5 Video Games With the Worst Bugs of 2011

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Wrong kind of bug, Link!
It's not easy to make a video game, and it's certainly not easy to make a game that is free from bugs. Developers only have a limited amount of time to exterminate any game bugs and glitches before it's forced to be released to the world, and oftentimes, there will be a few they'll slip out unnoticed until it's too late. Sometimes these bugs are hilarious. Sometimes they're just downright strange. And unfortunately, they can often ruin an entire gameplay experience.

With video games becoming more complicated to develop over time, the bugs that accompany these games will become more apparent....or hilarious. The following is a look at five of the most notable video game bugs and glitches of 2011.

5. Dark Souls
(PlayStation 3)
"Invisible Environment" Bug
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Dark Souls is tough. Now, imagine playing the game without any visible environments. A certain glitch in this game will make just about everything invisible to the player. The sky, certain items, sections of buildings and other random frames will appear on screen, but that's about all you have to navigate through this game. Imagine--a single false move will cause you to fall off a ledge that you did not know was there. Surely, someone will enjoy this kind of punishment.


4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (XBOX 360, PS3, PC)
"PS3 System Crash Bug"
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As amazing as Skyrim is, the game's pretty buggy, especially on the PS3. In the game, using the "waiting" feature and accessing the PS console menu are among the two most common ways to crash your game. Oftentimes, the game will immediately crash after loading up a saved game. After restarting, however, some unlucky players will get a notification that their hard disc is corrupted, which can take a few minutes-hours to restore.

Repeatedly getting this error message will ultimately result in the corruption of the PS3 system start up files and other important software, basically killing your PS3. Once the crashes start happening, it's probably a good idea to uninstall the patch and start a new, patch-free game. Sure, you've probably wasted dozens of hours game time, but how bad can it be? You have to play more Skyrim. Boo-hoo.

Note: This is a very rare bug, likely caused by a corrupted download of patch 1.02.


3. Dead Island (XBOX 360, PS3, PC)
"Inability to Load Save Files" Bug
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Players can do so much in the world of Dead Island. Tackle objectives in any order, loot, kill, and talk to anyone are what defines sandbox games such as this. Considering how much stuff you can do in Dead Island, it's a wonder why developer Techland imposed an appalling save size limit of 10,260 bytes. This will cause the game to immediate crash when loading a saved game, rendering your saved game useless.

Another bug heard around the community includes losing save progress, in which players will reload their save file, only to find themselves at an earlier point in the game with a lower level, wasting previous man-hours of game time.


2. Battlefield 3 (XBOX 360, PS3, PC)
"Too Many to Name" Bug
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"have you seen this boy?"
It seems Battlefield 3 shipped a bit prematurely, considering the game was infested with so many bugs that it rendered the game practically unplayable at certain points. From game-halting glitches to graphical issues, developer DICE's forums were clogged with complaining fans. Here are a few of the known glitches that plagued Battlefield 3 during the game's launch:

  • game-halting glitch that occurs during the game's final mission that involves a broken quicktime event that renders the game unfinishable
  • bodies hilariously flying across the map
  • If you die with the pause menu open the screen will retain its blurred/blue tint until you re-pause the game.
  • servers have been down on Xbox 360
  • the promised bonus for PS3 owners, Battlefield 1943, was not included with the game
  • random colored flashes that occur during turning or sprinting
  • bullet paths floating in the air
  • audio levels going wrong (often mutes everything but voices, guns, and explosions)
  • clipping issues (getting stuck under the ground)
  • reload animations not working
  • sprinting does not work unless players stand still beforehand
  • inability to aim down sights unless players switch out guns first
  • killcam displays a section under the map
  • gun attachments appearing a few inches away from the gun
  • player dies and their gun is pointed up still firing invisible bullets (hilarious)
  • characters will have arms and legs that "spaz out"
  • characters slide around instead of crouch walking
  • unable to quit a match without turning off system
  • quitting game leads to never-ending load screen
  • ...and many more!


1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
"Song of the Hero" Game-Killing Bug
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Don't talk to this guy twice. Talk to him once!
Strike three, Nintendo. This is the third game on the Wii with a game-killing glitch. If you are unfortunate enough to stumble into this glitch, you're either going to have to start your game over, send your save file on an SD card to Nintendo to fix the problem, or modify the save file on your computer to remedy the problem. In an age where bugs can quickly be fixed through a patch, it's ridiculous that players have to go through loops and hurdles just to get their game back on track. After similar game-killing bugs found in Twilight Princess and Metroid: Other M, you'd think that Nintendo can get their shit together. Hopefully, the Wii U will be technologically advanced enough to support patches.

