If you read lots of game magazines and websites, from time to time you will catch them talking about cult classics. These are games for the true gaming connoisseur. And quite often they just didn’t do so well commercially. Here are 10 cult games that hardly anyone bothered to buy.
1. Tokyo Jungle (0,26 million)
In Tokyo Jungle you play an animal trying to survive in a deserted city. You can be a Pomeranian forced to give up its domestic life, or a lion seeking a home. This rough gem only sold a little over 250 thousands copies but is one of the most special games available for the Playstation 3.
2. Psychonauts (1.5 million)
Tim Schafer is one of the greatest game developers out there, but that doesn’t mean his games always sell. Psychonauts is one of the most interesting and deep adventure games out there, but basically everything that could go wrong went wrong while publishing this game. In the end only 1.5 million gamers bought the game.
3. Grim Fandango (0,35 million)
An even more acclaimed title is Grim Fandango. This adventure game was also made by Tim Schafer. It won many awards and is considered one of the best adventure games of all time. But it sold only a couple of hundred thousand copies. In the end LucasArts decided to close its adventure game division because of this commercial failure.
4. Spec Ops: The Line (1.14 million)
People have been talking about Spec Ops: The Line ever since it was released 4 years ago. Its story is one of the best ever written for a shooter. However, not many people actually played the game. Estimates indicate it sold around 800 thousand copies in its first year. And thanks to bundles and Steam sales it’s now just over 1.1 million copies.
5. Conker’s Bad Fur Day (0,77 million)
The Nintendo 64 has enough amazing, kid friendly platform games. But Conker’s Bad Fur Day was aimed at an adult audience. This meant Nintendo did not help out promoting the game, resulting in hardly any media exposure. Suffice to say, with only 770 thousand copies sold Conker’s Bad Fur Day fell victim to its own foul mouth and the Nintendo ad-blocker.
6. Alpha Protocol (1,2 million)
An action role playing game about a secret agent sounds like a dream come true. Unfortunately Alpha Protocol was flawed and buggy. Once again it was the story that really stood out thanks to its Mass Effect-style of dialogue choices. With only 1.2 million copies sold, publisher SEGA didn’t want a sequel. However developer Obsidian expressed their wishes for a follow-up a few years ago. So who knows?
7. Beyond Good and Evil (0.5 million)
For years we have been waiting on Beyond Good and Evil 2. This would be a sequel to a game that was a big commercial flop. With just half a million copies sold the first game was a big disappointment, even though it was praised by critics. Beyond Good and Evil is now one of the biggest cult classics out there… and we are still hoping for that sequel.
8. Jet Set Radio (“relatively low”)
Jet Set Radio is perhaps one of the best skating games ever made and its soundtrack was amazing. It was a good reason to get a Dreamcast. But in the end that also was the problem, you needed a Dreamcast for this game and not many people had those. Official numbers are lacking, but Sega has stated that the sales numbers of Jet Set Radio were “relatively low”. And yet, critics still praise this game up until this day.
9. The Saboteur (1,03 million)
With just over one million sold, The Saboteur was a commercial failure. It even resulted in the closure of the once so beloved game studio Pandemic. In The Saboteur you had to liberate areas of Paris from German occupation and bring color and hope back into the life of the citizens. All in order the avenge your friends death. It’s a shame not more people played this hidden gem.
10. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (1,2 million)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is based on a classic piece of literature and features the acting of Andy Serkis. What you get is a fascinating story about a group of friends saving the world from evil, but not knowing whether they really did the right thing. This really was a great third person action game. After a year it only sold 730 thousand copies, putting a planned sequel back into the freezer.
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I just cannot believe so many great games like EarthBound, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Eternal Darkness, Shenmue 1 & 2, Jet Set Radio, Skies of Arcadia, Okami, Beyond Good & Evil, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Brutal Legend 2, and Jazz Jackrabbit 2 sold poorly while games like Call of Duty sold much extremely better. I wish these games sold a lot, that way they would've had stronger sales.
I also cannot believe there are so many great anticipated games that got cancelled, such as Banjo-Threeie, Twelve Tales: Conker 64, Conker's Other Bad Day, Shenmue 3 (I know it's already in development since June 2015, but I wish we had it back then and I wish the Dreamcast sold much better units), Mega Man Legends 3, TimeSplitters 4, Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun, Perfect Dark GameCube sequel, Killer Instinct 3 on GameCube (not the 2013 game on Xbox One I'm referring to), Star Fox 2, EarthBound 64, StarCraft: Ghost, Jazz Jackrabbit 3, Rayman 4, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Curse on Game Boy Color, Donkey Kong Racing on GameCube, and Metal Arms 2. I wish we had these games. -_-
Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Beyond Good & Evil, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Shenmue 1 & 2, Jet Set Radio, Okami, and probably Jazz Jackrabbit 2 deserve to be more inexpensive and sold better. -_-
I bought Psychonauts second hand from Gamestop, and I'm planning on grabbing another copy as a wedding present for a friend. I convinced my mother to buy me Conker's Bad Fur Day for Christmas. The only way I knew it existed was because I saw it on display at a Wal-Mart way back when. I'm really interested in grabbing Enslaved, and this video made me want to get Grim Fandango and Beyond Good and Evil. So yay.
sry to say jet set radio was also on the original xbox an i like how this woman keep saying how much was sold yet they did good sales made mad money u figure a game 60 a pop n sold over a mil thats 60mil the company made off that shit so get this vid the fuck outta here with its bs
Ah... Enslaved Odyssey to the West, what a great game! It's a shame that this game was so underrated. Fortunately three years after release was created PC version of this game which works very well (it is available in Steam).
