Games that are doomed to die in 2010

With the possible exception of unexplainable, extraordinary inspiration, the factors which define a game’s quality are roughly quantifiable. The success of a game, however, involves slightly more chance, as the variables are less precise. When is the best time to launch a new PS3 exclusive FPS? Is there a market for fighting games on the Wii? The Western audience likes Final Fantasy – shouldn’t it like other Japanese RPGs? These answers can be approximated with figures and graphs and surveys and other things you’d find on boring people’s desks, but regardless, there’s not always a definable reason why one game succeeds and another flops.

We don’t claim to be psychics (well, actually, we probably have claimed that a few times), but these are the games of 2010 that, based on precedents set by the last few years and what we know about the market, we don’t expect to flood any coffers. We hope we’re proven wrong.

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Release date: January 26, 2010
Platforms: Wii
Same Time As: Mass Effect 2, MAG, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

Why it should succeed: Joe the Condor from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman fighting Yami from Okami in a beautiful 2D fighter, originally exclusive to Japan, for the Wii. We rarely get this kind of stuff in the US, due to both lack of interest and difficulty with licensing, but we begged and Capcom made our wildest dreams come true.

Why it will be ignored: This game is the epitome of fan service – hell, who knows how many Tatsunoko fans there even are in the US. How often do you sit down to watch a bit of Tekkaman: The Space Knight, or Gyakuten! Ippatsuman? (But here's a guide for the confused) And when it’s released, Wii gamers with an itch for something cool will have No More Heroes 2, and those more invested in other platforms will be glued to Mass Effect 2. This most-deserving game truly has no chance to survive, but we’ll sure as hell make time for it.

Above: Are you familiar?

Dante's Inferno

Release date:  February 9th, 2010
Platforms: PS3, 360
Same Time As: BioShock 2

Why it should succeed: It’s a God of War style third-person action adventure game based on the Divine Comedy, which is exactly the kind of thing the target audience of young males should think is super cool right now. Not only that, it has the support of an EA marketing blitz, and has even been optioned by Universal for a film adaptation. It’s a sure thing, right?

Above: “Augh, light, our one weakness! Our devilish eyes are slow to adjust!”

Why it will be ignored: BioShock 2 will steal a good portion of its hype, and what air The ‘Shock doesn’t knock out of its belly will be sucked from it by the fact that it falls right between the critically-acclaimed Bayonetta (third-person action adventure game) and the guaranteed-to-succeed God of War III (third-person action adventure game). If the average gamer can only buy one game every month or two, why would he pick up this one and not one of the other, already known-to-be-awesome titles that it’s surrounded by?

Resonance of Fate

Platform: PS3
Release date: March 9, 2010
Same Time As: Final Fantasy XIII

Why it should succeed: Another JRPG for the PS3, and why not? None of them have done immensely well in the US, and no one would expect them to, but they’ve sold enough to be worthwhile (sometimes with the help of price cuts).

Above: Japan’s most popular camera-angle and pose

Why it will be ignored: Really, you’re going to release your generic-ass JRPG with its typically JRPG title and typically JRPG characters on the same day as Final Fantasy XIII? Maybe they’re hoping the stores will run out of FFXIII copies, and that it’ll be a consolation prize for dejected fanboys. More likely it’ll be resonating in the bargain bin in a few months.


