The 7 best, most brilliantly average games

Some games are great. Some games are crap. But however fun or abominably miserable either category may be, neither is truly interesting. You know what really is intriguing? The middle ground. The fallen, would-be champions, which try to do everything right but collapse under the weight of their own ambition. Or even better, the somewhat shoddy, often downright weird ones that have no right to quality, but somehow, through plucky spirit, one or two inspired ideas, or sometimes just plain luck, manage to transcend their designated duffer status and claw their way up into the ranks of the decent.

Those games are what we're talking about today. The ones that, although objectively substandard, are somehow also brilliant.

There's a lot to talk about, and a huge amount of delicious, brilliantly flawed weirdness to wade through, so join Matt Elliott, PC Gamer's Tom Senior and myself, why don't you? Where else are you going to get your daily dose of thumb-punching demigods, badly trained spies, and jetpacking Nathan Drake, all in one place?

David Houghton
Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.