Throughout its long history where video games come and go, many titles have lodged themselves in our minds, and not for the right reasons. Whether you’re a PC or console gamer, you’re bound to have some games in mind that you truly detest. Here are an example of such titles that have become infamous for the various sins they have committed against the industry simply by existing.
Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties
We’ve played many bad games in our lifetime, but this has a special place on top of the turd pile. It’s somewhat difficult to describe this game in detail, as you have to actually try it out to know how terrible it truly is. In essence, this is a choose your own adventure game, which doesn’t sound too bad, until you realise that it was strung together using Powerpoint. If you’re up for it, you can currently ‘play’ through the entire thing on Youtube, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
For many gamers, Zelda holds a special place in their hearts as one of the best games to have ever graced any console. Just the mention of Link alone and one cannot help but feel excitement of an awaiting adventure. Imagine the horrors on the face of the fans, when the franchise was temporarily placed in the hands of a third party developer, who spawned Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. The end result set the bar for the worst in game design, as you would be hard pressed to find anything good to mention about it. A technical disaster at all fronts.
Duke Nukem Forever
This one hit especially hard to those who grew up with the Duke, as the series started off a honest to goodness side scroller action games, eventually becoming one of the best first person shooters of its time. A sequel would then be greenlit, only for it to remain in the development hell for over 15 years. It seemed like there was going to be a light of the end of the tunnel, when Gearbox revived the game to continue work on it. Unfortunately however, it ended up being a disaster, as the game was a mere husk of its former self, with its outdated gameplay and overall campiness.
You thought it was going to be Superman 64, didn’t you? While that game belongs in this list, it’s become a little too obvious by now. You’d think that they would have gone back to the drawing board and figure out how to make a decent Superman game. Batman had his Arkham games, so Superman Returns should be good, right? You couldn’t have been more wrong. Just like 64, the game suffers from terrible controls made it difficult to traverse the massive city of Metropolis, where fighting even a single enemy became a chore.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Don’t get it us wrong, the first Modern Warfare was a great game. However, it’s monumental success has had a detrimental effect on the industry as every game now aspires to the next Call of Duty, in terms of success. What you have instead of yearly rehashes of the same game which in turn stagnates the industry because publishers see no reason to spend any money to improve their game, as consumers simply do not care either way.