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2014-02-20 12:38:19 AM  

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


Doom 3: BFG is like eight bucks, incorporates all the content of Doom 3, and fixes most of the problems that were present in the original game, like the flashlight.
 
2014-02-20 12:42:29 AM  

Radak: 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 image 256x368]


That's the game TFA uses as its example.
 
2014-02-20 12:48:39 AM  
South Park for Nintendo 64
 
2014-02-20 12:53:35 AM  

fusillade762: That's the game TFA uses as its example.


Foiled!  Proof I DNRTFA.
 
2014-02-20 01:00:57 AM  

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

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


Ah yes.  Truly a pioneering game, the first in a long line of really shiatty movie tie-in games designed to capitalize on some franchise.  How something so awful could spawn a whole category of games is the really remarkable part.
 
2014-02-20 01:04:20 AM  

hardinparamedic: 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.


I'd disagree on State of Decay. It is buggy, that's very true, and it suffers from repetitiveness to replenish supplies all the time before you can do any actual missions, and your gang is usually moody and wandering off and just trouble to be around, and zombie killing and sneaking also can get silly repetitive, but at times it's almost exactly what you want a zombie apocalypse simulator to be.

It's not perfect and I'd like to see a sequel that irons out the bugs and makes things a little less frustrating, but then it is a zombie apocalypse and being frustrated would be part of the experience I guess.

Still, it's a fun game I think once you get into the open world. The first hour sucks though.
 
2014-02-20 01:04:42 AM  

hardinparamedic: 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.


Huh. I actually enjoyed State of Decay, despite mostly agreeing with your criticisms (and I'll even add one in a moment). I really enjoyed moving around in a pretty large open world full of zombies. It's one of the few games I've in which I've got 100% of the Steam Achievements.

My main criticism of the game is that it's frustrating that the only character capable of getting anything done is the one you are controlling, despite the way the game has you switch between characters pretty much at will once you start getting established. Sometimes I just want to go out and explore and search for resources, but no, someone at home is depressed, or someone else got cornered by zombs and needs help, or etc etc (often rather trivial crap you'd think anyone can deal with). And the only one who can handle it is you, no matter who you happen to be at that moment.

The game really could have benefited from some kind of system for delegating tasks to other survivors (or at least some of them) with their chances of success while not being controlled by you based on their stats, any relationship between them and whoever needs help, and so on. It would have been nice to be able to choose someone to radio and say "Hey, I'm in the middle of something. Can you deal with [whatever situation]? Thanks."

But still, I rather enjoyed the game. It could have definitely been much better, but I still count it as good.

Anyway, right now, the worst game I've ever bought is "Remember Me". It might very well be a good game, and I see a lot of praise for it, but it simply will not run stably on my system, even with all of the graphics turned to their lowest settings and the resolution reduced. It makes no sense, because I have plenty of other games with similar levels of graphics that run just fine at medium-high settings.
 
2014-02-20 01:10:46 AM  

fusillade762: Radak: 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 image 256x368]

That's the game TFA uses as its example.


Actually, I think TFA has Enter the Matrix, which is shiatty single-player game.

The Matrix Online was the shiatty MMO.
 
2014-02-20 01:16:55 AM  
Clive Barker's Jericho.

It was terrible. So very, very terrible.
The story was too complicated and too truncated for the game they released
The mechanic for switching between team members was incredibly inefficient for a FPS
The ending was terrible. There was no closure, no resolution
I paid $8 for it and I think that was too much
 
2014-02-20 01:22:14 AM  
nextgengamingblog.com

I haven't pre-ordered a game since.
 
2014-02-20 01:25:16 AM  
Thankfully I usually read reviews before buying, so I've had good luck avoiding shiatty games.

One exception though was the Resident Evil 4 port for the PC. Bought it blind for $10 and hold crap. The game itself was okay, but the controls were absolute garbage. On both mouse or keypad the movement control were over sensitive and twitchy to the point of unplayability, even with mouse sensitivity turned all the way down.
 
2014-02-20 01:25:54 AM  
paizo.com
 
2014-02-20 01:26:10 AM  
ks23364.kimsufi.com

Only game I've ever bought, played once, then stuck at the bottom of my pile of games, never to be touched again.

I love the concept, though.
 
2014-02-20 01:27:20 AM  
Tim Schaefer's (Double Fine) Broken Age.
 
2014-02-20 01:27:24 AM  

lousyskater: I haven't pre-ordered a game since.


Rage was the first game I bought with my (then) new gaming PC. Hey I was dazzled by the graphics. Then I got to the ending.

I didn't realize the game was named after the emotion you'd feel after witnessing that finale.
 