Considering that several other games on this list also have game-halting glitches, Skyward Sword's takes the top spot simply because of the poor method in order to fix it. The game-killing bug here occurs when you complete tasks in a certain order during the "Song of the Hero" quest. If you save the game after the bug is in effect, then prepare to start the game over.

If you complete the desert section of the quest first and talk to the Goron twice, the game locks out completion of the other two portions, halting all progress of the game. How do you avoid this? Just talk to the Goron guy once. Alternatively, don't do the desert section of the quest first.

Nintendo is currently working on a program that will be distributed in order to repair the save data. Details of when this program will be released in the future. You can also call Nintendo's hotline at 1-800-255-3700 and talk to one of their ridiculously friendly service reps, and they'll provide players with instructions on how to send in your save file for repairs.





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Nin Sage
Nin Sage

uh oh...  some author has a case of the Nintendo-hates.  Zelda's bug and its fix barely even rank compared to some of these other games.

next.

Rcunningham
Rcunningham

Where is the worst one of the year; Sword of the Stars II?

xbox games
xbox games

Shops and dealers for buying the game will forever change their prices but know where to look for what to expect will give you a step ahead of the rest.

m r
m r

FROM SOFTWARE: How dare you put Dark Souls on this list!  I've sunk almost 300 hours into the game, Platinumed it, collected every item and it was goddamn flawless throughout (and i still find myself wanting to play it over the new games i just bought). The speed at which they made the first balance patch was also very impressive. OP is trolling in my opinion. Youtube it or it didn't happen.

BETHESDA: To this day I have not touched a single Bethesda game for my PS3 and I'm glad I haven't. When i get around to buying a new PC, I will probably check out Skyrim (if I can pull myself off of DOTA 2).

DEEP SILVER: Dead Island was simply released WAY too soon. It's not a bad game now after all the patches.I picked it up on BFriday and i'm totally enjoying it. Although i can certainly see why someone would be pissed if they lost their save file because it is long as hell. It's very much like grinding and getting new weapons in WoW. I probably wouldn't buy another game from Deep Silver if they still had the audio problems, screen tearing and occasional lag like this game currently has. It's not bad a bad game at all. It's just repetitive and not as polished as i'd like. Still there's a lot to be enjoyed with the different weapon mods.

DICE: I'm a bit disappointed with BF3 to be honest. It's my shooter of choice, but it's disgraceful to spend millions on advertising and can't including a working voice chat on release. I bought it on the PS3 specifically to play with PS3 friends and even with my expensive ASTRO A40s, we simply could not communicate in half the games. Large scale destruction was almost entirely absent. I won't be supporting any subsequent dlc (unless it contains dinosaurs) and I certainly won't be playing BF4 with the way this game was handled. Stopped playing the MP at level 6. No current desire to return. BFBC2 was just so much more fun.

NINTENDO: Good to know about the Zelda bug. I'm holding off for the Wii U to play SS. I've played every other Zelda game and they're some of my fav games of all time, but the Wii did not have enough quality core games for me to warrant purchasing the console. 

TAKE NOTE PUBLISHERS/DEVELOPERS. Finish your game and then put it on the shelves. Stop finishing your games with DLC patches and release your game in a professional state. 2011 was a fantastic year for gaming no doubt, but i lost a lot of respect for the ones who put out rushed games. Yeah you can have lofty ambitions and brilliant ideas, but you need to be able to know when to stop, cut and refine if you want to deliver the goods. I'd rather have 20 hours of pure awesome than 40 hours of a great game where i'm pulled out of the experience by glaring flaws. Attention to detail, polish and meticulous care put into ones work is very, very important to me. It is what separates the good developers from the great developers. Sometimes it's not entirely their fault. Maybe they were rushed or put under pressure. I'm just extremely offended to see anyone put Dark Souls into an article like this. Such a low blow and a shady thing to do.

