These terrible horror games are horrifyingly bad

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Are you planning the perfect gaming Halloween evening with your significant other? Wondering about what games are perfect for Halloween?

Or are you in search of an entirely different experience that will melt you brain into a puddle? We have the answer dear friends.

Below are some of the most terrible “horror” games to ever grace humanity’s controllers, keyboards and mice. Be prepared for the highest level of terribleness!

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (2013)

TWD Survival Instinct

So you love zombies, brains and dramatic tragic deaths? You’re obviously a fan of The Walking Dead then.

Unlike the good The Walking Dead games by Telltale Games, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct takes a more distinctive route and defecates all over the goodness of the source material.

Survival Instinct came across as a release purely motivated by the brand’s profitability and is another first-person shooter published by Activision.

Sadly, the game was rushed out to be in released in tandem with the third season finale of the TV series. The result is a mess of a game. Survival Instinct is so bad that this is the second terrible games list it made today, and it even made it onto our worst user-rated games of 2013.

Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013)

Have you always wanted a good Aliens game that pays homage to the original movies properly? Well, Aliens: Colonial Marines isn’t that game, although Gearbox maintain to this day that it is.

Colonial Marines had been in development hell for a couple of years and, of course, Gearbox decided to resurrect the game.

The game, a first-person shooter, released with critical bugs and downgraded graphics, and the game’s development was even outsourced to different studios including Gearbox, Timegate, Demiurge Studios and Nerve Software.

This explains the varying and substandard quality found throughout the game. You can see in the video above, the drop of quality of the game from its E3 demo until its eventual release.

Also, considering that Sega was sued over misleading the public in terms of what was promised and not delivered on, there’s a lot left to be desired.

Friday the 13th (1989)

friday the 13th

This amazingly terrible Nintendo Entertainment System game was released in 1989, developed by Atlus and published by LJN, one of the worst publishers at the time.

Friday the 13th is easily considered one of the worst videogames by gamers and critics alike. It was famously lampooned and criticised by the Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) in the video below:

In the game, you control one of six camp counselors, each with different stats in a side-scrolling perspective. The aim of the game is to defeat Jason Voorhees three times. You can upgrade your weapons and battle other enemies.

Friday the 13th has terrible graphics, even for the NES, and has horrible controls which make it near unplayable for most gamers. Only the strong will survive the experience and the wrath of Jason on NES.

So if you’re up for the challenge set up an emulator on your PC and try out Friday the 13th for yourself.

Night Trap (1992)

Night Trap

Do you remember the Sega Mega Drive? We love the 16-Bit wonder of a console and have previously talked about Sega games we’d love to make a comeback.

Let’s just say that Night Trap, a Sega CD (an attachment for the Sega Mega Drive) game was not one of those games, and for good reason.

Although the game is considered a cult classic and one of the best games for the Sega CD, it’s still a terrible game.

Originally released in 1992, the game was a FMV (full motion video) game of sorts and is notorious for all of the controversy it wrought in 1993 due to its mature content.

In the game, you view “real-time” events via hidden cameras across different locations and attempt to prevent scantily-clad women from being captured and murdered by criminals.

Eventually, the game was recalled from store shelves in the US due to the aforementioned controversy.

Alone in the Dark (2008)

Alone In The Dark

Alone in the Dark is a classic horror game series originally started in 1992 by Infogrames, with the first entry released for the PC.

The franchise was rebooted in 2008 with Alone in the Dark, developed by Eden Games and released for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

You once again assume the role of paranormal investigator Edward Carnby in this iteration of the franchise. There are demonic forces at play and Lucifer wants to destroy the world with a stone he was imprisoned in. That’s some epic storytelling right there.

The game does have some good visuals and a great soundtrack, but the gameplay elements bog it down.

Alone in the Dark‘s story is told through DVD-style chapters and you’re essentially solving puzzles through a first-person or third-person camera perspective.

You can smash through doors, fight enemies with melee combat and you’ll also have to deal with a whole lot of fire.

In all honesty, it’s just a generic and boring affair that doesn’t equate to the quality of previous games in the series. It has nothing on the original games.

You’re welcome to give all these games a go to see where we’re coming from.

But be warned that we can’t be blamed if you experience rage and anger at the level of frustration and abject horror these games can illicit.

Just remember that it’s just a game; that’s what we always tell ourselves while cowering in fear.


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  • mark lyons

    Friday the 13th on NES may have been horrible game-play wise,but that was a a scary game for its time.
    The music, and atmosphere was eerie and if you found him (Jason) hidden in a cabin in the woods at night, you are playing on your own in the dark and the sound is turned up, you got a huge fright when he appeared.
    Just like that medusa snake head in the caves in that game.
    Scary stuff its its day, although now laughable.

  • Helldriver Phoenix

    That game was great every time Jason will show. I played it connected to a big ass Aiwa HiFi.

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