GameCentral readers reveal the most money they’ve ever regretted spending on a video game related item, including consoles.
The subject for this week’s Hot Topic was suggested by reader Xane and includes everything from an early mistake as a child to a more recent purchase, including games, hardware, and merchandise.
Everyone makes mistakes and there were plenty of examples of things people had preferred they hadn’t spent money on, mostly because of not reading reviews or sudden impulse purchases.
I don’t know if people are going to see this as an obvious choice or not but Duke Nukem Forever is probably the worst thing I’ve ever paid money for. I know there were warning bells long before it came out, and I know the reviews were terrible, but it took so long to make how could it possibly turn out that bad?
Yeah, I know… what can I say? I was young(er) and a fool.
And yet I don’t regret the purchase quite as much as you’d think because it was so terrible it was kind of fascinating really. It was so badly made, so inconsistent, and so completely tone deaf in terms of modern trends that it really was so bad it was good.
The whole thing felt like it had been made by a hundred different people and then awkwardly patched together. I’ve no idea why, because as far as I know it was quite a small team, but it’s just bizarrely terrible. If you can pick it up for a pound or two I’d actually kind of recommend it.
I bought a PSP Go. I’m not even sure why I did because I had a regular PSP and barely used it! It wasn’t marketing that mislead me. It was my own stupidity.
In a similar vein I bought a GameCube just to play Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Played it once, was disappointed with it and the GameCube lived in my cupboard unused and unloved until about a year ago when it got either given away or binned during a house move.
So all in all a waste of money North of £500!
The game I regret wasting the most money on was Agents Of MAYHEM, I had loved the Saints Row series and being in full time employment I decided to splurge when it came out, in the idealistic mindset that I should support the developers and pay full price.
One of the most boring games I’ve ever played. It was just awful, repetitive nonsense and after that I never pre-ordered a game again before it had come out and been reviewed (aside from Final Fantasy 7 Remake which was also somewhat disappointing but nowhere near the scale of Agents of MAYHEM)
On a side note is Agents Of MAYHEM the worst game on the PlayStation 4? If not what is?
GC: Some low rent indie game that not even we’ve heard of, we’d imagine. But Agents Of MAYHEM certainly was a bad one.
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Better late than never
Until the PlayStation 4 I had only ever had previous gen consoles, bought second-hand. I bought my first new console to coincide with my favourite band doing the soundtrack to an interesting new game.
A new PlayStation 4 with No Man’s Sky.
Have I changed? Not at all, I managed to get a PlayStation 5 on release day and in a weird turn of events it only took four years but No Man’s Sky is magnificent on it.
All’s well that ends well, eh?
Not so mighty
I backed Mighty No. 9 on Kickstarter so… yeah. For those that don’t know I advise reading up on it on Wikipedia but it was meant to be the spiritual sequel to Mega Man by the original creator (although I’ve since learned that he exaggerated that role). Since Mega Man is a 2D platformer shooter that didn’t seem much of a tall order, especially given how successful the Kickstarter was, so I was happy to put in quite a bit of money and get some of the extra backer goodies.
That was the plan anyway. Some of them still haven’t arrived and all of the ones that have are complete junk, as is the game. It really is one of the worst games I’ve ever played, with terrible graphics, gameplay, and level design. I should’ve known something was up when I saw the so-so artwork but the problem with Kickstarter is you put your money in and you’re unwilling to admit you made a mistake – or at least I admit that’s what happened with me.
The worst thing is that I still really wanted the game, even after it was obvious it was going to be a disaster. Which is another problem with Kickstarter dream projects. Not that that’s anyone’s fault mind, but it makes it harder when things go wrong.
I recently bought a copy of the new Demon’s Souls; however I consider it to be a complete waste of money because I know I’ll never complete the game or even half the game.
I bought it despite never having got any further than the Cleric Beast on Bloodborne and knowing full well things would be no different this time. Pointless.
GC: So… why did you buy it?
There’s been a few regrets in my history of video game purchases, though in my defence all are pre-internet and occurred when I was a foolish child.
I usually obtained a new game just twice a year as a kid, Xmas and birthday, so there was quite a bit of pressure to ensure that the games provided longevity. I recall one instance, where having loved playing through Super Mario Bros. 3 on my NES I assumed all Mario games would provide equal enjoyment. So, whilst in Toys ‘R Us, in the run up to my birthday, I pointed to a box that had a picture of Mario emblazoned across it and said, ‘I want that one for my birthday!’ The game? Mario Is Missing.
For those of you unaware, it’s a far cry from Mario Bros. 3. I strongly urge anyone to read the wiki article here. It’s a bizarre game and within 15 minutes of playing I realised my mistake; though, I did learn some random historical facts.
I also rue the day that I bought South Park on the N64. This was released during the huge hype of the early seasons and somehow scored 90% in the Nintendo magazine I used to purchase. By now I’d started reading review scores, even if it meant flipping through the magazines in the local newsagents and not actually buying them, and this helped reduce the number of regrettable purchases. Though, how anyone could award 90% to that South Park game is beyond me. I’ve always suspected something fishy went on there.
I’ll sound like an old man, but kids today just do not know how good they have it. Just a quick browse on OpenCritic or Metacritic can help you avoid wasting your money, and you can even see actual footage on YouTube!
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