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2014-02-19 09:52:10 PM
I've bought way too many terrible video games to list, having been gaming since the Odyssey II, but I easily can name the most disappointing one ever:

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I bought the damn useless 32X for this game specifically (that was over $100 as I recall). And it wasn't a bad game, in fact, it was pretty good except for one problem:

IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE.

I must have spent dozens of hours trying to get past the second wave of Tie Fighters or whatever before I gave up in a sobbing mess on the floor.
 
2014-02-19 09:53:09 PM
I'm owning up to it.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-19 09:55:36 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Screw you, Romero.
 
2014-02-19 10:00:29 PM
Resonance of fate. But. Bought it used so I don't feel quite so screwed over.
 
2014-02-19 10:02:59 PM
A tie for me:

Iron Helix (PC version)
Return to Zork (PC)
NFS: Undercover
 
2014-02-19 10:03:34 PM
The Crying Game.
 
2014-02-19 10:10:25 PM
Spore
 
2014-02-19 10:13:42 PM
Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.
 
2014-02-19 10:16:01 PM
Pong
 
2014-02-19 10:17:53 PM

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.


Really? I thought it was a letdown after Vice City but I've never really considered it a bad game. Why the hate?
 
2014-02-19 10:17:56 PM
Homefront.  Don't know why but I really hated that game.  Just felt so damn bland.
 
2014-02-19 10:20:12 PM
I bought some elk I think was a little off
 
2014-02-19 10:23:44 PM
cdn.wikimg.net

For anyone that bought it...that is the only truthful answer.
 
2014-02-19 10:27:58 PM

Confabulat: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.

Really? I thought it was a letdown after Vice City but I've never really considered it a bad game. Why the hate?


They made a gorgeous, extremely deep, detailed, and realistic world...and completely forgot to put in any fun.  AND FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME NO ROMAN I DON'T WANT TO GO FARKING BOWLING!

Fortunately, they learned their lesson and GTA5 got the fun part right.
 
2014-02-19 10:29:28 PM
hypersonic55.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-19 10:30:49 PM

Beerguy: For anyone that bought it...that is the only truthful answer.


I got that the Christmas it came out and my young self really liked it. Of course I pretty much liked any video game in those days but I mastered those damn pits in no time and took a lot of pride in getting E.T. home.

I'd never do that now of course. Childhood has its advantages.
 
2014-02-19 10:32:17 PM
Lately?  I was really pissed off with Bioshock: Infinite.  It was too much on rails compared to the previous games, and especially compared to Dishonored, which came out close to the same time.  I just felt like a dancing monkey.

Overall?  I have two winners:  SimCity (2013) because it was such a colossal disappointment, but I should include SimCity 4 in that vein because they were obvious they were trying to shrink the game board even then.  And Doom motherfarking 3.  That "game" was a pile of shiat, a disappointment, and the whole reception from everyone that it was good made me think the world had lost their goddamn mind.

I'm so old I've been watching the evolution of computer games since Pong, so it takes a lot to disappoint me, and that's what I use to rank games.  In the 80's, the one game I can think of that was terrible was Pole Position II on the Atari 7800 because the higher you got in level, the more ridiculous they made the gameplay.  The car would oversteer, under-accelerate, and then just stop responding.  It wasn't like they had the memory to build in actual skill, so they just subtracted or added input from the controller.  Pitfall II was almost in this category, but I beat it and sent in the picture and got a coupon for another Atari game, but that was on the 2600.

I hesitate to give "Coming Home" any award in this category, but I felt like they chickenshiatted out of the ending the game was building towards.  Otherwise, it was flawless, so it's not a "worst game" as opposed to "somewhat disappointed in it."

But for actual "got farked?" worst game ever?  "Slamit: Pinball" which Steam let me buy even though it wasn't supported on Windows 8.  It didn't run, the developer sent me an email saying "Play it on Windows Vista," the forums called me stupid for buying it, and Steam wouldn't give me a refund.  To date, it's the only game I've actually paid for that I've never played despite spending hours trying to get it to work.  So that's the worst game I've ever bought.    I'd love to shiat all over the developers, but here's their home page:  http://slamitpinball.com/home.htm  ----> Fark won't even post this because it's a bullshiat link.

Steam never should have allowed that game to be sold.  Ever.
 
