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The gaming industry has been the leading innovator of entertainment ever since the emergence of Sega and its first game ever, Pong. Since then, video games have evolved and grown accustomed to the modern age, such as Call of Duty and Fortnite. There have been several different systems and companies throughout this period of time and it will only continue to grow. From classic systems such as Nintendo to the ground-breaking PlayStation 4, memorable games have been a part of gaming history.
Sega in particular has had a long history and indicated the beginning of the gaming industry. With the emergence of mobile devices, Sega and games on the Sega Genesis and Sega Mega Drive, some of the best gaming consoles, have been buried in the past such as iconic games Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat. Today we take a trip down memory lane and explore the worst Sega games in history.
Based off iconic basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, this is not the basketball game you would expect, but a fighting game that left players extremely unsatisfied. The game centers around Shaq performing martial arts on his enemies, which was reported to be very difficult.
Due to the horrible ratings of this game, it has created a sort of cult following that will ultimately leave Shaq Fu as part of video game history with the title of ‘Worst Game of All Time’.
The Batman franchise has been the forefront of entertainment for years – films, comic books, television and video games. Although this video game is based off of the billion-dollar feature film, the game received poor reviews because of its control scheme. It was recorded that whenever you tried to attack as Batman, the action was delayed thus throwing off the algorithm of the game, which makes it one of the worst Sega games in history.
Sonic the Fighters
After the craze of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega attempted to try and monopolize by creating follow-up games and side projects, one of them being Sonic the Fighters. Many gamers assumed that anything Sonic the Hedgehog related would automatically be considered a good game, but they were undoubtedly wrong.
The main issues reported in this game were complaints about the characters themselves. Players found them to be short and stubby which distracted from the entire game itself. Sonic is supposed to be a fighting game but it apparently did not feel that way. The sound effects were delayed after every attack and the special moves were deemed to be not very special.
At first play, Altered Beast is seen as a very serious game. It is a fantasy full of vile swamps, grotesque head-throwing and demon lords. Players are faced with challenges only to reach the end where there’s a cast party with heroes and villains raising a toast. Not only did the game story not flow properly, but players suffered from instant deaths, impossible boss fights and an absurd number of enemies.
Critics often mention that it is difficult to take the game seriously when players are asked to “wise from your gwave,” by Zeus and ordered to save his daughter. You then go on in the game to try and defeat several different monsters who attack with special moves, seemingly impossible to defeat. With the combination of characters from the Old Testament and poor controls, you get one of the worst Sega games.
Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt
With such a long title as the name, one would imagine the backlash that it received. Not only did gamers bash the title of the game, but they would often complain that having the main character, a possum, trying to defeat “Dr. Machino” was a poor choice for a game story.
The game starts by trying to save the rain forest from Dr. Machino’s control. The enemies in the game are evil robot cohorts who you must defeat by jumping on top of with shaky controls. There is no precision. In addition to the inconsistent controls, the game is said to be extremely repetitive, where players jump on the same robots throughout the entirety of the game. As an attempt to bring awareness to environmental protection, there are bonus questions that arise after each level with questions such as, “If you recycled one newspaper, how many trees would you save?”
Rise of the Robots
Rise of the Robots is one of the greatest gaming disasters in history. It was the type of game where you could win every single time by just doing flying kicks to the right. It was a glitch in the game that everyone figured out within the first ten minutes of playing that lead to a wave of boredom.
Millions of dollars went into marketing this video game with advanced graphics – perhaps too advanced for the Sega Genesis. During play, the game would stagger and lag which lead to frustration. Another bad quality of this game (and for any fighting game) was that you could not turn your character to face the left side. Most famously, you could beat the entire game by high kicking your opponent repeatedly.
Sonic 3D Blast
In yet another addition to the Sonic the Hedgehog family, Sega released Sonic 3D Blast for the Sega Mega Drive. This game is said to have divided Sonic fans because of its CGI rendered graphics, isometric viewpoint and repetitive gameplay. The goal of the game is to collect “Flickies,” which becomes tiresome after a prolonged length of play.
The only exciting part of the game is when you eventually reach the boss and bonus stages. Due to the viewpoint of the character, it makes it difficult to maneuver into different positions. Not only is this game considered one of the worst Sega games because of its graphics, but it has also disappointed Sonic fans across the gaming community.
Jurassic Park is a name that most people would recognize, which is why it was made into a video game early on in franchise history. Jurassic Park was a 2-hour movie which the game designers tried to make into a compact video game, resulting in an all-time fail. Unlike any other games based on films, Jurassic Park tried to be different by allowing gamers to choose between two characters. Depending on if you played as Dr. Grant or a raptor, you would play different levels, getting two games in one.
The story line on both characters is just as confusing on the objective of the game. The visuals make it almost impossible to see what is going on, the sound effects are intolerable, and you have limited control over your character.
Race Drivin’ was a failed attempt to turn an arcade game into the Sega Genesis console. The driving mechanics were unbearably difficult. It was full of hard edges and hard opponents. The game was reported to be so difficult that it created a miserable experience. Like other racing video games, you would assume that the controls were simpler than most games. However, Race Drivin’ proved that theory to be very wrong.
Choose from three different stages to race on, no matter which one you choose, you are stuck with a very bad racing track. The frame rate was wildly inconsistent, making it difficult to maneuver around the track. One of the oddest factors of this game was that you couldn’t exit back to the level select without getting up to reset the game manually.
WWF Super WrestleMania
For wrestling fans, this game was originally meant to be a dream, but failed miserably. In the 1980s and 1990s WWF was a huge boom, thus games were created to accommodate to these select fans. However, critics claim that WWF Super WrestleMania was a poor rendition of the sport and gave wrestling a bad name.
There are 8 wrestlers to choose from including some big names, such as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, which draws interest in the beginning. However, that interest is immediately taken away once players realize that each character has the same 15 moves. In addition, the wrestlers do not have an entrance song which is a large part of WWF. It was marked as one of the worst Sega games, as well as one of the worst WWF games in history.