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2014-02-20 03:50:22 PM  

Zafler: Bring back a real Road Rash game.


Double this
I think I saw a kickstarter for road rash
 
2014-02-20 03:51:15 PM  
I generally dont buy a ton of games. Also, life is too short for regrets.

Windborne might be a disappointment, but it is still early.

I probably shouldnt have bought so much stuff for Star Trek Online. Especially starfleet shiat. At least i never was a subscriber.

Oh, Sims Medieval. On paper, a good idea. On the whole, it is rather half assed.
 
2014-02-20 03:55:58 PM  
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2014-02-20 03:58:39 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: 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.


god, no shiat. the first ezio game is still the best. but ACIII was a real letdown.
 
2014-02-20 04:02:45 PM  

yukichigai: I'd argue it brought the first-person shooter genre to the attention of the console gamer crowd.


Yeah and look what that caused. Endless COD iterations and somehow Halo is held up as a gold standard
 
2014-02-20 04:08:23 PM  
While not a bad game overall, I just want to have a chance to rant about how let down I was about Uncharted 3. Uncharted 2 was just so damn awesome from begin to end, and I was so excited about UC3. Then I played it... the storyline was forgettable, and there was NO FINAL BOSS FIGHT. In fact, (SPOILER ALERT) you destroy the big bad threat by a misfired rocket gun. The whole game seemed to be there to detail the father/son relationship with Sully. The multiplayer co-op is cool, I think it was the sole reason the game was created. It's probably telling that the co-op missions are all missions from the second game. Not a bad game, but hardly a shadow of it's previous iteration.
 
2014-02-20 04:10:14 PM  

TheHopeDiamond: [i.ebayimg.com image 230x300]

FARK.   YOU.   SPACE SHUTTLE.   Only game I ever returned.


Damn I loved that game (no accounting for some peoples taste!.... talking about mine BTW)  Of course living near Houston and being a total space geek it was like catnip.
 
2014-02-20 04:16:55 PM  

sprawl15: because lots of old games people love have dated gameplay


This game has dated gameplay ...

upload.wikimedia.org

...And I enjoyed every second of it (except for the final boss ...final bosses tend to be a chore rather than fun). SS3 has the same gameplay as the original DOOM: Get bigger guns, kill hordes of monsters, irrelevant story that can be summed up with a few sentences. Unlike DOOM 3, SS3 was fun ...which is why it's on my "to play again" list.

I hope SS4 has the same outdated gameplay.

/please, please no QTEs...
 
2014-02-20 04:17:33 PM  

Scrotastic Method: [upload.wikimedia.org image 260x366]

I expected "bad," in the way that Adult Swim cartoons were "bad" ten years ago. I expected insanity, dicking with the player, chaos, and cheap animation. You know, the kind of awesome "bad" that would work for Aqua Teen.

Instead it's just really bad. Honest bad. This game was made in Estonia or something (really) and totally shows it. Just a complete piece of crap.

The only good thing about it was Scott Van Pelt is the golf announcer.


LEEEEEEEEEEEEEROY JENKINS..........

IS AN A-HOLE!!!

 
2014-02-20 04:28:07 PM  

Egoy3k: Chronotrigger was good.
SMB3 was good
Mario Cart 64 was good.


No one ever said they weren't, and they all get a ton of love to this day. Why are you hung up on Goldeneye? Ask around and most gamers of that time will tell you fond stories of it. So you didn't play it because it was beneath you, well look how special you were in the early 90s. The vast majority of gamers have different memories, and we're not all wrong.
 
2014-02-20 04:28:59 PM  
SimCity.

For a long while, I would have said ET, for my old atari back when I was a kid... but now, SimCity, hands down.
 
2014-02-20 04:33:50 PM  

Curt Blizzah: [diehardgamefan.com image 200x275]

As an 8 year old, I had no idea what the hell this game was about.  We hated it.


It was basically part of a contest planned to be spread over four games, each packaged with a comic that to be used to find clues which you then turned in to win some expensive prize. Then the 4 grand prize winners were to compete to win the ultimate Grand Prize: A jeweled sword worth $50,000. The first two games did well, but due to the Great Video Game Crash of 1983, the third game's contest was cancelled, and the fourth game was never made. The world story is fully explained here on Wikipedia
 
2014-02-20 04:40:58 PM  

Jethro74: Am I really the first one to mention this abomination? I bought, played it for 6 minutes and then returned it.


