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The Top 7... Worst games of 2010 (so far)

Maybe we're fools, or maybe we're masochists.

After celebrating the best games of 2010 (so far) last month, we could have stopped. We could have accepted that this was already a surprisingly fantastic year for the industry, and eagerly looked forward to the rest. We could have reminisced on our cherished time with masterpieces like Bayonetta, Red Dead Redemption and Super Mario Galaxy 2, never even knowing about the dark and depressing experiences that waited on the other end of the quality spectrum.

But no. We had to wonder. We had to investigate. We had to head over to Metacritic.com and find out which games were reviewed the absolute worst in 2010, and then share those sad and dismal results with you, our – up until this point – blissfully unaware readers. We had to go and ruin the whole year for everyone. We're sorry.


7) Iron Man 2

Platforms: 360 / PS3 / Wii / DS / PSP / PS2
Average Review Score: 46.5%

What the press release promised: “An intense cinematic gaming experience that combines familiar elements from both the movie and comic book universes."

What the game actually delivered: That press release quote was half right. Iron Man 2 does indeed combine "familiar elements" from both movies and comics – after years of disappointment and disillusionment, we expect videogames based on either medium to be automatic pieces of shit, so in that way, this latest attempt at adaptation is a complete success. Bravo?

Otherwise, this could be any generic, bargain bin action game. Movie? Robert Downey, Jr.'s not here, and the story takes place afterwards, so you never fight Whiplash or relive any of the sequel's memorable sequences. Comic? Sure, you fight a couple of super villains – literally two – but each of those encounters counts as an entire level, of which there are only eight in the game, including the introduction.

The best thing about Iron Man 2, in fact, is that this "cinematic gaming experience" only lasts around three or four hours. Look at the screenshot above. That's as realistic as the graphics get. Look at the screenshot below. That's as exciting as the gameplay gets. Are you sure you can even survive three or four minutes?

The nicest thing anyone had to say: “It’ll be over before you know it." – IGN

The most scathing review quote: “Rome wasn't built in a day, but Iron Man 2 might have been.” – Gamer.no


6) I'm Not Alone

Platforms: PC
Average Review Score: 44.8%

What the press release promised: "The spine-chiller of the year! Terror at every twist and turn. With a quick trigger finger and a sharp mind, the player explores the eerie mansion to reveal a horrifying secret."

What the game actually delivered: Sorry, but no matter how many synonyms for the word "scary" are thrown into that publicity pitch, I'm Not Alone has only one real shocker in store for players. Are you ready? Sure you want the game spoiled? Not planning on catching up this weekend? Okay, then…

It's broken! Constant crashes? Check. Graphical glitches? Check. Sluggish frame rate and spotty hit detection? Check and check. Incredibly long loading times that must be suffered through each and every time you enter or exit the menus to save your progress? You bet. Dialogue that occasionally slips into whole sections of German because the Austrian developers forgot to translate, or ran out of time and money before they could do so? Well, that's just bonus.

Those who have managed to suffer through all the bugs and shoddy programming to fully finish I'm Not Alone claim that the story and setting are rather spine-chilling at times. Supposedly you get to dig up murdered prostitutes in a backyard swamp or something similarly classy. Maybe that's enough for certain niche audiences, but the majority of survival-horror fans require good gameplay in addition to good gore.

The nicest thing anyone had to say: "To be fair it does feel like it's at least a decade out of date and being played on a 386." – PC Format

The most scathing review quote: "You want to bash the keyboard against your skull out of frustration." – Gamer Limit

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62 comments

  • gatornation1254 - July 22, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Yeah I also have no idea what happened to DoA.
  • PanzerDSS - July 21, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    Attack at the movies looks like a crappy Dreamcast game.
  • DagDabreemie - July 21, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    @thedonut - yeah I'm wondering if it is patched and fixed now to enjoy? Looks like it could('ve) be(en) thrilling 'Stay Alive' clone.
  • thedonut - July 21, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    It's too bad that "I'm Not Alone" actually looks really good
  • catherinehallows - July 21, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    I Like Naughty Bear though!
  • Smeggs - July 21, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    "Dimensionality"? Is that even a word?
  • Lilikka - July 21, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    As I said in my review of Attack of the Movies 3D (http://www.gamerswithcasts.com/review-attack-of-the-movies-3d-360/), if this is “the first-ever 3D shooter for the Xbox 360,” hopefully it will be the last. It gave me a terrible headache playing in 3D and it was just awful.
  • Zeb364 - July 20, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    Naughty Bear could have been great but despite there being a decent number of people who like it despite it's obvious flaws, it unfourtunately turned into a fairly crappy game. The rest of these however were clearly going to be shit from the get go. Crappy liscence tie-in's, DOA (a series that shouldn't exist), and a retarded "3D" game that if you were dumb enough to buy you deserve to lose your money.
  • GameManiac - July 20, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    No wonder the 3DS is glasses free. Speaking of those red/blue glasses... I remember wearing those glasses years ago for so long that I was unable to see white. I was seeing red or blue in different eyes for about two hours. I thought little of it back then but now I ealize how crappy those glasses were. I'm almost afraid to know what crap the second half of the year has to drop on us.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - July 20, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    @FauxFurry Sorry to disillusion you, but many writers did give in to the temptation of clichéd bear puns when reviewing Naughty Bear. During my research, I saw "Unbearable" as a headline at least twice.
  • Nodoudt - July 20, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    I look at DoA as it is now and worry about Metroid.
  • WickedSid - July 20, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    Attention Commenters, Testicles. That is All.
  • shyfonzie - July 20, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    I want to personify Attack of the Movies 3d, then punch it in the face.
  • philipshaw - July 20, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    I thought Naughty Bear would win it but I didn't know about attack of the movies 3D, that does look awful
  • SwampRock - July 20, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    DoA, what happened to you? I remember when I played with your women so they could inflict bodily harm upon each other, now THATS what I call sexy.
  • AuthorityFigure - July 20, 2010 8:33 a.m.

    Will DoA appeal to sex-starved 30 year olds? Just asking...
  • FauxFurry - July 20, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    At the very least,we can be grateful that no reviewer saw fit to stir up a storm of cliche bear puns when putting down (and never picking back up) Naughty Bear. It has that going for it. As for the downwards spin-off spiral that the Dead or Alive series is on,this is all the more reason for folks to quit beating around the bush when it comes to women's bodies in M-rated games. A similar spin-off with the guys of DOA wouldn't work because there's literally nothing of a man's body that hasn't been seen yet in a game.(Then again,a bunch of shy men in bikinis might have some appeal yet! Look at how well cross dressing worked out for Guilty Gear's Bridget!) That and women gamers by and large thusfar would rather play the game at hand rather than with themselves. There are other electronic devices better suited to that end than a videogame.
  • CatrParrot - July 20, 2010 7:14 a.m.

    I really, REALLY wanted Naughty Bear to be good. I wasn't expecting it to receive universal acclaim, but at least get some decent reviews and not end up being one of the year's worst games. :(
  • TheWebSwinger - July 20, 2010 6:02 a.m.

    Charlie looks like Tony Stark. That is all.
  • Cwf2008 - July 20, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    I suppose the crappiness for that soccer game should have been evident in the description...Nothing is exciting about soccer!

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