10 Video Games Famous For Catastrophic Ratings

By Antonia Čirjak on May 10 2020 in Entertainment

As a relatively new form of entertainment, video games already have an extremely interesting history behind them.
As a relatively new form of entertainment, video games already have an extremely interesting history behind them.
  • Final Fantasy XIV was a boring game, but luckily the developers remade the game and had a huge success with it afterwards.
  • Bubsy 3D is frequently mentioned as being one of the worst games ever made.
  • Nothing about the Simpsons Wrestling was considered to be well made, but luckily some toher games from the Franchise were not as terrible.

As a relatively new form of entertainment, video games already have an extremely interesting history behind them. Throughout the years we were able to play some solidified classics, but also some truly horrible games. There are no rules and sometimes a highly anticipated game can turn out bad.

Video games have been subjected to reviews and criticism ever since they started being made, so we always have access to a comprehensive list of how well they were received. Of course, we all know about the good games, and have probably played quite a few of them, but what about the games that end up being so critically panned that most people avoid them? Or those that still get some play from people but end up being remembered for how bad they were? Today we will talk about some of those games.

10. No Man’s Sky

This game was presented like a dream come true for millions of gamers.Image credit: thesixthaxis.com
This game was presented like a dream come true for millions of gamers.Image credit: thesixthaxis.com

This game was presented like a dream come true for millions of gamers. Billions of planets just waiting to be explored, and an entire, vast universe you can fly through using your spacecraft while meeting other players and discovering new alien species are just some of the things we were promised. However, the game failed to deliver on most of those promises and was critically bombed upon release.

9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5

The fifth sequel to this beloved franchise became the poster-boy for bad video games everywhere. Image credit: gamesradar.com
The fifth sequel to this beloved franchise became the poster-boy for bad video games everywhere. Image credit: gamesradar.com

The fifth sequel to this beloved franchise became the poster-boy for bad video games everywhere. Many wondered how a game like this was allowed to ever come out. Plagued with bugs, ugly graphics, bad physics, small levels, and a plethora of other flaws, this game was worse than any of its predecessors. Weird, seeing as how some of them were more than 15 years old when it came out.

8. Final Fantasy XIV

While the 11th installment had a large fanbase, it was nothing compared to the excitement when number fourteen was announced. However, the game was a bug-riddled mess with awful controls and a confusing interface. Image credit: teckknow.com
While the 11th installment had a large fanbase, it was nothing compared to the excitement when number fourteen was announced. However, the game was a bug-riddled mess with awful controls and a confusing interface. Image credit: teckknow.com

Well, this one has a happy ending, at least. The Final Fantasy franchise is extremely popular, but most of its iterations are single-player RPGs. However, XI and XIV were MMORPGs. While the 11th installment had a large fanbase, it was nothing compared to the excitement when number fourteen was announced. However, the game was a bug-riddled mess with awful controls and a confusing interface. Most importantly, it was a boring game. However, the developers took notes and remade the game from scratch. They eventually succeeded in creating one of the best MMORPGs ever.

7. Lula 3D

Lula 3D is a part of a franchise consisting of adult-themed adventure games that were popular in the 1990s.Image credit: http://networksinstalzone.weebly.com/
Lula 3D is a part of a franchise consisting of adult-themed adventure games that were popular in the 1990s.Image credit: http://networksinstalzone.weebly.com/

Lula 3D is a part of a franchise consisting of adult-themed adventure games that were popular in the 1990s. It features mildly erotic themes and attempts at humor, and the previous iterations managed to find some fans. It was different when Lula 3D came out in 2005. Basically no one managed to find a single redeeming quality in this game, everything was just bad.

6. Superman 64

It comes as no surprise that a game that is adapted from a popular franchise turned out bad.Image credit: pcinvasion.com
It comes as no surprise that a game that is adapted from a popular franchise turned out bad.Image credit: pcinvasion.com

It comes as no surprise that a game that is adapted from a popular franchise turned out bad. Most of them do. However, the Superman game that came out in 1999 for the Nintendo 64 manages to outdo them all. It is a notorious game that has been made fun of many times. It is widely considered to be the worst game of all time. Everything that could go wrong did so here, from the graphics to the controls and constant glitches, it is another game that makes us wonder why it was even allowed to be released in this state.

5. Shaq Fu

Ah, Shaquille O’Neal, the legendary basketball player and his many endeavors in the 1990s bring a smile to our face.Image credit: theverge.com
Ah, Shaquille O’Neal, the legendary basketball player and his many endeavors in the 1990s bring a smile to our face.Image credit: theverge.com

Ah, Shaquille O’Neal, the legendary basketball player and his many endeavors in the 1990s bring a smile to our face. He did it all, from movies to music and of course, video games. If only he managed to create a game that was a bit better than this one… Still, it is worth mentioning that Shaq Fu, a game where he basically becomes a Kung Fu fighter, managed to achieve a cult following through the years and is now remembered fondly. It even got a sequel in 2018!

4. Bubsy 3D

Creating 3D platformers after the genre became iconic during the 2D era was no simple task.Image credit: polygon.com
Creating 3D platformers after the genre became iconic during the 2D era was no simple task.Image credit: polygon.com

Creating 3D platformers after the genre became iconic during the 2D era was no simple task. Many games struggled in the beginning, with only a few like Crash Bandicoot, Mario 64, and Spyro The Dragon managing to do almost everything right. The same can’t be said of Bubsy 3D. A sequel to a mildly popular series of platformers, Bubsy 3D is another game that fails in every aspect. It is often mentioned as one of the worst games ever created.

3. The Simpsons Wrestling

Another game based on a franchise, The Simpsons Wrestling places the beloved characters in a (you guessed it!) wrestling ring.Image credit: postwrestling.com
Another game based on a franchise, The Simpsons Wrestling places the beloved characters in a (you guessed it!) wrestling ring.Image credit: postwrestling.com

Another game based on a franchise, The Simpsons Wrestling places the beloved characters in a (you guessed it!) wrestling ring. The game came out in 2001 and was plagued by problems in nearly every aspect. Even the graphics were horrendous. Nothing about this game was considered good and not even nostalgia can save it. Luckily, there are other games based on this franchise that are actually good.

2. Alone In The Dark: Illumination

The Alone In The Dark series started out in the 1990s and quickly became one of the most beloved adventure game series.Image credit: goodgame.hr
The Alone In The Dark series started out in the 1990s and quickly became one of the most beloved adventure game series.Image credit: goodgame.hr

The Alone In The Dark series started out in the 1990s and quickly became one of the most beloved adventure game series. Illumination is the sixth installment that came out in 2015 and is one everyone wants to forget as quickly as possible. Bad graphics, controls, story, pacing, no wonder this game was voted as the worst game of the year by many publications.

1. Tomb Raider: The Angel Of Darkness

It was a rushed product plagued by bugs, but also had lousy controls and boring gameplay. Image credit: cbr.com
It was a rushed product plagued by bugs, but also had lousy controls and boring gameplay. Image credit: cbr.com

Ending the list off is a game from an extremely popular series. Who doesn’t love Lara Croft? It is hard to mess up a game based on her adventures, but somehow, Core Design obviously forgot everything that made their previous games great. It was a rushed product plagued by bugs, but also had lousy controls and boring gameplay. While the story was good, everything in between was extremely bad. Luckily, there are plenty of other Tomb Raider games to choose from.

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