More of a thought experiment...ha but I am a lover of 'bad' games like Road Kings, Hollywood Heat, Bugs Bunny and I was watching the Buffalo pin 12hr stream were they were playing Big Buck Hunter. Not a very loved game or theme. As I listened to them talk about it it seemed like there were a number of goals int he game that were extremely hard to achieve, which doesn't always equate to fun but at least it gives you something to go for. I'll go as far as saying if LOTR was re-themed to Big Buck Hunter and you had to do the same things to get to Valinor as you did to....get that 1,000 point buck ( I have no idea what the end mode is) would it be as respected?
So I was wondering what games out there because of the theme or otherwise are 'cheaper' to buy but have something to offer as far as 'challenge'.