We’ve all had games we were looking forward to playing, but when we finally get to play them, they turn out to be less than we anticipated. These are no exception. While I may not have been looking forward to every one of these game at their release, I developed high expectations for them thanks to my friends’ comments about them. These have been the only times when they have steered me wrong. Here are, what I believe, to be the top ten worst games released (or scheduled to be released) in the US in the last decade and a half.
10. Touch the Dead (DS) – First-person zombie shooter. The main character moves on his own. You just touch the screen to shoot. Lame. The slide to reload can get annoying too.
9. Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP) – Decent brawler, but the plot has to be the most convoluted I’ve ever seen. The deities of good and evil summon characters from each of the numerical titles in the console franchise to do battle.
8. Devil May Cry 2 (PS2) – Everything about this was just… off. From Dante’s character, to the story. If you ask me, this is non-canonical. Either that, or too far in the canon’s future to even be considered canonical.
7. Infinite Undiscovery (360) – All I can say is “Meh.” Your standard bland RPG, nothing special here.
6. Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars (GBA) – Turn-based strategy which switches to FPS for battles? Yeah… no.
5. Final Fantasy IX (PSX) – This game had so many glaring plot holes that by disc 3, I was calling it Final Swiss Cheese.
4. Rule of Rose (PS2) – Lackluster 1930s survivor horror with a canine companion. Even if it was released today, Resident Evil 1 is a better survivor horror game.
3. Final Fantasy XII (PS2) – XI’s baby MMO-wannabe brother. Dear Square-Enix, a single-person MMO-esque game does not work.
2. Revelations: Persona (PSX) – This is probably the only time you’ll see me really bad-mouthing Atlus. They truly butchered this game while localizing it. Changing names so they’re American, recoloring character portraits to another ethnicity (ie: Mark), cutting out half of the game… Yeah…
1. Elite Beat Agents (DS) – I have so many quarrels with this game it’s not even funny.This 2006 title features the same game play as 2005’s Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, but with a horrendous song list geared towards western audiences. The scenarios in the game have also been tailored towards a western audience.
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (ORIGINAL)
Elite Beat Agents