Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or new to the world of video games, one thing’s for sure: everyone has had their share of terrible gaming experiences.
From awful sequels to obscure themes and laughable graphics, there have been many hits and misses in sports video games over the years. These are some of the worst sports games to ever be released; some so awful that they’ve gained cult status for their lack of playability.
NFL Head Coach
Ever wanted to build a sports dynasty as opposed to actually playing? NFL Head Coach gave players the opportunity to do just that, from controlling the draft to trades and everything in between.
The only trouble was, it didn’t give you the chance to get involved with any of the action: you merely watched your team play from the side lines – essentially an entire game focused around the simulate season button, which didn’t make for an exciting gaming experience.
Horse Racing 2016
Horse Racing 2016 had all the traits you associate with a terrible video game, although it had some easy achievements to its credit. Each race in the game was basically the same; all you had to do was repeatedly press a button to get your horse to run or press another one to give it a speed boost by whipping it. It was hardly the Grand National.
There wasn’t much more in terms of skill to this dreadful game and it didn’t win any rave reviews from players when it was released. Including us, who whacked it with a (fairly generous) 3/10. Ouch.
Michael Phelps: Push the Limit
Motion capture in video games is brilliant for playing out your boxing fantasies or pretending you’re trying to hit a curveball, but it’s not so effective when it comes to swimming. In Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, which released in 2011 for Xbox 360, players had to flail in a pool in a way that somehow resembled swimming but rarely achieved it, making the whole thing practically unplayable.
Ashes Cricket 2013
This game isn’t just one of the worst sports video games, ever but a contender for one of the worst video games in general. The game was barely working when it was released online ahead of consoles and had all the makings for a terrible gaming experience, from the awful graphics to the bugs that made it an unplayable game. It was pulled from release just four days after being put out online – a testament to how terrible it really was.
Take Out Weight Curling
Curling isn’t a sport you’d associate with video gaming – and there’s probably a good reason for that. It’s not the most exhilarating sport and this game had you tap the buttons in a frenzy in order to slow the stones down in order to win points. Given the small number of people who are interested in curling enough to want to play a simulated version of it, it’s not surprising that Take Out Weight Curling, released for PC in 2002, didn’t perform particularly well in terms of sales. Though it did somehow manage to spawn a sequel…