Frankly, every Gameloft game could be on this list – they’re almost universally competent, completely uninspired games that just happen to be cheap and basic enough to gain a following.
Possibly the most incredible example of a B-grade RPG, Two Worlds 2 is, compared to others in the western RPG genre (like, say, The Witcher, Dragon Age or Elder Scrolls games), bad. It has plenty of clunky moments, especially in the combat, and while it was better than the original, it was clearly developed on a tight budget.
And yet, for some bloody fun, this is genuinely good value. It’s utterly mindless and lacks difficulty, but does a good job of funnelling players from one slaughterfest to the next. Some of the bosses show flashes of inspiration, and the occasional 2D platforming section keeps the action varied enough to stave off boredom.
Pity, then, that the game itself is at best a bit of guilty pleasure for Tron fans. It tries to be a free-running parkour experience like modern Prince of Persia games, with some lights and pyrotechnics when the combat starts up, but in execution the cool blues and reds that were used to such classy effect in the movie make for bland environments, the bikes and tank sections are uninteresting, and combat is nowhere near as fluid as it likes to think it is.
There’s no sneaking around in this game. You move down corridor after corridor shooting stuff through to the conclusion, and that’s not very Bond-like, but as a big fan of the movie, there were still some kicks to be had going back to the sets and playing through them myself.
The very definition of guilty pleasure is a game that copies another game wholesale, minus the creativity, and yet you still enjoy it. Dante’s Inferno is that game. Squint and it could almost be a God of War game, complete with random, unnecessary nudity, ultra-violence and stupid puzzles.
But Cricket 2010 does a good job with limited finance. Most of the names are fake, so the game feels cheap, and there’s only a handful of teams to play with. There’s no real season mode, no player trades, no management options whatsoever.
This is a guilty pleasure because I like this game, and every time I say so on the Internets the statement is met with a chorus of derision. But I’ll say it again: I like Final Fantasy XIII. For the most part, I liked the characters. I liked the story, I liked the world, and most of all, I liked the combat.
This is the most critically-panned game on the list, with an average Gamerankings score of just 48.79 pre cent. That’s a little low, but the game is not the best on the PS3, and for a console loaded with such high quality RPGs, playing something like this game is a guilty pleasure indeed; there are far better games to immerse yourself within.