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Games I'd like to unplay

Posted on 13th Dec 2012 at 09:06 by Antony Leather with 65 comments

Antony Leather
I had an interesting if slightly odd thought the other day. I like pondering about ‘what ifs’ and considering things like ‘what if this piece of hardware had been around 10 years ago?’ What difference would it have made? I realised that games are actually even more diverse than hardware when it comes to working and being good value for money or even enjoyable.

Hardware generally tends to work. Yes, we’ve had a few prototype bits of silicon grace our lab over the years, not all of which worked, but generally, hardware does do its job, even if it’s not 100% efficient or particularly good value for money.
However, some games we’ve played here at bit-tech have literally not worked. They’ve been so buggy or poor of lifeless that playing them was excruciating. On the flipside, some games have given me hundreds of hours of sheer awesomeness and the £30 I spent to own them is probably some of the best-value entertainment one could wish for.

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These games made me feel good, sometimes awesome if I had a particularly good round in Battlefield. The bad games have made me want to do something else, even if that involved cleaning the floor of our lab with my tongue. With the good ones, many usually give a special moment than you remember for long afterwards as the defining moment in the game. It might be something to do with the graphics, or the gameplay or a particularly good storyline.

It might even happen a few hours or even days into a game and not the first time you play it. Something happens that makes you think wow, that was epic. Sadly, these moments come and go in an instant, and while you might continue to have great moments of ownage, the wow factor you get when you play a good game for the first few times does fade while the memory lingers on. Likewise, you might have a game that was so poor, something in particular stuck out as being complete and utter fail.

So, if you could ‘unplay’ a game to re-play those awesome moments, to have your mind wiped of those first experiences so you could bask in them all over again, or otherwise get your time and money back from that terrible game purchase, which games would they be?

For me the most prominent good gaming moment was playing Battlefield 2. I’d been playing it for a few days when I stumbled into the enemy camp while bailing out of a chopper.

Just as I thought the coast was clear to steal a jeep and get back in the game, I heard something that made me jump out of my skin. It turned out to be a Tunguska anti-aircraft vehicle having a pop at a jet overhead. The noise of its rapid-firing 30mm canons and the sheets of flame they spewed out made me curl up like a girl behind a wall till it moved off. Combined with the fact I was still in awe of the game’s graphics, it was an awesome moment that I’d love to relive again.

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I've played a few poor games over the years, but Ship Simulator Extremes tops the lot. One moment in particular stood out as particularly bad; I ventured on a walk round the deck of a large ship, to be met with a hail storm of poor graphics and visual glitches that set my teeth on edge. Thankfully, I was reviewing the game at the time so I lost no money but I really feel for anyone that bought it.

For good or bad reasons, which games would you unplay? Were there any epic win or fail moments that stood out? Let us know in the forum...

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XXAOSICXX 13th December 2012, 10:20 Quote
I'd like to unplay Brink...or, rather, I'd like to have actually been able to play Brink - but my £35 (and the final nail in the coffin for "Game") didn't actually get me a playable game because of game breaking audio problems. I'd have liked a refund too...but once linked to your Steam account that becomes somewhat problematic.

I'd also like to be able to unplay Rainbow 6 Vegas 2, because my fond memories of the original Rainbow 6 were permanently tarnished by the piss-poor console port that is R6V2. Same goes for Far Cry 2.
dr-strangelove 13th December 2012, 10:29 Quote
I'd love to unplay Portal - just so I could experience that 6 hour frenzy that was my first time playing it over again
asura 13th December 2012, 10:34 Quote
Mission Humanity.

Don't think there's any need to go further.
Mister_Tad 13th December 2012, 10:37 Quote
I'd unplay all of the Bethesda RPGs and replay all of them apart from Fallout: New Vegas - the game completely broke for me about half way through, far enough to not want to repeat the first half, not far enough to feel like I'd had enough out of it.

