The 50 worst video games of all time, according to critics

Video games: They’re generally pretty good! 

They can be fun, and smart, and beautiful, and challenging, and — sometimes — all of those at once.

And then sometimes, they can be none of those things at all. Sometimes, they’re real, real bad.

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Such is the case with the games you’ll find below — the worst 50 games of all time, ranked according to their respective Metacritic scores.

These aren’t the games we liked the least, or the games that told us we’d never amount to anything. Instead, what we’ve got here is something slightly more scientific: Reviews aggregation site Metacritic compiles all reviews of games, then it averages those scores into an overall average. This is the bottom 50 from that list (of over 15,000 games), with duplicates removed.

These 50 games are the absolute worst of the worst, according to critics:

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50. “Basement Crawl”

Critic score: 27/100

User score: 2.8/10

Plot summary (from Metacritic): “Enter the basement, explore dark, sinister arenas and be at one with the insanity. ‘Bomberman’-inspired mechanics bring party games to the next generation level. Staying alive won’t be easy. The only way to survive is to become death itself, crushing all opponents. Fight with, or against your friends in a intensive, packed with action online and offline game modes. And remember, because of the horror-based graphics and themes, it’s best if you don’t play this game alone in the dark. You never know what might be hiding behind you. “

Platform(s): PlayStation 4

49. “Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal”

Critic score: 27/100

User score: 5.1/10

Plot summary (from Metacritic): “‘Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal’ is an action-adventure game featuring seven playable Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tazmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Gossamer and a special secret character, all rendered in high-definition, next-generation graphics. Engaging in one or two player cooperative gameplay, gamers find themselves immersed in fast-paced combat, puzzle solving challenges and vehicle-based action in rich environments inspired by the popular, outlandish cartoon tales. “

Platform(s): Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360

48. “GoDai: Elemental Force”

Critic score: 27/100

User score: 3.8/10

Plot summary (from Metacritic): “The time has finally come for Hiro to avenge his family and face the forces of darkness alone. His mastery of the four elements is strong, but not yet powerful enough to face the fifth element: the Void. Now Hiro must become a Master of the Elements and complete the Trials of Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. Only then will he be ready to face the powers of darkness in the realm of the final element … the Void awaits.”

Platform(s): PlayStation 2

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