Come on. Fess up. You love to kick back and play a few games that didn’t exactly pull down elite scores from the critics. If your friends saw you playing them, you’d probably try to hide behind some lame excuse like, “oh, I just wanted to see how bad this really is.”

If you’ve been playing video games long enough, you have a few such titles tucked away. They will always have a place in your collection but when you go to list that collection on forums or whatever, you purposely omit the titles in question. You just can’t let people know. But now’s the time to lay all our chips on the table; tell the PSXE community what silly, not-so-great games you love to play. I’ll start.

Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball

I remember honestly and truly wanting a really cool beach volleyball game (the last time we had one was Super Spike Volleyball on the NES, I think), and initially, I was a little disappointed with the gameplay. But then I heard the game’s “official” description: it was supposed to be the world’s first “leisure game,” in that it was more about the relaxing experience than anything else. You know, going to the beach and lying in the sun, lounging by the pool, hitting the casino at night with the best bingo operators, and yeah, playing some volleyball during the day. Oh, and the inclusion of impossibly proportioned females helped. I had fun. So sue me. I had fun with the second one, too, although it sort of wore thin faster.

3D Baseball

While everyone was looking forward to more simulated sports experiences on the fancy new PlayStation, I somehow got hooked on the game where you could maneuver the ball around after pitching it. The game didn’t really look that great, but I went and played a full 162-game season after creating a kick-ass team. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible, either, and I can’t tell you how much fun I had knocking 500-foot home runs with my big guys (Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, Mark McGwire). Most people see it amidst the rest of my RPG-heavy and classic-heavy PlayStation collection and go, “so…was this your little brother’s, or something?” No, it was mine. And it rules. So leeme alone.

The Bouncer

It came under fire from just about everyone, and one of the main complaints centered on the length. It could be finished in under 3 hours (actually closer to 2, if you were fast) but my defense was always the same: “the back of the box says, ‘Play the Action Movie!’ and that’s exactly what you do .” I thought the story was fantastic, the graphics were awesome, and the gameplay – despite a few flaws and the inability to use anything environmental-related – was great fun. Plus, Dauragon C. Mikado remains one of the coolest characters in history; in fact, that’s my eBay name. I went through this game a half-dozen times and loved every second; step away from me if you’re going to make a disparaging comment.

Any Hot Shots Golf game

These titles have received more critical acclaim than the other games on my list, but most just look at them and assume they’re kiddie versions of real golf games. But I will forever maintain that several of the most recent installments were just as realistic as any Tiger Woods game. Well, pretty close, at any rate. You had to take every possible element into account, and although that stupid Advanced mechanic in the last HSG brought the game down in my opinion, the 3-tap system is still the best ever. If they take it out in the next one, I’m not buying it. If they keep it in, it’s mine on day one. That’s just the way I roll, damnit.

Mickey Mouse: Land of Illusion

I’ve actually been considering buying a Genesis just so I can play this game again. Well, this and Mutant League Football . Land of Illusion was one of those games you could finish without getting hit once (and I did that multiple times, with both Mickey and Donald), and it was a constant joy to play. It was difficult for me to explain why , exactly, even at the time… But I do remember being crazy impressed with the gorgeous visuals; weren’t they amazing for the time, or am I remembering this wrong? All I know is that I beat this game countless times; it often acted like a great stress reliever after a tough school day.

Okay, your turn.

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Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I agree with Hot Shots. Another one if Yugioh Forbidden Memories on the PS1 😛

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
9 years ago

At least I'm not the only person who has enjoed a Yu-Gi-Oh game, though mine was "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelist Of The Roses". I had to put nearly a thousand hours into that game. I remember having three different saves with three unbelievably powerful decks. My favorite deck was my zombie deck within 5 moves I would usually have 2 or 3 pumpkins in defense mode already making the opponents chance to win about %.000001. Card farming in the game was such a enjoyable chore especially if you didn't cheat, hour upon hour of fighting the same person just to get 1 specific card was insanely fun. This game was without a doubt my crack and the PS2 was the pipe, lol.