3 pages, over 200 comments and someone FINALLY admitted to it.

I think you were the first because no one else wants to admit to it.
 
2014-02-20 04:43:55 PM  
Strontium Dog, ZX Spectrum

www.mobygames.com

I seriously hated this game. I can't even remember what I felt was so terrible, but I remember the absolute disappointment of my 2000AD expectancies.
 
2014-02-20 04:44:21 PM  

Confabulat: Egoy3k: Chronotrigger was good.
SMB3 was good
Mario Cart 64 was good.

No one ever said they weren't, and they all get a ton of love to this day. Why are you hung up on Goldeneye? Ask around and most gamers of that time will tell you fond stories of it. So you didn't play it because it was beneath you, well look how special you were in the early 90s. The vast majority of gamers have different memories, and we're not all wrong.


Goldeneye on 64 was fun as hell.  All my friends played 4 player mode running around throwing mines or whatever it was at each other for hours.  Loved that game.  Waveracer 64 was awesome too.  Only game I've played to this day that I play play with one hand, and smoke a cig with the other lol.
 
2014-02-20 04:47:35 PM  

triptheory: Jethro74: Am I really the first one to mention this abomination? I bought, played it for 6 minutes and then returned it.

3 pages, over 200 comments and someone FINALLY admitted to it.

I think you were the first because no one else wants to admit to it.


Did you look through the comments on Kataku?  I saw that superman on there are least 5 times lol.
 
2014-02-20 04:51:13 PM  

triptheory: Jethro74: Am I really the first one to mention this abomination? I bought, played it for 6 minutes and then returned it.

3 pages, over 200 comments and someone FINALLY admitted to it.

I think you were the first because no one else wants to admit to it.


It is because it is implied.
It's like talking about good/great basketball players and being the guy who's pick is Micheal Jordan. It's appreciated but a tad boring.
It's why no one commented on it.
 
2014-02-20 04:53:02 PM  

FlashHarry: Barricaded Gunman: 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.

god, no shiat. the first ezio game is still the best. but ACIII was a real letdown.


Yeah I missed 2 and brotherhood, but loved 1 and got 3 thinking it was gonna be sweet. I think I got to Conner, did a few things with him and decided it wasn't worth my time.  AC4 rocks though.
 
2014-02-20 04:55:04 PM  
IwasKloot


Random Anonymous Blackmail: In the days before time

Joe let me down.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 224x318]


Loved that series back in the day. In the '93 version on Genesis I played Cowboys v Jets in full 60 minute exhibition and won 210-7 with QB bootleg and

/sweep strong
//SWEEP STRONG
///SWEEP STRONG!


One of my issues with it exactly.
 
2014-02-20 05:06:38 PM  
www.gamershell.com

Not even kidding. And I owned E.T. for 2600.
 
2014-02-20 05:07:05 PM  

Uncle Tractor: This game has dated gameplay ...


I'd disagree.

It updated the gameplay a bit, but still kept it fresh via modern game design principles. And the core gameplay is one that's advanced and well-established by juggernauts in the genre; something that hasn't been significantly expanded beyond. It's kind of like how if you took Doom 2 and ported it to CryEngine3 it would still play pretty damn well.

Goldeneye, on the other hand, spawned the genre and broke a lot of new ground - ground that later became significantly refined on pretty much every aspect. It would feel dated not simply because the gameplay is 'old' but because it is 'not good' for reasons that didn't exist at the time I played it.
 
2014-02-20 05:10:28 PM  

NicktheSmoker: Confabulat: Egoy3k: Chronotrigger was good.
SMB3 was good
Mario Cart 64 was good.

No one ever said they weren't, and they all get a ton of love to this day. Why are you hung up on Goldeneye? Ask around and most gamers of that time will tell you fond stories of it. So you didn't play it because it was beneath you, well look how special you were in the early 90s. The vast majority of gamers have different memories, and we're not all wrong.