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I've bought a couple of the titles on this list, Psychonauts was probably the best one of those I've played. Really a great game, and I don't even usually go in for that sort of game. Jet Set Radio was fun, and I always assumed that everyone who owned a Dreamcast had a copy alongside their copy of Crazy Taxi. Mostly I game on PC though, and there are a few titles on PC that are cult classics that many people haven't played. System Shock 2, for instance, which is, in my opinion, the best game ever made for any platform period. Thanks to it I follow Ken Lavine avidly. It isn't as unknown as one of my other favorites, though - Anachronox. I'm not sure if it ever came out for any consoles, it might've. I would have loved to have seen a sequel to that game.
Appreciate the shout out to Alpha Protocol... less so playing into the fallacy it was "Buggy" (compared to WHAT? I could definitely name more popular titles that glitched out more). Honestly I still don't understand what happened that this game didn't get a midnight release but was getting smeared by 10am the next day when it was one of the most impressive titles of it's time and still in my top ten of all time. All I can assume is it had something to do with bribes and extortion in the industry, but this was awhile before "integrity in game journalism" became a hot topic (let alone one actually discussed, as opposed to weird misogyny under said banner), so it seemed ridiculous to even imply as much at the time.
Otherwise, having seen this and the follow up, if you do a third in this series? Jason and the Argonauts. That game went from super hyped to totally off radar and stayed their straight through it's release. And I'll admit it had some clunky bits, but it was still weird given how fun it is as a title you can probably get out of a bin for under 4 bucks today.
ClockFink No, there absolutely were bugs in the game. Still loved the concept, and many points the execution was really impressive, but being unable to complete the final mission sequence kind of killed my enthusiasm for it.
Still would love an Alpha Protocol 2, whatever they might actually name it.
A great title for a top 10, nice that you guys acknowledge that we have more then likely heard or know about these games and are correct in stating the majority of us did not bother buying them. Also love the person who does the commentary.
i've played or heard of every game here, except the saboteur. And yeah, all the ones I have played were excellent. Enslaved:Odessey was one of my favorites, despite lacking a satisfying ending. Such good acting and storytelling....
I bought (and still have!) Psychonauts (PS2), Enslaved (Xbox 360), Conker (on N64, Xbox, AND Xbox One!), Beyond Good and Evil (on Gamecube and Xbox 360), Saboteur (Xbox 360), and Jet Set Radio (on Vita, Xbox 360, and Dreamcast!). Not bad. Hopefully Enslaved gets supported on Xbox One via Backwards comp. I'd love to play it, again.
I realy love some of these games.I own and play:
Bayonetta,Bulletstorm,Killer7,Psychonauts,Beyond:Good and Evil,Enslaved:Odessey to the west
And i'm looking to buy for x box 360:The Saboteur and Vanquish and also Metal Gear Rising;Revengeance and Far Cry 3:Blood Dragon on disc.I do not like digital downloads.
Recently bought:The Witcher 2, WET and Stranglehold.
Alpha Protocol i sold again because i did not like it.
Saboteur is a swell game, the black & white Nazi controlled areas being colourized when you liberate them was a great game mechanic. I bought it when it came out, I've owned others on the list, but didn't pay full retail price for them.
I still have my copy of Beyond Good and Evil, (and my PS2 to play it on!).
There is one game I think you should consider adding to your list: Primal for the PS2!! It's combat was different and difficult to master, but the story/banter between the main characters is was kept me hooked on playing the game until the end!!
Alpha Protocol!! A cult classic! It was so bad!. You couldn't even hop over a sandbags that were just above your ankles. You would reload a save to find all the enemies had disappeared, so you would just walk to your objective, (I got a stealth achievement for that one). Ughh too many problems to list with that one.
Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Beyong Good and Evil, all great well made games, fun to play without being childish.
there are thousands of xbox 360 games, and if you ask people about "popular" game titles... theyd probably name 20 at most... yeah, there are a lot of great 360 games i still havnt played.. right now im playin a game from 2007. bought it for 5 bucks... when the 360 was popular, i was a broke kid, who had only 5 games. bought them 60 bucks a piece... now, all the 360 games are around 5 bucks. and i have a ton of video games to play. its like reading a book or going to the movies. its something entertaining. games are not about having the newest thing, because theres always gunna be a newer thing, and that makes you a poser bandwagoner
I really liked Sabatuer, loved the black and white visuals with pops of color and right now its the closest we have to a WW2 Assassins Creed. The parkour system is more realistic meaning it takes a while to climb a 3 story building instead of 3 seconds(dunno if its good or bad). I'd love a sequel to this game.
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