Opinions: Bottom 25 Games – 24) inFAMOUS

24) inFAMOUS (PS3, Sony/Sucker Punch, 2009) If you’ve looked at my top 111, you know I value Sucker Punch’s Sly 2 quite highly. So after Sony bungled their security protocols for their online store some years back, I decided to pick inFAMOUS as one of the two free games they offered as tribute to those…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 23) Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

23) Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (GC, UBI Soft, 2004) Let’s begin by saying that Sands of Time was, for its time, a really good 3D action/platformer that resurrected an iconic Western series and helped launch UBI Soft into the behemoth it is today. While the combat was too touchy for its own good, the…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 21) Friday the 13th (NES)

21) Friday the 13th (NES, LJN/Atlus, 1989) Hey, LJN returns yet again for another NES licensed dud. Much like their horrible Uncanny X-Men, Atlus (or whatever secondary dev they subcontracted) botched their spin on the iconic horror franchise with Friday the 13th, a needlessly convoluted and deliberately difficult game that is the definition of malcontent….

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 21) Just Dance 2

21) Just Dance 2 (Wii, UBI Soft, 2010) Just Dance became the poster child of the aggressive marketing push for the “casual” dynamic propagated by the success of the Wii. However, my sole experience with this behemoth of a franchise (which is still releasing titles on the original Wii this year!) made me really wonder…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 20) Super Mario Sunshine

20) Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube, Nintendo, 2002) Super Mario 64 is my favorite Super Mario of all time, as my Top 111 list demonstrates. So it might not come as a surprise that Sunshine was a highly anticipated sequel for me. I had hoped for it to take the initial 3D excellence and polish it…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 19) Avenger (Arcade)

19) Avenger (Arcade, Capcom, 1987) Capcom certainly was not slouching in attempting new approaches to game design back in the 1980s. However, there were a few duds along the way, and Avenger is another example of the company swinging and missing, much like Trojan and the original Street Fighter. In this case, it’s tackling a…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 18) Super Thunder Blade (Genesis)

18) Super Thunder Blade (Genesis, Sega, 1989) Launch titles have much to prove — they need to highlight the new system’s capabilities as well as be compelling enough on their own to entice people to make a purchase alongside the console. And there’s been more than a few over the years that have managed to…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 17) Zelda II: The Adventures of Link

17) Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (NES, Nintendo, 1988) Zelda II is perhaps the greatest casualty of the tendency for experimentation for sequels on the NES. Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) at first glance completely reinvents Mario’s fundamentals — jumping on enemies no longer kills them but allows you to ride them? However, as…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, Nintendo, 2011) Before diving into a ranking of my favorite Legend of Zelda titles, I figure I should discuss the two that are among the worst games I’ve played, and Skyward Sword is one I haven’t talked about in a little bit, so let’s start there. The sole…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 15) Street Fighter (Arcade)

15) Street Fighter (Arcade, Capcom, 1987) Street Fighter desperately tried to evolve the one-on-one fighting genre to the next level, but its controls prevent it from that lofty aspiration. Unlike Karate Champ, Way of the Exploding Fist or Epyx International Karate, Capcom’s first effort initially removed the button press to initiate an attack for a…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 14) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

14) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii, Nintendo/Retro Studios, 2007) Corruption is the premiere example of motion controls corroding what would have otherwise been a fantastic game. And the boss Mogenar is the point of impact; the exact moment of the entire design crumbling apart for me. Up to that specific encounter, I was having a…