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2014-02-20 09:27:09 AM
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www.filfre.net

"You found some tasty pot of rice"
 
2014-02-20 09:27:24 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: ChaosStar: I got the damn thing to run exactly ONE time, then never again.
/The Avatar can't swim for shiat

I think you mean Ultima IX. That was virtually unplayable on release.


Nope, I will never forget those nights I spent trying to get Ultima 7 to run. Trying to figure out what exactly was causing DOS to shiat itself and crash the game on startup, weird errors that seemed to contradict themselves, and rage kicking the crap out of my pc.
 
2014-02-20 09:32:01 AM

fastbow: Did you play the beta? It is enough like Call of Duty that a resemblance can be seen, but outside of little pieces, the game plays nothing like Call of Duty. It's ever so slightly closer to Battlefield, but even then, it's still looking at Battlefield at a distance. Be cautious if you like - nobody will blame you for that - but give it an honest assessment via Let's Plays or a rental before you dismiss it as another Call of Duty clone. Because Titanfall may be a lot of things, but it isn't that.


Fark Griswald: You realize they JUST finished the Titanfall open beta right? I'm not a CoD fan but I enjoyed my time with Titanfall. I'm way behind the power curve in twitch based shooters but I think they have a solid game on their hands that will be fun for a while.


Don't get me wrong - I will give the game a fair shake if it turns out to be decent.  But no way in hell am I giving EA money until the game has proven itself, and probably not gonna drop $60 on it either.

Also, I didn't play the beta, but a 5-day "open beta" period 3 weeks before launch is quite frankly a joke.  More like a glorified demo.  No way they can address issues in that timeframe, not really helping my opinion on the matter.
 
2014-02-20 09:32:17 AM
Rome Total War 2. I haven't even finished downloading it yet, since I cannot download such a huge game in one sitting. Every time I pause the download I lose a significant amount of game.
 
2014-02-20 09:33:40 AM

RockofAges: MurphyMurphy: Bought?!

You mean buy?
With actual money?

LOL,

/I stopped falling for that shiat a long time ago.

Long time pirate here. #Warez was the bomb (and still is, for music and movies). Games are such an enormous pain in the ass due to all of the possibilities for malware, shiatty cracks / hacks, etc. Games are also so cheap nowadays that, really, even my broke ass can't justify torrnting them anymore. Seriously, if you can't spend $5 on a AAA title legitimately, at that point, I lose some respect.

It's all about price point. Price your album on bandcamp for $5 and I will buy it if I like it. $15? Now I have to think a little harder. Steam figured this out and undercut game piracy by a HUGE margin. I would suggest that many PC gamers (maybe even most) are ex-pirates from the 80s and 90s (early 00s) who gave up the black flag when their major complaints (shiatty, overpriced games) was at least ameliorated somewhat.


Lighten up Francis, it was a joke.

I agree completely.

/only pirate the expensive ones, only to figure out if it's worth spending >$40 on a title
//have well over 100 games in my steam library
///it's true, those of us who pirate are also the ones who spend the most on our entertainment
 
2014-02-20 09:36:12 AM

The Slush: Also, I didn't play the beta, but a 5-day "open beta" period 3 weeks before launch is quite frankly a joke. More like a glorified demo. No way they can address issues in that timeframe, not really helping my opinion on the matter.


It was a stress test beta to test the matchmaking and game servers.
I enjoyed Titanfall, I just hope it can hold my attention since the rounds seemed really short to me.
 
2014-02-20 09:36:55 AM
With all the information out there these days, it's been a long time since I bought a game that I felt was genuinely bad. I'd have to go and look at my library to see if there's any that I really didn't like.
 
2014-02-20 09:37:05 AM
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2014-02-20 09:37:23 AM
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2014-02-20 09:37:29 AM
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2014-02-20 09:38:52 AM
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Random Anonymous Blackmail: In the days before time

Joe let me down.

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I had that on PC (I think) and loved it.


I had it on the Sega Genesis system.. and it was the "Sports Talk" version. Graphically it was far superior to Madden (in its time) but it didn't flow smoothly and the AI was just awful or impossible.

The commentary was just annoying and repetitive.
 
2014-02-20 09:38:52 AM

Sgt Otter: King Keepo:

And Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style because I liked fighting games (Tekken et al) but this made me want to actually kill. Unresponsive controls, appalling timing and unforgivable collision detection - it was so frustrating it would have turned a monk into a homicidal lunatic. I remember having to stay really reallly (really) calm while I ejected the disc and broke it in two, otherwise there were going to be broken windows, holes in the walls and a PS1 in pieces on the driveway. Fark. That. Game.

