The Big Question: Your Most Hated Game

We often talk about the games we love and the games that get better over time here on the Kotaku Video Game Website. But what we don't mention as often are the ones that are really, really bad.

Obviously the first thing that most people will think of recently is No Man's Sky, but the one that comes to my mind from the current generation of consoles/PC games is The Order: 1886. It wasn't bad from a technical aspect - the models were quite nice at points - but for the most part, the game committed the worst crime of all: it was boring.

I'd prefer games that were a total mess than ones that worked, but did nothing interesting. On the flipside, a game that I absolutely hated because it didn't work for over a fortnight after launch was X-Rebirth. Rebirth was actually one of the games cited in the ACCC's lawsuit against Valve, funnily enough, so I can sympathise with the bloke there when he tried to get a refund. (And when it did work, Christ it was awful. I hear it's better now, but I'm not particularly inspired to give it another go.)

What's your most hated game of all time?


    I tried to play The Order: 1886 but the quick time events really annoyed me and I couldn't get past certain part of the game early on.

      I had the chance to play it at EB Expo just before it launched. I'd been previously hyped for it, but the short stint I played left me bored and actually felt more like a chore. Run through a hallway, take cover and shoot, move to next area.

      Maybe I'll pick it up when it drops to a value it deserves - Not a AAA price-tag.

        I picked it up on sale for $9 at EB Games. I felt it was worth that price to try out.

          EB are still selling it for $50-60 at the moment last I checked. If I see it for $9 I'll snag it. Gotta get through my shame-pile first.

            I bought The Order 1886 for $9 from EB Games too.

            Returned it and got my money back.

      I actually liked The Order. Except fighting werewolves, that was awful. It was pretty, had an interesting world and everyone had steely eyed gravitas.

      I dunno what I'd pick. I generally don't buy games bad enough to hate. I was very disappointed that in Just Cause 3 once you get to the big island the game has such a poor frame rate that it becomes unplayable.

      I've gone through my purchase history. Remember Me was bad enough for me to stop playing it 10 minutes in? Oh, and Beyond Two Souls annoying control issues is one of the few games to make me angry. I guess I sort of hate it even though I really wanted to like it.

        I actually liked The Order. Except fighting werewolves, that was awful. It was pretty, had an interesting world and everyone had steely eyed gravitas.

        I think that kind of praise actually highlights The Order's big problem; the underlying game wasn't very good. A decent aesthetic/story/setting can do something for a game, but as an interactive experience, it carried itself terribly.

        The whole thing kinda plays like an excuse to show you the visuals and tell you the story, but neither one is really good enough to salvage what is ultimately a terribly boring game. I'm sure that's fine for people who are super into the visuals/story anyway and only really want that part of it, but I also think it's fair to say that most of the gaming audience was looking for somewhat more robust, well-rounded experience.

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    I don't know if I passionately hate something.

    Star Fox Zero was just meh. Got rid of it quick. The guard game was also very bland.

    Buck Bumble or something on the N64 (you are a bee with a gun) was crap after looking pretty awesome in all the game magazines.

      :O I loved Buck Bumble!

      Take it back, Darren. *shakes fist*

        Haha, someone actually remembers that game? Wow.

        Yeah nah, did not like it at all. Probably the least played game I've ever owned.

          Man I hired that game out so many times. Friggen loved it.

          Alright now it's time to rock with the biggity buck, bumble!

    My most hated game of all time? like "This is a bad game, and you should feel bad for playing it" would be... probably No Man's Sky, it was the only game I have ever asked for a refund for, totally overpromised and under delivered.

    And I am fairly forgiving of shit games.

    There was a game that came out around 10-12 years ago that let you create your own Superhero, and I didn't hate it because I played it... I hated it because each time I tried to install there was an installation error, and as a youngster I had no idea how to hotfix or check the internet for error messages; so I just gave up and returned it.

