Top Ten Video Games People Hate Despite Never Having Played Them

I dare say that very few people under the age of 25 have played, or even seen, an Atari 2600. Few people younger than 20 have played a Nintendo 64 and even fewer have played any games on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Panasonic 3DO? Few people played games on that console even when it was new. The same applies to the Sega CD. Yet despite the few modern gamers who have seen, played, or otherwise experienced any of these consoles or their games, they seem to have a very definite opinion on them.

Internet memes, YouTubers, and gaming blogs have given the modern gamer all he needs to know about the games he'll never see in person. In-depth reviews and game play videos complete with the opinions of the broadcasters have become enough to bias even the most avid gamer.

Whether a person should actually experience something before forming an opinion about it is a topic of debate not likely to get resolved. One thing is certain however, some people will continue to make blanket statements about video games - commenting on the graphics, the characters, the gameplay, and the soundtracks - with no more information than they've gleaned from a YouTube video. Games will be hated and mocked, cheered and obsessed over, and no fingers will be put to controllers to validate the stance.

Below are the top ten games that seem to be hated despite not actually being played by the people wielding the opinions. Rarely is the age and technology taken into account, nor the cultural factors present at the time the game was released, before condemning it to the trash pile. The games may be total rubbish or they may be hidden gems; the point is that few gamers these days have actually played them before deciding the result.

The Top Ten

1 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600)

It deserves to be hated. The graphics are bad, the controls suck, it caused a crash in the video game industry, and I am saying this despite having never played it while in the voice of Keith Shadis from Attack on Titan. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Played it and it was as bad as everyone said it was, while there were other games that contributed to the video game crash E.T. was the final nail in the coffin. - egnomac

I do hate this game but people often blame it alone for the crash. One of the causes of the Crash is de decline of Game quality, which hoy can clearly ser here, but mano other games are also to llame. And that wasn't the only reason, overabundance of games and consoles were also to blame. - Martinglez

I have this game in my Atari collection. I haven't played the game since four years ago. - Mumbizz01

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2 Plumbers Don't Wear Ties (3DO Interactive Multiplayer)

Watch the Angry Video Game Nerd's review of this game. It explains all you need to know - Johnnyt800

Don't water those ties

Because you don't need to play this to know how horrible it is. Just watch a playthrough on YouTube and bam, that's pretty much the whole game! - Entranced98

3 Hong Kong 97 (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)

For a retro game, it's shocking that there is an F word in it. Besides, the gameplay is boring and ridiculous. And yeah, the music is nothing but annoying loop that bleeds your ears. - Delgia2k

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4 Superman (Nintendo 64)

Thank God I never got this game. I would rather watch Modern SpongeBob than play this atrocity. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I don't know why but I really want to play this, just once. That's all I ask - Jonerman

This game had to be designed by Satan. That's the only explanation.

At least this game was hilarious in large groups, after a few shots.

..but, if we're gonna point fingers at Superman on the N64.. what about Aquaman?

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5 Sonic the Hedgehog (Xbox 360)

I got this for Christmas and played it for about 10 minutes then lost it the next day. I guess someone was trying to protect me from this game lol. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

This is not a bad game, people... Never understood the hate when Sonic 2006 is actually better than Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, the storybook games and even the Sonic Rivals series.

This comment would make more sense if anyone thought sonic boom was a good game. - Cheese567

My younger self thought that I just couldn't understand it. Now I know it was just bad. - Cheese567

Sonic + Xbox 360 + Laughing Joking Numbnuts = Sonic 06

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6 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Nintendo Entertainment System)

No matter who programmed the Angry Video Game Nerd's least favourite NES game, they gave Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde the LJN treatment.

7 Hotel Mario (Philips CD-I)

THIS IS A MASTERPIECE (kidding) - Brobusky

8 Custer's Revenge (Atari 2600)

Please. You don't need to play this game to hate it. All you have to know is the premise. It's garbage.

At least you have a very good reason to hate it. - Dawscr

Revenge on what exactly?

