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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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Ben 'Staring Over Your Shoulder' Hanson
I enjoy playing terrible games but I don't really have time to.
I've played so many bad games without knowing they where bad and loved them.
The three that stick out in my mind are Overlord 2, Lord of the Rings: Conquest and Atlantis: Search for the Journal, all on the PC (my mother wouldn't let a console into the house till I was 16).
The Atlantis game was junk, it came in a cereal box as a prequel to the animated Disney Atlantis movie. Looking back on it the game was pretty much broken, there was no tutorial. The most interesting part of the game was puzzling out how to beat the game breaking bugs. I loved it because I got to fly an wright brothers-style airplane through an icy canyon. I played that game through so many times.......
Lord of the Rings Conquest has to rank as one of my all time favorite games. I must have played hundreds of hours of LAN co-op with friends and syblings. The game was probably terrible. I believe GI gave it a 4,
but me? I'd give it a 10.
I sunk many hours into Overlord 2's twisted world finding every secret, and completing every quest, and delving into the complex (and possibly broken) crafting system. It was terribly buggy, but I had fun figuring out how to beat the bugs. Great graphics, a fun and funny plot and vibrant and varied locations drew me into the game. There were even morality based decisions to make which ran along two lines: Destroy or Enslave. Gameinformer gave it a 6, I would have given it a 9.5 at least.
Finally this list is just not complete without the Harry Potter series. Throughout my childhood these movie-based games where anticipated from the moment I finished the previous one. I played the Sorcerers Stone and The Chamber of Secrets through 2 or 3 times each.
Action 52 for NES...worst crap ever yet I still play it...kinda intrigue by how bad it is...check it out via Emulator/rom
I played Sonic '06. I liked it. I was 10 years old, but I liked it... :/
Brutal Legend was the last one for me. I finished it but was really close to quitting more than once. The concept was fantastic but the gameplay and story was so broken and full of holes that I could never pick it up again. In fact I haven't touched a Double Fine game since.
i would say the entertainment stems from the audiance, i wouldnt bother playing a bad game by myself 90% of the time.
Most games are playable, with baseline gameplay and story with workable graphics. Few games are so truly awful that they constitute as "Bad."
Take Eath Defense Force 2017. It has awful graphics and voice acting. But it functions and happens to be fun as hell.
Oh Brink... you weren't even worth the $4.00 I spent on you. I think I just puked thinking about that game.
One game I remember was Unreal Tournament for the PS2. It was my very first PS2 game. Heck got the game before having the system (took another year to get the system lol). At the time it was not a bad game. As it was all I had. So I sucked it up. Yet looking back at it. Yeah it sucked.
Now as for out right bad games I that I wish I never spent real money on and played. Duke Nukem Forever, yes, really wish I never F'ing pre-ordered that game. It was so out dated that I rage quit and just sent it back. It never got better. I learned my lesson after that.
Yet one of those bad games that I found enjoyable that I laugh my arse off reading a review off another site that game it such a bad rating that it was so freaking funny.
Operation Darkness by Atlus. WW2 Fantasy tactical game. I bought that game as I knew it wasn't going to be great but it somehow had its charm. Yet on that site -coughsIGNcoughs- reviewer ripped the game a new one and just gave it a 1 rating. I mean RIPPED IT. In fact I don't even think the guy even played the game as it is not an awful game at all.
Another bad game that should in fact get a second chance is Alpha Protocol. It was a fun game. Based off the model of KOTOR as it was done by Obsidian Entertainment but published by Sega.
It had was doing something right but Sega being Sega. Don't think they threw any resources or money into it for Obsidian Entertainment to do anything new or awesome. Yet it was a pretty cool story and has great hope for a second try. Only draw back was the level designs were a bit blah and the AI is so stupid that there is not challenge but it is a RPG more than a Third Person Shooter. That was what I told myself and I got through it and enjoyed it. Yet really it was a bad game.
Shoot we going old old school I will take back to the Sega Genius and to a great game I loved and never beaten, Ren & Stimpy The Game. It was not great but it was fun for a 10 year old to play after Renting it. Lord good memories playing that one. Never really threw a fit or Rage Quit. Just sighed and tried again from the beginning.
I wouldn't say bad games... unless by that you count games GI told me were bad and then I found them to be sincerely wrong about... then I guess I have... kind of?
I'm far more intrigued as a game designer to play a bad game and figure out how to do it better than to play a 10/10 game and literally have no idea how to break it apart as to why I liked it.
OVERBLOOD AND OVERBLOOD 2
I played, beat, and thoroughly enjoyed Two Worlds. That should be the only answer the the question anyone needs lol
Nope. I actually bought Deadly Premonition used awhile back. I knew it was bad but people said it was so bad it was good. I only played 10 minutes of it...
I've bought several cheap used games at Gamestop and at garage sales that had some crappy ratings and have found that some of the so called bad games turned out to be more fun and had better replay value than some of the games that got high scores and reviews. A lot of what can be considered a good game or a bad game depends upon the types of game that you like to play.