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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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Well two worlds one is one of my favorite rpgs just below dark souls and borderlands 2
I don't normally play bad games, the odd time if a game has that "so bad it's good" quality I may seek it out just for a quick laugh, but that is rare. More often then not I prefer to watch others play bad games. Whether it is through replay or other let's plays it is more fun to watch someone else endure the task therefore you get all the fun of enjoying their pain along with the hilarity of the game itself. Wow, that sounded terrible haha.
I used to not care, but now that my gaming time is somewhat limited, I really only buy and play what I know are good games.
I always do research before making the purchase as well, usually going by Gameinformer's review. But I do check out Gamestop to see what other gamers have said too.
When I was younger I didn't think there were bad games, and if I wasn't enjoying one I just thought I wasn't good at it. That it was my fault rather than the game's.
Of course I do
I haven't bought it, but my brother and I get good chuckles out of watching Metroid Other M cutscenes and the concept of "authorizing (insert ability) use"
To answer the question: I play games that I think are good. If someone else thinks they're bad, then that is their opinion.
Deadly Premonintion: CHECK
Two Worlds: CHECK
I don't know.... I really don't want to intentionally play a bad game. Maybe just once and then that would be it for me.
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is really the only bad game I'll own and play over and over. I know it's not terrible, but it's certainly not great. I own it just because I loved the first Mercenaries so much. I really wish the Mercenaries franchise gets a second chance someday.
If I had more money, I would, but watching test chambers, replays and let's plays of bad games is a good substitute imo. That After Hours livestream was really good, and hopefully won't be the last one we see :)
I love playing bad games. I play them on purpose. I've been playing Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis a lot lately.