I'll throw Dragon Age II in there as well, probably my favourite recent-ish game, but isn't terribly re-playable after two times through.
biojellywobbles 13th December 2012, 11:03 Quote
I'd like to unplay Fable 3 (I know, I know, its on a console) It completely ruined the franchise for me. I loved playing fable 1 and Fable 2 added a bit more even if it got rid of some of the more RPG like aspects. Fable 3 offered no way to truly customise the way you played the game due to the very linear way of upgrading skills. It also had very few decent side quests and didn't make me chuckle once, unlike the first one.
[ZiiP] NaloaC 13th December 2012, 11:07 Quote
Medal of Honour Warfighter was rather abysmal. The mechanics of the multiplayer were good fun and the "fireteam buddy" system was very useful. However, it failed in so many other aspects. Horribly cluttered UI, not making good use of the Frostbite 2 engine, especially since the team sizes were limited. Could have been so much more, sadly it is just a generic shooter.

I'm part of the other marmite crowd regarding Brink, I absolutely loved it. The mechanics were fantastic and the concept was quite well executed. It wasn't without it's unfortunate glaring flaws, but I think it was bold enough to try something new.
For those that say the SMART system was pants, I say you didn't use it enough. Once you really got to grips with it, it was immensely fun. The level design needed some work, but overall the game really was a marmite affair. Oh well, I'd still like to see the concept/world expanded upon.
fix-the-spade 13th December 2012, 11:24 Quote
I have a BF 2 moment too, specifically, the first time I moved in on a flag as part of a group. Moving a long, using a tank as cover, so far so like 1942. Gap in the wall, perfect spot for a ClaymoBANG!

Blurred vision, all the sounds gone out and there's this ringing noise. I completely forget what I'm doing and dive against the wall. What the hell was that? Surely the tank must be in pieces all over the map?

Nope, the tank's just fired it's gun. Welcome to Karkand noob.

If I could unplay 40k: Firewarrior, that would be nice. I remember very little of that game except that it had noticeable controller lag that annoyed me so much I went all the way back to Game for a refund on the same day as I bought it...
saxovtsmike 13th December 2012, 11:27 Quote
Monkey Island 1+2, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Day of the Tentacle.
Pretty much the best games I played ever.
Back in the days where there was no google or walkthroughts, these took me quite some time
mi1ez 13th December 2012, 12:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by saxovtsmike
Monkey Island 1+2, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Day of the Tentacle.
Pretty much the best games I played ever.
Back in the days where there was no google or walkthroughts, these took me quite some time
They still do take me ages. I was replaying Zelda on the SNES a few months back and wondered how the hell I did it when I was 12-14!
Griffter 13th December 2012, 12:06 Quote
want to unplay farcry 2's piece of crap!
Harlequin 13th December 2012, 12:30 Quote
i want to unplay rage and delete it from my brain - it was aweful
fodder 13th December 2012, 12:40 Quote
I would like to unplay all of the Call of Duty series and forks of it since they dropped dedicated servers. They have tarnished the memories of some epic online and single player games plus the best clan battles I have ever had. Poor gameplay, laggy, crap hit registration, inability to avoid/kick abusive players, an achievement system that would drive an ADHD sufferer to distraction and frustrating server browsing system.

If I wanted a console game, I would buy a console. I game on PC because I prefer it so don't try and dress up a console game as being 'awesome' on a pc. It's not.
edzieba 13th December 2012, 12:43 Quote
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
It'd be like buying Portal 3, and discovering that it was actually a half-reskinned CODBLOPS with a few portals already attached to the environment, but not in areas you can access.
sotu1 13th December 2012, 12:43 Quote
Quake wars and Diablo 3. The two most disappointing games I've ever played and also two of the games I most looked forward to.
onominous 13th December 2012, 13:15 Quote
I would definitely unplay Diablo 3. I thought i'd give it ago, and found it terribly repetitive very early on, let alone doing the game through and through. I kept at it, as my friends wanted to play co-op to get through the hard difficulties..however after I got to Level 20 something, the epic shiteness of Blizzards system, me and 2 other friends got hacked and lost all our gear. Never touched the game again. Waste of 20 hours which could have been better spent doing uni coursework!
Da_Rude_Baboon 13th December 2012, 13:28 Quote
Far Cry 2
Bioshock
DreamCatcher 13th December 2012, 13:42 Quote
If everything goes as planned we'll have our annual private x-mas lan party again and I'll be able to enjoy the childish mischievousness when executing a sneak attack in C&C Generals, devastating a friends meticolously aranged base with an armed mob.

