A lot of us have played a game where after we finished it, we thought to ourselves, "What the hell did I just play?" You know the ones; the games that you probably tried out on a whim, but initially thought they were interesting to play. Games like Haze, Rambo: The Video Game and Ride To Hell: Retribution are all fair examples of games that fell very short of their predetermined expectations, but we all have games that fucked us over to the point of no return. My first experience with this was for a game called WET. Now, a long time ago when I played the demo for this game, I thought that it was the coolest shit I've ever seen in terms of gun-play mechanics, and it still was even after playing it because I truly think it's a good idea for a game. The problem lies in that game's story and the transitions throughout it that made very little sense, and then sections of the game that didn't really need to be there, but they had to find something that could fill out. I bought that game pre-owned while I was at a GameStop just browsing something to play in my spare time, and there it was. After I beat that game, or not even, I was looking at the reviews and reception and they were nowhere near as bad as I thought the game was. The gameplay was the only redeeming trait and that's what most people agreed upon. Maybe it's not as bad as I think? I sometimes think about replaying it just to see if it's as bad as I remember.
The same thing happened when I played the original Watch Dogs. I remember it looking so bad-ass and fresh at the E3, and then the actual game looked so ashy that I blamed it on my TV at first, but then I looked online at other people making the same claims and comparisons. Sometimes the worst game you've played isn't a start to finish kind of thing, it can be just one element of the game that ruined the experience for you in a way that stayed in your memory. Some games are the opposite, they are so frustrating and you talk shit about them in the moment, but as soon as you beat the game you say that they are really good games and you'd recommend them because they're challenging and compelling. There's also those games that have a decent narrative or concept to them, but the game's presentation and execution is lacking there of, so it makes you cringe or laugh or wonder if the developers had even made an effort to make the game any good. The trailers for these games seem to be the best part of the game because the reality is always different. There's even games out there that are complete spoofs--They're shitty versions of a successful game and the characters look highly identical with no kind of originality. Whether the game is newer or older, whether the game is a carbon copy of another not not, there has to be a game that you consider to be the worse or at the very least, a bad experience that you wouldn't want anyone else to sit through. Comment!