Remembering some of the worst Playstation 1 Games

Today, the gaming world is moving at a healthy place. From the rise of esports to the growth of gamers streaming online, the offerings in this space have never been so good. Retro gaming is making a comeback too, alongside newer, more sophisticated releases on more technologically advanced consoles. The options are endless.

We’re used to celebrating the good and the great on this site, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also turn our attention to some of the bad, too. More specifically, from our old friend the Playstation 1.

Obviously, most of the creations available on the original Playstation wouldn’t stand a chance against today’s more professional and realistic games. Still, even in their era, they didn’t go down so well. Put simply, they bombed. Spectacularly.

So, with that in mind, we thought we’d reminisce and go through some of the worst Playstation 1 games of all-time.

The Fifth Element

Released in 1998, The Fifth Element is easily one of the worst games to be offered on the original Playstation. Developments today are far more advanced, even on our mobile devices where games like the Playtech-powered fantasy-themed slot Dragon Champions are more of an adventure.

While The Fifth Element had its merits, although it was largely full of flaws. Poor level design, dull gameplay, appalling AI and horrendous controls made this action adventure game a humongous flop. It did have a decent backstory, although developers Kalisto Entertainment mainly got this creation wrong. No thanks.

South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack

South Park has a massive following and is adored by so many, which is why, at the time, South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack was expected to be a big hit. Sadly though, it was the complete opposite.

In an attempt to fuse together random trivia questions with Mario Party-style mini-games, developers Acclaim Studios Austin managed to annihilate it completely. For starters, the questions didn’t even make sense. Alongside that, the games were a rip off of classic arcade games but done badly, which never goes down well. Then lastly, the game was full of lame humor, and not the humor that South Park fans had come to expect. What a mess.

Mortal Kombat: Special Forces

Made by Midway Games and released in 2000, Mortal Kombat: Special Forces was an attempt at turning this classic fighting game into an action game, and boy did it go badly! The graphics were ugly, the music was boring, its story was pathetic, and the gameplay was useless. It was everything Mortal Kombat shouldn’t be, which is why it came as no surprise to see Daily Radar – which is no longer around, sadly – give it a 0/10.

Horrible. Just horrible.

MTV Celebrity Deathmatch

When MTV’s popular show decided to branch out into the gaming sphere, most people were understandably excited. What followed, though, was a game by Big Ape Productions which was an almighty letdown.

A budget development with little to offer, the game contained minor celebrities who didn’t look the same as on the television series (their heads were massive!), and the controls were embarrassingly bad, with most button bashers reigning supreme—such a disappointment.

Bubsy 3D

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Released in 1996 by developers Eidetic, Bubsy 3D was Sony’s first attempt at creating a 3D platformer to rival Super Mario 64. Yes, you guessed it – it failed miserably. The graphics consisted largely of flat geometrical shapes which looked terrible, the camera angle was annoying and jumpy, the humor was embarrassingly bad, and the controls just didn’t work. Ugh.



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