  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - February 6, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    Coming back and reading this, I find it hilarious that Red Dead was included.
  • Dementiev - October 18, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    Red dead is doing very well has a few DLC's so there not dying?
  • mrpibb - October 14, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Dante's Inferno was an awful game, and there was nothing generic at all about Resonance of Fate, aside from the name. and yea, Red Dead was only sold out for weeks, so clearly you were right on the money there
  • BishopofHippo93 - October 14, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    Looking back at this, I'm shocked that Gamesradar thought Dante's Inferno and Red Dead Redemption would flop. I don't know about Dante, but I feel like John Marsten did pretty well this year!
  • w40kfanatic - September 22, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    Sorry for the double-post, but did anyone notice almost all the games that were going to make these titles fail were terrible on their own?
  • w40kfanatic - September 22, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    Ha, this is actually really funny now that time has passed. RDR was extremelly succesful, quantom theory is coming out sept 28 2010. This was an excellent read and all, but its funny to see how the industry pretty much shattered these predictions. Too bad how FFXIII turned out.
  • Lemurian - July 8, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    how wrong you were about red dead redemption
  • tacoman38 - May 21, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    so, I necro this with the words, Red Dead Redemption?
  • Ravenbom - January 27, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    "Above: Japan’s most popular camera-angle and pose" LMAO! Too true! Well, I got No More Heroes and Tatsunoko vs Capcom instead of Mass Effect 2, so give me a pat on the back. Mostly I figured Mass Effect 2 will make it's money back, while TvC and NMH2 as niche titles on the Wii have a strong chance of losing money.
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 25, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    oh and FF13 is gonna be teh shehtz
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 25, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    i miss the original sonic games for the sega genesis (i still have sonic 1 and 2 :D ) but when they started adding all those extra characters like shadow blaze silver and the like it just never got anywhere...there was too much character development and not enough story... i wish that they would just make a game with the original characters like rotor bunny and even antion (i have no clue how to spell his name :| ) and even princess sally and amy but if this is going back to square 1 then i guess its worth buying...if in anyway it happens to dammage sonics image anymore ill just burn every game i have =/
  • HunterWolf84 - January 25, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    Sorry, but i have to disagree with a lot of choices here .. strongly disagree and for the following reasons. *****Tatsunoko vs Capcom***** ----------------------------- -Clearly The Wii is aimed at a different type of gamer than those who play ME2 ... sure there are those who have an Xbox360/PC and a Wii but they are a minority ... so i don't think Mass effect 2 will have any "effect" (yeah pun) on Tatsunoko vs Capcom whatsoever. As for No More Heroes 2 ... clearly the two games are aimed at different audiences ... again while some enjoy both types of games NMH2 is bloody violent and mature themed compared to most Wii Games including Tatsunoko vs Capcom ... not to mention it is a sequel ... Tatsunoko vs Capcom is a new outing and is mostly aimed at the fans of Capcom fighting games and Tatsunoko anime fans .... if it was released along with other fighting games or SF4 for example maybe it would have died .. but now i see no reason whatsoever for it to die .. it will be successful. *****Dante's Inferno***** ------------------------- Definitely not Bioshock 2 Dante has to worry about .. two different genres and two different audience groups ... if anything will kill Dante it's KRATOS ... in capitals and spades .. it is GoW3 we are talking about .. and Dante is pretty much the underdog here for many obvious reasons.. but Bioshock 2 .. i don't think so. *****Resonance of Fate***** --------------------------- While FF13 is indeed a behemoth of an RPG and is a wonderful and successful game ... people are cursing it all over the place for its extreme linearity and the story driven narrative choking the freedom the FF games were loved for ... seeing as RoF gives you a huge city to explore and lots of customization options and extra stuff to do around its locals it will indeed be a very different experience than the overly Cinematic Rail-driven FF13 experience. Tri-Ace make awesome RPG games and have a strong fan-base .. and the market has more then enough place for more than one RPG ... i don't see FF13 killing RoF in any way at all. *****Yakuza 3***** Sorry to completely disagree, the fans who played Yakuza 1 & 2 will dfinetly buy Yakuza 3 and they have been vocal about getting it (as mentioned in the article) .... also i don't think Yakuza and FF13 audience has that much of overlapping .. Yakuza is a story-driven open world action brawler ... something that FF13 isn't going to offer .. cinematic as it may be .. it is far from being open world or an action game .. clearly each game offers something different. *****Needle Mouse***** ---------------------- I simply don't care about Sonic anymore (he is dead and buried for me).. so i'll skip this one. *****Quantum Theory***** ------------------------ Crysis 2 killing this game .. i don't think so .. again you are ignoring the fact that it is a game aimed at a different audience ... but if anything is going to kill Quantum Theory its how it is overly similar to Gears of War 1 & 2 (same way Dante is overly similar God of War) .. that's its Demise .. redundancy. *****Red Dead Redemption***** Seriously .. this one made me laugh so hard .. frankly the opposite is what's going to happen specially if RDR2 goes multiplatform .. Rockstar achieved phenomenal success with GTA4 as you said ... they know how to make open world games work .. and seeing western Games are still selling well (Call of Juras 2 just came out few months ago) i don't see this failing in any way ... it's going to be a grand success and an EPIC game .. crackdown 2 is a console exclusive that only those who played Cracdown will be interested in .. but if Red Dead Redemption goes multiplatform ... it will squash Crackdown 2 hands down ... there is no comparison whatsoever regarding the scope of the two games ... RDR2 is clearly the superior game here. That's all i have to say ... but all in all even thought i disagree with the choices of the games here or their supposed killers i still find the article/feature a nice idea.
  • MEXICANBEAST - January 25, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    red dead redemption isnt going to die crack down probley is
  • gilgamesh310 - January 24, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    Dante's Inferno is hardly going to die, it may not be as good as GOW 3 but for people who only have an xbox 360 like myself it should provide an exciting enough alternative and has a better setting.
  • djneill - January 23, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    Red dead redemption is gonna do awesomely i know loads of people who are excited and are going to buy it
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 21, 2010 2:56 a.m.

  • IIIIIACEIIIII - January 20, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    Well I won't be buying Okamiden if it comes out in Europe, because Okami on PS2 FUCKING SUCKED. Did you ever consider that viewpoint on the game, GR?
  • Defguru7777 - January 20, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    I will unfortunately help with these games' deaths, as I have no plans to buy any of them. Too many other quality games coming out.
  • jackthemenace - January 19, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    is it just me, or do the resonance of fate graphics look REALLY dodgy? but here's one person definately getting dantes inferno (already pre-ordered it :) )
  • GwaR - January 19, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    I'm going to have to echo everyone else and say that you're very wrong about Red Dead Redemption. There's a large audience for it already and I'm positive it will sell very well. As everyone else has already said, you're wrong on that one and I'm positive it's sales will exceed 2 million (which is plenty by any measure). The rest of the list is great. Kudos for managing to squeeze both Okami and Sonic into the article. It's made me wonder whether there's a standing bet at the GR offices as to who can shoe-horn them into the most articles.

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