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After recording over 200 episodes of Replay and around 150 episodes of Test Chamber, us Game Informer editors have run into our share of terrible games. Many bad games are fail to impress even in terms of their inadequacy, but other stinkers can wind up being memorable and hilarious experiences. What makes a bad game worth playing (or at least witnessing and mocking)? Let’s take a look at the building blocks.
A ridiculous story
I remember being sold on 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand from the moment it was announced. As soon as I heard “50 Cent travels to the Middle East to retrieve his diamond-encrusted skull from terrorists,” I knew I was in for a good time. Sure enough, it’s a consistently entertaining experience thanks to how downright ridiculous it is. For more along these lines, check out our Replay of Rising Zan: Samurai Gunman.
Wonky physics and glitches
Some of the most “out of left field” laughs come in the form of unexpected graphical freakouts... Odd animation loops, weird clipping issues, and insane ragdoll effects are staples of bad games, and can often lead to funny results. Few games featured these laughs more than Jurassic Park: Trespasser, and you can see them in all their glory here.
Hilariously broken gameplay
One of the most obviously important elements of a great game is that it plays well, so the opposite holds true with terrible games. When a game fails to function on a core level, it’s easy to stare in wonder and laugh at how it ever got released. We’ve had plenty of fun with this kind of game on Replay, from the broken platforming of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero to the all-compassing awfulness of Superman 64.
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I'm going to adopt a dog and name him Pipo just so that I can scream his name to the heavens when he eventually dies.
That Nintendo certificate it the sweetest thing I've ever seen!
I love all of these games....
The old Spec Ops games were terrible, but so fun with my brother.
I also think there should be a super replay of trespasser. I have not laughed that hard at a replay. I love when Dan kills the raptor and tries to close its eyes with the messed up arm. Just completely awesome.
Hulk Hogan's Main Event, anyone?
Nice Quan Chi picture.
Hilarious article Dan! You know it's a good article when wienerless Steve is the first thing you see.