7 Promising Looking Video Games That Are Going To Flop In 2013

Here are seven 2013 games likely to be good to downright great, which just aren't going to sell.

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chadboban3653d ago (Edited 3653d ago )

Okay now this article is just begging for hits. Move along folks nothing to see here.

Why does stuff like this get approved? You know what scratch that, I know exactly why, because they WILL get the hits they're looking for no matter what.

Just to save folks time from clicking, here's the list

Bayonetta 2
Dead Space 3
Gears of War: Judgement
Lightning Returns
Metal Gear Rising
Rayman Legends
The Last of Us

Blastoise3653d ago (Edited 3653d ago )

I honestly don't think a single one of those games will "Flop".

Skips3653d ago (Edited 3653d ago )

Bayonetta 2 will likely flop, not because it will be bad, but because the people who wanted it in the first place (PS3, 360 owners) won't get it.

Lightning Returns, I think that has a chance at flopping too. Didn't XIII-2 sell less than half of the first one?

As for Gears, hype for that game is almost non existent. I know a lot of hardcore Gears fans that are disappointed in the fact that you play as Baird, and the game doesn't take place during the Pendulum Wars. I don't hear a lot of excitement for the MP either. The pre order numbers seem pretty bad too, especially for a Gears game. Gears only ranks at #17

Of course, these are VGChartz numbers. So they not might not be quiet right.

Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Rising, Rayman Legends, and The Last of Us will likely sell from decent to A LOT.

HammadTheBeast3653d ago

I don't know, the Last of Us isn't hyped enough...


Already has according to the sold out stock of the collectors editions.

Nimblest-Assassin3653d ago

By flop he means won't sell well, and with all those (except lightning returns and dead space 3) I call horse sh*t.

-Bayonetta 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Platinum is a respected developer especially in the east. I can guarantee that both games will do extremely well in Japan, also MGR's demo was extremely fun and I for one am picking it up

- Gears of War Judgement: Its gears of war, one of the more successful xbox exclusives... its going to sell

-Rayman: The wiiU's first killer app, a lot of people who own the system are going to buy legends.

- The Last of us:

1) The CE edition sold out in only 2 days
2) People I know who don't like uncharted are super excited for TLOU
3)Its one of the few new IP's I've seen that already have this much hype

Just because a game doesn't sell GTA or COD numbers doesn't mean its a flop

Bronxs153653d ago (Edited 3653d ago )

"Bayonetta 2 will likely flop, not because it will be bad, but because the people who wanted it in the first place (PS3, 360 owners) won't get it. "

if they want it why won't they get it? can't a ps3 /360 owner own a wii u?

i'm a ps3, 360 owner and i'm getting bayonetta 2.

trenso13653d ago

of the list i think gears. dead space and lightning returns will flop. Gears news hasnt really shown up and sometimes i check even though i dont own a 360 it peaks my interest though. As for dead space the demo left a bad taste in my mouth i was going to buy it but not now. Even though im buying lighting returns i doubt it will have fantastic sales. just being realistic.

ABizzel13653d ago

1. I agree with Bayonetta simply because it's not what the Nintendo audience normally goes for. Look at the best selling 3rd party games on Wii-U.....Yeah not looking good. I wish it the best, because I throughly enjoyed the first game, and I've enjoyed Platinum Games titles, but I don't see it breaking 500,000 in sales. They need to port this over if at all ever possible.

2. Gears of War isn't getting the hype it normally gets, and maybe because people are getting worn out after finishing the trilogy, or because it's not being made by Epic per-say, but it's Gears and Gears sells millions. Not worried about it at all 5+ million easy.

3. Rayman Legends. It's in a better place by being on the Wii-U and that's easily Nintendo's type of game, but I don't think Rayman has the name or audience it once had, and while the game is great (PS3 / PSVita version) I don't see it doing anything huge by coming to the Wii-U. Hope for the best expect the worst.

4. Dead Space 3 has no hype, and it's releasing soon. Not a good look. It's going to sell because of the name alone, but it's not going to be the hit EA wanted.

5. The name Final Fantasy will carry this game alone, no matter how good or how bad it may be.

6. Metal Gear: R / R. This game was only on my radar because it's more Metal Gear, but it's so low on my radar I had poor expectations for it. After playing the demo it seems like it could be a pretty good game, and knowing it's made by Platinum (they are busy bee's over there) I expect a really good action game. That being said, it's just not Metal Gear, but I'm sure Metal Gear fans will eat it up until Ground Zero or Phantom Pain release.

