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Top 7... Death Rattle Games

Death Rattle Game:
Legends of Wrestling series (with some help)

Having bled Turok dry with Madden-ing release dates (har har) and losing its cash-cow WWF license, Acclaim staked a substantial portion of its survival on Legends of Wrestling titles. 

A who’s who of retired man-meat, wrestling fans of all generations could recreate legendary bouts between Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and The Ultimate Warrior, on down to Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman.


Above: We defy you to find a more masculine image

But likeness fees, poor review scores, underwhelming sales and a fair amount of overestimation involved in tent poling a company around a franchise of has-been grapple-mutants sent Acclaim spiraling further towards bankruptcy. And that’s not to mention all the other litigation stemming from Acclaim’s shady dealings with its own employees.

A Developing Problem...
This publishing juggernaut spent nearly fifteen years churning out hits across an equal number of platforms. With that in mind, it’s hard to believe that a company once home to Sub-zero, Bart Simpson, Eric Cartman, NBA Jam, Shadowman, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Burnout could be torn asunder by the very licensing it pioneered. Piss-poor film/TV tie-ins across multiple platforms would sully the once might name of Acclaim.


Above: Booooooo

Sure, the underperformance of the Legends of Wrestling series is partially to blame. But you've also got the Olsen Twins and an avid cyclist as honorary coffin nails. The Michelle Tanner Empire sued over unpaid royalties and pedal-phile, Dave Mirra sought $20 mil in damages after his BMX series was modified into a showcase for ugly polygonal tits.

 
Above: Everything that's great about America

A series of latter day PR stunts left too many layers of expensive egg on the company’s face to carry on. Acclaim, as we knew it, shut its doors in 2004.

Hope for resurrection?
Only a bittersweet one. To add insult to injury, a former Activision exec purchased the Acclaim name in 2005 for the piddly sum of $100,000 to release C grade MMOs. Ouch.

The company’s domain was stripped and unceremoniously sold off, piece by digital piece. Midway retained Mortal Kombat, Disney just unleashed a new Turok, and having acquired 150 plus Acclaim titles, Throwback Entertainment has hinted at updates to Extreme-G and Vexx.

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12 comments

  • PatHan-bHai - March 11, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    GodHand is 80 times better than shit GoW and okay-DMC!!!!! Just buy and play the fricking game!! Damn idiots!
  • poothurdur32 - October 12, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    Uh, guys, you missed MKVDCU, Midway's partnership with Cartoon Network, and that one Data Design Interactive game they helped out with(it was a rip-off of Nickelodeon and Steve Odiekirk's movie "Barnyard".)
  • GrlGmr - March 19, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    Should have had Looking Glass Studios on this list. They got sunk by a game they didn't even publish (Daikatana) when Edios spent all that money on Ion Storm and pulled the plug.
  • eee - December 7, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    LOL number 1 deployable battle trees
  • GaMERGOD - November 7, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    i already beat this game 5 times it is so good everybody reading this comment go to GameStop ask for Okami and buy it
  • NullG7 - October 20, 2008 8:34 p.m.

    To bad Okami and ShadowRun were both good games (I still have both) but they died before there time infact ShadowRun was updated just as Fasta went under and 1 month later ShadowRun had a good boost in sales (to show witch game I honestly still play regulary look to the left at my picture
  • Gleb2006 - October 18, 2008 10:02 p.m.

    What a shame, was actually quite a good game
  • Black_X_1111 - October 30, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    I play one of acclaims mmo's, and its pretty good
  • dougle - January 12, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    my friend brought okami when it came out played for a few hours then sold it for 1/4 what he payed...damn shame really
  • Supermanoh - July 28, 2009 6:25 p.m.

    Danm you mass market corporate dictators. How dare you disbad such a creative and wonderful developer as clover? SCREW YOU \.|.. ..|./
  • Lyrical - March 19, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    shadowrun...was ok for a few days then sucked lol, no story at all was dumb
  • iKOemos - March 19, 2009 5:26 a.m.

    Deployable battle-trees!

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