• Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2006
Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Negative: 22 out of 24
  1. Great style but absolutely no substance. [Christmas 2006, p.70]
  2. Bad Day LA is the game people often say they want and then ignore when it arrives; it prizes ambition over execution and flair over finesse and both pays the price and reaps the rewards for daring to do so. [Sept 2006, p.82]
  3. Bad Day L.A. has all of the ingredients to become a memorable action game, but somewhere along the way the developers mixed in something sour to create one of the most disappointing games of the year.
  4. A bad day for L.A., an even worse day for gamers.
  5. Clocking in at less than six hours it’s hardly entertaining, hardly funny and hardly worthy of your time. In fact, it’s a dreadful disappointment.
  6. American McGee, you blew us all away with Alice, but somewhere after that you turned down the wrong road. Please find your way again.
  7. Bad Day LA has all the subtlety of a hammer, and the occasional commentary on the absurdities of modern life is drowned out by a constant barrage of uninspired vulgarity. Even the game's shock value rings hollow, and it doesn't distract from the fact that this third-person action game is short, ugly, and sloppy.
  8. We really do have to implore you, don’t let your curiosity get the better of you. Bad Day L.A. is dire.
  9. Bad Day LA is a game that could have been so much more than it wound up being. In the end it feels rushed out the door and lands squarely in the bad end of the game spectrum. Take a pass.
  10. 30
    A lot of chaos, sloppy gameplay and few laughs. To quote an adage that turns out to be especially apt for videogames: dying is easy; comedy is hard.
  11. 27
    There's little redeeming about a title that originally held such promise. Instead of being showered with creative gifts, hilarious jokes, and unflinching social commentary we get bludgeoned with tired toilet humor, witless satire, and artless gameplay. Let's just keep it simple. Don't buy this game. It's terrible.
  12. You can turn down the volume, but you’re better off turning down this game. That’s harsh, but so are the graphics, the A.I. routines, the missions, the gameplay, and the characters.
  13. If the game added a [few] more side missions that weren’t so repetitive, a lot less curing zombies and healing folks, and toned down the stereotyping racial humor, the game could have been fun to take a run through. Unfortunately, it’s the exact opposite of that.
  14. We really wanted Bad Day L.A. to live up to its potential, which makes its suckitude feel even more than just bad; it's like a betrayal.
  15. This is a Red Alert on the Bad Game Threat Advisory meter, a third-rate ripoff of "Postal" so tasteless that I wanted to scrub myself with Lysol after getting up from the computer. [Dec. 2006, p.56]
  16. 20
    Bad Day L.A. aims for the biting wit of the "Dave Chapelle Show" but ends up more akin to the jackassery of "Mind of Mencia." Just sort of sad and unfunny.
  17. Whatever you call it, it's guilty of one thing: not being funny. In fact, it's offensively unfunny. [Dec. 2006, p.70]
  18. This third-person action game is filled with jokes that fall flat, shoddy production values, and offensive stereotypes.
  19. An unpolished, bland mess of a game that doesn't deserve a single megabyte of your hard disk space...It ends up looking like shit as well as playing like it. [Mar 2007, p.68]
  20. All the action is staged on truly horribly designed levels that go out of their way to prevent exploration as clumsily as possible.
  21. If you watch Soul Plane three times in a row, or enjoy a nice plate of crap from time to time, then Bad Day L.A. is a hit for you, otherwise, avoid it like you would someone walking down the street covered in dog crap.
  22. 10
    It arrives looking like the work of someone who understands neither why we play games (to be entertained, not jerked around) nor the culture he's trying to parody.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. AmericanM
    Jun 1, 2009
    0
    It's not a terrible idea for a game, to be fair. Just a terrible game. I don't know why McGee keeps putting his name in the titles of these things. It's getting increasingly like selling dog-crap sculptures in your own image. Full Review »
  2. Mr.Orange
    Dec 4, 2007
    0
    More American McGee crap. Stay away, very far away.
  3. Dr.OxfordPhD
    Nov 12, 2007
    0
    This game is bad in every way it is possible to be bad.