Played it. I HATE IT - DJsteve27

9 Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (Phillips CD-I)

Zelda + CDi + Laughing Joking Numbnuts = Unholy Triforce = three lousy dysfunctional Zelda games too many

10 Waterworld (Virtual Boy)

Nobody played it because nobody bought the virtual boy to begin with. - Jackamalio

The Contenders

11 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Nintendo Wii U)

Even if I liked the Sonic Boom show and games, I admit that there are serious flaws. One of which is that I cannot stand how Knuckles is portrayed in Sonic Boom. He is mistaken as a stupid character who's dumber than Big the Cat when in reality he is just as smart as Sonic himself. The series also could have done better without Shadow, who is only there for pointless fanservice nowadays. At least Sonic Boom isn't canon to the main series so it may be just an 'alternate universe' more than anything. Although I did like the idea of having more animals as NPCs/incidental characters instead of just humans like in Sonic X. I also liked the redesigns. But that's just me.

Oh my God.
My older brother is (was) addicted to Sonic the Hedgehog. I teased him how he liked every Sonic game. Then he got this.
He beat the game, but hated it. He said there was way too much talking, everything was all so easy and boring.
So I shrugged, and played it myself. I nearly died of boredom. I could not keep going. I don't LIKE Sonic games anymore because of this game. Do NOT play. Don't.

Shouldn't Sticks be playable because then you could throw her boomerang at enemies or attack them up close with her boomerang and then she would be the most long ranged character in the game also am I the only one who finds this game awesome?

The 3DS is bad too. I never played it because I didn't want to accidentally go from the third level to the final level. (Source for that fact: T.V. Tropes)

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12 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (PC)

Wow this game sucks you can go faster in reverse drive up 90 degree angles and drive through buildings

I've played this. It was great!

I found this fun - trender2004

You're winner! - ethanmeinster

13 Star Fox Adventures (Nintendo Gamecube)

The only reason people hate this game is because they either watched JonTron's review of it or just complain that "it's not 64".
To those who never played it, I recommend giving it a chance. It may have some flaws (most of which you can blame on Microsoft for buying out Rare and then rushing to get Adventures out before the deadline), but it's not unplayable.

14 Fallout 4 (PC / PlayStation 4/ Xbox One)

This game is amazing. Everyone chill.

From what I saw, this game is amazing! I could watch my dad play it for hours on end! - Flowersocks2137

This game is the best game ever

This game is pretty good, "amazing", no. it has 125 hrs of gameplay and then its dead and you get mods for it, then 5 hrs of game play and its dead. 130hrs of gameplay may seem big, but its not enough to finish making it to level 50. fun but no greatly ploted and somewhat limited content - EliHbk

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15 Undertale (Steam)

My friend used to hate it and then he found a video about it and started to like it. He hated it because of the community that surrounds it. You can't judge a game by people that surround it. - Dawscr

I love it, but I haven't played it. The thing with Undertale is that it's the type of game that revolves around story and characters, and falls back on great gameplay. - Garythesnail

To be honest I've never played it but I hate it because of it's fanbase

This game is damn good the story is unique and the characters are lovable and the mechanics are truly unique one of the few games I know where you can beat without killing anyone. And finally the four main reasons youll love it when you play it for yourself. Papyrus, Sans, Undyne and Ariel

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16 Raven's Cry (PC)
17 Five Nights at Freddy's (PC)

The game was good. It was a well-thought-out concept.
But then the fandom happened and ruined the game for everyone else.

The only reason I haven't played it is because the one thing that is more intense than watching a terrifying horror movie is playing a terrifying horror video game, because in a game, you're right in the thick of it. - BKAllmighty

I love this game, I don't play it, but I hate the r34.

I love this game even the Part 2 of it I don't care if somebody hate it.

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18 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo Wii)

Never understood the hate Brawl has been getting lately. I may enjoy the newest Smash more but I still play the older games, including Brawl, from time to time.

It's my more dominant Wii game amongst all the others. It's well thought out and action-packed, also a great way to spend time with your friends and family - Flowersocks2137

The only people who hate it are the melee elitists. - Jackamalio

This is AWESOME! Problem?!

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19 Pac-Man (Atari 2600)

Little history on this game; it was one of the most hyped up ports to the 2600. People would love to play the arcade classic right at home. But then Atari got greedy. When the developer sent them a basic build of the game as a test model, Christmas was approaching, so they PUBLISHED THE TEST MODEL. It wasn't good looking, and was received poorly due to greed and being rushed, just like ET. - Jackamalio

20 Bubsy 3D (PlayStation)

No one gives opinions about it anymore becuase these games are so old going back to the 1980s - FerrariDude64

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1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600)
2. Hong Kong 97 (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
3. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Nintendo Entertainment System)
1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600)
2. Superman (Nintendo 64)
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