GamesRadar: The Top 7... worst release dates EVER

Videogames, like movies and music, live and die by their release dates. A smartly planned launch can make a niche product soar to unpredicted heights or cause a long-respected franchise to slip beneath consumers' radar. You'd think after decades of retail experience gamers would stop seeing games like Blacksite: Area 51 pitted against Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4, but every year there's a perfectly playable game thrown to the wolves.

These are the worst offenders – respectable games released against impossibly popular rivals or, in one case, the one week of the year it shouldn't have come out.

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