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 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Still plagued by bugs, glitches, and woefully outdated graphics, Daikatana hit stores in April of 2000 and was panned by critics.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 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.