And to be honest the only reason I feel ashamed that I played this game(as much as I did) is because I'm 31, if I was younger I would throw my arms up in public and challenge people at random.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Hot Shots Golf rules. 'nuff said.

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
9 years ago

Land of Illusion was an ace game. It was fantastic.

As for my own…there was this game in ps1 called spider. That was it. You were a spider, climbing through like, the walls, fighting off other spiders. And for some reason you could shoot electricity.

I also have this game on psp called chilli con carnage. Enough said.

Finally, Azure Dreams. A game where you found monster eggs in a tower, raised them or sold them, and made enough money to build up a town to get with like 8 anime girls, all with obscene racks and questionable age.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

"anime girls, all with obscene racks and questionable age. "

Is there any better kind? 😉

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I remember working in EB, alphabetizing the pre-owned section after closing, and seeing that Spider game. I always wondered what it was…

I also always meant to try Azure Dreams.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Anime girls are definitely considered a guilty pleasure by most… LOL!

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
9 years ago

I keep hoping to see Azure Dreams on the PSN. I have it on disc…somewhere.

I think I fell in love with the game because of the girls. Really, I fell in love with anime boobies, so to speak.

mackid1993
mackid1993
9 years ago

State of Emergency was an awesome game back in the day. That is the only universally "panned" game I can think of that I really enjoyed. It was also the first game I had completed, albeit with cheat codes. I was about 8 or 10 so I sucked without them. I just remember it being loads of fun.

Miggy
Miggy
9 years ago

My brother and I used to play state of emergency for hours. It was more fun with cheat codes lol.


Last edited by Miggy on 2/5/2011 9:04:55 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I have two of those DOAX and The Bouncer. The Bouncer is awesome for sure and I loved the JRPG like story inside of a brawler. I even looked into becoming a bouncer but the pay was crap.

DOAX IS very relaxing and I don't care if people see me play it. I'll admit I was one of the people who applied the nude patch for a little extra fun too. Yeah I don't think I let anyone see me playing it that way but my buddy thought it was funny when I told him.

Ummmm what else? I made Ashe my party leader in FFXII so I'd be situated behind a nice juicy butt instead of Vaan.

Games this gen that are sweet so F you haters:
Splatterhouse
Dark Void
Afro Samurai

And the ultimate guilty pleasure: The Atari Jaguar. I wish I hadn't sold it. Iron Soldier may have looked like a bunch of bland polygons but it was SOOO fun. Club Drive man, cruise around houses and smash into the cat as a tiny car! Cybermorph, fly a… thing and do stuff! 64 bits of incredibly flawed games that I loved.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/4/2011 10:35:31 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

It takes a bold guy to speak good things of the Jaguar while holding a straight face. My bro and I rented it from a video store way back when and we couldn't believe how crappy it was. We played some Scott McCloud's side scroller shooter game, or something.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Aliens vs. Predator was a good enough reason to own the Jaguar. Cybermorph was cool, and so was Trevor McFur. That's TREVOR MCFUR, Temjin. 😉

And Ashe was awesome.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 2/4/2011 10:47:36 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It also had the best console version of Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. I did get it for Alien Vs Predator though. Cannon Fodder was great fun. And that one (I can't believe the name escapes me) where you are just the wedge on a shape shooting at invaders) That system really hurt me with games like The Highlander and Kasumi Ninja though. Basically, I knew it was all pretty bad compared to stuff on other systems but I wanted to like it so bad that I just sorta did.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Aw yes, it was Trevor McFur.

And I forgot about how AvsP was supposed to be good.
And I remember now Jaguar had fullscreen Doom and Wolfenstein. Man, ye' olde game-tech info from our days of yore long since forgotten.

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
9 years ago

Yes… the Jaguar! Aliens v. Predator and Tempest 2000 were two titles that were pretty sweet back in the day.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Dragon's Lair: I like the hand drawn animation stuff by Don Blueth. The game plays like crap but it has charm. I just like it, okay? leave me alone.

