Some video games make it big mostly because they have good marketing, even if the game play is not as good. On the other hand, there are games that could easily compete against the best releases ever and still win. Despite being so good, they fail to sell – usually because they are not properly advertised for. So, what are the best games that should have run the world but they barely sold?
Released by Majesco Entertainment, Psychonauts should have easily become a top hit. The animation? Exquisite. The game play? Flawless. The interaction? Hilarious and challenging. Surprisingly enough, it did not really sell, but mostly because lots of people had no clue about it. However, the game can still be found and it is less likely to disappoint, regardless of your age.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
Developed by Oddworld Inhabitants, the game brings in a bounty hunter in a crazy world. Great graphics, beautiful landscapes, a good story and some top ideas. For example, the live ammunition was just a crazy solution when you run out of arrows. It loaded the crossbow with all kinds of creatures found around the hunter. All in all, everything about it was good, yet the publisher failed to promote it properly.
Beyond Good & Evil
The adventure game released by Ubisoft floats around Jade – an investigative reporter – and her partner. She eventually ends up fighting against aliens with her pig partner nearby. All in all, the game was impressive due to its mechanics – great combat, lots of adventure and pleasantly dark. It had everything it needed to succeed, but the problem is it came out at the wrong time. It faced some great competition from big players on the market, so its sales never went up.
Gitaroo Man follows U-1, the only survivor on the planet. He has to face an entire army of monsters. It is an action game filled with lots of adventure and a great storyline. Everything about it worked perfectly. It scored high among most critics, yet most people have never heard of it. The storytelling game from iNiS never made it big.
Jet Set Radio
Jet Set Radio is better known for being one of the first games to ever introduce cel shaded graphics in this industry. Moreover, its soundtrack left no room for mistakes. The game play? You were a 17 year old kid trying to avoid cops and gang members on the streets. The game run perfectly, but it was shaded by Dreamcast. Sega’s great game launched at the same time and killed every other game around it.
Little King’s Story
Little King’s Story will push your imagination in a world filled with action, blood and terror games. Furthermore, the game play is extremely active and will hook you in right away. You are a young boy who suddenly becomes a king. Long story short, you have to conquer the world through varied tasks and stories. Everything was right about this game, so it is hard to tell why it did not take off.
Killer 7 is probably the most unusual shooting game ever created. It is quite unconventional, so it will feel a bit weird at first. But once you are hooked in… Basically, you have a mixture of a first person shooting action. Then, out of nowhere, rail shooting action kicks in. If you are the type who likes to explore every single corner on a map, you will feel overwhelmed having to choose paths and intersections. As if all these were not enough, controls were not intuitive at all. Plus, at some point, you have to deal with seven enemies and they are all surnamed Smith. Then, you cannot tell whether certain parts are for real or just in a dream. The game literally dazzles you, but it keeps you hooked in – that is if you are lucky enough to discover it because its advertising was terrible.
The Mark of Kri
The Mark of Kri brings in one of the most surprising combat choices in this industry. You do not have to fight one enemy at a time or get ready for the big boss at the end of a stage. Instead, you can attack more enemies at the same time while still being able to come up with some combos. Animations are perfect – brutal, violent and crystal clear. Bring in some puzzles, a few good weapons, a good story line and you have the perfect game. Its advertising left much to be desired though. This is probably the only drawback associated with it.
In the end, video games are quite diversified and many good games often come and go without being noticed, but the above mentioned games could have seriously rocked their genres if it was not for small details.