Worst game experience ever:
I can't remember the name of the game but it was from the DOS era. You were on a utterly unpopulated alien planet, wandering about a bleak landscape. Something happend to me and half the screen went black. It took me several ours to find out that I was attacked by a bird who picked one eye... need I say more?
Bede 13th December 2012, 13:47 Quote
I would unplay my second time with Hexen II. In its day it was amazing, I absolutely loved it. Now it's not quite so special.
Woodspoon 13th December 2012, 14:16 Quote
Far Cry 2, it destroyed my faith in games reviewers and big budget games, every turn it promised to "get better in a minute", it never did.
krazykid035 13th December 2012, 14:20 Quote
Deadliest Catch for xbox....don't get me started!
Griffter 13th December 2012, 14:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
Far Cry 2, it destroyed my faith in games reviewers and big budget games, every turn it promised to "get better in a minute", it never did.

+1million
Griffter 13th December 2012, 14:25 Quote
MGS 1 when masterchief is actually liquid.. wowzer! in that japanese cheesy cool way!
Pete J 13th December 2012, 14:45 Quote
FEAR 3 was utter crap - I wish I could remove that from my brain.

Since I couldn't stand to play Farcry 2 for more than a couple of hours I suppose it doesn't count.

Ahh, there is Duke Nukem Forever as well...
SubtleOne 13th December 2012, 14:54 Quote
Despite pretty nice production values, and being an indie to boot (which is why I hesitate to take a shot at it): Endless Space. It presents itself as a Galactic Civilizations II (which I loved), with nicer graphics, but ultimately bored me to tears as I insisted, forever convinced it wold improve.

The vastly incomprehensible tech tree played a part, as did the dreadfully slow combat in which I continuously had no idea why one card was better than the next. Very very slow game.

It is a big pity because visually it is very accomplished, and makes GalCiv2 seem almost amateurish in appearance. However GalCiv2 was an absolute ball to play, and this was incredibly dull.
Instagib 13th December 2012, 14:59 Quote
Baulder's Gate 1. That was the first ever rpg game I ever played. In fact it was the first ever pc game I ever played. I fell in love and never looked back. Everything was new and emotional. I would unplay every single game I have ever played just to go back to that innocence.
ev1lm1nd666 13th December 2012, 15:15 Quote
I'd love to forget most of the games I played on my trusty old Spectrum, FarCry Instinct Predator (Yes, On the Xbox 360), Bioshock 1 and 2 and all the Forza series so I can play them all over again as they all have a special place in my heart...

I'd love to have never played FarCry 2, any of the Final Fantasy games and farm simulator as they are by far the worst games I have ever played in my life
runadumb 13th December 2012, 15:19 Quote
Paper Mario the thousand year door. 30 hours i've wasted on that the last 2 months. I have finally said !NO MORE! Should have knocked it on the head many hours again. God damn waste of time that was.
suragh 13th December 2012, 15:46 Quote
Pokemon
Slizza 13th December 2012, 16:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodspoon
Far Cry 2, it destroyed my faith in games reviewers and big budget games, every turn it promised to "get better in a minute", it never did.

