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Your Gaming Guilty Pleasures

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, 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.

2/4/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (147 posts)

Riku994
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:05:09 PM
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I agree with Hot Shots. Another one if Yugioh Forbidden Memories on the PS1 :P

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Rogueagent01
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:45:41 AM

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.

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Highlander
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:05:15 PM
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Hot Shots Golf rules. 'nuff said.

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robinhood2010
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:27:32 PM
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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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:29:11 PM

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

Is there any better kind? ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:44:36 PM

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.

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Highlander
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:56:10 PM

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

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robinhood2010
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 7:39:47 AM

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.

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mackid1993
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:27:34 PM
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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.

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Miggy
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 9:03:54 AM

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

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:28:02 PM
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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.




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Temjin001
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:41:48 PM

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.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:46:38 PM

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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:59:05 PM

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.

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Temjin001
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 1:42:30 AM

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.

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SirLoin of Beef
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 1:55:25 PM

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

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Temjin001
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:30:27 PM
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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.



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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:45:19 PM

I loved Bust-a-Groove, myself. :)

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:58:05 PM

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.

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Highlander
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:11:04 PM

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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:12:22 PM

Oolala and Space Channel 5 "Shoot shoot" lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:00:34 AM

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.

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Alienange
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:38:08 PM
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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.

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kevinater321
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:41:37 PM
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Any Pokemon game.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 1:13:47 AM

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

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:43:13 PM
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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!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:59:51 PM

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.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:43:47 AM

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?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:48:17 AM

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

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Lairfan
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:20:15 PM

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.

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Beamboom
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:44:06 PM
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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!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:14:20 PM

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.

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:52:56 AM

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

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Beamboom
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 1:02:57 AM

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.

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Xombito
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:55:07 PM
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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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:00:44 PM

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

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Beamboom
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:10:30 PM

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"! :D

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 8:10:26 AM

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.

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godsdream
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:03:08 PM
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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.

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:13:29 PM
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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.



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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:01:22 AM

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

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:43:44 AM

Lol. I love it so much.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:16:53 PM
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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.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:03:15 AM

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

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:50:00 AM

The snowman was pimp

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Hezzron
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:18:24 PM
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"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.

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:21:02 PM
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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.

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:37:00 PM

How'd I forget Fist of the North Star?

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Alienange
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:48:57 PM

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

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:02:29 AM

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

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matt99
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:36:14 AM

I actually enjoyed rise of the argonauts, but I think that was more because of the mythology than the game.

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Teddie9
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 2:51:01 PM

Genji Days of the Blade had some nice boss fights :)

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kutter6billion
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 6:18:19 PM

Awww man, Conan is awesome. I laugh out loud whenever the rescued damsel says, "where are all my clothes?" My wife gives me the skunk eye, but its cheesy-ness is so perfect.

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booze925
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:26:38 PM
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fire emblem path of radiance.
truthfully, i wanna try radiant dawn

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:31:13 PM

Insanely hard. I was physically exhausted after Radiant Dawn, Booze.

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Alienange
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:47:36 PM

I found Radiant Dawn rather tough. As in it doesn't allow for much creativity in manner of attack. It's as if you have to do exactly what they want or you won't make it.

I had more fun with the GBA games.

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Wrote
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:03:39 AM

holy crap! fire emblem fans!!11! played 7,8, and the translated roms of the jap #6 wit Roy(dont hate I had to play it) and path of radiance and radiant dawn also the crappy ds one. and ya, radiant dawn was the hardest most rewarding game I've ever played, (I bet id like demon souls...) luckilly it doesn't use the wiis motion controller, I really like how the units promoted a 3rd time.

but those aren't guilty pleasures, in fact im very proud, there challenging and require lots of thought, and the fact that ur characters dont come back when dead is so hardcore. pokemon would prob be mine, cuz im 20 and I know more about pokemon then like anyone with the exception of serebii.net lol.

any diehard pokemon fans here? ever since blue version I've been hooked, thats like a 10 year addiction. I prob wont get a 3ds til they make a pkmn game on it. hopefully they make a pkmn colloseum type game for it.

how about some n64 games: space station silicon valley(best game in the world), cruisin USA, blast corps! the banjo games were good but they count.

lol its fun thinking of all the games I've played, I think most of them were all good. idk how I've avoided bad games my entire life, oh ya I've always had video game mags.

see ya dudes

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SayWord
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:41:49 PM
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I enjoy japanese hentai games for the pc :$ don't judge me^^ hah

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:52:10 AM

The more interactive ones or the very story heavy ones?

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Alienange
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:44:09 PM
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Ok Okaaaaaaay. It's Pharaoh. But I'm NOT embarrassed!

