10 Over-Hyped Video Games that Disappeared Too Quickly

Posted By | On 24th, Oct. 2011 Under Feature, Slider | Follow This Author @GNReith

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Hype is the silent killer of the game’s industry, sending many promising titles to an early and undeserved grave, all because they weren’t quite as exciting as people thought they’d be. It’s this expectation that often follows around undeserving titles that makes them seem so disappointing, but some of these over-hyped titles deserved a bit more of a chance. Follow us as we journey through ten over-hyped games that disappeared too quickly.


An FPS co-developed by Epic Games is always something worth sweating over, but Bulletstorm managed to catch a certain amount of hype even eclipsing the usual anticipation that dogs such a development team. When push came to shove though, despite a positive critical reception, the hype wasn’t reflected in the game’s sales. Considering the controversy of violence and innuendo Fox News aimed at the game, it was surprising that Epic weren’t able to turn a profit from such a unique and well executed title. Though two DLC packs have been released for the game since its launch, it has largely and undeservedly fallen out of the average gamers’ attention.


One of the first and only examples of Xbox 360 and PC cross platform online play, Shadowrun was a unique shooter that didn’t ever get what it deserved. Though it had a severe lack of content for the price point, Shadowrun offered a deep class-based multiplayer shooting experience set in an intriguing universe. It at least deserved to carry on with a supported community, but the game has since seen its PC servers shut down and its forums closed for good. A true shame to see such a game fall into disrepute.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Following the 2008 reboot of the Prince of Persia franchise, some fans felt sad to see the classic gameplay of the Sands of Time trilogy left behind. To remedy this, Ubisoft released The Forgotten Sands, a mini chapter taking place between The Sand of Time and Warrior Within that had the classic series gameplay; time mechanics and all. Fans were getting pumped to return to one of the greatest action franchises of all time, but were disappointed by the game when it eventually released. Sure, the combat was stale and the story flat, but there was also a lot of good in the Forgotten Sands. The game’s title seems like a bitter-sweet irony now, as this game has been all but forgotten.

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