The first seven months of the year are behind us. Games released this year have included reboots, remakes, and games among the greatest of this generation, but those great experiences are not the focus today. Even with fantastic titles like BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us, 2013 is shaping up to be the "Year of the Train Wreck." Now, let's take a short look back at the less-than-stellar side to a great year in video games so far.


This picture is part of the promotional page on the XBL Marketplace despite the plunger clearly protruding from the man's neck. 

Licensed products have issues with quality. This list reflects those facts. However, when you combine a poor premise for a game wrapped in a poor excuse for a movie, you get R.I.P.D.

Ride to Hell: Retribution

Big Hands?!

Retribution might be considered on the good side of bad, but it is still bad. Of all the games on this list, you might consider dedicating some time to this one if you have a weekend to spare and friends ready for offbeat entertainment. Otherwise, never play this game.



What's going on here? This game looks weird.

Vampires have never been more lifeless and drained of personality. The baffling dialogue and glitch-riddled gameplay turn Dark into an experience with no consensus redeemable quality. If you want to take the occasional acid trip through a poorly designed stealth game, you have found your match.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

This may not be a glitch. I just liked how all the many-armed, mini headcrabs were stuck to the window.

Some of the web content featuring this game is among the best comedic gold from this year. Search YouTube for Aliens: Colonial Marines glitches, and spend a few minutes looking at aliens doing things that boggle the imagination. The glitches alone may make this game worth the time for some, but most will just shake their heads and laugh while watching videos of other people playing this game.

Star Trek the Video Game

I'm going to leave this one alone.

P.S. The caption reads, "Are you all right, Captain."

Yes, this game has its share of issues regarding overall polish, but the problem with Star Trek the Video Game is how bland everything feels. I am a Star Trek fan, and the design of the ship is the only thing that I liked about this game. Many people even have a problem with this. Star Trek needs a great modern entry in the franchise. However, in my opinion, a game that accompanies or compliments the movie narrative will always feel like a hollow experience. Inject some life into this series by telling a new story, please.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

This zombie always makes me smile.

A terrible first-person shooter in every way, Survival Instinct does not deserve to share the name of the modern-day legendary franchise. Telltale's successful adventure title from the same franchise also compounds the disappointment of TWD: SI. We know a great game can be based on this IP, and in the right hands, even a great FPS. Survival Instinct simply was not that wanted experience.

Opinions differ, and if there is a game on this list that you really enjoyed, then I am happy for you. However, the consensus opinion on these games is that they fell short of mediocrity in a year filled with great titles. There are also more terrible games from this year. Despite all the wonderful moments, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the train wreck.