In a nutshell, video games are fantastic. Casual, arcade-style games help us pass the time, while fantasy epics with engrossing, skillfully written narratives may easily compete with or surpass those found in cinema and literature. Indie games with an experimental bent may have the same enigmatic, cerebral appeal as a modern art piece. Heck, sometimes all we want to do is fire up Call of Duty and blow things up.
And, as any rational and well-adjusted person would do in such a scenario, we turn to the internet to vent our frustrations, finding some solace in standing shoulder to shoulder with other critics who were just as offended by the experience as we were. According to review aggregator Metacritic, the following games not only elicited such a response but also hold the terrible distinction of being the 10 absolute worst games ever released and hence are the worst video games of all time (Metacritic).
Here is our list of games considered the worst in the gaming industry:
Infestation: Survivor Stories, formerly named The War Z, was a horrible Day Z clone that arrived amid the height of the zombie-survival mania in 2012. Though it had shown promise in alpha, critics were ruthless in their assessment of this amateurish cash grab when it was published in full.
Due to a patent issue, the game was forced to change its title from The War Z to Infestation: Survivor Stories, and things only got worse from there. It was badly designed, full of microtransactions, and underwhelming in comparison to its numerous competitors. With a score of 20/100 on Metacritic, this game can be considered as one of the worst video games of all time!
This is another one of the low rating games. Faced with the facts, the only thing that may keep someone engaged in a Deal or No Deal episode is the idea that the competitors are competing for a lot of real money. Unless you're the most devoted Howie Mandel fan on the planet, the program lacks any type of appeal to keep viewers engaged when it's removed from the backdrop of reality.
This very ill-advised endeavor is a perfect illustration of that concept. Aside from the concept's poor fit, the game itself was a complete disaster. The graphics go much too far into the uncanny valley, and the audio sounds like it was recorded on a smartphone. With a score of 19/100 on Metacritic, this is one of the worst video games ever made.
This is one of the worst video games of all time as this game managed to get a score of 19/100 on Metacritic. Despite its beginnings as one of the first survival-horror classics, the Alone in the Dark series has been in a rut for quite some time before this release. The New Nightmare had a mediocre reaction in 2001, while the 2008 remake was panned by critics. Unfortunately, illumination would continue the decreasing trend.
To put it bluntly, Pure FPS doesn't appear to understand how to build a survival horror game. Illumination was conceived as a four-player cooperative experience, but it plays more like a strange cross between Gears of War and Left 4 Dead, with its action-packed, guns-blazing gameplay colliding with its half-hearted survival horror visuals making it one of the worst games ever made!
SPOGS Racing is a strange game in which players take on the role of an anthropomorphized POG (remember those?) who has made their way inside a racing kart. Sure, it's strange, but it's not unforgivable. Nobody expects realism or storyline from a casual kart racer, after all. SPOGS, on the other hand, does not anticipate a remotely playable experience.
There are a plethora of gripes to be hurled here, however the most prevalent critical issues concentrate around two main concerns. The first is the appalling graphic quality, especially for a Wii downloadable game.
The second is AI opponents' entirely manufactured difficulty, which has an amazing capacity to steal the victory at the final second, making this game one of the worst video games of all time.
When you look at the intellectual foundation for a Double Dragon game, you might believe it's impossible for any developer, no matter how incompetent, to completely ruin it. After all, it's a story-light, side-scrolling beat them up with a storied history. But you'd be wrong there, to put it mildly.
Wander of the Dragons manages to fumble the ball in every way conceivable, even ones we didn't realize were possible. Despite their necessity for simplicity, the controls are difficult when they aren't entirely broken. The visuals are surprisingly bad, and the game's gameplay is jerky and unpleasant at best, despite their low quality. It attained a score of 17/100 and it isn’t hard to place this on our list of worst video games of all time.
Vroom in the Night Sky appears to be a strange, but enjoyable high-speed bike riding adventure that wouldn't be out of place as a Nintendo Switch launch game at first sight. Then you have the misfortune of having to play it, and a creeping sense of remorse sets in.
It would be an understatement to say that this game was "rushed" or "left unpolished" for the Switch's debut date, as it is one of the worst video games of all time. Even the light controls and erratic handling might have been enjoyable if the game didn't have such a dearth of material. When you add in the incomplete graphics and textures, it's easy to see why this game was so widely criticized and is one of the very few games considered the worst.
When you see the Leisure Suit Larry logo next to a title, you know your expectations are going to below. Prepare for antiquated, filthy comedy, a virtually impossible-to-follow narrative, and gameplay that was never intended to impress anybody. Even still, Box Office Bust manages to drop the bar even lower by some miracle making it one of the worst video games of all time.
