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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 'big poop' Hanson
3 words: Orion Dino Horde.
i've never actually bought a game that was overly horrible to play ( unintentionally) , nor do i plan on it in the future intentionally. that said i have enjoyed plenty of mediocre titles ( normally niche jp games)so mehh to each theire own, for games like ride to hell and such i'll stick to watching you guys play them tho ;)
Lame, Medal of Honor for PS1 was pretty bad..
the lawnmower man is a great game. my friend and I still play it, along with other SNES gems like kirby's dream course lol
I have a confession, I like... Cy-Girls. It came out around 2004 and GI gave it a low score. I brought it for full price, $50.00, and was frustrated by it. I sold it back to Gamestop, but 7 years later I ended up buying it again, to show a friend that this game was hard for all the wrong reasons. When I brought it for cheap I actually enjoyed the game.
I love the Army of Two games. While they aren't terrible games, most people seem to think they are downright mediocre, but the dudebro banter between Rios and Salem (or Alpha and Bravo), the insane weapon customization, and the great co-op play keep me coming back.
Do I love EDF 2017 and KOEI's warriors games? Yes!
Yes, I just have to see for myself. One of the Super Replays actually inspired me to go find and buy Blue Stinger, it is pretty entertaining. But, no, I do enjoy playing a bad game, it keeps things interesting
i don't often completely agree with GI's reviews, but the ballpark score is always useful to me. any game below a 6 is likely unplayable, 6-7 is really really rough. 7-8 is a game that is rough around the edges but has some definite entertainment, and anything above 8 is worth a look regardless of genre or platform.
I know a game is bad if every time I die or lose, I yell, "This is the worst game ever! This sucks!!"
Sometimes, if it's a series I like that happens to release a really bad game, I'll play it whenever it super's cheap. A good example is Sonic 06 *shudder* I was laughing at the game more than actually hardcore playing it (Nothing's funnier than Sonic blasting off to space every time he fights Silver, or slightly pushing up on the analog stick before the level starts and falling through the rail that it automatically drops you on). But, most of the time, I don't usually buy bad games. I consider 7-10 a good range. 6-scorers are iffy, but definitely nothing below that is worth money.
I've played quite a few really bad games over the years, but as noted in the question it's always a social aspect. I wouldn't waste my time suffering through it on my own. But much like it seems to be at the GI office, adding in a few friends for a Mystery Science Theater style riff session makes for darn good time.