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kutter6billion
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 6:21:55 PM

I loved that game! I'm not embarrassed that I played it constantly... but I am a bit embarrassed that I had a special egyptian-themed shirt I would wear to get "in the zone" while playing it.

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BigT_1980
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:46:09 PM
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A guilty pleasure for me would be Arcana Heart for the PS2. Most people I try to get play the game look at me weird because it is an all female character fighting game where all the fighters are underage. The game has awesome fighting mechanics and it sad that so many people missed out because they could not get past the characters. If they would have changed the characters to adults and made them both male and female I think more people outside of Japan would have played it. I feel that many people missed out on a gem.

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WolfCrimson
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:57:44 AM

Hey dude, in case you didn't know, Arcana Heart 3 is out in Japan for PS3. You can import of you want.

Personally, I fall into the category of people who wouldn't get into the game because of the game's looks. An all female roster who's personalities are all stereotyical female manga character archetypes? No thanks.

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blitz30952
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:52:51 PM
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Ooooooooo mine would be Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town on GBA. The first time I heard about it was off my mates and having a go at them when they were talking about how many cows and sheep they had... and then a week later being thoroughly addicted to it, lol :P

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SplendidBlended
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:25:09 AM

Harvest Moon games are THE BEST.

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Highlander
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 12:02:20 AM
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The guiltiest pleasure I can think of would be anyone who plays Farmville!

Please note, I do not.

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JDC80
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 12:15:00 AM
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PS2 era:
1.TMNT 2:Battle Nexus: I'm a sucker for TMNT games
2.TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare: reason is same as for TMNT 2 plus those two games had the arcade classics on them.
3.Spawn
4.Devil May Cry 2: It seems I'm in the minority in liking this game.
5.Chaos Legion
6.Blitz the League: You better have more than a 2 touchdown lead late in the fourth.
7. Superman Returns
PSP:
Manhunt 2

PS3 era:
1. Haze
2.Spider-Man 3 movie game: Some people like it and some people hate on it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:55:56 AM

Manhunt is good stuff I'd like to see an ultra realistic one on PS3.

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LanceNLT
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:02:25 AM
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Okay so here goes mine:

A Boy and His Blob (Wii)
While it may not have received all too poor ratings, I know all of you that just looked at the name went "Seriously? Sounds like some lame kids' game" or something to that effect. And trying to convince you otherwise may be in vain but I'll try anyways. The game was developed by great independent developer WayForward (known for Shantae, Contra 4, and who is now one of my favorite developers) and it's very much an artistic and emotional experience. The game is not technically perfect but it doesn't really need to be, all of the issues critics had with it were minor things like the blob's sometimes unitnelligent AI, long-ish loading times, and that the boy dies after one hit from an enemy (that last one was only an issue for me during boss fights). So, don't let those small shortcomings discourage you. It's a 2D puzzle/platformer and all the character models, environments, backgrounds, everything is just beautifully hand-drawn. The music is also beautiful and complements every moment of the game perfectly. The story is told without dialogue in the style of classic games from the NES era, and yet I could definitely feel the bond growing between the boy and the blob grow over the course of the game. The puzzles are clever and are solved in creative and unique ways by having the blob transform into things like a ladder and trampoline and anvil for the boy to use. Don't let the name fool you, I personally put this alongside Flower and Ico as an incredibly unique, artistic, and emotional gaming experience.

Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! (GBC)
This one I really have no defense for other than nostalgia. I know there were games we all played as kids that we remember fondly but we would never play again now that we're older. But I just replayed this one last year! And I still pop it in once in a while to try to find those last few stars (I STILL haven't mastered it 100%). This one also didn't get poor reviews (It's a GBC game so PSXE never reviewed it but IGN actually gave it an 8/10) and it was actually developed by Nintendo themselves. I think while nostalgia may be the single biggest factor that keeps me in love with this game, in all honesty I think it was also very well made and fun to play even for a serious gamer. There's lots to do and explore and some great character animations and catchy music. But this one is about hamsters, not headshots, and it really holds more meaning for those who actually watched the show (like me!) before it got cancelled (T-T).

Pokemon Battle Revolution (Wii)
Now this one is one I KNOW critics did NOT like. I completely agree that this one in many ways feels like a bare-bones attempt to cash in on the Pokemon name. Where are the minigames from Pokemon Stadium? No story mode at all? What about some kind of NDS Tower a la the GB Tower? But it's still Pokemon, in 3D, on the big screen, online (albeit somewhat broken online), with customizable characters, and they at least brought back the cool announcer guy from Pokemon Stadium to comment on the battles. Now, I know a lot of you don't get that Pokemon is actually an incredibly deep, strategy based RPG but it is and so whenever I wanted to try out my new teams against real players I'd always turn to this game's online for that. Even when I didn't play online I found it still challenging and fun to go up against the CPU. So ridicule me if you want for being a blind Poke-freak but I'm standing by this one until Nintendo *hopefully* releases something like this but with all the features this one is missing included.