It's saddening that Skyrim is being awarded GOTY awards when a good chunk of players can't even finish the game... It just shows you how casual focused the industry has become. It doesn't surprise me when you have the VP of Metacritic and Gamespot unleashing nothing but hate against core gamers and Sony. Sony totally backed up us core gamers this year with all the awesome exclusive games in case you didn't notice. Davison is a Biased Casual Prick with nothing but hate for core gaming and is steering the industry in the wrong direction. Hell just look at his twitter for the past few days. Already even ripping on the Vita! He is seriously unfit for his position, but whatever. It's fine with me. I like having a little extra money in my wallet as a cost conscious core gamer.

It kinda makes me think of the situation with our economy. These companies, like investors, are getting greedy and trying to capture as much of the market as possible via casuals, but eventually they're going to bust when they fail to retain all the casuals they pull in with the rising costs of production. It is so not wise to piss off your core if the average age of gamers continues to rise.  

I'm going to get a lot of hate for this, but i would be more than fine if they raised the price for games from $60 to $70 or even $80. I used to hate anyone even mentioning this, but i'm all for it now. I'd still support the few who are still making the kind of games I like. I don't think the disreputable companies will be able to sell mediocre crap at that price and natural selection would weed out the weaksauce. This would also allow for the quality to stay high and it would strengthen the relative number of core games being produced compared to some of the mediocre casual stuff that is currently being passed off at the same price to hoards of casuals. It would be good for gaming. I mainly against the idea of profits tainting the core gameplay of games. In any case, there should not be a standard price for all games. Some should be cheaper and some are worth a bit more. It wouldn't necessarily be great for the big franchises that pull in casuals because the price gap would deter many of them so the games would be more focused for their intended audience and less bent for profit. Likewise if a platform cannot properly support a game then it shouldn't. Do or do not. There is no try when porting. I don't think any of this will happen until the economy at least improves so even the cores can even afford it.

I know where my allegiances lie. Rockstar, From Software, Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, Rocksteady, Eat Sleep Play, Visceral, Valve, Vigil and NetherRealm to name a few. They all get my nod for being the ones who are looking out for core gamers and "doing it right" specifically for 2011-2012. These guys still have my blind faith for what it's worth. There's definitely a few others that i'm forgetting, but it's late, i've got a stack of games to keep me going and i've rambled/vented way too much. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Long Live Play.

Hard4me2do
Hard4me2do

i like how you made up, or considered extremely rare bugs for BF3 on here.almost all the significant bugs were fixed from the beta.

after putting a about 100 hours in BF3 and never going "zomg bug game is bad" i can safely say its the best shooter this year

Jonathan Stoffregen
Jonathan Stoffregen

lol so many bugs now if you excuse me i have to go play the best bug free game and most entertaining in da WORLD! duke nukem forever! (sarcasm)

Alex
Alex

Played Skyrim on PC, there are no critical bugs i saw in 100 hours playtime. Sell your shitty consoles. 

Chuck Graham
Chuck Graham

Why is Rage from ID/Bethesda not on this list.

I personally was ok after the Nvidia patch but there are still loads of players that STILL can't play the damn game.

Spenditallby-2012
Spenditallby-2012

Dream Zoo from Zynga is so infested with bugs that they don't even list it on their site! It went from a great free game to a almost non-functioning game with each update. It barely stays on for 2 seconds and takes like 2 minutes just to load. No wonder their stock is crashing!

Nathan David Dugas
Nathan David Dugas

The Skyward Sword bug is misleading. For one, the Goron pictured is NOT the one that causes the game-breaking bug. Number 2, the bug is extremely difficult to get (seriously). The person who wrote this article did not know what he/she was talking about. You have to go out of your way to actually activate the bug. In reality, all it takes to avoid the bug is when doing the Song of the Hero quest (after you get the True Master Sword), do either Faron Woods or Eldin Volcano first. If you do one of those before doing Lanayru Desert (or, more accurately, Lanayru Gorge, which is the new area you'll be going to) the glitch can't possibly come up. According to IGN, "...the bug is triggered if you complete the Lanayru Desert portion of this quest first, then speak with Golo the Goron in Lanayru Mine, then complete the quest and receive that portion of the song, then go back to the mine and speak with Golo once more." (http://wii.ign.com/articles/12... You have to go out of your way to get the glitch, so I'd hardly consider it an issue.The author also misleads in that they point out the more extreme methods of fixing the glitch, i.e. having to send in your SD card or Wii console to Nintendo before the obvious method of simply downloading a patch.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I got skyrim on ma PC, first time I loaded it, crash... So I got some patch.  Got the the "Choose your race" part and boom crash, so I turned the graphics down, now it won't load.  I uninstalled and sold it to a buddy.  Neat stuff.

