Here are the 10 biggest busts in gaming for the year of 2008.
This will not end well....
#1 biggest flop of 2008: SecondStoryGamer.com
OK at least 3 of the games this guy mentions were released with 2 bloody months remaining in the year, how much were they expected to sell in such a short amount of time. Like LittleBigPlanet selling "only" 1.5 million copies. For such a short time frame I think that's pretty good. Another attempt by the media to skew the numbers with word tricks. Also Resistance 2. Sure it might not have lived up to some peoples' expectations, but it's a great game online and off. Selling over a million units in 2 months, again, isn't bad. I wish the media would stop using words to twist facts and numbers around.
#1 biggest flop: secondstorygamer.com (the source of this article) #2 biggest flop: N4G's credibility
Yeah I think secondstorygamer.com is the real flop here. With games like Resistance 2 and LBP coming out in a time when the economy is in turmoil, I don't think their sales are all that bad, especially with only counting 2 months of sales. Everyone is counting their dollars lately and with both games selling over a million each in such a short time span where each dollar is important, I think that's very positive sales. Sure, they might do better when the average family has more money, but considering the financial chaos going on in the world, selling over a million each that's not bad at all.
lol someone is always there to say this!
Haze was a flop, but it wasn't a horrible game. It was just broken with glitches..sadly. Just wanted to get that out there.
People stop making top ten list of garbage. Let's talk about real flops, like Spiderman Web of Shadows, Quantum of Solice, No More Heros, DeBlob and Boom Blox and every JRPG released on the 360. All of these games have a larger market share and none sold close to 1 million. What is the criteria for a "Flop" because a game that sells more than a million copies seems to be doing well, it qualifies as a Greatest Hit or Platnum game at that point. You can say, "you personally expected, a title to sell better" but that doesn't mean the market will respond. But if it has legs and sells 1-2 million in a few months who is to say it won't top 2-4 million over it's life span. considering both titles will eventually be greatest hits.
But Boom Blox was good...
I think the list is spot on. The only problem I have with the list is that it mixes flops in scores with flops in sales. In terms of sales all of the those are flops, minus mercenaries.
Games that sell over one million are declared a success by THE INDUSTRY. This fraudulent article usurps industry definition of what a successful game is. GET THIS GARBAGE OFF OF THE SITE. I did not have an opinion of which site had better news, Digg or N4G; having seen this "article" survive, I believe Digg has the upper hand.
they both made profits and sold reasonably well for a new IP. I don't know how you can possibly come up with that conclusion. Lips and SOCOM were the biggest commercial failures IMO. LPB and resistance 2 sold well too.
would have to be Mercenaries 2. That game was hyped and failed at everything. One of the most glitch ridden games I have ever bought. What happened to the days that developers had to make, ship and polish a game with no patches(pre-next gen, minus pc gaming)? Games should not be put out the door for the sake of a ship date that was promised 6 months into it's development. Heck, not even a year for that matter. Ship the game when its done. I do understand that games need tentative ship dates to keep gamers at bay, but I don't think developers need top be pressured with a looming schedule, it just produces crap like Mercs 2. Case in point, Blizzard games "It will be done when its done", and how many people play WoW or even Diablo 2 still because they're good games. OK, I'm done rambling
anything that sells more than a million, is anything BUT a flop lol.. but that might just be me :)
when I saw Force Unleashed wasn't on it. (And Resistance 2 was.) I didn't think EndWar was that bad either.
wtf is this article? LBP having a 95 metacritic rating and selling 1.5 mil units in less than 2 months is a flop? Oh! Forgot it was opposite day...
It is quite easy, MGS 4 and LBP are the two biggest games released on the PS3 yet. But LBP has only sold 1.5 million copies over the Christmas holidays is a humongous Flop. I totally believe this game (LBP) will have some legs, but as for now, sales have been very bad for a title of this caliber. LBP has failed so far, though not near as bad as Resistance 2 has.
lbp has sold nearly 2mil in two months(recent figures)and is constantly selling, how is that a flop for a NEW ip? if you are goin to troll do it in a more intelligent way where your facts support your claims have a good newyear
1.5 - 2 mill for any game is not a flop no matter what.
@ Agent: Ok, forget the hype, do you realize that LBP is a game mostly done with a dev team of about 30-40 people, which means it didn't have a humongous budget to begin with, which means they don't need to sell that many copies to rake in the profits. For example let's say a movie comes out with a 20 million budget and makes 35 million at the box office, a 15 million profit would not be considered a flop, but a 100 million dollar movie comes out and makes 110 million, a 10 million profit would be a flop because of the amount of money poured into the project.
