The Worst Games of the 90s

The 90’s were an interesting time. The decade was home to a lot of awkward fashion trends. Some were good; some were bad. It was no different in the video game industry.

For games, the 90’s brought the first 3D graphics, plumbers saving princesses, and animal super heroes saving the planet from all sorts of different villains. While there were a lot of great games created during this time (we showed you a few of them last week), there were also some games that didn’t turn out so good. These are those games: the worst games of the 90’s.

Daikatana

Daikatana is one of the most well-known flops of any decade, owing mostly to the ridiculous amount of hype that was built around it.

John Romero, Daikatana’s lead designer, was fresh off several years working at id Software. He announced the new shooter in 1997, with a release date of Christmas that same year. Unfortunately, the game encountered a number of delays. At first, the delays were due to moving the game onto the newer Quake Engine, but subsequent delays were attributed to bug fixes and correcting graphical errors.

While the delays hurt public perception of the game, the advertising wasn’t helping either. A 1997 advertisement that read “John Romero’s About To Make You His Bitch….Suck it down,” didn’t help matters.

Still plagued by bugs, glitches, and woefully outdated graphics, Daikatana hit stores in April of 2000 and was panned by critics. Often referred to as the biggest gaming disappointment of the decade, it regularly appears on “Worst Game” lists of all types.

Night Trap

Night Trap was originally released on the SEGA CD and later ported to PC. A survival horror / interactive movie game, it tasked players with protecting girls at a slumber party from vampiric creatures called Augers.

After release Night Trap was accused of being too violent, and its risque nightgown game-over scene caused a fair bit of controversy. The game was cited in a December 9, 1993 joint Senate Judiciary and Government Affairs Committee hearing on video game violence, and ended up being one of the main games that lead to the ESRB rating system being created. It was also pulled from certain stores because of its “inappropriate” storyline.

A game that was about saving girls at a slumber party from creepy blood thirsty vampires was deemed as degrading to women and overly violent. Senator Joseph Lieberman and Herber H. Kohl referred to the game as “shameful”, “ultra-violent”, “sick”, and “disgusting”, and said that it was encouraging an “effort to trap and kill women”.

This game only sold through its initial first print run. Night Trap was rated as the 12th “Worst Video Game of All-Time” by Electronic Gaming Monthly and was also named Worst Horror Games of all time in 2008 by Game Informer.

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6 Comments on The Worst Games of the 90s

Derry

On July 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

A decent list, with the exception of Night Trap where you failed to mention a single thing about the gameplay and instead decided to use it as another excuse to hammer GameFront’s “women as victims” agenda into our brains. Night Trap actually is an awful game, boring and mindless with nothing stimulating about it whatsoever, but you went into no details about how it’s played, you just focused on how it goes against your tastes. That’s not a good sign and it’s exactly the sort of thing that Phil Hornshaw quite rightly got criticised for not long ago with his fawning article promoting Anita Sarkeesian.

Stick to reviewing games based on how they’re played, nobody cares about your politics despite what some of you still seem to believe.

Squinty

On July 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

@Derry – You people have become pitifully knee-jerk to the point that everyone is tired of seeing you snap at the mere mention of something being degrading to women. Bonus points for bringing up Anita Sarkeesian, no matter what the article is about.

MarkEMark

On July 31, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Haha! Agree with Squinty!

Some people (namely male gamers-with-entitlement insecurity) are so butthurt about Anita Sarkeesian.

Bob

On August 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

Thats because Anita Sarkeesian is a con artist no other reason at all

Mr. Matt

On August 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I’ve always considered Bubsy 3D to be the absolute worst game of all time. And it came out after Mario 64 et al, so it had absolutely no excuse for it.

Wesker1984

On August 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

Oh yeah those games were awful! Bad memories resurfacing!