Goldeneye on 64 was fun as hell.  All my friends played 4 player mode running around throwing mines or whatever it was at each other for hours.  Loved that game.  Waveracer 64 was awesome too.  Only game I've played to this day that I play play with one hand, and smoke a cig with the other lol.


I remember all the fights that were caused because of the dreaded screen watching. I actually got really good at running while staring straight at the ground so no one could figure out my exact location.

Good times.

/Aztec Temple with proxy mines and rockets was great
 
2014-02-20 05:21:13 PM  
Too Human. Although to be fair, i discovered the game box was the perfect item to prop up a monitor with a broken stand, so in some ways i got more use out of it than any other game
 
2014-02-20 05:21:34 PM  

NicktheSmoker: AC4 rocks though.


not the same character?
 
2014-02-20 05:31:04 PM  

FlashHarry: NicktheSmoker: AC4 rocks though.

not the same character?


nope

kind of a spoiler for the first few minutes: you are a pirate and you basically just outright kill an assassin and steal his shiat including a letter that gets you to try to make some quick money via impersonating the dead guy. it rolls with the whole pirate theme by letting you solve problems by shooting them in the face in a whole lot of cases

also a lot of the game is sailing around and blowing shiat up which is pretty damn fun (though the worst parts by far are when it pulls you back to the assassin's creed-y stuff).
 
2014-02-20 05:35:19 PM  
Phantasmagoria.  "The Cellar Beckons You!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria_(video_game)
 
2014-02-20 05:43:19 PM  

Confabulat: IngramValiant: DragonDeadite: Tommy Moo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 256x316]

Most recently played Metro: Last Light... yeah... horrible game there too.

[chan.catiewayne.com image 455x325]
/hot slashes

Metro: Last Light is really pretty awesome. I've only gotten about halfway through though as it does the one thing in gaming I hate nearly as much as escort missions: The "stand here and fight off waves of bad guys for X amount of time until the boat/elevator/train arrives to take you to the next area" nightmare. I HATE those as I'm sure to die 15 times trying to figure out the proper way to not panic while being attacked on all sides and not gobbling up all my medkits in the first 10 seconds. Grr I hate that!

I hope I get past it though and don't give up because it really is a pretty cool game and I can't stand it when I miss half a game because of one stupid point where the designers just decided to make life miserable for the gamer.


I've been willing to forgive those survival scenarios simply because the world design is so freaking incredible.  That game is so utterly claustrophobic at times I've found myself looking around the room just to make sure the walls aren't closing in.  And the lighting and sound?  If only Doom 3 had pulled that kind of atmosphere off......
 
2014-02-20 05:46:05 PM  

sprawl15: also a lot of the game is sailing around and blowing shiat up which is pretty damn fun (though the worst parts by far are when it pulls you back to the assassin's creed-y stuff).


cool. and i hate it when they do the whole modern-day 'desmond' stuff. the best part of AC is wandering around period-correct cities and killing people!
 
2014-02-20 06:04:09 PM  
Mine was appropriately named.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abomination:_The_Nemesis_Project

Only game I ever threw away willingly. Only reason I got it was to get the copy of Dungeon Keeper (before EA shat upon it) bundled with it. Hell, I might've paid more just to take DK by itself.
 
2014-02-20 06:08:22 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: [upload.wikimedia.org image 217x300]

As an 8th grader, I saved up my chore money, gift money for months to get this.

Biggest load of suck ever.


I first played that when I was 4. Even then, I knew that version sucked.
 
2014-02-20 06:21:12 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I'm surprised nobody else mentioned this one yet.  This has to be the worst released game I've seen, apart from the current status of Godus.  Its only positive was that it actually loaded and ran after install.  The only saving grace to the whole fiasco is that they did eventually release a mostly working version and gave out free copies of the sequel/finished expansion to anyone that bought the original.
 
2014-02-20 06:29:33 PM  
Spy Hunter for the Game Cube really disappointed me.
 
2014-02-20 06:39:04 PM  
Clu Clu Land for NES.

So boring. It's like NASCAR, except with right turns as well as left.
 
2014-02-20 06:43:07 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Curt Blizzah: [diehardgamefan.com image 200x275]

As an 8 year old, I had no idea what the hell this game was about.  We hated it.

