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What games are you glad you played, but didn't enjoy?

March 16, 2019 1 min read

You'd have to be terribly boring or adverse to trying new things to have never played a game you didn't enjoy. That’s just the way things are, and it’s not always the game’s fault. Sometimes the situation you’re in sours the taste or, perhaps, you’re just not in the mood for what you’re tasting. Maybe the main character rubs you the wrong way, maybe the game has aged worse than a dumpster full of milk left in the Sahara, or maybe you’d rather have spiders plug your ear canals with their young than hear another moment of the soundtrack. Sometimes, games just miss the mark.

But then there are games that, even though they leave you feeling like you need a shower, you still feel a certain kinship with. They’re experiences that you’re glad when they’re over, but don’t regret the time you spent with them. That could be because it’s the black sheep of a franchise you’re shamelessly enamored with and you just have to grit your teeth and bear it, because -- dammit -- you're committed to playing every entry in the series. Perhaps it’s just because having played through the whole thing finally equips you with the ammunition you need to convince people their favorite game is garbage. Or maybe there’s just a single character that makes wading through the whole cesspool worthwhile.

I’ve encountered games like those. Have you?

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