    The only game I've really disliked after playing it was Resident Evil Raccoon City, I was hitting headshots and there was no registering I had done anything; where if I shot in the body the shot counted which for some reason I found pretty annoying :@

      Game where you create your own super hero? Do you mean City of Heroes/Villains, or maybe Champions: Online?

      I bought Champions: Online but sadly, the game ran like absolute crap on my laptop. Despite the fact my laptop (bought in 2009) could run Fallout 3 and Skyrim at ultra settings, 60 FPS, Champions: Online looked like a PS1 game and would crash if I tried to adjust the settings.

      It turns out that Champions: Online didn't like Radeon graphics cards, which is what I had. I e-mailed the support team of Champions: Online and many others reached out to them too via e-mail and their forums. Their response, in my opinion, was just outright arrogant and rude... no plans to support Radeon and essentially their answer was "get a new graphics card that's not Radeon".

        It turns out it was Freedom Force, kind of like X-Com but for Superhero's?

        That sucks about Champions: Online.

      There was a game that came out around 10-12 years ago that let you create your own Superhero

      Freedom Force?

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        I don't think you can create your own hero in that, think you are fixed into playing minut man as the main character

          I honestly don't remember. Been so long since I played it. Possible story mode limited you, but elsewhere you could use your own? Could be thinking of a totally different game of course. That's just the first super hero game that came to mind based on his description (that wasn't online only)

            I have an inkling you could use the character you created in the story mode too, as long as there was a space free that wasn't filled by story necessary characters.

            It's still pretty decent. Showing its age and slightly ropey from the beginning, but an enjoyable game with some impressive support from modders, even today.

    Master of Orion 3. Loved the first two, the 3rd one was a dog.

      You seem to be mistaken, sir. There was no Master of Orion 3.

      Please... it's easier this way.

          No, sir, there was no Master of Orion 3; that wiki refers to a debunked urban legend that was the result of an elaborate hoax designed to destroy the MoO legacy.

          If we believe this story hard enough, it'll become truth. Get on board, brother.

    Too Human, what a piece of over-hyped junk that was. I was genuinely excited for it, followed it through development and then first ten mins of gameplay... just ugh.

      I swear I'm the only person that enjoyed Too Human

        I know of another. They only speak of it deep into the night when there are less ears awake.

    I don't really hate games, the only things I think I'm that passionate about are certain international conflicts.

    But games I wish never existed? The only ones that come to mind are The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and Aliens: Colonial Marines. The Bureau seriously risked burying the XCOM franchise altogether and we're so lucky that Firaxis stepped up with a worthy alternative. And Colonial Marines speaks for itself.

    I don't know that I really hate a game, but one that basically made me drop it after an hours play was Vampire Rain. Not worth the $4 I paid for it.

    E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy.

    Looked so cool in the trailers with all the skills you could use, fired it up and it was clunky and weird.

    40 mins total playtime.

      What you really wanted was Cybermage: Darklight Awakening, which is a good game.

    I don't really hate any game, if I don't like it I don't play it
    Also playing with a release lag means I miss most of the major clunkers like Colonial Marines or TW:Rome 2

    Virginia. I was so keen to play that. And then I played it. It made me mad. It's the first game that really made me angry. I don't know if it was expectations or the mood I was in but the second half of that game made me so mad. It was just so wanky up its it's own self. It's the only game that has ever really pissed me off.

    The Last Guardian made me angry too I guess but I love that game with all my soul.

    I wanted to like Brutal Legend... and it started out well... and then it became a boring core to play.

    I really, really, really wanted to like it - so it sucks that I don't.

      Good point. Can't glide on humour alone. Once you'd heard the whole soundtrack and drove around for hours it got sooooo old.

      Also, the RTS sections were total bollocks.

    By far, my most hated game is Witcher 3.

    This was a game that I bought because I had a new PC and I wanted to push it's graphics processing capabilities. Witcher 3 did that exceptionally well. It's a really beautiful game even though the style isn't my first choice but it remains the only game I've ever regretted purchasing.

