With the video game industry and the competition between publishers growing drastically every year, more and more games are hitting shelves with huge rival titles lined up next to them. Due to this, a lot of great games slip under the radar...
It didn't 'flop' at all because according to Ubisoft they made a profit on it I believe. However, it wasn't the timing of the release, but the fact that Ubisoft got greedy and released it as a full-priced retail game in a market where most people don't think 2D platformers are worth 50-60 bucks anymore. I'm 100% certain that if they had just released it on XBLA and PSN for 15 bucks, it would have sold at least 10 times as much as it did on release, as well as selling a lot longer and better in the years after release, due to it being one of the very best digital downloads ever. I don't know why others didn't pick up Enslaved btw, but I read everywhere that the gameplay wasn't very challenging and thus too easy and quickly too bland. Kinda the same problem the gorgeous Prince of Persia had.
<Rayman didn't 'flop' because of the releasedate... It didn't 'flop' at all because according to Ubisoft they made a profit on it I believe. However, it wasn't the timing of the release, but the fact that Ubisoft got greedy and released it as a full-priced retail game in a market where most people don't think 2D platformers are worth 50-60 bucks anymore.> They did. And it's slowly approaching 500 000 sold each on both HD consoles coupled with another 300 000 on the Wii. Ubisoft being greedy is not a fact, but a plea-cop by self-entitled and cheap gamers thinking the industry is there to run a charity, most notably PC gamers and PS360 owners. Not really. There's no telling how much it would have sold as a digital download release. It could easily flop like almost every other game regardless of format.
Rayman origins is one of the best 2d platform games since the 16-bit age and one that truly shines in HD. Lords of Shadows is an excellent GOW clone that even surpasses GOW3 in many ways. I would throw Vanquish in there too, best third person shooter in history, and that's a fact.
I don't think anyone overlooked or under appreciated sonic generations. It was a really good game, and hopefully a sign of more good things to come from the sonic team.
I bought Enslaved, played 2 minutes of it and have not returned to it yet. An opening too reminscent of Uncharted 2 except with no weight to the character - and fighting lots of robots. It borders on looking prettyish but only in a slightly sub-par way. It feels like it's going to be too much like on-rails Heavenly Sword all over again. It looks like a refreshingly different kind of game on the shelves but there's a reason that it hasn't sold too well. Maybe it's got a good story in there for all I know but the movement seems too bitty and everything too sci-fi to have drawn me in. As for Rayman Origins, this must be the least overlooked 'overlooked' game. Lots of articles go on about it as if it is any better than Earthworm Jim. The 16 bit age had waves of games like this - with a bit more substance to their themes too. So they want you to pay £40 for a HD version of the type of game that you could get for about £5 now. Go mad for the silky visuals if you want but I'd rather spend £9.99 on Limbo- and did. I liked the Sonic Generations demo. For just over £10 I think I might get this at some point even though there don't seem to be many levels.
I enjoyed playing Enslaved but I don't think I'll ever go back to it. One of those buy-complete-trade in games for me. It's definitely worth playing once though, I think.
I played the demo for enslaved and didn't like it.. maybe I should try again. I just hate the thought of having an entire game be an escort mission.
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