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Worst.  Game.  Ever.
June 12th 2003, 02:53 CEST by Terata

What's the single worst game you've ever encountered, and can you do some show and tell with a link to it?  Don't just tell the tale, subject your friends!  Just a few ground rules...

#1: The worst game ever has to have been a boxed product.  Horrid freeware games that three people played don't count.  You have to have been able to go out and purchase this, like, from a store.

#2: Game compilations (Action 52! 52 games in one!) don't count.  They're still funny though.  Especially Cheetahmen.

#3: The worst game ever is not Custer's Revenge.  Everybody always mentions that one.
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#1 by Bailey
2003-06-12 02:53:46
I'd have to go with Demise.

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#2 by m0nty
2003-06-12 02:56:45
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Legend of the Neuter Space Bears.
#3 by lwf
2003-06-12 02:57:52
Sentient.

...so I'm balls deep in this guy's ass, and he turns around and asks for a kiss, what a FAG!
#4 by Greg
2003-06-12 02:58:03
Dragon Power for NES.

I'd be somewhat surprised if someone else here played the game.

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#5 by Dethstryk
2003-06-12 03:00:26
jemartin@tcainternet.com
There was a cartoony Civil War game for the NES. It was the best game ever, though.

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#6 by Your Friend
2003-06-12 03:01:23
This is a difficult question to answer seriously... for a number of reasons, including the fact that I think I've actually blocked out a number of Really Bad Game experiences that occured over, say, 2 years ago.

Also how much subjectivity is allowed based on expectations? There are some games that really disappointed me such that the overall experience was worse than playing some other games that were somewhat more objectively bad games.  Are we allowed to factor in that sort of thing?

So many questions.

Anyway, the honest to god worst game I've played this year is Unreal 2.  I'm sure it isn't the worst game that has been released, but of the ones I've played I liked it the least by a fairly substantial margin.

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#7 by lwf
2003-06-12 03:04:02
Did anyone play sentient? Psygnosis why!!

...so I'm balls deep in this guy's ass, and he turns around and asks for a kiss, what a FAG!
#8 by m0nty
2003-06-12 03:04:55
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Seriously though, Madden 2000 was the worst game I played. No idea what was happening, and the manual gave no indication.
#9 by Your Friend
2003-06-12 03:08:27
Speaking of Psygnosis, Shadow of the Beast was a dreadfully bad game.  

....great tech demo for showing off the Amiga's graphics, but what a stinker otherwise.

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#10 by BobJustBob
2003-06-12 03:14:25
I keep wanting to like Demise because Mordor was so fun. But the graphics upgrade was pointless; all Mordor needed was a random dungeon generator.

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#11 by mrbloo
2003-06-12 03:21:31
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Alone in the Dark 2 was a big disappointment for me.  I don't know if it qualifies as worst game ever.  Most now seem to rise to a certain level of mediocracy, the ones you'd be tempted to buy at any rate.

#12 by MCorleone
2003-06-12 03:23:51
How about that SSI D&D from last year that fried your hard drive?  That oughta count.

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#13 by Your Friend
2003-06-12 03:24:48
I look at it as a pretty decent graphical disk format utility.

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#14 by Matt Perkins
2003-06-12 03:32:09
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
How would I know what the worst game ever is?  If I don't like a game, I quit playing it.  There are all kinds of games I haven't played for more than 10-15 minutes just didn't like at all.  Anyone one of those could have been truly horrible and not just boring.

Though, if we're talking about games we've played a lot...  I REALLY wanted to like X-com 3.  I REALLY wanted to like it.  But it only brought misery to me.

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#15 by BobJustBob
2003-06-12 03:37:11
I'll bet that the worst game ever is a movie tie-in.

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#16 by Matthew Gallant
2003-06-12 03:41:07
http://www.truemeaningoflife.com
Nightcaster II on the X-Box.

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#17 by ProStyle
2003-06-12 03:48:31
http://prostyle.deviantart.com
Once long ago I tried EverQuest for about ten minutes and that was truly the most pathetic excuse for a video game I'd ever seen. I suppose it's my fault for not realizing MMORPGS are more of an investment than a form of entertainment.