    Witcher 3 was a buggy mess.

    Witcher 3 sold itself as a mature game that was realistic and dealt with racism and difficult themes. There is very little that is mature about this game. Maturity isn't screaming swearwords constantly. "Dealing with Racism" isn't having every race in your game be the same shade of white. Neither is it oppressing the white elves, and the white dwarves. At every attempt to be mature, or deal with difficult themes, or racism or whatever, the writers of the game defaulted to a teenager's version of difficult themes. Everything was so shallow and poorly reasoned it grated on me constantly.

    And the thing that makes me angriest about it? Practically nobody agrees with me. Everyone says "The bloody baron storyline was thought provoking and nuanced." No it wasn't. It was a game writer's soapbox about how beating women isn't necessarily the wrong thing to do and how sometimes it's the women's fault.
    Everyone says "The Witcher 3 is an amazing game, 10/10" and then goes on to talk about all the buggy combat, buggy horses, buggy movement etc.

    The game is garbage and you're all garbage for liking it.

      hahaha! Well said. I am happy to be garbage. I really enjoyed the witcher 3. Can't disagree with anything you said except for the red baron. I didn't think they were saying that beating a woman is sometimes okay. I didn't see that at all.

      I did start to cringe in the romance scenes. Some of them were just... really? Who wrote this, a 14 year old?

        "Who wrote this, a 14 year old?" -- no, but I expect that was part of their target audience...

      I'm with you 100%. I really disliked The Witcher 3. Some people are confused as I've since gone on to absolutely love HZD.

      The Witcher 3 to me was a bloated bit of over hyped software that gave me a headache if I played it for anything longer than about an hour. Boring.

      I'm only just getting to Witcher 3 now, but I don't feel it's as bad as you're making it out to be - at least from what I've played. However, your criticisms of it being juvenile and poorly delivered apply perfectly with the original Witcher game. It had some great ideas, but it was hideously executed - from writing to gameplay to quests. On the flip side, I really enjoyed Witcher 2.

      Of course, for a game that everyone can agree is complete and utter trash, there's Assassin's Creed 3.

      "Dealing with Racism" isn't having every race in your game be the same shade of white.

      Welcome to Poland! Enjoy your stay! ;-)

      It was a game writer's soapbox about how beating women isn't necessarily the wrong thing to do and how sometimes it's the women's fault.

      See above.
      It's a beautiful country, don't get me wrong. They've come a long way for a country which has been continually stomped into the ground over its history, but there's still a ways to go socially.

    I don't really hate any games - if I don't think I'll like a game I won't buy it. At worst I tend to just be disappointed by some of them.

    Right now, my biggest disappointment is Fallout 4. Started it about 2 weeks ago but it's just doing nothing for me so far. I loved Fallout 3, Oblivion and Skyrim, but so far Fallout 4 just is not grabbing my interest even one tenth of what those other games did. Not sure if it's the game itself or if I'm just getting over the whole Bethesda RPG thing.

      your getting over the Whole Bethesda RPG thing because other developers have done shown you what is now possible, while bethesda has just pushed out more of the same

      I loved Oblivion but ever since then no bethesda RPG has done it for me. Too much to do, not enough fun, too many bugs.

        This feels correct. Even with Oblivions' balloon-face-thing ( ಠ_ಠ)

        I just loved exploring those games, finding obscure little dungeons to explore and quests to undertake, etc. Fallout 4 just isn't giving me that same urge to explore. Doesn't help that I hate what I've seen of the settlement building and weapon modding stuff, too.

          It's just rote gameplay, over and over. But then so were the others. like they sucked out all the charm from back in the Interplay days.

    So are we hanging shit on objectively sub-par games (Alien Colonial Marines) or gaming experiences we've had with particular software or hardware (Ziggurat on iOS was a game lauded at the time, but good god it was crap).

    I'll come out and say I hate a game, but that's because I actively tried to learn it, love it, and came out loathing the time I wasted spending on it. As opposed to the good type of grind I'll spend in a game like Tetris or something.

