• Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2006
American McGee Presents Bad Day LA Image
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  • Summary: From the demented and brilliant mind of American McGee, renowned for his artistically extraordinary vision embodied by "American McGee's Alice", comes American McGee Presents: Bad Day L.A., a third-person action/adventure game with a tongue-in-cheek comedic twist. Set in modern day LosFrom the demented and brilliant mind of American McGee, renowned for his artistically extraordinary vision embodied by "American McGee's Alice", comes American McGee Presents: Bad Day L.A., a third-person action/adventure game with a tongue-in-cheek comedic twist. Set in modern day Los Angeles, Bad Day L.A. combines a fantastical art style, groundbreaking collaborative gameplay elements and a heavy dose of dark satire to create a truly unforgettable experience. In Bad Day L.A., players are thrust behind the shopping cart of a homeless man turned city-saving crusader, Anthony Williams, a reluctant hero who left behind the privileged life of a successful Hollywood agent after losing his self-respect. Anthony survives in his cocoon of destitution and isolation until Los Angeles comes under attack from zombies, terrorists, earthquakes and other untold disasters. Facing complete annihilation, Anthony is reluctantly forced to begin a cynical quest for salvation. Using only his street smarts and the environment to stay alive, he must save the very city and its citizens he despises, and, in the end, escape what has become a very Bad Day in L.A. [Enlight Software] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Negative: 22 out of 24
  1. A great game idea and an interesting story and scenario are not all that is required to make a fun game, yet that’s mostly what Bad Day LA has going for it. While McGee is absolutely worthy of the praise people heap upon him, he has allowed a game which fails to impress on nearly all levels to be released with his name on it.
  2. Edge Magazine
    40
    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. A bad day for L.A., an even worse day for gamers.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Dec 8, 2019
    10
    It's a stupid game in every sense of the word...but that's why it is brilliant lol
  2. alk.:
    Nov 19, 2006
    7
    Oh c'mon! It's a good game! Of course - it isn't wonderful, but I personally like a sense of humor in it.
  3. JulianM.
    Mar 20, 2007
    7
    PEOPLE! Tell me, what do you want from this game? It's a nice action game with good atmosphere and crazy humor. If Anyone liked South PEOPLE! Tell me, what do you want from this game? It's a nice action game with good atmosphere and crazy humor. If Anyone liked South Park and the Simpsons - take it. It's not a game for long midnights. One session should take about 30 min - 1 h. And then it gives lots of fun and laugh. Expand
  4. JowU.
    Sep 14, 2006
    2
    The cartoon graphic is nice but gameplay is just bad. A one lvl game with good intentions...
  5. Oct 8, 2017
    1
    A game where you cannot lose, that mimics State of Emergency to the point of the user not wishing to continue, what more an you say aboutA game where you cannot lose, that mimics State of Emergency to the point of the user not wishing to continue, what more an you say about something with limited humour and a cash in on name branding. Expand
  6. DarkStalker
    Apr 25, 2007
    0
    This game is the biggest piece of @#$! I have ever seen. I expected more after the brilliant Alice. I was very disappointed.
  7. 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 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. Expand

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