Yoshi's Story (N64/VC)
Now Yoshi's Story is pure nostalgia. I even downloaded the Virtual Console version, that's how much I loved this game as a kid. Unfortunately, I don't think critics were ever fond of Yoshi's Story, whether it be when it was originally released or when it was brought back on the Wii's VC. And I think that's a damn shame. Sure you CAN see the credits role after 6 easy levels but then you're only seeing about 25% of the game because each chapter actually has 4 levels of increasing difficulty to choose from, if you choose the easiest level from each chapter then yeah you're gonna get a bad impression of the game. And let me tell you that those higher levels are by no means easy. And that goes for accessing them, too. You can't just play through the easiest level on chapter one, doing the bare minimun to get through the level and then expect to be able to pick the hardest level in chapter two. If you want to be able to pick from all the levels in the next chapter then you need to collect all three big hearts in the level before. And they can be pretty hard to get. Now I can see how the premise of singing baby Yoshi's who eat fruit and spread love all over their island can turn some testosterone-driven people away but trust me, if you give Yoshi's Story some of your time and effort you will be rewarded with a challenging, satisfying, and rewarding 2D platforming experience.

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Wrote
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:06:38 AM
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holy crap! fire emblem fans!!11! played 7,8, and the translated roms of the jap #6 wit Roy(dont hate I had to play it) and path of radiance and radiant dawn also the crappy ds one. and ya, radiant dawn was the hardest most rewarding game I've ever played, (I bet id like demon souls...) luckilly it doesn't use the wiis motion controller, I really like how the units promoted a 3rd time.

but those aren't guilty pleasures, in fact im very proud, there challenging and require lots of thought, and the fact that ur characters dont come back when dead is so hardcore. pokemon would prob be mine, cuz im 20 and I know more about pokemon then like anyone with the exception of serebii.net lol.

any diehard pokemon fans here? ever since blue version I've been hooked, thats like a 10 year addiction. I prob wont get a 3ds til they make a pkmn game on it. hopefully they make a pkmn colloseum type game for it.

how about some n64 games: space station silicon valley(best game in the world), cruisin USA, blast corps! the banjo games were good but they count.

lol its fun thinking of all the games I've played, I think most of them were all good. idk how I've avoided bad games my entire life, oh ya I've always had video game mags.

edit: the dude that mentioned yoshi... I love him! yoshis story was sooo fun, so was yoshis island and the ds sequel

see ya dudes

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nogoat23
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:11:42 AM
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Conker's Bad Fur Day. I had to pause it if my parents came into the room because of how crude it was, but I loved that game.

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VampDeLeon
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:31:00 AM
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I don't feel ashamed with any games I play and enjoy. I only can name one where I've gotten weird looks for mentioning it as a good title. Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness; really fun, great story, the 'glitches' are way tolerable than the recent TR:Underworld and dying in the game will give you more laughs than anger (ragdoll effects and the screams ;P).

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___________
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 1:32:27 AM
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absolutely!
leisure suit larry is a perfect example, such a stupid, pointless, corny, crappy game but its still allot of fun just because of the dirty humor.
manhunt would be another one, not that it was a bad game, it was a fantastic game, but come on if someone came over and saw you playing that what would they think?
haze another perfect example, not the best shooter out there but its still allot of fun.
kinda creepy too with all those flashbacks.
even all the spiderman games, neither of them have been exactly AAA material, but come on who does not enjoy swinging around the city!?
just cause 2 has to be my favorite though, yes the missions were repetitive, yes the voice work was terrible, yes the shooting was really crap, yes the weapons are as dull as dishwater, but come on, who does not enjoy hooking a car up to a jet fighter and using said car as a wrecking ball!?


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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:50:05 AM

Yeah Spider-man 1, electro & 2 were great games. Namely electro though :P

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 8:24:18 AM

I agree with you on Haze. In my opinion, that game was close (yet so far sometimes) to being special.

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:01:46 AM
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I'm probably one of the very few here who knows of this series, but my guilty pleasure would have to be the Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) series. It's responsible for me getting into gaming.

I was never a gamer until I got hooked into the Sakura Wars anime and music (yes, I know). I bought a Dreamcast just to play the first four games in the series. When SEGA stopped producing game consoles, they decided to move the series to the PS2... which is again the reason why I have a PS2. This, in turn, introduced me to the other great games on the PS2 and why I am now a huge PlayStation fan.

While I love the series to bits, I am going to consider it a guilty pleasure as it's not necessarily the most challenging SRPG out there. The fact that it's also partly a "dating sim" would deter hardcore gamers from taking the franchise seriously. Still though, I had a blast playing the Sakura Wars games. Great characters, kick-ass mechs, extremely fun gameplay, and awesome songs. Perfection in my books!