    I don't want to say I hate Alien Isolation, but the final bits of that game ruined a superb 75% I had with it.

    Deus Ex Human Revolution - a chore from beginning to end, and I actively hate that game now - but at the time I was giving it the benefit of the doubt.

    DayZ - not even a real game but a mod for a game. I spent months with it. It's now a horror story of a different kind and I am supremely disappointed and saddened about what was lost. It was a lightning strike, and it was never bottled.

    Bioshock Infinite - great marketing, great pre-release 'hype' train. I let myself get drunk on that kool-aid real bad. The overall experience I had with it was absolutely horrible. You think it's you, but it's one of those games that people seemed to collectively look back and say 'what were we thinking when we championed this game'.

      And when you stack Infinite up against the quality of the original Bioshock it shows it up as an even worse game.....I don't hate it, but I was certainly very disappointed.

      As a POI: CrowbCat pulled together this interesting compilation:

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        It's just a REALLY different game. Almost a bioshock 'lite' if you will. I really enjoyed it, but yeah, not a patch on the others. That old school doom gunplay is NOT what I'm looking for.

          And when you put Bioshock up against System Shock 2....

          I hate Bioshock, a repetitive and terrible "floaty" fps dumbed down System Shock

            Wonderful atmosphere and varied environments though...

            I thought setting up for Big Daddy encounters and then the battles were tense and quite thrilling...

            I still have SS2 on my PC. STILL really, really creepy. Too old for a serious playthrough though but great to boot up every now and then for the memories. Music so great as well.

        Who is that CrowbCat? Whoever they are they seem very disillusioned with the entire game industry

          You're right....

          However, I find his perspective entertaining nonetheless. I'm always intrigued about what he'll tear apart next.

      Oooh Alien Isolation. Yeah I did hate that. I went back and played it again a year later and liked it more, but still, not a great game. So much tension, so much linearity so much "SERIOUSLY IS THAT DAMN THING ON A LEASH? LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!"

      You've lost me on HR though. Fucking loved that game. I wish its graphics still stood up. Brilliant story.

      Yeah, if I'm honest, Bioshock: Infinite might be mine too. It was a strange mess of ideas that didn't quite gel built around a lot of weirdly unengaging combat that wasn't nearly as fun to play as it seemed like it should have been.

      Feels like a game that was badly mangled in production.

      I disliked the combat in Bioshock infinite. If it had been less repetitive and if the enemies hadn't been so bullet spongey...

    I don't know that there's any game I actively hate. The opposite of liking something isn't hate, it's complete indifference. Stuff that I don't enjoy, I simply don't play.

    That said if we want to talk about games I most regret buying: Lunar: Dragon Song on DS. Irredeemably awful game.

    Bioshock. Bought it after recommendation from a friend and good reviews and was bored within hours.

      Came here to say pretty much this - everyone praised it for being so unique and the ideas behind it being so clever but beyond an interesting locale everything was either pretty standard or well below it and after maybe 3 hours it was just a grind.

      I kept playing because everyone said that the end was really fantastic (I assume they meant the part with Ryan) but even the Ryan sequence was underwhelming, all of the good ideas were so tired by that point that seeing another one felt like a necessity, rather than something exciting.

    Final Fantasy XV.

    Absolute trash from beginning to end.

      Great bait mate.

        Nah, I'm 100% serious. Greatest gaming disappointment of all time.

          I look back at those first screenshots of whatever it was originally called, and... just shake my head.

    So, um, I got Duke Nukem SPECIAL edition thinking it would be awesome and was holding off playing it until I finished my Uni Exams.

    Yeah, I have made better decisions. I also decided it would be great to get it on console.....

