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Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Felix Kemp
Fable 2, Fallout 3, Features, Red Dead Redemption, STALKER, Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays
Red Dead Redemption

We love games at Dealspwn. So much so, in fact, we stomach their multiple and multifaceted flaws. Bad writing. Poor visuals. An over-reliance on bald space-marines and Tolkien's fantasy lore. But what we simply can't tolerate are broken games. Titles so ineptly designed you breathe a sigh of relief when the console actually recognised the disc/cartridge/ancient form of media.

So to protect you in your videogame-related travels, we've decided to devise a list of the Top 10 Most Broken Games, from the glitch-addled and buggy, to the severely ill and unplayable.

10. Red Dead Redemption

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Yes, I know you love Red Dead Redemption. I did, too. But we can't deny it was so prone to freezing it was as if Rockstar had gotten so enamored with their beautiful recreation of the Old West, they kept dropping in snap-shots mid-game. Red Dead also suffered from some of the most odd bugs we've ever seen, from townsfolk flapping their arms like birds and taking flight, to what ostensibly appears to be a female character model merging with a donkey's, creating quite the unseemly sight.

9. Daikatana

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

John Romero's game is not only broken, it's just plain bad. Lofty promises, but a plummeting result. It was awful on the PC, but on the N64... Well, not only were all the levels coated in so much fog it was like an Amsterdam coffee-shop, but in order to squeeze the game onto Nintendo's console, Romero and co reduced the texture detail to a level of blurriness usually reserved for the blind.

8. Fable 2

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Fable 2 was riddled with bugs. It had the usual list of chronic freezing, villagers trapped inside walls, to your wife and child mysteriously vanishing. Lionhead even had to patch the game within weeks of release, as a particularly nasty glitch was preventing storyline quests from activating. I once stumbled on a group of merchants who'd found an inanimate pack of Balverines in the woods. It was quite moving, actually.

7. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

For the sake of my sanity, I'm dubbing it Stalker. It's easier to write, and spares my full-stop button from sudden death. Stalker was as irradiated with bugs as its Chernobyl-setting. From reaching ostensibly unreachable locations in the game, to random bodies stuck between pieces of geometry, Stalker has a quite amusing glitch where if you set an NPC on fire with a recently detonated grenade, a combination of AI programming, commanding them to run when alight, and a glitch with the physics, ordering their bodies to move faster because of the explosion, sees them careening across the screen, on fire.

6. Bethesda RPGs

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Again, we love Bethesda, too. All in all, I've probably spent upwards of a hundred hours wandering their Oblivions and Wastelands. But love must be tempered with reason. Bethesda, in their noble efforts to pump fifty-hour adventures onto a single disc, often release a multitude of bugs into the wild. Fallout 3, especially. From floating NPCs to Mr Fantastic-esque elongated limbs. Sometimes, you're character might simply get stuck on a particular piece of geometry, with nothing but an old save file to rescue you.

5. Two Worlds

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Wow, we're not being especially nice to RPGs today! Two Worlds wasn't just crippled with bugs, it was weighed down by an excess of ambition and a lack of either talent or resources. As a result, it was quite bad, not to mention broken. NPCs might randomly wander through walls, quite casually, and items in the environment would suddenly disappear. But the weirdest glitch? Well, see what happens when this unlucky gamer bought a new weapon...

4. Big Rigs

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Ah, Big Rigs. The Wiki entry alone is enough to justify a mention, "and the laws of physics can be violated frequently". Big Rigs problems stemmed from a real lack of effort from the developers. It's supposed to be a racing game, where you compete against rival trucks, yet they fail to move from the finish line as the developers forgot to add AI. But perhaps the best glitch is a spelling mistake. "You're Winner!" pops up, but not always when you've won. Sometimes it just materializes on the screen on the second lap... of a five lap course. Terrific, simply terrific.

3. E.T.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

With the success of the film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial videogame was expected to be a hit for Atari. It wasn't, and as such contributed to their financial woes. It was developed in six weeks, but I'm not in a merciful mood. It was an awful game, the entire experience one giant bug. It was so bad, Atari dumped unsold cartridges into the New Mexico desert. If and when aliens decide to visit our planet, I hope they don't stumble on that particular closet-skeleton.

2. Superman 64

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Superman 64 is so bad it's famous. It's known by many, reviled by all. Being Superman, it had to grant you the ability to fly. Except, if flying was this annoying, I'd rather be a slug. Notoriously difficult to control, the one saving grace of the entire game is the developers attempt to hide a visual flaw, the omnipresent fog, as a plot-point. Kryptonite-fog... Yeah.

