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Top 10 Broken Games That People Still Love

VO: Riccardo Tucci WRITTEN BY: Jarett Burke
If it's broken... maybe don't fix it! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Broken Games That People Still Loved. In this video we'll be looking at games such as Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect and Fallout: New Vegas. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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Top 10 Broken Games That People Still Loved



If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Hell, sometimes even if it is broke, it’s still a blast to play! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Broken Games That People Still Loved.



For this list, we’re looking at games that were released with bugs, glitches and code issues and still received a lot of love from gamers. “Broken” does not mean a bad game however; far from it in fact, as many games on this list received critical praise upon release outside of their slightly unpolished technical state.





#10: “Far Cry 2” (2008)





The Far Cry games are so massive in size and scope that we’ve all just learned to live with some minor bugs and glitches on our way to enjoying their great open-world environments. But the “glitchiness” of “Far Cry 2” has become somewhat of an Internet meme, with endless YouTube videos of strange occurrences and message boards dedicated to keeping track of all the random craziness. The game shipped with game-breaking bugs, corrupt game saves, and vital NPC characters vanishing without a trace, and a patch wasn’t made available until seven months later! That’s a long time to go without knowing if your last save worked!





#9: “Battlefield 4” (2013)





This first-person shooter also suffered from a torrent of bugs and glitches, including game-breaking crashes and corrupt saves, but its online version – especially on PC – could wind up being a downright mess at times! It was totally common for the game to crash Windows as well, offering up a dreaded “Red Screen of Death” forcing gamers to reboot the whole system. On the more jovial side, there are plenty of funny bugs to choose from, but we love this “Map Break” video showing absolute chaos during an online gaming session.




#8: “Warhammer: Vermintide 2” (2018)





This game had a very buggy launch but it was still successful overall, racking up a score of 77 on Metacritic. Fans of the series loved the updated visuals and expansive co-op maps of the new game, so they cut developer Fatshark some slack and just waited for updates and patches to help fix some of the buggier issues. One thing we clearly couldn’t help but notice was the game’s weird behaviour during boss fights, with many strange occurrences taking us by surprise, like the screen turning into a cross between a strobe light and an explosion! That’s hard on the eyes!





#7: “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” (2006)





Like the Far Cry series, Elder Scrolls games are just so massive and amazing that we tend to overlook little technical issues and glitches. Most of these bugs don’t affect gameplay so they’re more of a treat than a hassle – and others are downright hilarious – so reviewers didn’t see the need to penalize the game’s overall score due to a few odd moments. The “Floating Paintbrush” was an Internet favorite, as were NPCs being melted into jelly when attacked. The only really serious bug was an unknown item that, when equipped, would crash the Xbox 360. But, honestly, we can live with that in order to play this amazing game!




#6: “Skate 3” (2010)





It’s rare that a game’s bugs and glitches actually improve gameplay, but that’s just what fans of “Skate 3” believed when they recorded their most outrageous buggy moments and uploaded them to the Internet causing a brief online sensation of viral videos in 2010. Skaters clip through the ground and the walls, ride on thin air instead of their boards, and get 30 feet of air instead of three! It’s just a shame that the game never came to PC because the modding community would have had a complete blast making video content with this game.




#5: “State of Decay” (2013)





Not only was the original game quite buggy and plagued with a host of performance issues upon shipping but the sequel released five years later suffered from the same issues as well. Luckily, the bugs and glitches all jive very well with the games’ mission of surviving a zombie apocalypse and tend to add more laughs than frustration. It’s not uncommon to see a zombie blasted high into the air by a gun or grenade and never hit the ground, in wall when zombies are around or for characters to glitch into walls and objects during tense moments, adding some light heartedness to an otherwise stressful game.






#4: “Kingdom Come: Deliverance” (2018)





Like a lot of ambitious, huge games, this RPG’s launch was filled with a myriad of technical problems, but gamers so craved the reality of its world that they were willing to overlook just about anything in favour of realness. The AI was suspect with enemies not even facing the correct way in battle and the animation dipped so low you’d think the game would crash. Interactions with the environment around you could be frustrating and funny at the same time, and NPCs floated in thin air like the undead! The game was an undeniable hit, however, and definitely satisfied its fan base, so the bugs are seen as a kind of comedic break in the action.





#3: “Mass Effect” (2008)





Yet another example of a “Game So Big It Must Be Buggy”, “Mass Effect” contained some serious “WTF Moments” that left us laughing and cringing at the same time, and this type of buggy gameplay would continue right through to “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” It also doesn’t help matters much when the series isn’t exactly known for its precise controls either! Walking horizontally in Spectator Mode; clipping through walls, floating vehicles; pitch black character models, all of these are commonplace. Oh, and the multiplayer is so glitchy it’s hard to tell if enemies are dead or breakdancing. Despite these bugs, the glitches in the Mass Effect series have become part of the allure.






#2: “Red Dead Redemption” (2010)





It was no doubt the scope of the game’s enormous environment gave birth to its long list of glitches, but it’s not like we cared – the game is still a masterpiece! Yes, even RockStar is sometimes powerless to be able to polish every little aspect of their games but, in an odd way, it helped give “Red Dead Redemption” some added charm! Horse and buggy drivers mysteriously driving a phantom carriage, serious “map breaks,” hilarious sky launching of enemies and NPCs, and some seriously messed up character animations all made RockStar’s Western even more enjoyable over the years.





#1: “Fallout: New Vegas” (2010)





Yes, the entire Fallout franchise is infamous for its bugs and glitches, but developer Obsidian’s 2010 effort in the series was something else entirely! Of course, the Bethesda-created Fallouts are known for their fair share of technical hiccups as well, but “Fallout: New Vegas” had some spectacular bungles like the VAT System messing up dialogue choices and cut scenes, character models getting so entangled they can no longer attack each other, and some of the worst swimming physics we’ve seen in games! Yet, all these years later, there are a lot of gamers who consider this the best entry in the series! Go figure!
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