That game was originally going to be Thrill Kill, a fighting game featuring serial killers, that was supposed to completely outdo Mortal Kombat in terms of gore and sadism.  It was cancelled at the last minute when EA bought the developer.  They recycled the engine into WT:SS and shoved it out the door.


I still have a copy of thrill kill with my other ps1 bootleg games.

I used to love breaking that out in college and playing as the bound up convict...
 
2014-02-20 09:40:55 AM

Ambivalence: Resonance of fate. But. Bought it used so I don't feel quite so screwed over.


I really can't stomach JRPGS any more, but I loved that game despite it.  I thought the combat was great.  Remains the only game I've 1k'd on 360 (which is saying something, b/c my 360 is 5 years old and has been collecting dust for 4 of those).  Then again, I also enjoyed NIER.  And I loved Hellgate: London, which was a complete sh*tfest for most people, so apparently I have weird taste.
 
2014-02-20 09:41:22 AM
Two words.......Two Worlds

The game designer was so bad they made a sequel just to prove they could do worse.
 
2014-02-20 09:41:42 AM
As was said before, Masters of Orion 3.  I didn't even pre-order it.  I saw the reviews, but I KNEW I loved the genre, and most niche genre games get sucky reviews.  I was wrong, they were right.  6 months after dropping the game was still a largely terrible waste of time. =<  And I love the genre unflinchingly and MOO 1 and 2 with all my heart. =<
 
2014-02-20 09:42:25 AM
Dear Esther

First off, it's not really a game since all you're doing is walking along and having flashbacks about how you killed somebody in a car crash... and then **** SPOILERS ****

You climb a tower and commit suicide at the end. Horrible game.
 
2014-02-20 09:42:31 AM
In terms of games I actually bought?


Everquest: Online adventures (ps2).  The worst thing here wasn't the game, it's that I spent sooooo much time in it, despite it's heavy flaws.  It was one of my first MMO's, and well, the community is what kept me playing.  The game itself was all around flawed:  Iffy to bad graphics, massive culling, horribly simplified design compared to EQ1, little to nothing to do besides grind, etc.  Ended up picking up the expansion, which fixed a few things, but overall, was still ugly, bland gameplay.

Worst I ever received for a gift?

Excalibur 2555 AD.  Pretty much unplayable, ugly, etc.  endless caved filled with bland monsters.
 
2014-02-20 09:43:11 AM
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Well the game was not all that awful... when it actually decided to load.
6 out of 7 times it did not. Also i would like to nominate Phantasie 2 as well for honorary mention for the same reasons.

/good old days
//NOT!
 
2014-02-20 09:43:36 AM

The Slush: Ambivalence: Resonance of fate. But. Bought it used so I don't feel quite so screwed over.

I really can't stomach JRPGS any more, but I loved that game despite it.  I thought the combat was great.  Remains the only game I've 1k'd on 360 (which is saying something, b/c my 360 is 5 years old and has been collecting dust for 4 of those).  Then again, I also enjoyed NIER.  And I loved Hellgate: London, which was a complete sh*tfest for most people, so apparently I have weird taste.


RoF was actually really good. Unique combat, graphics were fine. I really enjoyed it.
 
2014-02-20 09:43:56 AM

ChaosStar: Tyrone Slothrop: ChaosStar: I got the damn thing to run exactly ONE time, then never again.
/The Avatar can't swim for shiat

I think you mean Ultima IX. That was virtually unplayable on release.

Nope, I will never forget those nights I spent trying to get Ultima 7 to run. Trying to figure out what exactly was causing DOS to shiat itself and crash the game on startup, weird errors that seemed to contradict themselves, and rage kicking the crap out of my pc.


Huh, I never had a problem getting VII to run. The thing I didn't like about that game was that inventory management was more complex than combat.
 
2014-02-20 09:46:36 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: ChaosStar: Tyrone Slothrop: ChaosStar: I got the damn thing to run exactly ONE time, then never again.
/The Avatar can't swim for shiat

I think you mean Ultima IX. That was virtually unplayable on release.

Nope, I will never forget those nights I spent trying to get Ultima 7 to run. Trying to figure out what exactly was causing DOS to shiat itself and crash the game on startup, weird errors that seemed to contradict themselves, and rage kicking the crap out of my pc.

Huh, I never had a problem getting VII to run. The thing I didn't like about that game was that inventory management was more complex than combat.


You had to know how to write your own autoexec and config.sys files if you wanted to have a prayer of U7 loading. Using the default memory tools that came with dos were not going to cut it...
 
