Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing is a racing game released in 2003 and made by Stellar Stone for the PC. Due to its low quality, it is often found on several "worst games of all time" lists and compared to other classic lame games such Hong Kong 97, Mortal Kombat Advance or Superman 64.
There is a joke reversed version of this article here.
The packaging indicates that the player must deliver illegal cargo before a competition across America while being chased down by the police.
Why it Sucks
- False Advertising: No police chases, no escorting illegal cargo, and every screenshot on the packaging is fake.
- No challenge. The opponent has no AI, thus never moves, making losing impossible. A patch was released to fix this, giving the opponent AI, but even then it never makes it to the finish line because there's no Game Over screen programmed into the game. The opponent stops near the finish line and never makes it across. The opponent is also very slow and can be easily caught up with, making the opponent pointless unless you decide to drive at a low speed. Because of this, there is no way you can lose the game.
- Trying to install the patch can make the game unable to boot up.
- No collision detection. The player is able to pass through virtually everything in the game, including buildings, going under bridges, and even go over mountains. It's so bad, the truck can even leave the boundaries of the game, ending up in a grey void.
- You can find an unfinished, untextured, uncolored model of a human. Even a car can be seen without any textures applied to it on the same map that the human is on.
- Numerous bugs and poor visuals: such as barely noticeable water in the river, which the Angry Video Game Nerd described as "the water trying to exist, but can't." Other glitches are that the ground clips through the road as if there are areas left unpaved, the trucks fall through bridges then reappear on the other side.
- The trucks can accelerate almost indefinitely in reverse. This emits a painful noise from the computer. The trucks also stop immediately as soon as you let go of the reverse key. The maximum reverse speed of the truck is 12.3 undecillion miles per hour (1.23×1037 mph) or over 1028 times the speed of light. If the truck reaches this speed, players will instantly win the race.
- You can travel faster uphill than on flat surfaces.
- There are no other sound effects besides the truck engine.
- There are only four trucks, with no differences in performance.
- There are only five stages. The stage "Nightride" or "Small Town Road" crashes the game if players select it. Selecting them in a patched version of the game loads up a duplicate of one of the other tracks.
- Every stage looks similar to each other, only with very little variety.
- This game was released in its pre-alpha form.
- Every truck possesses the same stats, the only thing that's different is their looks.
- The infamous YOU'RE WINNER! (sic) (which was later fixed to "YOU WIN!"). The YOU'RE WINNER! screenshot became a meme.
- Ugly graphics that look like they belong in a PS1 game.
- There are so many ways to make the game crash.
- The game has music, but none of it is actually programmed to play in-game. You can even find the folder with the mp3 files that would play the music within the disc.
- The brake lights on the trucks are disembodied and float out a noticeable distance from the actual truck model (This can be easily noticed when driving up/down a hill).
- Some of the light posts don't even have textures. Instead, they show strange Tron-like colors that stick out of the game.
- Some signs appear in the middle of the road.
- Trucks are referred to as cars; even the .exe file used to start the game is named "CarZ", which will become apparent every time the game crashes.
- The Arc de Triomphe appears twice in a row in one of the tracks in a geographically inaccurate area, as said by The Angry Video Game Nerd, despite being in Paris.
- The checkpoints (which is called Ultra Navigation in the game) are so poorly programmed, that not only the game often counts them out of order, but occasionally you can somehow immediately win as soon as you drive through the first checkpoint.
- The box for the timer is so small, the timer slightly leaves the boundary of the box.
- The speedometer is unnecessarily big and takes up almost a quarter of the whole screen.
- Extremely long load times.
- Depending on what version of the game you play, there are debug coordinates on display in the lower-right side of the screen, at all times, during gameplay.
- The game was actually advertised as an era-breaking phenomenon upon release. It actually was era-breaking, but not in the way that the developers hoped.
- If you try random race mode, it is possible for the game to glitch and make your truck stutter in movement. Turning off the game doesn't fix this bug. In fact, uninstalling and then reinstalling the game doesn't fix it either!
Despite being one of the worst games of all time and it being clearly unfinished, gamers still found some humor in the game, such as trying to find stuff to crash into, leaving the boundaries of the game, finding the countless bugs in the game and seeing how fast they can go in reverse. Also, the "You're Winner" that occurs when you cross the finish line has become an internet meme.
Even the Angry Video Game Nerd had some fun with the game, though he still called it the most broken down game he has ever played.
YouTuber Thun00b stated that anyone can make a better game than Big Rigs even if they don't know anything about game design. To prove his point he made his own game.
Skate 3 by EA has an achievement titled, "You're Winner", in which you can achieve this by winning an online match for the first time.
Big Rigs was critically panned and it's considered one of the worst, if not THE WORST game ever made. It holds a Metacritic aggregate score of 8, and it was featured on X-Play's "Games You Should Never Buy" list. Gamespot gave the game a score of 1 (Abysmal) and stated "Just how bad is Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing? It's as bad as your mind will allow you to comprehend." and that "If the goal was to create the world's most broken trucking game, then Big Rigs is a resounding success."
The terrible reception of Big Rigs was not enough for one of its producers, Sergey Titov, give up of game development. In 2012, he released a far-less-worse new game named Infestation: Survivor Stories, but it still was panned.
The infamous line