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Big games that hardly anyone cares about anymore

Crash Bandicoot


The first three Crash games shifted around 18 million copies between them and are some of the best-selling PSOne games in the world ever. Crash was such a big hit he became an unofficial mascot for Sony's console. Even more significant is the nod to Crash in the form of Dash Dingo, a parody video game that appeared in an episode of The Simpsons. And you don't get a nod from The Simpsons unless you're some kind of cultural icon big willy.

 
Above: Crash Bandicoot as he appears in that game no one really cares about

Crash started his decline into obscurity around about the time Naughty Dog (them again) gave up on development duties to concentrate on Jak & Daxter (them again). The games kept on coming, but they never managed to generate anything like the same kind of affection from paying punters. The last couple of Crash adventures - Crash of the Titans and Mind Over Mutant - have been all but anonymous.

Can it be big again?

It feels like Crash has definitely had his 15 minutes. But there are whispers that he's on the verge of another comeback. So perhaps a renewed love for anthropomorphic protagonists is just around the corner...? If not, though, the mad-eyed bandicoot will remain nothing more than a fond memory and a lovable, furry relic from gaming's past. Whose games we're not interested in playing anymore.


Driver


Never mind the two completely shitty sequels and the not-so-shitty-but-still-not-awesome fourth game (Driver: Parallel Lines) the first Driver was definitely a standout moment for the PSOne that rightly sold a few million copies. It introduced us to the concept of open-worlds (albeit experienced from the inside of an automobile) two whole years before GTA III appeared. It's car chases were stupidly fun and, well, it's car chases were stupidly fun. It didn't need to do anything else to be amazing.


Above: Yes. This is Driver 3. Yes. It was a wreck

But then the overly ambitious sequels happened and Driver gained a reputation for being something of a stinker. Gamers stopped caring. 2006's Parallel Lines went someway to repairing the damage, but - while certainly no car crash - it was still painfully mediocre when compared to the likes of GTA: San Andreas.

Can it be big again?

Our heart says YES. But our brain says NO. A new game is in the works, but after three previous attempts to recreate the success of the first game have all failed with varying degrees of misery, we're beginning to suspect that the trailblazing original was the best that the series had to offer. Still, we'll be keeping our pinkies crossed and hoping for the best.


Bond


Holy crap. It's been 13 years since GoldenEye and we're still waiting for a Bond game that comes anywhere close to being that good again. Every subsequent 007 adventure since Rare's classic has arrived with a frenzy of over-hype, but each one - all eight of them - have been an anti-climax, leading to the Bond franchise becoming synonymous with disappointment.

 
Above: Quantum of Solace had big explosions, but still wasn't very good

We had high hopes for Treyarch's Quantum of Solace, which was meant to reintroduce the virtual Bond back to greatness, but even that turned out to be just another by-the-numbers exercise in pedestrian gaming. After so many let-downs, it's no wonder that everyone bar the most avid fans of the agent now treat the arrival of a new Bond game with all the gratitude of being served a Martini made with horse piss.

Can it be big again?

The Bond games will always be considered as 'big' releases, but that's more down to the hype and hot air that inevitably goes with them. If the icy indifference that gamers feel toward them is ever going to thaw, it'll take some major miracle. And probably a publisher on-board with the desire to make a genuinely good game, as opposed to an easy money movie tie-in.

