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The Top 7... Secret shame games

1. Shaq-Fu 

What the hell is this? If you're a gamer and you're on the internet, you have undoubtedly heard of Shaq-Fu.

Whose fault is it? Delphine Software, a very well-regarded French development team... at the time of this game's conception, anyway.

What happened? Delphine Software was fresh off of making two artistic breakout hits, Flashback and Out of This World, when EA approached them to develop a one-on-one fighter featuring the then-megapopular Shaquille O'Neal. We sure as hell don't know what compelled them to work on this one, but we think the pitch went something like this: "Hey guys, we've seen those killer cinematics and animation in your latest games. Really awesome stuff - we'll even say it's way ahead of its time. But we've got to put your name on the map as a consistent developer of megahit titles. We've got a great vehicle for you - we just got the rights to make a game about Shaquille O'Neal. See, all the kids in the States love this guy, he's a superstar. But we know you guys don't make sports games, so, uh, we were actually thinking of a fighting game. No, really, this guy's an actor and a rapper, too, so why can't he be a fighter as well? Seriously, it'll sell a bazillion copies, and the kiddies will eat it up. Just think of the fame even the mere association with Shaq will earn you!"

If only they knew back then just what they would unleash upon the gaming public...



Aftermath: Delphine's tale, unfortunately, has an unhappy ending. While it recovered from Shaq-Fu to produce some excellent titles that performed decently in the marketplace, they never again achieved the runaway success of Flashback and Out of This World, and closed up shop in 2002. We're not saying that Shaq-Fu was the instigator of Delphine's downfall, but it sure as hell didn't help anything.

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24 comments

  • BearzUnlimited - May 25, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    Umm...how about Valve's Ricochet? Valve themselves even joke about how terrible it was.
  • 2cute2Bcruel - September 29, 2010 6:45 a.m.

    OMG! I had no idea that Delphine made Shaq-Fu! What were they thinking?
  • gamemaster100 - June 14, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    i never even knew any of these games
  • killemall - April 27, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    Sorry GR i know you mean well and this article is quite entertaining, but i have to agree with Ballplayer on this one... If the games is that bad why would i spend carsh/time/energy on it? Especially when i could be finally purchasing Okami (better late then never, ne?)
  • Unoriginal - March 11, 2009 6:38 p.m.

    Is there anything Shaq didn't put his face on for some cash?
  • NevetsNooney - March 9, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Who in thier right mind woud make a game about truck racing. I mean come on!
  • m_gamer234 - March 6, 2009 2:40 a.m.

    oh my bad i forgot to mention i was laughing about that shaq fu game
  • PreyingMantis - March 4, 2009 1:56 a.m.

    lol shaq-fu
  • midknight8 - March 3, 2009 12:37 a.m.

    And holy crap, american pro trucker was sitting next to my computer just now. I had just found it in a desolate corner of my room, buried under a pile of dirty clothes, pokemon cards and milky way wrappers. I was going to play it cause i didn't even rmember owning this game now i know not to.
  • midknight8 - March 3, 2009 12:30 a.m.

    Never heard of stunt fx, looks like crap And ninety nine nights doesn't look so terrible
  • cart00n - March 2, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    I actually LIKED the idea of Shaq Fu, a game based on a sports hero that didn't involve sports. It was unexpected, which I thought was pretty cool. It's just too bad that the game sucked so hard...
  • Gaffelstein - March 2, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    I loved Justice League: Task Force when I was a kid. I thought i sucked at it, turns out it was just the game that sucked.
  • NeoKef - April 26, 2009 2:25 a.m.

    I remember me and mine friends trying to beat each other on Shaq-Fu. It was who ever pushed the most button under the 2mins.
  • AuthorityFigure - April 25, 2009 1:55 a.m.

    Stunt Race FX is not as bad as all that.
  • ballplayer27 - April 5, 2009 10:28 a.m.

    So wait... Stretch Panic, the terrible terrible terrible game that you are making fun of in this article, is listed as one of the games that we should play before we die on the 59 levels that everyone should play article. eff that. I am not going to intentionally find and play a game that you said is terrible, despite you then immediately saying that I should play it at some point. Bad GR, do not mess with us like that. (And yes I know the 59 levels article admitted this was a bad game and you should only play it to experience the quirkiness, but still, why should we play it if you say it is so shameful the developer would rather it had never happened?)
  • Mrnicelupe - March 8, 2009 7:52 p.m.

    Stretch Panic? Bad? Oh dear, this is just not right Then again, the "Playable tech demo" comment is probably right, but still and good example of what could make a good game!
  • gdubbs359 - March 8, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    Nice Youngblood#1 reference.
  • m_gamer234 - March 6, 2009 2:38 a.m.

    NO...FUCKIN...WAY...LLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL....That is so hilarious!
  • Heyexclamationpoint - March 4, 2009 1:35 a.m.

    I actually liked Stunt Race FX, for some reason. I was a dumber kid than I realize.
  • RaIdEn - March 3, 2009 1:04 a.m.

    i heard of shaq fu from that ultimate showdown video

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