What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?



  • For me its Journey (ps3)

    Not only was it a full priced digital only title at the time, meaning I couldn't trade it in or see any collection based value to it, but it was also the worst "game" I've ever played to date. I seriously never want to play this travesty ever again, it's that bad.

    Any regrets you have?



  • @sheria I personally loved Journey. Played through the whole thing in one sitting with the same "partner". Communicating with them using only chirps was very charming. I fought back manly tears when we got separated in the storm on the final trek up the mountain.

    For me it would be Aliens Colonial Marines. Being a huge Aliens fan I preordered that dumpster fire of a game, so when it came out and was a barely playable mess.
    For an example of just how bad this game is, there is a line of text in the .ini file that has a type. Changing a single letter in the file completely changes the Xenomorphs AI behaviours from mindlessly charging you to actually smartly stalking you using the environment.
    This has not been fixed, several years after release.



  • @el-shmiablo said in What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?:

    @sheria I personally loved Journey. Played through the whole thing in one sitting with the same "partner". Communicating with them using only chirps was very charming. I fought back manly tears when we got separated in the storm on the final trek up the mountain.

    For me it would be Aliens Colonial Marines. Being a huge Aliens fan I preordered that dumpster fire of a game, so when it came out and was a barely playable mess.
    For an example of just how bad this game is, there is a line of text in the .ini file that has a type. Changing a single letter in the file completely changes the Xenomorphs AI behaviours from mindlessly charging you to actually smartly stalking you using the environment.
    This has not been fixed, several years after release.

    I've almost picked it up on a number of occasions as it was dirt cheap, but I followed its long development and can understand the disappointment.

    I thought Alien Isolation was great though, so at least the franchise has something to build upon still.



  • Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. So bad. And I'm sure there have been others since but this was during the "1 game a year" time of childhood so there was no consoling myself with another purchase.



  • @sheria I do not recommend paying any sort of actual money for this trash heap of a game.
    For more hate fuel, Gearbox actively siphoned the money they were given to make this game into the development of Borderlands, and then contracted the rest of the development of the game to smaller studios in the final stretch of development.

    Randy Pitchford can go suck the biggest of fucks.



  • The Witcher 3 as of this gen.



  • @el-shmiablo said in What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?:

    @sheria I do not recommend paying any sort of actual money for this trash heap of a game.
    For more hate fuel, Gearbox actively siphoned the money they were given to make this game into the development of Borderlands, and then contracted the rest of the development of the game to smaller studios in the final stretch of development.

    Randy Pitchford can go suck the biggest of fucks.

    Fair enough :) I think it was only £1.50 though. Sometimes though I like buying historically known bad games as long as they have a physical edition. I paid a decent price for my Big Rigs, but it serves another purpose.



  • @e_zed_eh_intern said in What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?:

    Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. So bad. And I'm sure there have been others since but this was during the "1 game a year" time of childhood so there was no consoling myself with another purchase.

    I list that game in my top 5 worst games of all time. Thankfully though I got given the PS1 version for free. I feel you, really I do



  • ARMA 3. Why?
    I couldn't run it :(
    Interesting to see the Witcher on here though. I have plenty of untouched single player games.



  • In terms of enjoyment I've gotten and how much I've spent on them, I have to say Xenoblade 2 and DQ 11, paid full price for both and didnt like either at all.

    Probably made some actual worse purchases for PS2 ganes back in the day, but those were all pirated copies that were like 4$ a game, so not as big of a deal



  • @bard91 said in What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?:

    In terms of enjoyment I've gotten and how much I've spent on them, I have to say Xenoblade 2 and DQ 11, paid full price for both and didnt like either at all.

    Probably made some actual worse purchases for PS2 ganes back in the day, but those were all pirated copies that were like 4$ a game, so not as big of a deal

    Wow, what a shock.

    Outside of my retro purchases, Xenoblade 2 and its DLC are the most worthwhile purchases I've made this generation.



  • @sheria I didn't even know there was a PS1 version! I think I paid like $100 Canadian for the N64 version. Sigh, so many other good games I could have had instead.



  • Far too many times, I have binged on a Steam sale only to never play any of the games I bought. I have wasted so much money that way.

    As far as individual games go, I would have to say Monster Hunter: World. It is not a bad game by any means, but after about three hours of playing I just realized it wasn't for me. I spent $60 that could have gone to better things, on a game I don't like.



