Worst horror games for any platform
Next, let's look at the games that put the horrible in horror (or something like that) -- the lowest-scoring horror games in our database. As it turns out, videogames based on horror films are no different than most games based on other types of movies: they tend to be low quality releases, and though several such horror movie adaptations are on the list below, many more narrowly missed inclusion. The list also includes some poorly-executed originals and some sub-par sequels to better games.
Remember, when a game has been released on multiple platforms, we have averaged the scores together and denoted such scores with an asterisk.
The Worst-Reviewed Horror Videogames
(tie) 1. Vampire Rain 34* (Ignition/AQ, 2008)
"Watching a B-movie can be cheesy good fun. Playing and paying money for one ... that's a nightmare."
-- Official Xbox Magazine
The PS3 version boasts the somewhat longer title "Vampire Rain: Altered Species," but it's the same lousy stealth action game on both platforms.
(tie) 1. Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green 34* (Groove Games, 2005)
"Land of the Dead fails to deliver even the most garden-variety of zombie-killing thrills, due to its inept combat, awful visuals, and cripplingly stupid artificial intelligence."
While George A. Romero's movies are deservedly acclaimed by horror fans, the same can't be said about many of the games based on those movies. Designed as a prequel to the film Land of the Dead, Fiddler's Green did offer both single-player and multiplayer modes, though most critics felt that the proper number of players should be zero.
3. Shellshock 2: Blood Trails 35* (Eidos Interactive, 2009)
"Shellshock 2: Blood Trails is the answer to the question that no one was asking. What if there were zombies in the Vietnam War?"
-- Cheat Code Central
While the first Shellshock was a conventional (though mediocre) third-person shooter set during the Vietnam War, this sequel decided to make things more "interesting" by adding zombies. And by "interesting," we mean "idiotic."
4. Escape from Bug Island 37 (Eidos Interactive, 2007)
"Escape from Bug Island is a dismal reminder of the low points of survival horror's past."
You'll want to make a quick escape from this Wii-exclusive survival horror title, which critics found repetitive and boring despite (or perhaps because of) the presence of giant insects.
5. Dead Space Ignition 38* (Electronic Arts, 2010)
"Ignition's narrative is as static as it is boring and Hollywood-horror generic."
-- Cheat Code Central
While the original Dead Space just missed the cut for our list of best-reviewed horror games, this downloadable "interquel" (which takes place before the events of next year's Dead Space 2) is a hybrid of puzzle game and interactive comic that comes up short on both counts with its tedious hacking mini-games, lousy story, and poor graphics.
6. Painkiller: Resurrection 38 (DreamCatcher Interactive, 2009)
"A host of problems ensure this is one of the worst games of 2009. "
The 2004 first-person "horror shooter" Painkiller should never have been resurrected for this stand-alone expansion, which critics found amateurish and buggy.
(tie) 7. Resident Evil: Survivor 39 (Capcom, 2000)
"The scariest thing about this game is how awful it is."
Like any series, Resident Evil has had its share of ups and downs, though its nadir came with this 2000 title, a tedious first-person zombie shooter with little to recommend it.
(tie) 7. Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad 39 (D3, 2009)
"Cleavers and cleavage, sadly, aren't enough."
-- G4 TV
While it seems like any game subtitled "Bikini Samurai Squad" would be a critical and commercial smash, this horrific hack-n-slash title offers little other than mindless button-mashing and skimpy outfits.
(tie) 7. Ju-on: The Grudge 39 (Xseed, 2009)
"It'll scare you a couple times, but they're just cheap scares that even the lowest budget B movie would be embarrassed to have to resort to."
The Japanese horror film scared audiences enough to spawn both an American remake (and its sequel) and this videogame adaptation, exclusive to the Wii. Designed as an episodic "haunted house simulator," the game offered players little to do and even less time to do it in.
10. Evil Dead: Hail to the King 47* (THQ, 2000)
"A waste of an excellent license and a great opportunity."
-- Daily Radar
One of four games based on Sam Raimi's Evil Dead movie series, Hail to the King is set eight years after the events in Army of Darkness. But the game suffered mightily in comparison to Resident Evil, with critics finding Evil Dead's gameplay and controls inadequate, though the title did a decent job at capturing the atmosphere of the films.
What do you think?
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