Your Gaming Guilty Pleasures

3:39 pm - 04/05/2012


We all have one. One game that the reviewers ripped on. One game that everybody else seemed to hate, but you gleefully committed hours and hours to. Maybe you're embarrassed to admit it. Maybe you're not.

If you fall into the latter category, this post is for you. What's the one game that everybody else loved to hate, but you just plain loved?
kyuusei 5th-Apr-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. Final Fantasy X-2? It went from way too campy to rather grimdark, but damn if I didn't love the battle system.
laurasue 5th-Apr-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh lawd, I am so with you. I got so much shit for that game but I just couldn't bring myself to care.
voyevoda 5th-Apr-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I feel like I've seen some form of this post before, hehe. In any case, answer is the same.

Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness. I love that broken beauty. <3
woodwind 5th-Apr-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Dragon Age II
malibu_and_coke 5th-Apr-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
I wish there had been more DLC for it.
lunelight 5th-Apr-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
FFXIII/XIII-2, and... Hot Shots Golf? Do people hate that? lol
eiremauve 6th-Apr-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
I love Final Fantasy 13, too! Love the story and characters.
sh00ca 5th-Apr-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Everyone I know seems to hate Majora's Mask, and I don't know why. That is a favorite of favorites of mine.

I totally play Pokemon Snap and TCG, and am not ashamed. I also have:
, a Pokedex that a friend bought for me, most of my original cards, plus a binder of new ones, a pokeball bra, and every single Pokemon game for the hand-held except the mystery dungeon crap or w/e. Usually, whenever people want to buy me a present, they get me Pokemon cards or DVDs, haha.

I also like the Home Alone games for the SNES, and zomg, Leisure Suit Larry, the oooooold one, hahaha.

I'm sure there are plenty others, but those come to mind easily.
sabishii_kirito 5th-Apr-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Need Snap for 3DS. It was made to have an AR Pokemon game, and if they don't make a new Snap I'll be really sad.
sabishii_kirito 5th-Apr-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I didn't start playing Pokemon until I was 21. Since Pearl, I've gotten every game on release day, spent way too much money at Pokemon Centers, and started way too many Pokemon-based projects to count. It's like I'm making up for what I missed in my childhood.

So... Not too weird except I'm about 10-15 years too late.
sh00ca 5th-Apr-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Pokémon based projects? Go on.
vickyblueeyez 5th-Apr-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
For me it's the Dynasty/Samurai Warriors series by Koei. Everyone says they don't change but that's why I like it.
zotmeister 6th-Apr-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Those are some of the most underrated games ever published. They didn't jump the shark in the slightest until just recently (DW7). Just picked up Warriors Orochi 3, and I'm hoping beyond hope that they've redeemed themselves after that pathetic, unplayable piece of junk. (I will say this for 7: it's by far the best in the series to watch. The presentation is very cinematic and is easily the best telling of the story they've ever done. Too bad the game mechanics and frame rate reduce the actual action to something worse than Dynasty Warriors 2.)

What bugs me the most about these games is that reviewers refuse to treat them properly. They'll get into the details of what makes each year's iteration of a sports title ever-so-subtly different from previous ones, but they can't be arsed to go beyond "it's another Warriors game, they're all the same" for Koei. Fuck that shit! - ZM
ahzuri 5th-Apr-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Final Fantasy 9! Like everyone I know thinks it was a dull game but I LOVE it!
zeldana 6th-Apr-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Favorite FF here. :)
zeldana 6th-Apr-2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Dunno if facebook casual games count but I was really into Frontierville for about a year. Then I realized I would never achieve that totally awesome, fulfilled feeling you get when you beat a game because facebook games never end. So I completely quit and spent my time on better things ever since.

Anyone heard of Evolution Worlds? It got terrible reviews (and it was a pretty bad game) but I enjoyed it enough. I wouldn't say I'm really embarrassed about anything I play, though I tend to not mention Pokemon when someone asks what my favorite games are even though it's one of my favorite series. :x
ahzuri 6th-Apr-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
I think we had that for the Game Cube, if its the same game my sister was obsessed with it lol
radiant_smile 6th-Apr-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
A lot of people seem to hate FF X, but dammit, I enjoyed it.
pisaci 6th-Apr-2012 01:06 am (UTC)
Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit. Both of them scored really well reviewer reception-wise, but almost all of my gamer friends HATED them both. The common complaint across the board was that they were "just movies where you press a couple of buttons to get an ending". I love them, though - for me, how immersive the stories are coupled with how unobtrusive the gameplay is is perfect.
voyevoda 6th-Apr-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
I love Indigo Prophecy. I think I've replayed it like 4-5 times now.

I will always consider the ending just awful, haha, but the rest of the game was glorious. :)
slaneyder 6th-Apr-2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Innocent life harvest moon for psp. It was really bad and I played it relentlessly.
glenngunnerzero God Hand6th-Apr-2012 01:17 am (UTC)


Edited at 2012-04-06 01:18 am (UTC)
just_say_narf Re: God Hand6th-Apr-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Love me some God Hand. It sucks that we'll probably never see Gene again :(.
crimsonspirit 6th-Apr-2012 01:31 am (UTC)
Primal for PS2. No one ever seems to talk about it or know what it is. I loved it so much, but sharing it with my friends was returned with stares of apathy.
pisaci 6th-Apr-2012 08:43 am (UTC)
PRIMAL. Oh man, my sister and I loved that game! We bought it while we were overseas, and ended up rebuying it when we lost it. Scree was my fave ♥
nishastar 6th-Apr-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Not sure about anyone here but...

I liked the Endless Ocean games even if they were cheesy and easy to complete. I guess the simplicity in it attracted my eye, and the lovely music. <33
crimsonspirit 6th-Apr-2012 08:52 am (UTC)
Nighty! <3
Fancy seeing you here.
kniferomance 6th-Apr-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Pft. I still play Pokemon sometimes. No regrets, no fucks, etc.
shirenu 6th-Apr-2012 07:34 am (UTC)
I don't think playing the Sims franchise gives any player great street cred...

But I don't see myself ever stopping with Sims 2. After five(?) years, I'm still not bored of it - of course I take breaks sometimes, but I always go back to my babies.
vickyblueeyez 6th-Apr-2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
I've been playing the Sims Social on FB. I stopped after Sims 2 pets and apartment life. I like Sims Social because I get to play with friends.
letalisfortuna 6th-Apr-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
I remember a bunch of my fellow reviewers at a website ripped on Legend of Dragoon a bunch when it was first out. I agree it was Power Rangers RPG, but I loved the battle system.

Also, I have a huuuuuuuge soft spot for Vagrant Story.
vickyblueeyez 6th-Apr-2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
I wish LoD would come on the ps3 download or something. Granted my ps3 first gen is backwards compat so I could play it again but I have no idea where my discs are.
sparowe 6th-Apr-2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Fable III -- I liked the character interactions to begin with, but that choice you have to make in the desert pretty much decided me.

Dragon Age II -- Didn't like it initially, until I stopped comparing it to Origins. There's definitely some things from it that I'd like to see in DAIII.
zotmeister 6th-Apr-2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is a GENIUS game and anyone who doesn't recognize that is the one with the problem, not me. - ZM
just_say_narf 6th-Apr-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Back on the Nintendo 64, I loved Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. Everyone I knew hated that game but I thought it was great, especially the vehicle/ship segments.

Also, both PS2 3D Castlevania games. Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness. They weren't as good as the 2D Castlevania games but I thought they were much better than the N64 3D Castlevania games. Plus their soundtracks were amazing.
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