    GTA 4 and 5 what a bunch of over hyped garbage

      I'm with you on 4. Shallow characters, the only memorable one was Bruno. The ending was pointless; fade to black, roll credits. What annoyed me more was that for being such an "open" game, it was so heavily scripted. Cars you chase would always be faster than you, and invulnerable until they reached "that point" where the story was to continue. I was chasing a motorbike one time when it went onto the train tracks. It drove through the oncoming train because it hadn't reached the destination the script wanted it to yet. At least the Saints and other open world series rewarded you thinking outside the box. The 60 or so hours I spent in GTA4 to see the story through and find all the rubbish was amongst my worst.

      GTA5 on the other hand I really enjoyed, it felt fresh, great characters and story.

        Agree totally with your take on 4, Niko was such an unlikable and boring character.
        I found 5 to have the same bugs and control issues and Michael felt like Niko, but Trevor was good and the world was better i suppose.

    Dragon Fin Soup - described by Gaming Age as "So bad, certainly, that it's not worth the precious space it takes up on your memory card, let alone the time it takes you to download. In short, Dragon Fin Soup is a lousy game that manages the impressive feat of not being worth a price tag of zero dollars and zero cents."

    Goat Simulator - specifically due to the Flappy Goat mini-game preventing me from getting 100% completion.

    being 100% serious here and not trolling, for me it was Half Life 2.
    Reasons why:
    * first time steam was used and everyone remembers how shit it was back in 04
    * the game was extremely empty and bland. (fuck that Boring as all hell buggy section)
    * Spent more time fighting ants
    * I hate Alex Vance

      Yep, same for me too. I frigging loved Half Life, but HL2 was such a massive disappointment.
      Empty areas, belt around in a boat. Hi, I'm Alex, oh, bye I have to piss off now for no reason, I'll meet you at the end of a pointless boring journey.

      The story, AI and OMFG moments in HL made it feel real. HL2 was just... dull.

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        HL2 felt like a tech demo showing off the large open areas and the gravity gun (well, gravity in general). It even came out with that free addon.. er, tech demo for HDR. Lost Coast I think it was?

        And yeah, Steam in 2004, in Australia, on dial-up. I remember those days.

          @poita @mushaconvoy @thyco

          Sure, you guys are entitled to your opinions... but you're wrong, and I hate you.


          But seriously, my counterpoints:

          Ravenholme was a better horror experience than Doom 3

          The Gravity Gun is still one of the best things to happen in video games.

          The upgraded Gravity Gun is the actual best.

          Some of the set pieces were fantastic. I've already mentioned Ravenholme, but the assault on Nova Prospekt, running street battles with Striders... sploosh!

            I hate you too <3
            I'm only just getting to Doom 3 for the first time and its such a disappointment (spoiled by 2016). Its far from horror (but I didn't find Ravenholm that scary either). Dead Space did a much better job, but that was later.

            To me, Nova Prospekt felt like a copy and paste of concrete walls and bars. The Half-Life 2 engine was never really good at indoor environments. The better set pieces were the open ones, like the bridge.

              Ah yeah, the indoor bit wasn't that great... i was more thinking the original siege where you lead the ant lions in. That'll always be up on my list of best gaming memories from my youth!

            The gravity gun was good, and in the Top 5, but its no portal gun...

            i never got the love for the gravity gun, infact i absolutely hated that i was forced to use it exclusivily for the final levels because game took away all the others i had collected. it was just one giant novelty weapon that i used a few times for fun before i went back to the rest of the arsenal.

            fun fact on those last few levels i even tried to cheat my other weapons back in to no avail

              Aww man I loved it, being able to pick up this baddie and shoot him into that baddie never got old XD

    Warhammer 40K Fire Warrior. Such a clunky mess. It's my benchmark game for bad games...even NMS doesn't get close to this.

    Halo. I think it helped weaken the FPS genre as a whole with it's bullshit regenerating HP/shields and limited weapon capacity. I don't know if it was the first game to have these features but it was the first major one that picked up real notice. After this, every game needed these features and it wasn't until Doom last year I felt like a game had arrived in line with pre-2001 FPS titles.

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