We've already covered our Top 10 Most Broken Games, but judging from your reaction, we overlooked a few key culprits. We're not simply confining ourselves to titles overrun with glitches, but those with less obvious problems. Deep-seated issues only a therapist can cure. So, without further ado, a phrase I very rarely employ, let alone understand, we present the 10 Most Broken Games, Round Two!
10. Modern Warfare 2
How did I forgot Modern Warfare 2? The online multiplayer, whilst being about as addictive as Chinese food laced with cocaine, is simply riddled with bugs, despite Infinity Ward's best eradication efforts. From the infamous 'care-package glitch', where wily rascals tricked the game into constantly rewarding them with reward-laden cargo crates, to the ridiculously powerful 1887s, MW2 even saw gamers extracting themselves from the map and running riot underneath, and even rocketing into the air on an invisible propulsion device. Still, we love it.
9. Gears of War 2
Another game where it was the glitch-addled netcode to blame. Gears 2 was a terrific game, especially in local co-op, but online was an absolute mess. Host advantage was rampant, so-called 'execution conga-lines', where a row of players racked up, each chainsawing the next. But it was the excruciating wait between matches that hammered the last nail in the coffin. I once put some pasta on the boil and enjoyed a plate before slipping into a game. That's like, 12 minutes to find a match? Although why I cook pasta while capping fools online is beyond me.
8. Mercenaries 2
I've only experienced the Mercs 2 demo, so while I can't pass judgment on the game itself, I did hear how glitch-addled it was. From phantom vehicles roaming the wilderness to surviving hundred-foot leaps of death, Mercs 2 was a playground of destruction... plagued with glitches. But the most odd thing I've seen? Well, the beginning of this video should suffice.
7. Far Cry 2
For all its potential, Far Cry 2 was, for me at least, quite disappointing. It was a beautiful recreation of Africa's most celebrated landscapes, but my god it was boring. Not to mention your gun-toting enemies had seemingly replaced their eyes with those of the eagle, their binocular vision able to spot me from fifty feet away, hidden in the brush. But no, it was when plot-centric characters refused to appear I had the most problem with, as the story came to a stand still and all I had to do was set fire to the jungle. Humph.
6. Ninja Gaiden 2
Aside from being an exercise in extreme patience and non-controller-related-violence, Ninja Gaiden 2 was riddled with glitches. I once vanished from the Aqua Capital level, and entered a never-ending glitch where I repeatedly blocked a chainsaw-armed demonic brute, unable to escape the constantly reloading animation. But I'm especially fond of this particular glitch:
5. Fifa 98
Fifa 98 wasn't so much broken as it was badly made. But it was before the times of multi-core processors and unified-shader architecture, so I can't be too harsh. But then again, I can't overlook events such as a goalkeeper throw finding its way into the opposite net, untouched. Or the dreaded halfway-line goal that, once mastered, made matches simply a matter of finding enough space to shoot within fifty yards.
4. Saints Row 2
Saints Row 2 had its fare share of problems, from random crashes or screen-freeze, to vanishing pedestrians or even planes lodged in the road. I once found three cars in quick succession drive past, each driver, for some reason, lounging on the roof. Here's a particularly odd glitch I found on the net, which I can't quite decipher myself. Perhaps you can?
Not only did it sully the fine name of Driver (with a ridiculous 3 in the title), but Driv3r also suffered from a severe case of glitchitis. A disease common amongst low-budget cash-in games, it sees the poor disc afflicted with a variety of ailments, from complete city-wide standstills, to cars defying the laws of physics and, especially, friction, with trucks gliding across any surface like ten-tonne metal ballerinas.
2. Hospital Tycoon
I've plumped for Hospital Tycoon so far up the list, simply because Codemasters refuses to patch a game their customers spent money on. It's apparently riddled with bugs, from patients either being too small in number or too dead... in health. Minor quibbles compared to the likes of Mercs 2's multiplying buildings, but when the developers completely ignore their customers' plight, then I shall demonstrate zero mercy!
1. Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV is top of the list for a number of reasons. One, it's apparently quite broken, soon-to-be so patched up it'll resemble an MMO mummy. Terrible jokes aside, it's 2010, and Final Fantasy is a premier franchise from a wealthy publisher. MMOs require strict testing before release, and Square Enix obviously skimped on the requisite steps. I know a number of friends who were very excited for FF XIV, only to express a level of disappointment I hadn't seen in a long time when it released.