GamesRadar's Anti-Awards 2008

This category isn’t reserved to the worst game of the year - that would be for one of the many baby/horse party games - but rather the game that brings out the worst in all of us. From the disgustingly lackluster re-unveiling at E3 in July, Wii Music’s unpopularity gripped most gamers almost immediately. Perpetuated by journalists and forum posts, these hard-feelings posed the question to the hardware giant: What the hell is this and why is this your biggest game of 2008?

Above: Never forget

Miyamoto’s insistence that Wii Music is a toy and shouldn’t be considered a full game in the traditional sense (even saying it’s “more interesting” than a game) only further alienated gamers. We all looked to Nintendo for reassurance that pleasing the “casual” audience wasn’t the company’s largest concern, which it turns it out it is, evidenced by the “hardcore” release of Animal Crossing: City Folk as the bone it threw our way so we’d stop bitching about Wii Music. One GR editor described this year as, “I feel like Nintendo’s breaking up with me.”

And once it was released, there was nothing particularly innovative about it. There certainly wasn’t any risk involved, or even reward. Hell, for a play-thing there was hardly any longevity past a lazy afternoon. No, through and through, Wii Music is exactly what it was always projected to be: a toy burned to a disc that automatically played notes to songs no matter when you decided to flail your arms. Whether that destroys the barrier between casual and hardcore gaming is up for you to decide, however we feel you may already know the answer.

Above: The only coverage we gave Wii Music

And for such a big stink that was made, the reviews and player support have certainly been tepid. Even with continual justification, Nintendo can’t seem to grasp why the baby game they developed isn’t as popular as the baby games they publish. Maybe Nintendo used to mean something. But for now, all we see is cemented proof that the Wii is a non-gaming gaming system.

Again, not the worst game of the year, but certainly one of the most controversial. Producer Denis Dyack championed this 10-year-in-the-making Diablo clone by starting flame wars on NeoGAF and challenging games journalism to be more critical to games that weren’t made by him. But how does the game play?

Too Human is a slow, unrepentant bore that dares you to find it interesting. The storyline is dullsville, the graphics almost laughable and the characters completely uninteresting (naming people after mythological beings doesn’t make them compelling). So much effort went into development that we almost feel bad for saying Human plays like an uninspired mess. Repetitive enemies, a superfluous loot system, same-y character classes and dumb perks are just icing on top of a spunk-flavored cake.

Not done hating? We’ve got crusty old Anti-Award articles from 2006 and 2007 that are chock full of games you’ve already forgotten or traded in.

Jan 7, 2009

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  • mrmorozov987 - July 8, 2010 6:45 p.m.

    Woah, the dude who wrote this is psychic! "We can look forward to Gears of War 3 in 2010." Spooky. (yes, I know it's not coming out until 2011. However, we are currently looking forward to GOW 3 right now, in 2010, right?)
  • JosefMotley - January 7, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    hey leave the handles on the wii remote alone, thats actually a damn useful addon. i have huge hands and suffer from RSI - im probably the only person in the world who liked the first model of the xbox controller - and all controllers these days seem to be designed for childrens hands with no thought to comfort or physical well being. handles on the wii remote makes all the difference. i'd also like to mention how i found the gameboy sp tragically unplayable due to being so ridiculously small and thin; i actually had to sell mine because after a week of use my hands and wrists were so cramped and destroyed my doctor said i may never be able to play games again at the time. boooooo
  • thephntm - January 7, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    wtf castlevania judgement
  • tre3 - January 26, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    horribly might i add
  • tre3 - January 26, 2009 2:57 a.m.

    Overhyped games that failed to deliver and Force Unleashed isn't mentioned, force unleashed THE most hyped star wars game ever that failed.
  • haytradyl33 - January 18, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    I LOL'd at the Castlevania vid
  • crossed23 - January 18, 2009 1:24 a.m.

    Great article, Nintendo really needs a good wake up call, also I realy enjoyed Mirrors Edge and thought the gamplay being designed around achievement was a really underappreciated design choice.
  • peach - January 12, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    Great article, very funny. I like your writers.
  • NYfanatic - January 10, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    MK VS DC is a great game and I loved it. I hate the the street fighter series, so I guess the whole hyped up on street fighter isnt applying here.
  • usmovers_02 - January 10, 2009 4:26 a.m.

    Nintendo is the saddest success story in gaming history.
  • Smash_Bro - January 9, 2009 11:54 p.m.

    What's wrong with the Tomb Raider pics?... o.o At least she shaved.
  • Major_Wuss - January 9, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    LOL, Chris. The Wii Music video is great, you played taps xD
  • Spybreak8 - January 9, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    ODST OMG lol ROTFL that is all, great article. More gaming websites need to have Anti-Awards, awesome. I agree with the Halo title, I was like wtf when they announced the "change", and the baby titles are just hilarious. Hmm, you think they're trying to get more chicks into games...
  • ishatonthetable - January 9, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    does noone else see the babie camel toe??? and i personaly love the lara pics. almost worth fapping to. btw im new here and im wondering if i can get this thing where i have to type in the word to post the comment thing off. its bugging the shit out of me
  • ishatonthetable - January 9, 2009 3:10 a.m.

    does noone else see the babie camel toe??? and i personaly love the lara pics. almost worth fapping to. btw im new here and im wondering if i can get this thing where i have to type in the word to post the comment thing off. its bugging the shit out of me
  • stutheninja345 - January 9, 2009 1:45 a.m.

    yeah those lara pics were pretty sick (awesome) and i knew Alone in the Dark sucked when i played the demo, no money required!
  • Darkdraak21 - January 8, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    Wow Id like to know how there wasnt a black bar over some areas on that third tombraider pick if you look closely you can see.... well "it"
  • LionheartAce - January 8, 2009 10:52 p.m.

    Mmm, Lara Crotch.
  • Chicago - January 8, 2009 10:24 p.m.

    "all we see is cemented proof that the Wii is a non-gaming gaming system." Ouch GR. Thats just cold.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - January 8, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    Ugh i bit the HAZE worm hook line and sinker. What a load of bastards. And lordy, those Tomb raider pictures should be labelled NSFW or even NSFV (the V standing for viewing). That woman has no shame, *shivers*

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