We recently discussed the best licensed games ever released. When a video game based on an established property plays well and does the license proud, it’s a crowning feat. Unfortunately, it’s far too common for a licensed game to be below average and oftentimes released on a rushed schedule in order to cash in on the success of the source material. When looking for the worst games based on a license, there’s a much wider net to sift through than when seeking the best licensed games. The following are 10 games that put their source material to shame.
10. Batman Forever (SNES, Genesis)
Batman Forever is not to be confused with Batman Forever: The Arcade Game, which is an entirely different game confusingly released by the same publisher. The Arcade Game is an enjoyable beat ’em-up released for the PlayStation 1 and Sega Saturn, while the horrendous Batman Forever was released for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis and later ported to PC and Game Boy. The game features jerky controls and hideous textures that simply look bad. A rather unforgivable sin is committed in the form of loading times. Cartridges don’t generally have loading times, making the loading screen that appears in between areas extremely obnoxious. It’s clear that Batman Forever was a lazy attempt to cash in on the success of the film, but this title is made even more disappointing by following the excellent Batman Returns, which was a Capcom game that represented the license very well.