During 2008 we saw some of the biggest blockbuster titles this gen such as GTA IV, Gears of War 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4.
We have also watched as console exclusives were released and completely flopped. Fortunately, both consoles seemed to have their prized dung. Lets take a look...
Haze, PlayStation 3-Sony
Haze was the PS3's second Exclusive FPS and spouted off to be a "Halo Killer" for the then, still young PlayStation 3. It turned out to be a complete disappointment. The game itself was short and unsatisfying, the voice acting terrible and the controls clunky and awkward.
Haze was developed by Free Radical, the makers of much popular Timesplitters and published by Ubisoft. It was much hyped as the launch date was set for early spring of 2008.
When it was released it was met with poor reviews, and soon ended up with a 55% on Metacritic. This was surely a big embarrassment for Sony, who advertised the game extensively. Amazingly, once it flopped they suddenly seemed to lose interest in the IP.
In the aftermath of Haze, Free Radical is now for sale. Despite claims by Sony that Haze has nothing to do with this, you have to wonder if this poor excuse for a game ruined the Timesplitter creators forever.
Too Human, Xbox 360 - Microsoft
Too Human was developed by Silicon Knights and published by Microsoft. As was the case with Haze, it had a lot of buzz for a few good reasons. After all, it had been in development for a staggering 10 years, not to mention that it was hyped to be a revolutionary RPG by its creator and founder of Silicon Knights, Denis Dyack.
When the game launched in August of this year it turned out to be not so revolutionary, but intead a mediocre title, ending up with a 65% on Metacritic.
But this wasn't the reason it was such an embarrassing affair. What followed was Denis Dyack basically calling us all idiots for not recognising it as innovative. Dyack then went on to get banned from the NeoGAF forums.
Considering how much it was hyped, how long it took to make and the developer having a hissy fit when it flopped, Too Human is something that both Microsoft and the gaming community would love to forget about for good.
Each year every system has its flops and successes, PS3 had hits like MGS4 and LittleBigPlanet and the Xbox 360 had Fable II and Gears of War 2. So what's going to be the embarrassing game for each console next year?.. Only time and disappointment will tell.
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