2008 was a great year for gaming, featuring blockbusters such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Grand Theft Auto 4. But along with the classics, a number of rubbish games were released. We've rounded up the 17 games you should definitely stay away from.

There's no doubt that 2008 was a great year for belting games. Just some of the highlights included Metal Gear Solid 4, LittleBigPlanet, Gears of War 2 and of course Grand Theft Auto IV. But not all of last year's releases were top notch. In fact, there were some that were just down right awful.

We've rounded up the 17 worst games released in 2008. They're not recommended for anyone who enjoys playing video games.

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17: Target Terror

Out of all the miserably bad video games on this list, Target Terror is almost worth playing just so you can experience the massive tub of whale excrement it is. With graphics that look like they're straight out of 1991, mind-numbing lightgun shooting gameplay, and cheesy actors running around on the screen pretending to get shot, Target Terror is hands-down one of the worst things to be thrust on to the Wii. What kind of terrorists carry chainsaws anyway?

16: Alone in the Dark

Within the first five minutes of booting up Atari's embarrassing attempt to resurrect the Alone in the Dark franchise, you'll realise what you've got yourself into. AITD gives new meaning to what a 'bad video game' can be, and somehow achieves the antithesis of fun as seen in the opening level where you are forced to press a button every two seconds to blink in order to see anything in the game.


15: Wii Music

There was a time when we believed that in order for a game to receive the official 'Wii' brand in front of its name, it had to reach some level of quality. That notion was crushed immediately when Nintendo dumped out Wii Play. But even the abysmal Wii Play doesn't get close to how lame an experience Wii Music is. We can't see anyone having fun with Wii Music other than babies who like to bang on pots and pans to create primitive rhythms.


14: Golden Axe: Beast Rider

A note to developers: if you're going to try to cash in on the success of ultra-gory action games such as God of War, you're going to have to do more to make up for its dreary gameplay than just having a half-naked girl as the protagonist. Beast Rider is an especially sad entry in our round-up of the foulest video game offerings of 2008 because it also soiled the good name of Golden Axe. Play the classic game and steer clear of Beast Rider.


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