<fanboy mode off>

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Highlander
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:07:44 PM

Hey....Sakura wars is a fun game series. I and my wife both enjoy them, OK only the PS2 ones, and it's not entirely the most challenging game, but it's fun and kind of like an interactive anime. Either way, if that's a guilty pleasure, then you can count me in too...

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:34:04 PM

You keep getting cooler in my books, Highlander! LOL

Yeah, it's not a very challenging game since you can finish the battles and hardly take any damage. That includes the boss battles too. It sometimes makes me wish that the devs made an option to choose the difficulty setting.

That said, it has an excellent battle system (ARMS) that I hope make its way other games. It's always fun when a teammate in near proximity would all of a sudden assist another character in their attack because they are "highly motivated" or they have good friendship status. Then there are those combo attacks with your "love interest" that comes with their own (usually hilarious) cutscene. Haha!

Man, I could go on for days but I love the series despite its rather easy difficulty. Now I'm feeling in the mood for some Sakura Wars music, and I'll be listening to them on my way to the office today. (Yeah, I work on Sundays. Sucks huh?)

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Highlander
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:41:06 PM

Yeah working anytime on the weekend sucks, I have the ability to remote in to the office anytime, which my boss knows about, and I hate that he knows...because he can take advantage of it.

Sakura Wars, yes I like the battle system too, the relationships between the characters, whether they are friends, or something more and how that affects their motivation. I really like that additional depth to the system.

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 7:25:31 PM

Now that you mentioned it, Sakura Wars has a deeper, more refined battle system than FF XIII. Too bad the last one sold so poorly in the US so I doubt there's be any other Sakura Wars game that would get localized. Such a shame! Still, I commend NISA for an excellent job in localizing Sakura Wars 5.

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:05:44 AM
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The bouncer is awesome. I still have it! :)

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Ignitus
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:05:55 AM
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Dead or Alive Xtreme Volleyball 1 & 2.
The funny thing is that when I bought the first one, my other two sisters game me this weird look like why did you buy that game?, but after two days I couldn't play because they just couldn't put the controllers down.
A few years later, when the second game came out, they even asked when I was getting it, lol. Who knew?

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D1g1tal5torm
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:28:56 AM
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Toy Story 3 co-op with my 6 yr son.

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SplendidBlended
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:22:04 AM
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You know, I can't really think of any guilty gaming experiences that I currently enjoy... which is sad, actually. I need to fix this.

Back in the day was a different story for sure. There are three that really stand out:

Rugrats Treasure Hunt:
Oh boy, this was a bad boy for sure. There was nothing better than that ice cream level, NOTHING.

Pokemon Stadium:
Lickitung Sushi battles with my sister got pretty intense.

Hey You, Pikachu!:

PIKACHU, ONION!!!!

There was also this one Barbie game that I won't get into... :S


Good times.


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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:45:37 AM
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PS1 - That jackie chan game. I LOVED that game, wow it was freakin awesome.
PS2 - Spongebob squarepants the movie game. As a huge spongebob fan, this game was just the best.
PS3 - Funny, I've only ever played the top rated games this gen; KZ2, FIFA10, LBP, RDR, BFBC2, RE5, MGS4, Skate 2, Heavy rain, CODWAW, GTA4, FC2, Motorstorm 2, Fallout 3, UC:DF, R:FoM, Infamous, GOW3 & rachet & clank. Not one of those was rated poorly by anyone.

Oh wait...PES2008..aha..XD

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Aerifale
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 6:07:01 AM
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Final Fantasy Tactics of course :) no im only kidding just trying to ruffle your feathers Ben lol no my biggest guilty pleasures would have to be Pokemon or Jade cocoon for ps1 and could someone here please tell me if they have ever played it? In my books it was such a great game

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BlinkBoy
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 6:29:11 AM

Yeah I love Final Fantasy Tactics too, my number 1 game of all time for sure.

I have tried some pokemon games but never finished any, and yes i have played Jade Cocoon as well. It was an interesting game that I also never finished.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:27:05 AM

I suppose FFT would be more of a guilty pleasure if it received lower scores. The critics seemed to like it a lot, though.

I guess it could be my guilty pleasure because I'm pretty sure I could play it at any time and instantly fall in love all over again. Happens quite a bit, actually. ;)

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aaronisbla
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 1:24:26 AM

Ben, don't you get that feeling of "wow, im really home and i missed you FFT" just from the music that plays once you turn the game on? Epic music score on that one

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 7:08:57 PM

Of course. :)

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RadioHeader
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 6:29:18 AM
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I once bought an xbox350 AND the battery pack AAAAND a year's worth of xboxlag! There wasn't much pleasure involved but I'm certainly guilty!

lol, Sorry I just can't help myself. I want that money back for counselling.

