There are two types of “bad” games: those that most people hate, but there is always someone, somewhere who loved it; and then there are those that are unanimously hated by everyone.
Looking at the worst games ever, we’ve put together a list of games that were so drastically hated, they hit the bottom of the charts on Metacritic – and that says a lot.
Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (Metascore: 8/100; GameRankings: 3.83%)
Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing has a level of infamy with the gaming community – it has a complete lack of polish, physics, and above all, fun.
The game received a speechless review from Gamespot upon its release, and everyone who managed to play the game felt as horrible as Alex Navarro did that day.
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade (Metascore: 11/100; GameRankings: 7.76%)
If you thought the Wii U’s launch games would all be good, you were wrong.
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade tries to cash in on the party game phenomenon associated with Nintendo consoles, but instead fails to deliver on anything, even with 30 tries.
Metacritic user DoctorMedic, who had extensive hands-on time with the game, explained that: “You’d honestly have a better time shooting yourself in the testicles whilst getting stabbed in the arm by a really high Pikmin.”
Elf Bowling 1 & 2 (Metascore: 12/100; GameRankings: 12.25%)
Even if elves and bowling are your thing, you’ll probably still hate this game.
Elf Bowling is a 3DS game that actually manages to have gameplay as bad as its cover art, hinting that maybe you need to be as high as the Elf’s to enjoy it.
Metacritic user TonyG wasn’t pleased at the incredibly simplistic mechanics and design, saying that the developers should be “hung like a piñata and beaten” for what they have done.
NRA Varmint Hunter (Metascore: 16/100; GameRankings: 17%)
NRA Varmint Hunter may look like one of those joke games that people make up, but no, it’s real… very real.
As the name suggests, the game requires you to immerse yourself in “a very high degree of realism” to track, hunt and kill those pesky varmints.
Metacritic user LucidardorW tries to find some positive in the game, although, we think he’s in denial:
“The graphics could be better, but for only ten bucks you can’t expect something like Half Life 2. I kinda like that the graphics are low because you can run this game on a much older machine without 3D acceleration.”
Check out the actual trailer for the game:
101-in-1 Explosive Megamix (Metascore: 16/100; GameRankings: 16.8%)
Even with 101 games, this WiiWare abomination managed to upset everyone, as you have to unlock the games, with none of the original games being fun to play in the first place.
BlogDog123 was pushed to the limit, and decided to give it a fat zero in his user review.
“Absolutely horrendous. Rarely do I ever give a [zero] to a game, but this game deserves it. All the games lack quality, and they are terrible and extremely bad at controlling. Go spend your money elsewhere.”
Yaris (Metascore: 17/100; GameRankings: 20%)
There’s not that much to say about this shameless Toyota advertising campaign disguised as a game.
Metacritic user BillGates (no affiliation… we assume), summed up the impression that the game left on him.
“Without a doubt the greatest game ever created. The story sucks you in and wont let you go, the graphics are almost real, and you can feel the intensity through the screen. I would have gladly paid $20 for this game, probably even more than that.”