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The Top 7... Worst Parts of Best Games

The best parts: Epic sci-fi campaign; overwhelmingly addictive multiplayer; larger than life heroes; smart enemies; imaginative weapons and vehicles; expansive environments; simple yet sophisticated combat.

The WORST part:          THE FLOOD

The first two-thirds of the original Halo are a revelation. After years of being trapped in dark, linear passages, fighting endless swarms of repetitive enemies with uninspired weaponry, we were finally set free.

Now, we had beaches, mountains, valleys and soaring alien towers to run and leap across. Now, we had jeeps, tanks, helicopters and extraterrestrial hovercraft with which to cover vast swaths of ground and sky. Now, we had a diverse set of enemies who could not only think and talk, but almost inspire sympathy at times. Now, we had crazily inventive guns shooting ammunition in all the colors of the rainbow.

And then... then, we had the Flood. Suddenly, we were stumbling through a never ending series of murky hallways, each of which looked exactly like the one before. Suddenly, we were waging war against an army of videogame clichés - slowly shuffling, brain dead zombies. Suddenly, we were relying on the dullest and most predictable weapon in our arsenal, a shotgun. Suddenly, we were bored.

The Flood are the antithesis of everything that is new and unique about Halo. Unsurprisingly, they're also responsible for the absolute worst levels in the trilogy's history - "The Library" in Halo 1 and "Cortana" in Halo 3. Pure torture.

 
Sigh...

Dishonorable mention: We thought about choosing the Halo games' endings for this section, but then thought, "What endings?"

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  • General_Rincewind - June 30, 2014 5:42 a.m.

    I still have nightmares about the mission in Halo 3 called Cortana, I could not for the life of me figure out how to get to the end and after around 8 hours of seaching I finished the mission and resolved to NEVER play that mission again.
  • Sjoeki - July 19, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    I hated the part where you had to get the licenses for planes in GTA San Andreas, I stopped playing the game at that point, months later a buddy of mine helped me get the licenses and I found out that you almost never had to fly a plane in the game, damn that sucked hard!!
  • Darkhawk - May 25, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    I would like to submit the save point lacking Phazon Mines in the original Metroid Prime for this feature. The only point in the entire game where you can go over an hour against some of the toughest enemies with no opportunity to save.
  • baconHalo - March 9, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    i like Wind Waker and water temples in Zelda games. haven't played this terrible Majora's Mask one though.. i also very much like the Flood, but somehow Reach was better than Halo 3... maybe it's a coincidence that there's no Flood and it's awesome
  • Zeb364 - February 13, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    I love the blue shell pics. The Muhammed Ali one was freakin hilarious.
  • mrm1138 - December 7, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    I have a friend who is exceptionally good at avoiding blue shells (by which I mean he slows down and lets others take them for him and then retaking first, much like people have been suggesting). Of course, it's often been the bane of my existence (ofttimes thanks to the very same friend).
  • kurtbarber - November 30, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    George Bush would proably dodge that stupid thing like he did with the shoe
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 26, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    I hate the flood sooooo much. I mean, I play Halo to fight aliens on alien planets, not to shoot a frickin' zombie.
  • spongejerk89 - November 15, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    Wow, I always loved the Flood levels on Halo 1. They were in 2 of my 3 favourite levels from it: Assault on the Control Room, The Library, and The Silent Cartographer.
  • Aletheon - November 13, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    My friend spent hours on the Gummi ship screen. He loved them. I guess not "everyone" hated it.
  • BobberyFan98 - November 12, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Amen for the one about Halo! THE FLOOD SHOULD JUST GO DIE IN A FIRE.
  • Zepaw - September 18, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    "Socializing is why I quit GTA4." This. I keep wanting to return and finish the game, but I DON'T WANT TO TALK TO YOU COUSIN!!
  • EricGirasole123 - September 13, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    Christ almighty the Blue shell 0_0 But it can be avoided just race good and keep them mushrooms and you'l be ok I suppose if you tap B hard enough yet Nintendo ARE truly screwing you over when your about to cross the finish line in an Online Race Your delighted becuase you finally won something that took ages getting Friend Codes of people and THEN finally your about to win and the Mutha'Fudga gets you at the last second
  • Darkmessiah24 - September 13, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    Well said about GTA IV, Mass Effect & especially Dead Rising.
  • ComradeKhani - September 12, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    strangely enough, now that mass effect 2 is out, i miss the elevators.
  • Trilby - September 11, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    One game that punishes you for winning as much as Mario Kart? Definitely Madden. Technically it doesn't punish you, but its 'make every single game a close game' system hacks me off.
  • hanktherapper - September 11, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Socializing is why I quit GTA4.
  • buro13 - September 11, 2010 8:53 a.m.

    Dude I could not stop laughing for the mario kart spiky turtle. I f'n cried....Classic! 2am and I am laughing like a mad man and my wife is like "WTF go to sleep!"
  • sniperscope - September 11, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    The Blue Shell pictures are EPIC.
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - September 7, 2010 5:01 a.m.

    i love the water temple, all yall just a bunch of pansies.

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