Go back and play it again.
Took me a couple shots.
But the game is brilliant.
halfinched 13th December 2012, 16:47 Quote
My best gaming moment of the year came from xcom. moved all my units bar 1 into cover and set them to overwatch (thank god!) moved last unit to tree line on dash and activated a berserker. ARGH I thought as computer turn arrived. Berserker comes charging at my guy to pound his head into floor only for my entire team to pop their heads up in an awesome display of plasma and laser fire totally blowing the berserker apart. Even the low angle I got to see the charge and repelling fire added to it. I loved the game and then I loved it a little bit more.

I'd like to unplay some of my dota 2 / lol games. It only takes a couple of idiots to make great games utterly excruciatingly painful.
lilgoth89 13th December 2012, 16:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by DreamCatcher
If everything goes as planned we'll have our annual private x-mas lan party again and I'll be able to enjoy the childish mischievousness when executing a sneak attack in C&C Generals, devastating a friends meticolously aranged base with an armed mob.

just out of interest how did you manage to get around the white background issue ? ive tried installing it on vista / windows 7 ( even in compatibility mode ) and almost all of the ground textures are white :( )
pbryanw 13th December 2012, 21:27 Quote
Half-life - the opening sequence is so ingrained in gaming history, so I'd like to experience it again for the first time. I'd also like to see the tentacle monster, experience being rushed by marines and taken in by the excellent (for the time) AI again. Though I'd end my play-through at Xen this time round. (Maybe it's time I tried Black Mesa?)
Bede 13th December 2012, 21:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by SubtleOne
Despite pretty nice production values, and being an indie to boot (which is why I hesitate to take a shot at it): Endless Space. It presents itself as a Galactic Civilizations II (which I loved), with nicer graphics, but ultimately bored me to tears as I insisted, forever convinced it wold improve.

The vastly incomprehensible tech tree played a part, as did the dreadfully slow combat in which I continuously had no idea why one card was better than the next. Very very slow game.

It is a big pity because visually it is very accomplished, and makes GalCiv2 seem almost amateurish in appearance. However GalCiv2 was an absolute ball to play, and this was incredibly dull.

I had to uninstall it because of a case of 4X addiction! It definitely has its weaknesses, in particular the deathly dull nature of the endgame, but the tech tree is not one of them to me.
Sloth 13th December 2012, 22:25 Quote
Games to unplay so they can be played again: definitely Demon's and Dark Souls. All the surprises and mysteries would be great to experience all over again.

Games to unplay from complete unenjoyment: Brink, and Pirates Vikings and Knights 2. Didn't enjoy either one in the slightest, despite friends loving them.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 13th December 2012, 22:47 Quote
I'd like to unplay every COD after COD2, it went from decent WW2 balanced team game...to silly lone wolf crap for kids.
omgdec 14th December 2012, 00:02 Quote
would love to take back the time and money i have invested in WoW.

every CoD after Modern Warfare was pretty redundant too..
Bogomip 14th December 2012, 00:16 Quote
BEST MOMENT IN A GAME EVER:

1. Peggle - The Magic Hat and Flippers moment.

If I could replay the time I got magic hat and flippers I would do it. That was ****ing awesome. Me and my housemate at the time were on a total high for days after, it was just. so. awesome.

2. WoW - Illidan Kill

After a month or so of wiping, spending ages refining strategy, honing specific gear, getting everybody we needed on the same page - it was done. Just a perfect Multiplayer moment :)
SubtleOne 14th December 2012, 00:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
Quote:
Originally Posted by SubtleOne
Despite pretty nice production values, and being an indie to boot (which is why I hesitate to take a shot at it): Endless Space. It presents itself as a Galactic Civilizations II (which I loved), with nicer graphics, but ultimately bored me to tears as I insisted, forever convinced it wold improve.

The vastly incomprehensible tech tree played a part, as did the dreadfully slow combat in which I continuously had no idea why one card was better than the next. Very very slow game.

It is a big pity because visually it is very accomplished, and makes GalCiv2 seem almost amateurish in appearance. However GalCiv2 was an absolute ball to play, and this was incredibly dull.