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spiderboi
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 7:20:30 AM
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Famicom:
Bubble Pop - (not sure if that was the game's title, but it involved your character having two balloons and, well, pop others :) It was a fun game as a kid

Duck Hunt and that Western shooter game - my first ever non-conventional controller (a light gun). Altho we used to cheat and just put the gun straight at the TV screen :)

PS1 Era:
Monster Rancher - loved training my monsters and getting surprises when I pop in discs to get new pets :)
DanceDanceRevolution - I even bought me 2 dance pads :)

PS2 Era:
MGS2. It's not the most popular among the MGS series, but this bad boy opened me up to the next gen games (my first PS2 game) and veered me away from overly casual games.

PSP:
Spider-man 3 - how cool was a superhero game on a portable that was sandbox type? Nice!
GundamvsGundam and GundamvsGundamNEXT (and the pre-cursor to this but forgot the name-- it has the SEED Gundams) - Best robot battle game in the PSP! And my friends and I would either go thru coop or 2vs2 battle royale,

PS3 Era:
Most game I've played are popularly in demand, coz now I'm the one buying the games. I enjoyed Spider-man: Web of Shadows but didn't get to finish as I only borrowed it.
Perhaps Band Hero as its not that popular. I enjoy playing this with either my girl or my friends, as we're all not hardcore music enthusiasts and wouldn't really 100% appreciate the hits in Rockband as compared to BH's track list.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 8:07:16 AM

There is nothing wrong with MGS2, if anything it is the pinnacle of the series, Yes MGS1 is better, but MGS2 is the title with sets the stage with so many questions. Also the gameplay is still the best in any MGS game. It has so much replay Value, which i cant say so lightly for MGS4.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:25:43 AM

MGS2 is NOT a guilty pleasure. It had a few detractors but it's widely considered to be one of the best games of the PS2 generation.

Glad you love it, though. :)

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spiderboi
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:31:52 AM

Yep, MGS2 is by no means bad, its just that when compared to other MGS games, it gets the least love, so I want to give it the appropriate lovin it deserves :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:00:01 AM

That's probably true. If people were to list their fav MGSs, MGS2 would likely be at the end of the list for many.

Not sure where it would rank for me..... I know MGS3 is at the top of my personal list, for the record.

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piratedrunk
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 7:41:04 AM
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The Bouncer and Hot Shots games were awesome.

One of my particular guilty pleasures is Harvest Moon games. Awwyeah. Also, I don't care how many times they make the same game over and over.. I will keep buying Pokemon games.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 8:04:30 AM
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Mickey and Donald's World of Illusion is a perfect co-op game, it's so imaginative. You explore so many worlds, even a world full of biscuits and cake. I wish we had co-op platform games to that standard.. or even normal platfrom games to that standard. I can't call World of Illusion a guilty pleasure because it is a great game.

Same with The Bouncer, it's notd game a bad game at all, it's the best Streets of Rage styled game with had since.... Streets of Rage 3.

As for mine...

Sonic Unleashed - This game is a tragedy, one one half you get the Sonic levels, which are perfect, i have not seen a better representation of Sonic in 3D than on this game, but then you get the Wherehog.... which is one of the laggy, glitchiest and tedious games i have ever played. Unleashed makes you sure for the perfection, which sadly is so worth it, once you complete the game and have level select you can just laugh back at Sega over your victory.

Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style:
I'm not one for this rap age, but this is a very well crafted game, it takes the gameplay of the banned 'Thrill Kill', enhances it and gives it a story which is suprisingly engaging.

Zero Divide - A very early PS1 mecha fighter, nostalgia wins this one over... sadly. The last boss is a big brain with claws, but it is actually atmospheric.

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Miggy
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 9:09:36 AM
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For me it's usually any game that has local offline co-op. Like Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage and Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires for the ps3. I really enjoy those games. I think ALL Dynasty Warriors games are a guilty pleasure for me, even the gundam variants. They usually score low in most reviews but I always enjoy playing them. And there's fighting force for the ps1. I also really liked One Piece: Grand Adventure for the ps2.

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ThingsOnFire
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 9:11:51 AM
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I kept on hearing about how the Suikoden games were so awesome, but then when I actually got to playing them myself I wasn't blown away by any of them except Suikoden 4. But Suikoden 4 is well known as the worst game in the series that everyone seems to hate....but me. The whole pirate thing was sweet as hell. And it wasn't this long drag until the end, it was pretty quick and succinct. Didn't drag at all.

And then there are the Xenosaga series. I loved them soooo much, but I do know that the writing sucks and the art style can be very myeh at times. They are great in many ways but terrible in other ways so they go on my "Guilty Pleasures" list.

