It's taken some time (I began writing this list monts ago), but here it is: my list of the top 10 worst PS1 game of all time.
10: 007 Racing
A mission-based driving game with the Bond license attached sounds like it would make a great game, but a great idea alone doesn't mean it will result in a great game. The cars all handle like bathtubs on wheels, the graphics made the game look like a port from an old Sega Genesis game and it just felt wrong playing a game that made James Bond look like an idiot. Thankfully, the engaging musical score and a few interesting levels saves this one from getting any higher on this list. That's not saying much though.
9: Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol
When a franchise consists of several games, you'd think that it's a good sign. Just look at the Grand Theft Auto series and you'll see for yourself. However, just look at the Spec Ops series (where every game is almost identical) and you'll see for yourself that it's always the case. It's bad already that navigating through the menu is more difficult then weaving trough cars in New York during a traffic jam and that the very first level is darker then an alleyway in a dodgy neighborhood, but the fact that you can't spot enemies before they're already shooting at you is what kills this game.
8: The Grinch
You're a mean one Mr Grinch. Yes, you're a really mean one for featuring in this game. The concept might have been terrific, but it went so horribly wrong. The tasks were so cryptic that even Sherlock Holmes would have a hard time figuring out how to solve them, the visuals were blurry and littered with glitches and the levels were poorly designed. Even though you didn't manage to steal Christmas in the end, you sure managed to steal something that mattered even more to us: our patience.
A perfect example that graphics don't make the game, Rascal left both disappointment and headaches to those who played it. Just figuring out how to get to the first level of the game is hard to figure out, and it doesn't get any better when you finally find it. In order to leave each stage, you'll have to find pieces of an hourglass that are hard to find to begin with. But the fact that you're stuck with a character that can barely jump, barely turn and slides all over the place like Bambi on ice makes it as painful as getting stabbed in the eyeball. When reading the instruction manual is more fun then playing the game itself, you know you've got yourself a game that's truly awful in almost every way.
6: South Park Rally
As fun as the show and movie is, it's such a shame to see that a racing game where you get to play as one of the citizens of the quiet mountain town isn't. Despite interesting race tracks, creative weapons and the voices being provided by the actual voice actors, what really killed this game was one simple thing. If you quit while playing the Championship mode, you have to start the Championship all over from scratch again, even if you saved the game. It's just unfair, technologically lacking and very unpleasant to play.
5: O.D.T (Or Die Trying)
Here's a pop quiz: What do you get when you repackage Tomb Raider, change the setting from cryptic tomb to what appears to be a mountain, and take away the smoothness of Miss Croft's controls? You'll get a very dull and frustrating game from Psygnosis called "O.D.T". Even if you could forgive the game's unresponsive controls, you can't forgive the game for being disorienting. Even if you're willing to forget that as well, you can't accept the fact that some enemies can attack you while you're attacking them or the fact that the already scarce save points can only be used once. Still, the title is very appropriate here, as your determination of beating this game will literary die while you're trying.
4: Army Men: World War: Land, Sea, Air
Just like Spec Ops, Army Men is a franchise where every game is almost identical to every other one and nobody knows why the company behind them keeps making them. There are a million reasons why World War: Land, Sea, Air makes the list, from the muddy graphics to the fact that the game is so glitchy that even the cheat codes won't work. These problems and many more means that the tagline "Real combat, Plastic men" should be changed to "Dull combat, Plastic, Pretentious men".
3: Spice World
Back in the day when the Spice Girls was still popular, they were on everything from teen-magazines, Pepsi ads and they even made a movie. Apparently it wasn't enough though, as they made it onto the videogame market with Spice World in 1998. Shortly thereafter Geri Halliwell left the group, and after playing this game you'll wonder if it was this that caused it. The whole game consists of nothing but butchering one of the Spice Girls most famous songs into a mix to make the girls dance to it while making a meager attempt to stop your ears from bleeding. On top of that, the game can be beaten in only 10 minutes! After going through all that, you'll turn the game as you'll "say that you won't be there".
2: The Mission
After a Nike commercial where several big name soccer celebrities fought against a group of evil ninjas by kicking a soccer ball at them, some idiot decided to turn it into a Playstation game as a hope to cash in. The Mission is a complete mess, even if you ignore the deranged plot. The A.I is so bad that it's more hindering than helping, just like everything else. After being tortured playing through 19 entire levels, you'll get enraged when you find out that you can't beat the final boss!
1: Largo Winch. // Commando SAR
Based of a Belgian comic book hero that you've probably never heard about, Largo Winch // Commando SAR is an absolute insult to both videogames and Ubi Soft (who must deeply regret being the publishers to this garbage). Every bit of anticipation you might have had for this game wears off as soon as you've watched the very first cut scene, which has the frame rate of a pop-up book, and voice acting so horrible that it would be a joke to call it"acting" among other things. After that, it's all downhill; the graphics are so grainy you'd wish you were blind; controls are like running underwater, the story has holes that are big enoughfor you todrive a pickup truck though and worst of all: there's no way to pick up extra ammo! While most bad games have something redeeming, everything about Largo Winch is an atrocious mess, making it then more then worthy as the worst Playstation game of all time.
So that's my list of worst PS1 games. Leave a comment and tell me what you thought of it.
Another thing I should mention is that I came across a video on Youtube video showing the first cutscene and the first level of Largo Winch . // Commando SAR.So now you can see for yourself how truly horrible this game is. And keep in mind: you're just watching it. Playing it is at least 20 times more painful.