2014-02-20 01:29:35 AM  
There was one I don't even remember the name of. I bought it sometime in about 1993. It was some "world domination" game, in which you had to allocate resources and attempt to hack enemy computer systems. At certain points, there'd be combat sequences, where it switched to a 3rd-person view of a lone soldier (!) going up against the enemy forces with his rifle, LAW and powers of shiatty animation. I'm pretty sure it was one of those bargain-bin games that wasn't even worth the three bucks.
 
2014-02-20 01:30:07 AM  

diaphoresis: [paizo.com image 360x474]


Heretic.

operationrainfall.comfor NES
 
2014-02-20 01:30:36 AM  
sixteen days in fallujah
 
2014-02-20 01:32:14 AM  

soakitincider: sixteen days in fallujah


or six
 
2014-02-20 01:32:22 AM  

lousyskater: [nextgengamingblog.com image 580x362]

I haven't pre-ordered a game since.


Dragon Age II killed pre-ordering for me.
 
2014-02-20 01:32:46 AM  
Some of the more disappointing purchases in the last few years:

Age of Conan
Mechwarrior Online
SimCity
Hellgate London
MS Flight
Section 8
Brink
 
2014-02-20 01:34:56 AM  
www.elisoftware.org
 
2014-02-20 01:35:18 AM  
Europa Universalis IV.

I love those kinds of games ... But that had zero balance. One wrong step and thirty countries would invade and ruin you.
 
2014-02-20 01:35:28 AM  

alaric3: diaphoresis: [paizo.com image 360x474]

Heretic.

[operationrainfall.com image 400x550]for NES


AAARRRGGGHHH!! MY EYES!
 
2014-02-20 01:38:12 AM  

sat1va: Mechwarrior Online


Mechwarrior Online killed pre-ordering anything for me. I jumped on that bandwagon when it was first announced, bought a gold-level collectors edition, and then when I logged in and realized they released a five percent finished polished turd with worse Netcode than Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance, I felt cheated.
 
2014-02-20 01:39:29 AM  
X-Rebith - Fan of the series and they f*cking ruined it with an half-assed failed console game ported back to the PC. It was a niche game to start with and they destroyed their own fan-base. I'd say I would never pre-order again but i've spent pretty money on Star Citizen.

Battlecruiser Millenium - the first game had potential and I was young and dumb - I became a fanboy. Terrible game by a guy with an ego the size of the moon.

Devastation - So very shiat FPS. Played it for a little bit. Looted a chaingun. Alright! Let's fire this baby! Pop! Pop! Pop?!? Yes, a gun that sounds like opening wine bottles. First game i outright threw in the garbage and decided to pretend i didn't buy it.
 
2014-02-20 01:40:52 AM  
Contra...great gameplay, but first game I bought with my own money, and finished it the same night. I remember a few seconds of zealous joy, followed by buyers remorse for the dollars per hours of gameplay I got out of it
 
2014-02-20 01:43:35 AM  

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!


That's...perfect!
Still haven't been able to get more than 2-3 hours into the damn game after many, many tries. This was a big part of it, along with the cars handling like ass, "date" missions, and everything being brown. Well, and the far more fun Saints Row 3 being readily available.

Worst game? No, not by a long shot. But most dissapointing? It's up there.
 
2014-02-20 01:44:13 AM  
Supreme Commander 2. Man that sucked shiat.
 
2014-02-20 01:46:00 AM  
Mortal Kombat Mythologies : Sub Zero for SNES.

the irony is i got it for $10 out of the bargain bin at Best Buy, Tried it , Hated it, took it to the pawn shop hoping to maybe get $5    , they gave me $15 .


I took it left quietly and once i was outside i laughed my ass off.
 
2014-02-20 01:47:09 AM  
Giants: Citizen Kabuto

I looked forward to this game for months and played it for about 30 minutes. It was nothing like what was advertised.
 
2014-02-20 01:48:14 AM  
Alternate Reality for the Commodore 64. The graphics weren't much to speak of in the first place but this was just horrible. It was always raining when you started the game too which just made it worse. Frankly I couldn't tell if I was actually moving or not most of the time. I'd try to move around and get mugged and killed before I made it down the street. I assume it was a street. That's what the game claimed anyways. I could have been pressing buttons on a calculator for all the good it seemed to do. Horrible game.
 
2014-02-20 01:48:43 AM  

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

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


Worst Christmas morning ever.
 
2014-02-20 01:49:48 AM  
mini golf at Magic Mountain about 10 years ago. Sudden thunderous cloudburst put a damper on things.
On the plus side we lived to tell how loud lightening sounds when it strikes about 120 feet away.
 
2014-02-20 01:50:03 AM  
Did Painkiller intentionally have a low frame rate, or was my machine slow? If it was doing the "time slowing down" thing it was a piece of shiat. If it was my PC at the time it was meh.
 
2014-02-20 01:50:43 AM  
Dragon Age 2 is the only game to actually bore me to sleep. I just couldn't do it. I usually will watch Zero Punctation to determine if I get a game or not. I don't care about the good parts. I want to know more about the bad.
 