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Internet Happens
Internet Happens

I have been playing Battlefield 3 since the beta (beta was full of bugs) I have to say that of all the bugs you listed for BF3 I have not experienced a single one of them. I have played over 100 hours easily by now. I have experienced other bugs with the game, on XBOX, but none of what you listed in this article. Also by comparison Modern Warfare 3 (another HUGE 2011 release) has far more players complaining about the bugs in MW3. I wonder what reason you had to not list MW3 as it was far more buggy than BF3.

rev_g33k
rev_g33k

"gervers have been down on Xbox 360"

What is a "gerver"?

Victor Long
Victor Long

I never even thought about it liek that dude. Wow.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Blah
Blah

"bites" and dozens of spelling errors. Seriously? Could you lack any more credibility?

Taylor Made
Taylor Made

dude you aint played skyrim  on ps3 to place it at  number 4, skyrim should be number one those bugs you listed are just a few among the rest of them like quest bugs that effect the whole game, there is a lot of bugs.....

I see the haatred for BF3 the better shooter but I guess you like MW3 you should have put that on the list also instead of Dark Souls cause MW3 has more glitches than Dark Souls but hey each to their own

Keith Swerling
Keith Swerling

SOTS2 is absolutely the winner hands down.

Every patch they came out with I started a new round.  Each time  my game would be shorter and shorter as a critical error would cause it to quit.

Battlefield 3 for the PC is great and I would be hard pressed to list a worst bug in it.  On the other hand, no Move support on my PS3 i consider a total failure and returned it.

Guest
Guest

Serves you right for buying your games on the PS3. It's a piece of sh*t.

Hard4me2do
Hard4me2do

lol@pc:disqus fanboys.history lesson folksPC was awsomethen when PS2/original xbox came out PC gaming died, before these 2 systems shooters were garbage on console, very few games compared to PC.the original xbox was basically a PC for game devs, so PC games could be ported, and they found out xbox>PC in sales or were similarPS2 the player base was so huge.. why make a pcgame and sell 300k copies when a ps2 game would sell 1million copies?PC fanboys butthurt

Jonathan Stoffregen
Jonathan Stoffregen

well personally you can keep you skyrim its watery combat and easy gameplay can go kill it self ill be playing dark souls and yeah thats a CONSOLE exclusive! you ahole!

Hard4me2do
Hard4me2do

the problem is you can't fix it because there is simple way to make backup saves. in skyrim i have 300 savesin skyward sword you get 1

Toshtao
Toshtao

Talk about not giving a game a chance. Its a good thing you did not play Skyrim, though, as you would of lost your social life playing it.

Whyy ohhh Whyyy
Whyy ohhh Whyyy

True, BF3 had many bugs. But most of the bugs the article mention are from the public BETA (Test phase) eg. not the released/final/gm game. And all other games the "article" mention is released games.

Alex
Alex

PS3 is sucks. Through the whole lifetime of PS3, it has always faced the worst multyplatform games. Xbox 360 has no gaems. Go and buy PC already. 

GuessAgain
GuessAgain

True!PC-gamers don't look forward, the only thing they do is pay too much for a handful of games that are better thanks to hardware that is at least 3x as expensive as a console.

Nathan David Dugas
Nathan David Dugas

Actually, that's not true at all. You can copy the save file onto the other save slot(s) from the main screen. So you're wrong. And why on earth you would do 300 saves is beyond me. Makes no sense.But like I said, the glitch is so easy to avoid it's not really an issue. Glitches in the other games happen randomly.

GuessAgain
GuessAgain

Then tell me why consolegames sell much better then PC-games?

You Just Don't Know Any Better
You Just Don't Know Any Better

I'll quit gaming entirely before I go back to console gaming. The controller has needed an overhaul for years.There's no comparison to the precision of a mouse in a FPS. Using a console controller is like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Destroyman700
Destroyman700

Simply, WHY DO THIS BUG HAPPENS? Who is dumb enough to leave such an incredible glitch in-game?

Topher2798
Topher2798

Really?  because most people can't afford high end gaming PCs. Consoles are cheap in comparison. A lot of developers are jumping ship and developing for consoles now and blaming piracy. Either way, PC gaming is still superior. Console gamers better hope PC gaming doesn't go away, that's where all of the innovation comes from. FPS, online multiplayer, all of the things that currently make console gaming cool, originated in PC games.

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