Most Disappointing Video Games of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Duke Nukem Forever Duke Nukem Forever

The definitive #1 for me. Anyone who grew up playing Duke Nukem 3D, remembers how amazing the gameplay was, Duke's witty lines of humorous gold, and an all around fun shoot'em'up experience. Years of development hell later and we're left with a shattered, watered-down catastrophe of a game that spits on the face of former Duke Nukem fans harder than nearly any other game franchise to date. A good reason why this game went from being a hyped release to littered in the Bargain Bin in a mere matter of MONTHS. - BloodyThunderX

Instead of waiting for it in 2001 skip 10 years later and we get one of the most disappointing games of the modern era. - htoutlaws2012

We waited many years for this garbage, I would blow up some aliens right now but I'm out of gum

We need to get no man's sky to number 1.

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2 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Those who followed this game before it's release know that there was loads of hype following it, with various publications claiming it was going to be quite the title. However, upon released it was revealed that the final product was left in an unfinished, buggy, and flatout painful state that did serious damage to Sonic's credibility. Apparently, the build used for the final product was NOT the latest build of the game, however was forcedly used due to SEGA's poor reputation for getting games released for certain dates (To keep with it being released for Sonic's 15th Anniversary), and because the latest build was not stable and polished enough to be used.

What a disappointment to say the least. - BloodyThunderX

As one of my all time favorite franchises, I was stoked for this game. This game was so bad that I did not even finish it. I am a completionist and a die hard Sonic fan, so I was expecting to at least play through it, but nope. After a few hours of playing, I had a decision to make: Take it to Game Stop for hardly anything in return or destroy it. It was with great regret that I had to abandon a Sonic game, but I was pushed to do so. I threw the case and then let the disc become crushed underneath my belongings, letting it sit, stored and unplayed ever since. - surgeonsanic

It's Sonic 06. God, it was made in 2006... 666. It had no hope. Sonic is a horrible franchise. It needs to end. Sega is trying WAY too many gimmicks and if it wants good games, make a new mascot. This game, is just AWFUL. Everyone thought we were going to get a great Sonic game, but no. Too many glitches, some scenes look nice and the others look like 1999s. I just don't get how they failed. Great job Sega. Just give up already. They tried Sonic Boom, they failed.

Sonic games are becoming increasingly worse. That's why I hate sonic.

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3 Halo 4 Halo 4

I've never been more disappointed in a halo game in my life than this one - htoutlaws2012

343 didn't do the franchise justice

This really shouldn't be number three. This Halo had the best moments between Cortana and the Chief. It also has some great shootouts. The two things this game really lacked was good map design and vehicle moments. The multiplayer is one of the best of the Halo franchise. This game doesn't deserve to be on this list.

I feel most people that comment this just blame the developers. - NekoHybrid

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4 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Actually, if you'd play it for what it IS, not what you WANTED it to be, you'd probably enjoy it. - Garythesnail

Despite never having been able to play the first two games, I can say that this one has nothing going for it. Boring, bland, tedious and departed from the original formula don't describe this game enough.

This game is actually a very great game. I loved it so much when I was younger! I played it over the summer this year after about 3 years of not playing it - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Only Microsoft could screw up one of gaming's greatest series. Massive middle finger to us old time fans of the series.

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5 Resident Evil 5 Resident Evil 5

It's a very good game. It's just not a horror game. If this were named something else and not Resident Evil, people would like it. - marmalade_skies

Resident Evil 5 is okay, but 6 is really a load!

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6 Metroid Other M Metroid Other M

"Other M? " Dear Shadow what does that mean!?

Hello, wasted character development.

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7 Fallout New Vegas Fallout New Vegas

This is a good game not a disappointment

I completely disagree with anyone who puts this on this list.

This shouldn't be here! It's awesome!

Thus a lot like a different version (reskin) of fallout 3 it is fallout 3 in the west it is also like fallout 1&2&3 had a child

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8 Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

After the masterpiece that is the first castlevania game, Simon's quest was such a disappointment. It's the most cryptic game ever, and the stupid text boxes when it changes from day to night ruin it. - PCgamer98

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9 No Man's Sky No Man's Sky

Game was overly hype for a indie game. I say no more. Indie games are indie games.

You do the same thing on every planet gets boring

It makes you think its good but its just not

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10 SimCity (2013) SimCity (2013)

I'm gonna explain this game in one word, "Broken".

I wanted to enjoy this game! But city sizes are so small! And the way it is designed, no city ever feels complete. The only thing to do in this game after 15 mins of designing your roads is place parks to affect property values.

