Caitlyn Jenner To Shaq Fu, The Worst Video Games Sports Stars Have Rubber-Stamped

When sport and gaming collide it can often end very, very badly
14:01, 16 Nov 2019

Sport and video games are a wonderful match. Half the world would be lost without the FIFA and Football Manager series, while countless sports stars have put their names to video games over the years.

But for every Jonah Lomu Rugby or Emlyn Hughes International Soccer (yes, that WAS fantastic back in the day), there are an equal number of examples that stank the gaming world out.

So The Sportsman takes you through five of the worst video games that the stars of the sporting world have put their names to.

 

Chris Kamara's Street Soccer

Now, Chris Kamara might have become a beloved pundit in recent years, but he wasn't exactly a world-class footballer - so it's no surprise that the 2000 PlayStation game Chris Kamara's Street Soccer was... well... ghastly.

Kamara spent the bulk of his professional career playing in the third tier - and if we were to call this game ‘a third-tier game’ that would be too polite.

It had appalling graphics, atrocious gameplay, and no license for real team and player names, so the teams were just named after cities from the countries they represented. Bizarrely, however, the Norweigian team were called ‘Prague’, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the effort that went into making it.

 

Shaq Fu

Shaquille O'Neal is up there with the most iconic basketball players of all time - arguably, there's only really Michael Jordan who trumps him in that regard - so it's no surprise that he put his name to a video game. What IS surprising is that it wasn't even a basketball game - and, to make matters worse, it was absolutely appalling.

The 1994 release Shaq Fu - which was initially released on the Mega Drive and SNES - saw players controlling Shaq as he was transported to another dimension and had to fight through a series of opponents in order to save a young boy from an Egyptian deity (WHAT?!)

Reviews were mixed at the time of release, with the gameplay being acceptable and the idea being ridiculous - but, in hindsight, it was indeed just terrible.

 

George Foreman's KO Boxing

After the success that was Mike Tyson Punch Out, every boxer seemed to want to have a go at video games. George Foreman’s effort was nowhere near as successful as his lean mean fat-reducing grilling machine.

Released in 1992 for the Mega Drive and SNES, the game saw players having to assume the role of a then-43-year-old Foreman in his quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world by unifying the belts of three fictional boxing sanctioning organisations.

It was truly awful, with most reviews citing the gameplay as being dire, the graphics as being abysmal, and advising gamers to avoid it at all costs.

 

Jordan vs. Bird: One on One

Michael Jordan is the most famous basketball player of all time and one of the most iconic sportsmen ever. Larry Bird is amongst the next batch of famous basketball players. Therefore, you'd think a video game they both put their name to would be great - but it really wasn't.

Jordan vs. Bird: One on One was actually the sequel to 1983's One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird, which was hugely successful - but it couldn't mirror its predecessor's quality.

This game - which was released on the likes of the Commodore 64, Game Boy, Mega Drive and NES - was terrible. Literally everything about it was bad - to the point that it's been voted one of the ten worst Mega Drive games of all time.

 

Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon

Bruce Jenner is, of course, now known as Caitlyn - and she's perhaps best known in modern popular culture for her appearances on the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians - look out for her on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here on Sunday.

But prior to her undergoing reassignment surgery she was an Olympic gold medal winner in the men's decathlon - and the then-Bruce Jenner put his name to the Windows video game Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon in 1996.

The game was widely panned by critics for its lack of depth and intensity - with the major issue being that all players had to do was click a mouse button a few times at the right moments in each event. Boring, boring, boring.

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