LittleBigFlops – The games that failed their Hype

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2008 has been one of the better years for gaming, I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s been one of the best but the last 3 months have been very kind to us.

When we look back and see Fallout 3, Fable 2, Gears 2 and COD5 we see that we have been spoilt, but with games reaching R1000 a title we need to be a little scrooge like with our money and the same goes for everyone worldwide.

So CVG has put together a list of games that were expected to do really well and that just haven’t… This isn’t about the quality of the game but more the retail success that they did not achieve, yet.

First the titles that were absolutely guaranteed to do well and yet still failed.

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts was meant to be one of the 360’s stellar Christmas titles which had been pumped up for years, however the game released to mixed reviews and is now floundering in the teenage section of the charts.

Next up we get LittleBigPlanet, the new face of the PS3 and a game with so much character and money that you could have bet your house on it breaking the million mark in it’s first weekend. However over in the UK it entered the chart at number 4 and has since been going backwards, it is now at 32 and in real danger of disappearing forever.

Both Resistance 2 and Endwar were hugely anticipated and while one was building on the solid success of it’s predecessor the other was a brand new title that was going to change the way we viewed strategy games forever. Both arrived to good reviews and both are doing terribly in the charts.

Another sequel we expected to do well was Motorstorm Pacific Rift, the arcade racer that we recently reviewed quite highly just hasn’t worked it’s magic in the charts and is in effect no longer in the charts.

But these big hitters are not the only ones who failed, the rest of the list is made up of technically great games that are a whole pile of fun but which haven’t set the charts alight just yet.

Lips, the SingStar clone for the 360 has floundered in the shops.

Left 4 Dead, the awesome zombie orgie that is being touted as a possible game of the year title is also doing badly.

Bioshock on the PS3 isn’t even close to emulating the 360 versions sales.

Mirror’s Edge has split the reviewers and is yet to jump into the minds of the buyers.

Mortal Kombat vs DC, a game that was given the Lazygamer kiss of death. I really thought it was going to be good and when it was released it was seen to be good but the bad press around the game (no blood) has stopped it from taking off.

We can’t finish a list like this without mentioning Wii Music which for some reason is still being touted by certain media as being a decent game. The game has no point and thankfully isn’t receiving any sales either. However it is actually climbing the charts at the moment so it may still make it.

So which title do you think CVG missed out on? Possibly Shaun White Snowboarding and I see Guitar Hero World Tour is struggling a bit with it’s price point.

Source: CVG

Last Updated: December 8, 2008

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