7. Complete disagree with The Last of Us. Sony is pumping everything they have into this game, and it has the hype train express going for it. It's looks great, the acting looks great, the gameplay and trailers have impressed, it's made by Naughty Dog (Easily a top 5 dev. in the industry), and when we get hands on with the demo we'll know for sure. It's going to sell well.

360ICE3652d ago

I think Bayonetta 2 might. If we're talking about sales, I mean. But apart from that, I'd be surprised if most of these flopped.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney3652d ago (Edited 3652d ago )

Bayonetta 2 might flop. Not sure if that is what nintendo fanbase wants even even played before.

Pokemon would outsell it easy.

AsimLeonheart3652d ago

I think only DmC should have been on that list because it released in 2013 and has already flopped. The rest are all going to be hits to varying extents.


I only agree with Bayonetta, not because WiiU owners won't buy it, but because the install base is not that big yet and other platforms won't have it.

Spin offs from Metal Gear, Gears and Final Fantasy will likely sell less than main games, that's just how it usually is with spin-offs, doesn't necessarily means they will flop, a million copies or so is usually more than enough to turn a profit and the main games in those series are all multi million sellers.

Sequels from Raiman and Dead Space will have little trouble capturing the already hooked user base. They may sell less but, again, the last game in the series already sold very well, they have a good starting point.

The Last Of Us is a new IP so its not easy to predict sales, specially considering its genre (survival horrors aren't exactly the most popular genre out there, still a lot of people love the setting, but those tend to flock to only a few games). Still, it's not short of hype, all presentations so far had been well received and it have the Noughty Dog seal in the front, so I guess it's safe to assume it won't flop. If it will sell just enough to turn a profit or became a blockbuster multi-millions seller will heavily depend on other factors like competition and marketing (like is usually the case for any new IP).

shinrock3652d ago

Flop,no. Sell under publisher expectations yes.

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GillHarrison3653d ago

99% of the titles listed have a established fan base. What a terrible website.

ScytheX33653d ago

in the case of Bayonetta, an established fan base outside of the console its being exclusively released on.... has a chance to flop, though on that list think its the only one with that chance.

Biggest3653d ago

Bayonetta 2 will be on the WiiU. The established fan base is on the PS3 and X360. There might be a little problem there.

chadboban3653d ago

For what folks are saying about Bayonetta, I think that if the game looks incredible (we haven't exactly seen a lot of it) and if the Wii U gets a price drop by the time it releases, I think people will be a little less apprehensive about getting the system for Bayonetta 2.

Not to mention a lot of folks, myself included don't limit ourselves to a single console, just because I loved Bayonetta, admittedly on my friend's 360(due to the better framerates) doesn't mean that I hate Nintendo and will never buy their system. I know not everyone can afford more than one system or has a taste for Nintendo games but the game would've been dead if Nintendo didn't come along and save it anyway. I rather have it exist on the Wii U than have it not exist at all.

wishingW3L3652d ago (Edited 3652d ago )

the first Bayonetta was a massive flop and it was on 2 consoles (90/100 on Metacritic). Now imagine how much worse it will be on a single platform with a fanbase of less than 5 millions... Or maybe since the Wii U has so few games many people would pick it up like it happened with the first Resistance game.

Lightning Returns will definitely be a flop though. FF13 sold like 7 millions, FF13-2 sold like 2 millions and I only expect FF13-3 to sell much less than that.

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animegamingnerd3653d ago

how many troll bait articles do we need on N4G

chadboban3653d ago

A ton actually, word on the street is, they're what keeps N4G going.

007Bond3653d ago

So you guys don't agree with someone you either say they're begging or trolling. If they are begging why did you come in here read the article than comment?

juandren3653d ago

Well to be honest I was under the impression it will be a well-written article with interesting points. People can say what they want, but in my opinion you don't get better articles than IGN. I swear by them. Sites (and articles) like these make me appreciate good video game journalism.

solar3653d ago

if The Last of Us flops, i will laugh my ass off. not because i hate Sony or ND, im a big fan of both, but because of the Sony Extremists that have touted that game since the first glimpse of the game. im looking forward to the game, i hope ND can deliver like UC2, one of my Top 5 games ever.

Knushwood Butt3653d ago

Personally, I'm more interested in whether it is a great game or not.

Blackdeath_6633652d ago

wow, extremist gamers is a thing now?