Expectations/outcome. Expectations: LittleBigPlanet, Motorstorm 2 and Resistance 2 will be the biggest games of 2008 and outsell everything on the 360. The only 360 game that stands a chance is Gears 2 and it will be left in the dust. LittleBigPlanet will be bigger than Mario, MGS4 will compete with Halo 3's sales numbers and Resistance 2 will outsell Gears 2 alone. Outcome: Gears of War 2 sells more in one day than Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet manages to sell in 2 months. Even Fable 2, who no one thought would even compete with these 'juggernauts', enjoys better sales than Resistance 2, Motorstorm 2 and LittleBigPlanet. MGS4 enjoys good sales and at the end of the year it's close to what Halo 3 sold in it's first week. And now you try to act like you never hyped up Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet to be Gears of War killers and the second coming of Christ? Short memory span indeed. I'll leave Home out of this but you as all know, same story there: overhyping and underdelivering.
Jenzo; send us links who said that o_0? Most PS3 owners were eagerly waiting for these games but not thinking like it's the second coming of Christ. You're overreacting just a wee bit. I know you're right about those few idiots that just keep repeating the game's name over and over again...
Yeah, but Gears of War 2 sold over 3 millions copies within the first month of it's release. I don't think we can blame the economy on this one. Everyone I know who has a PS3, including my brother, who is a fanboy in denial, said R2 was a major disappointment. Don't worry though, Killzone 2 will get great profits.
Seriously dude, stfu. The only place these games were hyped the way you make it seem was on N4G. I only started seeing LBP commercials before Xmas, and I haven't seen any R2 or Motorstorm commercials yet. R2 sold a million copies in 2 months & got like 90% average rating. How is that a flop? OMFG it was so hyped blah blah... Who Overhyped it? People on the forums... wow they account for about 0.01% of the consumers world wide. I own all three of those games you mentioned, and they are all great. I also own Gears 2, which a great game. Why do you always have to hate? Just play the fvcking games...
...yeah, because what other people buy and purchase (i.e. sales) should determine whether or not a game is good/bad.... i'm sure nintendogs is one of the greatest games of all time because of that too, right? how about GTAIV? I've played all of the mentioned besides motorstorm 2, and i'm not complaining one bit... does it make you more happy to play a game enjoyed by the masses? i bet if 5 ppl bought halo 3/gears/whatever large selling title, that game would now be trash, correct? (just to add: i enjoy halo 3 and gears as well because i played them, not based on IF OTHER PEOPLE BOUGHT THEM) love how n4g is a breeding ground for individuals who base their opinions on what other people do/say/buy....
@crackling: you should definitely pick up Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, best racing game I've played, it's THAT good.
Agreed man!! Motorstorm 2 was bloody brilliant!
i wouldnt call LBP a flop. it would have released worldwide but Sony respectfully delayed EU dates because of some apparently Islamic quote in one of the soundtracks. Now LBP is becoming successful as sales beginning to catch up. People are buying LBP.
"Resistance 2 Sales: 1.01 million Metacritic Score: 87 However, a lackluster single player campaign and forced comparisons to Gears of War 2 because of the close proximity of their release dates prevented this game from shining."
i just bought a copy today, and i can't wait to go home and play it....2 more days!
What do you need to sell not to be classed as a flop?
Halo numbers unfortunately.
I can't disagree,Too Human was without a doubt the biggest flop of 2008 and of this Gen thus far.
using maths date and the laws of flop.. Too Human Release Dates: 08/19/08 to 01/04/09 Sales: 0.51 million Metacritic Score: 65 5 months with 0.51 million Haze Release Dates: 05/20/08 to 01/04/09 Sales: 0.59 million Metacritic Score: 55 8 months 0.59 million so going by score and hype(teh halo killer) with number of sales and time it took to make those sales numbers and the Developer of the game going out of business(Free Radical) ....Haze is the biggest flop this year. :)
If your going by hype, then Too Human takes the cake....10 years in the making buddy. Haze was not hyped as a Halo killer by any means
"If your going by hype, then Too Human takes the cake....10 years in the making buddy." Misleading information... Too Human was not in development for 10 years at least not in Microsoft's hands... the project started in various platforms and was canceled. Ohh and if you are going to go by Hype... LBP takes the cake... LBP was hype 100 times more than Too Human... Sony said it was going to be the YouTube of gaming... The biggest thing since the first man took the first dump... the super mario of this generation. Do you know how many users YouTube have? Based on that statement LBP was suppose to sell at least 20,000,000 copies.
