Posted by bedroomcoder on Jun 17, 2010 12:49 (Jun 17, 2010 12:49)
5 - Dragonheart
Jesus wept. Based on the terrible film of the same name, but lacking a talking dragon voiced by Our Sean (the game’s only saving grace, to be fair), it’s a dire hack-and-slash romp. Your main character is a crippled wimp, who has a cardio meter as well as a health meter and can’t cope with doing too much. The poor dear. I would like to point out that in film-licensed properties there is such a thing as sticking too close to the source material. Utter rubbish, just avoid.
4 - Hugo: Black Diamond Fever
“Who the hell is Hugo?” You might be asking. If that is the case, then lucky you. Hugo appeared in a rash of awful games on the PS1 towards the end of its lifespan, with this one being particularly spectacularly awful. Poor controls, crap music and an infinitely punchable hero make this one to avoid like a dose of the clap.
3 - Mortal Kombat Special Forces
Laughably, John Tobias – co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, thought that the reason people played the games was because of the story. I’m sure I’m not the only one only dimly aware that there even WAS a story to the games. This tripe is what came of Midway indulging Tobias’ ego – a dreadful abortion of a game that veers sharply away from accepted MK gameplay, and into piss-poor scrolling fighter territory. A bomb of a game, and one that helped to edge Tobias out of the MK franchise forever. Thankfully.
2 - Iznogoud
God, this game is a pun-loving reviewer’s dream. Often cited as THE WORST PS1 GAME EVAR, it’s an unimaginative, dreadfully conceived platformer based on a comic book by the guy who gave the world Asterix and Obelix. Jump, collect coins – the world didn’t need another game like this by this point, and certainly not one as utterly broken as this one. It really IS NO GOOD. *groan*
Now for Retro Fusion's worst PS1 game of all time....
My old pal used to go out and buy all the games that were giving bad reviews in the magazines for some strange reason. 1 that springs to mind was called Killing Zone. got 1 star out of 10 and was a fighting game with like frankenstien and that. check the state of it
A lot of these games (back in their day) were improved by the crack team's intro that preceeded them
You missed out the whole series of 'games' where it was a dodgy VHS (or VCD) animated film which sounded the same as the Disney film but was some awful backroom job done by an alien who'd never seen the original book. To make it into a 'game' they bolted on a few picture swap games based on the film or a colouring in 'book'.
Yes it was aimed at whiny kids and, when I worked for a mate's console market stall back in those days, we sold quite a few at £5. But we always pretended they were 'great' in order to shift them!
Fair play, that is indeed a list of really bad titles. I have actually played a couple of them namely Resident Evil: Survivor and Action Man: Mission Xtreme and can honestly say they were...ah, can't swear on here...er...rather jolly terrible!
As for the Barbie games, doesn't that sort of desecration happen to most consoles towards the end of their lifespan? (except for maybe the DS where they are shovelling Barbie, Disney Princess and assorted 'Imagine' games out at a frightening rate even now). Looking at lists of stuff coming out late in the life of the PS2 and there is evidence of that kind of thing happening (Bratz: The Movie anyone?)
A great article! I have never played any of those but have seen a Barbie game and it was dreadful. I remember that Digitizer on C4 teletext used to go on about Army Men games quite a bit, in quite a funny way. They were really fed up of them and there were lots of them.