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Submitted by halocursed 1568d ago | opinion piece

10 Mind Bogglingly Poor Levels in Good Games

"Some games are great, but very few sustain a consistent greatness for their entirety. Indeed, just think of your favourite game in the world and there is bound to be the odd mission, task or level that really blows. Here’s a run down of ten levels in otherwise good games that really stick out like a sore thumb for being a little sucky." (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

NukaCola  +   1568d ago
Nailed it with Splinter Cell. The Iraq level was not only a pile of poo, it looks worse than any other level and played terrible. It was as if they needed something to add to the story.
_Aarix_  +   1568d ago
What does this remind you of......Iraq.
*incoming random daydream!*
BeOneWithTheGun  +   1568d ago
I will say, I really liked the Nightmare level in Max Payne, though. That baby crying was creepy as all Hell.
barom  +   1567d ago
I kinda liked Nightmare level too but it was quite annoying. I was much younger back then and it annoyed the crap outta of me when I fell into the darkness and had to go through the whole "platforming sequence" again and again.

I think it could've been better executed. I rather have it in there then not though so I think Remedy did a good job.
Kleptic  +   1567d ago
^^they brought it back for Max Payne 2 in a much better way i thought...with a weird carnival level and more platforming that wasn't nearly as bad...

but yeah, I didn't mind the nightmare things in MP1...the first time...but the rest of the 20 times i played through that game...they sucked...bad...
Kalowest  +   1567d ago
I disagree on Splinter Cell: Conviction, I loved that level.
TopDudeMan  +   1568d ago
Oh, yeah. That rock tunnel in pokemon. Why do I have to teach my pokemon shit moves just to progress through that tunnel?
kaveti6616  +   1568d ago
Wild Zubat appeared!
Relientk77  +   1568d ago
Zubat used leech life.
execution17  +   1567d ago
haha funny when your pokemon are on the verge of fainting than who suddenly appears Gary mother f*cking Oak
Pwnage18202  +   1568d ago
I agree completely that just Pissed me off so much. I hate worthless moves. Especially when you Need them. But beside the horrible tunnels of Hell and Zubats Pokemon RULEZ
krazykombatant  +   1567d ago
Wild Geodude appeared!
SilverSlug  +   1568d ago
Whatever that Gears of War 1 level was, the one where you can't 'go into the dark'. Terrible.
thrasherv3  +   1568d ago
If by "terrible" you mean "fun" then yes, you would be correct.
SilverSlug  +   1568d ago
What is so fun about standing in light and waiting for light to move to go forward?

This is what is wrong with gaming. ...
gypsygib  +   1568d ago
That Gears level was awesome IMO.

The only levels I think totally suck are the ones that are incredibly hard, long and repetitive or just really long and repetitive....like the Library in Halo.
lategamer  +   1568d ago
The Library was a really fun level IMO. Legendary + Co-Op + Shotgun = Awesome. Cortana in Halo 3, that was a terrible level.
guigsy  +   1567d ago
The entire Gears 1 campaign was awesome in my opinion, so much so that Gears 2 and 3 failed to match its standards. Many of the underground chapters in Gears 2 grew tiresome.
TKCMuzzer  +   1568d ago
Gears of War 2 - Inside the worm.
It felt like it had been added to cross off certain elements and just to break up the shooting. Bored the crap out of me.

I know he did not list it but it just stands out for me.

To all Gears fans, I like the games but this one level seemed a bit weird to me. Just my opinion.
benpicko  +   1568d ago
It's weird because that's my favourite level...
TKCMuzzer  +   1568d ago
lol. We are truly all different.
RockmanII7  +   1568d ago
Outside of Iraq I disagree with this entire list, and the fact that he lists SF4 Seth and not SF2 Bison shows he probably hasn't played games before 2000.
TopDudeMan  +   1568d ago
Dude, sonic 2 is on the list. That was a 90s game. Pay attention.

Chemical plant zone is a good level. But you said he probably hasn't played a game before 2000, which obviously he has.
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RockmanII7  +   1568d ago
And he picked a good level, if Chemical Plant zone was so bad why is it getting into Generations?
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Fez  +   1568d ago
I liked chemical plant zone. Don't know why that made the list?
DragonKnight  +   1567d ago
SF3 Gil is worse than SF2 Bison. At least with Bison, you could be cheap and win if you had to. With Gil, even that doesn't work thanks to (try not to hear his voice) Resurrection.
news4geeks  +   1568d ago
the library in halo could have been 2 hours shorter without those repeated environments. horrible level design.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1568d ago
A few of those are actually my FAVORITE moments from those respective games. The dream sequences in Max Payne, The Shadow Temple in OoT, Chemical Plant Zone in Sonic, Sirena Beach in Mario Sunshine. I loved all those parts.
Swiggins  +   1568d ago
I liked the Shadow Temple =(

Though, 1 thing I will absolutely agree on is that Seth was Bullshit, seriously.
caseh  +   1567d ago
Compared to some of the end bosses SNK put into the King of Fighters series, Seth is a joke.
Krimmson  +   1567d ago
Hell, even Gill was more of a pain in the ass than Seth was.

