Most Disappointing Video Games of All Time

dinosaur

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

I loved the original but this game... THIS GAME is a game that was just terrible I had so much hope onlyu to get kicked in the face - hugh201

V 13 Comments
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.

This is one of those games that even the developers must have thought "people are going to hate this game". It's shameful that Sega let this turd reach store shelves, as Sonic's already diminishing video game reputation was on thin ice.

It wouldn't be until Sonic Colors (2010) and Sonic Generations (2011) that I'd feel comfortable buying another Sonic game.

V 33 Comments
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

THIS GAME PISSES ME OFF! No joke! DID YOU KNOW HOW MANY GAME CRASHES EVERYONE GOT? HUH? AND THERE's NO MULTIPLAYER! THE PLANETS ARE THE SAME! AND YOU NEED TO GRIND MATERIALS which could've been okay, BUT WAS RUINED BY THE SMALL INVENTORY SPACE. Save your money and buy something else. - WarioMan

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

This game is getting better but really just never make a game like this again

V 13 Comments
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.

The multiplayer is absurdly unbalanced with one team being ungodly while the other is terrible. The story was good at first until realizing what did they do to the story? It gets worse in its fifth game completely gets ridiculous. This one does deserve its blame for being heavily disappointing especially for a 9.8 rating by IGN. - htoutlaws2012

The game tried too hard to appeal to a broader audience by including mechanics from call of duty, which really don't fit in halo. The campaign is alright, but the MP is the most disappointing part for me. - Jackamalio

V 12 Comments
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.

After playing the classics, I was dissipointed by this Lacking game.

V 12 Comments
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

V 27 Comments
7 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

Went through a console generation of development and is still ass

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

V 4 Comments
8 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.

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

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

The textbook definition of disappointing - PerfectImpulseX

V 8 Comments
9 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

10 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.

V 2 Comments

The Newcomers

? BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
? Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

The Contenders

11 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

In a top 100 list absolutely this qualifies varied the placement of course. - htoutlaws2012

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

V 1 Comment
13 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

So bad I skip to the third game - htoutlaws2012

14 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

V 5 Comments
15 Star Wars Battlefront 2

I played his game, and idiots told me it was a decent game. Boy there were wrong.

There's a sense of pride and accomplishment in voting this.

"cliche story line"

I was excited for this, but then I realized it�'s an EA game and that they�'ll screw it up somehow and bought the new South Park game instead.

16 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

17 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.

V 8 Comments
18 New Super Mario Bros. 2

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

I Personally Liked This Game - JPK

I was going to vote for Kirby return to dream land

Remember when coins were valuable? - Seventies-Music-Fan

V 10 Comments
19 Lollipop Chainsaw
20 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

V 4 Comments
21 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

V 6 Comments
22 Mario Kart 7

Metal Mario and Lakitu are the laziest Mario Kart characters.

Mario kart wii has 28 characters and mario kart 7 has 19. Mario kart 7 is crap

Are you actually saying that fewer characters, on a system with limitations, makes a game bad? Because you're playing games wrong if so. - LarkwingFlight

So many filler characters in this game

If you don't like the characters, don't use them. The game isn't made bad by the inclusion of them, and by the way, Metal Mario existed before Mario Kart 7, so fans, including me, were excited for that. The game still has great tracks and come on, it's Mario Kart, so it's still fun whether you're an idiot who only cares about the "different playstyles of characters" or not. - LarkwingFlight

V 1 Comment
23 Hunt Down the Freeman
24 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.

Where do I start?
this game it's like a cash grab because Nintendo thinks animal crossing fans will buy it
I gave it a fair shot because it was cheap and had 2 amiibo figures
and honestly the only way it could be " Fun " is if I drank a few 6 packs of alcohol - AndyMetal92

25 New Gundam Breaker
26 Mass Effect 3

Ending aside this entry is fantastic. I was more disappointing when I played 2 and realized they had removed ALL weapons and armor collecting from the first game.

Taking away charm and likable characters you grew to love over 2 games to boring incarcerates and making the past 2 games lair's

The ending enough said. - htoutlaws2012

I know people don't like the endings (although I did) but you judge the entire game not taking in account the 98% of the game, some of the best story arcs in gaming like curing the Genophage or the Quarian-Geth conflict [to name a few] were awful too? To each his own I guess...

27 Earthworm Jim 3D
28 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Waste of $60

It's a demo... for £49. - Dominicmgm

29 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Ugh I was so hyped for this game. I played super paper Mario and I loved that game. I had such high hopes for this game but all my excitement fell down the drain. It had a weak story, confusing level design and there isn't an xp system, which makes battles pointless. Definitely a major disappointment.

Color splash is better than this. The only experience I got from this game was boredom. Buy color splash instead. - WarioMan

OH MY GOD THIS GAME IS TERRIBLE - spodermanfan1000

30 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

Worst game ever bingo et sucks -

It now sits underground in New Mexico. - FlamboTheBurst

V 7 Comments
31 Final Fantasy VII

Probably my favorite game of all time. No idea what its doing on this list

what?!

