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The 17 worst computer games of 2008

Avoid these turkeys at all costs

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.

6: Legendary

Legendary, a first-person shooter where you battle mythological enemies such as Minotaurs, Werewolves, Golems, and other fearsome beasts that manage to crawl out of Pandora's Box, was supposed to be indie developer GameCock's big title that made the gaming world take it seriously.

Legendary had some stiff competition this year with other shooter behemoths being released such as Resistance 2, Call of Duty: World at War, Left 4 Dead and Far Cry 2. But even if it were the only FPS to be released this year, it'd still be a rotten shooter that's not worth your time.

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5: Secret Service: Ultimate Sacrifice

If you thought Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare had some nasty pro-Bush/overdone 'patriotic' messages for the US snuck in there - with its quotes from Condoleezza Rice among quotes from Thomas Jefferson and JFK - then get a load of this game. Not only did this game place players in the role of acting as a meat shield for the commander in chief, it played like a shooter plucked straight from the PlayStation era. In the line of fire, indeed.

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4: Hail to the Chimp

Like Legendary, Hail to the Chimp also comes from Texas-based independent game developer GameCock. And like Legendary, it also fails to deliver a gameplay experience even remotely good. Hail to the Chimp is undoubtedly one of the least fun party games we've played, making slop like Carnival Games for the Wii seem not so bad in comparison.

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3: Homie Rollerz

Homie Rollerz is one part Mario Kart, one part Vato, and all parts incredibly rubbish.

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2: Imagine Wedding Designer

Coming from a long line of vaguely sexist video games marketed towards female gamers is Imagine Wedding Designer for the DS. Imagine Babyz and Imagine Fashion Designer were bad, but Wedding Designer is equal parts horribly boring to play and offensive to the senses.

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1: Bus Simulator 2008

Yes, we've played Bus Simulator 2008. And yes, it's exactly as kill-yourself-boring as it sounds. Even our bus simulation obsessed reviewer couldn't recommend it...

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