January 8, 2010 

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55 comments

  • drako691 - January 22, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    i ment "isnt on here" i cannot type today >.<
  • drako691 - January 22, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    im kind of surprised resident evil is on here i mean sure its still pretty good as a shooter but i just dont the game same "do i really wanna turn that corner" feeling i got from the PSone games. its just not a survival horror game like it was brought up on its just an interactive action movie (ya im lookin at you RE5!)
  • swordofzemu - January 16, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    HAAAH! CURSES! WHY! WHY ISNT PROJECT NEEDLEMOUSE ON THE WIIIIIII!!!!!! (goes super saiyan, and shoots giant energyblast at sonic team)
  • Picnic1 - January 12, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    This article is wrong about Bond. EA's Everything or nothing was a decent game for the time and Quantum of Solace is a pretty fantastic shooter. You go right through buildings, jump over rooftops, blow lots of barrels up. It's probably a bit like the game that many would have liked Perfect Dark Zero to have been (that game is still pretty good itself in an arcade kind of way i.e. don't expect War and Peace from the story). One of the things that I most want is for Naughty Dog to go back to Crash Bandicoot. and make a proper PS3 sequel to Crash Team Racing , the best karting game that I've ever played. Why not include some 2.5D style platform elements for old time's sake?
  • wolfbeard - January 11, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    Road Rash series.
  • Xplosive59 - January 11, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    ah i remember my childhood days playing driver 2 and crash bandicoot WARPED, good times. another big game lost in obscurity is spyro the dragon which i remember as awesome back on the psone, another is mega man, although mega man 9 is a great game in its own right it didnt make much of an impact on gaming society although it scored well
  • teh2Dgamer - January 11, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    The World is not enough on the N64 was a pretty good followup to Goldeneye. Not as good mind you, but it was still a quality game. I really haven't payed attention to bond since the N64 days though. I think that maybe if I quit looking at him, he'll go away.
  • Solid_Gabriel - January 10, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    No Sonic?
  • coolbeans - January 10, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    good times, good times, just needed spiro in there
  • mfwahwah - January 10, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Good list, but I'd have put Tomb Raider in it. It's just not the same anymore. state evince
  • QWERTYCommander - January 10, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Man did I loved the THPS games. I would have loved them more if I had a PS1, though. Those N64 versions...
  • Migglez - January 10, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    soo many old games good times good times
  • Hobojedi - January 10, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    No Doom.. or like JohnnyMaverik said, Wolfenstein? I am disappointed.
  • dahsif - January 10, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Have you played Space Invader Infinity gene on the iPhone? If not, go and play it NOW. It is an extraodinarily ballsy, fresh and slick reboot of the series. It's unbelievable that it gets no mention in this article. It's up there with Street Fighter IV in the "brilliant re-boot of a classic franchise" category. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/space-invaders-infinity-gene-review
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 10, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein, theres another 2 for ya. Side Note: I'm working on an awesome Duke Nukem concept atm, so watch out for that... it'll be ready when it's ready, e.g. when I've finished my uni course (2012) got myself into a position where I can put it forward as a posible poject (2022ish) all providing it's with a team that could actually afford to do it (get the licence for the title, a powerful engine etc, ProbablyNever).
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 10, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    Good list, bar space invaders... christ you could have replaced that with any old classic... pong, pac man, asteroid, the list goes on... personally I would have gone for something like Quake or Spyro or even my beloved by grossly mistreated Mana series (just off the top of my head.
  • phgreat1 - January 10, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    I liked some of the James Bond games post-Goldeneye. Agent Under Fire, Nightfire, Everything or Nothing, and Quantum of Solace. At the time Agent under Fire an Nightfire were great games. Everything or Nothing was like the Bond film everyone was waiting for in 2004. OK I didn't like From Russia with love as much. However, Quantum of Solace was good. Can the Bond series be better? Yes. Was it all complete shit? Not at all.
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - January 10, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    Tomb Raider
  • matt588 - January 10, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    the only PS anything I have ever owned was the PSONE, (sad isn't it?), but I can still remember the joy I felt from crash warped. Not only did I have driver, but I also had a steering wheel/gas pedal peripheral. Galaga, space invaders, missile command, and asteroids also hold a speacial place in my heart.
  • Spybreak8 - January 10, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    Yeah I loved playing TH2 and I played that local multiplayer over in Spain when I was over there for my exchange program. Didn't really get along with my exchange student but we played Tony Hawk for hours and enjoyed having something in common. Space Invaders might be big when people play all the retro games in Microsoft's proposed Retro Gameroom. SIE is also on XBLA although you miss out on the better audio that you get with the mobile versions.

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