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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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apparently yes i do, my gaming history is full of fun times playing games that are apparently objectively bad. i remember having *days* of fun playing devil may cry 2 with a friend, then i learn that the gaming world considers it to be sh*t. fun is subjective, i bet everyone has some games of shame that they secretly love even though everyone hates it. crash bandicoot 1,2,3 are better than any mario game has ever been, or ever will be. xD
Brütal Legend is one of my favorite games to play and even I will admit that it is a horrible game, but it still deserves a sequel... or movie.
Probably my favorites are Big Riggs Off the Road Racing on the PC, FFVII Dirge of Cerberus, and the more recent Silent hill games more due to past nostalgia then anything else. Almost forgot Cyberia I got the game with my 166mhz IBM desktop back when Win 95 first came out. IBM was nice and gave me with the computer acouple games (back when PCs actually gave software with there PCs to play with) Decent I, Cyberia Silent Steel. Sadly only Decent I was worth anything....
I love bad games as much as I love terrible b-movies....I just have to know what makes them so terrible but I do end up liking quite a lot of them. Guilty pleasure for sure
Well I did just play Vanquish to completion. I don't know if its really an awful game. The mechanics are sound its just the characters and story that are terrible.
Normally no, if a game is bad I just stick it on the shelf or get rid of it. But there is nothing out at the moment I want that I haven't already played so I've been working on my backlog. So I've been grinding away at second chances on some of my shelved games. Finished vanquish, now working through darksiders and dead space. If I'm still stuck for something to play after that maybe I'll crack open silent hill homecoming.
I actually had a blast with Duke Nukem Forever. It's a guilty pleasure for me.
Once in awhile I'll stumble across a "it's so bad it's good" game. I haven't stumbled upon any current gen bads but I know they are out there, though I do not actively seek out or buy them. If there's a free demo, or a friend owns it then I'll def hop into a little WTFS :]
About bad games,hmmm...I still buy them and play because I'm that type of guy who dosen't matter if the review score is bad,becuase I need to play the actual game to see for myself if I enjoy it or it was a really bad experience.
Some of my favorite gaming experiences are guilty pleasures. Games like 50 cent: Blood on the Sand, Alpha Protocol and The First Templar are examples of deeply flawed games that still had enough of a good game in them to make the experience worthwhile.
that has to be 007 legends
Wii Music. If you can't be the best musician, you can sure as hell be the worst.
ALL HAIL THE PIRATE KING
I actually bought Ride to Hell just because of this site. I will try about any game, but after watching some of the footage I had to get it and my wife couldn't stop laughing. It's terrible in so many ways and funny at the same time. A lot of potential was wasted in this game.
Defiance is the only other recent game that comes to mind, but not because of the gameplay. Maybe it was my own fault for buying day one, but after some time off and trying again yesterday, it still won't update right. Fun when I can play. Just not consistent.
I just like to play and tend to have more fun with a 7 or 8 game than a 9 or 10 most of the time.
thats why i rent games first. thank god i rented Damnnation before i accidentally bought that buggy crap game.
Earth Defense Force. So bad, so incredibly fun to play.
Although I just picked up Damnation for $3, and it's just awful. Almost unplayable. I guess the difference is if you can find the joy in playing a bad game.
I do not go out of my way to purchase "bad" games but after watching your live stream I went and bought this game.
If it's funny, it's funny. I'm quite capable of enjoying comedy on my own, even if it's unintentional. I don't require a companion for it. I don't think I'm going to get this game, though. Not even as a rental. I had enough laughs already just watching video streams of it.