2014-02-20 01:54:06 AM  
Defiance.
 
2014-02-20 01:54:27 AM  

grimlock1972: Mortal Kombat Mythologies : Sub Zero for N64.

the irony is i got it for $10 out of the bargain bin at Best Buy, Tried it , Hated it, took it to the pawn shop hoping to maybe get $5    , they gave me $15 .


I took it left quietly and once i was outside i laughed my ass off.


fixed it for my self i have tried very hard to forget the game and i guess i was partly successful.
 
2014-02-20 02:02:05 AM  
Nobody has mentioned Diablo 3 yet?
 
2014-02-20 02:05:09 AM  

Meliorist: Nobody has mentioned Diablo 3 yet?


Oh yeah.....definitely a turd. Looking forward to the expansion without the AH and the new itemization, hopefully they've unfarked it.

How about Starcraft 2? Image for the scrollers.

Heart of the Swarm must have been a massive hit. I never even heard a peep about it.

us.blizzard.com
 
2014-02-20 02:05:12 AM  
Not counting steam games I've paid like 2 dollars for: Final Fantasy 13. Some people apparently like it, but the combat system is one of the worst ideas I've ever encountered and that might be the least of it's sins.

I have to also mention one of the best games I've purchased recently: Risk of Rain. It's ten bucks and it's awesome. I've got 45 hours sunk into it and I'm not bored yet. It probably won't reach skyrim levels of playtime for me but we'll see. Check it out, if you like let's plays ShinyRawrquaza on youtube has some good ones.
 
2014-02-20 02:05:32 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I bought this game used for $15, played it for an hour, turned around, took it back to the store, and asked "How much can I get for this in trade in?" The guy looked at me funny and said $7. I said "Sold. That was an $8 mistake."

It's not so much that the gameplay was horrible as it was literally the most embarrassing JRPG I have ever played. Putting this in my PS3 was the moment I realized that I had outgrown JRPGs. The voice acting and dialogue are so preposterously amateur I think I would have died if anyone I knew had walked into the room and seen me playing this. I grew up on Final Fantasy, so to admit that the West has surpassed Japan was a huge turning point for me. The only JRPGs I've enjoyed from this generation were Valkyria Chronicles and Demon's/Dark Souls.
 
2014-02-20 02:06:22 AM  
I really felt bummed out when I recently purchased Call of Duty: Ghosts.

I had had a lot of fun on Black Ops 2 and thought it would be a worthy sequel.

Holy fark it was so bad. No more call of duty ever.
 
2014-02-20 02:07:47 AM  

diaphoresis: [paizo.com image 360x474]


Are you saying that rpg module you are showing, or the computer game version? Either way you are wrong. Also, the novel they both are a sequel to is a good one for younger readers
 
2014-02-20 02:11:08 AM  
http://total.fark.com

Worst MMO *ever*!
 
2014-02-20 02:13:08 AM  
Godus.   Just... godus.  It's like a game, only where you take away the part of the thing that makes it a game.  You know... fun.  There's no fun in it.  Anywhere.  It's not under one of the hundreds of trees you click to make go away, it's not under the house you knock to make nothing important happen, it's not even buried in one of the dozens and dozens and dozens of "buried" treasure chests that you HAVE to dig up in order to progress.   It's not in any of those.
 
2014-02-20 02:13:59 AM  
i.imgur.com

The phrase "fundamentally broken" come to mind.
/Shame since I still have 1 and 2 on my PC and play them regularly. 20 years on and they're still among the best 4X games ever made.
 
2014-02-20 02:16:08 AM  

lousyskater: [nextgengamingblog.com image 580x362]

I haven't pre-ordered a game since.


Yeah, and the buzz for Titanfall is kinda giving me flashbacks to that, it got similar pre-release award spam and obsessive critical fellation... Rage basically hurt so bad that I'm assuming an entirely different game is an entirely different company is going to suck  hard because I now automatically invert the hype machine.

It's not like Skyrim, where we were promised the biggest most varied and awesome setting ever and got "have you ever played any fantasy RPG ever?  OK, then, you've already played this" mediocre, we were promised a good game and got one that was actively, objectively bad.
 
2014-02-20 02:24:19 AM  
For me, the answer would be Portal Runner.

One of the first games I ever was actually good at was 3DO's original Army Men, so I had a very high crap tolerance when it came to their Army Men games. I was a kid, too, so I really didn't know better. But I got older. And bought a PS2. And this piece of crap.

I'll play terrible games. I loved Enter The Matrix. Alpha Protocol is one of my favorite games. But Portal Runner was the first game to ever make me actively regret paying money for a game.
 
2014-02-20 02:24:30 AM  
Hands down.  i0.wp.com
 
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