The only thing that makes up this game is lag, cheap build, and glitches

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The Newcomers

? Payday 2 Payday 2

It Didn't Feel Complete Like Payday The Heist Did, And After Playing Payday The Heist, I Was So Hyped For Payday 2, But It Just Didn't Feel Complete. - PackOps

The Contenders

11 Destiny Destiny

I expected this game to by the best ever! And I'm not the only one. Hundreds of thousands... Seriously hundreds of thousands thought it would be the best, if not one of the best. This game was a huge disappointment... Activision destroyed my favorite video game company, Bungie, and ruined what could have been a masterpiece!

Disappointing and it had such hype with BUNGIE AND Activision?!?! How did they mess this up?

Wholeheartedly disagree. Did it have a good story, no. Was it at total blast to play, yes. A bunch of people whine like baby about DLCs you don't even have to buy and people say, oh it sucks because its not as good as halo. It really makes me mad because people talk about what it could of been. It doesn't have a plot to speak of but it is super fun and exciting once you get the hang of it. A Great game, not disappointing. Why don't you haters just go back to playing your precious halo if you love it so much

Good game, but probably has the only fanbase cringier than fnaf or undertale.

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12 Bubsy 3D Bubsy 3D

The original 2D Bubsy titles were mediocre at best, but had a few fans left and right. This pretty much not only killed Bubsy, but was in my opinion one of the strong points of what led to the eventual demise of Accolade only a mere 3 years later after this game.

What could possibly go wrong? Use your imagination. - BloodyThunderX

To be honest, the Bubsy franchise sucked from the start, so this wasn't such a disappointment.

What happened to the 2d bubsy games that I loved... ? He's dead because of this horrible game.

So the 2 2D Bubsy games were average, then we get one of the worst games of all Bubsy 3D. - htoutlaws2012

Tell me,who was hyped for this other than maybe a few thousand people? - DapperPickle

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13 New Super Mario Bros. 2 New Super Mario Bros. 2

It is personally my least favorite of the new. super Mario bros series

I only have the "New" WII version. Shame this is on the list.

This has NO POST GAME AT ALL but the story mode is really good though

Its like super mario bros (the first one) But in this there are TONS of gold coins! its like a modded version of the first game!

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14 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

2 was great, 3 was great, 4 was good, then after all theses years here is pro skater 5 and holy hell this game is horrible it's even a contender for worst game of 2015. - htoutlaws2012

15 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

This game was so bad that they buried it in a landfill lol. The documentary about how bad this game was is actually a good movie, but the game is considered the worst video game of all time!

How is this better then new super Mario bros 2 and SpongeBob heropants? this is trash - jwaughtal

This game nearly killed the gaming industry should be at 1 - ikerevievs

Should be #1. It nearly killed the video game industry.

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16 Assassin's Creed III Assassin's Creed III

You thought finally a true sequel that could redeem the two lazy Ezio spinoffs...

The only assassin creed that disappointed me

I played the Assassin's creed franchise out of order so I found this game pretty good.

You guys suck this is a awesome game

17 Mighty No. 9 Mighty No. 9 V 2 Comments
18 WWE 13 WWE 13

What is this never heard of this

19 Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival

THIS GAME SUCKS! Its Mario party but not really it has little fun very boring and also has no action like a regular animal crossing game would have. - spodermanfan1000

This game made me tired its terrible

This isn't even a game. I mean, we all play Skyrim, Pokémon, Final Fantasy etc. to have fun, right? But Amiibo Festival isn't fun at all. So what is it then? A non-game?! Anyway, me having a lot of nostalgia from playing Wild World as a kid, I was really exited for the game. I was a bit disapponted that it was going to be a board game, but Happy Home Designer was a fun spinoff and this was Nintendo... It couldn't possibly be that bad, right? Yes, yes, yes. I HATE this game! So here's the formula they went with for this game; take the original Mario Party, add amiibo, takeaway the luck, take away the unique spaces, takeaway the fun and slap on Animal Crossing. Oh, and I almost forgot! There's not a SINGLE minigame in the already boring board game. Every time I see Isabelle walk out of the little train in HD, I'm just sad from the wasted potential. If you want AC, GO PLAY NEW LEAF! It's great. Trust me.

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20 Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2

Hey why is this on the list just because it wasn't a true Mario game doesn't mean it was bad. - ZZDOORAL

The charm of this game is that it was different from the first one. The gameplay was really good and many enemies became regulars in future Mario games.

Just because It's Weird Doesn't Mean It's Bad - BeatlesFan1964

Cause it was a completely different game from the first. - htoutlaws2012

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