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Yakuza 3

Platform: PS3
Release Date: March 12, 2010 (EU)
Same Time As: Final Fantasy XIII

Why it should succeed: It’s a PS3 sandbox game about the coolest-of-the-cool gang ever, and its gameplay is, to at least a small extent, the spiritual successor to Shenmue, a favorite of Dreamcast nostalgia-whores. What’s there not for PS3 owners to like, especially the Japanophile type? Here’s an immensely popular Japanese game about the kind of thing Western audiences eat up, you know, gang violence, and it’s got minigames!


Above: Blood! Bad-assery! Don’t you want it?

Why it will be ignored: The Yakuza series has always done well in Japan, and the games have received generally positive critical reception in the West, but despite this, Yakuza 2 only sold about 40,000 copies in North America. It’s just not a wide-audience game, and Yakuza 3 will likely fare the same.

Before the decision to release Yakuza 3 in the West, the managing director of Sega Australia told GameSpot: “In a lot of cases we have a very strong vocal group of fans, who demand the opportunity to play these games in their local markets, and are very outspoken in their support. However when the time comes, they are reluctant to stay committed and actually make the purchase."

Stupid fans, not buying the good stuff Sega works so hard to give you! It also doesn’t help that the game is a PS3 exclusive, and that its March release date sticks it next to the one game that outsold it in Japan last year – Final Fantasy XIII. Don’t expect it to hide from price cuts for long.


Project Needlemouse

Platforms: PS3, 360
Release date:?
Same Time As:?

Why it should succeed: It’s a proper 2D Sonic game! It appeals to the hardcore audience, and fans of Sonic’s recent exploits, and Sonic is historically an automatic seller.


Above: How ambiguous…

Why it will be ignored: Sonic is historically an automatic seller. After years of slow franchise death, does anyone really give a crap about the little blue bugger anymore? At this point, anyone who does care probably isn’t interested in the Sonic of yesteryear, and anyone who cared about Sonic when he was at the top of the industry has had his passion destroyed by this:


Above: Just think about this scene whenever you want to kill a boner


Quantum Theory

Release date: March 31, 2010
Platforms: PS3, 360
Same Time As: Crysis 2

Why it should succeed: Japanese-made Western-style third-person shooters are a rarity, and Tecmo’s attempt looks something like Gears of War with some JRPG flavor mixed in, which, if it plays well, could be a winning combination. Also, this is the first high-profile game for Team Tachyon, which thus far has only worked on Wii, PS2, and PSP games, so it’s a chance to prove their development chops.


Above: “No, no, no, more scars! That’s how you know he’s tough!”

Why it will be ignored: If GameStop is telling the truth, it’s right up against Crysis 2, and that’s some hefty competition, given how console gamers were endlessly teased with videos of the PC-only Crysis a couple years ago. And even if GameStop is lying, it’ll be in the wake of God of War III and Just Cause 2. Why pick up a generic partner-driven shooter when there’s so much else going on?

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89 comments

  • 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.

    @IIIIIIACEIIIII You think Okami sucked????? SEE YOU IN HELL, YOU PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A GAMER!
  • 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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