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Published on December 5th, 2010 | by Charlie

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Charlie’s Top 10: Worst Xbox 360 Games of 2010

In my next instalment of my personal top 10, we now take a look into my top 10 for the worst games of 2010. It was pretty difficult to decide as there wasn’t a huge disappointment of games on the Xbox 360, but there were a few games that were clear winners for this list. You can disagree with me if you like, but I know that many will agree with me when you check the top three… although Destructoid might not. Again, you can argue that most of these are multi-platform, but do remember, we are an Xbox 360 site, so we have our reasons.

10. Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

Now personally, this wasn’t hugely a bad game, which is why it’s placed 10th. This game was rather fun in places to be honest, and it might just because I had played it on the easiest difficulty. Trying this game on the hardest difficulty is a nightmare, of course, and many people had complained that the camera angles were terrible, when personally, it added a sense of realism and made me feel like I was actually there. But what was bad about the game was the lack of story, and how it didn’t explain the situation, and the terrible ending where it just ended like that, with no explanation on what happened next and so forth.

9. Dark Void

OK. I will admit this. I never actually played the full game, but I did play the demo, and I can tell you now. My brain hurt so much just from playing the demo, so no doubt if I had played the full game, my brain would have exploded. The controls were awful and it was so hard to use the flying in the game. It gave hardly indication on what you actually needed to do, and possibly the only good thing about the game was that the main character was voiced by the legendary Nolan North.

Three Wise-ish Men

8. Mafia II

Now I know most of you will be screaming at me for placing this here, including one of our own, but to be honest, this game was no fun at all. It was like the scenes from Fallout 3 where you are playing as a child from hell. The controls were awful and almost unplayable, and the voice acting was just awful. But do remember, this is my top 10, so I get to choose what games I put in this top 10 and where. Unless you want this to go lower. DO YOU? Then shut it. The story was too quite confusing, which is why this game is placed at number eight.

7. R.U.S.E.

Now I’ve never really been a fan of real-time strategy games, besides Starcraft II which was possibly the best I’ve played, but that’s on the PC. R.U.S.E. was just difficult, and it may have been the fact that it was on the Xbox 360, because not many strategy games play well on consoles. No doubt this game would be a lot better on PC, but on a console, it’s just a big fat no. And the fact it’s another World War II game also makes this game a big no, as there’s just too many of those nowadays.

6. Lost Planet 2

Did not enjoy Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, as the gameplay was just too difficult to handle, so why in the world would I enjoy Lost Planet 2? Everything is almost the same, except things have slightly been changed story wise (a new game means a new story, of course). Of course, even then, the story just makes no sense, and you will indeed be “lost” if you play the game. You would have thought that with a sequel, that Capcom would have learned its lesson, but did they? No!

5. Army of Two: The 40th Day

Again, this is another game where the developers did not learn their lesson from the first game. Army of Two, I had hoped, would be like Gears of War’s third-person perspective, and Army of Two was no different. The perspective you get in the game makes you feel ill for some reason, and the controls are just all wrong. Possibly the only highlight is the bad ass masks you can make.

No! Run away babe! Oh wait. You're from a terrible game. Never mind...

4. Nier

It’s published by Square Enix? Oh that explains so much! It’s like the game was trying to be too sexy and badass at the same time. And the fact that the game hardly adds a challenge makes the game all the more terrible. The gameplay mechanics are quite difficult to get used to, and if you want to, just call this Final Fantasy XIII from hell…. or from a worse place. The graphics are nice though.

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

We reach my top three now, and even though the movies are almost stunning each time, the games… not so much. Of course, this game has Kinect enabled for it, and it’s sad to say that this could possibly be the worst Kinect game (yes, you can play this with a controller, but that’s besides the point). The game is almost unplayable with both a control and Kinect, and no doubt most of you will agree. With one more Harry Potter movie to go, will the final game be the least bit better? Of course it won’t.

