Righteous and evil: ten excellent games that failed commercially

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Discover the video games that have won awards and other praiseworthy reviews, but have not been able to do one small and important thing: sell copies

Hundreds of new games are released every year. Among them quite a few games that had all the data become the next big thing. But, due to bad timing, unsuccessful marketing or just misfortune, have become a commercial failure.


It should be noted that quite a few of these games have received a second chance over the years after they received a new version or embarked on more new platforms, but when they first entered the market, they caused a hole in the pocket of their keys.

So here are ten great games that did everything right, except to sell copies.

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The Neverhood

The Neverhood, a point & click game from Earthworm Jim, Doug TenNapel, and released in 1996, was an original game featuring unique plasticine animation, an excellent soundtrack and a bizarre sense of humor.


In the game you control a character named Kleiman, who awakens one day in a locked room, and from there you have to explore the world made of clay to find out what you are doing there.

Although it was a unique and original game, the game sold less than 50,000 copies, probably due to the decline in the popularity of Point & Click. What is strange and interesting about this fact is that although so few people seem to have played it, there are quite a few Who remember the game. You remember him enough to fund the project of Doug Tinipel and his friends in Kikstarter, Armikrog, a game of the same style, which was released recently.

Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango from 1998, was the first three-dimensional adventure game of Lucas Arts and the latest project of legendary game developer Tim Schiffer before he left to form his own company.

The game follows Manny Calavera, a travel agent and death angel in the world of the dead, whose job is to sell the dead to the next world when the quality of the journey depends on their actions while alive. Manny is not satisfied with the fact that he gets the worst clients, decides to cheat to get a good customer, but on the way finds himself in the middle of a corruption affair involving his boss.

The game received excellent reviews because of the wonderful writing accompanied by black humor and original story, and won quite a few prizes, but came out during the period Began to lose interest in adventure games, and the market was flooded with more powerful and modern titles such as the Lifetime, Metal Gear Solid and The Chronicle of Times.

Jet Set Radio

In 2000, Sega released its DreamCast console, a colorful, fun and fun game called Jet Set Radio. The game takes place in a Tokyo-like city, and you play a member of a gang fighting against other gangs and the police. The goal is usually to mark your graffiti around the city while riding rollerblades. In addition to the fun gameplay, the game included an excellent and catchy soundtrack, and was the first game ever to feature Cel Shading graphics.
The reason he probably did not have to do with the fact that the console Elia came out was not so popular, or maybe he just was not lucky.

Shenmue

Shenmue is playing some unusual list. This is a game from Sega that was released in 1999 to the DreamCast console and was one of the pioneers of 3D world-wide games. He combined gameplay with role-playing with Life Simulator.

You play Ryo Hazuki, a martial artist who sets out on a revenge journey after his father's murder by a mysterious Chinese man who fled to Hong Kong after the act, and was a kind of gta of the previous generation.
Without a doubt Shenmue was a fairly ambitious game. A bit too ambitious, and that's what caused him to become a commercial failure. The budget of the game was a huge sum of 70 million, and when you consider that it was exclusive to DreamCast, a console that, as we said earlier, did not actually succeed in itself, the number of copies sold simply could not cover that amount.

Similar to the situation with a few more titles on this list, Shenmue's initial commercial failure did not stop him from gaining the cult's sympathy down the road - which also led to continuity in the form of a new third episode to be launched somewhere in 2017, with Sony's assistance and a very successful Kickstarter campaign
Similar to the situation with several other titles on this list, Shenmue's initial commercial failure did not prevent him from gaining the cult's sympathy down the road - which also led to continuity in the form of a new third episode to be mused somewhere in 2017, with the help of Sony and the campaign Very successful

Beyond Good & Evil

Beyond Good & Evil is an adventure game from Which came out in 2003 and was no less than one of their most original games. Not surprisingly, one of its main creators was Michel Ancel, Rayman's creator. The heroine of the game is Jade, a nanny and photographer, who, together with her stepmother Pey'j, set out on a journey to find out whether the authorities that are supposed to protect civilians from an evil alien race are actually cooperating with them. The game has beautiful graphics and world, interesting story and fun and playful dialogues. Which combines many genres like stealth, action, puzzles, racing and even photography.

Unfortunately for the game, he fell victim to a particularly busy period - the Christmas season of 2003 and had to face and lose against very strong titles that came out at the time, some titles from home Herself, like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Metal Arms: Glitch in the System

Another game of the same year, Metal Arms is an integrated action shooting platform game, with the most delusional combination of Cute ... trying to kill each other.

If you compare it to other games, then you can say that it is very reminiscent of the Ratchet & Clank games combined with Halo. The hero of the game is Glitch, But quite destructive, who joined in the resistance to assassinate the war-type robots Milbots, before the general who controls them will take over the star in which the plot takes place. The game displays dozens of tools And weapons are especially fun, and full of action scenes along with entertaining writing and dubbing its properties.

כמו Beyond Good & Evil also came out during the 2003 holiday season, and yet its failure contributed to the fact that the name of the game and its cover looks quite generic and can not pass on the unique character of the game, which probably made people just skip it at the store.

Psychonauts

Psychonauts, released in 2005 as the first game of Double Fine Studio, the studio that Tim Schiffer set up after retiring from Lucas Artes, was another victim of the apparent misfortune of creating genius games that people do not buy.