2014-02-20 09:47:24 AM
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Bought it and gave it to my friend for his bachelor party.  He gave it back to me a month later.  Took about 20 minutes to finished the game, and it blew.
 
2014-02-20 09:48:50 AM

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Screw you, Romero.


Just read "Masters of Doom" over the weekend. That poor game never had a chance.
 
2014-02-20 09:50:44 AM

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Someone should make an xBox version of that.
 
2014-02-20 09:50:59 AM
Worst game recently?

I wanted to see what the hype about this series was and this game was 12 bucks.  The first Bioware game I've played since BG2 and well... fark Bioware if this is the type of game they make any more.  There was no consequential role playing whatsoever, I was leveling up powers that all felt the same, and I was just running down corridors killing people.  Twelve bucks was too much for this game.  I stopped after three hours and never turned it back on.
 
2014-02-20 09:51:05 AM
Transformers for PS3. Right about the time the first one was released. 50 bucks worth of shiat. Just awful.
 
2014-02-20 09:53:41 AM

The Slush: Don't get me wrong - I will give the game a fair shake if it turns out to be decent.  But no way in hell am I giving EA money until the game has proven itself, and probably not gonna drop $60 on it either.

Also, I didn't play the beta, but a 5-day "open beta" period 3 weeks before launch is quite frankly a joke.  More like a glorified demo.  No way they can address issues in that timeframe, not really helping my opinion on the matter.


Then don't labor under the illusion it was anything different. A five-day demo for us, so they could make sure their servers don't catch fire. I'm not complaining.
 
2014-02-20 09:55:10 AM

The Slush: fastbow: Did you play the beta? It is enough like Call of Duty that a resemblance can be seen, but outside of little pieces, the game plays nothing like Call of Duty. It's ever so slightly closer to Battlefield, but even then, it's still looking at Battlefield at a distance. Be cautious if you like - nobody will blame you for that - but give it an honest assessment via Let's Plays or a rental before you dismiss it as another Call of Duty clone. Because Titanfall may be a lot of things, but it isn't that.

Fark Griswald: You realize they JUST finished the Titanfall open beta right? I'm not a CoD fan but I enjoyed my time with Titanfall. I'm way behind the power curve in twitch based shooters but I think they have a solid game on their hands that will be fun for a while.

Don't get me wrong - I will give the game a fair shake if it turns out to be decent.  But no way in hell am I giving EA money until the game has proven itself, and probably not gonna drop $60 on it either.

Also, I didn't play the beta, but a 5-day "open beta" period 3 weeks before launch is quite frankly a joke.  More like a glorified demo.  No way they can address issues in that timeframe, not really helping my opinion on the matter.


That's a fair point but the purpose of the beta was really to stress their servers. I doubt they'll be doing any changes, drastic or otherwise, to the game. The beta was somewhat limited in what you could do ( only one titan chasis was available, three game modes, five primary weapons etc..) but it definitely shows promise.

Ultimately it's up to the individual but I was hesitant until I played the beta. Now I know I'll buy it, probably on release and sink a good amount of time into it probably until Destiny drops.
 
2014-02-20 09:58:29 AM

5 star chef of tv dinners: Homefront.  Don't know why but I really hated that game.  Just felt so damn bland.


Throwing my vote to Homefront as well.  Bad story, boring multiplier, and rampant with bugs.  What topped it to my no.1 worst spot was the money that went into it.

Also for my list (PC Only):
- Fable 3
- Warhammer Online
- Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
 
2014-02-20 09:59:14 AM

Snapper Carr: The phrase "fundamentally broken" come to mind.
/Shame since I still have 1 and 2 on my PC and play them regularly. 20 years on and they're still among the best 4X games ever made.


THIS

AAAGHHHH MOO2 was SO awesome. UP YOURS MOO3!
 
2014-02-20 10:01:39 AM

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Funny, I rather liked that game. Why didn't you like it?
 
2014-02-20 10:01:50 AM
My wife and I both have bought a few cheap, shovelware or bargain bin games that turned out to be crap, over the years - but in trems of high-concept, full blown games, bought new at full price - i've only had three majopr bummers.
Two of them have already gotten plenty of ink in this thread - Doom 3 and GTA 4 - nuff' said about them.
The third, and the worst, actually shiat all over my love for a whole series of games - Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness.
It was CORE's last ditch attempt to save the franchise, and EIDOS had already lost confidence in them.
In TRAOD, they literally made every goof it is possible for a desperate, overwhelmed developer to make.
Glitchy graphics and controls, and an unfinished game.
Horrible, stupid new playable character.
Stupid boss fights that were bastard hybrids of puzzle and fight.
Horrible, rushed afterthought of an ending.
Innumerable idiotic plot devices, culminating in a threat to bring back the horrible playable character in another game ( a promise Crystal Dynamics was wise enough not to keep).
 Paid $70 and change for that POS.
Pissed me off
 
2014-02-20 10:02:51 AM

spamdog: I really felt bummed out when I recently purchased Call of Duty: Ghosts.