It was basically part of a contest planned to be spread over four games, each packaged with a comic that to be used to find clues which you then turned in to win some expensive prize. Then the 4 grand prize winners were to compete to win the ultimate Grand Prize: A jeweled sword worth $50,000. The first two games did well, but due to the Great Video Game Crash of 1983, the third game's contest was cancelled, and the fourth game was never made. The world story is fully explained here on Wikipedia


I feel kind of bad for the guy who had his prize melted down. He needed the cash, sure, but it sucks we lost a weird part of video game history. I hope the other prizes show up somewhere down the line someone in the  Tramiel family surfaces with them
 
2014-02-20 06:44:13 PM  
 
2014-02-20 06:45:49 PM  

nmrsnr: nmrsnr: It was barely a game, and you had to be a farking actual surgeon to get the goddamn appendix out (which I never successfully did).

Let's try that again with a picture:

[www.dosbox.com image 320x200]


I had that game back in the day. I actually kinda liked it for what it was.
 
2014-02-20 06:50:35 PM  

lousyskater: [nextgengamingblog.com image 580x362]

I haven't pre-ordered a game since.


I raged so hard over the broken state Rage was released in that Steam actually gave me a refund.

/bought it again later on sale for <$5 after it had been fixed, it was an okay shooter
 
2014-02-20 06:51:46 PM  

wraith95: Not counting steam games I've paid like 2 dollars for: Final Fantasy 13. Some people apparently like it, but the combat system is one of the worst ideas I've ever encountered and that might be the least of it's sins.

I have to also mention one of the best games I've purchased recently: Risk of Rain. It's ten bucks and it's awesome. I've got 45 hours sunk into it and I'm not bored yet. It probably won't reach skyrim levels of playtime for me but we'll see. Check it out, if you like let's plays ShinyRawrquaza on youtube has some good ones.


I freaking love Risk of Rain! It's rare that a game gets pixel art right. I've already surpassed my skyrim play hours twice over. Hell, it inspired me to start fiddling with Game Maker Studio. Between RoR and DustForce I'm pretty impressed at what GMS can churn out.

Oh, and get DustForce if you haven't already.

As for buyer's remorse I'd have to go with Battlefield 4. Just getting it to run like not-crap took me over a week and several computer part upgrades. Even after that it still stuttered every time I got shot, or shot at someone, or looked around too fast, or...anything. I've tried just about everything suggested on the forums from a fresh driver install to fiddling with the registry to make sure all 4 CPU cores are running. Nothing's made it playable.

Other than the glaring technical issues the actual gameplay is terrible. The weapons in the starter kits are garbage, they jump around like crazy if you hold down the trigger longer than half a second, the bullets do almost no damage and it's like pulling teeth to get enough points to get anything new. On top of that, it seems like everybody shooting at me has some kind of super accurate rail gun that can whomp me in one hit. All it's done is frustrate me from day farking one. I came to the realization that, aside from all the technical junk, I'm just not very good at playing it and I don't have the desire to put in the work to get better at it. Just...fark that game. And fark EA and their "release it buggy and inefficient anyway, we have a deadline to meet" crap.
 
2014-02-20 06:53:52 PM  

diaphoresis: [paizo.com image 360x474]


Curse of the Azure Bonds? WTF? That was a great game for its time. What was there not to like? It was a wonderful followup to Pools of Radiance. Almost all the gold box games were great.
 
2014-02-20 06:57:36 PM  

0100010: [upload.wikimedia.org image 328x500]

I'm surprised nobody else mentioned this one yet.  This has to be the worst released game I've seen, apart from the current status of Godus.  Its only positive was that it actually loaded and ran after install.  The only saving grace to the whole fiasco is that they did eventually release a mostly working version and gave out free copies of the sequel/finished expansion to anyone that bought the original.


I mentioned it in passing earlier in the thread.  I preordered it (the collector's edition, stupidly).  I wanted so badly to enjoy it, but jesus.  I have since received the free sequel/expansion but I just haven't had any desire to give it another shot.
 
2014-02-20 07:13:24 PM  

rlandrum: Phantasmagoria.  "The Cellar Beckons You!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria_(video_game)


That game was the epitome of the point and click 90s.  It gave you NOTHING to go on and you'd wander for hours only to find out you were supposed to drive to town and find a key in a file cabinet at some realtors office.  I was expecting to find some sort of visual or audio clue as to where and what I was supposed to be doing but the whole thing was just an exercise in frustration.