Absolutely. people wouldn't shut up about how "good" this game was. tried it. bored off my butt. and that's saying something because I LOVE JRPG's. - taishisohma

32 Resident Evil 6

Bump this one higher! - htoutlaws2012

I used to be a huge fan of resident evil. But this one ruined the series for me - Jonerman

33 Assassin's Creed III

The only assassin creed that disappointed me

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

This game was excellent how is it on hear.

This game has a great storyline and it’s a little bit challenging what I find odd that the game sets in the 1700’s and 2012 awkward - Hunterlane871

V 2 Comments
34 Naruto Shippūden 3D: The New Era
35 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!

It's not that disappointing I'd argue that it's better than 3. - SomePersonYouHate

I agree with you because I wasn't too big on fallout 3 due to the aiming - BlazinWraith

V 8 Comments
36 Call of Duty: Ghosts

Wow, I hate this game. the worst Call of Duty ever made and is so boring - bestgamer

So much campers in multiplayer. This game just sucked. Boring.

Definitely the worst, but MW3 was far more disappointing to me. Especially since the first 2 were so great!

Yea bad game, but I would think MW3 more than Ghosts. - htoutlaws2012

V 3 Comments
37 Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Who asked for four of these trashy games - Gunner224

This game is not that scary at all

Am I the only one who LOVES this game?!

I like FNAF. But this is boring. Luckily the franchise was even better after this.

V 1 Comment
38 Alone in the Dark: Illumination

Should be renamed together in the light frustration - ikerevievs

Atari took a classic series and ruined it - ikerevievs

39 Assassin's Creed Unity
40 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

41 Minecraft

Minecraft fanboys are the worst. I know this will get like 3 downvotes because of them. They defend their game in the stupidest way, by saying "BUT ITS FUN EVERY GAME IS THERE". Get real. Pokemon isn't a bunch of blocks.

TopTenJackson, this is not supposed to be a mortal kombat parody. The blocks are a characteristic and the game is supposed to be creative, not limited shooting and leveling up. Go back to your Call of Duty.

I always thought after you played mine craft a couple of times it became really boring. A lot of people will disagree but this is one of my least favorite game ever

Why the heck did I pay 11 dollars for MC Win10 edition beta in 2016 when I could've gotten it in 2012 when it was actually liked?
I still think it's good. - PythonProgrammer23

V 19 Comments
42 WWE 13

What is this never heard of this

The thumbnail CM PUNK BEST IN THE WORLD

43 Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

I wish this game was just called dragon quest heros naybe more people would buy it

44 Minecraft Story Mode

Why need a story? Isn't the point of Minecraft is to explore wherever you'd like and do anything?

This game sucks! Minecraft doesn't need a story. The story is up to the player.

This is not disappointing, this is great but season two is better

It's actually very good

V 2 Comments
45 Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force
46 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

I was actually expecting this to be great but sega screawed us over and gave us a crappy game - ikerevievs

47 Star Wars: Battlefront

I've never been so disappointed in a game my entire life. The beta was a blast to play, but when the game came out and I played it for a few hours it got super dry and boring. No PVE content, no space battles and lots of repetitive maps and gameplay. DLC's didn't help either. The sequel better be better!

The original games were so good, the second being my favourite Star Wars game (sorry KOTOR fans) but this game is an insult. No space battles, different troopers, or even a campaign or split screen multiplayer online. Even the multiplayer isn't that good. Only 3 heroes per side, Palpatine absolutely sucks and Luke vs Vader feels like banging 2 toys together. There is no flow and nothing from the prequels (some argue that's a good thing, but who doesn't want to play as Darth Maul? ) Overrall, this was wasted potential. A remaster of the first 2 games would've done the series more justice.

Should be in the top five. It has been abandoned by the developer 15 months after release unfinished and to top that with a slap in the face 90% of it will be unplayable when the low playerbase leaves & the online is shutdown, the other 10% is shallow unfinished rubbish.

EA, enough said. - PerfectImpulseX

V 4 Comments
48 Heavy Rain
49 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

50 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel Of Darkness

Great game I love tomb raider

PSearch List

Related Lists

Most Disappointing Video Game Consoles/Handhelds of All Time Top Ten Most Disappointing Video Game Reboots and Remakes Most Disappointing Final Bosses In Video Games Top Ten Most Disappointing Video Games of the 21st Century Most Disappointing Nintendo Video Games of All Time

List Stats

1,000 votes
497 listings
4 years, 197 days old

Top Remixes (14)

1. Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
2. Duke Nukem Forever
3. Paper Mario: Sticker Star
JPK
1. Halo 4
2. Duke Nukem Forever
3. Super Mario Bros. 2
htoutlaws2012
1. Duke Nukem Forever
2. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
3. Resident Evil 5
ZZDOORAL

WRemix
View All 14

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P