We love our video games, but it’s hard to deny that there are some that we just wish we could strike from memory. Whether they were heavily hyped titles that bombed right out the door or independent gems we accidentally happened across, we all have those games that just aren’t worth storing in our already crowded minds.
Chances are, these ten games from the past five years are somewhere on that list of those you’re hoping to forget.
No Man’s Sky may not have been hit with the low review scores that most of the games on this list were, but a heap-load of hype and over-exaggerated promises turned its release into a veritable nightmare.
A wish list of features was warped into guaranteed features, making it impossible for the finished product to ever live up to gamer expectations. Some were able to look past the lack of content and enjoy the experience, but generally, people were disappointed in what was delivered to them.
The real kicker, though, is that the game wasn’t entirely bad; but just mediocre enough to, once the rage has died down, be forgotten completely.
Norman Reedus, just what do you think you’re doing? Wait, Michael Rooker? You’re here, too? You guys are better than this!
When Terminal Reality tried to capture the post-apocalyptic doom and gloom of the AMC show in 2013, it only succeeded in ticking off fans and pushing away gamers. Decent concepts were ultimately marred by dull gameplay, bored voice acting, lame graphics, and an overall empty experience.
What do you get when Capcom wants a quick cash in on its super successful survival horror series? No, not Operation Raccoon City. Unfortunately, they probably put a lot of time into that one. We’re talking Umbrella Corps, the unpolished multiplayer-based third-person shooter that had about as much to do with Resident Evil as Call of Duty Zombies.
None of Resident Evil’s notable characters return, save for the blanket company of Umbrella Corp, which really could have been replaced with any generic, evil, zombie-creating corporation.
Gearbox Software’s Battleborn may seem like an Overwatch clone that simply couldn’t compare to the original formula, but hilariously enough, it released before Blizzard’s highly popular first-person multiplayer.
Though it was popular at first, Overwatch completely killed Battleborn’s steam with a much better cast of characters, design aesthetic, and gameplay. With the drastic drop in active players, Gearbox was forced to turn it into a free-to-play game managed by a skeleton crew of developers.
Maybe you’ve already forgotten about TopWare Interactive’s Raven’s Cry. It’d be completely understandable, it averaged 27% on Metacritic with a 3.5 average User Score. In case those are just numbers to you, that’s abysmal.
The episodic action-adventure was an incomplete garbled mess of technical follies, game-breaking glitches, terrible animation, and a dreadfully dull plot. The morality system was ambitious, but the hunt for infamous pirate Neville Scranton was impossible to trudge through to even see it in action.
Deep Silver and Eutechnyx blasted out this awful action title in hopes that everyone would forget what was promised in the cancelled version that was first announced in 2008. Five years later, gamers were given this slop of Vietnam War controversy, overly violent biker gangs, and a rather noticeable hatred of women, all of which combine perfectly into what many considered the worst video game ever.
If the droll voice acting doesn’t break the experience for you, maybe the poor controls and terrible writing will.
The Microsoft Kinect was doomed from the start. Nobody wanted to develop for it and those that did pushed out insulting games like Fighter Within. The one-on-one fighter
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a complete and utter fool, playing Fighter Within will help you reach that goal. Utilizing only the Kinect, you attempt to control your chosen fighter on screen; and we say attempt because it simply does not work.
Poor Sonic the Hedgehog has had a rough go of things since the Genesis and Sonic Boom is a good indication of how bad it got. As many 3D Sonic games are, Rise of Lyric is heavily marred by a terrible camera, but the woes don’t stop there.
Glitch-ridden and full of odd design choices, Rise of Lyric pits Sonic and friends against Eggman (again) across an impossible-to-navigate 3D plain. As with most Sonic games, developer Big Red Button couldn’t quite figure out how to handle the game’s higher speeds, which makes the game really awkward to play.
We’re not sure who wants to forget about Infestation (formerly known as The War Z) more, those that played it or developer Hammerpoint Interactive. After an initial release in December of 2012, the game was pulled from Steam when features listed in the store description were largely missing from the game.
Even when it returned in 2013, Infestation looked and played ugly and relied heavily on microtransactions, a known dirty word in the gaming industry.
The Gears of War series was highly successful, but People Can Fly’s attempt at a spinoff didn’t have the same gusto to keep it afloat for the long run.
Not a terrible game by any means, it simply suffered by a strange Arcade-style, mission-based setup and looser controls that completely destroyed any of the series’ darker tones and tension. Focusing on backstory of the series’ secondary cast certainly didn’t help in immersing the gamer and keeping us engaged.
What video game do you think should be forgotten?