2014-02-19 10:33:31 PM

Beerguy: [cdn.wikimg.net image 250x344]

For anyone that bought it...that is the only truthful answer.


Thanks to my dad finding a garage sale with a bunch of cheap 2600 games and bringing home an entire grocery bag full, I owned not one but two copies of that game.  AND two copies of 2600 Pac-Man.

There are bad games, and then there are games that cause the entire North American video game industry to implode.
 
2014-02-19 10:33:38 PM
It was barely a game, and you had to be a farking actual surgeon to get the goddamn appendix out (which I never successfully did).
 
2014-02-19 10:34:26 PM

nmrsnr: It was barely a game, and you had to be a farking actual surgeon to get the goddamn appendix out (which I never successfully did).


Let's try that again with a picture:

www.dosbox.com
 
2014-02-19 10:35:52 PM
Jarts

/RIP Mom
 
2014-02-19 10:38:26 PM

Lsherm: I was really pissed off with Bioshock: Infinite.  It was too much on rails compared to the previous games, and especially compared to Dishonored


I recently played those two games back-to-back and I agree with you. Bioshock Infinite is wildly overrated. In Dishonored I felt like I was in a real world that I could explore and be a part of, and make decisions on how to proceed. Bioshock Infinite was "run here, kill everyone, look at stuff, move to the next place, repeat." Dishonored was a far more impressive game world to me. Biosock Infinite felt like the flat theme park that it often was mimicking.
 
2014-02-19 10:39:23 PM

Twitch Boy: Confabulat: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.

Really? I thought it was a letdown after Vice City but I've never really considered it a bad game. Why the hate?

They made a gorgeous, extremely deep, detailed, and realistic world...and completely forgot to put in any fun.  AND FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME NO ROMAN I DON'T WANT TO GO FARKING BOWLING!

Fortunately, they learned their lesson and GTA5 got the fun part right.


Niko's "Moose und Squirrel" accent gets really, really farking grating after awhile.
 
2014-02-19 10:44:05 PM

nmrsnr: nmrsnr: It was barely a game, and you had to be a farking actual surgeon to get the goddamn appendix out (which I never successfully did).

Let's try that again with a picture:

[www.dosbox.com image 320x200]


I remember that game!

More of a medical malpractice simulator, really.

I still remember the scream sound that shrieked out of the PC speaker when you accidentally tried to cut into someone without any anesthesia.
 
2014-02-19 10:48:51 PM

fusillade762: [upload.wikimedia.org image 410x500]

Screw you, Romero.


Suck it down.

Beerguy: [cdn.wikimg.net image 250x344]

For anyone that bought it...that is the only truthful answer.


It wasn't the worst game even for the Atari. It wasn't great, but once you mastered the damn pits it was a half-decent game. There were some real dogs for the 2600, mostly third-party crap trying to cash in on the video game craze. E.T. might have been one of the worst Atari-manufactured games, but for a few bucks when the market collapsed it wasn't horrible.

The worst game I ever bought was Duke Nukem Forever. I should have known it would be, and I bought it anyway for nostalgia's sake. If it had come out in 1999 like it was supposed to it would have been OK, but the load times, clunky controls, weapon limits, and dated humor (even for me) were disappointing, to say the least. Still they had to put it out if only to get past it. Maybe the next game will deliver what this one should have but didn't.
 
2014-02-19 10:49:22 PM
Mumbletypeg.
 
2014-02-19 10:51:14 PM
Worst Game:  I can't even remember the name, but it was a racing game centered around European-style cab-over big rigs on a track.  It was $5 or less in a bargain bin for PS2.  I bought it in hopes that it would be like the ultra-Redneck arcade style big rig racing games, instead it was a very realistic truck racing simulator.  All the detailed challenge of an ultra-realistic racing sim, with vehicles that take 20 seconds to do 0-60.

Most Disappointing:  Call of Duty 4.  I bought it (full price) based off of all of the glowing reviews.  I'd had a lot of fun playing Battlefield 2 on the Xbox360, so I was hoping it would be similar.  It wasn't.  Too fast paced, too easy to get killed, too focused on twitchy combat instead of strategy, I just couldn't get into it.
 