I had had a lot of fun on Black Ops 2 and thought it would be a worthy sequel.

Holy fark it was so bad. No more call of duty ever.


I agree. Call of Duty were the only games I would buy. They are just easy to get in a multiplayer game and kill some time when I had it. With Ghost I have not had the desire to play like I did with the other COD games.
 
2014-02-20 10:03:24 AM

Shakin_Haitian: Worst game recently?

I wanted to see what the hype about this series was and this game was 12 bucks.  The first Bioware game I've played since BG2 and well... fark Bioware if this is the type of game they make any more.  There was no consequential role playing whatsoever, I was leveling up powers that all felt the same, and I was just running down corridors killing people.  Twelve bucks was too much for this game.  I stopped after three hours and never turned it back on.


....what game would that be?
 
2014-02-20 10:05:48 AM

MurphyMurphy: RockofAges: MurphyMurphy: Bought?!

You mean buy?
With actual money?

LOL,

/I stopped falling for that shiat a long time ago.

Long time pirate here. #Warez was the bomb (and still is, for music and movies). Games are such an enormous pain in the ass due to all of the possibilities for malware, shiatty cracks / hacks, etc. Games are also so cheap nowadays that, really, even my broke ass can't justify torrnting them anymore. Seriously, if you can't spend $5 on a AAA title legitimately, at that point, I lose some respect.

It's all about price point. Price your album on bandcamp for $5 and I will buy it if I like it. $15? Now I have to think a little harder. Steam figured this out and undercut game piracy by a HUGE margin. I would suggest that many PC gamers (maybe even most) are ex-pirates from the 80s and 90s (early 00s) who gave up the black flag when their major complaints (shiatty, overpriced games) was at least ameliorated somewhat.

Lighten up Francis, it was a joke.

I agree completely.

/only pirate the expensive ones, only to figure out if it's worth spending >$40 on a title
//have well over 100 games in my steam library
///it's true, those of us who pirate are also the ones who spend the most on our entertainment


I'm an ex-pirate and haven't pirated anything for years.  This is a combination of my having more money to spend on entertainment and the fluid prices in digital marketplaces. Just recently I didn't feel like paying $60 for Assassins Creed IV after my experience with AC III but I also didn't feel like having to deal with a crack, and the possibility of an infected PC so I just waited until it was a price I wanted to pay.  I knew that this would happen eventually on steam the knowledge that 99% of the time I can wait until the games I want cost what I am willing to pay for them pretty much obliterates any desire I have to download.  I still buy some AAA titles at full price though, Last year I bought Tomb Raider and Batman Arkham City for full price and despite the early bugs in Batman I wasn't disappointed in either game.  Actually i wish more people had bought Tomb Raider at full price because god damn I want them to make another one like that.

I can honestly say that i was extremely pleased with AC IV at the price I payed for it and probably would have been at full price too.  Everyone who was burned by AC III should at least consider AC IV, it is a much better game.
 
2014-02-20 10:11:33 AM
Am I really the first one to mention this abomination? I bought, played it for 6 minutes and then returned it.upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-20 10:12:05 AM

wingnut396: Worst Games ever:

Disappointment with PreOrder: Unreal Tournament 3.
After loving UT, UT 2003, 2004 and the Unreal stories, I was stoked for the UT3.  But it was a major let down.  The engine was fine, but the game play modes were just not as compelling or balanced as UT or UT2004. Still crank up UT2004 on occasion.


Have to agree.  I pre-ordered UT3 and after about 20 hours in.... I stopped.  Then I realized, that's now how an Unreal Tournament game is supposed to work!  It is supposed to be endless hours of mindless fun!  Oh well.


If you liked Unreal, and possibly Team Fortress, try out the free to play Loadout.

I got about 25 hours sunk into it.  Gives me a combination of TF2 and UT2k4 vibes.  Plus the humor is silly, yet strangely entertaining.
 
2014-02-20 10:12:54 AM
I got pulled into the hype of SWTOR and bought it for launch day...

