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April Fails’ Day: Top 10 Most Hilarious Video Game Failures

Duke Nukem Forever Shaq-Fu Night Trap Sonic the Hedgehog Charlies Angels Big Rigs Aquaman Superman E.T. CD-i

April Fools!

Oh wait… I haven’t actually said anything yet. Well it’s too late now, so let’s just cut to the chase…

*ahem*

It’s that time of year again, where jerks everywhere lie to your face and pranks get pulled left, right, and center to make everyone feel like…well, fools. And remember that fake Legend of Zelda movie trailer we got that one year? Yeah, hopes get crushed too, so be on guard.

Speaking of which, there are times when video games see loads of hype, only to be met with utter disappointment. Then there are games that simply seem like terrible ideas and games that were actually decent ideas but developed by a team of fools.

But out of the pile of pure crap, there are plenty of failures that just make you laugh, whether due to them being funny in some way or causing you to lose your sanity (or both). So let’s take a moment and see what I think are the top 10 most hilarious video game failures at the moment. And if you don’t agree with this list, then just consider it an April Fools’ joke and shut it.

 

#10: Duke Nukem is All Out of Gum... And Quality
- Duke Nukem Forever (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac) -


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We waited 15 years for something truly special. Fail to the king, baby.


I was 6 years old when Duke Nukem Forever was first announced. I turned 21 the year the game was actually released. This makes Duke’s latest adventure a prime example of a game that goes through development hell and back. Unfortunately, this kind of hell wasn’t able to make Duke Nukem Forever a good game by any means. It still manages to give me a pretty good laugh, though. Not because it’s a humorous game, but because I can’t help but laugh at how bad a game that took 15 years to make turned out.

 

#9: Shaq Gets Lost in a Fighting Game
- Shaq-Fu (Genesis, SNES) -


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Someone somewhere thought this was a game that needed to be made.


Once upon a time, someone thought basketball all-star Shaquille O’Neal needed to star in a fighting game of his own. Yep, that happened. This was back in the SNES/Genesis era, when the world was graced with Shaq-Fu, and boy did it turn out well. Not only was the game placed on countless “worst games of all time” lists, but… Well, just look at it. It was such a bad idea poorly executed that it’s nearly impossible not to laugh. In fact, there’s even a website (Shaqfu.com) dedicated to making the game nonexistent. Guess the fighting style of Shaqido isn’t all that great after all… No, that’s actually Shaq’s own fighting style in the game, I Shaq you not.

 

#8: Night Trap is One Lousy Trap
- Night Trap (Sega CD, 3DO) -


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It's survival horror. In this case, the goal is to survive playing the game.


Admittedly, I’ve never actually played the supposed survival horror title Night Trap, but from the footage I’ve seen of it, it seems more hilarious than horrifying. Utilizing nothing but full-motion video scenes (and some gameplay too, I guess), this game just looks plain silly to me. It’s also apparently pretty terrible (aside from the acting), seeing how it appears in a few “worst games of all time” lists. Not only that, but Night Trap was also extremely controversial, resulting in a US Senate hearing and the game being withdrawn from the market. In fact, this game is well-known as being partially responsible for the establishment of the ESRB ratings system. The more you know…

 

#7: Sonic the Hedgehog's Mid-Life Crisis
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) -


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"WHAT IS THIS?! WHAT IS MY LIFE?!"


In 2006, something extraordinary happened. Intending to reboot the franchise for some reason, Sonic Team created Sonic the Hedgehog’s first HD adventure for his 15th anniversary. The thing is, this game, simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog (though most people just call it Sonic 2006 or Sonic '06), was facing some problems during development and ended up being rushed for Christmas 2006. What we got was an amazing game…at least if you want a good laugh. The game is so bad that seeing all its faults makes you both laugh out loud and lose a little bit of your sanity. And boy, watching the Game Grumps play this game just cracks me the hell up…

 

#6: Charlie's Angels? More Like Charlie's Demons
- Charlie's Angels (PlayStation 2, GameCube) -


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I guess every convict gets their own wrench.


Speaking of the Game Grumps, the first time I ever saw the Charlie’s Angels game for GameCube and PS2 was in a JonTron (one of the Grumps) video. I was surprised by just how bad the game is, but it’s the kind of bad that makes you require a bladder transplant afterward (you know, because of how much laughing you do as a result). I think GameTrailers summed it up pretty nicely when they ranked this game #1 on their list of the Top 10 Worst Movie Games of All Time: "The game is degrading, not to women, not even to video games, but to humanity itself."

