10 Worst Xbox 360 Games

A collection of stinkers

The Xbox 360 has been out for more than a decade, and while there have been a lot of great games released in that time, the 360 has seen its fair share of bad games as well. There isn't anything as epically terrible as "Drake of the 99 Dragons" or "Aquaman" on the original Xbox that Xbox fans are proud to have in their collection as a badge of honor—or horror—but there are plenty of stinkers that could reach those heights of fame and misfortune. Check out this list of the 10 worst Xbox 360 games.

01
of 10

'Fighters Uncaged'

Fighters Uncaged
 XBOX 360

What We Like

  • Stylish interface.

  • Motion controls provide a nice workout.

What We Don't Like

  • No multiplayer modes.

  • Lifeless fighters.

It feels like cheating to include Kinect games on a Worst Xbox 360 Game list, but this one is just too bad to ignore. "Fighters Uncaged" is just putrid. It's awful. It is supposed to be a fighting game that tracks your moves with Kinect, but it doesn't work. It does not function. Period.

Strangely enough, the few people who get it to work love it. Ubisoft released a sequel to this game on Xbox One. 

02
of 10

'Bomberman: Act Zero'

What We Like

  • Online multiplayer.

  • Classic mode.

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks charm.

  • No save points in single battle mode.

If ever there was a game that didn’t need a darker and more sinister reimagining, "Bomberman" is it, but Konami did it anyway with "Bomberman: Act Zero." While they were busy working on the new look, they forgot a few things like good graphics, sound and offline multiplayer capability. At least they remembered to make the gameplay extra terrible.

03
of 10

'Jumper: Griffin's Story'

Jumper: Griffin's Story
XBOX 360 

What We Like

  • Voice talents of Jamie Bell.

  • Orchestral soundtrack.

What We Don't Like

  • No backstory.

  • No Xbox Live support.

When a game is ported from a lesser system to the Xbox 360, usually some effort goes into making everything shiny and at least a little bit better looking. Not the case here. "Jumper: Griffin's Story" features pure PS2 fugly graphics through and through. The gameplay is about as deep as a puddle.

04
of 10

'Hour of Victory'

Hour of Victory
 XBOX 360

What We Like

  • Decent looking environments.

  • Three distinct character classes.

What We Don't Like

  • Bug-ridden gameplay.

  • Short, boring levels.

The first and biggest problem with "Hour of Victory" is it's a World War II shooter several years too late. The other problems are that the graphics and sound are horrible, the level design is awful, the A.I. is as dumb as rocks, and there are glitches and bugs everywhere. Bad times.

05
of 10

'Sonic the Hedgehog'

Sonic the Hedgehog
 XBOX 360

What We Like

  • Gorgeous opening cutscene.

  • Original story.

What We Don't Like

  • Strays from the franchise's formula.

  • Clashing aesthetic styles.

Over the years, it seems that Sega has forgotten that the whole appeal of Sonic the hedgehog is that he runs very very fast. We don’t need new characters, and we especially don’t need a human and hedgehog kiss. Sonic’s next-gen debut was plagued by long load times, a bad camera, awkward controls, and just plain bad gameplay.

06
of 10

'Vampire Rain'

What We Like

  • Interesting concept.

  • Lots of gore for horror fans.

What We Don't Like

  • Dimly lit levels.

  • Incessant exposition.

"Vampire Rain" may be the easiest stealth game in history. After you accept that fighting the vampires is a bad idea because they are so powerful, sneaking past them is so ridiculously easy that the whole concept falls apart and becomes boring.

It doesn’t help that there are tons of cutscenes broken up by long load times. The graphics and sound are average at best, and when you mix it all together, you get a bitter stew of failure.

07
of 10

'NFL Tour'

NFL Tour
 XBOX 360

What We Like

  • Simple controls.

  • Realistic player models.

What We Don't Like

  • No player customization.

  • Shallow online multiplayer.

With "NFL Tour," EA’s attempt at arcade-style football was a step in the absolute wrong direction. Offense is stupidly easy. Defense is just stupidly hard. The commentary is horrible and repetitive. Even if you don’t mind the other stuff, you’ll burn through the scant few modes in a day. "NFL Tour" is a waste.

08
of 10

'Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor'

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
 XBOX 360

What We Like

  • Creative use of Kinect motion controls.

  • Likable cast of companions.

What We Don't Like

  • Vague mission objectives.

  • Unpredictable enemy AI.

The original "Steel Battalion" on Xbox was an awesome game with a huge 40+ button controller that made you feel like you were driving a mech. "Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor" for Kinect is a huge mess that only simulates you slowly choking to death on smoke and fire because the stupid controls won't work right, and you can't open the hatch to escape. It is truly a terrible game and one of the Xbox 360 and Kinect's worst.

09
of 10

'Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009'

Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009
 XBOX 360

What We Like

  • Passable graphics.

  • Eclectic soundtrack.

What We Don't Like

  • Repetitive gameplay.

  • Scant selection of fish.

"Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009" is the lazy man’s fishing game. You never have to move your boat, and it doesn’t matter which lure you use because the fish bite anything, and you catch a fish on every cast. There is no challenge or strategy or realistic fishing here whatsoever. The potential audience for fishing games is already pretty small, but "Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009" is too simple a game to appeal to even the most desperate fisherman.

10
of 10

'Beijing 2008'

Beijing 2008
XBOX 360 

What We Like

  • Fun online modes.

  • 36 unique challenges.

What We Don't Like

  • Only 32 countries represented.

  • Useless tutorials.

The official video game of the 2008 Beijing Olympics lives up to the standards set by every other Olympic video game released so far, and that isn’t a good thing. It is brutally difficult and features outdated button-mashing controls that deliver a frustrating game. On top of all of that, long load times and clunky menus make restarting when you fail—which happens a lot—a chore.