10 Potentially Great Games That Were Dead On Arrival

Every era is recognised as much for its failures as its successes, from the ones which deliver on their promises perfectly, to the likes of Ride to Hell: Retribution. The sad thing about video games is that the vast majority of such let-downs are the disappointing kind. Even when it’s so dire the developers might as well be mocking your very existence, you can realise how they might have succeeded. Put in enough hours or look far enough into the behind the scenes work, and you can just about see the great game developers were trying to bring to life, even in the absolute worst of games. The shovelware tie-in for Batman Begins might have been dreck of the worst kind but you could at least see the beginnings of ideas which would make it into Arkham Asylum.

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bunt-custardly259d ago

Nioh games definitely up there at the top alongside Ninja Gaiden BLK.

LoveSpuds259d ago

There is a decent fan base for the Nioh games, but still think they are criminally overlooked and under appreciated.

I just bought the PS5 collection to replay them again with all their DLC, a sweet collection for my games shelf for sure.

deleted259d ago

Yea, those gardens haven't been plowed in over 10 years now though. Imagine if they cultivated it, let it grow again.

Starman69259d ago

Amazing what ya can do with a samurai sword lol 🤣

tehpees3259d ago

The honourable mention though.

TheSenorCheese259d ago

originally it wasn't going to be included because of their take on Samus' character. But the gameplay's actually not bad.

Vits258d ago

Honestly, I don't know if we can even blame them for that take. Nintendo's Sakamoto was credited as the writer and from what we learned later with the Retro Studios interviews for the Prime series, Nintendo apparently never saw Samus as this stoic badass that most of the west imagined her as. Going as far as describing her as "motherly".

shinoff2183259d ago

Ninja Gaiden was dope but I don't really care for alot of their games.

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Reggie originally thought Metroid: Other M would be a "killer moment" for the series

Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime reflects on Metroid: Other M and his initial high hopes for the game.

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NecrumOddBoy505d ago

Well it almost killed Metroid so…

PhillyDillyDee504d ago

Yeah we all loved how you took a stoic badass and turned her into a whiny shrew. All those writers should be sacked.

Terry_B504d ago

Sometimes, I doubt that Reggie was that great for Nintendo after all.

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2D Metroid Retrospective: Bring on the Remakes

VGChartz's Paul Broussard: "The early-mid 2000s saw something of a golden age for Metroid games. After an eight year hiatus, Metroid burst back onto the scene in dramatic fashion. Largely buoyed by the critical and financial success of Metroid Prime (at least, relative to other Metroid releases), Metroid saw a whopping six new titles between 2002 and 2007, as well as one rather bizarre pinball spin-off that wound up being much better than it had any right to be. Metroid had never been this popular before."

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Highrevz723d ago

Never though the day would come where I say this but I’d be fine with having every 2D Metroid remade the way Dread plays.


I just want them all in the Switch.