 

#5: Big Rigs Crash and Burn
- Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (PC) -


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Yeah, just drive up that cliff; that doesn't break any traffic laws. Or game-developing laws.


While we’re on the topic of shows, I saw a rather interesting game on X-Play (R.I.P.) once called Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. That game… Oh boy, that game… it’s hard to even call it a game. It’s hard to even consider that thing a demo. Big Rigs is a completely buggy, completely incomplete game with horrific… well, horrific everything, really. The whole game just seems like a joke, with even the victory screen having a severe lack of spell check and telling the player “YOU’RE WINNER !” Maybe I am winner, maybe not. Point is, this game’s flaws make it so friggin’ hilarious it’s crazy.

 

#4: Aquaman Sinks to the Depths of Awful
- Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis (GameCube, Xbox) -


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Nice mullet. Wait… What the hell happened to Aquaman’s hand?!


While Aquaman was never exactly seen as the coolest of superheroes, he deserved better than the GameCube/Xbox game Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis. Boasting pretty appalling graphics and some of the worst controls known to man-fish, this is one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad game. But hey, that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze some enjoyment out of it. You just have to accept how bad it is, point your finger, and laugh to its face. In fact, JonTron also has a video about this piece of crap, so if you want to laugh your lungs out without having to actually play the thing, I suggest checking it out.

 

#3: Superman Has One Too Many 'Kryptonites'
- Superman (N64) -


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Remember: DON’T drink and fly.


Another superhero that deserved better is our good pal Superman. Hitting the lowest point of his life on the Nintendo 64, the Man of Steel had the misfortune of starring in 1999’s Superman, also known as Superman 64. This game is fairly well-known among the gaming community, namely for being bad enough to be dubbed “The Worst Game of All Time” by many a game critic (IGN, GameSpot, GameTrailers, etc.). And it certainly didn’t help that the developers weren’t even allowed to have the player fight real people, forcing them to go the virtual world route. Well actually, it did help make the game even more hilarious, and while the game is certainly frustrating as hell to play, seeing how bad it is gives you an odd sense of enjoyment.

 

#2: E.T. the Extra-Terrible
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600) -


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Just like in the movie.


You know that video game industry crash that happened in 1983? Well that, my friends, was thanks in part to our little buddy E.T. When the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (you know the one, or else you’re lying) was released, Atari coded a video game adaptation for it in just five weeks in order to release it in time for the holidays. Obviously, five weeks wasn’t enough to make anything decent. But Atari thought that maybe people would buy them anyway out of brand loyalty. Not only did that strategy result in one of the biggest entertainment disasters ever, but Atari met its downfall as well. As for the games, many of them are said to now reside in a New Mexican landfill. Talk about a bad game...

 

#1: Nintendo Meets the CD-i
- Link: The Faces of Evil / Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon / Zelda's Adventure / Hotel Mario (CD-i) -


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Red potion is some strong stuff.


Yeah, yeah, a game getting bulldozed into a landfill is funny and all, but that’s nothing compared to the hilarity that ensued once Nintendo let Phillips use its IPs for their CD-i system. If you’ve been around that thing called “The Internet,” you may have seen those famous scenes, or at least certain sound bites like “Dinner” and “Mah boy.” Of all the gaming failures throughout history, I can’t think of any more hilarious than these games. Seriously, while they may look bad to Nintendo, I find them all to be comedy gold. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to bomb some dodongos…


7 Comments

I have charlies angels on the gamecube and I have to admit even with it being repetitive and low quality I still had fun with it. Might just be because I was a huge fan of both of the movies lol.
Odd how a Nintendo property is at the top of this list...
How do you not have Plumbers don't wear ties?! That game is so stupid xD Look it up when you get a chance, it's pretty funny.
Duke Nukem Forever yo! Best awesome terrible game I've ever played! xD
Oh god, Sonic '06... I tried so hard to like that game. So hard. It's so terrible.

On a related note, watching Bacon and my roommate play the two player battle mode was hilarious. Mainly because of how bad it was, but still.


There's a lot more obscure (and even worse) ones when you get to the last two parts. ;D
I've never played any of these except DNF and Sonic 06...I played DNF to see if it really was as terrible as it sounded, and I bought Sonic 06 before anyone had the chance to warn me how godawful it was. :\

I do remember when Big Rigs came out though, and how reading about how awful it was provided lots of entertainment. :D

 

 

 

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