Extreme Duds of 2005
PSX Extreme's "Extreme Duds" of 2005
We were fortunate not to have reviewed a ton of stinkers here at PSX Extreme this year, but that doesn't mean we didn't play our share. You've seen our Game of the Year awards, and our Extreme Picks, so it's time to take a look at the worst games we had the misfortune of playing this year. We've highlighted the quotes that best capture our thoughts on the game, so sit back and enjoy the awfulness of our Extreme Duds.
Beatdown: Fists of Vengeance
PSX Extreme Review Score: 4.3
"Long, frequent loads times, a poor camera, pitiful voice acting, and
boring gameplay are just a few of the many things wrong with Capcomís brawler."
"Hereís a short list of things that have to load in just your first few minutes each time you want to play: game settings, profile, game, going out the door, leaving an area, fighting someone, taunting someone, talking to someone selling something, pausing the game, navigating menus, entering a building, putting on clothesÖ the list goes on and on."
"I will admit that after becoming disgusted with the game I had a good time dressing my male character up in a purple halter top, green jean shorts, and giving him wavy silver hair though. "
"Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance looks like a great idea on paper, but it fails to be even mildly entertaining past the first hour of play. "
PSX Extreme Review Score: 3.6
"Constantine (the game) is terrible."
"It's the kind of game where mediocrity was the design team's ultimate goal right from the get-go."
"A long time ago, Old Man Murray wrote a long diatribe about how the very worst action games were those that are packed with boxes and crates. Constantine is packed with boxes and crates."
"Mere words cannot express how rectangular and simple the environments are."
Death By Degrees
PSX Extreme Review Score: 4.5
"Releasing a game this bad borders on criminal."
"I just got done fighting the camera, which is positioned in a way that reminds me of the Resident Evil games on the PlayStation. Has nobody ever read one of the 10,000 reviews that says that it stinks? Even Capcom finally figured it out."
"Destructible crates. You have got to be kidding. We havenít moved past that in 2005?"
"The voice actors must have gotten up in the middle of the night to do this script Ė they donít sound too into things. The music is also really bad "
"The only reason to even try Death By Degrees is if you are trying for Death By Boredom. Look, the analog fighting thing just doesnít work. It didnít work in Rise To Honor, and it certainly doesnít work here."
Frogger: Ancient Shadow
PSX Extreme Review Score: 3.0
"It's ruined by unresponsive controls and levels that seem to be designed to point out just how broken those controls are."
"Oh look, you have to hop across a chain of breakaway platforms, turn, jump, and stretch out Frogger's tongue to grab onto a swing at the last moment. Too bad, because the controller ignored your jump input and Frogger drowned. Not fun."
"Oddly enough, the PSP game has the graphical edge over the PS2 game."
"Curse you Konami, for releasing Frogger: Ancient Shadow, which made me scream and throw my controller."
PSX Extreme Review Score: 3.0
"The concept behind Smart Bomb is fine, but the execution is so poor that even the most die-hard puzzle fans will agree that Smart Bomb is a dud."
"When a game canít get the training mode right, you know youíre in for a long day."
"To say itís frustrating is an understatement."
"The controls are unresponsive, and are unable to keep up with quick multiple button presses. Since the game requires quick decisions and precise movement, this is a huge flaw."
"Smart Bomb is a terrible game. Itís not fun, itís infuriating, and it feels like a budget title that was rushed out the door."
"I read the reviews and ignored them, hoping that I would find a few hours of enjoyment. I was a fool. Donít make the same mistake, avoid Smart Bomb at all costs."
So there you have it - our worst games of 2005. As crazy as it may seem, some of you guys like the games on this list, and that's cool; you're obviously much more forgiving than we are. Don't hate us for hating on your favorite game, just take satisfaction in knowing that you had a great time with it, and we suffered. Tomorrow is the reader awards, so if you're looking to share your opinion, vote in our poll or drop an email telling us about your favorite game of 2005. Send it to PsxExtreme@gmail.com.
1/3/2006 PSX Extreme Staff