When it got announced they planned to go Free To Play, I quit on the spot
 
2014-02-20 10:20:00 AM

spamdog: I really felt bummed out when I recently purchased Call of Duty: Ghosts.

I had had a lot of fun on Black Ops 2 and thought it would be a worthy sequel.

Holy fark it was so bad. No more call of duty ever.


I bought Call of Duty: Ghosts at launch, and man, what a mistake.  In terms of money spent for a bad game, it tops my list.  The PC version is complete and total garbage.  All the promises about next-generation graphics turned out to be total lies, and functionally non-existent anti-cheating software led to rampant hacking from day one.  The in-game community only rarely breaks into 10k+ active players, and almost all of the game modes are effectively dead.   Infinity Ward and Activision knowingly ripped off buyers with this piece of garbage.
 
2014-02-20 10:20:41 AM

SovietCanuckistan: [s28.postimg.org image 500x334]


Came in here for this, and can't believe it was so far down in the thread.
 
2014-02-20 10:21:05 AM

Twitch Boy: Confabulat: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Grand Theft Auto 4, it was actually a birthday gift but I really regret asking for it.

Really? I thought it was a letdown after Vice City but I've never really considered it a bad game. Why the hate?

They made a gorgeous, extremely deep, detailed, and realistic world...and completely forgot to put in any fun.  AND FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME NO ROMAN I DON'T WANT TO GO FARKING BOWLING!

Fortunately, they learned their lesson and GTA5 got the fun part right.


You know, there is an option to turn off those phone calls.
 
2014-02-20 10:21:43 AM

killro: - Warhammer Online


This game was horrible, especially after I paid out for the extra expensive collectors edition.
 
2014-02-20 10:22:17 AM
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Bought it at half-price books.  Wasn't even worth the three bucks.  Horrible graphics, lame gameplay, and crappy voiceovers.
 
2014-02-20 10:23:01 AM
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I think this was the Tyson vs. Clooney edition.
 
2014-02-20 10:25:31 AM
Zero Divide for PlayStation. I played it for 5 minutes. 5 awful minutes.
 
2014-02-20 10:26:37 AM

Confabulat: Lsherm: I was really pissed off with Bioshock: Infinite.  It was too much on rails compared to the previous games, and especially compared to Dishonored

I recently played those two games back-to-back and I agree with you. Bioshock Infinite is wildly overrated. In Dishonored I felt like I was in a real world that I could explore and be a part of, and make decisions on how to proceed. Bioshock Infinite was "run here, kill everyone, look at stuff, move to the next place, repeat." Dishonored was a far more impressive game world to me. Biosock Infinite felt like the flat theme park that it often was mimicking.


My main disappointment with BI was the combat. It was perfect in the original Bioshock, but in this one, it felt like I was having wave after wave of mooks being sent after me on all sides, and it just frustrated the f*ck out of me. I only forced myself to beat it in order to see where the hell the story was going.
 
2014-02-20 10:27:54 AM
In terms of just outright horrific functionality and utter badness? Probably Krater. I didn't look into it at all and a friend told me to get it for some dumb diablo style multiplayer...except it didn't have any multiplayer or even much of a game built in when it came out. Hooray. More my fault for not looking into it before spending the money.

I would want to say SimCity but that's just shocking incompetence and I didn't buy it anyway so ~~. I also kind of want to say Bioshock Infinite but since I've been of the opinion that SS2 > Bioshock when I first played it and Bioshock 2 was a clear downgrade, it wasn't really surprising how lackluster the game was. At least it was pretty.

Honorable mention goes to Outpost. I had the unfortunate experience of buying it based off the PC Gamer review (in the 90's back when that was srs bsns) and it was just the most atrocious, barely functional, plain black monolith of a game that I can remember. Utterly uninteresting, overly dense, and the broken parts of the game were mitigated only by most of the game not working at all.
 
2014-02-20 10:29:53 AM
Galerians for PSX. Fortunately, Psi-Ops and Second Sight washed the bad taste out of my mouth.
 
2014-02-20 10:29:55 AM

H31N0US: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

I think this was the Tyson vs. Clooney edition.


Uterus boxing?
 
2014-02-20 10:30:00 AM

Bslim: Assassin's Creed 3. Only game I've ever hate finished.


Nice job. I only got as far as the "hate" part. After a completely satisfying end to Ezio in the previous title, I looked forward to AC3 for months. But after 3 or 4 nights of climbing trees in the middle of nowhere and setting rabbit snares, I decided enough was enough.

At least I still have my collectible tin case that came with my full price pre-order, so I've got that going for me. Which is nice.
 
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