In the game you play Raz, a young man who sneaked into a government summer camp for children with psychic powers. As a Raz, you will have to solve problems in the real world by entering into the brain of other people, so you will have to travel within their brain, a colorful and psychodoric experience that changes according to the nature of the person you entered, and correct their mental problems through action stages. Quite a few praises, but poor marketing and a lack of copies of his shops in the stores made him a failure.

Perhaps the best humor game ever created
Perhaps the best humor game ever created

Okami

Okami is a Zelda style adventure game from 2006, which was undoubtedly one of the most special and fun titles for the 2 Playstation console, and it certainly does not walk. The game takes place in ancient Japan and you play Amaterso, the goddess of the sun that appears in the form of white lava. Amaterso travels across the country to save Japan from a terrible curse that destroys its life force. The game presents breathtaking graphics, which can not be described as a real work of art, alongside a huge world to explore.

From a game that received high marks from all sides and was worked on by people like Hideki Kamiya, creators of Devil May Cry and Resident Evil, you would expect it to be more successful. But for some unknown reason, the game just did not catch up.

GTA: Chinatown Wars

It's a little hard to imagine a game On the Nintendo DS, a console that is usually associated with games Classic alongside platform games and Japanese role-playing games, but it happened.

In 2009, GTA: Chinatown Wars, landed in stores, and was no less good than games Consoles at that time. The game takes place in Liberty City, and you play Huang Lee, son of a boss in the murdered Chinese mafia. The gameplay is more reminiscent of 2, with a combination of unique gameplay that takes advantage of the DS touch screen, and a successful and addictive game of ... well "drug trafficking.

No doubt it was an excellent game, but the reason for the failure is probably because, as mentioned above, people who buy DS are usually used for games of a certain kind, so the game may not have turned so well to the right target audience.

Brütal Legend

Have we already said that luck is not exactly a good friend of Tim Schiffer? Brütal Legend from 2009 was the second experiment of the studio set up by Double Fine, after the Psychonauts. This game is a bit of a strange bird: a combination of Good-War action game with strategy and an open world. And all this takes place in a world of metal, in which everyone, from heroes to enemies, are tough metalheads. Yes, if you are a fan of classical music, you probably do not have much to look for here.

This is undoubtedly an unusual game, which is also probably the reason why it was unable to sell copies. There was a situation that was just too weird for most people or just could not compete with games like Assassin Creed 2, Modern Warfare 2 and Dragon Age, which also went out at the time.

Another fine piece of work from Met Schaefer, who did not enjoy a revival
Another fine piece of work from Met Schaefer, who did not enjoy a revival

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marvje
marvje

I remember at 1996 my brother went on a trip to London and asked him to buy me the neverhood. Since it was a few months after the game came out, I thought it was a particularly easy task - finding the first multimedia store in Oxford Street and that's it. After he came back he told me that he had gone all over London and moved to five stores until he found a copy of the game.

By the way, the game is highly recommended. His successor, armikrog has been less good.

I also have a physical copy of grim fandango which I also liked very much. I did not know there was a commercial failure.

Thanks for an interesting video. Besides, Sabeta, I liked the previous opening 🙂

Fkl0ster
Fkl0ster

Urban Chaos, from 1999. There is no other game that brings me back to my youth.

Zeev86
Zeev86

Urban Chaos, from 1999. There is no other game that brings me back to my youth.

Wow what an amazing game it was. There are 2 games that my dad plowed on them. This is Wofenstein 3D and Urban Chaos.

GameGems
GameGems

I remember at 1996 my brother went on a trip to London and asked him to buy me the neverhood. Since it was a few months after the game came out, I thought it was a particularly easy task - finding the first multimedia store in Oxford Street and that's it. After he came back he told me that he had gone all over London and moved to five stores until he found a copy of the game. By the way, the game is highly recommended. His successor, armikrog has been less good. I also have a physical copy of grim fandango which I also liked very much. I did not know there was a commercial failure. Thanks for an interesting video. Besides, Sabetta, I liked the previous intro :)

With pleasure, joy that you enjoyed. And by the way: I love my new opening D:

Yoyo
Yoyo

Another great video.
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llrefael
llrefael

Psychonauts is my favorite game of all time.
Beyond Good & Evil I bought two weeks ago on sets at 2.5 dollars and I have to find the time to play it ...

dante123
dante123

The obvious conclusion is that Tim Schaefer is too smart for this world.

dor123
dor123

Activision's Battlezone is another example: He was praised, for example, from the Israeli gaming magazine Freak, and received high marks, but failed in sales. Nevertheless, my brother and I acquired him and loved him very much. This game was a first-person strategy (compared to other strategy games from above).

orenweb
orenweb

Grim Fandango was one of the greatest games of all time.
A witty and funny script is just a fun game. It's such a pity that this genre has gone from the world for such graphic monsters
Similar to each other without any creativity or imagination.

Shlomi Malul
Shlomi Malul

Brütal Legend ... A great game, in cooperation and dubbing of Jack Black, when the character was also designed to ...
Big time remember all the above games that were physical, but mostly the neverhood, when the internet was in its infancy and were not walkthroughs, was a pleasure and a challenge (sometimes).
As for grim fandango, there is a remastered version that came out at the beginning of last year in my opinion.