2008 was a great year for gaming, featuring blockbusters such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Grand Theft Auto 4. But along with the classics, a number of rubbish games were released. We've rounded up the 17 games you should definitely stay away from.
13: Castlevania Judgment
A fighting game that allows you to thrash an opponent as Simon Belmont, Dracula, and numerous other characters from the Castlevania universe might sound like a decent idea, but it made for one of the most shamefully sloppy fighting games ever created, and a complete bastardisation of the Castlevania franchise. Skip it, even if you're a fan.
12: Rock Revolution
You know those movies they have at Blockbuster Video such as 'Snakes on a Train' and 'Alien vs Hunter' that serve the sole purpose of tricking stupid people into renting them? Well, Rock Revolution is the video game equivalent. I can just picture the mum who buys this game now: 'What's that game everyone likes, Rock and Roll Hero?'
11: Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon
Talk about a series that went down the drain. The fourth game in the Destroy All Humans! Series bombed hard, mainly due to the fact that it constantly hits you over the head with genuinely awful jokes. Do yourself a favour and remember Destroy All Humans! for its vastly superior first two games.
10: Pong Toss: Frat Party Games
Don't get me wrong. No-one enjoys a good drinking game more than me, but when you eliminate the best part of the game (the liquidy reward), the game becomes absolutely worthless. Not only does Pong Toss: Frat Party Games fail to grasp why people play the game in the first place, they also don't include any of the flashing, furniture-burning, or fist-fights of real frat parties. Boo!
The direness of Facebreaker smacks you right in the mouth like a powerful right hook. The game is unsuccessful in attempting to capture the over-the-top boxing appeal of games such as Punch-Out!! and Ready 2 Rumble and is easily one of the worst sports games of the year. Bring on Fight Night Round 4, dammit!
8: Vampire Rain: Altered Species
First Alone in the Dark became Alone in the Dark: Inferno when it was released onto the PS3 and now this? What's with horrendous video games being re-released with an additional title stuck onto its original name? Don't be fooled - Vampire Rain: Altered Species is just as 'sucky' as it was in 2007 incarnation for the Xbox 360.
7: Sonic Unleashed
Here's a surprise. The game that was supposed to bring Sega's blue-furred mascot back to his glory days turned out to be just another straight-to-the-garbage Sonic game. We're still not happy about those terrible Werehog levels. (Sonic Unleashed review.)
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