1. Jet Set Willy

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Broken Games

Oh, Jet Set Willy. It had to be you. Where to begin? The random deaths? The vanishing monsters? The arrow-sprite that ran too far into the game's video-memory and eventually ate saved game-data? Jet Set Willy was so bad, in fact, you couldn't complete it. It's the worst bug of all? I can deal with mutant donkey women, floating Wastelanders and piles of alien cartridges under tons of sand, but this? I cannot tolerate this. Jet Set Willy, you stand accountable for crimes against videogames. How do you plead?

Add a comment19 comments
ODB  Oct. 12, 2010 at 14:08

10. Read Dead Redemption


thoomboo  Oct. 12, 2010 at 14:14

spent more time on jet set willy than i ever did on fallout

MrRobin  Oct. 12, 2010 at 14:29

11. Hospital Tycoon

The follow up to Theme hospital was dire and riddled with problems...Forums lit up with angry gamers and Codemasters refused to do anything about it... so disappointing!

Spark  Oct. 12, 2010 at 17:52

Surely Vampire Bloodlines and Boiling Point deserve to be on this place.

Those two easily make Fallout 3 and RDR look absolutely perfect by comparison.

Someone  Oct. 12, 2010 at 17:59

you completely forgot about modern warfare 2, that game was a mess all over the place and the patches only made it worse :P

Splash  Oct. 12, 2010 at 18:43

UM, MW2 is the most broken game ive ever played to be honest, then again Sonic on the 360 is terrible.

Farmhand  Oct. 12, 2010 at 19:43

no mercenaries 2? c'mon you got show some love to mercs 2. overall good list though

Felix Kemp  Oct. 12, 2010 at 22:21

Very true. Surprised I forgot that, considering how many flying players and bastards hiding under the map I vented my rage at online!

Imiinty  Oct. 13, 2010 at 01:06

Gears of War 2, nuff said.

xino  Oct. 13, 2010 at 04:54

you forgot Ninja Gaiden 2.

ODB  Oct. 13, 2010 at 13:17

personally I think a game is only broken if it affects gameplay. RDR has problems but none of them affect gameplay afaik (mine hasnt freezed once)....GTA is exactly the same and when you think about how big the maps are its not surprising

MW2 has tons of problems and I think Infinity Ward has lost a lot of the respect it had....partly cause of the game and how poor it was in comparison to their previous effort (WaW was better tbh) and also due to all the crap going on behind the scenes. Mercs should be up there though I enjoyed it...was amusing to fly into things like cargo crates that were randomly in mid air

Really I think Assassins Creed 2 on PC has to be in there due to the massive issues it had when first released and people having to start from scratch

ODB  Oct. 13, 2010 at 13:21

oh and you can add MoH to the list according to this - http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/112/1127285p1.html


DJexs  Oct. 13, 2010 at 13:56

Never froze once with RDR on my ps3.
Bethesda rpgs should be changed to FO3 because Oblivion almost never crashed for me on my pc.

BooRadley  Oct. 13, 2010 at 16:55

Far Cry 2 - at some point, you can only go one place to meet someone for a mission, and the door is closed & wont open! At 88% no less - what a waste of time!

Brendan Griffiths  Oct. 14, 2010 at 11:08

Fallout 3 DLC on the PS3 gets my vote as the most broken mess. I was really getting into Point Lookout but at one point it was crashing every ten feet. The others were fairly screwed too.

I remember one mate that bought the game early on said that every time a friend came online the game would crash.

ODB  Oct. 14, 2010 at 16:47

Can we add Castlevania to the list? Corrupting save files...naughty naughty!

Also GT5 as lets face it, its fucked!

KetchuPacket  Oct. 15, 2010 at 23:35

BC2 on pc has a variety of bug issues that affect gameplay IE defibbing a dead teammate and picking him up while killing the guy next to him with one hit, bug plants and disarms on Mcoms, hit registry for every gun and explosive (but i can chalk that up to server lag) and jet knifing.

Bassbait  Jan. 2, 2011 at 03:12

Ironically, the most broken game ever made isn't mentioned in this.


Action 52 is 52 broken games. Some of the games simply freeze in the middle, some of them freeze ONCE YOU START. It's utter balls!

Oberon_Wolf  Jan. 17, 2011 at 23:54

Frontier First Encounters First mission first world you can't complete because the only ships you can afford are two slow. Then it gets worse.

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