You want a Street Fighter boss that will piss you off? Then go play Third Strike. Then we'll see if you still think Seth is a hard boss.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1567d ago
King Of Fighters 2001 especially. Zero alone would put Seth to shame, let alone Igniz.

Justice deserves an honorary mention from Guilty Gear.
BinaryMind  +   1568d ago
Having replayed Halo:CE many times I have to say the Library has several well placed encounters that I enjoy every time. Much better than the Cortana level in Halo 3 anyway. But to suggest either level almost ruined both games is ridiculous. Most people play for the multiplayer anyway.

I also agree with Rainbow-Dash the Shadow Temple was enjoyable. Did the author forget how slow-moving the Water Temple was with those Iron Boots? One Twilight Princess' last three dungeons probably should have been on here instead.
sonicsidewinder  +   1568d ago
I disagree with the first two choices.
GaMeNe99A  +   1568d ago
sonic 2 chemical zone as the first hard game section leaves me perplex as the credibility of the gaming skills of the writer...no? ok then look at the video for the sonic 2 zone in particular...maybe the background make him dizzy because it only SEEMS like a labyrinth. Other wise the level design is excellent and you only have to remember the stage a little bit to become efficient. LIKE EVERY LEVEL IN EVERY SONIC GAME YOU STUPID _______!!!!! He says sonic is only about speed...probably because he never got past his damn first level zone!!! Come on now this insults my intelligence!!! I didn't even bother to read the rest of the article. I don't reply often but this got me out of my calm state! I was like : honey! wait a sec there is something I have to do to have a better day with you!

Anyways, he should of done an IGNorant sonic unleashed video where the controls are not responsive and where he just jump in a bottomless pit on purpose. /s
strange1986  +   1568d ago
To each his own, dude.
Relientk77  +   1568d ago
I'm happy Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic 2 is on here, that level blows lol, there was an article on here a couple weeks ago named it the best Sonic level ever, I was like um what? lol No it is not.
JimboG  +   1568d ago
I enjoyed the Shadow Temple
SlipperyMooseCakes  +   1568d ago
The meat circus level of Psychonauts and the Caterpillar stage of Alice: Madness Returns. Oh how I hated those levels. Completed them both though.
BeardedPriest  +   1568d ago
The library is great.. this is bullshit!
thrasherv3  +   1568d ago
I think The Library was so bad it made it great,lol.
pomoluese  +   1568d ago
I hated the chemical plant zone. I always died at the end.
gypsygib  +   1568d ago
Halo 3 had a never ending level that I hate more than any level ever....but I still love my Halo.
n4gisatroll  +   1568d ago
Seth is the cheapest boss
Krimmson  +   1567d ago
You've never played Street Fighter 3, have you?
n4gisatroll  +   1567d ago
Nope, only 2 and 4. But out of that list...Seth is def the cheapest one.
Sugreev2001  +   1568d ago
Here are the listed entries for convenience:

Chemical Plant Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sirena Beach – Super Mario Sunshine
The Library – Halo: Combat Evolved
Shadow Temple – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Rock Tunnel – Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow
Iraq – Splinter Cell: Conviction
Devil Went Down To Georgia on Hard – Guitar Hero 3
The Nightmare – Max Payne
Seth – Street Fighter 4
Cortana – Halo 3

I can't believe the author chose to list the Nightmare section from Max Payne,that level is amazing and why the game still holds up today.
zerocrossing  +   1567d ago
One mans medicine is another mans poison I guess :/
LDawgNL  +   1568d ago
Cortana on Halo 3 was indeed a poor level, especially on Legendary. Daaaamn, died so many times there :(
I had no problem with Iraq in Splinter Cell: Conviction.

Rock Tunnel of the Pokemon-games bring back some memories. I always used shitty Pokemon like Voltorb and Zubat for those useless HM-attacks likes Flash.
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bozebo  +   1567d ago
Hmm...
I liked the library (it was a good change of pace) and the shadow temple.

Cortana was damn annoying on Legendary, but come on - think about some CoD levels on Veteran if you want to talk about annoying cheap difficulty (grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade, grenade)

I never played much of conviction tbh, it is by miles the worst splinter cell game.
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SH0CKW4VE  +   1567d ago
Pretty much every level on Splinter cell conviction was loathesome and I hated any level with the flood in it on Halo.
SuperBeast811  +   1567d ago
thats why I loved Reach NO FLOOD!! lol I hate those little popcorn popping bastards
maxmill  +   1567d ago
I HATE chemical zone and the max payne nightmares
krazykombatant  +   1567d ago
Why do ppl hate on Mario Sunshine??? I found it to be one of the hardest games I've ever played..
Nexy  +   1567d ago
I loved The Library on Legendary - I could get rid of the Flood by the skin of my teeth. When played the first time anyway.
zerocrossing  +   1567d ago
Breath of fire 4: The Golden plaines.
In all my time gaming no other level has ever brought me closer to breaking point, the area is HUGE! and even when you know exactly where to search for the campsite you can easily miss it, by the time I actualy found the right place I had Ryu leveled up 10 LV's above everyone else lol.
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Relientk77  +   1567d ago
Haha nice

Breath of Fire 4, is AMAZING btw

:)
zerocrossing  +   1567d ago
I know, love that game ;D

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