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Feature: Five Frightfully Bad PlayStation 3 Games

Posted by Sammy Barker

Scarier than Silent Hill

We could have pricked our fingertip and penned a feature about some of the greatest horror games in this space, but there are genuinely more terrifying titles on the PlayStation 3 than Dead Space, Resident Evil 5, and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. Unfortunately for the releases included below, though, it wasn’t necessarily their intention to be spooky – but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't run a mile if you see them in a store. So, without further ado, let’s celebrate Hallowe’en in a different way, and tip a glass of pumpkin juice to five of the more frightfully bad experiences on PS3.


We’re not entirely sure what possessed Codemasters to publish now defunct developer Blue Omega Entertainment’s atrocious space cowboy shoot-‘em-up Damnation, but we’re convinced that it had a hand in the company’s later decision to focus on racing games. A former Make Something Unreal runner-up, there was an amateur allure to the third-person action title back in 2005. However, by the time that it was deployed as a retail product in mid-2009, the otherworldly excursion had been utterly usurped by the likes of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Boasting sub-par platforming, horrendous gunplay, and even worse graphics, this is one abomination that should be thankful that it’s been forgotten with the passing of time.

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Licensed games are typically bad at the best of times, but Fast & Furious: Showdown offered a special kind of car crash. Based on a franchise that already rests on shaky suspension, the last-second announcement of the Activision published spin-off promised Pursuit Force-esque on-wheels antics and more vehicular thrills than your local destruction derby. Instead, developer Firebrand Games – which seems to get all of the duff jobs – served up a steaming wreck of a release, riddled with bugs, sloppy physics, and disastrous presentation. This shambling write-off's one redeeming feature is that it can be finished in less than two hours.

Kung Fu Rider

When you cast your mind back to 2010, you have to question whether Sony truly took the PlayStation Move seriously. It was hot news at the time, but the platform holder really didn’t put its best foot forward with its illuminating wand’s initial software roster. While bundled release Sports Champions was a soulless treat, Kung Fu Rider remains the biggest embarrassment with a Sony Computer Entertainment logo on its box. Clearly designed with the DualShock 3 in mind, the platform holder hastily added atrocious gesture controls to the daft downhill excursion in order to bolster its phallic stick’s launch lineup. To make matters worse, it attached a retail price point to the unplayable adventure – even though it had all of the hallmarks of a cheap-and-cheerful digital download.

Ride to Hell: Retribution

The culmination of an outrageously off-kilter development cycle – in which the game was cancelled multiple times – it’s incredible that Ride to Hell: Retribution even saddled up at retail at all. Originally announced in 2008 by British-based video game port-house Eutechnyx, the 2013 title depicts the antics of Vietnam veteran Jake Conway, and explores the gang-related biker movement of 1969. It would be a solid premise if the release wasn’t an utterly atrocious beat-‘em-up with borderline broken gameplay and some of the most repulsive characters in interactive entertainment history. This one is so bad that neither its developer nor publisher is willing to even acknowledge its existence.

Rogue Warrior

Bethesda hasn’t always poured its cash into promising properties like Dishonored and The Evil Within. Back when it first got into the publishing game, it recruited Blacklight Retribution developer Zombie Studios to work on a tactical shooter called Rogue Warrior: Black Razor. The studio was pulled off the production in 2007 after the Elder Scrolls creator cited a dislike for the title’s direction, and Rebellion Derby was employed in its place to reboot the release. Fronted by Hollywood star Mickey Rourke, the brief action game ended up being utterly forgettable, despite the first-person excursion’s sizeable budget. Its lasting legacy will forever remain the expletives-laden funk song that inexplicably scored the outing’s credits sequence. What were they thinking?

Are you aware of a more frightfully bad game on the PS3 than this little lot? Have you actually played any of the abovementioned titles? Shake your head disbelievingly in the comments section below.

Which of the following do you think is the worst game on PS3? (22 votes)



Fast & Furious: Showdown


Kung Fu Rider


Ride to Hell: Damnation


Rogue Warrior


Something else


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User Comments (20)



Sanquine said:

I'have seen a video of angry Joe reviewing Ride to hell and i laughed so hard.. Thanks to madchestermanc,.



get2sammyb said:

@ferrers405 See, I quite liked that. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's a good game in the slightest - but I'd rate it higher than any of these atrocities.



MadchesterManc said:

@Sanquine If Ride To Hell doesn't win this poll Ill buy the game and review it!

Kung Fu rider was ok. I did only buy it for like £3 when I did so I had low expectations anyway You forgot Shaun Palmers Skateboarding. Holy Hell was that game atrocious



NathanUC said:

I really enjoyed WET personally. I too wouldn't call it a 'good' or 'great' game, but I personally had a lot of fun with that gun system. Was a nice change of pace!

The worse game I've ever played on PS3 was Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. I LOVE me a good sonic game, but I couldn't even finish this one. It had so much crazy potential too! It's a prime example of a VERY rushed game haha. All that said, the Sonic the Hedgehog playthrough by GameGrumps is probably my favorite series on YouTube.



charlesnarles said:

How about LAIR? It was so hard to control with a SIXAXIS' low precision level. They tried to make it interesting, but it just wasn't.
I have also played Disney Sing Star karaoke whatever, and that was probably the worst time I've had on my PS3 : )



MadchesterManc said:

Why is Ride To Hell not winning this!? Please don't have me review the game have mercy people! lol



PMasterTy9 said:

The only one I played was Damnation and it was horrible. I almost played Rogue Warrior but a friend told me it was horrible. I saw Angry Joe's review of Ride to Hell and it by far appears to be the worst game so far.



Visiblemode said:

Resistance 2 is one of my most hated ps3 games. It was a bizarre followup to pt1 and probably robbed many people of the will to give the stellar pt3 a try.



rjejr said:

Not only haven't I played any of these I haven't even heard of half of them.

I did like LAIR, but I only got it after they patched in a functional control scheme. And I liked the WET demo and always meant to play it, great funk music if I recall correctly.

I've had my PS3 for about 5 years now and I really can't think of anything awful. Guess it's good to read reviews first



SigourneyBeaver said:

Haze and WET. I recently gave Haze a second chance after seeing it dirt cheap. I was too forgiving. The demo of WET was enough to convince me it was a total turd.



Grockumus said:

Oh man, I LOVED Rogue Warrior because of how horribly funny it was. I even got the platinum for it



XavandSo said:

No Genji 2? I just played it for the first time today and, damn, it's bad.

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