It did manage to avoid Leisure Suit Larry's trademark nudity and more complex sexual material, which is commendable. Instead of broadening the series' appeal, this decision served to emphasize how little the series had to offer without it.
This is a game where you drive about in your Toyota Yaris and beat infected MP3 players until you have enough money to upgrade your 4-Door Sedan with a sawblade or Gatling laser, the aim of the game alone makes this go directly into our list of worst video games of all time.
So, it's Twisted Metal, but with a lot more product placement, a lot less Rob Zombie, and almost no gameplay value. Granted, it was a free game that was simply a playable commercial, but this one crosses the line into so hilariously bad that it's excellent.
This is pretty much one of the worst video games of all time. Players will be required to steer knuckle-dragging murder biker Jake Conway through spurts of badly drawn violence, have little fun driving a motorbike, and confront the biggest challenge any video game has ever presented: do the nasty while remaining completely dressed. Ratings, for example.
From the comically ape-like design of human character representations to the simply awful gameplay, everything about Ride to Hell is funny.
The script tries hard to pass itself off as a gritty, testosterone-fueled criminal thriller, but the edge factor is more akin to a dollar-store razor you discovered under your sink after being missing for a few years. That is to say, you will almost certainly contract tetanus.
When a game needs to tell you straight out that it's "amazing," you're generally in for a horrible experience. It's Mario Party on a shoestring, sweat-inducing budget, but without the fun Mario visuals. And without any genuine enjoyment.
If you were a youngster who relied on your parents to get you some games for your brand-new Wii U system for Christmas, you'd end up with Family Party. They earn an 'A' for effort, after all, they are your parents. However, if they had any clue how much trauma they were causing you, they would have hired a good therapist. Therefore, topping our list of worst video games of all time, with a horrendous Metacritic score of 11.
Without the light gun, Rambo: The Video Game is a light gun game. Don't be fooled by the screenshots on the back of the box; this isn't your typical first-person shooter; instead, it's Time Crisis minus the colorful plastic guns.
Rambo: The Video Game is an arcade rail shooter created by Polish Studio Teyon and released in 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
While spectators were initially enthralled by the prospect of playing as John Rambo, it became clear that disappointment was on the way when the game was delayed many times.
Mario is the main character of the game, and he has to discover Princess Peach by traveling through the Mushroom Kingdom's seven Koopa Hotels. Every hotel is separated into stages, to open all of the doors on each stage. The player advances to the next building after defeating a Koopaling on the hotel's last stage.
Although the gameplay is similar to Elevator Action, it is marred by weak controls and enemy hit detection.
Some of the sequences in Hotel Mario appear to have been created in MS Paint by a high school student.
Shaquille O'Neal, the NBA Hall of Famer, was engaged in everything from movies to music to video games in 1994.
The narrative follows Shaquille O'Neal, who must employ the lethal skills of 'Shaqido' in a magical parallel realm to save a mystery kid from an army of minions devoted to Sett-Ra, a wicked, powerful mummy.
The game's idea is absurd, and the gameplay is stupid as well. Shaq Fu was highly derided for its ridiculous premise, cumbersome controls, and unreliable hit detection while having some decent visuals and animations for its time.
Sonic The Hedgehog (also known as Sonic '06) is a 3D action platformer developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega as the long-awaited revival of the legendary brand. Unfortunately for Sonic fans, the game was not only disappointing, but it was also a total disaster that was rushed to market just in time for the holidays.
Sonic the Hedgehog tells the story of three hedgehogs named Sonic, Shadow, and Silver as they face Solaris, an ancient evil sought by Doctor Eggman.
The hedgehogs are divided into three distinct campaigns, each with its own set of skills and a set of levels to fulfill to progress through the tale. This terrible game has a convoluted (and cringe-inducing) storyline, bad controls, difficult camera control, and a slew of gameplay flaws, all of which contribute to the game's poor reception.
The Philips CD-i game was a massive flop due in part to inadequate software, and The Wand of Gamelon likely had a role in that.
After the two firms failed to deliver on a promise to produce a CD-based add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, a compromise between Philips and Nintendo resulted in three CD-i Zelda titles. You didn't play as Link in The Wand of Gamelon; instead, you played as Princess Zelda on a mission to save Link and kill Ganon.
The game has a side-scrolling perspective similar to Zelda II, however, it suffers from the CD-weak i's controller. The Wand of Gamelon garnered mediocre reviews at first due to its sluggish and boring gameplay and terrible character animations, but it has now proved to be one of the worst games starring a Nintendo character.