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tridon
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 9:26:32 AM
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The Bouncer was a very fun game when it first came out. I went back to it a few years later, though, and I found that it didn't age all that great.

For me, my guilty pleasure would have to be Afrika. Critics shat all over it and its sales for 100% crappy but I loved every minute of it. I became totally immersed into finding all the new species of animal to the point where I actually realized I was addicted. It was fun, exciting and most of all, not frustrating. Every single game these days will have at least one part where I get frustrated, whether it be a vehicle mission, getting lost because there's no directions, getting stuck on a wall and being beaten/shot to death, etc. Afrika had none of that. You received a mission, left your tent, found the animal, took some pictures, returned and completed your mission. It was an absolute blast!

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:23:33 AM

I was utterly pissed when I found out it won't be released in the UK. It was the game that made me get a PS3! I saw that trailer and I was like 0_o...I. Must. Have. This. GAME! I've lost intrest in the concept now, I'd probably find it boring, which is annoying because I really wanted to play it!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:24:12 AM

I can see how Afrika might do that to some people.

While it really was mediocre from a technical standpoint, I remember playing and going, "this could be REALLY cool for a certain someone." :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:57:49 AM

I tried to go back to the bouncer recently too and had a hard time staying focused. It's funny how certain types of gameplay just age.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 12:00:44 PM

I don't think I could play The Bouncer now. Haven't tried in a while.

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tridon
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 2:39:13 PM

Yeah, see... I didn't really find too much wrong with it at all from a technical standpoint. Sure, I would've liked it if the characters talked or if you could drive through a shrub rather than hitting a brick wall, but overall, I thought it was very well done. To me, the animal designs and animations were great, the graphics, minus some of the grass, were decent, and the music and sound effects were perfect. The amount of variety with all the cameras and equipment was also amazing. I don't see how much better you can get from a game where all you do is drive around and take pictures of animals. ;)

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Highlander
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:12:07 PM

My son played the crap out of his copy of Afrika, he loves it.

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Robochic
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:36:26 AM
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I remember playing Michael Jackson's moon walk all the time on Sega Gen when we visited my cousins.
Also another game I just loved diablo for ps1.
ps2 would have to be baulders gate 1 and 2
and my most addicting is UC :)

@ ben have you tried Epic Mickey it's a great game.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:59:09 AM

No, I don't have a Wii. After I tried desperately - and failed - to get into SMG2, I just lost interest in the system. Heard Epic Mickey was great, though.

As for Moonwalker, that's a classic. Plain and simple.

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SirLoin of Beef
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 2:04:23 PM

When I had my Genesis, I played Moonwalker all of the time. I'm not an MJ fan at all but there was something about that game that compelled me to play it.

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eLLeJuss
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:50:29 AM
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I loved the rugrats game on ps1... lol

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 12:37:31 PM

The rugrats were freakin awesome. Always watched it on tv even up to high school.

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matt99
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:41:57 AM
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My guilty pleasures of the current gen are Timeshift(I never get tired of pausing time and taking someones gun) and yes dare I say it, Rogue Warrior. I don't know why, I knew RW was terrible in every way and yet I finished the game, and enjoyed it too.

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JDC80
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 12:04:25 PM
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I wonder does The Punisher on the PS2 counts as a guilty pleasures?

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tridon
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 2:41:08 PM

I loved The Punisher on the PS2. It was a great title. I did find the end of it to be crazy-hard, though. The kills were deadly, though. This was Volition at its best. Once they made Saint's Row and every title of theirs became open-world, they went downhill.

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 12:31:41 PM
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Robin Hood, Looney tunes or tiny tunes or whatever u call it, World cup soccer, don't remember the rest, all back on the NES and SNES. Atari Jaguar their were some but I don't remember the names, one I remember cybormorph. My Jaguar smoked on me when I was a younger kid, damn that is a scary thing to see.

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PAKINIPS
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 12:51:47 PM
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Runescape

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Scarecrow
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:36:29 PM

That game kills one's time. In fact it kills one's life. Thank god I only played it for one day lol...

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 2:10:44 PM
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My guilty pleasures were mostly from the Genesis. There were three specific games that I used to play all the time, almost exclusively. They were Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition, Toy Story, and Subterrania.

I could get through Subterrania and Jurrasic Park: RE with no problem(and that's saying something, Subterrania was HARD!). I only beat Toy Story one time, and I got lucky when it happened.

I still go back and pop these games in for a little mindless action every now and then. Even back then, when I would get a new game, I might play it a couple days, but I would always go back to these three.

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frylock25
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 2:44:53 PM
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id say any transformers game, dragonball z game

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Oyashiro
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:04:06 PM
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Harvest Moon, I own and play just about any incarnation of it that comes out.

