5. Rap Jam: Volume One (1995)
You already love NBA Jam, so a streetball game starring rappers has gotta be just as good, right? Onyx, Coolio, and House of Pain are definitely the characters you’d most want to play, right? They called it “Volume One” because it’s going to be a long-running series, right? Uh… right?
4. Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style (1999)
A Tekken-style fighting game born from a game that had been canceled for being too violent, this one came at the perfect time… to feel like a cash grab. No jumping, graphics that made GZA and Inspectah Deck look like crash test dummies, and a complete lack of Blue Raspberry? We’ll stick to shadowboxing.
3. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (2009)
Lots of games get sequels, especially when they’re well-reviewed and popular. 50 Cent: Bulletproof wasn’t really either of those things, but Console Curtis re-upped anyway. And the results are… well, is “glorrible” a word? Like glorious and horrible at the same time? Because yeah.
2. Shaq Fu (1994)
Arguing about the worst video game ever made is the kind of thing that has no answer, but everyone’s a winner. Except, we guess, Big Diesel’s garbage fire of a fighting game. Why is he wearing Orlando Magic shorts but a generic jersey? Who’s that dude watching from the stairs? Why would you make a game inspired by Mortal Kombat but have no fatalities? So many questions, so few answers.
1. Def Jam: Fight for NY (2004)
Finally, we get to use “ridiculous” in the best way possible. No lie, this rap-roster brawler gave hip-hop-loving gamers everything they needed in the PS2 era. Brolic-ass Snoop. The ability to play as everyone from Elephant Man to Bubba Sparxxx to Slick Rick. (There are literally more than 60 other options, that’s just the funniest trio we could think of.) Problematic Lil’ Kim aside, there’s nothing not to like.