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…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 12) The Uncanny X-Men (NES)

12) The Uncanny X-Men (NES, LJN, 1989) Well, today brings a little article on the game that I would argue is the absolute lowest of the low; the abysmal pus of the gaming sphere. LJN was not, shall we say, the most storied or beloved of publishers, often spitting out licensed dreck until they were…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math

11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math (NES, Nintendo, 1986) Edutainment titles can be adequate entertainment, such as The Oregon Trail or Math Blasters, but Nintendo’s sole localized effort of their Educational Series is an absolute travesty. It is a dearth of pleasure; the nadir of video gaming joy. There’s not much to DK Jr. Math —…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 10) Resident Evil 6

10) Resident Evil 6 (PS3, Capcom, 2012) Oh man, Resident Evil 6 is by far the worst game I’ve played this decade. No contest. No question. Not even co-op with a willing partner was able to overcome the overwhelming dire gameplay, dull level maps, dumb narrative and goddamned design decisions that dooms the entire experience….

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 9) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

9) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS, Nintendo/Intelligent Systems, 2009) I happen to be a pretty big fan of Fire Emblem. I’ve bought nearly all of the titles that have come out in the US (except Radiant Dawn, primarily because Path of Radiance didn’t sink its teeth into me well enough to commit to more), and…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 8) Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

8) Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (PS3/Xbox 360, Capcom/Eighting, 2011) This is an interesting case, because I actually did like this game once. I actually bought a PS3 to primarily play this game. And in a vacuum it’s adequate and fine. But unfortunately for it, MvC3 exists outside of such a space and coincides with Ultimate…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 7) Mad Dog McCree

7) Mad Dog McCree (Arcade, American Laser Games, 1990) There’s an old adage in video gaming that “a game is only as good as it plays, never as good as it looks” (or thereabouts — I’m paraphrasing). Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, this idea was tested most in the arcades, where gaming technology…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 6) Aliens (C64)

6) Aliens (C64, Activision/Mr. Micro, 1986) Many of the games on this list are ones I couldn’t stomach playing for one reason or another. Flimsy controls, irritating mechanics, poor level design, unclear or obnoxious objectives, and excessive hand-holding are all factors as to why I would abandon a game prematurely. Aliens for the C64 (not…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 5) Ninja Spirit

5) Ninja Spirit (TG16, Irem, 1990) Some of the games on this list appear because of one design flaw that absolutely cripples progress. An unusually difficult section that demands far too much from the player with little to no warning has gone on to waylay more than a few titles, and Ninja Spirit suffers that unfortunate fate….

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 4) Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

4) Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Genesis, Sega, 1989) Sega has tended to be much more experimental than Nintendo was in their early console years. While they certainly weren’t above copying Nintendo’s ideas (Congo’s Caper, anyone?), Sega did make an effort to explore and prod the burgeoning gaming medium with a multitude of quirky…