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#18 by ProStyle
2003-06-12 03:51:43
http://prostyle.deviantart.com
I'll bet that the worst game ever is a movie tie-in.

Quite right my friend - ET for the Atari 2600 - and unfortunately I didn't rely on a website or magazine article for that tidbit. I actually waded through a good ten minutes of shock and disbeleif after powering up my system with the cartridge. The worst part is after taking that cartridge out and sifting through my cache I came upon a duplicate. Oh, the horror.

I'm like a quote out of context...
#19 by "PainKilleR-[CE]"
2003-06-12 03:56:32
painkill3r@cox.net
#12:
How about that SSI D&D from last year that fried your hard drive?  That oughta count.


Half-Life did that, too, but fewer people noticed (gee, I wonder why).
#20 by Warren Marshall
2003-06-12 04:05:32
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Wheel of Time.

#21 by Bailey
2003-06-12 04:10:53
OMG WOT WUZ SO BAD UR A TRANNY IN TEH GAEM, AES SADIE, MORE LIKE AIDS CITY ROLF

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#22 by Warren Marshall
2003-06-12 04:22:40
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No, wait ... Bubble Bomb!

#23 by Chunkstyle
2003-06-12 04:27:33
Yeah!  Bubble Bomb sucks!  I should know, I've played the demo for probably over 50 hours!

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#24 by LPMiller
2003-06-12 04:36:16
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Morrowwind.

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#25 by jjohnsen
2003-06-12 04:38:26
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Please tell me PC isn't getting clans now, if we are though, can I hurry and join the CE?

I agree with Matt in #14, if a game sucks too much I'm usualy not going to play until I find out if it suck more than any game I've ever played.

I was pretty disappointed in Black and White, and after playing Trespasser for about 10 minutes at a friends house I knew it was very wrong.

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#26 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-06-12 04:39:59
whatever game YF is supposedly working on.

It's a Steve Buscemi vibe.
#27 by Bailey
2003-06-12 04:42:58
Whatever game TrunkDr ends up working on after his current company fires him for gross incompetence.

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#28 by PainKilleR-[CE]
2003-06-12 04:48:45
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#25 by jjohnsen:
Please tell me PC isn't getting clans now, if we are though, can I hurry and join the CE?


I could be wrong, but I don't think PC has any clans ;)
As for joining CE, I don't handle that, but last I knew it was an invite-only clan, and I don't even think we have a game that we can all agree we're playing right now ;(

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#29 by Bailey
2003-06-12 04:50:20
You have fallen into a sarchasm. It is very dark. You will likely be eaten by a grue.

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#30 by LPMiller
2003-06-12 04:54:30
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Be gentle, he hasn't been here in awhile, he'll need to take some time to work on his immune system.

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#31 by Bailey
2003-06-12 04:56:27
The grues are a cruel and unforgiving race. I don't have high hopes for the outlander.

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#32 by PainKilleR-[CE]
2003-06-12 04:56:49
painkill3r@cox.net
Yeah, I was sick or something, that's the ticket...

Sometimes, I just go with it. Some people will underestimate me and think I fell for it, while others are caught off guard. Or maybe I'm just full of shit.

Oh, and I changed my sig, because I realized it was repetetive to sign my posts when my name is completely correct on the post header (besides, it was a perfectly good chance to copy & paste rather than write it myself from the liner notes).

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#33 by LPMiller
2003-06-12 05:04:06
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Your sig, or your last ad in the personals?

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#34 by Warren Marshall
2003-06-12 05:04:56
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Why would you name yourself after one of Judas Priests poorest efforts?

#35 by Hugin
2003-06-12 05:05:27
lmccain@nber.org
MOO3.  There's no game there. And unlike many games where there's no game there, MOO3 is butt ugly.
#36 by "tuluk"
2003-06-12 05:09:57
monkra@yahoo.com until there is no war but peace
Might & Magic 6+: all with the same game engine:

Mortyr: refused to play.  offered as gift, refused 5 times.  