"Sony said it was going to be the YouTube of gaming" if play or see the created levels in this game you know it's truly the youtube of gaming there are thousand of great levels it will take you really long time to play them all , and stile you will never finish them all becouse there is alwayes new levels and that what they meant by comparing it to youtube
has bladestar lost his mind i love how you take any statement and then take it to its most ridiculous point to fit your argument gtfo.
"there are thousand of great levels it will take you really long time to play them all" sadly I could not even finish the single player portion of LBP, the gameplay is sluggish, control of sackboy/girl is not responsive and just not fun.
More Youtube of E for everyone gaming.
Umm yeah, Haze is defintely the biggest flop of last year. Haze was hyped a lot more than Too Human and it actually ended up with lower scores and poorer sales. Most people were taking a "wait and see" attitude towards Too Human and I think most people were expecting it to end up being pretty mediocre after being in development for so long and its poor showings at E3 etc. I didn't really see anybody hyping that game anyway. Haze on the other hand was hyped by many PS3 fanboys as the next great shooter and it was rubbed in the noses of Xbox 360 fans.
Im suprised over 1million people bought the new need for speed... :/
For sure, they need to cool it on those games and make something new.
EA cut Need for Speed series didn't they?
i believe Criterion Games is taking over the Need For Speed series now...EA didnt cut it
*zing!* lol Nice one! Can't wait for the next NFS... can you imagine? Burnout with cops! XD
At least haze was not 10yrs in the making....
didnt know the 360 been around for 10 years?
games start being developed before the console is out for the market...
If I am not mistaken Too Human started as a PSX game
If a game started 10 years ago...that is when development started. The project Too Human began 10 years ago and it was released in 2008. That is a 10 year development cycle.
LBP for a new IP did great. I'm sure MM is more that happy with the sales and reviews their game got.
Just wait and see how many it's sold by the end of '09.
Yup. Im picking mine up in 09...... I think. There are waaayyy too many games coming though. Gunna be tough.
1) MGS4 2) LBP 3) HAZE 4) GT5: Prologue 5) Resistance 2 6) Socom: Confrontation Man those games were TRASH!!!
...You know when a 360 supporter is a sad fanboy when he creates multiple accounts to bash people on the *other* sad. Grow up dude. :/
Agree except for MGS4
I think Socom sold a lot better since this does not count PSN sales. Plus, that game is soo much better than the reviews say. Im playing it now and loving it.
Bob Dole wants to rent that game, is it as good as the others?
Patch 1.30 comes out either this week or the next and it will greatly improve it. If you are on the fence, then wait for that to come out before judging.
If you don't like the list make your own. Too Human was poop.
they were good games and all but who plays most of those games. You have to be at least 410 pounds, butt naked,on a bean bag, in your living room eating cheeseburgers to play those games. Oh yeah i said it.
Biggest Flop in 09...this article?
"All sales data was taken from VGChartz.com" Well, that makes this blog irrelevent.
I am actually surprised at how little Banjo moved, 1/2 million units, ouch. Those people saying this is another article biased against the PS3, please explain?
Many games that were hyped that sold poorly were left out: Infinite Undiscovery, Ninja Gaiden 2. However R2 and LBP were included? They have only been out for 2 months, unlike NG2 The Last Remnant has been out for 2 months, sold poorly and got terrible reviews... why is it not on the list?
Sorry, I should have stated that i'm not hating on NG2. I own it, and this its a great game! However, it hasn't sold that well (apperently a million isn't 'selling well' anymore), and yet is not on the list. R2 generally got better reviews, and sold just as well in fraction of the time, but still made the list... I was only using NG2 as an example to point out how bogus this 'top 10' list is...
rofl... I knew LBP would be there. Apparently becoming a million seller (1.5 actually) soon after launching means a game is a flop. And not just any flop either, nearly one the 10 biggest! Resistance 2, another million seller, is in fact 2008's 8th biggest flop! hahaha... WOW. How do they write this? Of all the software released in 2008, almost all of which never got anywhere near 1 million, R2 is the 8th biggest flop. I think the auther is confusing flop with sales disappointment, but even then... Heh...gaming "journalism" these days... * and just to be clear. Look up "flop" in the dictionary: "3. to be a complete failure; fail: The play flopped dismally. " Too funny.