/although watching that annoying blonde die in various gory ways almost made it worthwhile.
 
2014-02-20 07:31:09 PM  
Remembered another:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-20 08:07:19 PM  
Oh hell another old school one: Who Frame Roger Rabbit?

No clues on some of the stuff, a hotline that was defunct by the time i found the game that you had to call to get a code.
 
2014-02-20 08:11:45 PM  

FlashHarry: sprawl15: also a lot of the game is sailing around and blowing shiat up which is pretty damn fun (though the worst parts by far are when it pulls you back to the assassin's creed-y stuff).

cool. and i hate it when they do the whole modern-day 'desmond' stuff. the best part of AC is wandering around period-correct cities and killing people!


I'm about 2/3 done with AC4 now and I'll agree with sprawl -- great game, and a MASSIVE improvement over AC3. I get they wanted to "develop" Connor to tell a good story and avoid racist-against-Indians sentiment as much as possible, but the Haytham part of that game was god awful and the early Connor stuff was the most lifeless gaming I've ever seen.

AC4 is better, more polished, more fun, a little easier, the ship combat is worlds ahead, and the story is more interesting and fun, too. Definitely worth giving a shot.
 
2014-02-20 08:12:25 PM  
scalibq.files.wordpress.com

This could've been awesome, but I found the lack of a map terribly annoying.  I figure if I'm playing someone who knows the city's layout so well, there should be some clue as to where in the hell I'm going, rather than the trial and error of throwing myself off of buildings in the hopes that there's someplace to grab or land that won't kill me...

gamesdbase.com

I had this for the NES.  I could beat US and World, but I always ran out of time or would catch up to the crook without enough clues for a warrant in this POS.

Still have the desk encyclopedia...
 
2014-02-20 08:22:00 PM  

Meliorist: Nobody has mentioned Diablo 3 yet?


Diablo III is the only game I have ever demanded a refund for, though to their credit Blizzard did give me one no questions asked.
 
2014-02-20 08:39:39 PM  

The Slush: Remembered another:


Omg that game was boring. I tried to like it but it just wasn't any fun.

The spell movements were a cool idea.
 
2014-02-20 08:52:49 PM  

Skyfrog: Meliorist: Nobody has mentioned Diablo 3 yet?

Diablo III is the only game I have ever demanded a refund for, though to their credit Blizzard did give me one no questions asked.


Starcraft 2 wasnt a huge flashing warning sign?
 
2014-02-20 08:58:47 PM  
1.  A game is a structured activity that presents goals, interposes challenges and equips the player to overcome those challenges.  Being led by the hand between cut-scenes is not a game.  Try to identify the goals, challenges and play systems that will be made available before purchasing.

2.  Never pre-order.  Business managers lose incentive to increase expense when the revenue goal has been met.

3.  Never buy a sequel or reboot based on the quality of the first game.  Business managers have no need to build a good game when they know you will buy a famous title.

4.  Don't buy big studio games too soon.  Business managers save money by enlisting free quality control and feature development teams (you).

5.  Ask yourself "why is this game being released?"  If the release coincides with a TV show, movie, or popular rival game, then do not buy.  It is not a game, it is a merchandising strategy.

6.  Never buy a game that is not pre-released for critical review days before the game release.  They are aware of how bad their product is and do not want you to find out before you pre-order/buy.  Same goes for movies;  a movie that is released for critical review a week before it hits theaters is guaranteed crap, no matter how "good" the previews look.

If you follow these rules, you can begin to train game companies to improve their product.  If you do not, game companies will train you to lower your expectations.
 
2014-02-20 08:59:08 PM  

hardinparamedic: sat1va: Mechwarrior Online

Mechwarrior Online killed pre-ordering anything for me. I jumped on that bandwagon when it was first announced, bought a gold-level collectors edition, and then when I logged in and realized they released a five percent finished polished turd with worse Netcode than Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance, I felt cheated.


Yeah, I'm glad I was in the closed beta for that one. Saved me a good chunk of money.
 
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