Return to Zork: because it was one of the first known games to have fully digitized speech throughout the adventure. It sounded a little crunchy and the game shipped on like twelve 3.5" floppy disks. Yes, like twelve.

Parrapa the Rapper: Not my kind of game. I don't even care for rap. But for some reason I played and enjoyed it too much back on PSX. I still remember it well today. "PUNCH. KICK. IT'S ALL IN THE MIND!"

There's probably a lot more but that's all that comes to mind for me now.

I liked the Bouncer years ago and I wasn't ashamed of it. It had cool graphics and it was a decent brawler. It's 2p competitive mode wasn't bad either.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I loved Bust-a-Groove, myself. 🙂

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Ben, how great was it dancing against Robo Z as cars crashed around its legs? And Kitty-N? Yes. Always had trouble with Ham's stage, though. Don't know if it was the rhythm or that I just disliked his song so much. I managed an EB; myself and two of my employees on duty stayed two hours after close playing that game the day it was released. It's great. Wish it was on PSN.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

If I could get an actual arcade cabinet of Star Wars – the original arcade version that used analog vector graphics – that and the pile of quarters I'd drop in it would be a guilty pleasure.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Oolala and Space Channel 5 "Shoot shoot" lol

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

PCG: I do remember Robo Z but most of that game escapes my memory now. I just recall having tons of fun at a friend's house…and I was fairly convinced I'd hate it.

Played that game for a solid year, I think. Only in the presence of others, though, like a party thing.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

There's not many games I'll go back to after having finished them up once or twice.

And if you're hiding games from your friends, it's time for new friends.

kevinater321
kevinater321
9 years ago

Any Pokemon game.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

pokemon for me as well, and wouldn't give two sh!ts on who sees me playing it

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

It's from this generation but LAIR! I really really liked it. Another from this gen would probably be dark sector. Not sure on the reviews but I know a lot of people didn't like it. I did!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I grabbed it for 5 bucks, but the flying was really messed up and I didn't play it for long. Even the patch couldn't save it for me.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Yea it's a tough one to like haha. But I did. I like the story even ha! But the flying as bad as it was was pretty awesome what you were doing with the controller. Idk it was a love hate game, I loved it! Although I wish they would have more on the ground combat minus the dragons! I seen all those troops on the ground ad wanted to be fighting in it! O well maybe next time, right?


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 2/5/2011 1:45:10 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I didnt hate it, maybe ill try it again sometime. Thats what I love about having a collection


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/5/2011 11:48:33 AM

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

I liked it a lot too bigrailer19 (if my username wasn't a big enough giveaway; subtlety is not one of my strong points).

Yeah, the flying wasn't the best, but IMO it was a fun game, although you're right in saying that we should have had some more ground combat. Thousands of soldiers on a battlefield, and you only get to fight them a few times in a couple levels? That kinda sucked, but the rest was great.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I'm not sure if this counts as a game in this context but the game I am definitely most hesitated to admit that I play *and* enjoy nowadays, is Mafia Wars on Facebook. I'm level 530ish now (that means quite some time spent) and still at this point I struggle with explaining why I bother. Or rather, every attempt to explain it just turns out to sound so stupid that I refuse to type it down.

Of "real" games my most guilty pleasure must be playing Anarchy Online. Or not that I played it in itself, but the totally *insane* amount of time spent on it. We talk about real-life gaming sessions not counted in hours but *days*. When people read about gamers isolating themselves while playing WoW & co they picture teenage boys that's still living with their parents. Well, I was in my mid 30s and lost my job because of it.

Sooo… That's about as embarrassing as it can get!

This gen: I think Katamari Forever is the lowest rated favourite of mine. I totally love it and can not figure out what's *not* to love about it.
Replay value goes through the roof!