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SubjectiveTruth
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:05:51 PM
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Area 51, XB Volleyball and the newest Alien vs. predator.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 3:35:41 PM
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Hot Shots is nothing to hide... it's a great series.

I would so hide DOA volleyball though lol.

Land of Illusion came out for SNES too, right? That game was so cool... I only got to rent it one time but it was really fun and interesting.
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I honestly don't own a game I would hide or call "guilty pleasure."

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Highlander
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:13:44 PM

Nah, don't hide the volleyball, it's only pixels!



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Highlander
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:09:57 PM
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SingStar.

We have the Queen disk, the Abba disc and about 4 other discs for it, plus numerous 80's songs downloaded. In this house, Singstar definitely qualifies as a guilty pleasure.

Oh...hang on...gotta go sing Take On Me again, hope I can hit the high notes...

;)

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Scarecrow
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:28:18 PM

Singtar?

That's something I would hide from all my buddies lol, seriously.

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 4:37:06 PM

Never tried SingStar myself, but it's funny that I still want to try it despite my inability to sing. Hahaha!

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Highlander
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:38:46 PM

I can't sing for anything. Seriously, but it's great fun, kind of like singing in the car.

@Scarecrow. Yes..., but that's why it's a guilty pleasure!

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Fane1024
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:31:22 PM
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I can't think of any real guilty pleasures; I mostly buy games that are highly-rated.

I think the lowest-reviewed game I play a ton of is Go Sudoku.

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Lairfan
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 5:46:09 PM
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Obviously Lair is one of my guilty pleasures, mostly cause I thought it was fun as hell despite having some...interesting controls at times. As for some of my other guilty pleasures:

Alpha Protocol - The cutscenes, story, dialogue, characters, and choices are great IMO. The gameplay is not, but I liked the story a lot so I kept going through it...multiple times. It always puts a smile on my face to be psychotic Michael Thornton for some disturbing reason.

Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard - How can you hate a game that's a parody of the whole gaming industry? Well, sure, the game's not very good, but I still have fun playing it. Don't ask me why, I really couldn't tell you to be honest.

Rogue Warrior - This game's one of the worst I have ever played, but for some reason I always love hearing the crappy dialogue, and beastily knifing everyone in sight. "Its a total goatf*ck!"

Toy Story 3 - I play it with my son all the time. When my friends come over, though, you can bet it gets hid away real fast.

Timeshift - I guess I just like going around pausing time, running around behind enemies' backs and shooting them. That's about all I can say for this one.

These are just the more recent ones. I have a couple old ones that were guilty pleasures too, but you guys pretty much already listed them all and the reasons why they're guilty pleasures (Duck Hunt, Monster Rancher, some of the TMNT games, Pokemon games, etc).

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 8:22:15 AM

Nice! Some Alpha Protocol love!!

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tridon
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 1:21:18 AM
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Oh, another guilty pleasure just popped into my mind: Drakan: The Ancients' Gates on the PS2. I really wish Sony would've purchased Surreal Software back then. Maybe then we could've had a third Drakan title and, well, maybe Surreal wouldn't have been bought Midway only to go on and die. Sad times. :(

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aaronisbla
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 1:27:19 AM
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I really LOVED Body Harvest for the N64. One of my fav games on that system

Just found out the game was made by DMA...which is now Rockstar....

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Temjin001
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 1:51:54 AM
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Ah yes, I forgot P.N.03.
I liked that game and I think i beat it on it's hardest mode. I don't know what compelled the director to A) release it only on GC and B) make the Storm Trooper chick swing her hips everywhere while firing energy stuff from her hands. But I liked the game more than the critics did.

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MadPowerBomber
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 2:38:17 AM
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Jaws Unleashed and Predator: Concrete Jungle last generation. I just loved the idea of them and they were a lot of fun, despite their gigantic flaws.

This generation, all the Lego games, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Dynasty Warriors Gundam and Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage. I dunno how they've scored, really, but I see a lot of negative comments aimed towards 'em.

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Skatejimmy5
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 10:58:05 AM
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I am a long-time fan of The Sims series, to tell you the truth. When I was little, I wanted to be an architect. I spent hours just building the houses in the games, and often I wouldn't even play with the characters at all. I'd just build the house, put in all the furniture and then start a new lot. Of course I used the money cheat, otherwise I'd have to actually PLAY with the sims, and they kind of annoy me. I still play The Sims 2 to this day, every now and again. And it's still the same joy. :)

Another odd one would be Sonic Spinball. I'd never heard of it before the SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection game came out (Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection in the US). The first time I played it I sat down for about five hours straight before realizing I had other things to do. Time well spent though, and I still go back a few times a month and have a real good time. Oh, and within the first half hour of playing I got the trophy for 10,000,000 points. :)

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telly
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 11:27:40 AM
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Portable games outside of the home. I take public transportation to work and I literally have never seen ONE other white collar professional EVER play a PSP or a DS. I could sneak in an iphone game I suppose, but frankly most of them suck, so I don't bother. I'm ashamed that I'm ashamed, frankly -- why should I be ashamed to play, say, Peace Walker on the bus on the way downtown? But it just feels like weird exposure of something kinda private. Like reading a Hustler in public, y'know?

