They say to not judge a book by its cover, but what about the title? Here are 11 video game titles so bad they inexplicably failed to raise alarm bells before release. As to why a developer would spend years working on a game, invest millions of dollars, toil away at making it perfect only to strap on an awful title, your guess is as good as ours. Let’s get started.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
The Kingdom Hearts series is famous for questionable titles (Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days anyone?), but Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue takes the biscuit. 2.8? Decimals? Final Chapter Prologue? We’ve decided it’s all a big farce someone has conjured up to wind us up.
You think we’re joking, but seriously google it. Wait don’t google it! Whatever you do don’t google it. Sketchy search results are a sure sign a title is absolutely terrible. Don’t these publishers have copy editors to vet titles before release? For those wandering, Dic is short for dictionary.
Zettai Hero Project Unlosing Ranger Vs Darkdeath Evilman
Unlosing Ranger and Darkdeath Evilman sound like two character names conjured up by a five-year-old and that’s exactly the point. The title was imagined as a satire of the plethora of terrible game names, notably emanating from western anime translations.
GOLF Magazine Presents 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples
Ok, so this one is about golf, stars famed golfer Fred Couples, and covers three dozen holes all with blessing from GOLF Magazine. A mouthful if there ever was one. Hats off to SEGA though for managing to fit the whole title onto the artwork without covering the entire front cover.
Anyone thinking this was a good idea is baffling. No much more to say.
Japanese translations carry a certain charm it has to be said, but Infinite Undiscovery is an oxymoron at heart. What does it mean? Do you basically discover nothing for eternity? Or keep rediscovering the same thing for ever? In reality Infinite Undiscovery is a mediocre decision-based action RPG that’s faded into infinite obscurity.
Short, succinct, no bullshit title. Still terrible though.
BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma
BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma. Let’s break this down. BlazBlue we’ll pass off as a character name, chrono means time keeping device, and phantasma suggests some sort of specter. Result; BlazBlue’s stopwatch phantom? BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma has got to be a series of random words put together. There’s no other explanation.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Kojima has come up with some pretty original titles for the Metal Gear Solid games in the past two decades, but none is quite as nonsensical as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s as if the development team over at Platinum Games couldn’t decide whether it was a tale of revenge or vengeance, then decided it was a wise move to compact the two together to create a new word, which means nothing at all.
Once again, who on earth gave this one the green light? The humor is of the school boy variety at best, but then again maybe that was the target audience.
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
In fashion similar to Kingdom Hearts, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R comes from a long line of bad names; Guilty Gear X ver 1.5, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, and Guilty Gear X2 #Reload to name a few. When in doubt, simply keep adding words and symbols to subsequent titles.