2. Naughty Bear

When I heard about this game, I thought it would be a great laugh. But when I actually played it, I wanted to burn it. The controls are fine, but the missions are just so repetitive, the narrator just does your head in, the maps are just so small and isolated. Oh how it pained me to play this game, but of course, this is nothing compared to my number one choice…

1. Deadly Premonition

I don’t care what Destructoid think; this is the worst game of the year. The story was just awful, and it just made no sense, those twins were so cheaply done in the first sequence too, and in that first mission, I must mention, it annoyed the hell out of me that you had to explore everything in the room before you could carry on. The graphics were terrible (and yes, if you know me on twitter, I have said that you don’t need graphics for a game to be good, such as Minecraft), but these graphics were beyond from terrible. The enemies were so lame and no doubt they took the first enemies you encounter from movies like the Exorcism, which was totally unoriginal. And the fact that the character you play as takes up 50% of the screen means you can’t even see what you are doing. This is by far the worst game of the year, and I pray that a sequel is never made as this doesn’t even deserve one. I was so glad I only rented this, and even then, I was tempted to ask for my money back, but I just knew I wouldn’t get it back.

The way his head is twisted is scarier than the actual game...

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  • How dare you put Mafia 2 in there…

    • Pittslord

      cause it sucked?

  • Mafia 2 was amazing…

  • Olliecharlton

    This list is awful. Why isn’t naughty bear first??

  • Joe

    Mafia II was crap, but so is most of your list. Well, not the list per say, but your reasoning. The games were too hard? That’s not really a reason to call out a game for being shitty. Having Deadly Premonition as number one really shows your lack of imagination and sense of humor. If you took absolutely anything about that game seriously….well, get out of the house. Sorry, not trying to be a massive tool, just trying to type a disagreement AND watch Super Mario Bros The Movie can bring that out of ANYONE.

  • Pittslord

    lost planet 2 wasn’t that bad so long as you had 4 friends to play with….nier was a pretty sweet game something to play when there is nothing else to do…..and deadly premonition was an awesome games if you could realize that it’s not meant to be taken seriously

  • Xboxforevee

    I agree with your list, xbox does suck and it’s the “go-to” console for mediocre games. and next year isn’t looking good for you guys. Also I own both consoles and can tell you gears and halo should be on that list. Again I own both consoles so dont call me a fanboy as I haven’t even mention a ps3

  • Guest

    Hahahaha… you have to be an utter idiot to put Nier in there, and even more of an idiot to compare it with (ironically indeed one of the worst games this year) FFXIII. The games have absolutely nothing in common, apart from both being published by Squenix.

    • I agree NIER shouldn’t be there.

      But WTF FFXIII worst? Its my favourite game this year!

  • Dude

    bullshit

  • Jim

    I truly believe that Deadly Premonition is my fav game of the year (category B-movie trash style).

    It’s so absurdly funny!

  • If you really needed to put Mafia II on the list, it should be on place 10. because it was amazing.

  • bitchesandhoes

    Mafia 2 had some of the best voice acting and mediocre gameplay. It was a decent game, it was just overpriced. I would’ve paid $29.99 retail. Then, it would’ve been a hotseller. But I think Kane & Lynch needs to be #1… that was just terrible.

  • bitchesandhoes

    Yeah, this entire list is weird:

    “Now personally, this wasn’t hugely a bad game, which is why it’s placed 10th. This game was rather fun in places to be honest, and it might just because I had played it on the easiest difficulty. Trying this game on the hardest difficulty is a nightmare, of course, and many people had complained that the camera angles were terrible, when personally, it added a sense of realism and made me feel like I was actually there. But what was bad about the game was the lack of story, and how it didn’t explain the situation, and the terrible ending where it just ended like that, with no explanation on what happened next and so forth.”

    Are you ****ing kidding me? This game was terrible… you thought Mafia 2 sucked? This list loses all credibility!

  • Imadocter

    -_- are you kidding me?!?!?! Niers up there?!?! why??? i thought it was pretty fun i meen the storys amazing and if you play on easy, well yeah the tasks are gonna be not much of a challenge but if you played it on hard… well thats somthing else -_- and the game mechanics…. well im not gonna argue with u on that one it was a bit difficult to get used to but thats what also made the game fun andddd one last thing trying to be too sexy and too badass? what the hell? i meen the only sexy person in there is Kaine…. well ima stop now

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