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Highlander
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 12:28:17 PM

Hey, you could be playing DOA Paradise on the PSP, that at least would be a step in the direction (only one step mind) of Hustler.

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NiteKrawler
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 3:46:22 PM
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Dear god...ok. I can't believe I'm doing this...But when I was a kid, for some reason I liked playing Barney's Hide and Seek on the Genesis. :P I hated the show. Maybe it was the hide and seek concept? I also looooooved the Rugrats PS1 game where you could play hide and seek. I played that for hours. A few others are Ecco the Dolphin (I didn't understand how to play it because I was so young, but I loved just swimming and jumping over rocks...), Pilotwings 64, and this flash game online. It's like the bubbles games, but they are breasts lol. And the more points you get, the more nude photos of girls you get. There's also a hot a$$ edition...Do I win the guiltiest perv award now?

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PharaohJR
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 3:55:23 PM
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LOL at most choices. i cant even lie i been thinking bout a list of games that had bad review scores but found em great. really i cant think of none from that aspect but i did have a guilty pleasure from 2 that i think most of us played.

1. DUKE NUKEM throwing money at strippers jus to get tha results lol.

2. TOMB RAIDER Ms Lara Croft & her batty ridahs(jamaican english patois meaning very short shorts)& when they made the movies & Angilina Jolie was Lara i was happy cause she fit her exactly & shes top 10 women of all time to me.

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tlpn99
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 6:22:06 PM
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I loved The Bouncer on my PS2 and still have it. I clocked it 3 times. For the life of me I couldn't beat the end of level guy on the 3rd try, halfway through he regenerates his health and yours stays low as it is. I enjoyed playing that though and clocking it.

MGS 1 clocked that 3 times too. MGS2 I played the game and clocked it the once but always went back and played the ship part with Snake again. MGS3 I only clocked theonce as I spent ages playing that game on Subsistance was it the 3rd game but the one with the extra content anyhow the game where snake was on a skateboard round Big Shell lol.

MGS 4 sadly I have only had the time to clock it the once so far I keep meaning to go back to it and do it again, it deserves another playthrough at least.

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iankhaneagle
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 9:35:50 PM
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hmmm my guilty pleasures: from my sega CD days: night trap, sewer shark. jeremy mcgrath motocross for 32x, cosmic carnage for 32x, virtua fighter for 32x. Unholy war for ps1. Robot Alchemical Drive for PS2. DOA Xtreme VB for Xbox. Hot Shots golf OOB, transformers war for cybertron on ps3. i cant believe no one mentioned unholy war previously :D

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Mr Diamond
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 11:42:35 PM
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Hey guys. I have been active for a long time now on this page and i am always reaidng reviews from here and comments from the community. Just love this place. This is my first time posting though. so here is my Gaming Guilty pleasures:

Chrono Cross even if not many people like it.
Conquer's Bad Fur Day
Leissure Suit Larry Magna Cum Laude, yeah I admit it, i have balls lol
Thrill Kill

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 8:12:49 AM

Welcome to the best site on the net!!

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 8:20:52 AM
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I love the topic Ben.

For me, it was Alpha Protocol. This game was ripped to shreds from a critical standpoint, and was not shown much love in the sales department either.

I beat the game twice because I fell in love with the conversation mechanic and the characters. The feeling of choice was nice as well.

Sure, its graphics in some areas were PS2 quality, and yes it was cheesy, but playing as a super spy was good times!! Throw in an exceptional weapon customization feature, and the ability to romance three women in one play through for good measure and you have a winner in my book!!

I can only hope Alpha Protocol 2 comes out eventually!!

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Finnit
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:03:25 AM
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For me it's an old RPG on the PS1, Guardian's Crusade, I loved the the relation between the main character and his monster pet (if you don't treat him properly he might attack you in the middle of a battle, on the other side he could transform himself an perform special attacks).

The other is Killzone on the PS2, even though it scored really low i just loved to play with my brother or father on split screen, had more then 200 hours on campaing and some 150 hours of multiplayer, never played online though.

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SirLoin of Beef
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 2:12:45 PM
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Here are a few of mine:
Steel Battalion (XBox)
Kool-Aid Man (Intellivision)
Deadly Premonition (360)
World of Warcrack (PC)

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