Similar to Microsoft’s Xbox console, Sony’s PlayStation has been at the forefront of gaming technology over the years. The main difference between the two is the Xbox only entered the console race in the early 00s, while the PlayStation has been there from the very start, with the original PlayStation launched at the tail end of 1994.
Since then we’ve had the PlayStation 2, released in 2000, the PlayStation 3, released in 2006 to compete with the Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii, and finally the PlayStation 4, the eighth generation console that hit shelves 2013. With the PlayStation 5 announced and hopefully launching in the next few years, fans are speculating about what games to expect.
While everyone is hoping for titles that helped make the PlayStation a success, such as Red Dead Redemption, the Uncharted franchise, The Last Of Us and the Resident Evil series, there’s a high chance not all the games released will be of that quality. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the worst games ever to grace the PlayStation over its neat 30-year existence.
20 Call Of Duty: Ghosts
Trying to reinvent the Call Of Duty franchise to coincide with the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, developer Infinity Ward came out with Call Of Duty: Ghosts in 2013.
While the multiplayer mode is decent, the solo campaign is a tedious affair offering nothing fans haven’t seen before in previous installments.
A run of the mill shooter barely worth your time.
19 My Name Is Mayo
This game is as ridiculous as the title suggests. While a sleeper hit on desktop computers, the PS4 conversion is an absolute mess.
A point and click adventure about a jar of mayo is about as exciting as watching paint dry, and even with 50 achievements to unlock, this game will have turn you off mayonnaise for good.
This online multiplayer fantasy title failed to gain an audience due to the number of bugs and glitches throughout the game. Playing Wander often feels like you're experiencing an unfinished game, with much of the open world poorly rendered and a storyline lacking original ideas.
17 Alekhine’s Gun
The storyline involving the CIA and KGB set amongst the backdrop of the Cold War taking place in various countries across the world is interesting, but fails to translate into an enjoyable gaming experience.
The stealth elements are poor and many of the levels are similar looking and become as repetitive as the gameplay.
Stay far away from this one.
16 Blue Estate
First person shooters feature heavily on this list for some reason, with Blue Estate one of the worst. Not only is it a boring rail shooter that can be completed in around three hours, but the treatment of women in the game is highly questionable and leaves you feeling dirty after playing this one.
15 Ghostbusters (2016)
There have been a plethora of games based on the Ghostbusters films released over the years, but none received such harsh criticism as 2016s Ghostbusters.
Taking place after the events of the Ghostbusters film released that same year, this title feels like a quick movie cash-in, with the four-player co-operative system a huge failure and the gameplay just downright bad.
14 Mortal Kombat: Special Forces
A 3D action title focused on Jax from the Mortal Kombat series sounds awesome, but this is a horrible spin-off lacks all the inventiveness and charm of the original fighting game.
The game sold so few copies that all other spin-off titles were put on hold so Midway could concentrate on making Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and delivering a game fans would be happy with.
13 Basement Crawl
This PlayStation exclusive is a ripoff of Bomberman, with players having to escape various maze-based levels full of bobby traps and challenging enemies.
This game struggled to find an audience due to its basic gameplay and lame graphics, quickly ending up on budget tables retailing for half its original price.
12 Homefront: The Revolution
This first-person shooter is a reboot/sequel of the hugely popular Homefront game set in an alternate 2029. Dambuster Stuiods must be commended for creating a detailed open world, but unfortunately, that doesn’t make up for the unfulfilling plot, standard shooter gameplay, and repetitive nature of the title.
11 Duck Dynasty
The only people that like this game are those who are fans of the show. Duck Dynasty is not only one of the worst PlayStation games released, but one of the worst games full stop.
It’s an open world hunting title with not one redeemable feature, with the game currently holding a Metacritic user score of 1.9 out of 10. Enough said.
This Japanese inspired platform beat ‘em up is an interesting title with some visual quirks let down by its repetitive nature.
Knack is a game only young kids will enjoy, with the weak storyline and button mashing fights not going to keep adults interested for long.
9 Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
24 years after Shaq Fu had gamers wishing Shaquille O’Neal stuck to playing basketball and rapping instead of starring in dodgy video games, Big Deez Prodcutions decided to bring the big man back for yet another forgettable adventure.
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a Streets Of Rage copy with simple graphics, a forgettable storyline, and 90s gameplay that should never have been made.
This 2014 game featuring everyone’s favourite monster consists of various game modes involving destroying everything in your path, as well as taking out other famous monsters from the Godzilla franchise.
It sounds cool but is a total disaster, looking like a game that was released in 2004 instead of 2014. Controlling the various monsters is also tricky, with Godzilla failing to appeal to even the most diehard monster fans.
7 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
Universally known as the worst game in the Tony Hawk’s franchise, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is one of the biggest disappointments in recent gaming history.
Along with horrible level designs and the absence of any fun gameplay initiatives, this game is full of bugs that make playing it an absolute nightmare.
6 Umbrella Corps
Here’s another multiplayer shooter trashed by critics and hated by fans alike. While Capcom usually delivers the goods, they stumbled with this Resident Evil offshoot.
Umbrella Corps plays like a poor man’s Call Of Duty and fails to capture the tension and suspense of the Resident Evil franchise, making it a worthy entry on this list.
5 Hardware: Rivals
This online vehicular combat title has lots of seemingly fun options and game modes, but after an hour of play turns out to be a stock standard car combat release with little more going for it.
There’s no longevity with this title and despite an interesting concept, nothing will keep you coming back.
4 Putty Squad
A remake of a classic 90s SNES game, Putty Squad is a strange platformer whereby you control a blue blob and must rescue imprisoned putties.
While the new 3D visuals are a bonus, the gameplay hasn’t evolved from the original, with Putty Squad a draining experience.
3 Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark
There really hasn’t been a great Transformer game based on the films, and 2014's Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark didn't change this.
While the battles are fun, the main problems with this game concern the boring storyline and difficult controls. It's an annoying title to play and lacks the excitement of the blockbuster films.
2 War Of The Vikings
Cashing in on the sword and sorcery genre made big by tv series Vikings and Game Of Thrones, developer Fatshark's War Of The Vikings is a hack and slash title you can do without.
Although visually appealing, the gameplay is trash, with War Of The Vikings feeling unfinished.
1 Life Of Black Tiger
If you take anything away from this piece, make sure it’s to never play this woeful video game. Originally released as a mobile title, this terrible port finds you taking control of a tiger who must survive in the wilderness against hunters and other animal threats.
It’s shoddily made with bad graphics, annoying sound effects, and boring level designs. It's the type of release that'll make you wish you video games never existed.