When it comes to games that are "almost great," the one I keep coming back to is Alone in the Dark, the 2008 addition to the long-standing horror adventure series. That's odd, because at first glance I found it extremely hard to describe as "almost good" - in fact, that statement would make the world's least sensitive lie detector hurl itself out the nearest window. Alone in the Dark is one of the few games I can think of that fails at every turn. It's like Sideshow Bob in that one episode of The Simpsons, getting pounded in the face by a rake every time he takes a step in a new direction.
So why do I have this strange affection for a game that did nothing but shoot itself in the foot with gasoline-soaked bullets?