  • Shadow of the Colossus/ICO collection on PS3 due to controls and Fuse for 360 because blindly going in on a game because of a developer (and not doing do diligence in regards to publisher) is an... interesting... lesson to learn.



  • @crimsonviper said in What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?:

    Interesting to see the Witcher on here though. I have plenty of untouched single player games.

    Not really, considering who posted it.

    But back to the topic!

    Diablo 3.
    Mind you this game went on to become one of my favorite and most played games of this AND last gen, but D3 at launch was a fucking unholy abomination. Gameplay mechanics and itemization were entirely built around the auction house, so unless you were rich enough to buy your way into gear, or just plain stupidly lucky with rolls, there was basically zero chance for you to enjoy the meta.

    Then around 1.6 (or whatever the patch was before Reaper of Souls was) they removed the auction house and completely changed how itemization works.
    For an idea of what this means, I spent about 100 hours playing the game pre 1.6 and found zero legendaries. Post 1.6 I found a legendary in my first 20 minutes of booting up the game.

    I've since gone on to have 6 fully geared 70s across two platforms (platinum'd on PS4) and have easily spent at least 1200 hours on the game.

    But fuck me was launch D3 baaad.



  • @el-shmiablo said in What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?:

    @crimsonviper said in What's the worst video game purchase you've ever made?:

    Interesting to see the Witcher on here though. I have plenty of untouched single player games.

    Not really, considering who posted it.

    its because its most overrated and boring game of this generation. the combat is just simply bad and controls are terrible. it doesnot matter if it has nice graphics or lore or story when developers cant make a decent gameplay.



  • @el-shmiablo

    My roommate found Aliens Colonial Marines on PS3 for $5 in a wire bin at Canadian Tire this summer and we played it in one sitting and had a blast. We've been hyping up the game for years ever since we watched Angry Joe's review and couldn't believe how awful it looks. His review was on PC which is a renaissance painting compared to how ugly, framey, screen teary, and low-fi audio-y, it is on PS3. It was so shit that we had a great time. Same can be said about buying Shellshock 2 from the EB Games discount bin in like 2011. That game is sooooooooo bad that its beyond hilarious every step of the way. A MUST PLAY if you ask me.


    I can probably think of a few rentals that I returned immediately. I was only 7 years old when Resident Evil ReMake came out on GameCube. I followed coverage of the game all year in my Tips & Tricks magazine subscription (possibly Nintendo Power, I had a few subs back then). I thought it looked soooo cool. I went to the Blockbuster to rent it. Put it in. Ran around the foyer of the mansion where I tried to exit through the front door and the dogs game in and attacked me. I was so scared I tensed up and just looked away from the screen until my heart calmed down and I just turned the game off to breathe.

    Took it back to the store and exchanged it for Super Mario Sunshine and the rest is history.



  • The three worst games I've ever bought (or played in general, really) are Magical Drop V, Hyperdimension Neptunia and Sonic Heroes. Magical Drop V in particular is one of those games that burned me so hard I actually pushed it out of my mind and forgot I ever even made that mistake of buying it until I heard about the Toki remake and remembered seeing an ad for it at the end of that trashheap.



  • value for money, FIFA 18, i rarely buy FIFA games, my brother convinced me. But i haven't touched that game since last year and paid like 30 bucks for it



  • Also, my parents said I could get a game back in the day. I was obsessed with Pokemon in 1999/2000 as any 5-6 year old would be. I picked Pokemon Snap for the N64. I took it home and I played it and didn't understand what the game was or what I was supposed to be doing. I think I beat it, and just kept replying it or re-doing missions and I wasn't sure if the game was working. I asked my parents to help but they didn't understand the point either. I didn't know games could be like that or that things like Snap could even be considered games.

    That was back in the day when you could actually return games let alone bad ones, so I returned it that day and the guy at the store who clearly didn't play games was trying to figure out what was wrong with it because lots of others were returning it too. I think my parents said "it didn't work" hahaha. Looking back thats a really funny exchange between a 6 year old, his confused parent, and a confused Wal-Mart employee.

    We exchanged it for Star Wars Episode 1 Pod Racer which brought my step sisters and I years and years of sheer enjoyment. Amazing game.