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Ride to Hell: Retribution is a bad game, but it has an entertainment factor that cannot be denied. It’s the reason our Test Chamber of the game is so entertaining, and why a group of editors stayed up all night live streaming the game. It’s a hilarious train wreck with fully-clothed sex scenes, and you just can’t look away.
There are a number of games like Ride to Hell that are described as, “so bad, it’s good,” but I wonder if the second part of that statement – “It’s good” – is true. Do you actually want to play these types of games by yourself? Is there joy in playing these games without an audience, or is being part of the audience that watches the game be played the only way to truly enjoy it?
Pictured above: Tim Turi severely regretting his decision to play Ride to Hell: Retribution all night, and Ben Hanson. Photo courtesy of GI intern Brian Albert.
I was among the many editors that crowded around Dan Ryckert as he reviewed the game, and I tuned into the live stream to see more of it, but I will never take the time to play the game myself. How about you? It's hilarious, but it's an experience I am perfectly comfortable letting somebody else endure for my own entertainment.
Also, while we're at it, what are some of your favorite hilariously bad games?
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I also don't buy bad games on purpose, and I haven't really played any really bad games in a long time. Especially since nowadays I only pre-order games that I know I'll like and for the games I don't pre-order I usually check review scores before I buy them to make sure they're not a complete flop. Also, with all the great games in my back log I don't really have the time to spend playing bad games.
Let me tell you guys a story: Me and my friends walked into gamestop one day, and asked for the crapiest game they had. We dug through their 99 cent pile, and found a few titles to ploay, but we were stopped by the cashier when he handed us a game called sneak king. Just seeing the box made us laugh out loud, and we took it. We went back to my house and plopped it in. It was beyond chaotic, horrible controls, powers, and dances (not giving more info, cause you gotta play it!!!) I felt like I was in a replay! We had a lot of laughs, but I would have never played it by myself. So, to sum up, if your looking for a cheap way to entertain your friends (even if its just you and 2 other guys, in my case), and have a bit of crazy fun, bad games are worth the buy. and please, get the guys to play this. its pretty great.
Spider-Man 3 and too human... Yeah, I'll let myself out.
It seems so. MotoGP 13 for example is buggy, laggy and plain unfinished, but at it's core it so good I'm dealing with it.
I played Diablo 3 so I guess thats a yes from me.
This all comes down to what each individual considers a bad game. I'm currently playing through Aliens: Colonial Marines, I don't think its bad as everybody makes it out to be, but I didn't spend 60 bucks on it either. I waited around and bought it for 10 bucks. Assassins Creed III was heralded as this great game, yet I didn't like it at all and thought it was way too buggy, more buggy than Aliens: Colonial Marines in my opinion. So many bugs that I actually quit playing AC3 and don't plan on finishing it anytime soon. So do I play some games that people consider bad? Yes, but if I think a game might possibly be bad I just wait to pick it up for a cheaper price than 60 bucks. People should make their own decisions, I never pay much attention to reviews anymore because I tend to disagree with the majority of them. I hated NFS: Most Wanted (2012), but that got good reviews too.
Ben "Cage Crusher" Hanson
I enjoyed (and hated) Sonic 06. Playing an unfinished game does have some entertainment value. And I love how when you beat Sonic's campaign, you unlock a remix by Akon (out of all people).
I play 007 Legends, its actually not that bad.
Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic 06, Tails' Skypatrol, and DBZ Ultimate Tenkaichi
I play a lot of bad games because I want to. I think of all the terrible games I've ever played the Army of Two games are probably my favorite.