DigitalAnalog3652d ago

You should take a look at your statement from a different angle. If TLOU "flops" then I guarantee that would be the last vestiges of any AAA company willing to take risks considering ND's track record from the PS1 era. This is no laughing matter regardless whether or not the PS3 "extremists" eating crow.

vork773653d ago

Metal Gear Rising look awesome same goes for The Last of Us, Rayman Legends and dead space 3

ajax173653d ago

The guy who submitted it is named Jackhass after all...

morkendo233653d ago

Agree, this guy must have cyrstal ball to spew out nonsense. how did this begging for hits crap get approved??

OmegaSlayer3653d ago

There's no way in hell Bayonetta 2 will sell like Bayo1.
It may still sell good but not as much as Bayo1.
No way a game is going to sell on one system the same amount of copies it sold on 2 systems, audience and slim fan-base.
Blah Blab Blah, the game wouldn't exist if Nintendo didn't pick it up...I say that the franchise will be dead "thanks" to Nintendo, because Bayo3 won't ever see the light of days.

Gears Of War...I'm a PS3 fanboy but I had always dreamed to play the Gears series but I don't think 3 games are worth the purchase of a system.
Said's a shame how this game has very few coverage.
I don't think it will flop at all, though sales could be a bit lower than the previous entries.

Dead Space 3.
Loved the first 2, tried the demo of the 3rd, only in SP and...the game is not good.
Not good at all.
My friends who played the first 2 and the demo won't buy it, I will not buy it day one for sure but wait till it reaches the 15-20 € zone.

Lightning Returns...I wonder how many Final Fantasy fans still believe in Square-Enix.
I loved Final Fantasy and couldn't manage to get past the first half of XIII.
Will it flop? Surely it will sell even less than XIII-2

Metal Gear Rising, I think it will sell in the area between 750k and 2 millions.
It will flop compared to Metal Gear Solid, but will proudly stand his own.

Rayman fans didn't welcome Origins well on Wii...largest install base, lower number of sold copies...bah.
The point is that for Nintendo fanboys (90% of WiiU early users) platformer=Mario so...I add another bah here.
It won't sell a million copies in the first year for sure, and while it's a good number, it's lower than Publishers expect today.

The Last Of Us...dunno...if I had to throw a Sony title thinking it will sell below expectations I would have mentioned God Of War Ascension.
With The Last Of Us I see players maybe disappointed from the game more than not buying itthe at all.
Still I don't expect it to sell like Uncharted series.

So...while the article is way too gloomy, it's not a complete fail

EddieNX 3652d ago

oh just shut up.... Have fun eating your words kid.

MasterCornholio3653d ago

Yeah with those firm breasts and that tight but i dont see how Bayonetta is going to flop around.


miyamoto3653d ago (Edited 3653d ago )

I remember the days when gamers just cared about the new games that are coming

No one cared about sales figures

Games were appreciated no matter what they are.

People really need to become child-like not immature childish pricks

This generation has been so focused on sales figures thanks to M$ who obviously missed the point of what video games are all about.

Blackdeath_6633652d ago

last time i got restricted for reporting a similar article to this i also got restricted for posting the exact same comment as yours apparently i was spoiling the article for every one even though it was a few sentences long. thats why i no longer contribute to this site i only use it for news and commenting. nice to see atleast someone with sense in them

jeenyus3652d ago

Thanks for the list and saving time.

ZigZagZach3652d ago

Here's my take:

Bayonetta 2: Yes, the little audience it once had is no longer there. It being an exclusive means it is going to be really hard to do well on the Wii U alone. Especially considering the Wii U is in it's first year, ergo the user base is smaller.

Dead Space 3: Too many games coming out around the same time, doesn't look as promising as other installments in the series in my opinion.

Gears of War: Judgment: Prequels never do very good. Look at GoW: Ascension. Sure, the game will do well, as will this presumably, but not nearly as well as previous installments. People are tired of the same old same old.

Lighting Returns: FF has taken a turn for the worse recently, enough said.

Metal Gear Rising: Don't know, don't play MG games. From what I've seen around, it just might do alright.

Rayman Legends: The first game underperformed for its quality, and now it's an exclusive. I'm pretty pissed about that, cause I bought it new for my Vita and I love it. My first ever Platinum. Same thing as Bayonetta 2 though, limited audience no longer there, small user base for Wii U.

The Last of Us: Most if not all of my friends are casual gamers. Those who don't have a PS3 want to buy one for this game, those who do are going ape shit for it. I'm loving how it looks so far, I'd say it'll make a good profit.

MestreRothN4G3652d ago

Except for TLoT and Metal Gear Rising, I think all those games will be further examples of the suckness of this generation massification/casualization.

Psycho_Mantis3652d ago

I know right? Just because some idiot makes a list its like he is stating it as "fact"

Why oh why dose N4G approve of stupid shit like this?