2014-02-19 10:57:17 PM
My memory is shot for older games, but probably Far Cry 2.  Drive for 30 minutes, then do a near identical mission to the last 100 or so, then drive another 30 minutes.  Over and over and over.  I think on PC you could quick travel, but on XBox it took literally 30 minutes between every mission, when the actual missions only took about 2 minutes each
 
2014-02-19 11:00:33 PM

Confabulat: Lsherm: I was really pissed off with Bioshock: Infinite.  It was too much on rails compared to the previous games, and especially compared to Dishonored

I recently played those two games back-to-back and I agree with you. Bioshock Infinite is wildly overrated. In Dishonored I felt like I was in a real world that I could explore and be a part of, and make decisions on how to proceed. Bioshock Infinite was "run here, kill everyone, look at stuff, move to the next place, repeat." Dishonored was a far more impressive game world to me. Biosock Infinite felt like the flat theme park that it often was mimicking.


*puts on my best 90's hat*

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Bioshock: Infinite was probably hurt more by Dishonored's release a few month's prior (at least by me) than anything else - one game felt like you were rewarded for exploring, and the other actively prevented you from doing any exploring.  I liked the first Bioshock because you could take time to explore the surroundings (you could swim in that ocean all night if you wanted), but they threw all that out the window in Infinite.  You had a grappling hook that could only attach to certain points to move you forward or backward to the same areas.  There was no freedom.

When you sell a game on the world you've built for it, it seems like a letdown when you are only allowed to see parts of it.
 
2014-02-19 11:02:01 PM

SnakeLee: My memory is shot for older games, but probably Far Cry 2.  Drive for 30 minutes, then do a near identical mission to the last 100 or so, then drive another 30 minutes.  Over and over and over.  I think on PC you could quick travel, but on XBox it took literally 30 minutes between every mission, when the actual missions only took about 2 minutes each


It's been a while, but I don't think there was quick travel in the PC version either.  Thankfully, they corrected most of the shiatty stuff for FC3.  That was a more exploratory game with shortcuts like you'd expect in the Fallout series.
 
2014-02-19 11:04:21 PM

Twitch Boy: Confabulat: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.

Really? I thought it was a letdown after Vice City but I've never really considered it a bad game. Why the hate?

They made a gorgeous, extremely deep, detailed, and realistic world...and completely forgot to put in any fun.  AND FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME NO ROMAN I DON'T WANT TO GO FARKING BOWLING!

Fortunately, they learned their lesson and GTA5 got the fun part right.



Nico, It's your cousin!
 
2014-02-19 11:08:20 PM
as for my actual answer, probably the worst in recent memory was Resident Evil 6, didn't think it could actually be as bad as everyone said, it was

RE 6: Man fellating giraffe

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2014-02-19 11:18:17 PM
One of the LOTR fellowship games for the PS2
Also the spiderman game from the first movie for the ps2.
 
2014-02-19 11:20:06 PM
Knifey-Spoony
 
2014-02-19 11:25:55 PM

nmrsnr: nmrsnr: It was barely a game, and you had to be a farking actual surgeon to get the goddamn appendix out (which I never successfully did).

Let's try that again with a picture:

[www.dosbox.com image 320x200]


That game was  awesome. And yes, very difficult.
 
2014-02-19 11:30:24 PM
Spore was the worst game I've ever bought. Not because it was inherently a bad game, but because the hype was so incredible and the trailers and previews described a game that was wonderful and then the actual delivery was utter shiat by comparison.
Without all the hype, it probably would've been a 5/10 or maybe 6/10. But because of all it promised, it was awful.

Final Fantasy XIII is a close second. Returned it before completing the first level. Holy shiat, that game was boring.
Demon's Souls is third, but I'll allow that that one is a subjective decision, and many people may love it so much that they name their firstborn Boletaria. Some people like Super Mario: Frustration. Some people enjoyed Battletoads. Not everyone is one of those people, and for the remainder, they're terrible games.
 
2014-02-19 11:33:32 PM
There's a PC game from the late 80s I've been trying to remember for years, that my neighbor had.  It was so frustratingly hard, we never got more than 5 minutes into it.

It's one of those graphic adventure games (sort of like King's Quest), where you walk into a new area, and it's a basically static screen, where you have to type in commands.

You die, end up in hell, and have to battle various evil people from history, as you try to escape from hell.  No, it's not "Escape From Hell," and it's not the crappy FMV game with Dennis Hopper.
 
2014-02-19 11:34:44 PM

Twitch Boy: Confabulat: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.

Really? I thought it was a letdown after Vice City but I've never really considered it a bad game. Why the hate?

