We've seen the best games (in this examiner's opinion) that each console had to offer in 2012, but what were the worst? If you're wondering what games you should try to stay away from, then this little list may be just the thing you're looking for. (Note: For those consoles I lack, namely 3DS, Vita, and Wii U, I will be going strictly based on what my research has led me to think.)
3DS: Mad Dog Mcree. Originally released in 1990 as an arcade game, Mad Dog Mcree thrusts you into the role of a nameless stranger who, upon riding into a small, unnamed town, discovers that the mayor's daughter has been kidnapped. An old prospector quickly fills you in and gives you the option of target practice. If the story sounds rather thin to you, there's a good reason: It is. In this case the story is just an excuse to go shooting things, but, unfortunately, many have complained that the actual shooting is just as unfulfilling as the story. As such, this is one game you may wish to avoid on your 3DS, and play on Windows if you must play it at all (it is typically suggested you avoid it completely).
Vita: Call of Duty: Declassified. This is a game that not just those who dislike the Call of Duty games should avoid, but everybody should. This may sound a bit harsh, but many of the most common complaints include poor network reliability, horrible enemy AI, and an extremely short single player mode. Widely considered to be a complete embarrassment for the Call of Duty franchise, this is one Vita game best left away from your machine.
Wii U: Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade. While it may seem to have potential, Family Party fails across the board, according to reviewers. Some of the more generous reviewers state that if the game's technical defects were fixed, they could stand the annoying host and actually enjoy the game. The less generous reviewers flat out state that anybody getting it as a Christmas present would have a ruined holiday, citing several technical issues as well as redudant mini-games. Their suggestion? If you want a bunch of mini-games, then go with Rabbids. Just stay far, far away from this game.
PS3: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. Wait, a game based on a show is bad? How shocking! Sarcasm aside, the game, which puts you in control of Stewie and Brian as they battle a Bertram from an alternate universe, has rather bad third person shooter gameplay. The best part of the game would be the jokes and gags, according to reviewers. If you're dead set on picking this one up, then make sure you have a buddy with you, that way you won't have to suffer through this nightmare alone. Heck, with the right buddy, you may even enjoy it.
360: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. That's right, it's so bad that it ended up nabbing the spot for worst 360 game of 2012 as well. Same issues as the PS3 version.
Wii: Transformers Prime: The Game. Surprisingly enough, this game isn't THAT bad. Thrusting you in the role of Team Prime, you must defeat the evil Decepticons as they plan to use a deadly new secret weapon. The gameplay consists of brawler style action as well as driving sequences, and features both cooperative and competitive modes. According to Lucas M. Thomas from IGN, this is even a game to be proud of. So why is it listed as the worst game of 2012? Because every other game this examiner located managed to be just slightly better. Transformers Prime: The Game is worth picking up from a bargain bin, but perhaps not paying full price for.
DS: Thundercats. Putting you in the role of Lion-O, you have to battle Mumm-Ra and his hordes of minions. The other Thundercats can be called upon for assistance, however that's it. In fact, that is actually one of the main complaints that made this the worst DS game of 2012: There's much more potential for using the other Thundercats that just is not met. Other common complaints include that the game is far too short and that it is too tedious. A few have even complained that it is too easy. So if you're looking for a Thundercats game that does the franchise justice, stay far away from this one.
PSP: Ragnarok Tactics. Another game like Transformers, this isn't a horrible game, it's just more lackluster than anything. It only receives the place as worst of 2012 because of how few games were apparently released (and this examiner couldn't really find any thoughts on the others) for PSP this past year. The game is a spinoff of the game Ragnarok Online, and puts you in control of a silent protagonist who is named Rito (can be changed if you desire). Typically you will have three choices in a conversation: A good reaction, a bad reaction, and an indifferent reaction. The main complaints about the game are the lack of voiceovers and the game's inability to ever really wow you. It is, however, a decent time-sink that can scratch any tactical RPG itch you may have. The game stays pretty solid from start to end, it just won't likely make a lasting impression on you. So it is worth picking up at the right price.
Now it's your turn. What do you think some of the worst games were? Do you agree with the choices presented above, or do you think that there should be other games in some of the places? If the latter, what are your suggestions and why? Let us know in the comments!