Did you ever wonder why big game developers wait for huge conferences like E3 and PAX to announce new titles? It’s to create hype. Nothing sells games more than that. Titles that end up being mediocre look great in front of hundreds of eager consumers and journalists. It can go either way from there. Games that looked amazing turn out to be mediocre and sometimes it turns out to work the other way around. But the biggest drawback of over-hyped announcements is that sometimes the games get cancelled.
Why do all the good games get canned? Well, there’s a reason for that. Most times games get dropped early on in the development period because developers have either lost faith in the project or run into problems creating overly ambitious titles. Of course, everything seems great in the early stages and there’s no guarantee that it would’ve been good in the first place. But games are meant to be ambitious. Sure some are going to suck but it’s all trial and error. One developer’s mistake might lead to another’s success. With some filmmakers slowly getting on the bandwagon, there’s a lot to be excited for if you’re a gamer. If only the project can see the light of day.
15 Gotham by Gaslight
13 This is Vegas
12 Eight Days
10 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots
9 Gears of War: Exile
8 S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
6 Star Wars Battlefront 3
5 Fallout Online
4 Aliens: Crucible
3 Star Wars 1313
2 Mega Man Legends 3
1 Silent Hills
This one still stings a little, the wound is still fresh. Last August a mysterious demo popped up on the PSN under the name P.T. Not much was known about it, but it looked beautiful and was spectacularly detailed. Not till after players braved through the unsettling atmosphere, unforeseen jump scares and tricky puzzles did the find out P.T. stood for playable trailer and would be a new entry in the long running Silent Hill series. Silent Hills was supposed to be the next great horror game compliments of Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro, starring The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus. Even though P.T. was a short demo it blew away fans and critics alike. If it was any indication of what Silent Hills could’ve been – and many believed it was – then the finished project could’ve been the first groundbreaking survival horror game we’ve seen in a long time. But Kojima’s future at Konami after Metal Gear Solid V soon came into question and Silent Hills was terminated earlier this year. As if that’s not bad enough, Konami pulled the game from the PSN in a child-like move of vindication, rendering the game unplayable for those who don’t already have it installed to their hard drive.
Sources: siliconera.com, 1up.com, gamesradar.com, slate.com, eurogamer.net, gamespot.com, ign.com, cinemablend.com, web.archive.org, denofgeek.com, pc.gamespy.com, slashgear.com, andriasang.com, digitaltrends.com,
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