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.

There's no doubt that 2008 was a great year for belting games. Just some of the highlights included Metal Gear Solid 4, LittleBigPlanet, Gears of War 2 and of course Grand Theft Auto IV. But not all of last year's releases were top notch. In fact, there were some that were just down right awful.

We've rounded up the 17 worst games released in 2008. They're not recommended for anyone who enjoys playing video games.

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17: Target Terror

Out of all the miserably bad video games on this list, Target Terror is almost worth playing just so you can experience the massive tub of whale excrement it is. With graphics that look like they're straight out of 1991, mind-numbing lightgun shooting gameplay, and cheesy actors running around on the screen pretending to get shot, Target Terror is hands-down one of the worst things to be thrust on to the Wii. What kind of terrorists carry chainsaws anyway?

16: Alone in the Dark

Within the first five minutes of booting up Atari's embarrassing attempt to resurrect the Alone in the Dark franchise, you'll realise what you've got yourself into. AITD gives new meaning to what a 'bad video game' can be, and somehow achieves the antithesis of fun as seen in the opening level where you are forced to press a button every two seconds to blink in order to see anything in the game.

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15: Wii Music

There was a time when we believed that in order for a game to receive the official 'Wii' brand in front of its name, it had to reach some level of quality. That notion was crushed immediately when Nintendo dumped out Wii Play. But even the abysmal Wii Play doesn't get close to how lame an experience Wii Music is. We can't see anyone having fun with Wii Music other than babies who like to bang on pots and pans to create primitive rhythms.

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14: Golden Axe: Beast Rider

A note to developers: if you're going to try to cash in on the success of ultra-gory action games such as God of War, you're going to have to do more to make up for its dreary gameplay than just having a half-naked girl as the protagonist. Beast Rider is an especially sad entry in our round-up of the foulest video game offerings of 2008 because it also soiled the good name of Golden Axe. Play the classic game and steer clear of Beast Rider.

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  1. Avoid these turkeys at all costs
  2. Castlevania Judgment and Rock Revolution are among our worst games of 2008
  3. Even more rubbish games

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.

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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?'

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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.

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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!

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9: Facebreaker

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!

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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.

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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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NEXT PAGE: Even more rubbish games

  1. Avoid these turkeys at all costs
  2. Castlevania Judgment and Rock Revolution are among our worst games of 2008
  3. Even more rubbish games

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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  1. Avoid these turkeys at all costs
  2. Castlevania Judgment and Rock Revolution are among our worst games of 2008
  3. Even more rubbish games