CryofSilence3652d ago

So, basically, almost all the good games (noticeable omissions include GTA V and Dead Souls 2)are destined to flop? Right... -.-

aceitman3652d ago (Edited 3652d ago )

the last of us has 16 weeks left and is at 99,732 on pre order and Gears of War: Judgement has 9 weeks left and is at 72,647 safe to say for a new ip its doing good compared to gears .

shinrock3652d ago

So vgcharts are good now?

admiralvic3652d ago

I don't see why Bayonetta 2 is listed or why everyone debates points about it. We know VIRTUALLY nothing about it, so how can we really tell?

oricon3652d ago

The whole game industry now is all about negativity.

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nzk03653d ago

Hehe, I agree with you man, especially with Metal Gear: Rising, it's about time we get a proper metal gear not some spin off.

LOGICWINS3653d ago

Why can't we just have and enjoy both? MGS5(The Phantom Pain) is all but confirmed. Rising is in no way impeding the creation of a traditional stealth based MGS game.

wishingW3L3652d ago (Edited 3652d ago )

because Rising is canon but the story looks like a weeaboo's wetdream.

Blastoise3653d ago

Metal Gear Rising Demo was epic

Gazondaily3653d ago

Yeah I thoroughly enjoyed the demo. It really sold me on the game.

jakmckratos3653d ago

Didn't really sell handles really nice but the gameplay isn't really that special

Irishguy953653d ago

About time? we've gotten 2 this gen, 4 and Peace walker. With Ground zeroes coming up next and whatever the Phantom pain is.

Skips3653d ago (Edited 3653d ago )

I'd prefer it if Hideo Kojima works on some new IP's for a little bit.

He says he doesn't want to just be known as the "Metal Gear Guy".

But then turns around and has two Metal Gear games in production. lol.

animegamingnerd3653d ago

my brother is a big MGS fan and other then madworld he has never played a platinum game but after he played the demo he is excited for rising

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Abash3653d ago

They think The Last of Us will flop? They should get a huge plate ready for all the crow they'll be eating come May 7th

Ezz20133652d ago

not enough plate for all the crow they will eat come may 7th

pompombrum3652d ago

There is no chance this game will flop.. as someone else has commented on, even casual gamers who don't own a ps3 are wishing they had one so they can play The Last of Us.

OmniSlashPT3653d ago

So TLOU will flop because it wont sell well? Well, the first Uncharted didn't sell well either. And UC2 isnt even the best selling game of the PS3 despit being probably the best one.

Besides, I find it very unlikely for ND to continue TLOU after this game, I think it's a solo game, just like Heavy Rain. They'll be working on UC4 for the PS4 and maybe a new game idea. TLOU was simple something out of the box, Sony gave them space to create something new and they did.

And I'm pretty sure Sony will advertise TLOU really well, I mean, it was super hyped just because ND was developing it, what could be better marketing than that?

Are moms going to buy this for their kids? No. Will the gamer and possible Uncharted player buy this? Hell yes.

TBH the only flops I agree with are MGRising, Dead Space 3 and FFXIII-3...I would also add Tomb Raider and the new Splinter Cell.

MoonWheel3653d ago

Uncharted 1 sold around 4 million copies and uncharted 2 sold around 5 milliom copies. ND games sell well that's a huge reason somy likes them. The last of us will do just fine though.

Tontus3653d ago

Well you have to consider the fact that the Uncharted series wouldn't be nearly as big as it is if it weren't for every game being mass bundled (especially UC3) and always having a Q4 launch right in time for the xmas sales.

We know The Last of Us isn't being released Q4 and I doubt it'll be mass bundled with a bigger exclusive game releasing before so I don't think it'll sell nearly as many copies as Uncharted 2/3, but it'll do very well for a new IP. I hope Sony bundle God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us together, that would be an irresistible deal for many people looking to buy a PS3 and would boost the sales for both games a lot.

By the way, I'm not to say that the UC franchise would be small without the mass bundling, it'd still be a decent size like 3.0 - 4.5m per game I reckon and of course ND don't make bad games which exlains why Sony supports them well, even people who don't like the series like myself can admit they are well made (I only liked UC2).

killerorca2583653d ago

Man, some people are stupid. As previously stated, it's going to be a bit tough for Bayonetta 2 to make a new fanbase on the Wii U, unless like me you own an Xbox and a Wii U, but that's not true for most people. Other than that, this list is about as intelligent as a Wombologist i.e. Patrick: "Come on Spongebob, I wombo, you wombo, he she me WOMBO" LOL LOL LOL