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video games so bad they're goodSomething we see often in the realm of movies is films so bad, they actually come full circle and end up being good. Lots of action movies Check Out VFX Studio, The Most Fun Photo Editor I've Ever Used [iOS] Check Out VFX Studio, The Most Fun Photo Editor I've Ever Used [iOS] There are plenty of photo editing and sharing applications on iOS. There are apps to make you fat, apps to make you look like a zombie and apps that will give your picture that hipster... Read More from the 1980s and 1990s fall into this category. I’ve also seen plenty of independent horror movies 6 Movies You're Either Going to Love Or Hate [Stuff to Watch] 6 Movies You're Either Going to Love Or Hate [Stuff to Watch] Cinema can do incredible things to an audience. It can thrill with action, woo with romance and tickle with comedy and also suck pretty hard at times, though popular opinion can really be divided sometimes.... Read More where all signs point to the movie being an utter pile of garbage, yet, it somehow becomes incredibly entertaining.

While this might be common in movies, it’s more difficult to have this phenomenon take place in a video game. Quite simply, this is because a bad game The 3 Worst Video Games I Have Ever Played [MUO Gaming] The 3 Worst Video Games I Have Ever Played [MUO Gaming] I love video games, as you can probably tell by the fact that I write a weekly video game article here on MakeUseOf. However, just because playing video games is one of my favorite hobbies... Read More becomes difficult to play, while a bad movie still only requires the same level of interaction as a good one. Of course, some games manage to be just playable enough where its problems don’t ruin the game. When the stars align in this way, we end up with a game that will tank in review scores, but just has some quality that makes it so bad it becomes good.

The games that follow meet this description perfectly. If you are looking for some games that will make you laugh and give you a good time because of how bad they are, look no further than these “gems.”

Deadly Premonition

Everything about this game screams “do not play me.” It features graphics that look like they belong on a PlayStation 2 at best, controls that are so backwards from anything you’ve ever experienced in a shooter that it makes playing a struggle, and the voice acting is absolutely atrocious. The game was released as a budget title, which actually got it some attention it never would have otherwise.

video games so bad they're good

In spite of all that though, the game has a certain charm that makes it enjoyable. Sure, you are going to have to struggle to get used to the asinine controls, and you will laugh as the terribly acted story plays out in front of you. However, while all of this is happening, you will inexplicably find yourself having a great time. It’s just so quirky that it’s impossible not to love it. You can pick it up for really cheap, and it’s not a super long game, so it’s definitely worth playing through if you want a good laugh.

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50 Cent: Blood On The Sand

For those unfamiliar, 50 Cent is a rap musician out of the United States. He quickly rose to fame with hits like “Wanksta,” “In da Club,” and plenty of others. In addition to his solo music, he also has a group known as G-Unit, which is featured prominently in this hilariously fun train wreck of a video game. While it might seem like a generic shooter on the surface, it’s actually so much more if you are willing to dig a little deeper.

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The plot of Blood On The Sand sees 50 Cent and his crew trying to recover the skull that was stolen from them. This game is actually not terrible to play. The shooting is tuned well, and aiming feels natural. It makes the list simply because of its positively ridiculous premise and the fact that it has no business being as fun as it is. The game even has an upgradable “swear” button. It’s just a crazy romp that is tons of fun in spite of how downright stupid it is.

Two Worlds

When you think of open world RPGs on a massive scale, the first game that probably comes to mind is Skyrim The Best Skyrim Resources To Improve Your Dragon Slaying The Best Skyrim Resources To Improve Your Dragon Slaying The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an epic role playing game, but you probably knew that already. We’ve already harped on about why it’s not to be missed, how to improve your dragon slaying using... Read More . Rightfully so, as you could argue that it is one of the best games ever made. If you like all the good things about Skyrim, but you’d prefer a game that does the complete opposite and goes out of its way to be as bad as possible, you will love Two Worlds.

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Two Worlds toes the line between being unplayable bad and so bad it’s good. It’s filled with glitches, bad acting, clichés, and everything else you would expect from a bad game. That being said, it manages to take all of these flaws and turn them into a hilarious game that is actually well worth playing. To be honest, I could write a whole article about the things that are wrong with Two Worlds, but I won’t. Instead, just play it for yourself, and you will not regret it.

Conclusion

Can a game be so bad it becomes good? Absolutely. It’s a delicate line, and these games toe it perfectly.

What video games do you think are so bad they are good? Don’t say Superman 64, because let’s be honest, that game is just bad!

  1. Hots
    June 21, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Stolen.
    Worst. Game. Ever!

  2. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    June 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    In the same vein as Jed's comment, I was going to say Rhapsody (known in Japan as Marl Oukoku no Ningyou Hime/Puppet Princess of Marl Kingdom). I had fun discovering it when I was younger, but when I played it again some years later I thought it was too short, the battle too easy, the story a totally wacky parody of Sleeping Beauty. All in all I have to say it depends on your stance on the game. It's got some catchy songs (except Someday. That one's terrible) , eyecatching backgrounds, nice backstories for the puppets, and true to Nippon Ichi's trademark, full of crazy sorts of characters. Best of all, the game doesn't even take itself seriously. The 'bad' side is the charm. It's not your thing when you expect 'serious' RPG like Persona 3, but it's pretty good for little girls or someone who want to try an RPG without committing too many hours on it.
    Maybe there's no such thing as bad games like there's no such thing as bad movie. We're simply not the right audience (yet, anymore, or never).

    • Dave LeClair
      June 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I think there are some games and movies that everyone agrees are bad.

  3. Jed
    June 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    aww, I was gonna say Superman 64. Sure it was hard to play, but in 1999 when I got it for Christmas (that would have made me 12 yrs old) I thought it was pretty awesome. I played it start to finish, and although flying was awkward (along with just about everythign else) I have good memories of it, and it wasn't until I went back and tried to play it again about 3 years ago that I realized how truly terrible it was.

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