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Midway Sealed its Fate: 'Stranglehold' Won't Ease the Pain, Says Analyst

Video-game publisher Midway Games (MWY - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) may have just sealed its fate.
Stranglehold, the company's biggest release of the year, debuted Wednesday to lackluster reviews, dashing any remaining investor hope that Midway might halt its descent into obscurity.

But with Stranglehold's stumble, the outlook for investors could turn bleak. Poor game sales could kill hopes that the company may turn the title into a franchise. Midway still has its long-running Mortal Kombat and Unreal Tournament franchise

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MK_Red3522d ago

"Stranglehold, the company's biggest release of the year" What!? What about Unreal Tournoment 3? UT3 is one of the biggest games of 2007.

Midway should put its all effort into making fewer but better games (Instead of making a crappy WW2 shooter and many other games as fast as it can).
Now, they should put all their money and effort into making of Mortal Kombat 8 and make MK the icon it was back in 1995.

ISay3522d ago

7 and 8's for a movie based game is respectable the game will do great good reviews dont mean good sales(ex. transformers,cars, harry potter, any pokymon game) and stranglehold falls in this category people know john woo itll be fine plus who was expecting better than this i wasn't

Kenshin_BATT0USAI3522d ago

Wow they consider this more important then Unreal tournament 3? Chances are Unreal will rape strangleholds sales.

MK_Red3522d ago

Agreed but don't forget about Mortal Kombat 8 for PS3 & 360. The year old, M rated MK:Armageddon had good sales on Wii! I can't wait to see next-gen bloody fatalities in HD, powered by Unreal Engine 3 (Yes, MK8 is using UE3, The first fighting game for Unreal Engine)

lonestarmt3522d ago (Edited 3522d ago )

MK_Red, what american made game isn't using the Unreal system to make thier games? I just hope people don't only depend on Unreal and start making things for themselves.

MK_Red3522d ago

lonestarmt, you've got a point. Good one :)

Hopefully MK8 is one of the games that uses UE3 in a good way (Like BioShock) and not the way Hour Of Victory or BlackSite did (Though BlackSite still has chance).

BloodySinner3522d ago

BlackSite is just another first person shooter. It will get shadowed by other great titles.

i Shank u3522d ago

damn bloodysinner you know alot. can you tell me tomorrows lotto #'s please?

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Lightning Mr Bubbles3522d ago

Did Stranglehold really get horrible reviews? I thought it got 8's and 7's. That's bad these days?

MK_Red3522d ago

Agreed. It's average is 7.5 and it got 8.1 from IGN (Above 8 is considered Great by many sites) and solid scores from EuroGamer and GameSpy.

lonestarmt3522d ago (Edited 3522d ago )

I think gamers have gotten totally fickle. Strangle hold has been getting 7, and 8. Its like if its not a AAA then I'm not playing, I'm too much of a game master to play it. If its fun, play it. DW gundam is getting sub par reviews but I freaking love it. Let the elitist thoughts go and play it if it looks good to you!

BloodySinner3522d ago

You know, most people work hard for their money. I wouldn't want a spend $60 for a 7.5/10 title.

lonestarmt3522d ago

missing my point. If the game gets a 4 or 5 you need to reconsider, but its all based on what you prefer. I have my taste and take what the reviewers say, but I'm not going to let someone else tell me what I should be playing. If you hate JRPGs you most likely won't like odin sphere, wild arms 5, xenosaga, you may not give those games a higher score. Plus you know dang well that if halo 3 got bad reviews, (not saying it will), people will buy it and love it. I like to call it the dynasty warrior effect. lol

i Shank u3522d ago

i thought reviews in 7-8 range aren't a disaster, do people look to games to change their lives or somethin/? id buy stranglehold, not at full price tho, and i think the ps3 special edition is almost a must buy, movie and game about the same character, same disc, is badass

BloodySinner3522d ago

I did not miss anything. All I'm saying is that most gamers won't spend $60 (full price) on a title that has an average rating of 7.5-8. They might wait a bit for a price cut or a special offer before trying it out.

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Excalibur3522d ago

Is a pretty decent game, I'd give it a solid 8.

i Shank u3522d ago

agreed, solid 8. the presentation of the cutscenes and in game stuff is good

xaphanze3522d ago

I consider buying games when they get above 8. If Im into the genre, I buy it for sure.

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