I had to uninstall it because of a case of 4X addiction! It definitely has its weaknesses, in particular the deathly dull nature of the endgame, but the tech tree is not one of them to me.

I did get as far as the "deathly dull nature of the endgame", having stopped at the deadly dull middlegame. Looks like GC2 is still king.
Whindog 14th December 2012, 00:35 Quote
FF7...I want to relive that game like it was the first time i saw it all the time.

PLay it once every couple of years and its awesome, but to play it for the first time certainly gave you the this is epic feelings :D
alex101 14th December 2012, 00:37 Quote
The opening 15 minutes of Crysis 1. I remember the graphics taking my breath away... and the fact that it's so peaceful and stealthy - and then the sun comes up and you meet Korean soldiers for the first time :D
ashchap 14th December 2012, 13:58 Quote
I'd love to be completely new to EVE Online again, I don't play it these days, but I remember the excitement of discovering a new module or feature, the pain and adrenaline rush of my first death, and the moment when I got my first battleship.

Now everything is old hat and I can never have that feeling again.
GeorgeStorm 14th December 2012, 14:01 Quote
Would love to unplay KOTOR I & II so I could relive them.
Especially KOTOR wit the restoration mod which I've heard rather good things about (will probably play it over Christmas)
The stories were just so good.

Also +1 for the opening on Crysis, epic stuff.
Lazarus Dark 14th December 2012, 14:05 Quote
Any/Every Zelda. I don't remember the first time I played most games, but I can vividly recall the excitement of the first play of each and every new Zelda game, I can remember how old I was, what was going on, what snacks I was eating and who I was playing with.
Chris_Waddle 14th December 2012, 14:37 Quote
For me, in the way you would like to unplay BF2, I would love to unplay Elite on the BBC micro. When you first leave the space station and can fly in a "3D" field and then your first battle against pirates was gobsmacking. This just hadn't been seen before and for me is an experience I will never forget.

I for a game I wish I had never played; COD Modern Warfare II. I just hated this - talk about zero lack of originallity. According to steam I have played under 5hrs (and completed the singleplayer) and a grand total of zero seconds on the multiplayer.
capmoq 14th December 2012, 14:46 Quote
Red Alert 3
Command & Conquer 4
Devil May Cry 2
World of Warcraft
stonedScientist 14th December 2012, 16:48 Quote
Would love to unplay DoD. And to a certain extent CS. Although it wasn't fun being a noob in CS. But the addiction to gaming I got from CS was like no other. Unbelievable.
rollo 14th December 2012, 17:11 Quote
I'd like to unplay wow, I'd ge back in excess of £700 + 2-3 years of my time. That was 1 addicitive game.
d_stilgar 14th December 2012, 21:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
I'd like to unplay Brink...or, rather, I'd like to have actually been able to play Brink.

I really liked Brink . . . until an eyefinity update made it no longer work. Haven't checked to see if they have it working again, but I was pretty mad about that.
play_boy_2000 15th December 2012, 00:45 Quote
Half life 2 - the gravity gun in ravenholm.
Woodspoon 15th December 2012, 01:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Slizza
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodspoon
Far Cry 2, it destroyed my faith in games reviewers and big budget games, every turn it promised to "get better in a minute", it never did.

Go back and play it again.
Took me a couple shots.
But the game is brilliant.

I did try it again, several times about six months apart each time and it was still painful.
Promises so much, but it just never happens and knowing how reviewers raved about it just seems to make it even worse.
Elton 15th December 2012, 01:45 Quote
Morrowind. Dear god I'll never see light again.

I'll also defend Far Cry 2. The game suffered from some terrible design decisions that seemed to have been implemented in the last minute. The respawns and the kevlar skin issue seems like an easily remediable issue. The game is in fact stunning and there is quite a bit to love about it. The only problem is trawling through what probably is the most disappointing thing because of the massive amount of potential it contains. And that's the sad part, Ubisoft's been locking out modders for years now, and they really shouldn't. Most of their games would benefit heavily from just a few simple mechanics tweaks.
Star*Dagger 17th December 2012, 03:49 Quote
Not so much unplay Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as delete it from the history of humankind.