They made a gorgeous, extremely deep, detailed, and realistic world...and completely forgot to put in any fun.  AND FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME NO ROMAN I DON'T WANT TO GO FARKING BOWLING!


Simple fix: "Hey, Niko, it's me, your cousin Ro-[click]"
You didn't have to do any of the side social/girlfriend missions.
GTA IV was the first one since GTA: London that I've completed multiple times. The story is great and cohesive throughout, something that was lost in San Andreas when you get to Las Venturas.

Fortunately, they learned their lesson and GTA5 got the fun part right.

GTA5 also has the best multiplayer of the bunch. The multiplayer missions are more of the GTA "feel" that was really lacking in the older deathmatch/team deathmatch-only multiplayer.
 
2014-02-19 11:36:40 PM
Ridge Racer 7

The only reason I bought it was because it was one of the first games released with the PS3 and I wanted next gen wonderfulness. Not a bad game, but it got really boring once you got past the pretty.

I hardly ever buy a game on release day so I don't buy bad games.
 
2014-02-19 11:36:59 PM
Oh, and of course...
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Quicktime Events: The Game
 
2014-02-19 11:37:12 PM
I bought the Colts in Super Bowl III. Overwhelming favorites; I thought it'd be easy money. Fu*kers stiffed me.
 
2014-02-19 11:38:02 PM

John Buck 41: I bought the Colts in Super Bowl III. Overwhelming favorites; I thought it'd be easy money. Fu*kers stiffed me.


Oh, video games. Sorry.
 
2014-02-19 11:38:31 PM

Theaetetus: Oh, and of course...
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]
Quicktime Events: The Game


I could beat that game in the arcade back in the day. I am unsure now where I found the money then to figure out how to do that.
 
2014-02-19 11:38:36 PM

Metalupis: Twitch Boy: Confabulat: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.

Really? I thought it was a letdown after Vice City but I've never really considered it a bad game. Why the hate?

They made a gorgeous, extremely deep, detailed, and realistic world...and completely forgot to put in any fun.  AND FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME NO ROMAN I DON'T WANT TO GO FARKING BOWLING!

Fortunately, they learned their lesson and GTA5 got the fun part right.


Nico, It's your cousin!


www.vgcats.com
 
2014-02-20 12:04:23 AM

Lsherm: And Doom motherfarking 3.  That "game" was a pile of shiat, a disappointment, and the whole reception from everyone that it was good made me think the world had lost their goddamn mind.


The thing that killed me about Doom 3 was you're surrounded by all this amazing technology, but apparently no one had figured out how to tape a flashlight to a gun barrel.
 
2014-02-20 12:11:26 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

Seriously. I got this at the $5 bin, and I still feel ripped off. It was like Orson Scott Card decided to make a game from Empire, and couldn't get the monkeys to all slam their wee fists in unison enough to get close to that, and figured, "Eh, it's good enough..."

Ridiculous story, tissue thin characters, and terrible voice acting aside, the gameplay and washed out color palette make this a stinker that frustrated me more than the copy of Legendary that someone left at the house and I fired up.
 
2014-02-20 12:13:46 AM
i236.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-20 12:14:02 AM

hubiestubert: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x310]

Seriously. I got this at the $5 bin, and I still feel ripped off. It was like Orson Scott Card decided to make a game from Empire, and couldn't get the monkeys to all slam their wee fists in unison enough to get close to that, and figured, "Eh, it's good enough..."

Ridiculous story, tissue thin characters, and terrible voice acting aside, the gameplay and washed out color palette make this a stinker that frustrated me more than the copy of Legendary that someone left at the house and I fired up.


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I never thought I could find a game worse than RE:6. I was wrong. Not only is the combat system buggy, and the ranges of the weapons completely unrealistic, but the story line tried too hard to be a downer Romero ending tribute.
 
2014-02-20 12:29:18 AM

fusillade762: The thing that killed me about Doom 3 was you're surrounded by all this amazing technology, but apparently no one had figured out how to tape a flashlight to a gun barrel.


Obviously it should have been in the original version, but the Duct Tape mod solved that problem.

I'm not sure if it was the worst I ever bought, but I picked up this stinker in a 5€ bin and felt ripped off:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-20 12:31:47 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

As an 8th grader, I saved up my chore money, gift money for months to get this.

Biggest load of suck ever.
 
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