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The Top 7... E3 games that sunk without trace

 

3: Wii Vitality Sensor (E3 2009)

Is this the biggest WTF moment of Nintendo's E3 Wii demonstrations? It's a close call between this and that awful Wii Music demo that made us look at each other, then at the demo, back at each other and then at the exit. It's a heart rate monitor into which you insert your finger. Say that in the voice of Stewie Griffin for best effect.



It may well have been the polar opposite of Miyamoto coming out dressed as Link and handing out free money (or something), but whether it's mad or not, where is it? This was E3 2009, which is two years ago now and we haven't seen anything of the device in all of that time.

Iwata seemed very pleased when he spoke about it, even going so far as to say videogames in the future might be used to "Let people unwind or even make it easier for people to fall asleep".

Nah, mate – nobody's going to have trouble sleeping with this E3 conference in the world.

Likelihood of it coming back:  

No way. Nintendo seems to have gotten over its obsession with pleasing this non-gaming gamer, probably because said stereotype bought the Wii, played it once and then never touched it again. While we'd love to play a Resident Evil game with a real heart rate monitor that uses your vitals to change gameplay, it's not going to happen on Wii. And the device itself is surely too weird to venture out into the real world. This one's flatlined.

 

2: Eight Days (E3 2005/2006)

This one appears to have come quite a long way through its production cycle. The E3 trailer could have been pre-rendered (especially considering its undeniable quality) – see what you think:



Ah, but what about this next video? This is full-on gameplay. It reminds us of Kane & Lynch, which probably isn't a good thing, but there's not really anything wrong with it. Just nothing particularly right either.



The cover mechanic seems to be the game's greatest achievement, with some nice sliding over car bonnets to emerge from cover and good use of switching positions as the two characters interact with each other. However, whoever's playing really should watch their back when they're popping up out of cover like that to attack.

Likelihood of it coming back:  

It didn't look that great, really, did it? Granted, most of the work appears to have been done, but the gameplay here looks capable, if a little predictable. Suffice to say it didn't surprise us too much to hear that it had been cancelled in 2008. But then a report in 2009 stated that Studio London had merely placed the project on hold, along with The Getaway 3. But what games could be worth focusing on over such ambitious projects?

SingStar and EyePet. Good work.

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20 comments

  • quincytheodore - June 7, 2011 4:52 a.m.

    None of this will be missed, by me at least.
  • Mortified_Cow - June 7, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    With all this E3 stuff I forgot it was Monday. Almost missed out on this Top 7.
  • gilgamesh310 - June 6, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    I don't see why they think so little of the gameplay footage of Eight Days. To me it looks totally brilliant. The cover shooting looks far greater than any cover shooting around today. Movement is so fluid and natural and the interactions with your partner are better than in any other game. I don't know what they were thinking comparing it to Kane and Lynch. I was gutted when I heard that game was cancelled.
  • kor2disturbed - June 6, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    What about "I'm Alive" or maybe it was just called "Alive". What happened to that was it canned?
  • Darkhawk - June 6, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Seems like MMOs have the hardest time getting released. Gamesradar has more!: http://www.gamesradar.com/f/8-canceled-mmos-that-wouldve-ruled/a-2009062511952762027
  • Reaver_Beaver - June 6, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    I'm suprised that I Am Alive isn't on there, the one earthquake game? Haven't seen anything about that in two years. Regardless, great article! Can't wait to that watching the E3 feeds!
  • Jordo141 - June 6, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    I remember when I first saw the Eight Days trailer and I fell in love with it. The cover system still looks great; and maybe with a year or so to patch up the game it could be great.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - June 6, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    A real shame that we won't likely ever see The Agency again. Great read.
  • Nap1400 - June 6, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    No one seems to remember that forgotten Kirby game from a while back. Maybe it's just the diehard Kirby fan in me, but I wanted to see that somewhere here...
  • 8bitBaby - June 6, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    man! the adverts on this site are aggressive today. wonder why *smiles slyly* good article. a lot of prerendered silliness. i actually wonder how hard it would be to get a game to run as well and look as sharp as some of the prerendered stuff they try to feed us. maybe it would just take too many man hours, and obviously too much money. oh man. the agency.... yeah. *looks longingly out the window*
  • Mooshon - June 6, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    Still would like them to release Milo as a tech demo. Was always intrigued to see if they actually had anything innovative there.
  • Rhymenocerous - June 6, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Do you remember that game for ps3 where you played as a cop, and could be good or bad, and take side missions etc? I think it was being developed in Newcastle, and it looked awesome, am tellin ye mate.
  • GunsForShow - June 6, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    I once spent a pretty wild weekend with Jade Gully...
  • AuthorityFigure - June 6, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Resident Evil Portable? Didn't know about that one at all. If CAPCOM won't talk about, then why should we give a toss?
  • Cyber6x - June 6, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    The Agency reminds me a bit of MAG for some reason. Anyhow, Agent might join this list if it doesn't appear at this E3....
  • insertdisk - June 6, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    The agency looks amazing! The faction based idea is really cool rather than a bunch of sliders on a character
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - June 6, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    I remember seeing that Milo video for the first time and thinking, "Man, maybe this whole kinect thing is gonna turn out to be awesome!" Of course, immediately afterward I thought, "Wait a minute...Peter Molyneux? Shit, this is all lies, isn't it?"
  • 435 - June 6, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    I didn't know they canned The Agency. :<
  • CitizenWolfie - June 6, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    I think the Duke shows that anything is possible...
  • FlyinMX - June 6, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    This looks like an interesting top 7, looking forward to E3!

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