Top 10 Worst Video Game CONTROLS

Mike Matei / November 1st, 2013


  • Connor Mann

    November 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

    These top 10’s are great

    • JamesIsTehBest

      November 2, 2013 at 3:56 am


      • Chaos_Emeralds

        November 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

        You do realize that it has dates and times up at the top me and connor were here first, though he beat me by a few secs.

      • JamesIsTehBest

        November 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

        My comment is above yours and he didn’t call it so FIRST!!!!

      • Chaos_Emeralds

        November 4, 2013 at 2:21 am

        that doesn’t mean anything..what an idiot, hell you can’t even spell the word THE right.

      • JamesIsTehBest

        November 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm


    • May 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      I fucking agree

  • Chaos_Emeralds

    November 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Dammit i was here first!

  • Anthony Abozyid

    November 1, 2013 at 7:47 am


  • Chaos_Emeralds

    November 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

    oh well, they took the video down and put it back up again…regardless, good video, I always enjoy watching these.

  • Fred . Fuchs

    November 1, 2013 at 7:55 am

    What about Dr. Claw’s Dump n’ Pump?

    • Ivan187

      January 4, 2014 at 2:20 am

      That game wasn’t reviewed.

  • Ceaser Gomez

    November 1, 2013 at 8:05 am


  • November 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

    This popped up a few hours ago but I didn’t get to watch it.

    This is some funny stuff as usual, I didn’t expect a new video immediately after the NoTLD commentary, which I loved.

    This is a great little editorial though, and a good amount of time too. I don’t agree with the whole list but for the most part I think it’s right on– and funny too!

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:19 am

    So much rage, I love it.

  • OmegaRockman

    November 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

    This was a nice thing to find on my birthday!

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Keep cranking out them videos James! I come to this site everyday πŸ˜‰ nicholas

  • Kieran St James

    November 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Awesome. Another video already!
    Thanks for keeping us satiated. πŸ™‚

  • jdawg

    November 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    “What’s the most important thing about a game? Well, being able to $%#&ing play it!” Seriously, I can forgive things like bad graphics or sound or story but bad game control is inexcusable.

  • November 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Wow those are bad controls

  • Dylan Spallin

    November 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Hey, just wanted to say thank you for this video πŸ™‚ My cat recently disappeared and I’ve been in kind of a dark place lately but watching this put a smile on my face πŸ˜€ Thanks James!

    • MAMEFan

      November 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Play a Jaguar game, and it’ll show up.

  • Tim Harrod

    November 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Spectacular! The 31-day posting streak continues.

  • Chris Shore

    November 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Once again another great video

  • Travis McNabb

    November 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Dark Castle was the funniest one by far. I laughed my ass off the entire time! What a horrible game.

  • November 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I don’t think Batman Forever’s controls are nearly as bad as games before it. It’s a decent game. Only problem is with grappling hook and going down and even that isn’t that difficult. The reason why they had to use Select-button to grappling hook was that every other button was already used.

  • jars

    November 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    why do i find your frustration so entertaining?

  • FuckTheFirstComments

    November 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Yo, Mike! You see that first page? With the guy complaining about being here first?
    Who wants to see that shit on the front page forever?
    Sort the comments based on newest first, puhhhhleeeeeeeese.

  • skwij

    November 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Thanks for another great video!

  • vsion

    November 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Dark Castle should never have been released. The studio, the developers, and everyone associated should feel ashamed for swindling people out of their hard earned money.

  • toolman5944

    November 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    DUDE TAKE A FUCKING BREAK JESUS! 32 videos in 32 days bravo but damn you must be tired. Appreciated every second of it, thanks.

    • Ace

      November 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Agree with the Toolman, I greatly appreciate how much great content James and Mike have been providing the fans as of late, but think everyone would understand if you guys took some time out for yourselves over the coming holidays. Thanks always! And yes, I could physically feel the AVGN’s pain trying to cope with Dark Castle’s slug-like response…

    • November 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      You obviously don’t know that he had been doing the movie for over many years and plus he does most of these gave reviews that should make him tired and the one you are watching is just old clips put together

    • Ivan187

      January 4, 2014 at 2:26 am

      The reason of 31 videos in October is because he was making Monster Madness 2013. Don’t you like Monster Madness?

  • ramo10

    November 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    The fact that Shaq Fu is not even on the list says alot about how bad the games are.

  • J5

    November 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I can totally relate to the Batman forever game horrible controls; but at the end it wasn’t a bad game lmao!!!

  • November 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Sweet! New video again! Thank you James! Keep it up! I love when there’s always new videos on the site!

  • Bright Anderson

    November 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Oh man, the Dark Castle review kills me. And those sound effects mocking you while your character gets dizzy and falls down… what were they thinking? It really is like a cruel deliberate joke.

  • November 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    James you have done it YET AGAIN… I’m going to watch all your AVGN videos. Actually to come to think of it I do this every year about the same time. Let the marathon begin.

  • November 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Nice video, James. I knew just looking at the title that it was going to be a toss up between Dark Castle and Winter Games. Looks like Dark Castle won! Er…I mean lost.

  • Anthony33

    November 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Jumpfuckness, I love that, I gotta use that sometime. And Karate Champ isn’t that bad, if you play the arcade version.

  • November 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Terminator 2 on the SNES does have a crappy control at first when I was saw the original vid about it I thought James just didn’t know how to control the bike like in RC Pro Am but that’s in the Genesis version .

  • ninjamohawk

    November 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Oh man I called #1 and #2!

  • Kyo Mora

    November 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    AWSOME! another angry episode!!!

  • Boo Daclown

    November 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Down to jump, whoever came up with that idea is a real cocksucker.

    • Ivan187

      January 4, 2014 at 2:29 am

      And with Dark Castle, pressing Up to duck xD

  • Dan021

    November 2, 2013 at 2:32 am

    That Dark Castle XD Most funny clip of them all, he’s not getting defeated by the game, but by the character he plays!

    Awesome vid man!

  • Revolution563

    November 2, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Quite a lot of early Ps1 games have terrible controls, due to the transition from 2D to 3D. :O

  • Iron65

    November 2, 2013 at 4:42 am

    This AVGN, was a test for your patience πŸ™‚ jajaja

  • DragonoftheEastblue

    November 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    These top tens are a lot of fun, even thought I love re-watching the full episodes again and again.

  • November 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I love these top 10’s! I hope he makes more like top 10 worst nes games or best atari 2600 games.

  • November 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Jesus christ, James, take a break. You do too much. You’re not Superman, you know.

  • LJN Toys

    November 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

    How dare you mock the controls of the excellent games our company has made.

    • Tim Cantrell

      November 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      How dare you mock video games with the crap you’ve made. Lol.

  • Tim Cantrell

    November 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I KNEW it! I guessed you would call either Dark Castle or Lester the Unlikely at #1.

  • ryan janik

    November 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    This video made it to the top of Digg! Awesome!

  • Insidious_void

    November 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Awesome video as always! πŸ™‚

  • November 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I was curious about the programming language used by NES. It is called “6502 Assembly” and it is used for Atari and SNES. That shit is a “low level” language. It means that you are programming almost the bear metal…

  • November 16, 2013 at 8:38 am

    In conan on nes actually the strangest part was the fact that theu put jump with up and down.

  • Ivan187

    January 4, 2014 at 2:31 am

    For the Spider-Man clip, you said in the same episode that the Game Boy version has worse controls, but it’s not on this list. WTF?!

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