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Is this the worst frame-rate in any game ever?

Sometimes, we're shocked by how bad old games often are. But it takes a special kind of bad to be this bad. This is Virtual Hydlide, the 1995 3D sequel to an ancient NES and MSX game that nobody remembers. It was bad at the time. Now, it's absolutely shocking. Just look at the poor old Sega Saturn attempting to render a forest of flat trees, flat ground AND a castle. Ready for 5fps action?

It's a well-known fact that the way to get the best performance out of a Sega Saturn was to write code specifically addressing the two different processors inside the machine, usually sending 2D graphics to one and 3D to the other. I have a sneaky suspicion that the code here was written to directly address the processor of a ColecoVision. In another room. Via sign language sent as polaroids... by second-class post.

Bear in mind that this game would have retailed for £50 when it was new. Have you seen any full-price retail games with worse frame-rates than this? And no, PS3 Skyrim doesn't count. I challenge you to find one... then let us know in the comments.

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43 comments

  • Akuosa - July 5, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    While this is bad, it's far for being "the worst frame-rate ever", or ever deserving of an article about it, come on. Annoying to play for a long time like that, sure, but definitely playable if we go by that video, and you seem to acknowledge yourselves it wasn't always like this, but in specific locations. And finding worse frame-rates than this in a full-price retail game is suppossed to be a challenge? Come on, I know you played Dark Souls... great game, but try to kill those cat-like things among the trees on that forest again, on either console, and remember what a bad frame-rate is. Or go to the swamp, seriously, the ammount of short-term memory loss is embarrassing here.
  • wheresmymonkey - July 5, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Now i'm tempted to find an emulator and a copy of this game to see if the frame rate can be improved. Because apart from it being ultra clunky it looks like it might be an ok game.
  • bebl09 - July 4, 2012 8:56 p.m.

    I would 'like' your comment if I had the ability to do so.
  • bebl09 - July 4, 2012 8:59 p.m.

    Dammit Gamesradar, I was trying to reply to cosmicshambles, why did this happen?? Now I just look silly...
  • TheCakeIsaPie - February 7, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    like
  • avantguardian - July 4, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    there is a saying that the golden age lies ahead, but it's hard to think of it getting any better than this;)
  • LEGOMatrix - July 4, 2012 4:16 a.m.

    That wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
  • AuthorityFigure - July 4, 2012 1:16 a.m.

    Play "The Witcher 2: AoK" on the minimum requirements and it will be uncannily similar.
  • loopyloo - July 4, 2012 12:40 a.m.

    Duke Nukem 64 was pretty bad, Ill never forget that!
  • NullG7 - July 4, 2012 12:36 a.m.

    You sure this isn't Skyrim on the PS3? Sorry couldn't resist...
  • jmcgrotty - July 4, 2012 12:05 a.m.

    I remember Hydlide. I actually still own it. Wasn't horrible. Nothing great, but no crime against humanity or anything, if I remember correctly. Never heard of this sequel. But it doesn't look like a framerate problem to me. It looks like it was designed to be that way.
  • pr0tostar - July 3, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    Haha, something that trumps N64 Mission:Impossible! Did this have any voice acting though? M:I had hilarious hit responses like RHAKSTEADY and IZ YUR HEAD HOT?! And the character models had no facial features and would squirm around like they had Parkinson's during conversations. Really creepy thinking back on it... But the rocket-pistol made it so much fun.
  • SouthTippBass - July 3, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    Hey, it was a different time. I remember when I first fired up Goldeneye on N64, the frame rate on that was pretty bad as well. I guess it didnt really matter so much because the game was also awesome. Which is probably the bigger cause of concern with the game above, it was a stinker. In closing, I would like an article from GR along the lines of: Worst frame rates in gaming history, or something along those lines. Ta-ta.
  • tehtimeisnow - July 3, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    looks like totel garbege but at least its more beter then anything nitedno has ever maked
  • TartanSpartan01 - July 3, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    what are you?
  • Turtman - July 3, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    Tartan your response is comedy gold!
  • Fuzunga - July 3, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Thanks for a good laugh
  • BaraChat - July 4, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    Sounds like Little Jacob in GTA IV, the only thing missing is a "an' ting" at the end.
  • talleyXIV - July 3, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    The graphics actually pretty good for 1995, but yeah... that would be terrible to play especially if the game was really long.
  • ultraviolet - July 3, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    Alien V's Predator on the Atari Jaguar

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