15 Worst Video Games of All Time, Rated By Gamers

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What’s the worst video game of all time? A Redditor recently shared, “I’ve seen tons of posts asking for the best, but I want to know the worst games. What game did you have to stop playing because it was so bad?” Here are the top-voted games.

1. E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial

One user noted, “I played E.T. when it came out. Unfortunately, it was as bad as history says it was.” This adventure video game came out in 1982 for the Atari 2600 and was the number-one voted worst video game.

2. Superman 64

Many in the thread agreed that Superman 64 for the Nintendo 64 was the lame sauce. One elaborated, “I got this game for my birthday when I was nine and was so disappointed. I didn’t know why at that time. I thought I just wasn’t good at it. No, it was just a terrible game.”

3. Half of The Wii Library

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One user suggested, “Half of the Wii library is the worst game of all time.” One countered, “You must balance out a masterpiece like the Super Mario Galaxy.” Finally, a third stated, “I have a modded Wii with most of the Wii games on there, and yeah… A lot of scrolling through garbage to find the good ones.”

4. Brink

Several Redditors shouted out Brink for the Xbox 360 as being garbage. One replied, “Throwback to when I pre-ordered that lame game, thinking it would be the next hot thing. However, the parkour gunplay concept is still a neat idea if it is done right.”

5. Tiger Electronics Handheld Games

Someone suggested, “Tiger electronics handheld games. It had one frame every two seconds and was terrible even back then.” Another agreed, “Yup. My parents said, ‘use your imagination,’ and I’d reply, ‘I’m trying!’

6. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. One user noted, “Several gaming critics ranked the game with high marks, but the 40K community collectively agreed it was utter garbage.

The fan base took the game so badly that the studio publicly announced they were abandoning the project just ten months after release.”

7. Ride to Hell: Retribution

Another shared, “Ride to Hell: Retribution is undoubtedly up there. If you have yet to hear of this game, watch the video. This video isn’t edited. It’s raw gameplay footage. This game sold for full price. After playing for an hour, a friend bought it on a whim and tried to talk me into accepting it as a gift on the same day. I declined.”

8. The Little Mermaid

One user volunteered, “The Little Mermaid game on Sega Genesis. I was around ten or twelve when I played it and beat it in a day. You sang at stuff to kill it, and it was insultingly easy and boring as a game.”

9. Paperboy

Another nominated, “Paperboy for Nintendo. You are an irritated paperboy delivering papers and can stick your middle finger in customers’ faces. That’s about it. No, wait. The customers also dance on the street in front of you.”

10. Amy

“There was this absolute bummer of a game on Playstation 3 called Amy,” shared one. “I got it for like $2 and thought it’d be fun to play through and make fun of, but no, it’s just excruciating, and I regretted spending that $2.”

11. Lagoon

Another shared, “One of the worst games I recall playing on the SNES is Lagoon, a weird… Zelda-ish clone where leveling required obscene grinds, your weapon is terrible, and magic was excessively unusable due to high costs.”

12. Driver

Driver for Atari,” voted another. “While the original game may have been good, I rented it when it came out and never got past the tutorial. Seriously what was that? It must have been more complicated than any game at the time, and you couldn’t bypass it.”

13. Muscle

One noted, “Out of all wrestling games, this one for Nintendo was explicitly made for audiences with fascinating lives. So exciting that they want the most boring wrestling game ever made. To make it the most boring, they made it a silent game with no audience noise or background music.”

14. Wayne’s World

Wayne’s World for Super Nintendo was terrible,” another answered. “Wayne has to rescue his kidnapped sidekick from Zantar, the evil supervillain. He has a guitar to hit the bad guy. In a word, it is monotonous.”

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15. Donkey

Finally, someone shared, “Donkey. One of the earliest video games for MS-DOS was a pack-in title for the PCs of the era, coded overnight by Bill Gates, allegedly in a closet. 

It was roundly criticized as a terrible graphical failure, most notably by engineers at Apple working on Mac OS at the time. 

Many high-profile budget game studios churn out games with similar gameplay and different visuals and flood the market with questionable gameplay experiences. However, Donkey was a game released in an era where computers could do more.”

What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or is there a worse game deserving of a spot on this list? This article is inspired by the internet and did not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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