Last edited by Beamboom on 2/4/2011 10:49:07 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Damn man, hope you got a new job after that. I used to play Mafia Wars too, I have no idea why. It was sort of addicting. I'm an RPG gamer so the stats and numbers just begged me to keep going, maybe that was it. I broke myself of the habit thankfully and now put that time into real games.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

I used to play Mafia Wars everyday, but I stopped around December last year. I was already level 800+ when I did. It was fun at first, but it became more tedious by the day. That's why I stopped. Not to mention those people who expect you to help them *every single day* just because they made you their Top Mafia. LOL

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Word: Yeah I got another job… After THREE years! But that was cause I was busy playing. Getting a job is not too hard here in Norway. I played AO for three continious years. Today it's hard to believe, or even understand myself. It's truly an addiction.

But I got to think about another game that's even lower rated than Katamari: Overlord 2! That's one of the most charming, if not THE most charming game I've got on the ps3. LBP eat your heart out, Overlord is 10x cuter. And it's got some classic puzzle solving levels, fun cutscenes, the story is charming in a very christmas'ish way… Yeah. Overlord 2, THAT's my guilty pleasure.


Last edited by Beamboom on 2/6/2011 1:05:58 AM

Xombito
Xombito
9 years ago

Oh God, so many. Deadly Premonition being one. Saw being another (easy platinum). I like to play bad games sometimes just to see how bad they really are. Like watching a really bad movie.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

That's why I nabbed Alpha Protocol and may some day get Quantum Theory. I can find simple joy in them sometimes.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Haha ahh yes I know that temptation, "can it really be *that* bad? Hmm… That is a really good price"…
So you guys buy bad games and enjoy their badness, sort to speak? That's actually quite cool! "Cult-gamers"! 😀

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Wait is Deadly Premonition on the PS3? I havent seen it in the UK, but if it is in the US i may import it. Even if it is a rip off of Twin Peaks.

godsdream
godsdream
9 years ago

Well, I loved a recent (last gen) game that didn't do sell numbers good. BRUTAL LEGEND. I hope and pray for a 2nd part.

And I also loved so much a NES game called Little League World Series. Oh and there was a Sega Genesis one called Rock and Roll Racing, that was awesome too.


Last edited by godsdream on 2/4/2011 11:06:37 PM

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

Idk… theres nothing i'm really ashamed to play. I like some terrible things and i'm ok with that.

Fur Fighters scored terribly but i still say it is one of the best PS2 third-person shooters. It was made for Dreamcast and PC as well, but the ps2 version is cel-shaded and looks cooler, imo. Its great because the puzzles require you to switch between different characters (which are all stuffed animals, btw) to get to certain places. The guns are great too, they have a fully-automatic shotgun, plasma beam, and flame thrower. When you shoot the other guys stuffing flies everywhere. The worlds are a kickback to old gaming with things like a giant world, a snowy city, space station.

Yeah, i'm going to start playing that again tonight.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I'm sorry, I remember reviewing Fur Fighters way back when…….that game was AWFUL. 😉

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

Lol. I love it so much.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Anybody remember Clay Fighter? For some reason I thought that was sweet. And also Sewer Shark and Night Trap on Sega CD because it had "Real" people in it! lol.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

We had people coming into EB looking for Clay Fighter ALL the time.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The snowman was pimp

Hezzron
Hezzron
9 years ago

"oh, I just wanted to see how bad this really is."

That is precisely my excuse as to why Rogue Warrior is in my collection. I picked it up real cheap and suffered permanent brain damage from having playing it.

As far as a game I actually like as a guilty pleasure? SingStar Abba. I can sing an off key rendition of Chiquitita with the best of them.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

For the bad games I love this gen it's Rumble Roses XX, Alpha Protocol, Genji: Days of the Blade, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, Deadly Premonition, LAIR! LAIR!LAIR! and more, LAIR!, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, Wheelman, Blitz the League 2, Earth Defense Force 2017, Def Jam Icon(story turns into an interesting Count of Monte Cristo homage halfway through), Rise of the Argonauts, Beowulf, Golden Axe: Beast Rider, f'n X-Blades,, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad, Iron Man 2, and finally, Jurassic: The Hunted. There are probably alot more but I don't feel like leaving the office.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

How'd I forget Fist of the North Star?

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

How many controllers you break while playing Eat Lead on Hazard difficulty?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Based on those games, you should try Conan. It was pretty decent.