Most Disappointing Video Games of All Time


The Top Ten

1 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

It's time to kick gum and chew ass, and I'm all out of ass.
-Dick Kickem - Spicygarlic

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2 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.

The Game That Caused Sonic To Be A Permanent Laughing Stock
I Like Sonic, But I Was Quite Disappointed In This Game - JPK

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3 No Man's Sky

The idea is amazing, roam around the universe, infinite variables, new creatures everywhere. However I think they just said some things they couldn't deliver so while it is a good game its not what most expected ti to be


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

Three words: Big White Lie. - Dominicmgm

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4 Halo 4

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

Got this game off this list. It's is and will forever be the best halo - kaleb135

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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5 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

This is more or less a game that's unfairly pissed on simply due to its namesake. It may not be what you wanted or expected, but if your willing to put that aside, what you'd actually find out is that this game isn't really that bad at all. - BloodyThunderX

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.

If you never played banjo-kazooie or play the game, giving it a last chance, then you'd like it. But as a banjo-kazooie fan, I was disappointed. - WarioMan

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6 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?

This game was good way better than any Call of Duty people hate on it because of the fact that it requires teamwork and you can't solo everything and you actually have to do the raids to get the best gear it's cool if you have a group of people the first year wasn't that good but year two was

When this game came out I was happy but when I played it it was awesome so I don’t see how it is bad I mean I still play it because it’s so awesome

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7 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

The actual Mario 2 is not a good game. We lucked out here in the west. Quit complaining.

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8 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!

5 is alright, 6 is disappointing! - htoutlaws2012

An ok game but it could not beat Resident Evil 4. - SteelCity99

9 Mighty No. 9

After an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, fans were hyped for the true spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise. After years of waiting, hoping, and funding, we were left with a game with boring level design, boring gameplay, and Mega Man 8 level of bad voice acting. This game had so much potential, and it ultimately flopped.

Basically megaman meets anime. Bad voice acting, and bad gameplay. Just don't buy it. - WarioMan

After this was released, Mega Man 11 was announced, making this game obsolete in every sense of the word. - Dominicmgm

The biggest scam in video game history - PerfectImpulseX

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10 Aliens: Colonial Marines

Very few games were so sorely disappointing as Aliens: Colonial Marines.

It had everything going for it. Finally, a true sequel to the incredible movie Aliens, greenlight by 20th Century Fox themselves to overwrite Alien 3 and be cannon. Previews looked amazing, and it had so much promise. It was a to-die-for recipe for everything fans of the series could ever hope for.

Then... it came out.

It wasn't that it wasn't awe-inspiringly great. It wasn't that it wasn't awesome. It wasn't that it wasn't just good. Or okay. Or even mediocre.

It was bad.

Graphics had been downgraded. It was buggy, boring, repetitive.
As the story unfolded, it had been lazily handed off from company to company with the thought that "they'll finish it and give it back" until no one cared about it anymore. And in the end, it was just rushed together so they could finally deliver and get it out.

What a waste...

Thank god alien isolation came out to save the series

If this was a movie, then it would have been good

This game is quite easy even on Ultimate bad@ss difficulty

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The Contenders

11 Metroid Other M

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

I think other m means other mess up

Hello, wasted character development.

The baby.

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12 Call of Duty: Black Ops III

This game has ups and downs, I've never judged a Call of Duty game on its campaign, because it always bores me to death. So I play for the multiplayer. This game doesn't have a great multiplayer. What holds this game together is the Zombies

They completely went overboard making this game. Way too much put in one game, and it literally psyched me out. - SavageLG

Eh, slow down. This game was great. The zombie mode was absolutely phenomenal while the multiplayer is excellently crafted. The normal wore was OK. But hey, everything else is great. Especially the graphics and violence. 8/10 - AlphaQ

Stop playing after this

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13 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

*this game is so beautiful and the voice sooo amazing 10/10* (* sarcasm) - Tyoshi

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14 Mario Party: Island Tour

Ugh I thought this game would be good. Isn't Mario Party games awesome well this game will change your mind. The games have poor gameplay and poor map designs. And it feels like the npcs have more of a chance of defeating you. - spodermanfan1000

Uggg one reason why Nintendo should buy hudsonsoft off konami, to make better Mario party games

This game disappointed me. The worst part is that the RNG is terrible on my cartridge. I keep getting numbers BELOW 3. And the game is boring. The only fun gamemodes are unlocked later, and I found a total of 1 FUN GAMEMODE. Nintendo you should be ashamed of yourself. - WarioMan

15 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

I am a huge fan of the THPS series, and this one was disappointing to say the least. However, the last gen version isn't glitchy at all, but it's kinda boring.

Htoutlaws2012, this was also one of the worst games of all time

16 Pokemon Go Pokemon Go

I personally find this a failure. A lot of die hard Pokemon fans now think all Pokemon have CP, and a lot of zoos, museums, and restaurants have people coming not for reptiles, fossils, or food, but for the app. My god...

This Garbage Is Brainwashing People And Its More Overrated Than Frozen To Be Honest

When I saw the first trailer it promised that it would play like the main series games that we all love. Instead we get this terrible disappointment cash grab of a game.

If only it had 1v1 battles and the option to train your pokemon it could have been so much better. - RobotWithOpinions

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17 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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18 Star Fox Adventures

That's not how you spell Star Fox Command.

Just because the Star Fox 64 elitists hate it, doesn't mean you should listen to them.

This game is awesome - VicarSlayer23

19 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

Get Cities: Skylines instead. - Dominicmgm

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20 Watch Dogs

I learned my lesson about pre ordering games after this crap. It's Grand Theft Auto without all the good things only the bad ones, and with a super gimmicky hacking mechanic.

This was an excellent game and is easily one of my favorite games ever. - AlphaQ

It was okay, one thing I didn't like was the penalty system for killing civilians. It's an open world game, not a light gun game! I understand it was made after Sandy Hook, but still, Grand Theft Auto V did not impose the system, and that came out 9 months after the massacre. - Dominicmgm

"Press X to kill the boss." - FlamboTheBurst

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Top Remixes (13)

1. Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
2. Duke Nukem Forever
3. Paper Mario: Sticker Star
1. Halo 4
2. Duke Nukem Forever
3. Super Mario Bros. 2
1. Duke Nukem Forever
2. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
3. Resident Evil 5

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