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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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No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise PS3. I could tell from the get go that is was going to be bad, quite ugly, with absolutely terrible controls, camera issues, bad city traversal (dat bike) weird, mundane sidequests. Yet it had a persistent bizarro charm which kept me entertained through to the conclusion.
As a sidenote and sort of related, I finished Binary Domain yesterday and it was awesome. The brotastic dialogue definitely fits into the "so bad it's good" category but somehow it manages to throw some high concept Phillip K. Dick-inspired philosophical musings in there too. The action is also really good too. You owe it to yourself to play it, and help Sega out too. It has a distinctive "Japanese game made for Western audience" feel to it, and that's by no means a bad thing. Give it a whirl and maybe we'll get a sequel!
Love the game, but SH:Homecoming: "Yeah? How about I slap you and kill you?"
games being bad or good is subjective
i often enjoy games that are not reviewed positive or hyped by medias
Ben "big poop" Hanson
I use to but not anymore. The games I played that were bad were Twisted Metal 2013 - I turned off the game after I played it for about two minutes, AC Revalations, and Playstation Allstars Battle Royale.
I personally loved Darkest of Days, though it got terrible sales and reviews numbers. Yet, today, it is considered a cult game.
does resident evil 6 count? i actually enjoyed playing it though minus leon's rope climbing.
i think playsaton all stars would count as a bad game i dont think it came off the way everyone wanted it to but i love playing it
Duke Nukem Forever.
I play through Crysis 2 and the Killzone games every now and then to guffaw at the *** tier acting AAA games can get away with these days.
007 Legends, Aliens Colonial Marines, Assassin's Creed 3, Black Ops 2, and Medal of Honor Warfighter.
it depends. I only think bad games are more entertaining with friends since there are more heads to really analyze all the bad of the game and make it that much more enjoyable. I think you'll be able to have a few laughs yourself, but you'll have more with friends and other people.
Occasionally, but usually by mistake or through misinformation via my 'friends' who just want to see what a hellish time I have with them. ;-)
I try to avoid bad games
First off i want to say the best "bad" game ever is EDF 2017 and i think that some games are "so bad they're good"
I've never gotten a terrible game like our RtH but I have got games that have reviews. Such as Lord of the Rings war in the North.