much story to it). But the other Legos games (like LotR) are really annoying, that's for sure.

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15:32 Oct-26-2015

Bad rats

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15:10 Oct-26-2015

Afro Samurai 2 - Legend Of Kuma


that game was horrible -_-

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14:44 Oct-26-2015

Uncharted 1 that game gave me cancer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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15:09 Oct-26-2015

Fanboys gonna hate,hate,hate !!!

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15:21 Oct-26-2015

The first Uncharted game was awesome. What is wrong with you?

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14:18 Oct-26-2015

How about half of the Need For Speed Games? Carbon, ProStreet, UnderCover, The Run... These were a waste of time and money for me. And any Call of Duty after Black Ops.

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14:18 Oct-26-2015

Watch Dogs, AC: Unity, Far Cry 4, Need for Speed Carbon and all games after, DOTA 2, Witcher 1 and GTA IV.

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15:16 Oct-26-2015

What the heck is wrong with witcher 1? Also GTA 4 was a great game. Unless you are talking about the poor port...

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15:21 Oct-26-2015

The combat is pretty bad, that is gospel truth. The swordplay is basically clicking every few seconds, so it's not exactly a thrilling experience.
I wouldn't say the story is much better though. Much of the dialogue and characterization.

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15:28 Oct-26-2015

And GTA IV worst PC port EVER. Even my RIG couldn't handle the pressure of FPS drops. Yes, the gameplay was cool and all but story wasn't that great as much as I would love to like it.

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16:08 Oct-26-2015

It can get super toxic but I still love my dota 2 :D. Its like an intense love-hate relationship :P

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16:11 Oct-26-2015

It's same for me with League Of Legends. :)

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16:51 Oct-26-2015

Yeah these games create the same feelings. In their core they are deeply related after all.

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14:07 Oct-26-2015

Hmm this is hard.Gotta agree with you on the original assassin's creed.other than that any f2p trash will suffice.Also Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor turned out to be one of the biggest bore-fests in history after a while.Just pick any

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14:58 Oct-26-2015

Well I don't know why you didn't liked Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor. But I liked the game very much. It caused me to do all side quest to get back on Main Quest. It was one of the full fledged game i could have ever played. At first I didn't liked it but damn that game is a real deal...

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15:00 Oct-26-2015

I even uninstalled the Game at first cause it looked too complicated to me.
But as time passed at became a great enjoyment and damn I had to find weaknesses or at least things which can cause damage to those captains and warlords. If i can convince you can give the game another try if you haven't completed the game :)

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