Wheel of Time:  over-rated.  annoying plotline, very annoying. blah blah mana blah blah trickle blah blah blah mana blah blah blah

TWINE: cutscenes that would not die,  with zany '60's humor that made "Cannibal: The Musical" appear high art.  

Red Faction: Like somone urinated in my hard drive.  Instant spawn enemies,& horrible graphics.  Toss in   being robbed of weapons twice, the extremely hyped "deformable terrain" feature only possible in the first 20 minutes of the game(until you go underwater)

The worst game however would have to be:
Pools of Radiance: Myth Drannor with the 3rd/2.5/8.3/5.123/whatever generation of AD&D rules.  the disk formatting part was nice.  the high range of character races/ classes/ graphical options proved to be another selling point(irony). highly detailed graphics that made think of Die by the Sword, a la PowerVR chip, only DOS was fun & allowed for near infinite sword combos.

the defining moment was realizing that picking locks gave more experience than anything else, and picking locks was a waste of time in the first place.


The 16 color gold box series  AD&D(por, hillsfar, curse of azure bonds, silver blades, etc) were better in every way.  I can state this with some fact, as I condemned my POR: Myth Drannor game to being a archery target, while the old gold box games still exist & are still in use.
#37 by PainKilleR-[CE]
2003-06-12 05:11:04
painkill3r@cox.net
#34 by Warren Marshall:
Why would you name yourself after one of Judas Priests poorest efforts?

Does my name say Jugulator somewhere I can't see it?

IMO, the song Painkiller is one of Judas Priest's best technical acheivments, YMMV. The drummer from Def Leppard could probably play half of the remainder of Judas Priest's guitar parts.

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Breathing smoke and fire
Closing in with vengeance soaring high
#38 by Euri
2003-06-12 05:23:04
yolora@attbi.com http://www.eurikins.com
Wheel of Time. Nod to Hero X.

No cake is complete without at least one ethnic slur.
#39 by Bailey
2003-06-12 05:25:57
Recognize.

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#40 by Eric T. Cheng
2003-06-12 05:29:04
erictcheng@hotmail.com
Aight.

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#41 by Warren Marshall
2003-06-12 05:35:37
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Does my name say Jugulator somewhere I can't see it?

Does my post not say "one of"?

#42 by nothing
2003-06-12 06:15:12
I played Final Fantasy 8 up to a point where I had to take a test over game mechanics to continue.  What kind of game asks you to take a test?  I haven't played a FF game since because I'm afraid I'll have to study for them.

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#43 by Eric T. Cheng
2003-06-12 06:30:20
erictcheng@hotmail.com
What kind of test was it?

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#44 by CheesyPoof
2003-06-12 06:48:51
I never bought a trully horrid game like PaintBrawl or Darklands, so I can't comment on that.

What I did buy were a lot of dissapointments.  Games like The Sims, C&C Tiberian Sun, Diablo, Red Faction, and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine.  The only game I ever returned was Rebel Assault.
#45 by Bailey
2003-06-12 06:55:06
That crummy Wasteland sequel, Fall-something.

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#46 by Terata
2003-06-12 06:58:40
My personal vote has to go to Sword of Sodan (warning! anime porn banner!), for the Sega Genesis.  Passable graphics at the time, but passable only when the game is paused -- no appreciable animation, horrible horrible controls, complete lack of any redeeming game mechanics, and a powerup system that's random until you write down all the combinations.  It's like nailing your eyelids to a tree.

The worst part is, when I was a young moron I ended up with a copy of it along with a couple other mediocre games, in trade for Strider.
#47 by Bailey
2003-06-12 07:12:21
That's the worst anime porn banner. Ever.

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#48 by Sgt Hulka
2003-06-12 07:15:33
I have problems...  you heard it here first.

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#49 by Terata
2003-06-12 07:33:27
I heard Hulka's got problems.
#50 by Your Friend
2003-06-12 07:39:18
I figured that out a long time ago.

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