Ten awful games from good developers

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Let’s face it: no one is perfect (not even me, but I am damn close), not even our favorite developers. Several developers have made some colossal blunders over the years and developed games that made us ask, “What were they thinking?” For your twisted pleasure and amusement, I present ten games guaranteed to dredge up painful memories.

Strap in. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. 

Published Aug. 6th 2015
  • gaboalonso
    Disregarded this article when I saw Uncharted 2 on it. this is not the first time I read way out of line "facts" from the writers of this site.

    I know the moto of the site is "where you write VG news". But this isn't news, just the personal opinion of a writer, so instead of naming the article "TEN AWFUL GAMES FROM GOOD DEVELOPERS" it should be named "IN MY OPINION, TEN AWFUL GAMES FROM GOOD DEVS". I know that the author is stating his opinion, but google does not, from the name of the article these are facts, and they are not.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    No one claimed this to be facts, although there are facts in here.

    This isn't listed under news. It is labeled as "Culture" which is where you'll find opinions pieces, which is what this is by the way.
    The title of the article is fine. It doesn't need to stated in the title that this is my opinion because that is a given.
  • gaboalonso
    No, a review is given as an opinion. An article is given as a fact if found in a well established gaming website instead of a random gamer blog, unless stated.

    If I search for "ten awful games from good developers" (https://www.google.com.mx/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=ten%20awful%20games%20from%20good%20developers) I'm going to find your article. And it seems to come from a established gaming site so it seems legit, even if there are no sources to take your word from. But who cares, in the internet age few people care to look for sources.

    So working for a big game site comes with great responsibility. Take Gamasutra as an example: They say Trespasser sucks. It did. And they have a main DreamWorks developer to back it up (Richard Wyckoff): http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3339/postmortem_dreamworks_.php . Yet we find your opinions on the internet, written as facts, not a review, and with nothing to back them up.

    Even your ideas about the good things about a developer are lacking. Re-read your article, you talk about Rare, their best franchises and you don't even mention Battletoads.

    I think gameskinny needs to add the "the opinions of the author does not reflect the opinions of this site" small print, as even neoseeker does.

    And BTW, IMHO, Uncharted 2 doesn't suck, again, IMHO. If you have any evidence otherwise, by all means publish an article saying so. But luckily for me numbers says otherwise, so if you feel, in your opinion, Uncharted 2 sucks, please do so, but not with the imperative title "awful game from good developers". As you can see in the comments most people disagree, and so does the numbers.
  • hpounds4
    So what you are saying is when you come across an article titled something similar to "Ten awful games from good developers" you are expecting facts. Actual, written in stone, can't be argued, facts. The purpose of this site is to give writers that are interested in games and game culture a place to share news and opinions. Your inability to distinguish opinion(that may or may not be based on facts) from actual you-should-base-your-life-purpose-on-this facts is your own problem. Go whine somewhere else.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    If you can not distinguish between opinions and reported facts, you might want to brush up on those skills before venturing on the Internet.

    So I need to validate my opinion with facts for it to be a valid opinion? I also need to have a developer who worked on the game talk about how terrible their game is? Sure thing. Let me email some developers to get some comments on how much they dislike their games!

    It doesn't work like that. Opinions don't need facts to have a foundation. That is why they opinions and considered subjective.

    So you want an article on why Uncharted 2 is rubbish? Promise you won't get too upset when you read it?
    I have a opinion that contrasts with the majority way of thinking. That doesn't mean I am wrong' i simply have an opinion different from everyone else.
  • gaboalonso
    This is sad. This isn't about if I can distinguish between opinions because I've already stated that. It is about you talking trash about a game that doesn't deserve to be in this list by a lot, and you being defensive on your opinion instead of trying to learn a bit from the feedback of most other comments.

    Take whatever you want about this, your opinion I cannot change, but as you can see most people reading this site does not agree, and unfortunately there will be some people so gullible to believe everything they read in the internet that the won't try this game because of this, of your opinion. And IMHO the will lose a great experience.

    So it really doesn't matter, your opinion or mine. The difference is that you are an opinion leader on this site, and IMO some things that you say are plain wrong.

    Happy days.
  • Harmonic Kid
    Dude your post is incredibly unprofessional and biased. On what rubric did you review these games ? Uncharted 2 does not belong on this list at all.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    I fail to see anything unprofessional here. I did not indulge in Doritos or Mountain Dew while writing this nor take any bribes to include or exclude any entries.

    As far as it being biased, that is what tends to happen when someone writes an opinion piece such as this. Opinions are usually drenched in biased, especially on the Internet.

    Also, I never reviewed these games per se. Just my opinion on some games.
  • Larry Iaccio
    Featured Contributor
    Alright some of these games might not be great, but most of them are far from "awful".
    You may not like these games, but you can't label them as awful especially when considering that nearly every other gaming site has given them fairly good reviews and there are fairly strong communities of players behind them.
  • Larry Iaccio
    Featured Contributor
    On the flip side your opinions made me want to keep on reading and debate you so you definitely engaged me
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Eight of them are objectively pretty awful, for once even the critics agree with me.
    Gaming sites are not always the barometers of a game's quality (unfortunately), and players are also not always the best judge. Just look at all the muck that gets voted through Greenlight.
    Granted, two of these games "awfulness" is more of a personal opinion, but that's what makes opinions great!

    I also enjoy a well-spoken rebuttal or debate! Glad you enjoyed, even if you don't agree.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Irony with Daikatana being that it's Game Boy Advanced spin-off got way higher scores and was far better received. Look it up if ye don't believe me!

    And way to ignore any of the positive points put forth by Dragon Age 2's fans. Perhaps next time ye'd do best to actually mention those to, eh?

    Also, believe it or not, but I was surprised to find AVP 2010 has a surprising fanbase. Apparently for specific niche of fans, it was their favorite AVP game. *shrug*
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    I think they weren't constantly changing engines on the GBA. They might have helped a bit.

    Positive points? Well it ends when you turn off the console. That's a plus!

    Some like it. Most consider the 1999 game the pinnacle of the franchise in my experience.
  • Krayongames
    Uncharted 2?! Awful?
    Sure, it might not be your cup of tea, but Uncharted 2 can in no way ever be described as awful.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Believe it or not, it can!
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    It most certainly can! Even if you don't think it's awful, you have to admit Drake is an extremely undefined character.


  • kate.farrow
    Community Manager
    Hey, now! I see that the cover image is Castlevania 64...which was AWESOME. Konami did good. I always played Carrie. Even though she acted like it was killing her to pull herself up on any ledge, the psi balls were an amazing weapon.

    The story was great. Gameplay was great. Music was great. There were even multiple endings based on your in-game decisions. And then they made some crappy PS2 games (excepting Curse of Darkness...chair room, innocent devils). Castlevania 64 and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness will always have a place in my heart.

    But I agree with the rest of your slideshow. Dragon Age 2 crushed my hopes and dreams.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    A fan of Castlevania 64? I didn't know any of you still roamed the wilds!

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