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The Top 7... Games you don't want this holiday

Dec 10, 2007

Christmas is the sad time of year when well-meaning relatives and friends waste their money on gifts you pretend to like. You know what we’re talking about. Sweaters you’ll never wear, candles you’ll never light, and gift cards for stores you rarely visit are just some of the typical offenders that scream “I don’t know you, but I had to get you something!”

But the worst presents for gamers are awful games, because you know the gift giver’s hands were inches away from a title you actually would’ve wanted to play. Instead, they unwittingly gave you a chore that’ll take you to the mall to return or sell the offending piece of software. What’s worse than a lump of coal this year? Any of these Top 7… Games you don’t want this holiday.



Above: These games cost the same and their boxes look similar. But the difference in quality couldn’t be greater

America’s Army: True Soldiers (360)
To their credit, lumps of coal aren’t part of a marketing campaign run by the US government to promote army recruitment with a crappy game franchise. Unfortunately, the same thing can’t be said about America’s Army: True Soldiers. In this horrible excuse for a shooter, squad mates float along without moving their feet, the cover system is broken, and the AI will torture you with cheap headshots.

The worst part is that the game sells at full retail price, meaning you could have easily gotten a copy of Call of Duty 4 instead. The PC version of this piece of the army’s propaganda machine is free to download, making the sting of knowing that someone shelled out real money for this interactive army advertisement that much worse.

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