There were better games, with much better engines. Like Shattered Horizon.

LOL
Lockinvar 17th December 2012, 09:03 Quote
Unplay and get my money back: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I'd also like to unplay Diablo 3 if it wasn't for the $1000 or so I made selling all my stuff when I finally decided the game did indeed suck badly.

What I'd like to have over again, is a hard thing to say, because often those experiences were specific to the time period, especially so in regards to graphics - but I'd definitely say:

Diablo 1
Red Dead Redemption
FTL
Hamfunk 17th December 2012, 17:01 Quote
Unplay and remove from steam and my memory:

Borderlands
Bioshock
Homefront
MoH: Warfighter
Showerhead 17th December 2012, 18:52 Quote
Unplay Fallout 3 and leave New Vegas as the sequel. It just fits in far better into the story of the series. Play Fallout 3 later but just rename it wasteland or something since is rather disconnected from the rest of the series.
Cthippo 17th December 2012, 22:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by play_boy_2000
Half life 2 - the gravity gun in ravenholm.

The flaming zombies running around screaming in the demo almost put me off playing HL2. Glad it didn't.

I still own a copy of Portal I've never played. Should probably do that one of these days.
bdigital 17th December 2012, 22:57 Quote
Fallout 3. Dragon Age 2. Sleeping dogs
PaulJG 19th December 2012, 11:25 Quote
Rogue Warrior.. never got to play it, glitched to hell - my fault for buying a game that had a good picture on the front cover..

Warhammer something or other.. (first person game)

And all the crap I've bought cheaply in the steam sale, without even knowing what it is!
von_stylon 24th December 2012, 09:37 Quote
breed. anyone remeber that? pushed as the halo beater and the demo was promising but the game was released broken and unfinished to say the least. i think i played it for all of ten mins before i rubbished it off.
raybies 1st January 2013, 07:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
+1million
+ 1BILLION.

Far Cry 2 was such a PoS, they must have given caffein pills to the poor testers... I bet the testers didn't even finish it.

Just looking at the title Far Cry makes me cry, so no 3 for me.

I kept playing it thinking it has to get better soon.
GeorgeStorm 1st January 2013, 12:37 Quote
Would like to be able to unplay Metroo 2033, so I could reply it on ranger without knowing any of the story.

Great game.
ZatOichi 8th January 2013, 16:30 Quote
SPORE
The_Crapman 8th January 2013, 16:48 Quote
I'd like to unplay dangeon defenders. loved that game till they introduced sharkens that ruined any chance of me completing it on nightmare. the best part was working out the best tower configurations and fine tuning them, now i just know where stuff should go.
LightningPete 15th July 2013, 15:28 Quote
The fact that ''EXTREME'' can be put with SHIP SIMULATOR in the same title is pretty much a killer before it was bought.

However i would never want to unplay ANY game. Simply put the bad gaming experiences were the ones that made me enjoy the better ones more, by simply comparing them in my mind or becoming more excited at a title that came after a pretty horrendous one.
LightningPete 15th July 2013, 15:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fodder
I would like to unplay all of the Call of Duty series and forks of it since they dropped dedicated servers. They have tarnished the memories of some epic online and single player games plus the best clan battles I have ever had. Poor gameplay, laggy, crap hit registration, inability to avoid/kick abusive players, an achievement system that would drive an ADHD sufferer to distraction and frustrating server browsing system.

If I wanted a console game, I would buy a console. I game on PC because I prefer it so don't try and dress up a console game as being 'awesome' on a pc. It's not.

You need to buy COD:UO for the PC it can be bought for mere pennies now. It came out around 2003 if im not mistaken and still arguably the best (and literally the first) COD out there. WW2 multiplayer at its best.
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